On the 2nd of November 2014 at the Khon Kaen University Council conference room, Sirikunakorn Building, a meeting of the University Council was held on the topic of the search for the 11th president of KKU. At this meeting, 3 candidates for the position as president presented ther vision. These candidates were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairatanasirichai, Prof. MD. Buansil Chaochern and Prof. MD. Weerachai Kosuwan. After this the University Council selected the most suitable person for the position as the 11th president of Khon Kaen University.
Dr. Narongchai Adornseranee, Chairman of the University Council announced after the meeting: “The search for the president of Khon Kaen University is carried out under the regulations put in place by the university. There is a search committee with Dr. Tech Boonmat as chairman and today is the final stage of the process in which the University Council listens to presentations by the final 3 candidates. The voting was carried out which made Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kitticai Trairatanasirichai the president of Khon Kaen University for another term. The reason for selecting him is the concrete results he has achieved which developed Khon Kaen University and he was able to explain what work he will continue and change to keep up with the changing world, nation, region and community from the larges to smallest scale. The University Council voted in large numbers in favor of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairatanasirichai.”
Dr. Narongchai Adornseree further said: “To ensure that Khon Kaen University has good management and development, the University Council will oversee and follow up on the assessment of the president according to the mission and policies of the university. This assessment will be done annually or more often. Furthermore, the assessment will consist of other topics for 60% like leadership skills, honesty 40% and participation of all sectors including managers of faculties and units, the Lecturer Council, the Civil Servants and Employee Council, alumni and other stakeholders. The results of the assessment of each organization will consist of not less than half of the total points and the total number of points has to exceed 80% to pass.
Dr. Narongchai Adornseree said in conclusion: “The next step is to inform the Commission for Higher Education (HEC) for presentation to the Cabinet before the president will be installed through a royal decree.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairanasirichai said after he learned the outcome of the council meeting: “Thanks to the University Council and the committee of the council for their trust in me to be the president for another term. In the next 4 years the mission will require assistance and recommendations as well as management methods in different areas from the University Council and the Khon Kaen University community and each sector.”
“I would like to thank the people of Khon Kaen University and the people of Khon Kaen as well as the people in the Northeast for their support during the past 4 years. I hope everyone will support and together walk with me in the coming 4 years. There are changes which will happen in the near future; the university will have a different vision and will become more beautiful, it will become greener and more convenient and safe. In addition, the university will accommodate creative activities of the university and community as well as greater society.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai said in conclusion.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai graduated with an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Khon Kaen University in the year 1978 and he received a Master of Engineering (Agricultural Machinery) from the Asian Institute of Technology Thailand in the year 1985 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Machine Design and Manufacturing from Niigata University Japan in the year 1991. He has held the position as member of the University Council, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Khon Kaen University, Director of the Science Park, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer and the 10th president of Khon Kaen University, the first to do so as alumnus.
The vision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairatanasirichai which he presented consists of 7 parts. The first is Green Campus with many green places and public areas to exercise, garbage management inside the university as a process and energy conservation and alternative energy production. He university will become a smart learning campus with development of the ICT infrastructure to offer everyone access using the latest technology and safety. KKY is an Excellent Research University with development in strengths in research to be able to compete on international level and in the areas in which the university has dominance. Management of the university will change and the work methods will be improved to solve problems of society inside KKU and the Isan region as the center of development of human resources in the region. The university will conserve and create value in arts and culture if Isan and the Mekong region. KKU will be the leader through curriculum development and teaching processes as well as learning resources of the latest kind. The admission process will be developed to accommodate diversity and it will develop students to be people who have value to society and who will develop into entrepreneurs. The university will develop into international spheres through management of the environment and an international structure preparing for becoming the economic center of the region by creating the opportunity and creativity to expand the body of knowledge with innovations and the latest technology.
Author: Wadchara Noichompoo