On August 3, 2023, Dr. Luksana Chaiswing, an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky's Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, provided valuable insights into her journey from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to her esteemed position at UK. Her experiences as a student and scientist have shaped her path, and she enthusiastically shared her knowledge with students from the Medical Technology Bilingual program (MT BP), which also included high school students from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School.
The meeting also brought exciting news, as the MT BP students will soon have the chance to embark on internships at UK starting in early 2024. Asst. Prof. Dr. Suriyan Sukati, the director of the Medical Technology (International Program) at the School of Allied Health Sciences, expressed heartfelt gratitude for this remarkable opportunity. The MT International and Bilingual program at the university is set to flourish thanks to this collaboration.
This event highlights the University of Kentucky's dedication to fostering education, research, and international partnerships, making it a hub of learning and opportunity for students and professionals alike.
Academic collaboration established between the School of Allied Health Sciences, Walailak University (SAH-WU) and the College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (CBMSE-NYCU). The Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony (MOU) between SAH-WU and CBMSE-NYCU was held on June 9, 2023 at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei city, Taiwan.
The Medical Technology Bilingual Program organized a short course from 6 to 8 June 2023 at the Academic Building 7, School of Allied Health Sciences, Walailak University, to boost English proficiency for 3rd year students. The course covered TOEIC test structure, vocabulary self-learning guidelines, and language core topics. Its aim was to enhance students' English language skills for academic writing and international communication. By participating, students gained benefits such as improved TOEIC performance, enhanced academic abilities, and better preparedness for global collaboration and exchange programs. The course empowered students to effectively communicate complex ideas, present persuasive arguments, and engage in research and publishing endeavors. The activity provided a dedicated platform to develop language proficiency in line with the demands of the medical technology field. With a stronger command of English, students can thrive academically, broaden their horizons through international engagement, and contribute effectively to the dynamic realm of medical technology.
Walailak University’s School of Allied Health Sciences Welcomes Professor Des R. Richardson from Griffith University to Discuss Future Academic Collaboration
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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Career Opportunities in Medical Technology Internation program
On March 6, 2023, the Medical Technology International Camp was held online via Zoom, with Associate Prof. Jitbanjong Tangpong, Ph.D., the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, greeting high school students and opening the event. The aim of the camp was to educate high school students about Medical Technology, including what Medical Technologists do and the benefits of choosing Medtech Inter at WU.
During the event, Medtech Inter students demonstrated how to perform a urine test, diabetes tests, and blood tests using artificial arms, giving attendees a hands-on experience of the type of work done in the field.
The camp was a huge success, with almost 1,000 students registering to attend. However, due to limited capacity, only 200 students were able to participate in the event. These lucky 100 attendees received a gift set that allowed them to perform tests themselves, including urine tests, diabetes tests, and blood tests.
The highlight of the event was Miss Chanittha Noothong, a fourth-year student who shared her inspiring experience interning in Tokyo, Japan. Her experience encouraged many students to consider pursuing a career in Medical Technology and to apply to WU.
At the end of the event, Assistant Prof. Suriyan Sukti, Ph.D., joined the event to say farewell and encourage the students to become part of the WU family.
Overall, the Medical Technology International Camp was an incredible opportunity for high school students to learn about the field of Medical Technology and the opportunities available to them at WU. The event left attendees feeling inspired and motivated to pursue their dreams, and we can’t wait to see the impact they will have on the industry in the future.
“We are waiting for you to join our family, “Don’t hesitate to choose us.”
Walailak University, Thailand, led by Prof. Surin Maisrikrod, Vice-President for Foreign Affairs and Learning and Teaching Development; Prof. Jitbanjong Tangpong, Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences; Prof. Urai Jaraeprapal, Dean, School of Nursing; and Prof. Sittichai Koontongkaew, Dean, International College of Dentistry, were pleased to welcome the following Showa University executives:
1.Prof. Takashi MIYAZAKI, DDS, PhD,
Showa University, Vice President, Director General of the International Exchange Center;
2.Prof. Akiko TANAKA, R.N., M.N., PhD,
Professor and Chairperson of Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences;
3.Prof. Yoshinori KAGAYA, PT, JSPO-AT, PhD,
Professor and Chairperson of Department of Physical Therapy;
4.Prof. Yoshiko KUDO, MT, BSc., PhD, Professor of the International Exchange Center; from Jan 18-20, 2023.
The event was organized by the International Affairs Team of the School of Allied Health Sciences led by Asst. Prof. Rachasak Boonhok and the School of Nursing as a co-host, led by Dr. Thidarat Eksirinimit. The purpose of the visit was to have a better understanding of the Health Science program of Walailak University, to exchange teaching best practices for effective student learning, and to discuss primary healthcare in Southern Thailand as well as academic activities, which included staff and student exchange and research. The program also included a Walailak University tour and a visit to the primary healthcare facilities in Nakhon Si Thammarat. This was the first step toward international collaboration between the two universities.
On September 12th, 2022, the Department of Medical Technology and Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Walailak University, headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jitbanjong Tangpong, the dean of the school, Asst. Prof. Dr. Suriyan Sukati, the director of the Medical Technology International and Bilingual Program, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Voravuth Somsak, the vice dean and chairperson of the Medical Technology International and Bilingual Program, Asst. Prof. Dr. Rachasak Boonhok, assistant to the dean for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Parinya Vongvaivanichakul, the head of the Physical Therapy Program, Prof. Dr. Hideyuki Majima, the visiting professor from Japan and five lecturers, one academic officer, and eight students visited the School of Allied Health Sciences at Kitasato University, Tokyo, Japan, led by Asst. Prof. Takafumi Ichikawa, MD, PhD, the dean of the school.
The program is aimed to promote academic education, research, and cultural exchange and forge the sustainable cooperative relationship in academic between the two institutions in order to promote healthcare professionals’ efficiency in terms of ethics, development and exchange of knowledge and innovative mindsets. With these qualities being instilled, we can ensure WU professionals’ abilities to meet the public needs and create sustainable community development as well as the ongoing pursuit of national and international excellence.
School of Allied Health Science, Walailak University, maintains its commitment to producing health science professionals equipped with professional expertise, ethics and collaborative networks which will optimize exchange of the knowledge and innovations in health science. In the post-COVID 19 era in which physical mobility resumes its regular tracks, the school is accordingly in touch with international institutions and organizations for collaborative development in academics and professional skills.