TFII’s Activities on Project Implementation:

1. Thai-French Cooperative Projects on Higher Education and Research Initiatives:

On April 23, 1999, the Higher Education Commission of Thailand represented by Deputy Permanent Secretary Assoc. Prof. Thong-In Wongsothorn signed a Memorandum of Understanding on academic and research cooperation with the French Ministry of
Higher Education and Research. The first joint Franco-Thai committee meeting
was held on 15-17 November 1999 in Paris. The meeting resolution focuses on mutual cooperation in 5 disciplines, i.e. Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, Agro-Industry, Urban Planning, Language-Culture, and Tropical Medicine. Core Universities of each discipline are clearly identified. On 17 November 2000, the Commission on Higher Education hosted the second Thai-Franco meeting in Bangkok. The resolutions are placed on cooperation
in human resources development through various activities such as training, research and curriculum development. The type of financial assistance, the cost-sharing subsidy would be employed. Guidelines for project proposals would be circulated to core
universities.

In the year 2001, the Commission on Higher Education and the French Ministry of Education and Research circulated the first Call for Proposals. The proposals selected for partial financial support embodied 4 projects in Tropical Agriculture, Agro-Industrial
disciplines and 6 projects in Engineering. On 16-17 May 2002, the French Ministry of
Education and Research hosted the third Thai-Franco joint committee meeting in Paris. The Commission on Higher Education led by the Secretary General to the Thai Ministry of University participated in the meeting. Disciplines to be placed in the initiatives encompassed
Urban Planning and Architecture, Tourism, Language and Culture, together with Tropical Medicine. For the engineering discipline, Asst. Prof. Dr.Panarit Sethakul was appointed local coordinator. The project aims toward the promotion of human resource development in scholarly community through a range of activities comprising training, research, funding
opportunities (grants and contributions), curriculum development, along with exchange services for students, researchers and faculty between both countries.

In 2001, four project proposals were approved by the Committee while another proposal was consented in 2005:

1. ENG1: Human Resources Development in Materials Science and Engineering (KMITNB-Ecole des Mines de Paris), headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Udomkiat Nontakaew. The implementation period: 2001- 2005.
2. ENG3: Joint Research in 4 Topics of Power Electronics and Electric Drives Technology (KMITNB-INPL), headed by Asst. Prof. Dr. Panarit Sethakul. The implementation period: 2001- 2005.
3. ENG4: Manufacturing System Development to Improve Competitiveness of Thai Industrials (KMITNB-INP Grenoble), headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suthep Butdee. The implementation period: 2001-2005.
4. ENG6: Research Cooperation and Joint degree’s Program in Corrosion Science and Engineering (KMITNB-INP Grenoble), head by Assoc.Prof. Siriporn Daopiset. The implementation period: 2001-2005.
5. Spray and Combustions of Bio-Diesel: Experiments, Development of Optical Diagnostics (KMITNB, KMUTT, CU and INSA de Rouen), headed by Asst. Prof. Dr. Pumyos Vallikul. The implementation period: 2005-2009.

For the period of 2007-2009, these proposals obtained approvals:
1. Biogas-Fuelled SOFC Interconnect: Reactivity and Surface Modification (KMUTNB/INPG), headed by Assoc. Prof. Siriporn Daopiset. The implementation
period: 2007-2008.
2. Fashion Engineering Design (KMUTNB/ Laboratorie G-SCOP), headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suthep Butdee. The implementation period: 2007-2008.
3. Power Processing Units for Fuel Cells (PEMFC AND SOFC) (KMUTNB/MTEC-INPL), headed by Asst. Prof. Dr. Panarit Sethakul. The implementation
period: 2009-2010.
4. Valorisation of Asian Tropical Non-Food Vegetable Oils as Alternative Fuels (KMUTNB/ MTECCNRS), headed by Dr. Sabaithip Tungkamani. The
implementation period: 2009-2010.

2. Thai-French Continuing Vocational Education Project:

The initiative in collaboration with INP Grenoble and CESI was launched in 2001-2005. It was divided into 2 phases:

2.1. Phase 1 (2001-2003). Competency Analysis was carried out for creating a competency-based curriculum for skill development. Twenty industry trainee participants completed the program. The training session was expanded to 7 employees of
Banknotes Department, The Bank of Thailand.

2.2. Phase 2 (2004-2005) entails the stage of Validation of Experience. The framework for experience endorsement was executed through comparison approach
from 5 European countries: Spain, France, Luxembourg, Italy and Britain. Subsequent to the analysis and modification to accommodate the Thai circumstances, a relevant manual was developed and 5 trainees successfully completed the session. Currently the course “Validation of Experience” is offered in the undergraduate level in Automation
Technology. The curriculum was put in the ninth educational development plan in accordance with the University Council’s resolution.

3. TFIC Excellence Scholarship Programs:

On 29 November 2007, a cooperation agreement for the implementation of TFIC Excellence Scholarship Program was signed by representatives of TFIC (as later promoted to TFII) and of the French Embassy in Thailand. The contractual implementation period covered 4 years (2008-2011). The main objectives are as follows:
- To develop KMUTNB human resources to become more capable in science, technology and innovation abilities

- To enhance research potential of the University personnel


 
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