Mundo signs MoU with Thai Thammasat University
In June a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Maastricht University and Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Mundo director Han Aarts met with Thammasat rector ms. Gasinee Witoonchart at the Rangchit campus of Thammasat University to celebrate the occasion.
Thammasat University is one of the leading universities in Thailand and offers many (Master) programmes in English for an international student population. The university also intends to offer education in innovative formats, like problem-based learning. So there are similarities with Maastricht University.
Cooperation for many years
The two universities actually already cooperate for many years. There have been joint projects on improving medical education at Thammasat and elsewhere in South East Asia and some student exchanges. Thammasat is also one of the main partners in the Global Health programme offered by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of UM. And various delegations of Thammasat University visited the UM in recent years to learn how problem-based learning is applied at the UM.
New initiatives will be developed
According to the MoU, the universities intend to strengthen their cooperation, especially in education. Existing cooperation will be continued and new initiatives will be developed. Thammasat’s new School for Global Studies seeks cooperation with the UM, there may be student exchanges in several areas and the institutions want to intensify their cooperation on educational development. Thammasat has also expressed an interest in developing double degree arrangements. In addition, Thammasat can be a partner for UM in cooperation initiatives with other partners in Asia.