The Chancellor of Thailand's Chaopraya University Visits CDU and Signs A MoU on University Cooperation
Author:Zhang Shiyao          Source:Office of International Cooperation and Exchange         Date:2023-12-18

On the morning of December 12, Dr. Darat Vibhatakalasa, Chancellor of Thailand's Chaopraya University, and his delegation visited Chengdu University (CDU). Peng Xiaolin, Vice President of CDU and Member of the Standing Committee of the Party Committee, extended a warm welcome to the guests. The two sides had discussions on international student cultivation, scientific research cooperation, and international mobility of faculty and students, sharing insights on further expanding the cooperation between the two universities in the future.

Peng extended her cordial welcome to the guests and briefly introduced CDU's history, faculty, discipline development, and talent cultivation, as well as the achievements of CDU’s integration and implemention of the talent, characteristics, internationalization, and digital strategies. As a city university, CDU has made remarkable progress in the Nature Index and highly cited papers, as well as talent cultivation effectiveness in recent years. She indicated that CDU places great emphasis on fostering exchanges and collaboration with Thailand, and has carried out extensive cooperation in student and faculty exchange programs, scientific research, cultural exchanges, and other aspects. The university especially focuses on promoting Chinese language education internationally and fostering cultural exchanges and the mutual understandings of different civilizations. Also, she expressed hope for a new journey of collaboration with Chaopraya University, thus promoting friendly relations between China and Thailand.

Dr. Darat Vibhatakalasa expressed her gratitude to CDU for its warm reception, and highly praised its rapid development. She detailed the history, geographical location, advantageous disciplines, and international research cooperation of Chaopraya University. She said that Chaopraya University of Thailand, a 25-year-old vocational college, is Thailand's first private vocational college to receive a royal award. She looks forward to a close collaboration with CDU, encouraging two-way exchange of faculty and students, and promoting cooperation and exchange in areas such as the 2+2 undergraduate program, research innovation, and joint training programs for doctoral students, as well as overseas internships.

During the meeting, Peng and Dr. Vibhatakalasa signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Chaopraya University in Thailand and Chengdu University in China (the MoU). The signing of the MoU signifies the formal commencement of the comprehensive cooperation between the two universities in scientific research, academic programs, and international exchange of faculty and students.

President Emeritus of Chaopraya University, along with heads of relevant CDU departments, such as the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, the International Department of the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts, and the College of Literature and Journalism, also attended the meeting.