On August 6, 2020, at 13.30 hrs. at Sirikunakorn 5, 6th floor, Sirikunakorn building, KKU administrators led by Assoc. Prof. Nawarat Wara-Aswapati Charoen, Vice President for International Affairs, Asst. Prof. Arwut Yimtae, Vice President for Infrastructure and Environment, Asst. Prof. Denpong Soodphakdee, Vice President for Digital University Development, Prof. Dr. Ratchaphon Suntivarakorn, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and lecturers from the Faculty of Engineering negotiated with Mr. Ogiwara Shoichi, President of Mitsubishi Company (Thailand) Ltd. and delegations. This meeting aimed to discuss academic, technological and innovation collaborations as well as the KKU Smart Campus project in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering, KKU, and further collaborations.
Assoc. Prof. Nawarat Wara-Aswapati Charoen, Vice President for International Affairs, said Thailand and Japan have maintained a cordial relationship for over 600 years. Recently, in September 2017, Thailand and Japan celebrated the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. This day then was a very good opportunity to have a cooperative meeting with a leading Japanese company. For academic collaborations, Khon Kaen University has several collaborations in technology and innovation with reputed universities, especially with Japanese institutes, for example, we have a student exchange program, and scholarships supported by Fujimoto Foundation Japan International Cooperation Foundation (JICF), SMBC Global Foundation Scholarship Program, and Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCC). Besides, there are over 89 memoranda of understanding (MOU) with leading Japanese institutes.
Asst. Prof. Denpong Soodphakdee, Vice President for Digital University Development, said Khon Kaen University has used clean energy for a while such as shuttle buses and the Net Zero Energy Building. For the shuttle bus, the dung and Napier grass are processed by CBG into a renewable energy which has much potential as a natural gas or NGV. Also, this energy does not affect engine operation. Moreover, we also use digital technology applied in various aspects. In the future, we hope to have further collaborations in terms of solar energy and other sustainable energies.
In addition to Mitsubishi Company (Thailand) Ltd., in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering, KKU, supporting the Smart Campus, and applying technology and innovation today, last year, they also supported CSR activities in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture in projects related to food products.
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