Monday August 16, 2021 – Khon Kaen University met the press to release news about the research on immunity of those receiving Sinovac. KKU Medical Team led by Prof. Surasak Wongratanacheewin, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School; Asst. Prof. Supranee Pantanawiboon, Ph.D., a lecturer of Department of Microbiology of the Faculty of Medicine, as the research team leader; Asst. Prof. Athibodee Meesing, M.D., a lecturer of the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine; Ajarn Natsamol Tanakulrungsarit, Assistant to the President for Special Affairs joined at the press meeting, which took place at Sarasin Room, Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University.
The situation of Covid-19 is severe these days, with rapidly increasing number of infected people. Khon Kaen University thus came up with the Home Isolation Management System to assist Srinagarind Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine, KKU, so that more patients can be accepted into the hospital’s system and more normal patients can receive their treatment as usual. After the start, a lot of Covid-19 patient cases could be discharged, demonstrating that the system is satisfactory.
During Covid-19 pandemic, which results in a staggering number of patients, hospitals’ patient treatment and care system has been overcrowded and can no longer bed a lot of patients. The country found it vital to design a new system to accommodate the patients by asking those with minor symptoms or the patients labeled ‘green’ to rest at home, or what is called ‘Home Isolation’. However, for the patient to rest at home safely while being able to efficiently contact the doctors at hospital, it is necessary for hospitals to have certain devices for the purpose. Khon Kaen University’s hospital therefore comes up with the ‘Home Isolation Management System’ that meets the Telemedicine standard of Thailand, with hope to successfully undergo the crisis.
The national socio-economic restoration emphasizes the work at the community level by building jobs and occupations for self-reliance according to the principle of sufficiency economy. 60,000 new graduates and the public are employed to work in communities or sub-districts in one year. This project is called University to Tambon or U2T, carried out under 4 objectives: upgrading sub-district society by a university acting as a system Integrator, managing the community Big Data, employing the public, new graduates and students, and restoring community economy by solving the community problems. Khon Kaen University has joined the project under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation by being the Upper Isan node, regulating and carrying out the work in 395 sub-districts of 15 provinces in a group of 9 universities. 16 faculties and departments of Khon Kaen University have joined to take responsibilities over 135 sub-districts. The length of the project is one year until December 2021.
July 8, 2021 – Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University presided over the opening ceremony of the Conference: “Agriculture builds the nation, innovation builds occupations: Upgrading farmers with technologies and innovations.” The conference was organized by the Strategic Research and Coordination Institution for Northeast Development led by Assoc. Prof. Rangsan Niamsanit, Director of the Institute. The conference was organized via ZOOM and online platform, participated by academics, young smart farmers, leaders and representatives from governmental organizations, businessmen from the private sector, development workers, farmers and lecturers. At the conference, participants brainstormed ideas and knowledge in the use of technologies in farming. The event was also broadcast via Facebook page. There were 40 participants on site, and over 300 students, the public and representatives from organizations all over Isan participated via Zoom.
Throughout the month of May 2021, Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Business Administration and Accountancy with the Center for Asia-Pacific Tourism (CAPTOUR) brought a team to three subdistricts in Kalasin Province under KKU’s Project for Sustainable Development (University to Tambon, or U2T). The team partnered with lecturers to lead 8 training events in the province, aiming to train communities and improve knowledge related to language and tourism in the subdistricts of Na Chueak and Nong Tok Paen in Yang Talet District and the subdistrict of Pha Sawoei in Somdet District.
June 14, 2021 at 9:00-12:00 hours – Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University organized a workshop on “Contemporary Bamboo Handicraft for Elderly Enterprise Group” under the Integrated Socio-Economic Upgrading Project for Sub-districts (U2T Project) at Khua Riang Sub-district, Chumphae District, Khon Kaen. Asst. Prof. Mallika Srisuham and Dr. Pornthip Phontusaeng are in charge for the U2T Project in Khua Riang Sub-district with a working team. Mrs. Suphawadee Srisukhawat, District Chief Officer, chaired the opening ceremony, with Mr. Kampanat Thawongklang, Deputy District Chief Officer attending the opening session. The objective of the training was to upgrade the wickerwork and handicraft of the elderly enterprises group. The training also aimed at enabling the trainees to design interesting bamboo handicraft products with modern patterns and community identity. The trainer was Khun Noppamas Khot-ui, an expert in contemporary handicraft art and design. The training was held for 2 days, June 14-15, 2021.
This program strives to develop English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in line with the U2T Project for Sustainable Development, including: 1) Developing dignified livelihoods and creating new jobs (upgrading products by OTOP/other livelihoods); 2) Building and developing a Creative Economy (upgrading tourism); 3) Using knowledge to serve the community (Health Care/technology/etc.); and 4) Promoting environmentalism/the Circular Economy (increasing recurring income in the community).
May 14, 2021 at the Meeting Room on the 6th Floor of the Office of the President, Sirikunakorn Building – Asst. Prof. Sompong Sitthiprom, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for Security and Mr. Kasem Phuthamma, Director of the Security Division led Mr. Thanawat Songkhao and Mr. Phurin Chanbai, two computer engineering students of the Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University and Assoc. Prof. Wanida Kaen-akat, Ph.D., a lecturer of the Computer Engineering Department of Faculty of Engineering to meet Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University in order to give the “Smart Safety” system to Khon Kaen University for the protection of the campus and safety of the personnel, students and those visiting the university.
May 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University presided over the first meeting of 2021 of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Vaccination of Khon Kaen University at Sirikunakorn Room 5, 6th Floor, Sirikunakorn Building. The committee members comprise Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Human Resources, Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relation, Vice President for Infrastructure, Vice President for Digital, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Director of Srinagarind Hospital, Assistant to the President for Human Resources, Assistant to the President for Student Development and Alumni Relation, Assistant to the President for Security, Assistant to the President for Special Affairs, Head of the Social Medicine Unit of Srinagarind Hospital, and Director of the Office of the President who acted as the Secretary of the meeting, which was also available online via the video conferencing.
May 11, 2021 at Building 2 of KKU Library – Khon Kaen University led by Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of the University gave 3 Positive-Pressure TOT-KKU SWAP Test Boxes to representative of the Department of Medical Science: Mr. Wichai Prasatthong, Director of the 7th Medical Science Center Khon Kaen. Mrs. Wajana Changthong, a Senior Professional Associated Medical Officer. Among witnesses were Prof. Thidarat Boonmars, Ph.D., Vice President for Innovation and Enterprise of Khon Kaen University; Asst. Prof. Natthapat Ananteerakul, Assistant to the President for Education and Academic Services; Mr. Peerawat Ratanapongpian, Sales and Customer Service Manager, Northeast Region 1, National Telecom Public Company Limited; and Mr. Chalor Prasongdee, Khon Kaen Telephone, National Telecom Public Company Limited.