The Faculty of Pharmacy, Rangsit University recognizes the indispensability of on-the-job training for pharmacist students to develop their skills and prepare themselves to enter the demanding real-life workplace of the pharmacist profession.
Against the background of inadequate training placements for these students, Professor Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, has proposed to establish a pharmaceutical factory on the premises of RSU which is overwhelmingly supported by Dr. Arthit Urairat, President of Rangsit University and the Council of the University.
The pharmaceutical factory under the name “Sun Herb Thai Chinese Manufacturing” which will be inaugurated on 1 November 2012 is a brainchild of Professor Kraisintu whose humanitarianism and devotion to public health, will direct the administration of the factory not only to train pharmacy students the high pharmaceutical standards and best practices but also to provide technical assistance for the improvement of the production and analysis of Thai herbal medicines to public/private hospitals and Thai medicinal clinics across Thailand. The name of the factory reflects the longstanding academic relations and research collaboration between Rangsit University and leading Universities in China, notably Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (HLJUCM) with profound knowledge and experience in traditional medicines and its worldwide recognition of health benefits.
According to Professor Kraisintu, “The objective of this pharmaceutical factory is not about making profit. The factory belongs to the university, an academic institution, and it will neither compete with other factories to manufacture Thai traditional medicines nor will it brand its products to seize a share in the drug market. The goals of the Faculty of Pharmacy are two-fold: to provide on-the-job training for pharmacy students and to serve the public health of Thai people. In the near future, the Faculty of Pharmacy aims to develop all the formulas of Thai traditional medicines and make them available on line via the website of the faculty at www.rangsitpharmacy.com for the benefits of the general public without any expenses whatsoever.”
In addition to the benefits that pharmacy students and the Thai general public will receive from this factory, the Faculty of Pharmacy has since 2011 extended its support to the farmers and villagers (many of them are women) in the three Southernmost provinces of Thailand, namely Yala, Pattani and Narathiwas, by giving technical assistance in the growing, harvesting and processing of raw materials (herbs and plants) and becoming an outlet for their produce, thereby encouraging them to earn extra income and improving their health with high quality traditional medicines.
While setting her sight on the benefits that Sun Herb Thai Chinese Manufacturing factory will bring to Thai citizens, Professor Kraisintu never abandons her humanitarian projects overseas, in ASEAN and African countries. In fact, the factory will serve as a training platform for academics, professionals, pharmacy students and personnel from those countries to exchange and collaborate with RSU the best practices and high standards of pharmaceutical production and analysis of medicines.