Austrian Thai delegation visited Doi Suthep.
In February, 1984, when HE Dr. Heinz Fischer, former
Federal Minister for Science and Research from the Republic of Austria
undertook an official visit to the kingdom of Thailand as guest of the
Ministry of University Affairs, an agreement was reached on the
Thai-Austrian Cooperation in Science and Technology, which was duly signed
on April 19, 1984.
Since July 1992, the partnership agreement between the
University of Leopold-Franzens-Innsbruck and Chulalongkorn University has
been expanded to become the infrastructure for subsequent agreements between
the University of Vienna and the Chiang Mai University (CMU).
The academic cooperation activities such as exchange
programs, granting of scholarships, and university funding have prospered to
a most fruitful cooperation between these two institutions. Moreover this
flourishing partnership has been strengthened to include other universities
in Austria and in Thailand.
Elisabeth Gehrer enjoying a visit to Wat Suan Dok and some schools in the
Scientists and research workers have thus been provided
with all necessary facilities for carrying out their studies, teaching
and/or research at the two universities. The academic cooperation between
both Universities is mutually beneficial.
Chiang Mai University is acknowledged as the pre-eminent
center for study in the North of Thailand. In pursuit of our goal, we
welcome both international students and international cooperation in
collaborative research ventures. ‘Internationalization’ is the
cornerstone of our continuing process of expansion, development and
improvement of academic standards.
Tschugnall, winner of the ‘Starmania’ competition in Austria, who
dedicated his latest song ‘From the East’ to HM Princess Maha Chakri
Fifteen scientists and research workers have been
supported to join the exchange programs to carry out their studies, teaching
and research at their partner Universities since 1993.
Similarly, between 1997 to the present, 25 medical
student from Innsbruck University have participated in training programs in
the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai (Suan-Dok) Hospital, Faculty of Medicine,
Chiang Mai University through the ASEA-uniNET Project.
Chutima, of the old Chiangmai Cultural Center invited everyone for a
northern Khantoke dinner in honor of HE Elisabeth Gehrer. (First row from
left to right) Susie von Boehm Bezing, Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul, Michael
Tschugnall, Jumpol Chutima, HE Elisabeth Gehrer, Madame and Pravit
Archarachinores, Dr. Guenther Bonn, Caroline Bonn and on the very right,
co-founder of the Thai-Austrian ASEA-UniNET, Dr. Bernd Michael Rode
Almost 300 students from Innsbruck University have
studied short courses in Business Management in Thailand, Business Culture
in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Hill Tribes, Economic Development,
Politics in the GMS, Minority Problems in Thailand and Political Economy of
Elisabeth Gehrer, Austrian Federal minister for education, science and
culture and Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon, president of CMU after they signed
the renewed agreement between Innsbruck and Chiang Mai.
Through constructive interaction with our international
partners in teaching, research and through contact with professional
associations, we seek innovative solutions to local, national and global
problems. We consider these to be mutually beneficial partnerships.
After the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of
Thai-Austrian Cooperation at the Shangri La Hotel in Bangkok the delegation
traveled to Chiang Mai to not only get first hand experience of the North
but to also deepen personal friendships. HE Elisabeth Gehrer, the present
Federal Minister for Education, Science and Culture emphasized that such a
success story as the ASIA-uniNET cooperation is only made possible by the
workers behind the scene. She sees this cooperation as a role model and
living proof of the fact that science and research serve as a foundation on
which mutual understanding can grow and mature and give young people the
unique chance of intercultural experiences in an increasingly international
The friendship between these two different worlds was deepened with
social evenings, outings and the promise that the 30th anniversary will be
even more outstanding and the success story will be continued.
After lunch concert at
Saenkham Terrace with Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon, president of CMU (extreme
left) listening to Michael Tschugnall.
Khantoke dinner at the old
Chiangmai Cultural Center. (From left) Dr. Bernd Michael Rode, Michael
Tschugnall, Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul and the Dean of the Faculty of Science
of Chiangmai University.
of CMU, Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon (3rd from right) and Elisabeth Gehrer
(4th from right), the federal minister for education, science and culture
with officials, VIPs and friends for the celebration of 20 years successful
work between Innsbruck and Chiang Mai.