MOU formalized with Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency

University News | August 06, 2018

Hokkaido University President Toyoharu Nawa meeting with representatives from the Thai Ministry of Agriculture Cooperatives and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency at the MOU Signing Ceremony in Thailand on July 31st, 2018.

On Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, the MOU Signing Ceremony between Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), and Hokkaido University was held at Impact Challenger Hall near Bangkok, Thailand.

The agreement comes as part of the Thai government’s “Thailand 4.0” initiative for science and technology policy, focusing especially on satellite technology for agriculture, research development, and the social implementations of smart agriculture. These fields are being actively promoted by Hokkaido University as a main component of its “Hokkaido University Research and Education Center for Robust Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Industry” project.

On the morning of the 31st, meetings were held between representatives from Hokkaido University and Japanese companies, facilitated by the Embassy of Japan in Thailand. The MOU Signing Ceremony was held that afternoon, with approximately 100 people in attendance. Opening remarks were delivered by Hokkaido Vice Governor Yasuhiro Tsuji, followed by Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Narong Onsard. The MOU was signed by Hokkaido University President Toyoharu Nawa, Permanent Secretary of MOAC Lertviroj Kowattana, and GISTDA Director Anond Snidvongs. 

In addition to President Toyoharu Nawa, members of the Hokkaido University delegation included Faculty of Engineering Dean Takao Masuda, Faculty of Agriculture Dean Atsushi Yokota, Faculty of Agriculture Vice Dean Noboru Noguchi, Graduate School of Global Food Resources Vice Dean Toshihiko Yamada, Institute for International Collaboration Deputy Director So Kawanobe, and 2 faculty members.