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Sussex signs agreement with Mahidol University in Thailand

The University of Sussex has strengthened its links with Mahidol University in Thailand by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

VC and Marcus Williams meet Mahidol University ExecutivesVice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing (centre) and Director of Student Recruitment Marcus Williams (second from the right) meet with executives from Mahidol University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, travelled to Thailand to sign the agreement on Monday (6 October) with the Director of Student Recruitment, Marcus Williams. 

Professor Farthing and Mr Williams were welcomed by Mahidol’s Vice President for International Relations and Assistant Professor, Surakit Nathisuwan; the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Skorn Mongkolsuk; the Director of the Institute for Population and Social Research, Associate Professor Sureeporn Punpuing; and other university executives. 

Signing the MoU signals the intentions of both universities to explore opportunities for collaboration. 

The universities also signed an undergraduate articulation agreement that will enable Mahidol students currently entering their first year of studies to progress to the second year of the BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Sussex in 2016. 

Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Dr Mike Titheradge led on the establishment of this agreement, on behalf of the School of Life Sciences. He is delighted to see it come to fruition after a considerable time in planning in both universities. 

He said: “It would not have been possible to establish such a new and exciting curriculum for both home and Thai students without the tremendous enthusiasm and commitment from faculty at Mahidol.” 

After the signing ceremony, representatives of both universities were able to discuss future areas of collaboration and to visit the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital.

In November, faculty from the School of Life Sciences will speak at an international conference at Mahidol on Frontier Research in Biodiversity and Agricultural Resources and discuss opportunities to explore a dual degree in Ecology and the Environment.