Mahidol University (MU), Thailand is embedding the principles of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) in their teaching provision for the professional development of their staff.
To support with this, Advance HE delivered online workshops to staff to provide an introduction to the PSF and Fellowship. MU has subsequently explored embedding the PSF in its work, and encouraging some staff to apply for fellowships. The workshops were delivered by Advance HE PSF Consultant, Dr Fiona Smart, and were complemented by case studies and guest speakers from UK HEIs with expertise in leading accredited provision.
The work is part of MU’s commitment to be a world-class university, with the highest quality teaching and learning provision. Adopting the Fellowship scheme - as a globally-recognised indicator of teaching quality - is a key step in achieving this goal. The Fellowship scheme continues to grow and become more recognised around the world. Advance HE recently awarded the 150,000th Fellowship, creating a huge global community able to share best teaching practice across the world.
Associate Professor Dr Kittisak Yokthongwattana of Mahidol University reflected on the work and how it will support teaching excellence at MU: “The workshop organised by Advance HE on the PSF concept broadened our perspectives on teaching and learning in higher education. The concepts of activity, knowledge and value have the promise to greatly enhance the teaching abilities of our academic staff.
“Using these concepts, we intend to embed this across all of our teaching programmes in order to fundamentally enhance our teaching faculty. We hope that many of our staff can subsequently be recognised with fellowships, which would be a further marker of our commitment to high quality higher education.”
International Partnerships Manager at Advance HE, Kristian Rumble said: “We are delighted to be working with Mahidol University on enhancing their teaching provision and the professional development of academic staff. What they are doing with the PSF is hugely innovative and we hope to continue to work with them, not only embedding the principles of the PSF in their programmes, but also supporting their staff to hopefully be recognised with fellowships.”
MU was born out of Siriraj Hospital in 1888, making its medical school the oldest HE institution in Thailand. It was renamed Mahidol University in 1969 and has developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, with international recognition for the standard of its research and teaching provision.
Globally, Advance HE supports institutions to develop and accredit their staff professional development programmes as well as support staff individually through their Fellowship applications.