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Life Sciences wins award to further Thai partnership

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Michael Davies, and Professor Mike Titheradge, of the School of Life Sciences and BSMS, welcomed a senior delegation from Mahidol to campus in 2014.

The School of Life Sciences at Sussex has been awarded British Council funding to develop its teaching and research collaboration with Mahidol University, one of the leading research institutions in Thailand.

The School successfully bid for an award under the UK-Thailand Transnational Education Development Project, delivered by the British Council in collaboration with Thailand’s Office of the Higher Education Commission and eight Thai research universities.

The award will fund the exchange of up to seven academics for a research seminar to strengthen academic connections in pharmaceutical science, neuroscience and biotechnology and to collaborate on the design and development of a double degree in biological and environmental sciences.

A double degree would train world-class scientists, with the expertise, international experience and transferable skills to address global scientific challenges. The teaching collaboration will build on an existing double degree BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which was launched in 2014 and will provide for the progression of students to Sussex in 2016.

It will also strengthen the University’s emerging institutional partnership with Mahidol, which includes an institutional agreement, student exchange, the placement of Mahidol undergraduate researchers in Sussex laboratories and research co-operation under the Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnership.

Professor Jonathan Bacon, Acting Head of School, said: “This is a very welcome development, as it builds on the productive partnership we have already established with Mahidol University.”

An institutional Memorandum of Understanding, facilitating co-operation in research, teaching and student mobility, was signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, and the President of Mahidol University in 2014.

Mahidol is a public research university established in 1888, which has expanded on its original strengths in medicine and science to now excel in a range of subject areas, including social sciences, arts and humanities. The University was ranked number one in Thailand in the latest Times Higher Education World Rankings.

Posted on behalf of: School of Life Sciences
Last updated: Thursday, 17 March 2016


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