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President WANG Xueqin visited Universities and relevant institutions in Thailand

On October 26-30, President WANG Xueqin, leading a 6-person delegation, arrived at Thailand and started a 5-day visit to the universities in Thailand, including Rangsit University, Chiang Mai University, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), the Alumni Association of China's Universities in Thailand and Northern Science Park. The visit made great contributions to KUST’s strategic internationalization and further collegiate exchange and cooperation between China and Thailand.

On October 26, KUST delegation visited Rangsit University. KUST President Wang Xueqin met with Prasith Ourairat, President of Rangsit University, ZHENG Hanjie, President of Yunnan Hande Biotech Co., Ltd., and ZHANG Zhihong, Executive Chairman of Thailand Medical Center for Life Science. Other participants included the directors and the teachers from China-Thailand Cooperation and Exchange Office,  International College, Nursing College, Engineering College, to name just a few. Prasith Ourairat delivered a welcome speech. He first extended an ardent welcome to WANG and his colleagues and expressed his sincere thanks to Yunnan Hande Biotech Co., Ltd. and Thailand Medical Center for Life Science for facilitating the communication. Prasith Ourairat said that China has achieved certain major progress in science and technology, with its innovation ability enhanced significantly. This can be attributied to China's adherence to education-oriented towards modernization, the world and the future. Education internationalization remain as an important task and an effective way for universities to train high-level personnels with international horizon and innovation abilities. He hoped that relevent parties would promote exchange by indetifing the direction and goal for cooperation. WANG Xueqin briefed KUST and looked forward to future cooperation between higher education institutes in China and Thailand. He said that KUST will expand the cooperation with Rangsit University, especially in civil aviation, EMBA personnel training and the co-construction of the biomedical science. Joint projects will be determined and implemented. Both will optimize the cooeperation projects and implement them to advance the holistic strategic coorperation so as to ensure the disciplinary construction and talents cultivationand provide intellectual support for the sustainable development of the cooperative enterprises. Mr. ZHENG Hanjie and Mr. ZHANG Zhihong expressed respectively their full support for the four-party cooperation and wished the cooperation a success.  

Toward the end of the meeting, on behalf of KUST, WANG Xueqin signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Rangsit University, and a four-party memorandum on educational cooperation with Rangsit University, Kunming Hande Industrial City Development and Construction Co., Ltd. and Thailand Medical Center for Life Science.

   

Later that day, President WANG also met with KUST alumni from entreprises in Thailand. He gave a detailed account of KUST’s development and achievements in recent years, and the alumni also introduced their businesses. They exchanged views on the preparations of founding the KUST Alumni Chapter in Thailand. The KUST President hoped all alumni will work together to contribute to the double first-class construction of KUST. 

On October 27, KUST President WANG Xueqin and the other delegates visited the Alumni Association of the China’s Universities in Thailand, and was warmly received by Mr. LUO Tieying, President of the Alumni Association of the China's Universities in Thailand, members of  Alumni Association and the directors of the colleges of Chulalongkorn University and Eastern University. During the meeting, after listening to Mr. LUO's introduction to the basic situation of the alumni association and its cooperation with the Chinese universities in recent years, WANG hoped that the Association, as a bridge of China-Thailand friendship, will strengthen its cooperation with KUST, while supporting cooperation and exchange between the university and government agencies, universities, scientific research institutes and social enterprises in Thailand in the fields of education, science and technology, talents cultivation and research results transfer. Mr. LUO expressed his desire for further cooperation on alumni association affairs. Both sides reached a preliminary consensus on cooperation through communication. 

   

On October 28, KUST President WANG Xueqin visited Wuktiparone, former Minister of Science and Technology of Thailand. Wuktiparone introduced the construction of Thailand Eastern Economic Corridor and the basic situation of Chachoengsao Province. He pointed out that owing to its geogrphical location and ecological environment, Chachoengsao Province is one of the regions with the largest number of Chinese residents in Thailand. So the government welcomes and expects KUST to extend educational, scientific and technological exchange with Chachoengsao. President WANG thanked Wuktiparone for his trust and support to the school and gave suggestions on how KUST can participate in and contribute to the construction of Thailand Eastern Economic Corridor. After the meeting, Mr. Wang, accompanied by CHEN Jindun, vice-chairman of the Chinese Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs in Thailand, visited the construction site of the economic corridor in eastern Thailand, searching the entry point for further cooperation.

   

On October 29, the delegation visited Chiang Mai University. KUST President WANG Xueqin first came to the Northern Science Park (in Chiang Mai) and talked with the leaders of start-ups and work teams. Later, the delegation got further details about the national strategic projects in the park, the specific division of labor and cooperation mode in these projcts conducted by 7 universities in northern Thailand such as Chiang Mai University, and the park’s layout, supporting facilities, policy guarantee, operational management experience and business solution.

  

The delegation visited Institute of Energy Development of Chiang Mai University for on-the-spot investigation and had a symposium to exchange with attendees from College of Mechanical Engineering, the International College and other departments of the Institute of Chiang Mai University.

During the symposium, upon the introduction to construction and development, international cooperation as well as scientific and technological achievements of Chiang Mai University, President Wang expressed his wish that the two universities would further consolidate the existing cooperation like undergraduate exchange projects and joint-cultivation projects. Besides, he advocated following proposal. Firstly, making full use of their respective disciplinary and professional advantages, both two universities can further discuss the cooperation in digital campus, clean energy, smart power grids and other fields so as to advance the launch of College of Renewable Energy and Research and Development Center of Renewable Energy. Secondly, the existing joint-constructed scientific research platform shall play its further role, and both parties should get together to plan high-level scientific research projects, carry out joint research on key technologies and constantly improve the level and social influence of the platform. Besides, to take initiative to achieve the provincial and ministerial level plus the national level goals, is also a good way to serve for the One Belt and One Road Initiative. Thirdly, we should further strengthen interaction to jointly construct high-level laboratories, transfer and transform scientific and technological achievements, organize much more international academic conferences, and encourage and support undergraduates to innovate and start up their new business. By expanding new channels of cooperation, they will jointly promote the construction of world-class universities of both sides.

  

On October 30, the delegation visited RMUTL and held a symposium on cooperation and exchanges between the two universities. More than 20 members of staff and teachers of RMUTL including Ms. Seensiri Sangajit, President of the University, Mr. Teerasak Urajananon, Vice-President of Teaching and Research, Mr. Suraphon Chaiwongsar, Vice-President of Research and Academy attended the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, on behalf of RMUTL, President Seensiri Sangajit warmly welcomed Mr. Wang Xueqin and his delegation and highly acknowledged the achievements of the cooperation and exchange between the two universities. She hoped that the exchange visit would  further the cooperation between the two universities in academy, teaching, scientific and technological research fields. In return, Wang Xueqin expressed his gratitude to RMUTL for its considerate arrangements for this visit. He said that our two universities have witnessed a long history of cooperation and fruitful results. While further promoting the implementation of the existing cooperation projects, he also expected a deeper and higher level cooperation with RMUTL in more fields to strengthen the friendship between China and Thailand. They also discussed further on short-term and long-term teacher-student exchange projects, other projects jointly constructed by China-Thailand Institute of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and Institute of Research.

During the symposium, KUST President Wang Xueqin made suggestions in terms of further cooperation as follows: Firstly, to advance the implementation of the cooperative projects, a regular exchange mechanism should be built on existing irregular exchange visits. Secondly, by making full use of respective advantageous disciplines, a further discussion on available and effective ways and models to practice joint enrollment or joint training of overseas schools of the two universities should be conducted. Thirdly, both universities should play a full role in existing cooperative platform, in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Both shall jointly carry out major research projects and tackle key technological problems in order to achieve influential results as soon as possible; Fourthly, both universities should work jointly to plan and implement personnel training, scientific research, academic exchanges, practical training, discipline competitions and Sino-Thai traditional cultural exchanges to enhance our mutual understanding, deepen our friendship and improve the discipline and specialty construction. Fifthly, both sides will work together to implement the signed cooperation agreements as soon as possible to lay a foundation for a more effective bilateral cooperation. On behalf of KMUTL, Ms. Seensiri Sangajit expressed her appreciation and agreement to what Mr. Wang proposed and promised to pull out full support for the consensus reached at the conference. 

   

The visit ended up with the visit to professional skills training center, electromechanical integration and automation control center of RMUTL to observe the instruction in class and learn the training process of students practical ability, accompanied by Ms. Seisiri Sangajit. 

This visit to Thailand’s universities is the last stop of the KUST delegation’s 10-day official visit to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, which ended up with expected goals. The visit acts as a facilitator in promoting the further implementation of the internationalization strategy of our university and laid a solid foundation for a higher level cooperation with universities, research institutes and enterprises in South and South-East Asia.

 

 

Translated by: MEI Lei and XIE Aiwen, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Edited by: Prof. WANG Ying, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures

Issued by: Division of Overseas Cooperation

Edited by: KUST News Center (Chinese)