Bounty of ASEAN sky brings in much-anticipated MoU between NARIT and VNSC

August 24, 2016

Vietnam National Satellite Centre

Hanoi, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) brings on his expertise and experience of his long-devoted career in astronomy to synergise the dynamic ASEAN with a bilateral MoU between the institute and the Vietnamese National Satellite Centre (VNSC). The MoU approach is perceived as one of the mechanisms deployed to empower the regional astronomy, following the previous successful MoU signed with the Philippines, Lao PDR, and Myanmar, just to name a few. 


Prof. Boonrucksar inks the MoU with VNSC represented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of VNSC with the hope that the MoU will signify the scientific development of both countries in the fields of astronomy and related sciences, underlined with bilateral and multilateral collaborative attempts based upon mutual footings that both Thailand and Vietnam can expect from. The 6-year MoU immensely aims at developing the emerging human capacity of both countries as the needs for manpower in the relevant fields significantly resonate soaring demands for better infrastructures, more reliable facilities and and more rigid STEM education within the region. “The MoU plays a vital tool for making it possible for our countries to highlight the the exponential development of astronomy we have experienced so far. With the new facilities VNSC is offering, coupled with NARIT’s current and emerging infrastructures and facilities, we are also now taking human capacity building seriously as it is a new challenging task ahead of us to inspire the new generation to be exposed to science, technology and not astronomy alone.” remarks Prof. Boonrucksar. 



The MoU also marks an auspicious occasion of 40th anniversary of the long standing relationship between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Since then, Thailand and Vietnam have become partners that garner trades, exchange cultures, and encourage bilateral ties in all levels at various dimensions. This time around, astronomy plays an important role in Science Diplomacy bringing the two nations even closer with a tirelessly generous support from the Royal Thai Embassy in Hanoi as Ms. Wanthanee Viputwonsakul, Chargé d’ Affaire witnesses the MoU signing ceremoy.



Later in the afternoon, Prof. Boonrucksar and his team visit University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH).  Prof. Patrick Boiron, Rector of USTH discusses over possible collaborations that USTH and NARIT may explore in the next phase of USTH as it is currently focusing on relationships with regional institutes within Southeast Asia. Apparently, NARIT is one of its prospect strategic partners as USTH-NARIT’s emerging programmes and projects in astronomy and astrophysics may arise in the near future.  The meeting concludes with positive feedbacks and future collaborative efforts the two parties may come up with. 



Stay tuned for the upcoming Public Lectures by NARIT’s very own researcher Dr. Utane Sawangwit on “Observational Cosmology” and Prof. Boonrucksar’s “The recent Development of NARIT and Southeast Asia Regional Cooperation in Astronomy and Related Fields” and VNSC’s speakers – Dr. Pham Tuan Anh on “Our Universe, a flash tour” on August 25, 2015 as part of NARIT’s mission to celebrate the NARIT-VNSC MoU here in Hanoi at