The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS), held the 4th Advisory Board Meeting at Ratchapruk Meeting Room, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) on 19th September 2018.
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 received the great honor from Dr. Alexander Raubold—Counsellor Economics and Commercial Affairs, German Embassy, to be the Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board Meeting. He is the acting honorary Chairman for Mr. Jan Scheer, Chargé d’Affaires, German Embassy.
The Advisory Board Meeting started with the welcome speech and the opening remark by Dr. Raubold, followed by the opening remark from Prof. Dr. Edmund Haberstroh, RWTH Rector Delegate to TGGS, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mathar—from RWTH Aachen University and Prof. Dr. Suchart Siengchin—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 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, (3) to be a one-stop service for industry research and human development and (4) to be the national hub for German technology transfer for Thailand.
Prof. Narasingha also presented the future outlook to the Board Members which include activities such as the development of further Dual Degree between RWTH Aachen University and TGGS, the up-coming workshop activities and the launching of a cube satellite “KNACKSAT” which will take place in November this year, just to name a few.
The program followed by the discussion of the Board Members. This years, over 33 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, The Federation of Thai Industries, and the National Science Technology and Innovation policy Office. Top members from the industry are representatives from Siemens Thailand, BMW Manufacturing Thailand, Robert Bosch Limited Thailand, TÜV Rheinland in Thailand, BASF Thailand, Schaeffler Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Western Digital Thailand Co, Ltd., EGAT, PTT, Bangchak Corporation PCL, Tri Pecth Isuzu, World Pigment Industries Co., Ltd., and Thai Techno Glass Co., Ltd. From the universities are representatives from RWTH Aachen University, TGGS and KMUTNB.
The 70 minutes discussion was conducted by the co-chairman, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mathar. This year’s Board Members discussion gave many valuable ideas, suggestions and feedback in terms of the future research direction, human resource development for industry, ideas for collaborations as well as the strategy to increase number of students.
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 2019.