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New agreement boosts UK-Thai scientific collaboration


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Thursday 13 January 2005

A drive to increase collaboration between scientists in Thailand and the UK received a boost today during the visit of Thai Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wissanu Krea-Ngam to Imperial College London.

His Excellency Dr Krea-Ngam signed a memorandum of understanding committing the Royal Thai Government and Imperial to the creation of new opportunities for both students and staff. These include up to 25 PhD scholarships for Thai students to study in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial and the chance for researchers to spend time with their colleagues abroad.

As well as fulfilling Imperial's mission to attract the best students and staff from around the world, the agreement is also aimed at harnessing the College's expertise to improve Thailand's research capability and scientific standing. Welcoming Dr Krea-Ngam and the Thai party, Imperial's Rector Sir Richard Sykes commented that this ambition is especially important following the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

"Partnerships are vital at times like this," he said. "I have no doubt that improved understanding and application of science, technology and medicine, whilst not solving the problems nature presents us, can improve conditions for humankind and that is the challenge we face. Funding to provide scholarships for able students to study for a PhD at Imperial, is, I believe, a critically important route to meeting that global challenge."

The agreement will also provide opportunities for Thai researchers to spend study periods at Imperial and for Imperial academics to work in Thailand.

Sir Richard concluded: "I would like to take this opportunity to put on record our commitment to providing world class training and skills for Thai scholars so that they may enrich their home nation as well as our global society."

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For further information contact:

Abigail Smith
Imperial College London Press Office
Tel: 020 7594 6701
Email: abigail.smith@imperial.ac.uk

Notes to editors

There are currently around 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Thailand at Imperial.

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