The Mahidol University President, Professor Banchong Mahaisavariya, and the President of the University of Bremen, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, signed the cooperation agreement during a digital meeting. Over 40 members from both universities were present. Student and researcher exchanges as well as the joint supervision of PhD students form the core of the partnership. Additionally, the involved parties have defined guidelines to support the joint training of doctoral students and the collaborative obtaining of funding. Alongside the regular exchange of scientists from both universities, many partner workshops on topics such as surgical assistant systems, catastrophe aid, or illnesses that are spread by mosquitos, have already taken place. A medical-computer science research laboratory (Mahidol-Bremen Medical Informatics Research Unit – MIRU) was established in Thailand in 2018 as a permanent cooperation facility.
Online Courses for Students from Bangkok
An intense cooperation between the ICT Faculty at Mahidol University and the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) has existed for nearly a decade. Together with the computer science professor Peter Haddaway from the ICT Faculty at Mahidol University, various joint projects have been successfully realized in Southeast Asia. The collaboration has expanded to include additional faculties such as biology and business studies / economics in the past years. Several online German courses for students from Bangkok are currently in preparation. A further element of the strategic partnership will be the regular exchange between the management levels of the universities.
Support for PhD Students with Christian Freska Scholarship
“Signing the agreement is another important milestone for the cooperation with Thailand,” says the President of the University of Bremen, Bernd Scholz-Reiter. Dr. Thomas Barkowsky from BSCC adds: “This is especially important to us as our valued colleague Professor Christian Freska passed away suddenly from the consequences of a tragic accident a few months ago.” Freska played a key role in initiating the cooperation and moved it forward with great dedication. “With the signing of the agreement and the continuation of this cooperation, we wish to honor his memory,” explains Barkowsky. And that is why both universities established a Christian Freska Scholarship as part of the cooperation agreement. The scholarship is to financially support the exchange and cross-university supervision of PhD students.
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