A Chinese vocational-technical and a Thai technological college established a joint campus in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, to promote their programs in railway engineering.
Ayutthaya Governor Sujin Chaichumsak presided over the opening ceremony of the Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical Ayutthaya Campus that offers diploma courses in railway engineering technology and railway signal auto control. The project began in 2013 with the cooperation between Ayutthaya Technological Commercial College (ATCC) and Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical College (LRVTC) in Guangxi, China.
Students enrolled in these programs will spend the first year in Thailand and the final eighteen months in China. The Thai lecturers have also been sent to the Chinese railway college for training and developing teaching skills to ensure that they can provide sufficient knowledge and support for first-year students while studying in Thailand.
ATCC Director Somjit Sirisena and LRVTC Deputy Director Qiu Tongbao expressed their confidence that the graduates will become the potential workforce in Thailand’s high-speed rail system which is currently under construction. According to the Transport Ministry’s plan, the first phase will be ready to serve passengers in 2021.