TECO in Thailand & the Federation of Overseas Chinese Traders Alumni of Thailand Visit Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, Renowned for Work-integrated Learning
Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI) was established in 2007 and offers an education system that applies the Japanese monozukuri (also spelt “monotsukuri"”) approach to all of its curricula. Professor Takahiro Fujimoto of the Manufacturing Management Research Center at the University of Tokyo, Japan’s most renowned monozukuri theorist describes this as “the incorporation of design data into materials.” TNI’s mother organization is the Technology Promotion Association (Thailand–Japan) established in 1973 by people who studied or received training in Japan and members of Japanese society, headed by Mr. Goichi Hozumi. In the past 10 years TNI has produced more than 4,500 graduates, who are now working in Thailand and overseas.
Ms. Pornanong Niyomka Horikawa, Vice President of TNI visited the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Thailand in January, 2018 to introduce TNI’s International Programs and Scholarship and she invited TECO personnel to visit TNI to familiarize themselves with its unique Japanese-style education and the scholarships available. Personnel from the Education Division of TECO in Thailand visited TNI with Mr. Kuo Hsi-Kuei, Chairman of the Federation of Overseas Chinese Traders Alumni of Thailand and his colleagues on March 8, to discuss potential cooperation between Taiwan and TNI.
Around one hundred and fifty Taiwanese business people currently work and live in Thailand. Many run a business that is part of the supply chain of large Japanese companies such as Toyota, and Honda, and many also invest heavily in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). They need more good engineers and that is why the Federation of Overseas Chinese Traders Alumni of Thailand wants TNI students to do internships with Taiwanese companies in Thailand and work for them after graduating.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bandhit Rojarayanont, President of TNI greeted and met with the Taiwanese delegation at TNI on March 8. He acknowledged Taiwan’s advanced technological industries and excellent education system and said that he looked forward to having students from Taiwan study at TNI to gain international mobility, and having student exchange programs with universities in Taiwan. President Bandhit welcomed Chairman Kuo’s request to have TNI students do internships in Taiwanese businesses in Thailand. He pointed out that the demand for TNI interns and graduates to work in businesses in Thailand and Japan is very strong, and TNI students need to get more involved in Taiwanese cultural and exchange activities to become interested in working for Taiwanese businesses.
The Director of the Education Division of TECO in Thailand stressed the importance of inviting Taiwanese students to go to TNI as exchange students. TNI is not well-known to most people from Taiwan, whether in Taiwan or in Thailand, but given the excellent quality of education provided by TNI and by universities in Taiwan, establishing more collaborative programs could broaden students’ views and strengthen their competitiveness in the ever-changing international environment.
Photo:From left to right: 1.Mr. Mike Kuo, General Manager of Yuen Yong Enterprise Co., Ltd., 2. Mr. Henry Chang, Deputy Chairman, Federation of Overseas Chinese Trader Alumni of Thailand, 3. Ms. Tracy Liu, Deputy Chief Secretary, Federation of Overseas Chinese Trader Alumni of Thailand, 4. Mr. Daniel Liu, Deputy Chairman, Federation of Overseas Chinese Trader Alumni of Thailand, 5. Mr. Kuo Hsi-Kuei, Chairman of the Federation of Overseas Chinese Traders Alumni of Thailand, 6. Ms. Jill Lai, Director of the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, 7. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bandhit Rojarayanont, President of Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI), 8. Ms. Pornanong Niyomka Horikawa, Vice President of TNI, 9. Dr. Paskorn Apirukvorapinit, Head of Data Science & Analytics Program, International College, TNI, 10. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Choompol Antarasena, Dean of the Engineering Faculty, 11. Mr. Hideo Yoshihara, Advisor to the President, 12. Ms. Supaporn Hempongsopa, Director of International, Public Relations and Scholarships.