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EEC plans 6 centres of excellence to boost workforce skills
By The Nation



EEC Office secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan


Six centres of excellence will be launched in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to equip students with knowledge of advanced technologies for the 10 industries targeted by the corridor, said EEC Office secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan.


Each will focus on teaching one technology specialism, with a centre of automation and robotics, of logistics, of next generation automotives, of track systems, of aviation, and of tourism.



Recently the EEC authority joined with Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation (Thailand) to set up an automation and robotics excellence centre, called the EEC Automation Park, at Burapha University in Chonburi.


"The EEC expects to see demand for more than 37,000 workers with automation and robotics skills in the next five years," Khanit said.


The company's managing director, Wichiene Ngamsukkarsemsri, said that students of Burapha University and 20 other educational institutes can use the facilities at the centre. This would create a vast network of personnel with automation and robotics skills, he added.


Construction of the centre is 30 per cent complete and should be finished by the middle of next year.


The EEC stretches across the eastern seaboard provinces of Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao.



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Its all well and good to create " Centers of Excellence " but Thailand needs to get the Basics right first.

What Business in their right mind would allow a University Student loose on a Machine costing maybe 5 Million Baht, or more, when they dont know the difference between a jobber Drill, and and End Mill.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I was involved for many years in the UK with CNC Machining and Production Application.

I can speak from experience when I say these things are not learned on a Laptop. They have to be learned from the ground up, with high quality Training. 


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I work with a couple of amazing Thai people from OUTSIDE of Thailand.  The problem with the military government and the Thai "elites" is they are intellectually lazy.  They always want to partner with Jack Ma's or big Japanese companies, and not cultivate anything locally.  We all know the obvious reasons why they do this, but it is still a is a shame.  


Malaysia and Vietnam have their own automotive brands.  Why not Thailand?  If I were Chaun or some other long time official, I would be embarrassed by the government's approach.   


Again, the EEC just sounds like an industrial park that will pay dividends to a bunch of high ranking, military types.

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