Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong
The National Science & Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is located in Bangkok, Thailand, a country known for its elaborate gold temples, tropical flora and fauna, and spicy dishes such as som tum (spicy papaya salad) and tom yum kung (spicy shrimp soup), but now increasingly more for its science and technology development as well.
A major role of the National Science & Technology Development Agency since its establishment in 1991 has been to spur on that development even more through funding and research. Funding goes to support research and development in both private and public companies and institutions, and to provide scholarships for study, locally and abroad, for human resource development.
In-house research is also carried out at NSTDA in our 3 National Research Centers: National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). The Technical Information Access Center (TIAC) makes available worldwide databases for information searches.
The year 1995 is also a special year, designated Thailand's IT Year by the Royal Thai Government through the efforts of NECTEC, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King's Accession to the throne.
NSTDA is also a co-investor in Internet (Thailand) Co., Ltd., which provides Internet services to all of Thailand's public universities and institutions. Even now, lines are not sufficient to meet the large demand, showing that the venture into Thai cyberspace is just begining.
We welcome your questions and comments about NSTDA.