Updated 04/09/23

The IRD Representation in Thailand collaborates closely with many Thai and international institutions.

In Thailand, IRD works in partnership with a dozen public and private higher education institutions. The local team maintains close links with the Thai Ministries of Public Health, Agriculture and Education as well as with all other French institutions present in Thailand.

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Here is the list of our partners with whom the researchers have long term projects and collaborations:

Main Thai academic partners

  • Burapha University

    Burapha University (BUU) is one of Thailand's public universities. Situated in the coastal town of Saen Suk in Chonburi Province, the university offers degrees in more than 50 programs of study, including 75 master's programs, three EdD programs, and 22 PhD programs. Established on 8 July 1955, BUU has now three campuses and more than 20 faculties and graduate schools. 

  • Chiang Mai University

    Chiang Mai University (CMU) was founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. CMU is the first provincial university in Thailand, based on the government’s policy and the objectives of the northern people, as a centre for academic and occupational knowledge in order to benefit the region and the country as a whole. 

    Since two decades, IRD has been working very closely with the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences (AMS), Chiang Mai University through the Franco-Thai Medical Science Research Unit (PHPT) and AMS Clinical Service Center

    The AMS Faculty was formally established in 1966 as the Department of Medical Technology, Faculty of Medicine. In January 1976, it was granted a charter by the Ministry of University Affairs to become the  Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, and was designated as the 11th faculty of Chiang Mai University (CMU).

     The faculty organization comprises 4 academic departments, 1 secretarial Office and 1 AMS Clinical Service Center.

    • Medical Technology
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Secretarial Office
    • AMS Clinical Service Center

    IRD is also conducting a study on transboundary air pollution and haze pollution in Northern Thailand with the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development of Chiang Mai University. 

  • Chulalongkorn University

    Chulalongkorn University (CU) is a public and autonomous research university in Bangkok. The university was originally founded during King Chulalongkorn's reign as a school for training royal pages and civil servants in 1899 at the Grand Palace of Thailand. It was later established as a national university in 1917, making it the oldest institute of higher education in Thailand. CU is composed of nineteen faculties, a School of Agriculture, three colleges, ten institutes and two other schools.  Admission to CU is highly selective and Chulalongkorn is ranked as the best university in Thailand in many surveys.

    Its campus occupies a vast area in downtown Bangkok and since November 2020, it is home of IRD Representative Office in Bangkok.

  • Kasetsart University

    Kasetsart University (KU) is a public research university in Bangkok, Thailand. It was Thailand's first agricultural university and Thailand's third oldest university. It was established on 2 February 1943 to promote subjects related to agricultural science. Since then, Kasetsart University has expanded its subject areas to cover life sciences, science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Kasetsart University's main campus is in Bangkhen, northern Bangkok, with several other campuses throughout Thailand. It is one of the largest university in Thailand.

  • Khon Kaen University

    Khon Kaen University (KKU) is a public research university in Thailand. It was the first university established in northeastern Thailand and remains the oldest and largest university in the region. The university is a hub of education in northeast Thailand. It is a widely recognized university in Asia. KKU offers a wide range of programs.

  • Mahidol University

    Mahidol University has its origins in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), and the hospital’s medical school is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand, granting its first medical degree in 1893. Mahidol University has since developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, internationally known and recognized for the high calibre of research and teaching by its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching, research, international academic collaboration and professional services. This diversified institution now offers top quality programs in numerous social and cultural disciplines, including the most doctoral programs of any institution in Thailand, yet has maintained its traditional excellence in medicine and the sciences.

  • Prince of Songkla University

    Prince of Songkla University (PSU) was established in 1967 as the first university in southern Thailand. The original aims of the university were to raise the general education standards and support regional industry and development. Today, PSU is a leading public university, committed to academic excellence, reputable research and innovation. It is one of the nine national research universities and Prince of Songkla University is always ranked in the top 10 universities of Thailand. The university consists of four campuses and one education service area. It offers 295 educational programs to its 34,000 students, including 18 international programs and three foreign language programs.

  • University of Phayao

    University of Phayao (UP) is a higher education institute with strong support from the Royal Thai government. Its history can be traced back to 1996 when a campus of the Naresuan University was renamed Phayao IT Campus. The campus was then promoted to become an independent university in 2010 and became the University of Phayao. Education at the university is divided into 16 faculties, two colleges, one institution, one campus and one school. The university offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programmes as well as training courses and workshops.

  • Suranaree University of Technology

    The Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand was opened in 1990 after King Bhumibol Adulyadej signed a decree recognising it as a new institute of higher learning. The university is located in central Thailand in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, commonly known as Korat. There are six different institutes at SUT, each focusing on a different field of study. At the Institute of Social Technology, a student can receive a certificate in English.

    The Institute of Agricultural Technology is regarded as one of the best centres in the region in fields of Biotechnology and research into food production techniques. One of the most interesting features at the university is the Synchrotron Light Research Institute, which facilitates the study of physics and advanced research, which are taught at the doctoral and masters level. 


Main Thai institutional partners

  • Asian Institute of Technology

    The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), founded in 1959, is an international organization for higher education in Khlong Luang, Thailand. It specializes in engineering, advanced technologies, sustainable development, and management and planning. Its aim is to "promote technological change and sustainable development" in the Asia-Pacific region, through higher education, research, and outreach. 

  • Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

    The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is a Thai agency under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Established in 2002, the DNP is in charge of Thailand's national parks management through research and by promoting community-driven initiatives to protect and restore local flora and fauna.

  • Fine Arts Department

    The Fine Arts Department is the main institution in creating intellectual capital for Thai people in the area of ​​conservation and creation of the nation's art and cultural heritage. Its missions are as follows:

    • To preserve the values ​​and characteristics of cultural heritage
    • To inherit the cultural heritage to last forever
    • To create added value from arts and culture
    • To build quality standards for arts and culture management
    • To stimulate consciousness and create values ​​in cultural heritage values
  • Land Development Department

    Established on May 23rd, 1963, the Land Development Department (LDD) is responsible for conducting soil surveys and classification, mapping and planning land use, conducting experiments and taking practical measures with regard to land development, assisting farmers in soil and water conservation practices and soil improvement, producing seeds for cover crops and creating materials for soil improvement and finally, disseminating land development technologies to relevant stakeholders. It is now under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. 

  • National Biobank of Thailand

    National Biobank of Thailand  is an infrastructure to support the long-term conservation of biological resources. Research to generate knowledge from the integration of information and the creation of tools for the sustainable use of information. In addition to supporting the processing and management of genetic information of Thai populations. Its missions are as follows : 

    • Support the country's infrastructure for long-term conservation of biological resources
    • Increase research capacity and develop new innovations for long term conservation of biological resources
    • National reference for utilization of biological resources information 
    • Create knowledge, databases and results analysis platform for sustainable use of information
  • National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

    As a premier research institute in Thailand and Asia, the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) operates research units located at Thailand Science Park and specialized laboratories hosted by various universities, employing 570 staff, of which 170 are PhD researchers and 200 research assistants and lab technicians (as of September 2013). Established in 1983, BIOTEC research covers a wide spectrum from agricultural science to biomedical science and environmental science. Apart from research laboratories, BIOTEC activities also carries out policy research, an outreach program, training and international relations. BIOTEC's platform technologies focus on building capacity in technologies and subsequently providing knowledge platforms for the thematic research programs include Genomics Technology, Agro-Biotechnology, and Microbial Biotechnology.



  • National Research Council of Thailand

    National Research Council of Thailand is the main national funding agency for research and innovation in all fields of natural and social sciences and humanities under the Thailand Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. Its missions are as follows:

    • To initiate and manage national key research and innovation programs
    • To manage national databases and indicators on science, research and innovation
    • To formulate and manage national research standards and ethical conducts on research
    • To disseminate and transfer research knowledge to relevant stakeholders for commercial, social, and economical benefits
    • To support development of human resource on research and innovation
    • To provide awards and recognition of research and innovation
  • National Science and Technology Development Agency

    The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is an agency of the government of Thailand which supports research in science and technology and its application in the Thai economy. NSTDA is entrusted with the important task to accelerate science, technology and innovation development in Thailand in order to respond to the need of the industry and enhance the country's competitiveness in the global economy, and as a result, contribute to Thailand's economic and social development. NSTDA comprises five national research centres and two bodies engaging in technology transfer and business development and promotion :

    • NECTEC: National Electronics and Computer Technology Center
    • BIOTEC: National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
    • MTEC: National Metal and Materials Technology Center
    • NANOTEC: National Nanotechnology Center
    • ENTEC: National Energy Technology Center
    • TMC: Technology Management Center
    • AGRITEC: Agricultural Technology and Innovation Management Institute

Main French partners