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Transforming Education in Thailand through the Use of Technology

Transforming Education in Thailand through the Use of Technology

Experts have suggested that instead of transforming the
existing education system, Thailand should disrupt it by creating an education
innovation ecosystem pushed by technology created by EdTech start-ups. 

Edtech whilst relatively new, is considered to
be a disruptive technology. A disruptive
technology
is one that displaces an established technology and
shakes up the industry.

In line with the Thai Government’s goal to
establish Thailand as a Smart Nation by 2020, they have decided to invest more
in Thai Edtech start-up so as to revolutionise the Thai education system,
making it more modern. Implementing more Edtech initiatives in the educational
landscape also allows for a more effective and efficient way of reaching out to
Thai students and getting them more engaged. The main goal of the Thai
government with regards to Edtech is to ensure that the Thai educational system
improve in quality.

Edtech is absolutely essential to the Thai
educational climate as almost all the bigger schools and universities are
located in the centre of Bangkok. Edtech aims to decentralise education and
give students in remote areas the same access to quality education as those
living in the bigger cities.

Thailand Startup Ecosystem has experienced
exponential growth within the last few years. From 1 million US dollars in
funding in 2011 up to 100 million in 2016. International Investors have been showing
more interest in the Thai start-up ecosystem. The Thai government itself is now
very supportive of the ecosystem, announcing the launch of a 570
million dollars
in venture funding.

There is a huge demand for the digital skills.
Statistics has shown more than 147%
mobile penetration rate
. By 2020, more than 25 million mobile users
are expected in Thailand. With such a high level of funding and demand for
technical skills, the Edtech start-ups looking to heighten digital literacy
would not only have a lot demand, but it would also bring Thailand closer to
its goal of being a Smart Nation.  

In order for Edtech start-ups to have
longevity amidst a volatile and turbulent environment, they must overcome the
many challenges that they are and will continue to face. This includes
affordability. Edtech companies aim to have a big market penetration rate and
make a profit at the same time. However, they have to ensure that their target
customers who are the schools in the more rural areas, are able to afford their
products. Since the schools in the City already have access to different,
advanced technology, the ones that are most in need of the products from the
tech start-ups are the relatively less well-to-do schools in the rural areas.

Another challenge that tech start-ups face is
that they have to ensure that the products that they create are simple. The
products are meant for students who have not been exposed to technology much.
The User Interface (UI) of these products therefore have to be simple enough
for them to adopt and integrate into their education quickly.

They also have to ensure that they market
themselves properly. They have to be sure that the way they market the
technology and scale the platform has to show that they are in a sense better
than the existing educational supplements like private tuitions, private
courses and other assessment books.

While still in its infancy stages, Edtech is an
area with great potential within the ever transforming digital landscapes of
Thailand.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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