Confucius Institutes Participate in Developing Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor

[Source] [Time]    2018-05-07 08:47:41 

A few days ago, the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute in Thailand, together with Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Special Economic Zone Committee of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and the Thai Vocational Education Commission, jointly organized the theme conference entitled “Promoting the Development of Education in Thailand and Meeting the New Opportunities for the Development of the Eastern Economic Corridor”. Attendees included Phraprommangkalachan, Thai Chairman of the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute Board of Directors, Atchaka Sibunruang, Thai Minister of Science & Technology, Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary-general of the EEC committee, Song Ruoyun, First Secretary of the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand as well as representatives from the Thai Vocational Education Commission and vocational education institutes. At the meeting, the Confucius Institute signed a cooperation agreement with eight vocational education institutes of the three divisions in the north of the Thai Vocational Education Commission.

Atchaka Sibunruang said in his speech that the “Eastern Economic Corridor” project and the “Thailand 4.0” strategy are vital reforms to promote Thailand’s development and transformation, and cultivation of talents is the key to achieving the development of these two policies. The Ministry of Science & Technology in Thailand will actively cooperate with the Confucius Institute and many Thai vocational schools to cultivate professionals in 10 majors, such as artificial intelligence, aerospace, all-round medical care, and digital industry so as to respond to the needs of talents in EEC’s development.

Kanit Sangsubhan said that the EEC’s development is inseparable from the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, boosting a huge demand for “Chinese + profession” inter-disciplinary talents. He proposed the direction and model of cooperation between the Eastern Economic Corridor and the Confucius Institute in the future. He also advocated students to learn Chinese well, receive more training at vocational colleges, and go to China for further study, practice and experience enrichment.

Wang Shangxue, acting Director of the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute, told the journalist that the Institute will give full play to the advantages of its partner Tianjin Normal University in terms of teacher training and various channels or platforms, thus providing a marvelous pool of talents for the development of EEC.

(Story by Lu Mengqi,, Bangkok, April 29th)