The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is the newest member of a multinational group working to advance pharmacy education, research and practice, and improve the health and welfare of the people in Thailand.

The U.S.-Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy Education in Thailand, founded in May 1994, made the announcement at the 2014 consortium conference from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. DKICP Associate Professor Carolyn Ma and Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit attended.

Thai-U.S. partnership

The consortium now includes 19 Thai and 17 U.S. schools of pharmacy. The American Association of Colleges and Pharmacy signed the original memorandum of agreement with eight schools of pharmacy in Thailand and the Committee for Pharmacy Manpower Development of the Thailand Ministry of University Affairs.

“We are energized by, and grateful for, the opportunity to join these other top schools of pharmacy because we understand how to affect global health and make a difference for humanity.” said DKICP Dean John M. Pezzuto. “Our geographic location positions us to become the hub of pharmaceutical research where contributions of western sciences, eastern traditions and Pacific island heritage combine to advance pharmaceutical knowledge and practice.”

These agreements give DKICP students an opportunity to go to Thailand for their experiential training, as well as bring PhD students and postdoctoral associates to Hawaiʻi to work in DKICP labs.

Thailand agreement adds to international opportunities

DKICP has developed relationships and signed memorandums of understanding with universities in China, Thailand and Japan. Students in the UH Hilo program also have unique learning opportunities available throughout Hawaiʻi, across the mainland and the Pacific Basin, in Guam, American Samoa and Saipan.

“This consortium will help us expand our scope to include other universities in Thailand, which in turn gives our respective students a wider global perspective,” said Wongwiwatthananukit, DKICP associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, who helped shape the existing agreements. “Being born and raised in Thailand, this is very meaningful because I know our work can affect generations to come.”

Read the UH Hilo news release for more information.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Ok I am happy for the people in Thailand akā no naʻe, what about the less- fortunate kanaka here at home? I have a daughter who totally is qualified for to be a technical in pharmaceuticals. She worked in Longs for 3 1/2 years. and left because she gave birth. She wants To be trained but has no financial backing. She is a mother of 3, soon to be 4,and maybe more someday.So why help foreigners when in our state there are kamaʻainas who could improve their standard of living as well as keep the pride of Hawaii just by being Hawaian,The way god made us. Mahalo, aloha. Iesū pū.

    1. Hi,

      The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy can supply information about requirements for admission and the profession of pharmacy, as well as scholarships available. Contact the College of Pharmacy student services office at or call (808) 932-7140.

      UH News staff

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