Thailand and Japan boost human resources through Thai-Kosen institutes

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Representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHSRI) of Thailand and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) yesterday convened to discuss the enhancement of Thailand’s human resources via Thai-Kosen institutes. The meeting marked the occasion of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation, celebrated by MHSRI minister, Supamas Isarabhakdi, and METI minister, Yasuthoshi Nishimura.

Following the meeting, Supamas revealed that agencies from both nations, including Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), have executed a memorandum of understanding. The goal of this agreement is to escalate the number of proficient graduates, thereby fostering innovation across varied industries.

Nishimura emphasised the importance for both nations to nurture technology and human resources through diverse programmes initiated by the Japanese government. He stated that the enhancement of the nation’s human resources would bring about an increase in economic activity, proving advantageous to both Thailand and Japan.

Thai-Kosen institutes, established in 2019, aim to cultivate skilled graduates capable of thriving in the contemporary labour market. Two such institutes, Kosen-KMUTT at King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi (KMUTT), and Kosen-KMITL at King Mongkut Institute of Technology, Lat Krabang (KMITL), operate under the guidance of the Kosen Institute of Japan, employing the same curriculum as their Japanese counterparts, reported Bangkok Post.

Supamas disclosed that the first batch of students is anticipated to graduate in the upcoming year. She further added that Kosen graduates will form an integral component of the nation’s labour force, contributing significantly to the country’s future development.

In related news, Thailand and Japan’s Wakayama prefecture seek partnerships in furniture and agricultural processing sectors to boost product development and exports. Read the full article HERE. Follow more of The Thaiger’s latest stories on our new Facebook page HERE.

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