KKU President discusses with Suleyman Demirel University, Kazakhstan to strengthen relationship and joint research studies

June 20, 2022 – Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University and his administrative team had online discussion on academic and research collaboration, scholarships, and other joint activities with the administrators from Suleyman Demirel University (SDU), Kazakhstan. KKU executives joined the discussion at Conference Room 5, 6th Floor, Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University.

Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University said on behalf of Khon Kaen University that he was honored to have an opportunity to meet with administrators of Suleyman Demirel University (SDU), Kazakhstan, and thanked Prof. Kanok Wongtra-ngan, Ph.D., who has been a key coordinator for this liaison between the two universities.

Khon Kaen University is a leading university in Isan Region, Thailand. It is situated at the center of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and holds the vision in being a world class university under the value of social dedication. At present, there are over 30,000 undergraduate students, over 8,000 graduate-level students in the 3 major fields of health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and sciences and technologies.

Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) in Kazakhstan is a leading university situated in the center of Asia. The research works of SDU cover various fields, especially engineering, sciences, technologies, business, education, and social sciences. Therefore, it is a good chance for Khon Kaen University to collaborate with Suleyman Demirel University for academic exchanges in the similar fields in order to strengthen the academic progress of both institutions.

It is believed that the meeting this time will commence collaboration in development and different activities of the two universities, which can be student and personnel exchange, or publicizing of academic outcomes. Khon Kaen University feels grateful towards the administrators of Suleyman Demirel University (SDU), Kazakhstan who were present at the meeting today. KKU will be looking forward to the joint projects that will arise in the near future.

Professor Dr Kanok Wongtra-ngan added that June 20, 2022 marked another good occasion that Khon Kaen University and Suleyman Demirel University (SDU), Kazakhstan started their relationship. Thailand and Kazakhstan have similar cultures. In Isan, there is the ‘Phuk Siaw’ tradition, or friend-making tradition. Kazakhstan also has a tradition like this; once friendship is made, all kinds of supports are possible, and the two parties will be happy to assist each other. The meeting today was also a starting point to support Kazakhstan as the grate towards the Greater Mekong Subregion in the Central Asia.

The representative of Suleyman Demirel University, Dr. Gaipov Davronzhon, Rector of Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) explained that Suleyman Demirel University is a leading university in Central Asia. The university opens for international students, and there are many interesting programs. The university has all facilities and is pleased to develop collaboration in different programs or exchanges of students and staff in the future.

Khon Kaen University administrators added that Khon Kaen University is happy to build educational collaboration and collaboration in research and programs in various fields, exchanges of students and personnel. In each faculty of KKU, there is also an international program that welcomes international students. It is expected that in the next meeting, the two universities will be able to discuss details of programs being offered and possibilities in other types of collaboration.

News: Rawiporn Saisaenthong



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