• “Soka University Thailand Office” Established


“Soka University Thailand Office” Established

    The “Soka University Thailand Office” was recently established at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the Top Global University Project, which was adopted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Academic Year 2014.
    The opening ceremony was held on June 28 (Tuesday) at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts Building and was attended by approximately 60 participants, including the University of Thammasat’s President Noranit Setabutr of the university Council (former rector), Rector Somkit Lertpaithoon, Vice Rector Nitinant Wisaweisuan, Dean Dumrong Adunyarittigun of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ambassador Shiro Sadoshima and Counsellor Shigeki Kobayashi of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and those related to Japanese universities with offices in Thailand.

    The office is scheduled to support Thai students that are considering studying in Japan, by providing information and consultation while also strengthening cooperation with universities in Thailand that have formed an agreement. This will be the second overseas office for Soka University (as of June 2016), following the “Soka University Beijing Office” established in China in 2005.

    At the opening ceremony, after a report from Dean Dumrong Adunyarittigun regarding details of how the office was established and after greetings by Rector Somkit Lertpaithoon, Soka University President Yoshihisa Baba shared thoughts about the visit by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Soka University in April last year, along with information on the exchanges that are taking place with three universities in Thailand, including Thammasat University. He also shared his hopes to further engage in mutual exchange and to develop Soka University’s international educational research activities, while cooperating with various universities in Thailand, including Thammasat University.
    Next, Ambassador Sadoshima of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand stated that next year marks the 130th anniversary since Thailand and Japan declared their treaty of amity and asked that, with Soka University’s Thailand Office as its base, efforts be made not only for the development of academic exchange between Thailand and Japan, but also to foster capable individuals that can bring about innovation through exchange between the two universities.
    Lastly, President Noranit Setabutr shared how exchanges have been steadily promoted since 1985 when Thammasat University and Soka University tied an exchange agreement, and he expressed his expectations that further exchanges be promoted through Soka University’s Thailand Office.

    In conjunction with the opening ceremony, a signing ceremony took place for the exchange agreement between the Faculty of International Liberal Arts of Soka University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Thammasat University. In addition to the exchanges between universities that have been taking place so far, exchange programs at both universities will also begin for the students and faculty of said departments.