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TPA and TNI have decided to join forces to develop the 5-year framework for TPA Strategic Cluster Plan, in response to national industrial and business development Plan which focuses on the technology society and Thailand 4.0 Economy

posted Aug 4, 2017, 10:51 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 10:55 AM ]

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Technology Promotion Association (Thailand - Japan) / TPA and Thai-Nichi institute of Technology / TNI co-organize a Press Conference on its

The panel of eminent speakers consists of

- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sucharit Koontanakulvong, President of TPA

- Mr. takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of Japan-Thailand Economic Cooperation Society (JTECS)

- Dr. Somchai Harnhiran, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry

- Mr. Chen Namchaisiri, - Chairman of The Federation of Thai Industries

- Dr. Kitipong Promwong - Secretary General, National science Technology and innovation Policy Office

- Mr. Hirofumi Miyake, Minester – Counselor. Embassy of Japan in Thailand

- Mr. Manabu kahara, Chairman of TNI-JCC Committee, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok (JCCB)

- Mr. Hiroki Mitsumata, President of JETRO, Bangkok

- Mr. Hiroo Tanaka, Chief Representative, JICA Thailand Office

- Mr. Shinya Kuwayama, President of The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS)

- Mr. Yoshiori Furukawa, Chief representative for Asian Region, NEDO, and

- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bandhit Rojarayanont, President of Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology

TPA was establish in 1973 with a vision to enhance capacity building of business organizations and their human resources in order to contribute meaningfully to the development of Thai society and economy under the slogan “disseminating knowledge , creating strong foundation for Thai economy”

Over the past 44 years, TPA has maintained its growth and diversified into many areas of activities such as training, consulting, instrument calibration services, language school, and publication of books and training materials. TPA key achievements to date are:

1. Over 1,000,000 people have attended trainings and seminars organized by TPA,

2. Over 700,000 industrial, environmental analytical and medical devices from over 10,000 organizations have been serviced by TPA industrial measurement standard certification center,

3. Over 280,000 persons have enrolled in TPA Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Thai language classes.

4. Over 6,500,000 copies of 1,400 titles of books have been published and distributed. The areas of publications include industrial technology, engineering, marketing, Japanese language and culture, and business administration.

In 2007, TPA established Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI) with the mission to produce high-quality graduates to serve the Industrial demands and requirements. Offering both Bachelor and Master degree programs, TNI has already produced over 4,500 graduates with an outstanding 100% employment success rate.

In 2015 the Thai Government strategically launched Thailand 4.0 Economy Model to take the country on the road toward rapid and sustainable growth with stability and in measurable and transparent ways. With an aim to achieve 10 different S-curve growths, one of the key strategies is to open up new industrial development zones. The Government has also initiated the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Project to stimulate and deliver quantum leap growths in the Eastern region of Thailand. The challenges are to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of both public organizations and private enterprises and to develop new human resources as well as re-train existing human resources to satisfy and attain the above goals. To meet these challenges, human resources and sufficient capacity in science, technology, creativity and innovation will be indispensable. To make Thailand 4.0 Economy a big success, our economic structure also needs to shift from one that relies on primary agricultural produce and commodity export to one that can create and export value-added products by developing new technologies and innovations for achieving production and business processes smartly.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sucharit Koontanakulvong, TPA President, is thankful that, throughout the 45 – Year of TNI, both organizations have received very warm supports and meaningful collaborations from the public and private sectors of both Thailand and Japan. As of now TPA is preparing and launching the TPA Strategic Cluster Plan to set new development direction and contribute significantly to the new business area of social innovation. The aim for TPA and TNI is to become leading organizations in ASEAN in organizational and human resource development in both academic capability and business management. Thanks to the strong ties and networking with diverse educational Institutes in the public and private sectors in both Thailand and Japan, he believes that all stakeholders are willing to cooperate with this Strategic Plan framework and contribute effectively and efficiently to the success of the plan in these times of fast-moving global environment. The TPA –TNI network includes Japan-Thailand Economic Cooperation Society (JTECS) and many other reputable national and foreign organizations.

The 5-year framework for TPA strategic Cluster Plan are:

1. Development of Learning Model through digital communication tools:

Create and launch new curriculum and training courses under the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. Develop course contents for human resources development, which serve the targeted areas or distance areas, such as Monodzukuri in production, Digital technology for production personnel.

2. Establish Centers of excellence (COE) in selective academic disciplines:

TOM, TPM, Intelligent System Integration, and Data Science & Analytics.

3. Establish technology transfer centers in selective fields:

Delivering new production technology, automation technology, robotics, product design and development as well as applying digital technology for industries and services.

4. Establish a business development center for new entrepreneurs:

Provide facilities, services and consultancy to hone the new generation of entrepreneurs who want to build new products and services with collaborative in technology from Japan.

5. Expand activities and services to neighboring countries:

Open and offer new international courses for students and personnel from neighboring countries, Human Resources development for neighboring countries in Basic Manufacturing techniques, and Quality Management with the seminars, or the contest in awards from TPA.

Dr. Somchai Harnhiran, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, announces that he is delighted to be present at this TPA-TNI Press conference. As the Government arm in national economic development, the Ministry of Industry is pleased to participate and support TPA and TNI to its fullest ability regarding the strengthening and advancement of Thailand’ห Industries, including Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) and Community Enterprises. He is confident that, with the wide network and deep connections of TPA and TNI with the public and private sectors in both Thailand and Japan, including the remarkable pools of experts in various fields of developments, TPA strategic plan will effectively harmonize with Thailand’s current economic and social development plan which aims to restructure its industries and economy as it gears toward Thailand 4.0 Economy.

Mr. Chen Namchaisiri, - Chairman of The Federation of Thai Industries, points out that two of the important roles of FTI are to be the central contact point for private business and manufacturing sectors, and to develop our SMEs together with the Government and its agencies in order to significantly enhance our national economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The strategic cluster Plan will nicely complement with the above – mentioned developments and upgrade the skill sets of our workers in order to globally compete effectively with other organizations. FTI is ready and willing to coordinate and extend its support to materialize this strategic plan, which is clearly essential for the country to step firmly and steadily into the 4.0 Economy.

Dr. Kitipong Promwong - Secretary General, National science Technology and innovation Policy Office confirm that science, technology and innovation, or STI, are important elements in driving Thailand toward the new knowledge economy and society. It will enable Thailand to conquer the globalization challenges. He praises the MOOC project in TPA Strategic Cluster Plan as most appropriate in expanding TPA services through the internet to wider and remotely located target groups, especially the MOOC courses that enhance industrial production skills. The MOOC platform will effectively and economically allow participants to conveniently study from anywhere and at any time at a low cost. This will in turn enable Thai industrial workforces to adapt and heighten their competitiveness and productivity in line with Thailand 4.0 Economy.