Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
|Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University|
|Type||Private (autonomous unit within a public university)|
|Director||Prof. Dr. Chongrak Polprasert|
|Academic staff||~75 teaching staffs, of which 52 are faculties. With ~80 adjunct faculties.|
|Location||Pathum Thani, Thailand|
|Campus||Suburb, Thammasat-Rangsit and Bangkadi|
|Affiliations||LAOTSE, DAAD's IQN|
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (Thai: สถาบันเทคโนโลยีนานาชาติสิรินธร) (SIIT) is a semi-autonomous institute of technology established in 1992 within Thammasat University. It is located in Pathum Thani, Thailand. Known as one of the premier research universities in Thailand, it offers science, technology and engineering education, as well as related management programs. All are international programs, with English language as a medium of instruction. The institute is part of the Links to Asia by Organizing Traineeship and Student Exchange (LAOTSE) network, an international cooperation of leading universities in Europe and Asia.
Although it is an academic unit of Thammasat University and its graduates receive Thammasat University degrees, the institute is self-administered and -financed (similar to a 'Deemed University' in India.)
Since it is a research-led academic institution in nature, the Academic year 2003 performance evaluation showed has the highest number of research publications (both in raw quantity and per graduate student heads) of any academic division in the university. In addition, a 2007 assessment of research publications by Thailand Research Fund put SIIT at the top of all engineering faculties in the kingdom in terms of equivalent international journal papers per faculty member and in terms of impact factor per faculty member.
During the ninth Japan-Thailand Joint Trade and Economic Committee Meeting held in Kobe, Japan in 1989, all the delegates from the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) and the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) realized that to enhance industrial development of Thailand, engineers with working knowledge of English are needed. Therefore, it was recommended that engineering programs, where all lecture and laboratory courses would be taught in English by highly qualified faculty members with doctoral degrees, be established.
A cooperation agreement among Keidanren, FTI, and Thammasat University was reached in 1992 to establish bachelor degree programs in engineering at Thammasat University with initial funds provided by Keidanren and FTI. After two years of operation, the International Institute of Technology (IIT) was founded on 16 September 1994. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the cornerstone laying ceremony of a new building at the Rangsit Center of Thammasat University using part of the initial fund. Then, on 28 June 1996, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand graciously granted the Institute a new name: Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT). On 2 October 1997, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the inauguration ceremony of its name and building. In June 2001, the former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun inaugurated a new campus at Bangkadi Industrial Park.
Although it is a unit of Thammasat University, SIIT is financially and administratively separate from the central university system. SIIT's policies and operations are guided and supervised by the Board of Trustees which consists of representatives from Thammasat University, FTI, Nippon Keidanren, and scholars appointed by the university. In addition, the Academic Review Committee (ARC) comprising scholars provides guidance and recommendations on academic and research matters. The institute, headed by the director, consists of four administrative divisions, a library and information services center, and six academic schools, with 15 academic programs.
As the institute is an autonomous (semi-private) body of Thammasat University, it gets no funding from the state and needs to find and manage its own income and spending. To starts its operation, the institute received initial funds from Keidanren and FTI. Parts of funding are research grants and scholarships from international organizations like Asian Development Bank, local ones like industries and the Thailand Research Fund, and individual contributions. The rest of funding is from tuition fees.
All faculty members are doctoral degree holders, with strong research and/or industrial experiences. The institute is considered among academic peers as a research intensive engineering school. Research output-wise, on average, each year each SIIT faculty member produces twice the highest value of national range for international journal publications (0.74 vs 0–0.41).
In 2007, the Thailand Research Fund assessed research outcomes of universities in Thailand, and SIIT ranked as "Very Good" for all three indicators, making it the only engineering school in the country to achieved this.
Since a few prospect students can afford considerably higher tuition fees, the institute initially faces a slight difficulty to recruit undergraduate students with very high National Entrance Examination scores. While scholarships and special recruitment programs do help attract many bright students, its average currently-Admission score is still unacceptably low comparing to other leading science and engineering programs in the country — which, in turns, affects the image of the institute in the eyes of Thai students. Due to the latest Admission scores, the school is comparatively easy to enroll the program. The average Admission score of admitted students is among the lowest prospect engineering students.
However, the undergraduate recruitment situation is improving by years, especially for its computer, IT and management-related majors, which now have higher average Admission scores. With its strong science and technology education, the institute has been selected, along with Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University, by Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), as a destination of selected group of top students from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and 12 Princess Chulaporn Schools for Science, the country's science schools for gifted students, in a program to mentor junior researchers for national science and technology development.
For its graduate levels, the institute attracts a lot of bright graduates, as the institute gains supports from many national and international bodies (and use that as scholarships for graduate students). SIIT is one of a very small number of universities that can secure numbers of Thailand Research Fund's Royal Golden Jubilee grants, considered to be the country's most prestigious research grants for PhD students, for every single year since the program began in 1998 — one of the only three that can secure Engineering discipline grants that often.
- School of Bio-Chemical Engineering and Technology
- hosts chemical engineering and environmental technology programs
- School of Civil Engineering and Technology
- hosts civil engineering and infrastructure planning programs
- School of Information, Computer and Communication Technology
- hosts information technology, computer science, and Electronics and communication engineering programs
- School of Management Technology
- hosts management technology and engineering management programs
- School of Manufacturing Systems and Mechanical Engineering
- hosts mechanical engineering and industrial engineering programs
- Department of Common and Graduate Studies
The institute enjoys a strong link with many universities, remarkably with its neighbor Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and a group of Japanese universities and research centers, as well as a network of European universities such as DAAD International Quality Network (IQN) program and LAOTSE network. Locally, a remarkable collaborative network is the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, a group of leading Thai universities in environmental and energy technology area.
The institute established faculty member and student exchange programs, as well as internship programs, with universities and organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. These programs allow faculty members to collaborate with their counterparts in research projects, and students to have an opportunity to take engineering courses at these universities. Additionally, qualified foreign professors are regularly invited to visit and conduct courses at SIIT.
Because of their proximity, SIIT, Thammasat University, AIT, Thailand Science Park, and research centers of NSTDA, share some of their facilities, including libraries and laboratories, with each other. In 1998, the Thailand Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (TGIST) was established by NSTDA to further strengthen its collaboration with academics and industries; SIIT is among three major academic institutes in TGIST's "Thailand Science Park Collaboration".
In 2007, SIIT joined NSTDA, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, and Tokyo Institute of Technology as founding members in the establishment of Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. This joint graduate school will offer international postgraduate degrees, where faculty staffs will come from Tokyo Tech, NSTDA, and Thai universities.
Operations of SIIT are carried out at two locations: Thammasat University's Rangsit Center and Bangkadi, both in Pathum Thani, surrounded by many national research centers, high-tech industrial parks, and universities, as well as Thailand Science Park and National Science Museum. The area is now known as the "Technology Cluster of North Bangkok".
The Rangsit Campus is situated in the TU's Rangsit Center, approximately 42 kilometers north of Bangkok, just next to the Asian Institute of Technology and Thailand Science Park. The center served as the main host for the 13th Asian Games in 1998 and the World University Games in 2007.
Located in Bangkadi Industrial Park, the Bangkadi Campus is about 15 kilometers away southeast from the Rangsit Campus. The information technology program moved to this facility in June 2002. The management technology and the telecommunications programs moved to Bangkadi in May 2003. It houses all new ICT-related programs, for example, the computer science program. In June 2006, the new building Sirindhralai (Thai: สิรินธราลัย), the name graciously granted by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, was opened to accommodate the telecommunications, engineering management, and management technology programs.
Research Centers and Units
Currently, there are 2 research centers and 7 research units affiliated with SIIT
- Research Centers
The Construction and Maintenance Technology Research Center (CONTEC) is established mainly to carry out research and development projects on technologies required for solving problems and creating innovation in construction materials technologies and infrastructures.
- Transportation Research Center (TREC)
The Transportation Research Center (TREC) is a research and development center established on 18 December 2007 to conduct collaborative research among SIIT and related government organizations in the area of transportation and transportation, supporting technology.
- Research units
- Biomedical Engineering Research Unit (BioMed SIIT)
Biomedical Engineering unit (BioMed SIIT) integrates fundamentals from engineering, computer science, medical science and mathematics to solve applied problems in medicine and biology.
- Computational Engineering and Science (CES) Research Unit
Nowadays, the advancement of computational theories and computing technologies allows complex physical problems that are inaccessible to analytical and experimental approaches to be solved by computers. The research unit for computational engineering and science (CES) conducts research related to this relatively new interdisciplinary field.
- Intelligent Informatics and Service Innovation Unit (IISI-U)
The IISI-U integrates fundamentals for solving advanced problems in engineering, science and social issues, and then provides those solutions as services. The IISI research unit contributes to advancement of intelligent informatics fields, such as artificial intelligence, data mining, and soft computing which leads to breakthrough solutions for issues that human factors are significantly involved. These innovations can be used as services to various societies and industries.
- Intelligent Infrastructure (INFRA) Research Unit
Throughout history infrastructures such as transportation systems, water supplies, electrical grids, telecommunication systems, etc. have had large scale impact on society and economy. Nowadays, challenges are how to apply advanced technologies in the digital age to planning, design, operation, and management of infrastructures in smart ways. This could provide in long term the economical, efficient, convenient, comfortable, and environmental friendly way of living.
- Logistics and Supply Chain Systems Engineering (LogEn) Research Unit
Logistics and Supply Chain Systems Engineering (LogEn) Research Unit address cutting-edge supply-chain problems and advanced research in the area of logistics, and supply chain system with the emphasis on optimization, production planning, scheduling simulation, inventory management, forecasting, quality management, lean management and operations management.
- Materials and Plasma Technology (MaP Tech) Research Unit
The Materials and Plasma Technology (MaP Tech) research unit aims to carry out wide areas of research in materials with emphasis on development, designs, computational analysis, manufacturing, testing, and applications of plastics, rubbers, and nanomaterials. The applications of plasma for use in various fields, especially agricultural and biomedical applications are also a main focus.
- Sustainable Energy and Low Carbon (SELC) Research Unit
Challenges of global climate change, energy insecurity and economic growth can only be solved with rapid development of low carbon technologies and management. There are a wide range of technologies at various stages of development that could contribute to energy and environmental goals. However, they are not being developed at the rate required due to a combination of technological, skill, financial, commercial and regulatory barriers.
- Education in Thailand — List of universities in Thailand
- Thammasat University — Nihon Keidanren — Federation of Thai Industries
- Education and Technology in Pathum Thani province
- SIIT website, Faculty members and Contact numbers
- SIIT 2007 Graduate Catalog and 2006 Annual R&D Report
- SIIT Annual Report, Academic Year 2006 p. 2 (averaged over two semesters)
- SIIT Annual Report, Academic Year 2006 p. 2 (averaged over two semesters)
- 12-months duty report (Academic Year 2003) by Quality Assurance Division, Academic Affairs Department, Thammasat University.
- Manager, 2 October 2007 and Matichon, 30 October 2007, p.27.
- SIIT Annual Report, Academic Year 2004 p. 8
- Manager Online, เปิดผลจัดอันดับสุดยอดมหา’ลัยด้านวิทย์จุฬาฯ-มหิดลแชมป์ มธ.เจ๋งด้านวิศวกรรม, 2 October 2007. Accessed 7 November 2007. (in Thai)
- SIIT, SIIT is rated "Very Good" for research outcomes by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF). Accessed 7 November 2007.
- Awarding of Royal Golden Jubilee
- SIIT 2008 Undergraduate catalog
- TAIST Tokyo Tech
- Lerkiat Vongsarnpigoon, โครงการ TAIST Tokyo Tech: รูปแบบหนึ่งของ THAI ST, 1 November 20076
- National Metal and Materials Technology Center, สวทช.จับมือพันธมิตรมหาวิทยาลัยในประเทศร่วมมือโตเกียวเทคเปิดหลักสูตรป.โทยานยนต์, 3 September 2007
- Nishino, Fumio and Taweep Chaisomphob, 1997, A New Challenge for the Establishment of Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology at Thammasat University, Thailand, Inauguration of the Institute's New Name 'Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology', Commemorative publication, pp. 18–24.
- 10th Anniversary Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
- Commemorative Publication: 10th Anniversary of the Name Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology