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Australia Presents Scholarship to Graduate Students in Forensic Science, Mahidol University

 

 

Six scholarships, each worth 307,800 Baht, support by the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Embassy, Thailand were awarded to the graduate students of Mahidol University. Prof. Skorn Mongkolsuk, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University received the scholarships on behalf of the students in the Master of Science Programme in Forensic Science in a scholarship presentation ceremony held on Monday, May 25th, 2009 at room K102, Chalermprakiet Building, Faculty of Science, Phayathai campus.

H.E. Mr. Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand presided in the presentation of Australian Federal Police (AFP) – Australian Embassy scholarship. The scholarship aims to develop human resource in the field of forensic science in Thailand, in particular for the students in Master of Science Programme in Forensic Science, Mahidol University. This year, four police officers from the Office of Police Forensic Science, Royal Thai Police, and two governmental officers from the Central Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Justice, received the scholarship. Honorary guests, Police Major General Prapat Kontrong, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police’s Office of Police Forensic Science, and Dr. Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan , Director of Central Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Justice, and Prof. Chumpon Wilasrusmee, Assistant to the President for International Affairs, Mahidol University, attended the ceremony.

The Master of Science Programme in Forensic Science (International Programme) was launched in 2004, aiming to produce graduates in forensic science, who specializes in laboratory analysis and assisting law enforcement. Forensic science is considered a discipline that is short on human resource, and there is an urgent need. This program was developed in collaboration with the Forensic Science Unit, University of Strathclyde in UK, where forensic science has been taught since 1966, and the two main forensic agencies in Thailand, The Royal Thai Police Office of Forensic Science (RTPOFS), and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS), Ministry of Justice. This program is a 12 months program. To-date, there is a total of 45 graduates. The graduates entered to work in various governmental agencies such as the Ministry of Justice, Royal Thai Army, hospitals, various universities as well as private sector. Currently, there are 45 students enrolled in the program, and six students received the scholarship from the Australian Government similar to the previous year, which was the first year in awarding the scholarship.

Post Date : May 28, 2009

 
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