Great Wall Motor Partners with “Office of the Vocational Education Commission” and “Mahanakorn University of Technology”, Developing Workforce to Sustainably Drive Forward Thailand’s EV Industry

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Great Wall Motor (GWM) continues to promote capabilities and learnings of younger generations through collaborating with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and Mahanakorn University of Technology, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to study, design, and produce modern vehicle training equipment from passenger cars, providing essential skills to vocational students.

The produced equipment will be utilized for educational purposes following the ever-changing technology in the present days and for developing modified agricultural machinery prototypes equipped with motor and battery of electric vehicles. The partnership reinforces GWM’s commitment as Thailand’s xEV leader ready to develop skills for quality workforce to serve the requirements of EV market while transforming Thailand to become the hub of EV manufacturing and export in ASEAN.

Under this partnership, GWM will provide automotive parts for appropriate usage in the project to nurture skills in developing and modifying EV power sources through direct experience cultivated from using the equipment and while producing modified agricultural machinery prototypes equipped with power sources made from motor and battery of electric vehicles provided by the company. In addition to Mahanakorn University of Technology, the initiative includes 3 Science-based Technology Vocational Colleges under the Office of the Vocational Education Commission’s supervision namely: 1. Science-Based Technology Vocational College (Chonburi), 2. Suranaree Technical College (mechanic and engineer), and 3. Lamphun College of Agriculture and Technology (Agricultural Biotechnology and Agro-Industry).

Held at the Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education, the signing ceremony was presided over by Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Deputy Minister of Education. The MOU was signed by Michael Chong, General Manager of Great Wall Motor (Thailand)Suthep Kaengsanthia, Secretary to Office of the Vocational Education Commission; and Asst. Prof. Dr. Panavy Pokai-udom, President of Mahanakorn University of Technology.

Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Deputy Minister of Education, said: “The government focuses on driving Thailand’s transition to become an EV society while encouraging Thai people to see the significance, necessity, and benefits of using electric vehicles which is very crucial. Improving vocational education in terms of studying and developing process, inventing, and modifying agricultural machines equipped with power sources and battery from electric vehicles, for modernizing agricultural study is a key to improve our country. Vocational workforce is important to agricultural, industrial, and service industries. Therefore, vocational education needs to quickly develop its workforce’s capabilities, equipping them with essential skills so that they are suitable for the market requirements in terms of quantity and quality. Regarding student development, it is necessary to keep related curriculum up to date to make education efficient. This requires support from institutes or corporates with expertise to help develop quality workforce. Collaboration with all sectors is crucial to leading vocational education management to success in the future.”

Michael Chong, General Manager of Great Wall Motor (Thailand), said: “GWM has witnessed Thailand’s various capabilities in driving forward the alternative energy industry. One of our commitments is to prepare and equip younger generations with modern skills, technology and innovation knowledge, and efficient teamwork through practice. Our partnership with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission and Mahanakorn University of Technology will allow students and teachers to cultivate in-depth knowledge regarding electric vehicles beneficial to curriculum development. In the future, they will play a crucial part in completing the EV ecosystem and transforming Thailand to become the epicenter of regional EV industry.”

Suthep Kaengsanthia, Secretary to Office of the Vocational Education Commission, said: “Due to the current situation in which gasoline price has been increasing while the government is promoting new industries especially the S-Curve and New Curve categories which EV business involves with country development process and Ministry of Education’s academic policies, adapting for manufacturing and developing vocational workforce is crucial in order to align with the government and industry’s direction. For the agricultural and technological schools under the Office of the Vocational Education Commission’s supervision, which have been assigned to find a way to develop, must utilize technology in the management process. Additionally, The Office of the Vocational Education Commission is in charge of Science-based Technology Vocational Colleges focusing on incubating innovators who are capable of manufacturing, designing innovation, and modification. The initiative will be applied in 3 Science-based Technology Vocational Colleges including 1. Science-Based Technology Vocational College (Chonburi), 2. Suranaree Technical College (mechanic and engineer), and 3. Lamphun College of Agriculture and Technology (Agricultural Biotechnology and Agro-Industry). Once the knowledge of development and design is provided, their education will be completed and solidified.”

Asst. Prof. Dr. Panavy Pokai-udom, President of Mahanakorn University of Technology, said: “Mahanakorn University of Technology is pleased to have signed the MOU with GWM. We believe that the collaboration will help complete the knowledge and skill development process for our students. It will be another model of how to further elevate Thailand’s higher education. We will work alongside GWM, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, and the Science-based Technology Vocational Colleges to develop capabilities for quality workforce that meets the market’s needs, especially the EV industry which its growth is being focused on by the government.”

This academic collaboration is a part of social initiatives conducted by GWM which is dedicated to improving social environments, communities, and cultural diversity, as well as uplifting innovation capabilities of the younger generations through working consistently alongside partners to crystalize social, economic, and environmental development in a sustainable way.

GWM, as the ‘Global Intelligent Technology Company’, is committed to driving forward Thailand’s EV industry and technology. The company also focuses on employing and preparing Thai workforce through collaborating with partners to provide knowledge of modern technology and innovation, develop vocational skills, and curate experience in real working environment for the younger generations in Thailand in order to serve the EV industry’s workforce requirement and drive forward the modern industry development following the country’s economic direction.

is committed to growing alongside consumers, business partners, and society to contribute to the sustainable growth of Thailand’s electric vehicle industry and economy. The company practices its business by focusing on consumers’ voices to further develop products and services filled with cutting-edge technologies that are safe and friendly to the environment while leading its user-centric approach to deliver exceptional experiences that not only meet consumers’ needs but also uplift the country as well as ASEAN’s automotive industry in general.

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