Goals & Objectives
The overall goal of ProWoThai is to explore current and innovative approaches of work-based learning in Thailand. The cooperation between Thailand and Germany aims to improve the vocational training system in Thailand through the approach of action-based research. The following goals and research activities are fundamental to the success of the project:
- Analysis and comparison of existing approaches to work-based learning in Thailand and Germany
- Implementation of work-related forms of learning at different learning venues (schools, training centres, companies)
- Development of teaching / learning materials and implementation of training courses
- Development of research-based recommendations to improve vocational training in Thailand
- Scientific coaching in the context of workshops with partner universities in Thailand
The project is coordinated at the Department of International Educational Cooperation in Education and TVET systems (Chair Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Schröder) at the Technical University Dortmund, Germany.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas Schröder
Project Director & Supervision
Research area: International vocational training research
Research Associate & Project Coordinator
Research area: work-based learning in Thailand
Research area: ProWoThai homepage, learning platform and social media
Dr. Barbara Hupfer
Research Associate and scientific lector/copy editor
Research area: International TVET research and cooperation, Communities of Practice/Knowledge Management and WBL
Partners in Thailand
Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
The Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) is the central institution for shaping the entire structure of vocational education (including public vocational schools) in Thailand.
In addition, OVEC is responsible for the development of labour market related education and training, and international cooperation in vocational training research.
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL)
The Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL) is one of Thailand’s leading universities for vocational training and a recognized innovator in the northern region.
Distributed over 7 locations in the north of Thailand, RMUTL offers work-based learning projects in cooperation with local companies (e.g. “School in Factory” – SIF).
Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT)
The Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) is located near Bangkok. It has a special focus on technical vocational training and engineering courses.
RMUTT has been an established technical university for over 30 years and the quality of its education is highly renowned. RMUTT focuses on high quality teaching and training in science and technology and strives for high recognition from industry and organizations for its qualified graduates who are well prepared and equipped with requisite knowledge and practical skills.
King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) was established in 1959 as part of an educational cooperation between the Government of Thailand and the Federal Republic of Germany. KMUTNB was initially known as the Thai-German Technical School. The school was established to produce skilled workers through an emphasis on practical knowledge and real experience. KMUTNB has two Bangkok campuses at Prachinburi and Rayong. KMUTNB offers various academic programmes related to technical and engineering studies, including certificate, Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes, also available as international study options. In addition, KMUTNB has established several institutes/centres to support students and researchers, for example the „Thai-German Dual Education and E-learning Development Institute (TGDE)“, or the „German Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE)“.
Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RUTS)
The Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RUTS) is located in the southern part of Thailand. RUTS focuses on producing professional graduates capable of managing careers in science, technology and service.
Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya guidelines point to “producing graduates and practitioners in science and technology who think, act and use their knowledge in morally and ethical ways.”
In addition, RUTS also develops and promotes learning management, teaching, research, community service, conservation of arts and culture, and the environment in a sustainable manner, as well as mentoring personnel to keep pace with globalization according to vision and resources.
Partner in Malaysia
Partner in Malaysia
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
The Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) is a public university with a technical focus. UTHM has 1,111 academic staff and more than 18,000 students across eight faculties. Its centre for diploma studies offers 55 undergraduate and 43 post-graduate programmes. In addition to engineering and TVET studies, UTHM is responsible for the training of vocational teachers and is a leader in TVET research in Malaysia.
Several TVET centres in UTHM play a significant role in research, consultation and training related to TVET at national and international levels, such as the Malaysia Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (MyRIVET), UNESCO-UNEVOC Center, and the Advanced Center for Technical and Vocational Education (ACTiVE).