UH Hilo College of Pharmacy students

Carolyn Ma

The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is expanding collaborative academic and research projects in Thailand with a new exchange program agreement.

Khon Kaen University in northeastern Thailand has become the fifth Thai university to sign a memorandum of agreement with the UH Hilo pharmacy college. Other Thai schools of pharmacy with similar exchange agreements include Chulalongkorn University (2011), Rangsit University (2013), Silpakorn University (2014) and Siam University (2014).

Under the agreement that began February 8, Khon Kaen University’s pharmaceutical sciences and UH Hilo will jointly develop activities based on their academic and educational needs. Collaborations may include the exchange of research materials, support for distance learning courses, organization of joint research programs and the exchange of students, faculty and staff.

“Multiple student and faculty exchanges and visiting lecturers help us broaden our reputation for global pharmacy education and helps our students gain international, inter-professional perspectives both culturally and educationally,” says Carolyn Ma, dean of Hilo’s pharmacy college. “Mutual benefits include research collaboration projects, practice and innovation collaborations, and faculty and preceptor development programs.”

Hilo’s pharmacy college and Khon Kaen University also are integrated by educational agreements with the Tsuzuki Education Group.

“One great aspect about all these international ties is that we can share intellectual and professional ideas in true academic format,” the dean explains. “It helps us offer a broader global experience for everyone.”

For more information, read UH Hilo Stories or the UH Hilo news release.