Mahidol University and seven other higher institutions signed an agreement to form a network for academic collaboration under the project "Innovations for Happiness Management: Developing Happy Universities through Happy Workplace Approach" on November 22, 2013
Mahidol University President Prof. Rajata Rajatanavin president over the signing ceremony, which brought together eight universities: Mahidol, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Suranaree Technology, Thepsatri Rajaphat, Walailak, Prince of Songkla, and Ubon Ratchathani.
The project will be facilitated by Mahidol University's Institute for Population and Social Research, which has been implementing Integrated Program for Happiness Management for Thailand's Happy Workplace, funded by Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
Prof. Rajata said academic excellence is a reflection of quality of life and happiness of the staff of universities, and making its personnel happy at work is very important and crucial for every organization to prepare for regional and global competition.
Mahidol University has conducted research and developed a happiness assessment which can be used by public as well as private organizations. Thus it is well-suited for being a center to extend the utilization of this happiness management tool to other partners in the network, he said.
Developed by IPSR, the so-called happinometer is a self-assessment that can measure an individual's happiness in nine aspects: body, relaxation, heart, soul, family, society, brain, money and work life.