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WHY OIP?

Development within Southeast Asia is moving forwards and, as a consequence, education has taken on an even a more important role. ASEAN recognized the need for higher education hubs as a necessity within the region to create leverage in arriving at quality education, and to meet the new challenges created by regionalization and globalization. Thammasat University, the 2nd oldest university in Thailand, is acknowledged within the region and beyond for its excellence in political and social sciences, law, economics and business as well as its core values of democracy, liberty and social justice. To achieve the Thammasat University’s aim to further its regional and global role it is paramount that its academic mandate reflects international quality in terms of education, research and services.

There is a need for thinking differently about public health education, research and services in an increasingly globalizing world. OIP aims to function as a trans-disciplinary nexus beyond disciplinary boundaries creating a window to opportunities in addressing determinants of health to foster equity in health. OIP addresses the complex roots of public health problems in a globalizing world. Often these problems require solutions that lie beyond the abilities of individual sovereign states and individual sectors and disciplines. They reflect the changes in today’s world: the extension of worldwide communication networks, the mobility of vast numbers of people and pathogens, the global flows of trade and services, the promotion of lifestyles and diets, and the compression of time. The interconnectedness and interdependence across societies, characterizing the related challenges, demand actions of expansive networks where the input is coordinated between various stakeholders from the public and private sector, from government organizations and non-governmental organizations, from international bodies and global financial entities, and from technical, academic and social networking groups.

The 21st century challenges call for change that meet well-being and health needs, from various settings to supporting environments and healthy policies, and that define new roles for civil society, private sector, public policy, and governance. OIP views social change in terms of both: the processes involved as well as its purpose; and aims at cutting across institutional, sectoral, and disciplinary boundaries to develop collaborative platforms in fostering health equity through the production of a new breed of public health professionals, transdisciplinary approaches to research, and cutting edge service to society in enhancing the public’s health and well-being.