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Stamford, partners strategise to unleash Graduate 4.0’s potential


STAMFORD International University, which has shaped the careers of students from more than 100 countries over the past 23 years, took its goals a few steps further by creating an industry engagement platform with its industry partners, aimed at understanding first-hand expectations and challenges faced by top recruiters and industry leaders seeking to build strong talent pipelines.

The Employer Roundtable was attended by industry partners, the media and Stamford representatives. During the session, Stamford’s leadership and career experts discussed the ways teaching and learning can be recalibrated for even stronger student outcomes, with the goal of preparing agile graduates who are able to seamlessly navigate the roles in Thailand and globally.
 Tim Bulow, chief executive of Laureate International Universities Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, talked about the university’s priority of working with industry partners to enhance numerous aspects of the students’ experience. 
“We have increased efforts to create the essential and necessary skills needed in workplaces today and in the future through joint activities such as co-developing courses based on market insights and trends, internship programmes and industry projects. We have also established Industry Advisory Boards to help drive these efforts,” he said.
 At Stamford, with students from more than 100 countries, an international community learns together. The use of English communication in the exchange of culture, the use of innovative technology in teaching and learning, the experience of faculty members from more than 34 countries and the collaboration with industry partners, cultivate the skills of graduates, so they are job-ready in both Thai and international environments. Their graduates’ starting salary is consistently higher than the market average. What usually comes with good employment is the power of earning that can transform lives. When students succeed, countries prosper and societies benefit because the graduates are prepared and motivated to make a positive sustainable impact in the community.
 “Every year we assess our graduate employability outcomes. The latest results show that 74 per cent of our graduates have a higher starting salary than the market average. We also monitor how quickly our graduates can get a job and we are proud that 35 per cent of our graduates were offered jobs even before they graduated. Many of the students received job offers because of their good performance during the internship process. This demonstrates that our programme offerings and the way we teach has equipped the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to graduate job-ready,” said Bulow.
 “What we have heard from employers is that our graduates have the critical soft skills modern employers seek, including communication, leadership, problem solving, critical thinking and project management. We are pleased with the results because it clearly shows that our ways of teaching and learning, the collaboration with industry, the result-based learning from real experience and the international environment at Stamford, give the outcomes we seek,” he added.
 For the last 23 years, Stamford has continuously improved its curriculum and student quality to be consistent with the needs of the labour market. In particular, over the past two years, the university has expanded its network base with more than 300 industry partners such as BMW Group Thailand, Unilever Thai Trading Limited, Thai - Italian Chamber of Commerce, Cartoon Club Media, ECCO Thailand, Foodpanda, G-able, Holiday Inn, Hubvisor, Index Creative Village, Maybank Kim Eng, MCOT, Srithai Superware, SANET (Thailand), Impact Exhibition Management, L’Oreal Thailand and many more leading companies.
 

Published : September 17, 2018

By : THE NATION