Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn recently witnessed the signing ceremony on nanotechnology collaboration between NANOTEC (a member of NSTDA) and the Nanochemical Center of Peking University. Thailand’s interest in Nanotech took off during the Thaksin administration of Thailand, some ten years ago. Signing the agreement on behalf of NANOTEC was Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director and on behalf of Peking University was Professor Liu Zhongfan, Director of the Center for Nanochemistry. The collaboration follows an initiative of HRH who wishes to see an extension of relationship between Chulalongkorn University and Peking University that has been ongoing for several years. In response to this initiative and to mark the celebration of HRH 60th birthday, Peking University recommended the establishment of nanotechnology research centers in both countries. Under this project, two Sirindhorn nanotechnology research centers will be set up, either at NANOTEC or Chulalongkorn University, and the other at Peking University. The centers will focus on nanotechnology researches in energy, health, environment, electronics and education. Students completing courses either in Bangkok or Beijing will be awarded degrees by both universities. In addition, a Sirindhorn fellowship will also be established to promote interest from potential applicants (Source).