Thammasat joins with the IHRI to promote interdisciplinary research, learning, and innovations

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Thammasat University, led by Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart, Rector of Thammasat University, signed a memorandum of understanding for academic collaboration for the development of academia, research and provision of academic services with the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation (IHRI), which is led by Dr. Nittaya Phanuphak, Executive Director of the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Praphan Phanuphak Pungpapong, Senior Advisor of the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus.

The ceremony was attended by  Prof. Rapeepan Kumhom, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, Assoc. Prof. Dr Saifon Su-indramedhi, Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Assoc. Prof. Dr Sasitorn Taptagaporn, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Sciences.

This collaboration is meant to promote cooperation in the development of knowledge in the form of research and studies and provision of academic and social services among experts, specialists, researchers, academics, and related resources of Thammasat University and the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, including cooperation in the development of personnel, teaching staff, researchers, academics, and organizations to improve academic service and social service quality standards.

Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart, Rector of Thammasat University, said, “The signing of this memorandum of understanding for academic collaboration symbolizes integrative and bilateral cooperation, with support in academic activities provided by a coalition of agencies, namely, the Faculty of Public Health Sciences, the Faculty of Social Work, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the IHRI, which will lead and serve as the centre for research and innovations in HIV prevention.”

“This earnest academic and technological collaboration will help expand academic opportunities on every level for the university and provide learning through a variety of formats with innovations spanning several disciplines to meet current and future social dynamics.”

Dr Nittaya Phanuphak Pungpapong, Executive Director of IHRI, said that the signing of this memorandum of understanding for academic collaboration is an interdisciplinary effort meant to develop academia, research and academic service provision through learning management, research, training, and development of knowledge in public health, and this includes the mutual provision of academic and social services, with many parties, involved pushing and driving the organizations to ensure the success of these activities and bringing about greatest benefits for society.

This academic collaboration with the IHRI is a key future collaboration goal in line with Thammasat University’s strategy to promote, support and develop learning management, research, and training to improve public health knowledge in personnel and students and to provide academic and social services that will lead to the production of academic, research and innovation work achievements.