MOU Signing Ceremony between KU and NARO, Japan

  On Friday 10 January 2020, at 09.30 a.m., at the Kamphol Adulvit Conference Room, on the 2nd floor of the Golden Jubilee Administration and Information Center at Kasetsart University,  Dr. Chongrak WACHRINRAT, Acting President of Kasetsart University along with Associate Professor Dr. Sornprach THANISAWANYANGKURA, Vice-president for Planning and Associate Professor Dr. Sutkhet NAKASATHIEN, Dean of the faculty of Agriculture welcomed Dr. Atsuro MATSUDA, Vice President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan and distinguished delegation on the occasion of visiting Kasetsart University and to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions.

  Dr. Chongrak WACHRINRAT, Acting President of Kasetsart University delivered his welcoming remarks to Dr. Atsuro MATSUDA, Vice President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), and distinguished delegation from both institutions including faculty members of Kasetsart University, Japanese and Thai companies and organizations, who attended in this event. Dr. Chongrak WACHRINRAT mentioned that NARO is particularly renowned for producing research and innovations in agricultural products which are sustainable, high-quality and safe. He further expressed his sincere appreciation and congratulations to NARO and KU on the success of initiating this MOU. NARO and KU are sharing the same drive towards being leaders in food innovations and advancements. Both institutions have a community of experts and researchers, as well as research projects institutes or centers across own country. This MOU will ensure that a strong and healthy partnership will enable both sides to generate more and more innovations in the field in order to contribute to the wider public sector not only in Thailand and Japan, but also worldwide. Meanwhile, Dr. Atsuro MATSUDA, Vice President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) expressed his gratitude for a warm welcome and his pleasure of starting this formal academic cooperation since the discussion in November 2018. Dr. Atsuro MATSUDA sincerely hope that this agreement will allow both institutions to strengthen a partnership and expand collaborations with a particular focus on area of interest and specialization.

  After that, Dr. Atsuro MATSUDA, Vice President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) gave a special lecture on Society 5.0 and Agricultural. Society 5.0 is a new concept of society, after Hunting & gathering society, Agriculture society, Industrial society, and Information society. Followed by a special lecture on Kasetsart University’s Leadership in Developing Technology and Smart Farming in Thailand by Associate Professor Dr. Sutkhet NAKASATHIEN, Dean of the faculty of Agriculture. Then Associate Professor Dr. Sornprach THANISAWANYANGKURA, Vice-president for Planning delivered a closing speech of the MOU signing ceremony for academic cooperation between the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) Japan and Kasetsart University. This memorandum of cooperation is the beginning of a long-term relationship between the two institutions that will occur in the near future, to jointly research and develop in the field of biotechnology to develop sustainable agriculture and food industry for both countries.

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