USF Health signs collaborative agreements with Thailand’s Burapha University

USF Health recently forged two new academic partnerships with one of Thailand’s major public universities, Burapha University in the Chonburi Province. 

One collaborative agreement will explore the possibility of setting up a simulation center modeled after the university’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, or CAMLS, on the Burapha University campus. 

The second paves the way for mutually-enriching international educational and research collaborations between the USF College of Pharmacy and Burapha University, including exchanges of faculty members and students, co-applying for grants, short term education programs, and training of pharmacy administration leaders from the Thai university.  The two institutions will seek external and internal funding sources to support joint project proposals developed.

Burapha University delegation, collaborative agreement signing

Shufeng Zhou, MD, PhD (right), associate vice president of global medical development at USF Health, and Burapha University President Sompol Pongthai, MD, sign one of two collaborative agreements between the two institutions.

A senior delegation from of officials from Burapha University visited Tampa, Dec. 11 to 15, to meet with leaders from USF World and USF Health and sign the agreements.   The delegates toured USF Health CAMLS, the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, and the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.  The visit culminated with the signing of the collaborative agreements.

“USF Health is well positioned to become a leader in pharmacy education nationally and globally,” said Dr. Shufeng Zhou, associate vice president of global medical development for USF Health and professor and associate dean of international research for the College of Pharmacy.

The collaboration with Thailand’s Burapha University is the latest addition to a series of educational, research and community outreach partnerships that the USF College of Pharmacy has established across China over the last two years.  The partners include hospitals, medical schools and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Guandong, Nanchang, Changsha, Jinan and Tianjin.

Burapha University delegates, Dr. Stephen Klasko

Dr. Stephen Klasko (upper right), CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, met with the delegation from Burapha University, Thailand.

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L to R: Rarcharneepron Subgranon, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Thailand; Kevin B. Sneed, PharmD, dean of the USF College of Pharmacy; Sindhchai Keokitichai, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Burapha University; William S. Quillen, director of the USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences; Shufeng Zhou, MD, PhD, associate vice president of global medical development, USF Health; Yashwant Pathak, MPharm, PhD, associate dean for faculty affairs, USF College of Pharmacy; and Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, dean of the USF College of Nursing.