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In the era of rapid technological advancement, the development of science has become increasingly dynamic and fast-paced. Higher education institutions, such as colleges and universities, must possess a high level of adaptability to keep pace with these changes. The continuous progress of science presents challenges and new opportunities for academic institutions.

Academic institutions must understand that science is constantly advancing. Every discovery, current research, or technological development can shift our paradigms and understanding of the world. Therefore, higher education institutions must continually strive to remain relevant and responsive to these changes.

It includes curriculum adjustments, new programme development, educational facilities and technology enhancement. Furthermore, academic institutions should also promote research and innovation among their faculty and students. They can become centres of evolving innovation and knowledge by encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and investing in relevant research.

Mahidol University recognises the significance of transformations in the modern educational landscape. These transformations extend beyond the realm of science and technology majors, encompassing even the humanities and social sciences.

In light of this, Associate Professor Dr Vichita Ractham, the Dean of the College of Management at Mahidol University, and Associate Professor Dr Prattana Punnakitikashem, the Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Management, recently participated in a significant event. They joined Professor Tan Kian Lee, the Dean of the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore, in a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony.

Technology has facilitated new avenues for exploration and analysis in the realm of humanities and social sciences. Scholars in these fields can harness the power of digital tools and data analytics to delve deeper into historical archives, analyse societal trends, and gain fresh insights into human behaviour and culture. Digital humanities, for instance, has emerged as an exciting field that leverages technology to enhance our understanding of literature, history, linguistics, and more.

It was to formalise an academic collaboration between Mahidol University and the National University of Singapore. The MoU signifies a commitment to future academic cooperation, setting the stage for various collaborative initiatives between the two institutions.

These initiatives could encompass joint research projects, student exchanges, faculty collaborations, and various academic programmes designed to enhance both universities’ educational and research experiences.

Incorporating technology into humanities and social sciences curricula enhances the educational experience for students, preparing them for a world where digital literacy and critical thinking are essential skills. It also encourages innovative teaching methods, such as blended learning, flipped classrooms, and online forums for intellectual discourse.

The signing ceremony, held at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore, marked a significant milestone in fostering stronger ties between these esteemed institutions of higher learning. It represents a shared vision of promoting academic excellence, knowledge sharing, and international cooperation in education.

This academic collaboration promises to open new horizons for Mahidol University and the National University of Singapore. It is a testament to the belief in the transformative power of education and research in shaping the future and creating opportunities for students, faculty, and researchers from both universities.

As the MoU sets the foundation for this collaborative journey, it is with optimism and enthusiasm that both institutions look forward to the exciting possibilities and contributions this partnership will bring to academia and beyond.

As Mahidol University continues to evolve and adapt to these transformations, it reaffirms its commitment to providing a well-rounded education that integrates technology and humanistic values. By recognising the importance of technology in science and humanities majors, the university prepares its students to navigate the complexities of our digital age.


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