On 30th January 2024, Meeting Room No.9, 2nd floor of the Kasetsart Golden Jubilee Administration and Information Center Building, Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chamaipak Maiklad, Assistant to the President for International Affairs along with administrators and lecturers, namely Asst. Prof. Dr.rer.Soc Supapatpimol Simlee, Assistant to the President for International Affairs; Asst. Prof. Dr. Kobsak Wanthongchai, Dean of Faculty of Forestry; Asst.Prof. Dr. Kritsadapan Palakit, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Forestry; representative of Faculty of Forestry; and representatives of the International Affairs Division, welcomed and discussed academic collaboration with the administrator from Mendel University in Brno, Czech, namely Prof. Libor Jankovsky, Dean of Forestry and Wood Technology, and his daughter, Veronika Jankovsky, alumni of Kasetsart University International Master of Business Administration (KIMBA) on the occasion of visiting Kasetsart University.
MENDELU is a university in the Czech Republic, ranked 901-950th university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2024, and it was founded in 1919. Initially named the University of Agriculture in Brno until 1994, it was subsequently renamed "Mendel" in honor of the renowned Gregor Mendel, also known as the Father of Genetics. Currently, MENDELU comprises 5 faculties which are AgriSciences, Forestry and Wood Technology, Business and Economics, Horticulture, and Regional Development and International Studies. The university has over 8,900 students, with 20 percent of the students being international.
After viewing the introduction video of KU, MENDELU referenced the past relationship and collaboration that has existed between itself and KU. Examples include the acceptance of Thai master's and PhD students to pursue studies in European forestry, forestry pathology, and wildlife management, as well as forest technologies, respectively. Additionally, collaborative projects with the Department of Forest Biology, Faculty of Forestry, KU, have been undertaken. Subsequently, MENDELU elucidated on the planned collaborative activities for 2024. These include publishing results from previous collaborations in scientific journals, organizing specialized lectures and seminars for KU students (EDUCA field trips), and facilitating MSCA staff exchanges.
After the discussion, Asst. Prof. Dr. Kobsak Wanthongchai, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry opted to engage in more detailed deliberations with administrators and lecturers from the Faculty of Forestry, KU, along with representatives from MENDELU. The specific focus of these discussions will include topics related to wildlife management, forest monitoring, and tree growth. Finally, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chamaipak Maiklad, Assistant to the President for International Affairs, presented souvenirs to the representatives from MENDELU and participated in a group photo session.