Ph.D. Graduates Shine as MoU Inked under RGJ-Ph.D. Programme Cementing Thailand’s STI Future

11 June 2015

Jomtien Palm Beach Resort, Pattaya, Chonburi 

Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology presided over the MoU signing ceremony between Thailand Research Fund (TRF) under the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Programme or RGJ- Ph.D. Programme and 3 other agencies under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The 3 agencies namely National Science and Technology Development Agency, Synchrotron Light Research Institute (Public Organization), and National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) inked the MoU with the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) to utilize the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Programme at its fullest capacity as there has been an escalating demand for highly and globally qualified Ph.D. graduates in Science, Technology and Innovation in the Thai society. 

The Ph.D. graduates are very much sought after by both private and public sectors taking into account that Thailand is facing a serious drought of highly qualified personnel in Science Technology and Innovation. 


Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology (fourth from left) and Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT Executive Director (far right) look on.


To assure that the academic outcome of the RGJ-Ph.D. Programme will attain international standards, only those Ph.D. advisors with good research records and having co-advisors or collaborators in recognized universities abroad will be awarded RGJ-Ph.D. grants. The grants also provide support for students to gain international research experience for 6-12 months. To attract talented students, the grants cover most essential items and there is no obligation to work for government agencies after completion of doctoral studies. Moreover, each RGJ-Ph.D. student is required to produce at least two publications before his/her graduation. One must be in an international publication, and the other can be in either an international or a national publication. 



In this regard, NARIT, as one of Thailand’s leading academic institutes in Astronomy, has realized the importance of the aforementioned programme by offering its internationally recognized expertise and a grant of access to its facilities and infrastructure including 2.4-metre Thai National Telescope and Remote Robotic Telescope in Chile, just to name a few together with a close supervision by NARIT’s researchers to the RGJ-Ph.D. granted students. The said MoU has promised to be an effective mechanism in gearing up Thailand towards a knowledge-based society driven by Science, Technology and Innovation. 



“The programme of this kind is truly a benefit to the people in the field of Astronomy and related sciences and of course to our nation as a whole as we are united and integrated to build up a society that values knowledge and innovation in the long run” remarked Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT Executive Director.