March 8, 2021 at 13:30 p.m. – Khon Kaen University held an opening ceremony of the Integrated Socio-economic Upgrading of Sub-districts Project (U2T) and a learning and sharing meeting on socio-economic upgrading at the sub-district level. Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University conveyed an opening address, while Prof. Dr. Thidarat Boonmars, Vice President for Innovation and Enterprise made a reporting speech. The ceremony was honored by Dr. Somsak Jungtrakoon, Khon Kaen Governor, who made a speech to support the project. Among those attending included members of KKU University Council, vice presidents, deans, lecturers and project officers, totaling over 100 people. The opening ceremony took place at Sirikunakorn Room 3, 2nd Floor, Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University.
March 4, 2021, at the Conference Room of Nongkungsri District Public Health Office – the Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute, Khon Kaen University, led by Prof. Dr. Narong Khanteekaew, M.D., Director of the Institute and his team joined the meeting to determine the approaches for eradicating liver fluke and cholangiocarcinoma at Nongkungsri District, Kalasin. Mr. Somdee Khottasaeng, Public Health Officer of Nongkungsri District presided over the meeting.
The meeting agendum included the finding of approaches for participatory and integrated implementation to solve the problems of liver fluke disease and cholangiocarcinoma in Nongkungsri District. This Nongkungsri Model is a collaboration between KKU and the Quality of Life Development Committee of the District. Over 20 people attended the meeting. The common goals were to reduce the number of patients with liver fluke disease and screen the patients with the diseases so that they receive treatment as soon as possible. The project will be in operation in the area for 3 years.
The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought problems to the country’s economy, with many people including newly graduates being unemployed. A lot of university students have been affected. Many unemployed people have to move back to their hometown. These, in turn, cause social problems. The national socio-economic restoring policy is thus emphasizing economic revival at the community level, through job building and occupational development so that the people can rely on themselves according to the sufficiency economy philosophy. The government is therefore seeking support from the over 80 public universities in all regions to act as the System Integrator that integrates socio-economic revival process systematically (Area Based System Integrator) at the sub-district level. This is carried out through utilization of existing bodies of knowledge, technologies and innovations and through coordination and cooperation with the provinces, local administrative organizations and other relevant organizations so that the integration of work will upgrade the sub-district socio-economic conditions, leading to clarified goal of poverty mitigation.
In the industrial circles of agriculture, medicine, tourism and the economic system, the term “BCG Economy” needs to be more recognized, since the Thai government is applying this model to develop the root economy and to promote its growth. A target is set for Thailand’s GDP to increase to 4.3 billion baht within 5 years. The important thing is that the environment must be flawless and that the sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nation must be attained in our country. BCG Economy has thus been raised as a model that will solve the root economy through the continuity of the former model the Government has been attempting to expedite. However, this must correlate to the sufficiency economy philosophy.
Friday, December 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Margaret flower plot South of the Agricultural Technology Park Khon Kaen University Assoc. Prof. Chanchai Panthongwiriyakul President of Khon Kaen University, Presided over the opening ceremony of the margaret flower plot, together with Dr. Ae Jit Phanthongwiriyakul, his wife, by Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangchinda, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Is a welcome speaker and Mr. Narawit Square, 2nd year student in the field of Innovative Agriculture Faculty of Agriculture Along with the administrators of Khon Kaen University, staff, students and interested people visiting the Margaret flower field at the southern area of the Agricultural Technology Park. Khon Kaen University heavily
The KKU Council Chairman emphasizes Health Tech in analysis and research that creates projects to assist people, private and government sectors. The health of the people must come first. At the same time, KKU President emphasizes Telehealth or the use of information technology in medicine to be carried out through the telecommunication system in order to follow-up and carry out health care and treatment from home. An honorary KKU Council member emphasizes the creation of the country’s root from the One Tambon One University Project or From University to Sub-districts. The Vice Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation reveals the employment possibilities for 20 new graduates and local people in each of the over 3,000 sub-districts all over the country. The main aim is the reduce poverty. All are confident to pass this crisis together.
January 29, 2021 – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasitha, KKU Vice President for Education and Academic Service and Asst. Prof. Natthaphat Ananteerakul, Assistant to the President for Education and Academic Service led staff members from the Bureau of Academic Service, who were responsible for the area to discuss the implementation approaches and analyze needs of the ‘One Tambon One University’ Project with the administrators of Kud Khao Sub-district Administrative Organization, Manja Khiri District, Khon Kaen
During the recent years, the tendency to face threatening and complex incidents in Thailand has increased. This involves problems of cross-national crimes, marine security, newly-emerging diseases, etc. The organization dealing with security as the main institution responsible for solving security related problems must revise and update the plans to respond to the Government’s economic policy or Thailand 4.0. In Khon Kaen, there is the Smart City Project approved in 2016, which is aimed at developing Khon Kaen into a smart city based on the international standard in 2 aspects: Smart Mobility, Smart People, Smart Economy, Smart Environment, Smart Governance, and Smart Living.
It is a great pride of Khon Kaen University and Thai people that the work from KKU Science Park, “the Maker Greenovation Platform”, is enlisted among the best ten works out of over 200 works all over the world. The Inspiring Solutions Programme was held at the 37th Virtual IASP World Conference 2020 in Spain, hosted by the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) on December 1-3, 2020. There were over 350 participating organization members from 76 countries.
January 12, 2021 at 16:00 p.m., – Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University presided over the “planting hemps” ceremony at the Vegetation Unit, Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University. The ceremony was organized by the Cannabis Research Institute, with Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangchinda, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies giving a report of the background. Prof. Dr. Phewphan Maleewong, Assistant to the President for Research and Graduate Studies; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darunee Chotisayangkoon, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture; Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanon Lapjit, Head of the Cannabis Research Project for Medicine and Industry of the Cannabis Resaerch Institute welcomed the group of KKU administrators, deans, the 4th Regional Director of the Narcotics Prevention and Suppression Office ; Khon Kaen Public Health Chief Officer; researchers, staff, the press, and a lot of guests joined the ceremony.