The Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University co-hosted a Signing Ceremony for a Cooperation plan for emergency services development between the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, University of Tsukuba, Japan, and University of Health Science, Laos PDR on December 21, 2020. The ceremony was held in Meeting Room 1 (5103), 1st floor, Wechwichakarn Building, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University.
The online signing ceremony included high ranking administrators from the 3 institutes. The University of Tsukuba, Japan, representatives were 1) Professor Nagata Kyosuke, President, 2) Professor Ohneda Osamu, Office of Global Initiatives, 3) Professor Inoue Yoshiaki , Faculty of Medicine (Emergency Medicine), 4) Professor Hiramatsu Yuji, Deputy Director, University of Tsukuba Hospital, 5) Professor Ichikawa Masao, , Department of Global Public Health, 6) Dr. Suzuki Takaak,i Deputy Chief, International Medical Center, 7) Professor Isoda Masami, Director of University of Tsukuba Khon Kaen University Office, 8) Professor Nomura Nakao, International Exchange Support Director, Global Commons, 9) Mr. Suzuki Hiroyuki, Head, Office of Global Initiatives 10) Mr. Ota Daisuke Chief, Office of Global Initiatives.
University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR, representatives were 1) Dr. Bounthome Samountry, Interim President, 2) Dr. Chanthanome Manithip, Vice President, 3) Professor Mayfong Mayxay, Vice President, 4) Dr. Molina Choummanivong, Deputy Director of Administration Cabinet, 5) Dr. Alongkone Phengsavanh, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, 6) Dr. Phouvang Sengmeuang, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, 7) Dr. Vangnakhone Dittaphong, Deputy Director of Mittaphap Hospital, 8) Dr. Khamsay Dethleuxay, Deputy Director of Mahosoth Hospital, 9) Dr. Chanpheng Patthana, Head of International Relations Division, 10) Mr. Lattanavong Thammabanvong, Deputy Head of International Relations Division, 11) Miss. Lattanavone Sengmany Staff, International Relations Division 12) Miss. Phoudthasone Sengdala, Staff, International Relations Division.
The representatives from Khon Kaen University were Associate Professor Maitree Inprasitha, Vice President for Education and Academic Services, Assistant Professor Acharawan Topark-Ngarm, Assistant to the President for International Affairs, Associate Professor Somsak Tiamkao, Head, Department of Emergency Medicine and Doctor Kamonwon Ienghong, Department of Emergency Medicine.
The JICA Thailand Office also participated and sent Mr. Yuasa Keiichiro, Senior Representative, and Mr. Shuchi Ikeda, JICA Expert, to witness to the ceremony.
The signing person from each institute were Professor Nagata Kyosuke, President of University of Tsukuba, Japan, Dr. Bounthome Samountry Interim President University of Health Science, Laos PDR, and Associate Professor Maitree Inprasitha, Vice President for Education and Academic Services, Khon Kaen University, Thailand. This Letter of Intent is for the purpose of establishing cooperation plan to improve medical service, academic service, and research service between the 3 Universities in the field of emergency medicine and other related field. The improvement plan will improve the quality of emergency medical service in Southeast Asia region to the next level.
During the signing ceremony there are also special lecture by Prof. Hiramatsu Yuji, University of Tsukuba on the topic “Challenges on Medical Education under COVID-19 in Japan”, Doctor Kamonwon Ienghong, Department of Emergency Medicine, on the topic “Challenges on Medical Education under COVID-19 in Thailand”, and Professor Inoue Yoshiaki, University of Tsukuba, in the topic “Impact of COVID-19 on EMS System in Japan”. Before the end they also discuss about the plan to continue the cooperation and improvement of emergency medical service under the current situation in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Written by: Natakon Naowarojna
International Relations Office, Research and International Relations Affairs
Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University