The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS) held its second annual Advisory Board Meeting on September 28th 2016 at Ratchapruek Room, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.
The purpose of the Advisory Board Meeting is to gather honorary representatives from industries, government and organizations to discuss about the collaboration, activities and the future direction of TGGS and KMUTNB.
This year, TGGS. KMUTNB received a great honor from His Excellency Peter Prügel, the German Ambassador to Thailand, to be the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board Meeting. The Ambassador was also accompanied by Mr. Jan Blezinger, Head of Press and Cultural Section, German Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Advisory Board Meeting started with the welcome speech and the opening remark by His Excellency Peter Prügel, followed by the opening remark from Prof. Dr. Edmund Haberstroh—RWTH Rector Delegate to TGGS and the acting co-chairman for Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg—RWTH Rector. The third opening remark was given by Prof. Dr. Teravuti Boonyasopon—KMUTNB President.
The meeting continued with the status report and future outlook by Assr. Prof. Dr. Monpilai Narasingha—TGGS Dean. Prof. Narasingha reported to the Board Members about the current three missions from TGGS which are (1) to be a faculty that is active in industry-oriented research and education, (2) to focus on the research and development for future industry and (3) to be a one-stop service for industry research and human development. Prof. Narasingha also presented the future outlook to the Board Members which include activities such as TGGS/RWTH Aachen Roadshow in South East Asia, new curricula to be started in 2017, a joint international symposium on Smart Mobility as well as the implementation of the TGGS4.0—Smart Faculty.
The program followed by the discussion of the Board Members. This years, 29 Board Members from different sectors have attended the meeting. This includes representatives from The German Embassy in Bangkok, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DAAD Thailand, Goethe-Institut Thailand, the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce and the National Science Technology and Innovation policy Office. Top members from the industry are representatives from Siemens Thailand, BMW Manufacturing Thailand, Bosch Automotive Technologies Thailand, TÜV Rheinland in Thailand, BASF Thailand, Schaeffler Thailand, EGAT, PTT, SGC and Isuzu. From the universities are representatives from RWTH Aachen University, TGGS and KMUTNB.
The 90 minutes’ discussion was conducted by the co-chairman, Prof. Dr. Edmund Haberstroh. This year’s Board Members discussion gave many valuable ideas, suggestions and feedback in terms of actual demand for the human resource development, the focus of research areas for future industries, the development of the Smart Faculty, as well as possible extension and new collaborations with partners.
The Meeting saw a closing remark by Mr. Jan Blezinger—Head of Press and Cultural Section, German Embassy in Bangkok, followed by closing remarks from Prof. Dr. Edmund Haberstroh—RWTH Rector delegate and Prof. Dr. Teravitu Boonyasopon—KMUTNB President.
TGGS would like to express sincere gratitude for the presence of all board members and for all the valuable contributions. We are looking forward to meet all members again in the next annual Advisory Board Meeting in 2017.