Founded in 1964, Chiang Mai University was the first institution of higher education to be established in northern Thailand. As such, great contributions to the development of education and research have been made.
Chiang Mai University has ranked high in both education and research among the universities in Thailand. Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand (about one hour north by flight from Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok). The University has three campuses in Chiang Mai spanning a vast 644 hectares. With 20 faculties, there are 24,865 undergraduate, 7,093 master’s, 804 doctoral students, and 100 international students as of 2010. On campus dormitories house 20 percent of the university students, and there are high quality dormitories available for international students, which many come from neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Like Kyoto, Chiang Mai was formerly the capital of Thailand and is culturally significant.
The 6th Joint Symposium between Kagawa University and Chiang Mai University
August 27 - 30, 2016
We as Kagawa University have strengthened our relationship with Asia and ASEAN countries and hope to raise promising global citizens with a high sense of international awareness through joint research and educational exchange in a wide variety of fields as well as through collaboration among industry, universities and government. We also aim to promote international and interdisciplinary research. Based on this philosophy of internationalization, we are working to develop international academic exchanges and have established Chiang Mai University as a base for education and research exchanges in Southeast Asia. This joint symposium is part of this international academic exchange and incorporates all of our faculties. It was first held in 2007 in Chiang Mai and has since taken place alternating between our two universities. This year’s symposium was the sixth one to be held and a total of about 160 faculty members and students participated.
On the first day, we guided the participants from Chiang Mai University on an excursion to Higashi-Kagawa City as part of a regional revitalization project. This excursion was led by students from Kagawa University Faculty of Economics and we were greatly welcomed from many people.
The following morning started with a poster session and in the afternoon, the opening ceremony was held. At the ceremony, we had greetings from Seigo Nagao, President, and Masaaki Tokuda, Vice President, both of Kagawa University followed by Piyapong Niamsup, Assistant to the President for Research and Academic Services of Chiang Mai University.
After the ceremony, oral sessions were held over the course of two days in three venues. Sessions included “Social Science and Humanities,” “Economics and Business,” “Medicine and Nursing,” “Engineering,” and “Agriculture.”
As this year marked 10 years since the first joint symposium with Chiang Mai University, we had a panel discussion titled “Celebrating Ten Years of the KU-CMU Joint Symposium - Reflections of the past and recommendations for the future.” Presentations by the panelists were then followed by discussion and many opinions were exchanged.
This symposium was significant not only for the faculty members but also for the students as many students from both universities participated and strengthened international exchange.
The next symposium, the 7th Joint Symposium between Kagawa University and Chiang Mai University, is planned to be held in 2 years at Chiang Mai University.
Welcome Party, Panel Discussion
Assistant to the President, Piyapong Niamsup