About MOU Conclusion on Promoting Cooperation with National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand
Yokosuka Research Park concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on promoting cooperation with National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand, on November 12, 2001.
This is the 3rd time for YRP to conclude a MOU with an overseas science park, following the 1st time with NOVI Science Park, Denmark, in January 2001, and the 2nd time with Technopole Brest-Iroise, France, on November 5, 2001. This MOU is a big step for YRP to "promote cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region," one of YRP's top agendas.
As the representative of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand, Prof.Dr. Pairash attended the signing ceremony at YRP to sign the MOU. On behalf of the supporting bodies for Yokosuka Research Park, President Mitsutoshi Hatori of YRP R&D Committee, President Akio Motai of R&D Promotion Society, and President Hideo Sawada of Yokosuka Telecom Research Park, Inc. attended the ceremony to sign the MOU.
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), which belongs to Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Thailand, is mainly responsible for building up international competitiveness, R&D of advanced technology, and transferring technological accomplishments to the private sector. Founded in 1981, the agency is a highly independent institution, providing a wide range of services including administration of three R&D centers on IT, biotechnology, and new materials respectively, research assistance to universities, research institutes, and private corporations, low-interest loan to medium and small-sized businesses, technological guidance, etc. Furthermore, the agency is running Thailand Science Park (TSP) scheduled to fully open in 2002 based on the hi-tech base station concept under the cooperation of Industry, Academia, and Government. NSTDA is inviting domestic and overseas R&D departments of private corporations into TSP, aiming at developing TSP to be a leading hi-tech base station in Thailand.