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KMUTT inks agreement with UNV on Youth Supporting Innovations for SDGs

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi ‘KMUTT’, a leading national research University and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme today signed an agreement on cost sharing basis to implement KMUTT-UNV University Volunteer Programme on sustainable development goals and innovation.

The KMUTT-UNV University regional pilot programme will focus on deploying KMUTT students as national and international UN Youth University Volunteers to develop capacities and contribute to specific development programmes supported by the United Nations in ASEAN countries.

Specifically in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, while promoting regional cooperation, learning about Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) approaches, and engaging youth to drive sustainable development in Thailand and across the region.

Mr. Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, said, “The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognizes the role youth can play both as critical agents of change, and as vital implementers of change.

The world must support youth’s energy and efforts, but also help foster within young women and men the important values of solidarity and meaningful civic participation.

The value of the partnership between UNV and KMUTT, which is the first ever UN Youth University Volunteer agreement in Thailand as well as in the ASEAN region,is opening the door to young women and men to transformative experiences and making a difference in sustainable development.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, said, “The Volunteer Programme will certainly enhance our university programmes in cultivating our students to become social change agents for the SDGs.

Our partnership with UNV underpinned our strong commitment to foster our students to take active roles in learning with communities and applying their science, technology and engineering skills for the betterment of our society.

In addition, the collaboration will help strengthen our student qualification framework as we move towards the twenty first century.”

Dates back to 1960, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) was founded as a research university serving as both educational park and industrial park.

KMUTT currently produces qualified graduates and skillful human resources with strong quality and morality ground. The university actively involves in research and development as well as provides quality academic services contributing to enhancement of economy and quality of life.

KMUTT envisions itself in becoming a World-Class University and to be a pioneer in ASEAN universities in promoting university volunteer programme on sustainable development goals and innovation.

Under the Volunteer Programme, from 2018 to 2022, KMUTT plans to deploy 20 – 25 students from cross faculties for volunteering assignment nationally and internationally in a multilateral setting as a model of South South Cooperation and channels for peer learning and innovation sharing between ASEAN partners.

The young students will also aim to contribute their knowledge and skills in science, technology and engineering and dedicate their creativity as well as energy to development, peace and education serving in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia.