On June 11, 2020, Gingko College signed MOU with Thailand's Chiang Mai University for intercollegiate cooperation. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the signing ceremony was held within their respective campuses via video conference via Tencent Meeting online platform. Gingko College President Li Ming and Vice President Fu Jing, Chiang Mai University President Niwes Nantachit, Vice President Rome Chiranukrom, President counselor Chaphiporn Kiatkachatharn and leaders from related teaching units of the two universities attended the online signing ceremony.
The ceremony officially commenced at 11 a.m. (Beijing time) with speeches delivered by President Li Ming and President Niwes. President Niwes first expressed his greetings and gratitude in Chinese, then introduced that Chiang Mai University is one of the oldest universities in Thailand with extensive resources in education and research, followed further by an explanation on the mission of Chiang Mai University and stated a sincere hope to promote teacher-student exchanges and research between the two universities in the fields of hospitality, tourism, healthcare, international logistics and e-commerce through cooperation with Ginkgo.
In addition, President Niwes also spoke highly of the time-honored friendship between Thailand and China and indicated full confidence in the cooperation of promoting the integration of disciplines between Thai and Chinese universities under the "Belt and Road" initiative.
Thereafter, President Li Ming commended Chiang Mai University for its outstanding education and research achievements that helped bolster regional development over the past 50 years. He then introduced the Gingko College of Hospitality and Management, the school's status as the only independent institution of higher education in China specializing in the field of hotel management, Gingko's prestigious reputation in the hotel management education sector, Nanxi Campus' innovative teaching model (a practical teaching system integrating instruction, study, research and training), and Gingko's crucial function as a major training base for application-oriented talents with higher education background conducive to the development of the Sichuan-ASEAN economic region. President Li Ming expressed the wish for Gingko College to collaborate with Chiang Mai University in the fields of smart hotel, digital innovation, fin-tech for the tourism and hotel industry, supply chain management for the tourism and hospitality industry, health-care tourism, cross-border e-commerce and other areas, so as to jointly foster internationalized application-oriented human resources for management and research roles.
Afterwards, President Li Ming and President Niwes signed a MOU for the establishment friendly relationship and cooperation at their respective ends on the video conference platform. The whole process was also witnessed and supported by Ms. Woramon Sinsuwan, the Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chengdu.