Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand, and Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, successfully completed the MOA signing ceremony online for the Master’s Double Degree Program on July 14, 2021. This represents another significant achievement for the ICE-Matter consortium, led by KU and funded by AUN/SEED-Net through the CEP Program.

Online NAIST-KU Double Degree Program MOA signing ceremony

The ceremony commenced with congratulatory remarks and speeches from honorable guests followed by presentations on the “Outcome of the JICA Project and perspective on the Double Degree Program” and “Research at NAIST” by KU and NAIST, respectively.

Opening remarks by Mr. Krit Tankanarat, Consul- General, Royal Thai Consulate General in Osaka

Opening remarks by Dr. Yoshio Otani, Director, JSPS Bangkok Office

Opening remarks by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Tamon Ueda, Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director, AUN/SEED- Net

To formally conclude the ceremony, Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, KU President, and Dr. Kazuhiro Shiozaki, NAIST President, signed two copies of the MOA, witnessed by respected guests from ASEAN member states and Japan.

From left to right: Assoc. Prof. Peerayuth Charnsethikul, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, KU President

From left to right: Prof. Jun Ohta, Executive Director/Vice President, Dr. Kazuhiro Shiozaki, NAIST President, and Dr. Tsukasa Ogasawara, Executive Director, Vice President, NAIST

From left to right: Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, KU President and Dr. Kazuhiro Shiozaki, NAIST President

The KU-NAIST Master’s Double Degree program represents a collaboration between the Department of Materials Engineering, KU, and the Division of Materials Science, NAIST. The first batch of students is expected to enroll in the Fall semester of the 2022 academic year. Students will spend the first three semesters at KU and the final three at NAIST, culminating in two Master’s degrees from the two programs.

AUN/SEED-Net is grateful to have witnessed the successful collaboration between KU and NAIST over the past three years. This remarkable achievement is a result of the dedication and cooperation exhibited by every partner in the consortium, especially NAIST and KU. AUN/SEED-Net is pleased to be part of this meaningful occasion.

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