On November 24, 2021, Prof. Dr. Anek Laothamatas - Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation welcomed H.E. Mr. Han Zhiqiang – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand, who assumed his post earlier in September 2021, for a courtesy visit at MHESI. The two parties stressed the significance of bilateral ties on Science, Technology and Innovation in different aspects and missions.
Dr. Saran Poshyachinda – NARIT Executive Director and Dr. Wiphu Rujopakarn – NARIT Deputy Director were also present at the courtesy call to reaffirm NARIT’s commitment in the effort to establish Asian Treaty Organization for Astronomy (ATOA) – a very first multilateral treaty to elevate regional astronomical research and technology development led by Asian countries. Another flagship project worth mentioning was Thai Space Consortium (TSC), where NARIT and The Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CIOMP) signed MoU to develop TSC-Pathfinder Satellite, focusing on space technology since August 2020. NARIT engineers are expected to travel to CIOMP to work on the engineering model in early 2022.
Astronomical cooperation with PRC counterparts under Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and other partners has always been at the forefront of NARIT’s external missions. Extensive networks of collaborations are being implemented with Yunnan Observatories (YNO), National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC), Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Institute of High Energy Physics to name a few. NARIT owns and operates a 0.7-metre robotic telescope atop Gao Mei Gu in Lijiang as a part of Yunnan Observatories.