The First ASEAN Deans’ Summit: Connecting ASEAN Medical Schools towards One Community


Siriraj joined hands with 12 prestigious medical schools from 10 ASEAN
countries to leverage medical education and health system in the ASEAN
regions in this historic event,“The First ASEAN Deans’ Summit: Connecting
ASEAN Medical Schools Towards One Community”
September 17-19, 2012
               “The First ASEAN Deans’ Summit: Connecting ASEAN Medical Schools towards One Community” has been arranged with the objectives to promote collaboration among leading medical schools in the ASEAN region to leverage medical education and health system towards international excellence and to be prepared to work as one community by 2015.
               The ASEAN Deans’ Summit is the first time in the history of Thailand and ASEAN whereby the medical education leaders (Deans and Rectors) from 10 nations, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Brunei convened at Siriraj to share their visions and ideas how to collaborate among one another for the benefits of 600 million ASEAN people. Moreover, 17 other medical schools in Thailand have been also attended such historic summit at Siriraj!
               The summit consisted of many interesting lectures and discussions such as ‘Medical Education and Health Care System in the ASEAN countries’ which focused on the common visions and missions to improve the quality of education of medical students and doctors in training, medical research, and public health in the ASEAN countries. Furthermore, a keynote lecture was given by Professor Lincoln Chen, President of China Medical Board on September 18, 2012.

Moreover, on September 18, 2012 at 16.30, Clinical Professor UdomKachintorn, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, presided over the signing ceremony of “Declaration of the Southeast Asian Medical Schools Initiative” whereby Deans and Rectors of 10 ASEAN countries agreed to participate in such an important event at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. The goal is to establish and reinforce a collaboration and network among all participating medical schools from 10 ASEAN countries to share human resources and provide capacity building for medical education and research and health system of ASEAN countries which will hopefully lead to the betterment of ASEAN community as a whole. The next ASEAN Deans’ summit has been proposed by the Dean of the University of Malaya to be organized in Malaysia in 2013.