From May 15 to 18, a delegation led by Wipoo Sriseubsai, Dean of the College of Materials Innovation and Technology, Winadda Wongwiriyapan, Vice Dean, and Chaowalit Hamontree, Director of the School of International and Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs from King Mongku’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) visited our university at the invitation of Vice President Wang Feng.
During the visit, Vice President Wang Feng met with the delegation of KMITL. He welcomed the visit of KMITL, and proposed to strengthen educational exchanges and cooperation with the “the Belt and Road” countries, aiming to constantly deepen the diversified cooperation between the two universities in talent cultivation, people to people exchanges and scientific research, build an alliance between the two universities in the field of materials science, and jointly promote international scientific research cooperation and education cooperation between China and Thailand. Meanwhile, he raised higher demands for cooperation. Two master’s students from KMITL guided by Vice President Wang Feng accompanied Professor Winadda Wongwiriyapan to discuss and exchange learning and research progress with the students.
On the morning of the May 16, Li Qifang, Chair of the School of International Education, Wang Youqing, Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, Feng Jianghong, Deputy Director of the International Exchange and Cooperation Department, Chen Guohua, Deputy Director of the Personnel Department (Professor of the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering), and relevant personnel from the School of International Education, the College of Information Science and Technology, and the College of Life Science and Technology held talks with the delegation.
Chair Li Qifang welcomes Dean Wipoo Sriseubsai and his team to visit BUCT. He mentioned that in the past two years, BUCT and KMITL have combined their disciplinary characteristics and advantages to create a joint undergraduate double-degree training program for industry university research cooperation, cultivating innovative and international compound-talents needed for the development of the materials industry in China and Thailand. The program students have performed excellently and achieved outstanding results, receiving unanimous praise from our university’s teachers and students. He hopes to combine the efficient mechanisms, advantageous resources, scientific research capabilities, and innovative driving forces of the two universities in the future, promote high-quality development in their respective fields, and once again create a model of international cooperation between China and Thailand, building a new bridge for further promoting cooperation and cultural exchanges in the field of education between China and Thailand.
Dean Wipoo Sriseubsai expressed gratitude to BUCT for reception. He introduced the talent cultivation, discipline setting, key research areas, and cooperation with Chinese universities in the College of Materials Innovation and Technology at KMITL, shared the internationalization program courses of KMITL. He pointed out that KMITL attaches great importance to cooperation between China and Thailand and he hopes to carry out student exchange programs with our university, and proposed to carry out undergraduate double-degree programs and study abroad credit programs in other majors with our university, targeting to promote more professional cooperation between the two universities.
During the meeting, the School of International Education shared the experience in conducting credit programs for studying abroad in China. The College of Information Science and Technology, the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and the College of Life Science and Technology shared information about the courses taught in English, Summer school courses, and project design processes. Subsequently, the two parties conducted in-depth exchanges and proposed suggestions and plans on the cooperation mode and content of undergraduate double degree programs and credit programs for international students studying in China. Both sides stated that they will strive to seek diversified international talent training models. Moreover, they will launch activities in various aspects including encouraging professors from both sides to strengthen contacts, carrying out long-term and short-term joint student training programs, enhancing international cooperation space, and building a platform for educational exchange between China and Thailand.
In the afternoon, Dean Wipoo Sriseubai and Director Chaowalit Hamontree visited the Beijing Laboratory of Biomedical Materials and the Material Electrochemical Process and Technology Laboratory of BUCT. Professor Winadda Wongwiriyapan gave a lecture for graduate students at BUCT with topic Optimization of Laser Induced Graphene Electrodes for Electrical Sensing.
On the May 17, the delegation visited the Changping Campus of BUCT and had a friendly exchange and discussion with undergraduate and master’s degree students from KMITL who are currently studying at BUCT. They learned about the progress of the double-degree program and the “dual campus” learning experience of Thai students. This visit has laid a solid foundation for enhancing mutual understanding between the two universities and promoting the smooth implementation of cooperation programs.
BUCT signed an agreement with KMITL for the undergraduate double-degree program studying in BUCT at the end of 2020. It was launched in 2021, and 14 students from KMITL participated in the double-degree program. Currently, they are participating in offline learning at BUCT.
The School International Education will continue to leverage its advantages in close ties with overseas universities, further expand cooperation space with relevant universities in ASEAN countries. It helps promote the construction of BUCT’s “Double First Class” and international development, create a highland for educational exchange and cooperation, and contribute to building a closer China ASEAN community with a shared future.