The School of Traditional and Alternative Medicine (STAM) being one of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University faculties, with its expertise and academic excellence in R&D on indigenous medicine and medicinal plants in Northern Mekong Sub-region offers a variety of training and education programs ranging from bachelor degree to doctoral degree (Research degree) in collaborating with local, national and ASEAN international institutes.
Being an expert of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Traditional and Alternative Medicine aiming at Indigenous level, Mekong Sub-regional level, and International level.
(1) Development of traditional medicine network dually and multiply, conducting R&D base of ethno-medicine, mutual training and education, as well as sustainable indigenous medicine application as alternative use for AEC health care.
(2) Fulfillment of R&D both theoretically and practically on ethno-Tai medicine, including Thai/Siam, Tai-Lanna, Tai-Lanchang/Lao, Tai Laung, Tai Mao, Tai-Xishuangbanna, Tai-Khon, Tai-Jhuang and Tai-Ahom as a continuation of establishing Tai medical system as alternative health care for ethnics and people in general.
(3) Fulfillment of R&D for traditional medicine products as sustainable and contemporary use and income profits.
(4) Development of traditional and alternative medicine programs and text books in accordance with AEC issues, needs and circumstances, with high standard of training & education for human resources development (HRD) ranging from diploma level to doctoral level (Research Degree) nationally and internationally both on regular and IT (E-learning) systems, as well as traditional Thai medicine and alternative medicine services online (E-learning) via www.i-TMF.com
(5) Development of standardized qualifications bench marking international; such as Nuad Thai therapy to WHO standard of Nuad Thai Therapy; Traditional Thai medicine and medicinal herbs coopering network to WHO-SEARO as Regional Collaboration Institute in Herbal and Traditional Medicine (Herbal Net Partner), or a model of Intangible Cultural Heritage: ICH, ACCU-UNESCO, as well as being a WHO consultant and expert.
(1) Providing education and training for qualified traditional Thai and alternative medical practitioners and specialist in every educational level ranging from undergraduate to graduate level, R&D base.
(2) Research and development of Northern Tai and Thai medicine (Paettayasart Songkroh) to one of alternative health care services system as well as preservation, prevalence, and cultural heritage transmission.
(3) Research and development of Thai medicine, folk medicine and alternative medicine for health service system, particularly Thai medical hospitals as complementary and alternative for national health care and services system.
(4) Research and development of GMS medicinal plants network both of raw materials and products on the local wisdom and natural resources in the cultural dimension for their sustainable use as stipulated in ASEAN Declaration.
The organogram of the STAM is shown as a diagram below.
The STAM must not only stand by his own support but also share at least 30% of income to the University. Consequently, high qualification and efficient administration is extremely crucial, focusing on CEO and Command-line which needs staff’s participatory responsibility. Hence, the requirement of productivity-and-output-based staff is extremely needed leading to costly salary (1.3-1.5 higher than that of government officials). And the staff are usually morale incentive and motivated by salary promotion, usually accumulated 1-5% depending on TOR assessment. Therefore, the STAM must always be alert and active in developing himself together with the network of stakeholders: input agencies, process of practicum (clinics and plants) and workplaces.