Kyoto University office in Bangkok

Kyoto University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, on Saturday opened an office in the Thai capital to serve as a contact point for research and exchanges.

After a commemoration ceremony held to mark the event, the university's president Hiroshi Matsumoto said he hopes the office contributes to "deeper exchanges between researchers and common people of the entire region across boundaries."

Japanese universities have increasingly been moving to set up representative offices in Thailand in a bid to enhance international competitiveness and attract gifted students and distinguished researchers. According to officials, already some 30 universities have established a presence in the Southeast Asian nation.

Based on the internationalisation strategy it is implementing, Kyoto University said it plans to set up five offices around the world including Britain and Thailand.

There will be three people stationed at the Bangkok office who will be tasked with strengthening collaborations with universities in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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