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Vice-Chancellor sent thanks from Thailand

30 August 2006

From left: Professor Larkins was presented with a plaque of thanks by Ms Jan Miller, Dr Iqbal Gondal and Professor Michael Georgeff.

A group of Monash academics has delivered a token of thanks from Thailand to Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins.

In June, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in North Bangkok hosted the Sixth Annual Thai Computer Science Linkage Workshop -- an event that draws together computing academics from universities throughout Thailand.

Monash's Faculty of Information Technology has had a long-standing involvement with the workshop, and this year the Vice-Chancellor's Office contributed funding towards it.

The Monash delegates who took part were Caulfield School of Information Technology senior lecturer Ms Jan Miller, Gippsland School of Information Technology senior lecturer Dr Iqbal Gondal and Director of e-Health at the Monash Institute of Health Services Research Professor Michael Georgeff.

The host institute gave them a thank-you plaque, asking them to personally present it to Professor Larkins, which they did last week.

Ms Miller said it was important for Monash to play a role in such international events.

"Thailand and other countries in South and Southeast Asia, such as India, have a booming information technology sector, so it is important for Monash to establish and maintain strong IT links in the region," she said.

The topic of this year's workshop was the role of information technology in e-health and in the area of drug discovery.

The workshop sponsors included Australian Education International at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok and other Thai national technology institutes. Their support made possible valuable visits to significant hospitals, government bodies and institutes to investigate and initiate e-health and research collaborations.