Walailak University’s School of Allied Health Sciences Welcomes Professor Des R. Richardson from Griffith University to Discuss Future Academic Collaboration

Walailak University, led by Professor Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, Acting Vice President, welcomed Professor Dr. Des Richardson, the Director of the Center for Cancer Cell Biology and Drug Discovery, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University, Australia, yesterday at Chorpradu Chamber, Walailak University Hospital.

On this occasion, Professor Dr. Sombat briefed Professor Des about Walailak University, which is a public autonomous university in Thailand, categorized as a tier 1 university out of 16 research-intensive universities in this category in the country. Over 90 percent of the teaching staff are certified by AdvanceHE based on the United Kingdom Professional Standard Framework (UKPSF). An update on 27 March 2023 reported that 90.7 percent of the university’s research publications are in Scopus-indexed journals in Quartile 1 and Quartile 2, the highest percentage in Thailand.

“One of the pieces of news that made all of us very happy was that on October 12, 2022, Times Higher Education ranked Walailak University in the World University Rankings for the first time,” said President Sombat.

Associate Professor Dr. Jitbanjong Tangpong, the Acting Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, Walailak University, revealed that the School of Allied Health Sciences cares deeply about promoting internationalization. 
“We are honored to have Professor Des R. Richardson from Griffith University, Australia, visit us and participate in the School of Allied Health Sciences International Conference 2023, which was held on March 25. And today, we are having discussions about lecturer and student mobility, joint research publications, and other academic collaborations,” said Dean Jitbanjong.

At present, the School of Allied Health Sciences of Walailak University operates at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The school is in charge of four centers of excellence and research centers: Innovation and Health Products, Melioidosis and Microorganisms, Hematology and Transfusion, and Movement Science and Exercise Research, where the university's researchers who share the same interests work together to solve problems facing the community and the nation.

During this year, students from the School of Allied Health Sciences have been on exchange programs to many renowned universities, such as the University of Kentucky, USA, and Kitasato University, Japan. And the school also plans to send their fourth-year students on an exchange program to Griffith University, Australia, in the next semester.

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