The signing ceremony was chaired by Permanent Secretary for Interior Phranai Suwannarat. Under the MoU, the eight universities will support the Interior Ministry in establishing the ROC, which will help prepare all the provincial administrations under the Ministry, for the up-coming Asean Economic Community.
The 8 universities include Khon Kaen University, Prince of Songkhla University, Naresuan University, Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and Burapha University. The Ministry and the contract parties will jointly draw up a strategic provincial development master plan which will be used as a framework for all provinces to follow in their cooperation at all levels. The universities mentioned will also support provincial administrations with researches and academic data that the latter can make further use.