Academic Mobility Fund – helping WIT grow its relations with Thailand



Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 15 August, 2018

In 2017, the HEA launched the Government of Ireland International Academic Mobility Programme.   Over the coming weeks, the HEA will feature examples of initiatives that have been made possible as a result of this investment.

Among the successful applicants was Waterford Institute of Technology which has a number of projects with universities in Thailand.

Thanks to the funding, WIT has engaged with Chiang Mai University, the first public university to be sanctioned outside of Bangkok in Thailand – a university with 40,000 students.  A memorandum of understanding has been agreed and progress is being made in relation to the development of a Joint Master Programme in Innovative Engineering/Biomedical Engineering.  In September 2019, WIT will welcome students for an 18-week programme in hospitality studies.

Below: Prof. Juggapong Natwichhai , Prof. Nipon Theera-Umpon, Dr Austin Coffey (WIT Project Leader), Prof. Sansanee Auephanwiriyakul, Chiang Mai University

The Institute is also exploring a range of possible collaborations with Srinakharinwirot University to include: (i) Engineering (Mechanical, Polymer, Civil), (ii) Education, (iii) Health Sciences, (iv) Food Technology & Science, (v) Culinary Arts.  (see main photo above).