On June 17, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, visited Wenzhou Medical University (WMU). WMU President Li Xiaokun and responsible officials from the International Affairs Office, the School of International Studies and the Second Affiliated Hospital met with the delegation.
President Li Xiaokun expressed warm welcome to the delegation led by General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and briefed delegation members about the history of Wenzhou, the current development of Wenzhou Medical University and the school’s cooperation and exchanges with Thai universities. He described Thailand as “a very traditional old friend of China and an important cooperative partner in building the “Belt and Road” (B&R) while WMU has established close and friendly cooperative relations with Thai universities and research institutions. In the past ten years, WMU has achieved fruitful results in cooperation with Thailand’s Burapha University, Chiang Mai University and Chulabhorn Royal Academy in joint establishment and operation of the Confucius Institutes, China-Thai cooperative educational programs, training of Traditional Chinese Medicine professionals and talents, and China-Thai cultural exchanges. He expected that General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh may have a better understanding of Wenzhou and WMU through the visit and provide support for WMU in its cooperation with Thai institutions of higher learning in joint building of China-Thai Cultural Exchange Center, China-Thai Life Sciences Center and other programs. He committed that WMU will contribute more to the promotion of friendly exchanges between Thailand and China.
General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh expressed his appreciation for the exchanges and cooperation between WMU and Thai universities. He pointed out that health has always been a topic of common concern for people all over the world. Wenzhou Medical University committed to cultivating high-level medical talents to continuously produce medical professionals to China and even the world is of great significance to promoting bilateral exchanges between Chinese and Thai, the training and cultivation of medical talents and improving medical standards. He said he is very much willing to do more for WMU deepen cooperation with more universities in Thailand to in education, scientific research and medical care service to enhance China-Thai cultural exchanges and mutual understanding.
During the visit, the delegation also made a tour of the campus and the School History Museum of WMU.
According to reports, Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, a member of the Thai Party, was Thailand’s Prime Minister from 1996 to 1997. He has visited China many times and has made positive and important contributions to the development of China-Thailand friendly relations over the time.