On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) was visited by Dr. Ki-Young Kim, the Rector of Korea University of Technology and Education (KOREATECH),and his team. The purpose of their visit was to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Suranaree University of Technology. The Vice Rector for Academics and Internationalisation together with the Dean of the Institute of Engineering were present at the signing ceremony which took place at the Institute of Engineering, SUT.
With this MOU in place, both SUT and KOREATECH have agreed to collaborate in research and academia. Furthermore, KOREATECH have offered three to five scholarships for SUTstudents to participate in a science and technology camp at KOREATECH for one month. Students will get to work in a team to solve scientific and engineering problems and to work in a project of the latest technologies which are currently needed by the industry. For example, students may get a chance to develop new OLED monitors, new solar cell systems and smart factory management systems.
In addition, SUT and KOREATECH have also agreed to jointly hold a camp called TVET-CAMPUS for vocational students in Nakhonratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buriram, Surin as well as in the ASEAN countries. The objective of the camp is to raise the engineering standards in order to serve the Thailand 4.0 policy in the future.
Korea University of Technology and Education (KOREATECH) was established in 1991. It is currently a leading technological university in South Korea which focuses on producing engineers to match the demands of the industry. KOREATECH’s education system is equally divided into theory and hands-on practice, using a new teaching model called industry-university cooperation-based educational model. This method can improve students’ skills tremendously before they work with the real equipment in the real environment. KOREATECH can boast with over 80 laboratories that can serve over 4,500 students. Over 86% of KOREATECH graduates are in employment each year after their graduation, which is the highest in the country.