It has been a year that ICE-Matter has begun its operations as a CEP consortium with the support from its academic partners in Japan, Laos, and Myanmar, as well as an industrial partner in Thailand. As a common and efficient practice for progress report, ICE-Matter has conducted its 2nd periodic meeting through an online platform during COVID-19 situation. The meeting was successfully organized and resulted in fruitful discussions.
On May 14, 2020, Kasetsart university (KU), as main facilitator, called for the 2nd periodic meeting to report the achievements and challenges the consortium faced in the past six months. Progress on scholarship program, collaborative researches, mobility activities, Double degree program including financial management had been shared with all representatives from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), National University of Laos (NUOL), University of Yangon (UY) and AUN/SEED-Net.
Promotional trips at NUOL and UY were the key activities that led to the success of ICE-Matter’s student recruitment. One PhD and seven Master’s candidates were selected and will be provided financial support including an opportunity to attend a short-term exchange program at NAIST during their studies at KU.
In terms of research, three on-going research projects and related mobility activities have been actively conducted among all partners. Recently, two NAIST professors visited KU and provided block lectures on their research expertise in M.S. program. Additionally, industrial visit trips at Okuno-Auromex allowed the ICE-Matter team to explore the research laboratory and characterization facilities. Collaborative research on electroplating technology and industrial wastes from electroplating was also discussed. On top of the mentioned achievements, Double Degree Program development between NAIST and KU is only one step away to be accomplished.
In response to the recent COVID-19 crisis, ICE-Matter team employs their engineering knowledge to diligently produce nano-smart gowns with antibacterial and water-repellent properties, and 3D-printed protective face shields. The end products have been sent to frontline medical staff who have been taking great risks in a mission to help contain COVID-19 spreading in Thailand.
Apart from the mentioned achievements, ICE-Matter also indicates the potential to establish and expand the linkage with external partners beyond ASEAN, which is regarded as one of AUN/SEED-Net’s important objectives in Phase VI. The collaboration the consortium recently builds up with academic institutions in India and Nepal are signaling future growth of our network. AUN/SEED-Net would like to thank all partners for dedicating your energy and efforts for the progressive outputs of ICE-Matter.
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