Clinical. Prof. Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University, and Mr. Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director of Microsoft Thailand, signed an MOU for academic collaboration on the project Microsoft Learn for Educators at 10 a.m. on September 15, 2021, via Microsoft Teams. The goal is to provide CMU lecturers with access to Microsoft’s teaching materials for teaching purposes. The signing ceremony was honoured by Prof. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, CMU Council member’s witness.
Prof. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai emphasised the importance of the alliance between CMU, a leading university in Thailand, and Microsoft Thailand, a world-class leader in technology and digital platforms that has been playing a vital role in providing digital technology support to drive Thailand’s economic, social, and educational reforms. ‘I believe that the future of this country lies in educational reformation in which lecturers and students are equipped with core skills, and I would like to express my admiration for CMU for its strong commitment to digital transformation through investment in IT development, application of digital technology in different disciplines to support the academic and administrative missions, and digital skill enhancement for CMU students and personnel, preparing them for current and future jobs.’ He also mentioned, ‘Microsoft Thailand is most capable of supporting Thailand’s digital human resource development mission that would allow these valuable resources to keep up with the changes and utilise skills for learning, work, and life. This is an exemplary social enterprise model that helps promote sustainable development. With Microsoft’s supports in terms of products, personnel, equipment, and technology, this collaboration would allow CMU to improve its capacity in teaching, research, and academic services to be on-par with world class universities and would equip CMU students and staff with digital knowledge and skills. Having a workforce with future skills is going to be a key factor in fostering the society of learning, digital technology-based local economic development and Thailand’s overall sustainable social and economic development.’
Clinical. Prof. Niwes Nantachit added that ‘CMU and Microsoft Thailand are aware of the importance of building collaboration between public and private organisations and of student and personnel development. Microsoft Thailand is striving to support student development through the Microsoft Learn for Educators project, which allows lecturers to access Microsoft’s learning programmes and materials and use them for teaching purposes. The support will also cover Microsoft Certifications that are widely recognised and will help to increase learning channels in the higher education setting. Therefore, this MOU will certainly have positive impacts on our students and workforce by equipping them with the digital skills necessary for the country’s development. Every workforce group will have the knowledge and skills that suit lifestyle and work in the digital era in accordance with the National Digital Economy and Society Development Plan and Policy.’
Mr. Dhanawat Suthumpun briefly stated that ‘We are delighted to be partnering with CMU on the mission to enhance digital skills in various levels and directions through programmes or learning paths including cloud computing, AI data, and even fundamental professional skills in the entry-level of work. Also, Microsoft Certifications can serve as proof of skills that are highly demanded in many fields of work, opening doors to future success.
‘This collaboration marks an important milestone for Microsoft in enhancing digital skills for 10 million people all over the country, which would bring about a joint effort in driving Thailand’s digital reformation in several dimensions, leading to an economy and society that are compatible with a complete digital lifestyle.’
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