February 25, 2024

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Thailand opens new I&T and entrepreneurship centre

The Asia Institute of Technology (AIT) recently announced the opening of a new entrepreneurship centre for graduate and doctorate students at its campus in Rangsit.

The centre to offer students real-world business experience, promote innovation and provide collaboration opportunities with private business.

Much of AIT’s programmes and degree opportunities focus on social impact fields like sustainable development and civil engineering, with many of the students moving on to work in consulting firms.

The new entrepreneurship centre, which opened last week, allows students an opportunity to bring what they learned from other fields and apply it to starting a business and working in business settings.

The centre, acting as a bridge between the university and the private sector, also wants to use more university research to help businesses, as about 90% of university research is stored away and forgotten.

The system is definitely a two-way street. More industries must go to universities and take advantage of some of the amazing research that’s sitting on the shelves, stated a business partner of the new entrepreneurship centre. He added that a facility like this makes that possible and he thinks it will be very effective.

CSI has been working with AIT for close to 20 years, collaborating to use university research to improve its software, and recently gave the university a US$650,000 grant to make AIT more entrepreneurial and innovative.

AIT does not have access to the state’s common funds, accessible by other universities.

The current challenges faced by AIT are the same challenges being faced by every other modern educational institution: preparing students for the digitally disrupted job market, where artificial intelligence (AI) replaces a large number of careers, while many future positions have not been invented yet.

The Vice President of AIT stated that the skill set necessary for the next generation has changed and the educational system must adapt to these changes.

With the rapid changes in innovation, people fear what they learn in university may become obsolete. This fear leads people to try to reskill or upskill themselves, but thinking beyond that, the skill set needed for the future has changed.

It was noted that the areas in highest demand for innovation are agricultural technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones and the Internet of Things.

AIT is working to find ways to integrate these technologies for a better society in terms of producing foods and processing waste to make a more circular economy.

The best approach for an uncertain future is through multidisciplinary education that prepares students to be adaptable in the future and prepared to take on unique challenges.

It does not make sense to produce people who only know how to produce one widget, because that widget could be gone in the future, replaced by more advanced technology.

The grandest challenges are not solved by only chemistry or only physics, they are solved by an assortment of fields.

AIT has already begun collaborating with local start-ups and businesses, most recently through its “100 Innovations x Entrepreneurs” event recently, which was held in partnership with the Thailand Tech Start-up Association.

At the event, students, start-ups, entrepreneurs from various industries, development agencies, NGOs, as well as investors and venture capitalists came together to discuss new innovations and ways to combine social impact research with new business ideas.

This is the first important collaboration done with the Thailand Tech Startup Association and all the partners present at the event believe what that the work they are doing will have a good impact.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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