Pattaya, educators sign pact to create ‘efficient’ learning program

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Pattaya will work with two area colleges to offer scholarships for a new program to help Thai students learn more “efficiently” through a mix of technology and Thai wisdom.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome signed the memorandum of understanding with Sriprathum University and Aksorn Pattaya Technological Collage officials June 16.

The agreement covers the principles of an educational program focused on academic development and services, research, innovation development, preservation of religion, culture, and tradition; and cooperation in development of human resources and community.

(L to R) Bussaba Chaijinda, vice president of Sriprathum University’s Chonburi campus, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, and Nikom Modrakee, chairman of Aksorn Group, have signed an MOU to offer scholarships for a new program to help Thai students learn more “efficiently” through a mix of technology and Thai wisdom.(L to R) Bussaba Chaijinda, vice president of Sriprathum University’s Chonburi campus, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, and Nikom Modrakee, chairman of Aksorn Group, have signed an MOU to offer scholarships for a new program to help Thai students learn more “efficiently” through a mix of technology and Thai wisdom.

The two schools also will offer an unspecified amount in scholarships to deserving, but underprivileged, Pattaya students.

Nikom Modrakee, chairman of Aksorn Group, said education management should state clear objectives to upgrade Thai education to meet the standards of modern society, focusing on creating good persons or jobs and developing the country.

He referred the concept as holistic education and said it must integrate with the economy, society, culture, religion and politics.

Bussaba Chaijinda, vice president of Sriprathum University’s Chonburi campus, said current Thai education systems are in a period of transition. They must be developed to reinforce and nurture, create proper behavior and occupational skills, and incorporate the spirit of volunteerism.