Dr. Thanaruk Theeramunkong
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
Academic and social activities in Thailand with Tokyo Tech
I graduated with a Doctor of Engineering degree from the Department of Computer Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1995. After working at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and a private company, I started my teaching and research career at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) in 1999. SIIT was founded in 1994 as an autonomous institute focusing on research in science and technology under Thammasat University, which, having been founded in 1934, is the second oldest university in Thailand. Thammasat University provides undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields ranging from law to engineering to medical science to liberal arts.
During my career at SIIT, I have had the chance to help with several academic and social activities intended to build bridges between Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and organizations in Thailand. For example, many students from SIIT have been recommended and encouraged to do further study at Tokyo Tech with scholarships in various fields, including Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Social Engineering. SIIT also sends some postdoctoral researchers to Tokyo Tech.
Most significantly, SIIT and Tokyo Institute of Technology collaborated to establish a Master's Degree Program in Information and Communication Technology for Embedded Systems (ICTES) in 1998, under the project named TAIST Tokyo Tech (Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). The program received strong support from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand's national research organization. As well as ICTES, a masters in Automotive Engineering was established in 1997 between KMITL (King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang), NSTDA and Tokyo Tech. For these two programs, many Tokyo Tech professors teach and advise around 40 students per year in their projects, using both teleconferencing and face-to-face environments.
Last, but by no means least, I should mention our alumni party arrangement. Every year starting from 1992, an alumni party has been held to encourage individuals who graduated from Tokyo Tech to exchange information and develop collaborations. Recently, several professors at Tokyo Tech have also joined the alumni party. In the future, I am certain that more activities will take place via the Tokyo Tech Office at NSTDA, in Thailand Science Park.
Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 12 (September, 2009)