Griffith University signs Letter of Intent with Thammasat University, Thailand

Professor Sarah Todd
Dr Niru Nirthanan, Program Director, Bachelor of Medical Science, Ms Gayle Murray, International Relations Manager, Professor Lawrie Powell, Director, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Centre for the Advancement of Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Professor Nithi Mahanonda, Senior Advisor to the Dean, Thammasat University, Associate Professor Kammal Kumar Pava, Dean of (CICM) Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Prof Sarah Todd, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Professor Tony Perkins, Dean (Academic), Griffith Health, Executive, Professor Simon Broadley, Dean & Head of School, School of Medicine, Mr Peter Westwood, Executive Officer, Griffith Health Centre, Professor Mark Forwood, Head of School, School of Medical Science

On Monday 29 September 2014 Prof Sarah Todd, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Griffith University hosted a delegation from Thammasat University at the Gold Coast campus. The visit saw the signing of a Letter of Intent with Associate Professor Kammal Kumar Pava, Dean of Chulaborn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University. The Letter of Intent focused on the recognition of mutual benefits derived from scholarly interaction and collaborations for postgraduate medical degree curriculum development.

Established in 1934, Thammasat is the second oldest and one of the most well respected universities in Thailand. The University has evolved over time from an open university for law and politics, to a prestigious international university offering alllevels of academic degrees across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines.

Since its inception more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate studentshave graduated, greatly contributing to the development and progress ofThai society and national politics.

Thammasat University delegation members, which also included Professor NithiMahanonda, Vice President and Acting Director of Chulabhorn Hospital, were given an in depth tour of the new $150 million purpose built Griffith Health Centre. As one of Australia’s largest Heath faculties, the new Griffith Health Centre houses the schools of medicine, dentistry and oral health, and psychology under the one roof, as well as the delivery of anatomy, social work, and nutrition and dietetics programs.

With state-of-the-art facilities, and an interdisciplinary teaching focus, Griffith Health is well placed to engage with international partners.


Written by Ms Michelle Craig, International Relations Officer