MTU has participated in the NEXUS project which is an Erasmus + CBHE (Capacity Building in High Education) proposal whose main aim is to enhance the research capacities of HEIs in the southeast Asian region, by strengthening relationships between Education, Research and Innovation in GIS, SID and remote sensing, for applications that are related to environment, agricultures and situations of emergency. The project will develop a common nexus between various actors of research and innovation (HEIs, research centers, spin-off companies) in Thailand and Myanmar where specific methodologies for innovation transfer are convergent with EU developments in accordance with Europe 2020 strategy and Smart specialisation initiatives which is a new engine to boost R&D growth and subsequently job opportunities and business creation. This will improve the transfer of innovation from universities to local and regional enterprises, enhancing their innovation potential for geodata use and generating new applied research.
NEXUS project is led by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) from Belgium, and other partner institutions are Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) from Poland , Universitat, Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) from Spain, Universidad de Lisboa/Instituto Superior (IST) from Portugal , Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) from UK, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thornburi (KMUTT) from Thailand, Prince of Songkla University at Phuket (PSU) from Thailand, Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) from Cambodia, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) from Cambodia, Mandalay Technological University (MTU) from Myanmar) and, Yezin Agricultural University (YAU) from Myanmar.
The activities of that project will include the intensive planning workshops with HEI partner, provide training for trainer for teachers and researchers in defined areas, purchase and installation of GIS/remote sensing equipment, establish the local and regional networks and hubs that enhance GEO-entrepreneurship among teachers, students and researchers, and contribute to the creation of start-ups and facilitate the implementation of applied research within the private sector.
Recently, MTU team has participated the study visit hosted by Instituto Superior (IST) at Lisbon, Portugal on 4-8 June, 2018.