By China Report ASEAN – Bangkok Office
Music is a universal language and has a deep special power. It can connect feelings and can bring people together in a society. As a result, music can be a cultural ambassador that promotes international relations, especially between Thailand and China.
For the above reason, the signing of an academic memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music of Thailand and Nanjing University of Art, China, is considered a major step towards strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. The event took place on Wednesday 20th March, 2019 with Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-ocha, Advisor to the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music and Chairman of the Institute for Promotion of Institutional Affairs and Mr. Lyu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand presided over the signing ceremony.
This cooperation is the result of the World Economic Forum (BRICS Summit 2017) in Xiemen, Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-ocha on behalf of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music of Thailand and Professor Peng Liyuan on behalf of the Nanjing University of Art attended the forum and had the opportunity to exchange opinions around the development of Thailand-China relations in various aspects including ‘music’.
For the content in MOU covers academic cooperation in various proximity dimensions, i.e. exchanging faculty and students between 2 institutions, collaborating in creating music, research, innovations related to music and art, exchange activities in culture, history and society including curriculum development. All stated cooperation basically represents the identity of the corporate institution in the future.
Mr. Lyu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand said at the signing ceremony that “At present, the Chinese-Thai cooperation in the frame of ONE BELT ONE ROAD has a good trend. Cooperation in all areas including the latest one (music) will be deepened and opened up to a next level.”
Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-ocha said, “The exchange and cooperation between Thai-Chinese institutions will help the two parties with learning more about each other and raising the quality of culture and art to a higher level.”
The signing of an academic MOU between the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music of Thailand and the Nanjing University of Art, China, is an important step in the relationship between Thailand and China in music, which will be a crucial part in developing the cultural field in the future.