Just one year after establishing Chuo’s first overseas hub office at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa (Honolulu, Oahu), in December the University signed an agreement with Thammasat University’s Faculty of Law to establish a second overseas hub in Thailand.
As stated in the University's International Initiatives, Chuo is currently focusing on developing a strong organizational structure, a solid educational foundation, and both domestic and overseas networks in the Asia-Pacific region. As a key step in spearheading these initiatives, Chuo University established its first overseas hub office in the East-West Center of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa in December 2013. Now Chuo is taking another important step with the establishment of its second overseas hub office at Thammasat University. Located in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, which is a leading ASEAN nation, Thammasat and Chuo have developed a close, long-term partnership since relations began in 1986. The new office is located in the Thammasat University Faculty of Law's Japanese Law Research Center on the Tha Phrachan campus in central Bangkok. The office has been named the "Chuo-Thammasat Collaboration Center."
Currently, Chuo's exchange programs with Thailand include Thammasat University for students and researchers; Kasetsart University and Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Economics for exchanging students with Chuo’s Faculty of Economics; and, Panyapiwat Institute of Management for Chuo’s Global Field Studies Program, Internship Program, and SEND Program (Japanese Teaching). In May 2013, Chuo University held the "1st Global Chuo Symposium" in Bangkok utilizing a variety of local resources and networks as part of the Project on Developing Global Human Resources. In addition, Chuo University has recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with JICA to offer Chuo students various on-site opportunities to learn about ASEAN's current development progress. In addition, the Chuo Alumni Association in Bangkok is one of Chuo's largest and most active alumni groups worldwide, providing invaluable support for the growing number of exchanges among individuals and institutions in the Chuo international community.
Chuo University will hold an opening ceremony for the Chuo-Thammasat Collaboration Center in March 2015. Following this special occasion, Chuo will continue striving to expand its teaching, research and social contributions through the new hub office in Bangkok and the first overseas hub office in Hawaiʻi.