By JIRAPAN BOONNOON
The concept of Chula New has been brought about by the app, called CU Nex, which is said to support the digital lifestyles of students.
Bundhit Eua-arporn, president of Chulalongkorn University, said the university aims to become a digital university and to transform itself into Chula New by enabling student and academics and other staff to communicate via the CU Nex app.
The four-year CU Nex application project started last year under a collaboration with Kasikorn Bank.
The CU Nex application is a single-portal platform to support smart classrooms, along with massive online open courseware (MOOC) that allow students to access knowledge and communicate with teaching and administration staff via the app.
"Chulalongkorn University will allow student, professors and other employees to easily to connect and transfer knowledge via an online and learning management system (LMS),” Bundhit said.
“Students will be able to access knowledge such as e-books and check their schedules and classrooms via application. I think that we are providing an application that creates convenience to support the lifestyles of students.
“It will also enhance literacy skills, competency skills and the character quality of Chulalogkorn's students and give them a digital edge.”
He said that the university will allow students to order transcript, conduct QR code cashless payments, 3D map, and access schedule and check the status of arrival time for shuttle bus routes in the campus in the near future.
The university will also lay down infrastructure such as a Wi-Fi network to support students on the campus.
The university will also use blockchain technology to mange important university documents and that this represents the full advantage of digital technology in support of the learning culture of the digital generation.
Kattiya Indaravijaya, president of Kasikorn Bank, said that under the collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, the bank is providing technology to create solutions that increase management efficiency and enhance the digital knowledge base available to students and employees. It is also helping to create an environment that facilities the experience of learning and living in the digital era.
Bundhit said the university expects that around 90 per cent of Chulalongkorn students will download the app by the end of this year.