Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi prepares to meet the demands for quality graduates in the jobs market as well as the business sector, in order to help support Thailand’s readiness for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

“Our university has grown from a solid vocational root, in which we supplied our graduates directly to the business sector,” said RMUTT President, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Namyoot Songthanapitak. “As a result, it’s crucial that we continue to develop good relations with the commercial and business sectors as well as producing quality graduates to support their needs,” he added. This includes improving the manufacturing potentials, implemeting an effective system for the transfer of students and managing resources that cater to a diverse range of demands, by enhancing the quality of the university’s own academic programs as well as the quality of instructors and students.

“The key is to grow in the same direction as the business sector. I think it’s time for Thailand to open up in terms of human resources, by increasing collaborations with other foreign countries so that the work force can learn to adopt a broad, global perspective,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Namyoot said.

In the past, RMUTT has constantly promoted the exchange of knowledge with various international institutions, this practice is likely to increase in the future. “At the same time, we don’t overlook collaborations with other institutions in Thailand, because the country still needs to develop more in many sectors,” he said, adding that one of the goals for RMUTT is to become a leading university in answering the needs in development at both the country and global levels. In order to do so, the university is currently revamping the academic programs of its 10 faculties.

“The revamp mainly focuses on the quality of graduates that we produce. Our graduates must have a solid knowledge of both theory and practice. In doing so, we apply the work-integrated learning model, so that our graduates can grow to become business owners and entrepreneurs, not just employees,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Namyoot said.

On the academic front, the university plans to integrate collaborative research into its programs. There will be several research grants, as well as laboratories, consultations and peer networks, in order to attract potential researchers and inventors. Most importantly, the university will set up a unit that oversees specifically patents and copyrights issues. This unit will also support the dissemination of research projects and innovations within and outside the country.

“One of the immediate policies that the university is pushing is human resources development, as we also have several graduate and doctoral programs. The instructors must all hold a Ph.D., except in the fields that supply is lacking,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Numyoot said.

In preparing for the AEC, RMUTT has supported several collaborations with the international community. These include language training in New Zealand ann the United Kingdom for lecturers and staff, exit exams (e.g. diagnostic tests) for the foreign language program in collaboration with well-established language institutions (e.g. AUA, Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology) and student exchange programs within ASEAN.

“We also push for a policy to increase the number of international academic programs, as it is the very foundation for producing graduates who are proficient in the English language,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Numyoot said.

Part of the duty of every academic institution, according to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Numyoot, is to support growth in knowledge, skills and leadership at the community, national, all the way to international levels. RMUTT is guided by three principles, including producing graduates with practical experience, developing and implementing scientific and technological based academic programs, and producing graduates who continue on to become professionals and who have both ethical and moral responsibility to society at large.