La Trobe University Prof comments on CHSM-NU students research projects

Dr. Zhanming Liang, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia and President of the Society of Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE) provided a much necessary feedback on the College of Health Systems Management (CHSM) students’ research study progress. It was held on the 7th of October 2017 at the College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University, Thailand.

Dr. Zhanming Liang serves as an Adjunct Professor at the CHSM-NU since the college started offering its M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Health Systems Management programs. Both programs are adopting international curriculum since it is serving students with different nationalities.

The 1-day session with CHSM-NU students started with the presentation of research project progress of the students. All eight international students presented their research problem, research questions, and the steps undertaken to identify the best method for their research.

The CHSM-NU’s international students are:

First Batch of M.Sc. Students

Shaikhul Hasan Nirob   –        Bangladesh

Kinley Dorji                            –        Bhutan

Chimi Wangmo              –        Bhutan

Dolay Tshering              –        Bhutan

Second Batch of M.Sc. Students

Macarthur Makata                  –        Malawi

Dr. Alipio Gusmao Lopes –     Timor Leste

Angela Rotich Cherotich         –        Kenya

Ph.D. Student

Proloy Barua                 –        Bangladesh


Adjunct Professor Dr. Zhanming Liang pointed out the following to the students: possible effects of the research on the community; the connection between the research problem and the research question; the manner in which data are collected; and the importance of reviewing the literature.


She also made a strong statement on making assumptions without evidence. “Don’t make assumptions without evidence from the reviewed literature.” Dr. Ming said.

Because of the students’ passion for learning and Dr. Ming’s commitment to sharing valuable knowledge, everyone agreed to extend the session and foregoing lunch to learn the Delphi technique.

Delphi technique is a technique used to gather opinion from a group of people to avoid having only a few participants dominating the answers. The method doesn’t involve discussion. Individuals instead are given fair opportunity to share ideas.

The 1- day activity is made possible by the effort of CHSM’s Acting Director, Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana.