A dynamic force for the Asia-Pacific region
Prince of Songkla University (PSU), a leading national university situated in
culturally diverse and developmentally dynamic southern Thailand, has served
for 25 years as a regional academic and research center of excellence, with a
commitment to national development. PSU continually expands its academic,
research and outreach activities to guarantee development that benefits the
people, resources and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region.
A multi-campus university, PSU actively promotes unique educational and
research opportunities and addresses technological needs. Our research ranges
from AIDS and DNA issues to large-scale watershed management studies. PSU's
research, often performed collaboratively with foreign institutions (for
example, Australian and American), always seeks to create and implement
solutions to problems of both local and global concern. Additionally, we
conduct community-action research to improve agrarian and urban systems.
The preservation and sustainable management of tropical natural resources
occupies a substantial portion of our Faculties of Natural Resources, Science,
Environmental Management, Science and Technology as well as our Office of
Research and Development and our Coastal Resources Institute. These work to
understand, preserve and responsibly manage tropical ecosystems, the world's
greatest sources of biodiversity.
Our progressive international relations policy has directly and positively
impacted our academic, scientific and technological development as an
institution. In addition to assisting academic institutions in neighboring
countries, PSU encourages cooperative activities, student and staff exchanges,
independent and joint
research, cooperative semi-nars and international training, international
degree programs and field schools. Our English-based courses and degree
programs, like the M.Sc. in Epidemiology and the B.A. in Hotel Management,
- PSU conducts numerous research projects focusing on our coastal and wetland
ecosystems. Studies on the Songkhla Lake Basin have ranged from those
concerning ecology to the sustainability of artesanal fisheries. Remote sensing
and GIS have been used to develop sound land-use plans for this area. We also
conduct research to determine the ecological impact of mangrove and other
- Our research into aquaculture and fisheries has resulted in enhanced
sustainability, better waste control and land reclamation programs, as well as
increased knowledge concerning reproductive activities and diseases which
affect marine animals.
- Tropical terrestrial ecosystems, the region's watersheds, terrain, flood
plains and soil resources are widely researched to promote economically and
environmentally sound agricultural systems.
- PSU's extensive research on goats has translated to increased production
capabilities including several cross-breeding and artificial insemination
programs. Modelling studies have also been conducted to improve village goat
- PSU is also actively researching biologically active natural products and the
biochemistry and biotechnology of tropical natural resources. Tropical fruits
are also extensively researched.
Frequently, PSU research is in response to key regional industries like palm
oil, rubber and seafood technology.
- Our extensive rubber and oil palm research has resulted in new or improved
processes and products, as well as the use of genetic engineering and other
biochemical and biotechnological techniques. Some of the research has
received international acclaim, using marker enzymes to evaluate potential
rubber production for example. Our oil palm research includes studies aimed to
obtain basic data on raw materials, processing procedures, products, wastes and
their utilization to address efficiency and waste control problems.
- PSU helps seafood processors to develop better products and implement quality
control standards. Various studies on freezing and vacuum packaging methods
for seafood have led to processes that enhance consumer acceptability and
extend shelf-life. Other research has been conducted to develop value-added
products from such items as small or broken shrimp.
- Additionally, our Faculties of Engineering and Science are improving various
high-tech materials and processes with research into energy conservation,
communications technology, plasma technology and superconducting materials.
With a comprehensive teaching hospital and dental clinic, PSU's Faculties of
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nursing have initiated
biomedical engineering projects and many action-oriented research and
educational outreach programs designed to upgrade the health of the people and
quality of life in our region.
- In 1987, PSU established a thalassemia prenatal diagnosis laboratory based on
DNA techniques. We are now collaborating with Thai and Japanese institutions on
a community-based project to prevent and control this genetic disorder which
puts 50,000 pregnancies at risk yearly.
- Our AIDS project team seeks to understand the actions and attitudes of
various socio-economic groups to conduct effective public awareness and
- Technological inventions include the PSU Video-Cine Adaptor to use with
operating microscopes and a Muscle Stimulator for corrective surgical use.
Research is being conducted to develop an electro-swallography device and a
sequential stimulator for use on dysphagic patients.
- Our Faculty of Dentistry is collaborating with Danish institutions to
establish three pilot centers to improve delivery of rural oral health
services, emphasizing prevention.
- PSU collects, cultivates and researches tropical plants for potential medical
With five educational sites and facilities, PSU provides a variety of
environments for research and support systems.
But PSU is not only science-oriented. Our Faculties of Management Sciences,
Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of Extension and Continuing
Education, College of Islamic Studies and Institute of Art and Culture all
participate in action-oriented research and community-development projects,
such as outreach programs for small businesses and research on tourism and
export industries and promoting home food industries and Thai language studies
for Muslim villages. PSU is active in the translation of historical epics,
pilot programs for women in development, Islam-based family care programs and
even the excavation of ancient archeological sites.
PSU - a dynamic force devoting its resources to the sound development of the
world's most dynamic growth region.
For further information, contact:
Prince of Songkla University
P.O. Box 102
Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110
Fax: +66 74 212-828
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