In order to facilitate mutual cooperation for the promotion of academic excellence in areas of research and faculty, student exchange programs the University of Kashmir (KU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shinawatra International University Thailand (SIU) at KU on Saturday.
As per statement, while signing the MoU Vice -Chancellor KU Prof Talat said that the MoU is a part of the academic process initiated by KU since last two years where the University has entered into meaningful academic collaborations with various academic and research institutes of the country and the world to promote and encourage faculty /student exchange programs and to give impetus to the overall research quality of the varsity.
He said, “Under this MoU both universities shall collaborate and support, each other academically, by conducting joint academic activities for smooth and effective management of their respective departments/centers/courses and shall undertake joint research projects and allow joint supervision of research programs and conduct conferences/workshops/seminars jointly where faculty members from the universities would be encouraged to participate.”
Prof Talat added that the universities shall encourage/support faculty exchange program that are mutually beneficial and helpful for faculty members and the universities shall sponsor visits by faculty members for a brief period for interaction with teachers/scholars and for delivering extension lectures according to the details to be mutually agreed upon.
Prof Voradej Chandarasorn, President of SIU said that the Universities besides allowing the scholars/students to attend classes/seminars in each other’s universities would provide access to them to their respective libraries, archives, research laboratories and other facilities.
He added that under the terms of the MoU the Universities would provide access to high –end instruments and equipments to each other’s faculty/scholars/students.
Prof Chandarasorn said that SIU has students from 24 nations of the world and is presently running 15 programs which include 11 international programs and 4 Thai programs.
Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof AM Shah while presenting a brief overview of the University of Kashmir said that entering into meaningful academic collaborations has become an important activity at the University for the overall improvement of research and student/faculty exchange programs.