By AIT Public Affairs
26 January 2024: The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Chitralada Technology Institute (CDTI) have officially renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), emphasizing collaboration in education and research on 26 January 2024. This partnership focuses on infusing innovation into existing technology, integrating entrepreneurs and venture capitalists into CDTI’s curriculum, and promoting mutual knowledge exchange. AIT and CDTI signed their first MoU in 2018.
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, President of AIT, stated, “Collaborating with CDTI is a privilege, and AIT shares in their commitment to promote work-based learning in various technology fields. Our partnership has flourished over the past five years, facilitating academic pursuits, internships, and joint projects. We look forward to further enhancing our collaboration in the future.”
Assoc. Prof. Khunying Sumonta Promboon, Ph.D., President of CDTI, remarked, “This MoU signifies the effectiveness of the CDTI and AIT partnership. Since signing the first MoU, we achieved significant milestones in agriculture and technology. Excited to collaborate further, we anticipate groundbreaking research in shared areas of aspiration, aiming to bring positive change together.”
The MoU includes the facilitation of research collaboration in key domains such as smart communities, agriculture, environment, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and data analytics. The agreement involves commitments from CDTI to leverage its business sector partners to support AIT in specified areas, encompassing academic initiatives, student internship programs, and collaborative research projects. AIT commits to providing technical consultations for enhancing CDTI’s curriculum and extending scholarships and fellowships. The collaboration extends to opportunities for faculty and students from both institutes to engage in reciprocal learning experiences, collaborative initiatives like “Smart Farmers,” and AIT offering technical support to the Innovative Agriculture Learning Center, leveraging its specialized expertise in the relevant field.
From AIT the signing was attended by Prof. Abdul Salam, Dean, School of Environment, Research and Development; Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary; Mr. Sanjeet Amatya, Director, Office of Public Affairs and Ms. Chalita Lertwinyu, Director, Office of Thailand Affairs.
Representing CDTI were Asst. Prof. Dr. Chaiwat Thanapaisal, Vice President; Asst. Prof. Dr. Santanee Phasuk, Vice President; Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanawat Bunnag, Vice President; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Annop Tanlamai, Dean of Business Administration Faculty; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vara Varavidhya, Dean of Digital Technology Faculty; Asst. Prof. Dr. Surapan Tansriwong, Dean of Industrial Technology Faculty; Dr. Nualanong Thumjaroen, Director of Chitralada Vocational School; Mr. Virulh Hutavadhana, Director of General Education Office; Asst. Prof. Buarong Lewchalermwongse, Assistant to the President; Mr. Kitti Rattanarasri, Head of Education Quality Assurance Unit; Mrs. Sujin Apaipim, Head of Research and International Affairs Unit and Ms. Nopparat Rungsiyaphornratana, International Relations Coordinator.
Chitralada Technology Institute (CDTI), was established according to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s initiative to promote vocational education and provide work-based learning in different areas of technology, including industry, business management, food and nutrition, and fine arts. CDTI offers three levels of studies: vocational certificates, diplomas or high vocational certificates, and bachelor degrees. All levels embrace the common philosophy: devote self to the nation, religion, and the monarch, have discipline and morals to guide learning, and be hard-working.