On Tuesday 12th February, the International Relations Office had the pleasure of welcoming a delegation from the Faculty of Allied Heath at Chulalongkorn University, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Led by Dr Palanee Ammaranond, Dean of the Faculty, the delegation included Dr Wanida Laiwattanapaisal, Associate Dean, Dr Viroj Boonyaratanakornkit, Graduate Program Director, and Dr Siriporn Jitkaew, Graduate Program Coordinator.

Chulalongkorn University (CU) is Thailand’s leading higher education institution and ranked #211 in the QS World Rankings 2024. As a comprehensive university, CU has a wide range of research areas with a focus on inter-disciplinary research, which includes research clusters in the areas of Advanced Materials, Ageing Society, ASEAN Studies, Automation Robotics, Climate Change and Disaster Management, Energy, Food, Health, and Social Development and Human Security. These research clusters align well with Bath’s three primary institutional research themes for collaborative working across disciplines: Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing and Digital, and present a multitude of opportunities for collaboration.

During their visit, the delegation met with academics and researchers from the Faculty of Engineering & Design, Faculty of Science and Department of Health. Prof. Pedro Estrela from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Bath is currently hosting a CU PhD student in his lab under the Visiting Postgraduate Scholars (VPS) scheme. This scheme allows PhD students from international universities to undertake research at Bath for up to 6-months, tuition-free. Building on this connection between the Faculty of Allied Heath at CU and the Faculty of Engineering & Design at Bath, discussions around postgraduate mobility, student recruitment and research collaboration took place.

Bath looks forward to continuing to explore a potential partnership with Chulalongkorn University through various educational and research collaboration activities.