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University of Mandalay

Mandalay, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum – NARIT Executive Director, together with Dr. Saran Poshyachinda – NARIT Deputy Director led the team – for the very first time – to the cross-cultural and diverse city of the Golden Land. Aimed for the Memorandum of Understanding between NARIT and University of Mandalay to be signed as a threshold for the greater good amidst the Greater Mekong Sub-region.


As the glorious sun beamed upon Mandalay Hill in the morning of June 15, 2016, NARIT Delegation was greeted in traditional hospitality at the Campus Main Building. Prof Dr. Thida Win – Rector of the University of Mandalay hosted the Signing Ceremony of such MoU along with esteemed colleagues from both ends. “Solid enthusiasm was put into force at individual to governmental levels once doors for opportunities have been unlocked from the moment the new government was assigned” – addressed Prof. Win in accordance to the ceremony.



Later that day, Possibilities for future collaborations between the two institutes were also put on the table for discussions as the delegation paid a visit to Physics Department of the University of Mandalay. Three aspects of cooperation were put into the spotlight including Astronomy Education, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Public Outreach Activities. Prof. Khin Swe Myint – Physics Department’s very own mentor / former Rector of the University of Mandalay has requested NARIT to assist its staff members on the specialized areas of Science and Technology, in which Prof. Boonrucksar reaffirmed.



While NARIT paves the way for its mission in serving regional advancement in astronomy, as a forefront research institute of its kind in Southeast Asia, The occasion was marked as a sequence of a steering ASEAN integration which focused on the mainland CLMV fellow countries, first of which was held in Vientiane, Laos PDR earlier in April this year, in the hope to decreasing educational gaps in the respective neighbours – by making use of astronomical advantage as a tool. The event also strengthens bonds of the Southeast Asia Astronomy Network (SEAAN) in which Myanmar is expected to play a vital role towards its mechanism via Southeast Asia Regional Office for Astronomy Development (SEA-ROAD). Combined with the establishment of the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO that NARIT is hosting, this MoU is but a fostering channel for constructive results that are to come.


On the occasion, Executives, researchers and lectures from both ends are to give a talk on related topics to interested students on campus prior to their departure. Let us join in wishing all speakers, audience and the team alike a successful journey. More details are to come!