SIGNS OF CHANGE: Mahidol University plans to spread the MekongSkills2Work Model to the Lower Mekong!

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Mekong Learning Centers are driving the change & institutionalizing the #MekongSkills2Work (MS2W) model!

Yesterday, representatives from the U.S. State Department, East Asian Pacific Bureau, U.S. Embassy Bangkok, and USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia join forces with Mahidol University, exploring ways to further collaborate to bring effective pedagogy and partnerships to the Lower Mekong subregion.

More photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9sDdLS

We were warmly welcomed by many staff at Mahidol University, including:
•Professor Dr. Banchong Mahaisavariya, M.D., Acting President of Mahidol University
•Clinical Professor Dr. Suwat Benjaponpitak, M.D., Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
•Associate Professor Dr. Nopraenue Sajjarax Dhirathiti, Ph.D., Acting Vice President for International Relations and Corporate Communication, Mahidol University
•Professor Dr. Jackrit Suthakorn, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University

and many other familiar faces in the #MS2W Network!

 

Background:

Mahidol VisitUSAID COMET works with instructors at universities and post-
secondary vocational institutions to help learners master new, job-
focused skills, better preparing these students for relevant and productive employment. The training model presents a process for instructors to identify specific technical and work readiness skills needed by businesses in their sector and uses blended learning – online content with face-to-face tuition – and technology to teach these skills in the classroom.

 

USAID COMET began working with Mahidol University, Faculty of Engineering, in 2015 to test the project’s instructional model. Mahidol University was one of the project’s Educational Advisory Institutions (EAIs). The EAIs, one from each of the Lower Mekong countries, participated in the project’s MekongSkills2Work (MS2W) Sourcebook development and training program, learning how to apply the pedagogical standards supported by the project. After the training, the instructors developed or revised instruction following the MS2W standards, and implemented the new or updated instruction with their students. The EAIs provided critical feedback to the project on the effectiveness of its instructional model and constructive inputs on how to improve the model.

 

In early 2016, the Mahidol University, Faculty of Engineering, was chosen as one of the project’s leadership institutions, a Mekong Learning Center (MLC), and a grantee for a project-supported grant. Since then, Mahidol University’s MLC team has made significant effort to implement the MS2W instructional standards and to institutionalize this innovative teaching model within the university at large.

 

All the MLC team members have demonstrated a strong commitment and sustained effort to meet the USAID COMET project’s goal – implementing pedagogically innovative instruction and reducing the gap between the skills needs of industry and students’ skills sets resulting in better prepared and employable graduates. The team organized three professional development workshops, training nearly 100 instructors across multiple disciplines, on the innovative instructional methodologies, with the aim to develop learner-based instructional competencies and more job-relevant learning outcomes.

 

The USAID COMET/Mahidol partnership supports both Mahidol’s Transformative Education and ICT for Education Initiatives and the university’s goal to lead transformative educational reform in Thailand.

 

Participants:

United States Government

  • Calvina Coleman, Multilateral Affairs Officer, East Asian Pacific Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
  • John Choi, Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Officer, U.S. Embassy, Bangkok
  • Sylvie Doutriaux, Regional Agriculture Specialist, Economic Growth and Vulnerable Populations Office, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia, Bangkok

 

Mahidol University

  • Professor Dr. Banchong Mahaisavariya, M.D., Acting President of Mahidol University
  • Clinical Professor Dr. Suwat Benjaponpitak, M.D., Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor Dr. Nopraenue Sajjarax Dhirathiti, Ph.D., Acting Vice President for International Relations and Corporate Communication, Mahidol University
  • Professor Dr. Jackrit Suthakorn, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University
  • Mr. Worawit Israngkul, Department of Electrical Engineering and USAID COMET Project Administrator, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University
  • Dr. Phattanard Phattanasri, Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering, and USAID COMET Lead Instructor, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Chokchai Chutakositkanon, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, and USAID COMET Lead Instructor, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Paritta Prayoonyong, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering, and USAID COMET Lead Instructor, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University