Background

Strengthening of science and technology capability of Thailand has been identified as one of the ways to increase the country’s economic growth and sustainability. Centers of excellence (consortia) are parts of the Royal Thai Government’s long-term investment plan on high quality human resources development for enhancing international competitiveness. The program is administered by the S&T Postgraduate Education and Research Development Office (PERDO), the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), the Ministry of Education. Phase I of the Consortium of Postgraduate Education and Research Program in Chemistry (PERCH) was funded by the Royal Thai Government with a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and government counterpart fund over the period of 1999-2006. The funding for Phase II of the program has been approved for the period of 2006-2010. A new name, Center for Innovation in Chemistry with the acronym PERCH-CIC has been adopted to reflect the history, ongoing research and innovation activities.

PERDO, PERCH-CIC together with other Centers of Excellence have been institutionalized and transformed into an autonomous organization under CHE.

The number of member universities has been expanded from the original five members to thirteen universities, strategically located in different parts of the country, offering 27 postgraduate programs at M.Ed., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels, with Mahidol University as the lead university.

Objectives

1. To strive for knowledge-based innovation.

2. To work at the interface of chemistry with materials science, biology, medicine, pharmaceutical science, electronics, computational science, engineering, mathematics and physics.

3. To enhance the quality and the number of postgraduate students in the chemical sciences and related disciplines and to fulfill the human resource needs in the government, education, research and private sectors.

4. To strengthen regional cooperation and international recognition in the research and education programs in chemical sciences with the vision of being the world-class chemistry consortium within Thailand.

5. To produce high-quality collaborative research in various areas of chemical sciences and related disciplines, particularly in bioactive natural products, instrumentation and analytical method development, chemical nanotechnology and catalysis.

6. To leapfrog research excellence by the establishment of funding for postdoctoral fellows.

7. To establish research collaboration and innovation with relevant industries.

Vision

To become a world-class center of excellence in chemistry for innovation.

Mission

1. To strive for knowledge-based innovation.

2. To create high-quality collaborative research in various areas of chemical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and related disciplines, particularly in bioactive natural products, instrumentation and analytical method development, chemical nanotechnology and catalysis.

3. To produce capable human resource needed in the government, education, research and private sectors in chemical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and related disciplines.

4. To leapfrog research excellence by the establishment of funding for postdoctoral fellows.

5. To establish research collaboration and innovation with the industry.
 

Postgraduate Education Programs

Programs

 

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