During October 6 – 16, 2018, together with Mahidol University executives, delegates from the Faculty of ICT including Assoc. Prof. Jarernsri L. Mitrpanont, Dean of Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Asst. Prof. Boonsit Yimwadsana, Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and International Relations, Asst. Prof. Worapan Kusakunniran, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration, Mr. Morakot Choetkiertikul, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration, and Dr. Wudhichart Sawangphol, Assistant Dean for Research and Academic Services visited 6 leading Australian universities including Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, and Monash University.
The main purpose of the visits is to learn from these leading universities especially in the area of strategic plan for becoming a world class university, and to establish academic collaboration with the universities in Australia. All universities visited are ranked in the top 200 world universities by QS universities thanks to their focus on high social impact research, industry collaboration, entrepreneurial mindset, and practical academic programs.
The visit to Macquarie University will lead to the establishment of the cortutelle program between Mahidol University and Macquarie University at the Ph.D. level. The possibilities of establishing academic collaboration such as dual degree programs at undergraduate and master degree levels were also discussed especially in the area of cyber security and game technology.
Faculty of ICT delegates met university administrators of University of Sydney (UoS) to learn strategic plans of University of Sydney and administrator of the faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, UoS, who agree on exploring the opportunity of research collaboration, study abroad program between the two universities including internship opportunity, 4+1 program and the establishment of the biomedical engineering department of University of Sydney.
Faculty of ICT delegates also visit University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a faculty coordinator of the faculty of engineering and information technology. UNSW’s main strength is in the area of computer science, electrical engineering, robotics, environmental engineering and minerals and energy engineering. UNSW is interested in the study abroad program with Mahidol University which will help lay a foundation for research and academic collaboration in the future.
The visit of University Technology Sydney (UTS) shows us how UTS use technology to enhance student learning and research. Faculty members are expected to work with external industry partners in order to help student prepare for their career as well as developing research which impact the society. Faculty of ICT and Faculty of Computing, UTS, agree to collaboration on study abroad and research internship program for students of the two universities. In addition, both institutions discussed opportunities for exploring possible research and academic collaboration in the future.
Not far from Sydney, Faculty of ICT delegates met with executives of the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the Decision Support Lab (DSL) at Faculty of Engineering and Information sciences, University of Wollongong. The two institutions have a lot of research areas in common and agree to support
study abroad program of students, faculty exchange and research collaboration in the area of software engineering, optimization and computer vision.
On the way to Melbourne, the delegates of the Faculty of ICT paid a visit to the Thai Student Support center in Canberra, Australia. Faculty of ICT thanks the center for taking care of the staff of the Faculty of ICT during their study for Ph.D. degree programs in Australia under the faculty development program.
In Melbourne, the Faculty of ICT delegates visited Monash University to discuss possible academic and research collaboration. In this meeting, the two sides agree that the collaboration will start from faculty-level research collaboration which can be extended towards other academic and student collaboration in the future.
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