Royal Thai Consulate-General, Fukuoka Visits Okayama University
June 17, 2022
Consul-General Sorut Sukthaworn, Consul Somchai Angsanuntsukh, and Consul Pornpun Pupiangjai of the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Fukuoka paid a courtesy visit to Okayama University President MAKINO Hirofumi on May 27. In addition to President Makino, the meeting was attended by Executive Director for Research NASU Yasutomo, Vice President for International Affairs SUZUKI Takayoshi, and Vice Executive Director MINO Motoyasu, as well as by the Chairman of the Chugoku Headquarters for the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan and the Chairman of the Business Mutual Aid Association.
During the visit, President Makino introduced various features and initiatives of the university, and Vice President Suzuki elaborated on the university's agreements with Thai universities, student exchange programs, and collaboration with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), which has an office in Thailand. In addition, Executive Director Nasu spoke about his recent experience making a presentation on the Bio-Circular-Green economy (BCG) model promoted by the Thai government in a side event of the 25th session of UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) (hosted by UNCTAD and the Permanent Mission of Thailand). In response, Consul-General Sukthaworn commented, "Once the pandemic is over, we would like to get involved in student exchange and joint research initiatives between Okayama University and Thai universities and businesses."
We hope that the meeting will lead to closer cooperation in the near future.
〇 CSTD：Commission on Science and Technology for Development
CSTD was established in 1992. In addition to examining issues of science and technology and their impact on development, the CSTD promotes the awareness on the importance of science and technology policies in developing countries and provides recommendations on issues related to science and technology within the scope of the UN system. UNCTAD provides substantive and secretariat services to the commission.
〇Bio-Circular-Green Economy （BCG） Model
BCG integrates "bioeconomy", "circular economy" and "green economy". "Bioeconomy" refers to the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into value added products, "circular economy" is the reuse and recycling of resources to maximize the value of limited resources and "green economy" means keeping the economy, society and environment in harmony, resulting in sustainable development.