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TAIST (Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) is based on the idea of collaboration among NSTDA and partner universities in Thailand and a foreign institution to develop the Thai human resources. TAIST will serve as a virtual institution and focal point. NSTDA will provide researchers to act as adjunct professors, research projects and scholarships for graduate students. Excellent institutions or universities will provide a world class background, expertise and experience, academic instruction and research advice. Thai universities will provide an academic frame work, academic staff to oversee and guide students and degrees for the successful candidates. The viability of the idea is nicely demonstrated by the creation of the first TAIST, namely TAIST Tokyo Tech, with the cooperation of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT). It is expected that several similar collaborations will be established in the future.
The main objective of TAIST Tokyo Tech is to establish an institution for human resource development to foster and support world-class researchers and high-level engineers through a combination of advising from Tokyo Tech professors, excellent facilities and research staff in NSTDA, and established resources of Thai universities. At present, the participating universities are KMITL and SIIT; more universities from Japan and Thailand are expected to join in the near future.
The TAIST Tokyo Tech project will maintain world top level by mobilization of whole institutional resources based on long history of education and research of Tokyo Tech, NSTD A, KMITL, SIIT and other participating universities. Tokyo Tech and TAIST Tokyo Tech share the same philosophy of education and research -“HRD by promoting cutting-edge research activities”.
It is expected that TAIST Tokyo Tech will initiate the start of a positive spiral of human resource development system in Asian region. TAIST Tokyo Tech aims to harmonize advanced technology with the environment and to realize research and human resource development for global sustainable development. Looking back at the history of modernization through industrial development, factors such as global warming, unusual weather and the pollution of air, water and soil indicate that there is a real risk of serious destruction of nature and life in the near future. It is urgent for us to recognize this paradigm shift in science and technology and concentrate our effort and intelligence on technologies which are in harmony with the environment. In Thailand, development and industrialization have been so drastic, compared with developed countries, that problems derived from these factors are much more serious as they become obvious. In light of such a situation, expanding research and education to harmonize advanced technology with the environment effectively and efficiently will be quite necessary and the outcome of such effort will be valuable for Thailand, as well as other countries of the world. The establishment of this joint graduate program will be a historical step for Tokyo Tech, which aims to be one of the top science and technology universities in the world.