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Center of Excellence for Silk Innovation
MSU has a firm belief in promoting the silk industry of northeastern Thailand and with this in mind established the Center of Excellence for Silk Innovation in 2000. 90% of all farmers’ families in the region earn additional income from silk production. Being in the geographic center of the region amid the rich silk culture MSU plays a leading role in conducting research and preparing personnel to support the industry throughout Thailand.
MSU, in conjunction with Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan, which is recognized for its expertise in silk production, has been carrying out a project to develop sericulture. A number of faculty members have accordingly been sent to KIT to pursue a doctoral degree there. The University’s staff and students have also participated in workshops and field study in Japan. The Japanese government has also donated scientific equipment to the Silk Innovation Center. The center currently serves as a hub for transferring technology and adapting the body of knowledge from Japan to suit the situation in Thailand. The applied technology and knowledge have been passed on to the agricultural and industrial sector to support production.