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Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology  

(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 a range of 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 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 (this is more or less like a 'Deemed University' in India.)

Since it is a research-led academic institution in nature, its most recent performance evaluation (Academic Year 2003) 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 recent 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 9th 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 September 16, 1994. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony of a new building at the Rangsit Centre of Thammasat University using part of the initial fund. Then, on June 28, 1996, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand graciously granted the Institute a new name, "Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)." On October 2, 1997, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology's Inauguration Ceremony of its name and building. In June 2001, the former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun inaugurated a new campus at Bangkadi Industrial Park.

Administration Independency

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 consist of representatives from Thammasat University, FTI, Nippon Keidanren, and scholars appointed by the university. In addition, the Academic Review Committee (ARC) comprising reputable scholars in various fields 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 centre, and six academic schools, with 15 academic programs.

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