HEP Conversations with Thai industries: How higher education can prepare people for the future workforce?
The current COVID-19 pandemic is inevitably having a profound impact across sectors. Perhaps, the industrial sector is constantly shifting more hastily than others.
The business sector is one of the key players in the higher education sector. It is working together with universities to be responsive to current and future health, cultural, and socio-economic crises. Fostering collaborations among academics and various experts from universities and industries leads to the development of science, technology, research and innovation which are the most important factors to enhance a country's competitiveness.
The British Council had a conversation with representatives from the industrial sector, who took part in our two-year collaborative programme called University-Industry Links. The discussion aimed to gain insights on how the outbreak impacts are evolving the whole higher education sector in Thailand from the businesses’ point of view, which is the demand side of the education market.
Thank you to the project leads from the British Council’s University-Industry Links programme.
- Dr. Petoon Maneepairoj, MD
Head Vice President of Training Center, MK Restaurant Group
Co-Founder & CEO, Mark One Innovation Center
MK Restaurant, one of Thailand’s most successful restaurant chains (formerly known as MK Suki), has been serving Thai consumers for over twenty years. MK Restaurant has made a large investment to support universities e.g. the establishment of a sensory evaluation lab, and facility at Mark One Innovation Center for research and development of technology, including the innovation in food and beverage products.
- Dr. Dudsadee Archakraisorn
Global Sensory Lead, Global Innovation Center, Thai Union Group PCL.
Thai Union has a rich history of commitment to seafood expertise and innovation. Thai Union Group PCL's Global Innovation Center (GIC) seeks strategic innovation partnerships with institutions - private and public - around the world. This public-private partnership supports the GIC’s rigorous scientific processes, offers universities industry exposure, maintains low costs through shared use of facilities and builds valuable intellectual property for all involved.