First Vocational Education “Chinese + Vocational Skills” Diamond Crown Jewel Contest Concludes

[Source]    Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute [Time]    2019-09-25 13:47:04 

On September 15th, the first Vocational Education “Chinese + Vocational Skills” Diamond Crown Jewel Contest and H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Trophy, as well as the awarding ceremony of Master Somdej Phramaharachamongkolmunee Scholarship, jointly hosted by the Romchatra Foundation of Thailand, Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute, Office of the Vocational Education Committee, Ministry of Education, Thailand, and Chitralada Technology College, was held at Chitralada Technology College.

Group photo

The event was attended by Master Somdej Phramaharachamongkolmunee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute, Nataphol Theepsuwan, Minister of Education of Thailand, Sumonta Promboon, President of Chitralada Technology College , Song Ruoyun, First Secretary of Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, Wang Huichang, Representative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Representative Office in Thailand, and presidents of Chinese and Thai universities as well as representatives of social groups. Lv Jian, Chinese ambassador to Thailand, Liu Xin, Deputy Director of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission, and Zhong Yinghua, President of Tianjin Normal University sent congratulatory letters.

Song Ruoyun reading the congratulatory letter

Nataphol Theepsuwan said in his speech that the first Vocational Education “Chinese + Vocational Skills” Diamond Crown Jewel Contest boasts far-reaching significance and has promoted the increasing consistency of vocational education standards between Thailand and China. And the Ministry of Education will provide an all-round support and service for this contest.

Nataphol Theepsuwan delivering a speech

The contest, as a written test of the professional and Chinese knowledge, was divided into two groups for junior and senior vocational students, attracting 1168 students from 49 vocational colleges in Thailand to participate in. The contest aims to promote the seven desperately-needed industries for Thailand 4.0 strategy development—railway transport, aeronautical technicians, mechanical electronics, industrial robots, new energy vehicles, technology and tourism, and logistics management. It also aims to develop students with professional knowledge of Chinese so as to promote the integration of China-Thailand vocational education standards, and then the integration of Thailand 4.0 strategy, the development of Eastern Economic Corridor and the Belt and Road Initiative. The contest has been highly recognized and concerned by the Thai government and people from all walks of life.

The contestants sitting for a written test

A catering skill match—“Match of the Taste” has also been set up in this contest, which enabled the contestants to fully show their professional skills and styles. A total of 8 teams from vocational colleges participated in this competition. With a strong rapport, all team members are working orderly when they were preparing the dishes. The Confucius Institute specially invited Yang Shenqiang, a lecturer of Chinese food culture at Bhavana Bodhigun Vocation College in Ko Samui, to showcase Chinese cuisine for judges and contestants, including sweet and sour pork ribs, squirrel fish, spicy chicken, and other Chinese delicacies.

Culinary competition

After the intense sessions of written test, marking, and scoring, the contest finally selected 100 winners from each of the junior and senior vocational groups. Therasit. Tasnapremsin from Minburi Technical College won the gold award of the junior vocational group, while Thanyarut Plaisuntea from Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya Technical College won the gold award of the senior vocational group. These two winners were awarded the trophies granted by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Gold Award Certificates, gold medals, and Master Somdej Phramaharachamongkolmunee Scholarship.

At the award ceremony, Somdej Phramaharachamongkolmunee said that the development of vocational education serves as the strategic bedrock of human resources development. The Thailand 4.0 strategy and the Eastern Economic Corridor Project initiated by the Thai government need a large number of skilled talents. To this end, this competition’s role looms large of strengthening the comprehensive ability of vocational school students and broadening their vision, and advancing the educational exchange between the two countries and promoting the development of vocational education in Thailand at the same time.

Somdej Phramaharachamongkolmunee giving a speech

Thanyarut Plaisuntea said she had studied at Tianjin Bohai Vocational and Technology College for two years with scholarships, and she felt lucky to learn advanced technology and Chinese knowledge in China. This competition, combining the test of professional and technical knowledge with Chinese knowledge, is a good opportunity to assess one’s professional proficiency. Meanwhile, through this competition, she met a lot of excellent peers, which also pushed her to keep going. Referring to her plans after graduation, Thanyarut Plaisuntea firmly said, “If there is an opportunity, I am sure I will continue my further study in China and make myself a talent that is needed for the vocational cooperation and development between Thailand and China.”

Food display

On the same day, the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute set up a special booth for “the Taste of Study” food display. The food display was characterized by “the same source of medicine and food” and “taking books as food”. Through the exhibition of books of food culture, the video broadcast of A Bite of China, the on-site briefing of food ingredients and herbs, and the fun games such as “let ingredients go home”, this food display vividly showed the richness and charm of Chinese food culture to the vocational college students and the public in Thailand. It brought to them a new understanding and feeling of Chinese culture in a pleasant atmosphere, effectively advancing the mutual learning and cultural integration between Chinese and Thai civilizations.

Story by: Zhang Xiaoou