1. RCP

    Public Hearing on TV in Thailand: Vocational Teacher Education Policy suggestion by RMUTT

    In a televised public hearing on 12th June 2013, Dr Namyuth Songthanapitak, President of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) and high-level representatives of the Federation of Thai Industries, Education Council, Board of Vocational Education, Higher Education Commission and the Minister of Education, Mr Phongthep Thepkanjana, discussed the proposed reform of Vocational Teacher Education (VTE) in Thailand. The Reform Proposal was developed by RMUTT in close collaboration with Burapha University (BUU) and is based on the results of common research activities which were supported by RCP. All participants pointed out that the economy in Thailand suffers from a shortage of skilled and qualified employees. The industry needs approximately 500,000 qualified skilled labours within the next 5 years, but only 300,000 will be available. Mr Phongthep Thepkanjana highlighted the importance of technical vocational education and training (TVET). He pointed out that the new overall policy for TVET systems aims at the creation of a workforce equipped with strong, practical skills. A shift from preliminary knowledge-based teaching to approaches that produce strong practical skills is needed. Dr Namyuth Songthanapitak added that work-integrated learning; self-learning and life-long learning should be solid features of Thai vocational education. Bearing that in mind he asserted that the dual vocational education system will play a major role, the result of which means both teachers and students are to acquire knowledge in conjunction with on-the-job training. He was strongly committed to the view that a long-term and committed cooperation between public education institute and private industrial manufacturers is...
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    Reform of Vocational Teacher Education in Thailand

    The Thailand Ministry of Education has accepted a reform proposal on vocational teacher education as outlined by Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyburi, in close collaboration with Burapha University. The reform proposal has been based on the results of common research conducted by the two leading universities, supported by the Regional Cooperation Platform for Vocational Teacher Education and Training in Asia (RCP).During the research process a modified Delphi technique was applied in order to establish consensual opinion between the 17 national experts from the field of vocational teacher education in Thailand. Stakeholders were hereby represented from industry, state and education. The national panel was obtained by purposive sampling from 3 groups as users and providers of vocational teachers as well as the use of quality assurance and professional standards. The reform framework and its policy suggestions on vocational teacher education reform in Thailand was presented and discussed openly in a public hearing broadcast on public television. Clear explanations are openly available on Facebook in Thai and English. The policy suggestions on VTE in Thailand feature 3 mainstream ideas; the first is to establish a national organization to solve mismatch problems between the demands and suppliers of VTE – both in terms of quality and quantity. The second is to standardize production and developmental systems, in terms of qualification frameworks at national and regional levels that link to remuneration systems. Furthermore, the organization of learning processes in vocational teacher education must focus on the development of competences and experiences in the real...
  3. RCP

    Standards for Vocational Teacher Education at Bachelor Level in Lao PDR

    On 11th February 2013 the Ministry of Education declared by decree the standards developed by the Faculty of Engineering as binding for the education of vocational teachers at bachelor level in Lao PDR. Which development preceded the enacting of this important decree? All stakeholders involved in vocational education agree that the quality of vocational training in Lao PDR doesn’t match neither the requirements of the Lao labor market nor the requirements of a future ASEAN market. At the same time, there is agreement about the fact that the quality of the training crucially depends on the competency of the teachers. Therefore it was a consequent decision that the Ministry of Education appointed the Faculty of Engineering, specifically the relevant Vocational Teacher Education Department to develop standards for vocational teachers. The Faculty in turn submitted to the Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP) the proposal to develop these standards embedded in a scientific study and in close cooperation with teacher education institutions in Indonesia (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia), Thailand (Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi), and Vietnam (Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs). The study describes the development process of the standards based on the current situation of the Lao education sector. In order to emphasize the practical relevance of the study, it also discusses the prerequisites for a successful implementation of the drafted standards and makes a proposal for an implementation strategy. To achieve the greatest possible political acceptance, relevant stakeholders have been involved in the development process right from the beginning. Beside...

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