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Computer Science links to Asia grow

Dr. Kittiphan techakittiroz '95 MS,
(L-R) Dr. Kittiphan Techakittiroz '95 MS; Dr. Rappipat Techakittroj '96 MS; and Adrian Heinz '01 MS.

New ties with Asian institutions resulted from a recent trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok.

In August 2006, Computer Science professor Jay Bagga '88 MS and science education doctoral student Adrian Heinz. '01 MS, visited educational and research institutions in Macau, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand to promote exchange programs with Ball State University, discuss joint degree programs, and participate in conferences and research activities. The computer science department at BSU has an exchange program with UNU-IIST (United Nations University – International Institute for Software Technology) in Macau. As part of this program, the department is currently hosting two visiting scholars from Asia, Dr. Dang Van Duc from Vietnam and Ms. Yijia Wang from China.

While in Bangkok,   Bagga and Heinz held meetings with three Ball State alumni, Dr. Kittiphan Techakittiroj, MS ‘95, Mr. Rappipat Techakittiroj, MS ‘96 and Dr. Udom Silparcha, MS ‘91.  Through these alumni contacts, the visitors participated in extensive discussions to set up joint exchange and degree program activities with Assumption University and King Mongkut Institute of Technology in Bangkok.   Several meeting with administrators and faculty of these institutions, including Deans and Department Chairs, were held.

"The Ball State alumni we met are successful educators and administrators in universities in their home countries," said Bagga. He added, "They are also very interested in maintaining their contacts with Ball State University through exchange and collaborative research programs." Following up on the Bagga-Heinz visit, Dr. Martin Bennett
Director of International Services in the Center for International Programs at Ball State will be visiting Bangkok in October to discuss further details in setting up the exchange and joint degree programs.

Professor Jay Bagga '88 MS and Dr. Kittiphan Techakittiroz '95 MA.
Professor Jay Bagga '88 MS and Dr. Kittiphan Techakittroj '95 MA.
(L-R) Dr. Udom Selparcha '91 MS; DMr. Jay Bagga '88 MS;
(L-R) Dr. Udom Selparcha '91 MS; Professor Jay Bagga '88 MS; and Adrian Heinz '01 MS.