Chiang Mai University (CMU)
1. Overseas Local Research Center
2. Geographic Location
- Located at the center of Indochinese Peninsula, Thailand has many advantages as local research center as it is geographically located at the center of many countries including Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
- Operates collaborative research network for infectious diseases with organizations in Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.
- Thailand, which is geographically located at the center of the Indochinese Peninsula, experiences relatively diverse outbreaks of infectious diseases than surrounding countries.
3. Advanced Study of Medicine through Medical Education and Clinical Support
- The long legacy of CMU, one of the largest schools of medicine in Northern Thailand, dates back to 1964.
- It was the first advanced educational institution founded in the northern part of Thailand and first local university to be established outside of Bangkok, its capital, with strength particularly in the study of medicine.
- Given its location and climate, it is systematically well-equipped for epidemiology studies and has competitive edge in the study of infectious diseases. This helps to secure quality human resources and facilitates the exchange of information on infectious diseases.
- Due to its relatively advanced economy, the study of medicine in Thailand is also more advanced than that of its neighboring countries on the Indochinese Peninsula.
4. Great Need and Demand for International Collaborative Research
- Unlike Singapore and Malaysia, where many clinical researches are already taking place, Thailand just started international collaborative research and has high demand
5. Thailand: Medical Hub of Asia
- Not only does Thailand have affordable medical cost, but also medical service and technological infrastructure that are comparable to those of advanced countries.
- It has developed its healthcare system by investing in human resources and offering diverse incentives.
- There are increased investments on advanced medical equipment and facilities, increased potential growth in medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, and subsequent increase in demand of collaborative research on infectious diseases, e.g. development of new vaccines.
6. Top Quality at Affordable Prices
- Medical service in Thailand complies with international standards and there are more than 1000 public and private hospitals that operate with physicians who have international qualifications and provide outstanding services at affordable prices. .