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15 October 2010 :: 11:10:04 am 44046

Mahidol-Miami Universities Sign MOU on Joint Masters Degree

Thailand’s Mahidol University and the Miami University in the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of a joint master’s degree program, according to academics at the respective universities.
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Thailand, the 14th of October 2010: The degree program, based on population and social gerontology (MPSG), will incorporate a joint curriculum devised by the faculty at Mahidol, Miami’s department of sociology and gerontology and Scripps Gerontology Center. The program will require students to undertake the two-year master’s program, spending one year in Miami followed by a year at Thailand’s Mahidol.

All classes will be in English; however, non-Thai speaking students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in Thai culture as part of their studies while their Thai counterparts will be urged to do the same in the Miami segment of the course.

At present there are currently four students enrolled in the course at Miami, with a total enrolment of 10 to 12 students expected to take part in the course by the start of next semester.

“Our goal is to better train a cadre of future academicians, administrators and other workers in the increasingly important field of global aging,” said Lee Harrington, professor of sociology and an affiliate of the women’s studies program, who is coordinating the joint degree gerontology program for Miami.

“The world is rapidly becoming more interconnected, and it is vital to the learning experience that we promote opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in the culture and social policies of other countries, particularly with our neighbours in Asia,” Harrington said.

Mahidol, which has a student population of about 23,000, is centrally located in Bangkok and renowned for its international student population, as well as its work in world population studies. Mahidol’s Rossarin Gray will be the joint degree program director at Mahidol.

Formalised recently by the signing of an MOU between Mahidol’s President Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn and Miami’s President David Hodge, the program is the result of a 2006 initiative by Miami’s provost’s office and graduate school to develop joint and dual international master’s degree programs at Miami University.

“It is unique among graduate programs in the university system of Ohio in that it is a true dual degree program, from which graduates will receive diplomas bearing the seals of both Mahidol University and Miami University,” said Bruce Cochrane, director of Miami’s graduate program.

“And it comes at a time when graduate education is becoming increasingly international in scope and in which international partnerships are becoming an increasingly important component of education at many leading institutions worldwide.”

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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