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Nong Khai Campus
Khon Kaen University
Tel: 042 – 415600
Fax: 042 - 415699
Nong Khai Campus (NKC) is a satellite campus of Khon Kaen University, and is situated on 516 rai, just off Charleamprakiet Road in Muang District of Nong Khai Province.
The city of Nong Khai lies on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and is linked to the Laos PDR and its capital, Vientiane, by the impressive Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. The province has good rail and road links to the rest of Thailand, and the recently opened Udon Thani International Airport has greatly increased accessibility to the region.
NKC is a valuable member of the local community, and one of its goals is to help local industries and communities to develop economically and socially by providing graduates to work in these various fields, as well as to undertake valuable research. Being so close to the Mekong River, the campus is the ideal gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) which is comprised of Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and China’s Yunnan province. NKC is in an ideal location for the Fisheries Department, and for the Food Technology Department to utilize the abundance of fruit and vegetables grown in the region.
The region is also becoming an increasingly important tourist destination and the Hotel & Tourism Management Department plays a very active role in this sector.
Currently, there are 3 major departments at Nong Khai Campus: the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Applied Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Business Administration and Management. There are 15 fields of bachelor degrees available. Our outstanding programs are Agro-Industry and Fisheries. NKC‘s master degrees, a Master of Agricultural Technology and Logistics Management and a Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), are specially designed for students in the GMS.
NKC also hosts an Academic Preparation Center (APC) which was established to teach the Thai language. The objective of APC is for the international students to develop competency in the Thai language for all skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Students who pass Thai for Academic Purposes (TAP) and Thai for Tourism (TT) will be awarded certificates from the Campus.
The fisheries program provided by the campus is well accepted by foreign countries. Japan and Laos PDR are also interested in studying fresh water fishes in the Mekong River with NKC. The Aquatic Animal Research and Technology Development Center was established to promote student-centered learning. It gives fisheries students vocational skills in research and in the breeding of aquatic animals. NKC also extends its specialization in the fisheries program to National University of Laos, Nabong Campus, in establishment of a fisheries field at the Laos campus.
NKC’s Hotel and Tourism Management is also popular. Students have chance to learn both in the classroom and to have hands-on experience via authentic sources. To fulfill the course, students are assigned to organize tours, especially in Laos for auspicious occasions. In addition, students are required to organize seminars on topics related to tourism. To complete the program, students have to take a training course in a real environment like a hotel, a tourism company, or in a privately owned or state owned organization to develop their competencies.
Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) aims to build thinkers, inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the present international business environment of globalization. The strength of the program is to build independent entrepreneurs who know how to develop business innovations that can take local businesses to an international level. The MBA program also focuses on business competition that leads to sustainable development for the nation. Additionally, the course places significance on looking for channels for business development for learners in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in order that they can develop and operate their own businesses in the region.
Our outstanding research studies mostly are in fisheries. Our prominent researcher is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wirat Jiewyam, a specialist in aquaculture technology. His important research is “A Study on Water Quality and Status of Fishery Resources for Conservation of Wetland: Bung Khong Long, Nong Khai Province). This research was financially supported by Office of National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) in 2009. The study has been conducted in accordance to the King’s royal-initiated idea in conserving environment and natural resources. Abundant wetlands also exist in Nong Khai province. Bung Khong Long is 13 kilometers in length. It flows into Mekong River which demarcates the border between Thailand and Laos PDR. The research focuses on water quality studies in the wetlands in terms of physics, chemistry, biology, and the status of the wetland’s fisheries resources. The research was conducted from June 1, 2009 – November 2010.
Another interesting research is the study on “The effect of stocking on yield, growth, and survival of Asian river catfish (Pangasius bocourti Sauvage, 1880) cultured in cages”. The results indicate an initial lower stocking threshold for Asian river catfish of above 5.20 kilograms/cubic meter. The Asian river catfish cultured in small cages that were placed in ponds reached the desirable market size of more than 200 grams within a 90-day growing period.
A prominent research on plants conducted on the topic of “Assessment of the rpoB and rpoC1 Plastid DNA Regions for Their Suitability as DNA Barcodes for Identification of Plants in the Genus Alpinia Roxb. (Zingiberaceae)” was studied by Dr. Surapon Saensouk, the NKC director.
According to the study, plastid genes rpoB and rpoC1 were evaluated for their suitability to be applied as DNA barcodes for plants in the genus Alpinia (17 species, 19 samples).The analysis of discrimination potential of plants under study of both DNA regions revealed that rpoB could distinguish 10 plants species out of 16 species which accounted for 62.5%, while rpoC1 could distinguish 8 out of 15 species accounting for 53.3%. The use of either rpoB or rpoC1 alone did not give good discrimination power. However, when DNA sequence data from other genes were co-analyzed, the discrimination power increased. The best pair of genes that showed highest potential in distinguishing plant species was a pair composed of rpoB and matK. Using both of them together could distinguish all plant species in the study. The results support the idea of using multi-locus barcodes for plant identification.