7 June 2017 at 9:00 am
Thai delegation visits New Zealand
Executives from Thailand’s nine Rajamangala Universities of Technology (RMUT) met with a range of New Zealand ITPs and universities in mid May, learning about their qualifications and focus on practical skills and innovation.
In light of the Thai government’s new plan to develop a skilled workforce to meet industry demand, ENZ saw an opportunity to connect RMUT with New Zealand providers.
RMUT has a network of 40 campuses across Thailand, which are most similar to New Zealand ITPs. RMUT has a particular interest in customised, short-course training in New Zealand, and would like to see the establishment of an English language centre in Thailand.
The visit showcased New Zealand’s focus on practical skills and innovation in the classroom, with ENZ setting up meetings with Auckland University of Technology, Unitec, Air New Zealand Aviation Institute, Wintec, Wellington Institute of Technology, Whitireia Institute of Technology, Massey University, Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago Language Centre.
Jaruwan Pongjaruwat, ENZ Programme Manager – Thailand, said the visit created a comprehensive understanding of New Zealand’s education system and fields of expertise.
“The RMUT group especially enjoyed the unique cultural experience and appreciated the welcoming and friendly New Zealand people.
“We visited some classrooms and they were able to see first-hand the practical learning environment.”
The visit is already showing positive results, with one RMUT president inviting selected New Zealand institutions to visit Thailand for further discussions.