On 26 March 2018, the President of the German Red Cross and Former Federal Minister of Health Ms. Gerda Hasselfeldt and Chairwoman of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and Former Bavarian Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs Professor Ursula Männle visited Mae Fah Luang University.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the situation of health and medical services especially the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and ambulance services in GMS countries and the role of MFU in academic collaboration with the countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
In the discussion, the Dean of the School of Medicine Lt. Gen Emeritus Dr. Nopadol Wora-Urai expressed that the School focused on community medicine and collaborated with community. MFU’s Medicine programme is different from others in that all medical students (year 1-6) were sent to rural hospitals to take care of people not only in Thailand but also in GMS countries. Throughout the programme, students get experience, have positive attitudes towards the medical profession, dedicate themselves to promoting health and are prepared to support and contribute to the community.
In addition, since there were many medical experts in cardiology and obesity in Germany while knowledge about tropical diseases is needed, the two parties planned to develop academic cooperation among staff and student through exchanges as well as information sharing. Under the collaboration, MFU medical students will be able to enroll in a short course to learn and observe the health care service system in Germany.