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.
The continuing collaboration between Mitsubishi Company (Thailand) Ltd. and Khon Kaen University has been discussed. The CSR collaborations started in 2018 with Faculty of Agriculture under the projects of Rice and Native chicken in the NE. This year the renewal energy and solar applications with Faculty of Engineering.
An MOU signing ceremony was held by Thailand A.I. University Consortium comprising the 5 Thailand AI universities, namely, Khon Kaen University, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Prince of Songkhla University, and King Monkut University of Technology Lad Krabung, with CMKL Thailand. The universities are joining force to develop artificial intelligence technologies, which are now becoming more and more important to our daily lives. The collaboration will be in terms of joint research and development of Deep-Tech innovations with the use of artificial intelligence. The Consortium has also entered as a network member of NVIDIA A.I. Technology Centre, where many world leading universities already join. NVIDIA is the producer of GPU machine, a key mechanism of high-speed processing unit for artificial intelligence of the world.
November 11, 2020, Sarasin Room, Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University – Khon Kaen University held a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding with UOB Bank (Public Company) for academic collaboration on the Financial Management of Research and Academic Service, which is under the KKU Research Transformation policy. Assoc. Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, M.D., President of Khon Kaen University presided over the ceremony and signed for KKU. Mr. Andy, Chia Chu Kim, Vice Executive Manager of the Country Head of Wholesale Banking and Mrs. Kanyalika Busapawanit, Assistant Executive Manager of Commercial Banking represented UOB Bank. Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangchinda, Vice President for Research and Graduate Study; Asst. Prof. Tala Thammaroj, M.D., Vice President for Administration; Prof. Phewpan Maleewong, M.D., Assistant to the President for Research and Graduate Study; Ajarn Siraprapa Bamrungkit, Assistant to the President for Asset Management; administrators and personnel from Khon Kaen University and UOB attended the ceremony as witnesses.