Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 487--488

Bilateral partnering as academic health institution's evolving perspective: What can be the early collaboration?


Achara Phanurat, Wasana Kaewla, Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Surin Rajabhat University, Master Degree of Public Health Curriculum Department, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




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Phanurat A, Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Bilateral partnering as academic health institution's evolving perspective: What can be the early collaboration?.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:487-488


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Phanurat A, Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Bilateral partnering as academic health institution's evolving perspective: What can be the early collaboration?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 2 ];10:487-488
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The academic partnering between public health and medical institutes is very important in the present day. The collaboration can be helpful in public health and medical education. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is usually the basic document to support the collaboration.[1] In collaboration Norris et al. mentioned about “the importance of a MOU to document the roles and expectations of each partner.”[2] Zarner noted that “factors associated with success included a local initiative type of health plan, longer length of time that the MOUs were in place, and higher interorganizational collaborativeness.”[3] It can, the authors discuss our experience on bilateral partnering between Thai (Surindra Rajabhat University) and Indian University (Dr. DY Patil University). The primary partnering is for academic activities to support education, especially the field of medicine and health. The agreement was done in 2016. For any collaboration, the initial plan to set the collaborative activity in the starting phase is interesting. It is usually a question which thing to be done in the early collaboration. In the collaboration, as noted by De Marco et al., “challenges include managing expectations of diverse parties and adequate communication.”[4] After a specific discussion and brain storming, the early phase of collaboration was planned for (1) exchanging students and staffs, (2) teleconference, and (3) bilateral academic and cultural visits. Of interest, the use of teleconference tool was repeatedly mentioned for its usefulness. It can be a cheap and effective tool for the early stage of education collaboration.[5]

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