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ASEAN PharmNET Deans Meeting

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Since 13 November 2023  

On November 13, 2023, from 01:30 p.m. to 04:00 p.m., the Executive Team of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University (MUPY) led by Assoc. Prof. Surakit Nathisuwan, the Dean, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Usa Chaikledkaew, Deputy Dean for International and Public Relations, together with Asst. Prof. Jennis Meanwatthana and Dr. Amporn Songkasiri joined a Zoom meeting with 15 Deans/Rectors of Pharmacy Schools under the ASEAN PharmNET and Prof. Dr. Michael Katz, the Chairman of the US-Thai Pharmacy Consortium. Regarding this, Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanuttha Ploylearmsang, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahasarakham University, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Thitima Doungngern from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University also attended the meeting.

This online meeting aimed to discuss the preparations and future arrangements for the arranging of the 4th ASEAN PharmNET Conference 2024 and the 2024 US-Thai Pharmacy Consortium Conference: 30th Anniversary Commemoration. These two conferences will be merged and physically hosted by MUPY in June 2024 in Thailand. The Deans of the ASEAN PharmNET also discussed how to establish and collaborate with their new academic and professional network between those in ASEAN countries and the US, resulting in the US-ASEAN Pharmacy Consortium. Besides, the meeting participants decided to establish the ASEAN PharmNET’s Secretariat Office at Mahidol University's Faculty of Pharmacy located in Thailand as a hub for cooperation between consortium members. They also agreed to appoint Dr. Amporn Songkasiri to be the Head of the Secretariat Office.

In brief, MUPY will be hosting the “2024 ASEAN PharmNET Conference" together with the "2024 US-Thai  Pharmacy Consortium Meeting” which consists of prestigious pharmacy schools from ASEAN PharmNET and the US. We, MUPY, expect that these two conferences will help create new collaborations among pharmacy schools in ASEAN and the US. Tentatively, the meeting will be physically held on 12-14 June 2024 in Bangkok. We also plan to invite renowned experts from pharmacy schools under ASEAN PharmNET and the US to share their knowledge and experiences in various pharmacy fields and to create a platform where pharmacy schools in ASEAN and the US can develop new partnerships to collaborate on pharmacy education, practice, and profession.

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