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Rangsit University (RSU) has prepared a bilingual nursing science programme and the first-ever Faculty of Digital Art to get its students ready to become qualified human resource products of Thailand, Arthit Ourairat, PhD, president of RSU, revealed recently on the occasion of the university's 25th anniversary. 

Arthit Ourairat, PhD, president of RSU

Bilingual nurses

The Faculty of Nursing Science at RSU has joined with the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare of Malardalen University, Sweden, to develop a bilingual nursing science curriculum.

The programme will be available next semester. Students will study at RSU in their first three years and then do their final year of the programme at Malardalen University. The students will get a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from RSU and a Bachelor of Science in Caring Science degree from Malardalen University.

According to Mr Arthit, the world is in great need of nurses. For example, 24,000 nurses are needed in the state of California in the US alone. This is an opportunity for Thailand to produce nurses for supply to the countries where the demand is.

The president added that in the US this occupation pays five times more than the amount that practitioners receive in Thailand.

"It can be said that there is no other nationality that is more suitable to be nurses than Thais," he said confidently.

As the graduates are equipped with English-language skills, they are able to work worldwide as well as in the home countries, said the president.

"The world has become borderless. You cannot say that you are producing doctors only for Thailand, or for Cambodia, Burma or the US. All the undergraduates in all the universities here have to realise that after their graduation, they will be serving not only in Thailand," Mr Arthit suggested.

Animators' school

Besides the bilingual nursing science programme, in the upcoming semester, RSU will separate the computer art course, which was previously under the Faculty of Art and Design, and place it in a new faculty entitled the Faculty of Digital Art (FDA).

"In addition to computer art, the teaching and learning at the FDA will offer additional fields of study that are related to animation and special effects used in the film and television industries. The new branches include visual effects and digital illustration," explained Aumnouvut Sarasalin, dean of the Faculty of Art and Design.

In 2010, the inaugural academic year for this subject, teaching and learning will be focused on 2D and 3D animation production and motion graphics. In 2011, the faculty will add digital illustration and visual effects studies to the curriculum, added the dean.

He stated that the new faculty aims to produce practitioners to be deployed in all elements of film and animation production, which includes pre-production, production and post-production processes.

The teaching and learning will also feature an integrated body of knowledge and receive support from other faculties in RSU, such as the Faculty of Information Technology, Communication Arts and Conservatory of Music.

"I'm confident that the new faculty will produce graduates who can advance Thailand in terms of animation and film, which are very much needed today," said Mr Aumnouvut.

More information about Rangsit University is available at http://www.rsu.ac.th .

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