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Welcome to Professor Dr. Melissa E. Lenczewski, Director of the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy at Northern Illinois University, United States

On October 16, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., Associate Professor Dr. Kitikorn Charmondusit, the Dean, in the company of Associate Professor Dr. Noppol Arunrat, the Deputy Dean for Research and Academic Services, and Lecturer Dr. Praewa Wongburi, the Assistant to the Dean for Policy, Planning, and International Relations, the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, had the honor of extending a warm welcome to Professor Dr. Melissa E. Lenczewski, Director of the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy at Northern Illinois University, United States, on the occasion of her visit to Thailand, to follow up on the research collaborations with faculty members as a recipient of the ASEAN Fulbright Research Scholar scholarship. The focus of this research will revolve around issues related to "Contaminants in groundwater in relation to urban expansion and tourism."
During the meeting, Associate Professor Kitikorn and Professor Lenczewski engaged in comprehensive discussions concerning the proposed research endeavors. This included deliberations on the blueprint for future research initiatives, particularly in the realm of environmental concerns, such as groundwater contamination in industrial areas. Furthermore, the dialogue encompassed the integration of environmental science with health science and the development of a curriculum designed to accommodate the evolving labor market, ensuring that recent graduates remain aligned with global trends, with a specific emphasis on issues linked to environmental sustainability.The meeting also paved the way for the formulation of collaborative research strategies and the planning of diverse academic activities aimed at fostering an enriched academic environment.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Northern Illinois University

On September 27, 2023, Associate Professor Dr. Sura Pattanakiat, the Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand, and Professor Laurie Elish-Piper, the Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at Northern Illinois University in the USA, formally entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU establishes a collaborative framework between the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University and Northern Illinois University, aimed at facilitating and enhancing academic information exchange activities.

The collaboration entails the exchange of visiting faculty, students, and support personnel between both institutions. In this capacity, Associate Professor Dr. Rattanawat Chaiyarat, the Director of the Bachelor of Science Program in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (International Program), and Professor Kerry Wilks, the Associate Vice President in the Division of International Affairs, also signed the MoU as witnesses.

This academic partnership is effectively coordinated by Professor Melissa E. Lenczewski from the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy within the Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment, together with Assistant Professor Dr. Achara Ussawarujikulchai, who serves as the Director of the Master of Science Program in Technology of Environmental Management (Special Program), and Lecturer Dr. Praewa Wongburi, a faculty member.


Warm welcome to a delegation from Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China

August 29, 2023, at 10:00 hrs., Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sura Pattanakiat, Dean, accompanied by Asst. Prof. Dr. Pattaraporn Posoknistakul, Deputy Dean for International Relations and Special Affairs of the Faculty of Engineering, Asst. Prof. Dr. Allan Sriratana Tabucanon, Assistant to the Dean for Corporate Communication and International Relations, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noppol Arunrat, Assistant to the Dean for Policy, Planning, and Knowledge Management, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Thamarat Phutthai, Assistant to the Dean for Student Affairs and Special Events, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, along with Ms. Wanpimon Senapadpakorn, Director of the Division of International Relations at Mahidol University, extended a warm welcome to a delegation from Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China, led by Prof. Zuo Jiane, Associate Dean, along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zhenyuan Yin from the Institute for Ocean Engineering, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Jong Mui Choo.

The visit was intended to introduce the educational and research activities of Tsinghua University's Beijing Main Campus and Shenzhen Campus, and to engage in discussions about fostering collaborative networks at both the faculty and university levels across various disciplines, which encompassed a range of topics, including participation in summer student exchange programs, personnel exchanges, academic conferences, and the creation of a joint curriculum at the graduate level. Cooperation agreements were also considered at both the faculty and university levels. This visit was part of Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University's mission to visit universities in Southeast Asia, with the aim of expanding its cooperative endeavors with international partners. The goal was to explore interdisciplinary approaches that would address the challenges of creating and advancing knowledge on a global scale.

The meeting took place in Meeting Room 531 at the Office of the President at Mahidol University, coordinated by Mahidol University’s International Affairs Division and Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies.


Welcome a courtesy visit from Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, UNOSSC Director, and Ms. Yejin Kim, Project Manager, from United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

August 24, 2023, 13.30 hrs., Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nathsuda Pumijumnong, Director of the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Environment and Resource Studies (International Program), Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University, and also the Training Program Director for the international training course on “Adapting to Climate Change: Facing the Consequence,” represented the Dean of the Faculty, to welcome a courtesy visit from Ms. Dima Al-Khatib, UNOSSC Director, and Ms. Yejin Kim, Project Manager, from United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). This visit was a follow-up on the outcomes of the aforementioned training course, which was held virtually from May 9-25, 2023, with support from Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund (PGTF), and to discuss potential collaborative opportunities for enhancing capacity-building initiatives between the faculty and the network of countries involved in UNOSSC projects. The scope of collaboration may include further research cooperation, training activities, and funding for upcoming training projects.

The meeting took place at Meeting Room 4, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University. Following the bilateral discussions, the visitors had the opportunity to explore the Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park and the campus surroundings. This exploration aimed to provide insights into the university's efforts to become an environmentally conscious institution, promoting green practices, and aligning with the sustainable development goals.


Certificates Presentation and Closing Ceremonies of the "Transdisciplinary Summer School on the Environment"

August 25, 2023, Associate Professor Dr. Sura Pattanakiat, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University, along with Professor Dr. Jiro Okada, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Science at Nagasaki University, conveyed their congratulations to the students at the certificates presentation and closing ceremonies of the "Transdisciplinary Summer School on the Environment," which took place from July 3 to August 25, 2023, structured as a blend of online instruction and a scientific laboratory internship, including fieldwork at Nagasaki University in Japan.


During the ceremony, the "Award of Excellence for Best Presentation" was given to a student group that delivered outstanding work on August 24, 2023, on the subject entitled "Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activities." The group consisted of Ms. Sonya Jäppinen and Mr. Poppoom Rimsithiwongso from the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University, Mr. Nicholas Gibbons, a student of Earth and Environmental Science at Lancaster University, UK, and Ms. Ririka Kitamura, Ms. Misato Fujimura, and Miss Nanoko Taira, students of the Faculty of Environmental Science at Nagasaki University, Japan.


MUEN signed an extension of the MoC with Nagasaki University

On August 24, 2023, Associate Professor Dr. Sura Pattanakiat, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, participated in the presentations given by students from the Bachelor of Science Program (B.Sc.) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (International Program) and the Bachelor of Science Program in Environmental Science and Technology (ES). The event showcased a diverse range of topics, after the field trips, as part of the "Transdisciplinary Summer School on the Environment" project, such as E-waste management in Thailand, the UK, and Japan; environmental issues affecting endemic species on Tsushima Island; environmental pollution arising from agricultural activities; illegal dumping of construction waste in Japan; and concerns surrounding Environmental Issues and Sustainability. This session involved collaboration among students from the Faculty of Environmental Science at Nagasaki University, Japan, and students from the Earth and Environmental Science Program at Lancaster University, UK. The initiative was jointly organized by the Faculty of Environmental Science and the Asian Environmental Resilience Research Center (AERRC) at Nagasaki University, Japan. Its purpose was to offer 3rd year undergraduate students from universities worldwide, including Japan, the opportunity to engage in problem-based learning (PBL), combining online teaching, laboratory training, and fieldwork at Nagasaki University and Mahidol University.

Additionally, on August 23, Associate Professor Dr. Sura also attended a discussion with Professor Yujing Jiang, Vice President for International Exchange, about enhancing collaboration networks for personnel exchange and joint research on various topics. Following the discussion, he also signed a memorandum of cooperation to extend the period of academic cooperation in research, student exchange, and the organization of academic conferences and workshops with Nagasaki University for an additional 5 years. This collaborative effort was led by Professor Dr. Kodo Umakoshi, Director of the Asian Environmental Resilience Research Center, and Professor Dr. Jiro Okada, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Science. The signing ceremony was also attended by Prof. Tetsuji Muto, Vice Dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Minoru Wada, Vice Dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Yuji Takao, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Science, and Prof. Dr. Hideki Nakayama


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