Mekong River is the one of the most important rivers in Indochinese Peninsula, and water-energy nexus is the main challenge for Mekong countries including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Under the support of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) collaborates with National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC). Thailand to establish Taiwan-Thailand Innovation Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy (WISE). The primary goal of the Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center is to expand the collaboration between researchers from Taiwan and Mekong River areas to achieve the technological innovation, cultivate local talents, technological internationalization and environmental sustainability in Mekong River basin.
Inaugurated on April 28, 2022 (Thursday), NTHU and MTEC have together launched the oversea offices of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Centers at NTHU and MTEC. During the unveiling ceremony, both the NTHU Senior Vice President, Professor Sinn-Wen Chen and the Director of Environmental Research Group at MTEC, Dr. Chanchana Thanachayanont mentioned that NTHU is an internationally well-known university in water treatment innovation, low-carbon green energy, and applied advanced materials in the field of environment, while MTEC is famous on environmentally benign nanomaterial, circular economy, and water management. Therefore, the mutual cooperation between NTHU and MTEC can promote the development of novel technologies and cultivate talents for clean water and sustainable energy in Mekong River basin. To reinforce the international collaboration, WISE also invites Dr. Nuanchan Singkran at Mahidol University, Thailand, Director Oulavanh Sinsamphanh at National University of Laos, Academician Sotha Chek at Royal Academy of Cambodia, and Professor Van Pham Dang Tri at Can Tho University, Vietnam to join the research teams. Over the initial three-year period of the collaboration, several events have been planned which include visiting professorship, engineers without boarder, water-energy nexus collaboration, and several joint workshops and seminars on specialized topics. It is hoped that Taiwan-Thailand WISE will catalyze the exchange of expertise and intimate collaboration on clean water and sustainable energy between Taiwanese and those research from Mekong River area and New-South Bound countries.
Pic 1： Unveiling ceremony of Taiwan-Thailand Center at NTHU
Pic 2： Photo of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center at NTHU
Pic 3：Unveiling ceremony of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center at MTEC, Thailand
Pic 4： Photo of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center at MTEC, Thailand
Pic 5：Photo of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center at MTEC, Thailand
Pic 6：On-line opening ceremony of Taiwan-Thailand WISE Center
Pic 7 ：Welcoming Remarks of Dr. Chanchana, Director of Environmental Research Group, MTEC