A delegation of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) led by President Lu Fan visited Thailand from March 21stto 24th. Members of the WMU delegation include heads of the School of International studies, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Laboratory Medicine and Life Science.
Chiang Mai University was the first stop of the delegation’s tour in Thailand. Founded in 1964, Chiang Mai University is a celebrated institution of higher education in northern Thailand famous for its medical and engineering disciplines. On March 21st, the delegation had talks with President Niwes Nantachit and heads of related colleges and administrative departments of Chiang Maiuniversity on building a Thai culture center at WMU, the application of WMU for the membership of the ASEAN+3 University Alliance, student exchange program and scientific research cooperation. President Niwes Nantachit presented the design sketch and badge of the Thai cultural center and promised the full support for WMU to apply for the membership of ASEAN+3 University Alliance. It is understood that the university alliance is the official organization for ASEAN University Network and well-known institutions of higher learning in ROK, Japan and China for the cooperation and promotion of higher education. Five Chinese universities including Peking University and Xiamen University have joined the alliance.
On the morning of March 22nd, during the separate talks with the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, the delegation and the host expressed intentions on cooperation in student exchange, teacher training and scientific research collaboration.
On the morning on March 23rd, the delegation attended the annual council meeting of the Confucius Institute at Burapha University (CIBU) and discussed how to promote the sustainable development of the featured programs of CIBU and how to develop the CIBU alumni association. After the dispatch letter from the Confucius Institute Headquarters was read to the meeting, delegates reelected the council board, reviewed and approved the 2015 Annual Work Report and Financial Report of CIBU. President Lu Fan was elected the Chinese council board chairperson and Zang Yulin officially took the post of the Chinese president of CIBU.
The inauguration ceremony of “Zhuoyue TCM Doctor Training Base Thailand” was also held at CIBU on the morning of March 23rd. President Lu Fan, President Li Jinlong of the Thailand Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor Association and President Sompol Pongthai of Burapha University attended the unveiling ceremony.
“Zhuoyue TCM Doctor Training Base Thailand” is the first TCM doctor training base in Thailand. In recent years, TCM has been popular in Thailand and well-received by its people. The training base will provide a new platform for the continuous education of Thai TCM doctors. Relying on CIBU’s experience in TCM cultural exchange built up in recent nearly 10 years and WMU’s resource of TCM teachers and experts, the training base is expected to provide systematic continuous education to Thai TCM doctors, improve their overall professionalism and professional level to better serve the Thai people.
At the same time, the Thailand Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor Association and CIBU started their collaboration on promoting TCM culture. The two sides officially launched the “TCM Health Maintenance and Healthcare Tour Thailand” program after the training base inauguration ceremony. According to the program, WMU’s specialists in traditional Chinese medicine will be invited annually to carry out TCM health maintenance publicity and free TCM service in Thailand.
On the morning of March 24th, heads of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Laboratory Medicine and Life Science of WMU visited their counterparts in Burapha University separately and signed a series of agreements on student exchange and scientific research cooperation.