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Welcome the New Zealand Ambassador to Khon Kaen University


We are honored to welcome H.E. Mr. Jonathan Kings, Ambassador of New Zealand, to Srinagarind Hospital. Joining him are Professor Vanchai Vatanasapt, former KKU president and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor Pattarapong Makarawate, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor Thuss Sanguansak, Vice Dean for International Relations and Corporate Communication, and Associate Professor Warachaya Phanphruk, Assistant for International Relations and Corporate Communication.

Srinagarind Hospital began outpatient services in a temporary building under the leadership of its first director, Associate Professor Dr. Napadon Thongsophit. The hospital’s construction was a collaboration between the Thai and New Zealand governments, with designs by Llewelyn-Davies Weeks Forester-Walkers and Bor of England and construction management by Kingston Reynolds Thom & Allardice Limited (KRTA) of New Zealand. This project aimed to provide university-level healthcare services to the populous Northeast region of Thailand and enhance the capacity to produce knowledgeable and skilled medical and health personnel.

His Majesty the King Rama IX laid the foundation stone of Srinagarind Hospital on February 19, 1976, and graciously named it in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra. The construction of the hospital’s treatment and service buildings was completed in 1982, establishing Srinagarind Hospital as the first tertiary care university hospital in Northeast Thailand.