NAOJ and NARIT take Radio Astronomy to a whole new level

Jan 27, 2016

A Memorandum of Understanding between The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan - (NAOJ), and The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) – NARIT, has been officially inked on January 13th, 2016 at Shangri-La hotel Chiang Mai. As a vigorous milestone of the new era, this MoU is expected to be enforced for at least the next 6 years via encouraging academic cooperation in astronomical research and education – radio astronomy in particular, promoting postgraduate study at NAOJ, exchanging academic and administrative staff amongst the 2 institutes, as well as fostering channels of communications through conferences, seminars, symposiums and workshops alike. In the hope that it will bring about effective outcomes in the field that would replicate astronomical enthusiasts and prosper essential knowledge across Continental Asia.


        The relation amidst the 2 nations has long been established and lingered for over 600 years since Ayutthaya period in Thailand, especially in the field of trade and commerce.

        The ceremony was attended by Dr. Masahiko Hayashi, Director General of NAOJ, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, who stated in his remarks that, “NAOJ was established in 1988, just 1 year after the celebration on the official establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan, 128 years is considerably a long time to represents commitments to develop both of our countries in all aspects.” Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of NARIT, on the other hand, stated that, “NARIT is proud to be the very first astronomical partner of NAOJ in Southeast Asia. Together, we will expand the horizon of astronomical development for sustainability in the region.” Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, Deputy Director of NARIT, as well as the respective colleagues of both NAOJ and NARIT were also present as witnesses while the occasion took place.