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KUST Elected to Board of Directors of CAS Innovation and Cooperation Center(Bangkok)

On February 22, KUST President WANG Xueqin attended the third session of the first council meeting of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Innovation and Cooperation Center(Bangkok)(hereinafter referred to as Bangkok Center) in Beijing. Thanks to the good cooperation with Thailand, KUST was elected as one of the central governing units of Bangkok Center, which is also the first local university accepted by Bangkok Center.

 

CAO Jinghua, the Director of Bureau of International Cooperation Chinese Academy of Science and the Vice president of the Bangkok Center hosted the meeting. Academician ZHANG Yaping, the Vice president of CAS and director of the Bangkok Center delivered the concluding speech. About 80 people including deputy chairmen and council representatives of Bangkok Center attended the meeting and they reviewed the work summary of the Bangkok Center in 2018 and the work plan for 2019 in the meeting.

 

 

    

At the meeting, President WANG Xueqin briefed the long-term friendly cooperation between KUST and Thailand: In June 2018, KUST host the third Yunnan-Thailand Education Cooperation and Exchange Conference which contributed to the foundation of the Yunnan-Thailand Universities Alliance. In 2017, KUST, together with Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) , established the China-Thailand Institute of Robots and Artificial Intelligence and cooperated to establish the KUST-Naresuan University Renewable Energy Institute and now KUST is going to apply for Confucius Institute at Naresuan University. On top of this, KUST has also cooperated with Chiang Mai University of Thailand to establish KUST-Chiang Mai University Renewable Energy Institute as well as the Research and Development Center in the same year. In September 2010, KUST established the KUST-Dhurakij Chinese International College (KDCIC) in Bangkok with Dhurakij Pundit University. Since 2012, by joining hands with Ministry of Education of Thailand, KUST has carried out Chinese language training for more than 500 Thai high school students in seven batches. President Wang said that as one of the central governing units of Bangkok Center, KUST will collaborate with CAS in the future to carry out scientific research, personnel training and international technology transfer in Thailand.

 

It is reported that when the Prime Minister of Thailand met with President BAI Chunli of CAS in 2015, he expressed the hope that the CAS will establish branches in Thailand and promote scientific research achievements and technologies so as to serve the economic development of Thailand, which was made a reality by the establishment of the CAS Bangkok Center. As an important country participating in The Belt and Road Initiative, Thailand plays a key role as an innovation center in ASEAN economies. The Bangkok Center is established by CAS in response to China's “One Belt and One Road Initiative”, Thailand's “Eastern innovation economic corridor” and “The Digital Future 4.0 Program”. It is the first non-profit overseas representative office set up by CAS, which aims at building a platform of innovative cooperation closer with other ASEAN economies, advancing two-way linkage and innovation between China and Thailand and thus promoting a deeper cooperation in technology research and development, achievement transformation and personnel training oriented by major needs so as to help Chinese innovative enterprises to go into Southeast Asia, and promote the construction of China-ASEAN innovation community. Meanwhile, by integrating domestic and foreign innovative resources and the advanced technology of CAS, high-quality productivity technology and systematic solutions, the CAS Bangkok Center strives for the demonstration, promotion and transfer of the application in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

 

 

Translated by: 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

Source: Division of Overseas Cooperation (Chinese)