Tokyo Tech's collaboration and engagement in Thailand extends back several decades. In particular, the Institute has for many years contributed to education and research in Thailand in the field of science and technology. Tokyo Tech opened its first overseas office on the campus of Thailand's National Science and Development Agency (NSTDA) in 2002.
Since 2007, the Institute has been collaborating with NSTDA and Thai partner universities in Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(TAIST)-Tokyo Tech, a joint graduate education program designed to foster the development of internationally competitive research engineers and high-level development researchers in Thailand. The program has gained support from local industry and Japanese companies with operations in Thailand.
With the establishment of Tokyo Tech ANNEX Bangkok in 2018, Tokyo Tech aims to build on the educational activities and networks of TAIST-Tokyo Tech to accelerate academia-industry collaboration in Thailand.
ANNEX Bangkok activities include facilitation of visits by Tokyo Tech researchers and University Research Administrators (URA) to businesses and research institutions for collaborative research and industrial liaison.
In addition, ANNEX Bangkok organizes the annual Tokyo Tech Research Showcase to facilitate identification of potential seeds for collaborative research with companies and organizations in Thailand and the surrounding region by introducing Tokyo Tech researchers and research activities likely to be of interest to potential collaborators.