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MCOT, OKMD to build National Knowledge Centre

May 07. 2019
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By The Nation

MCOT is to join hands with the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (OKMD) in building the National Knowledge Centre at the listed business's plot of land in Bangkok's Rachadaphisek area.

Located in a 20-rai (3 hectares) area adjacent to the Culture Ministry, the National Knowledge Centre (NKC) is expected to be the country’s biggest and most modern public educational venue.

MCOT president Kematat Paladesh and OKMD director Atipad Bumroong on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of the NKC. 

The signing ceremony was chaired by Air Chief Marshall Prajin Juntong, deputy prime minister and justice minister.

Jirachai Moontongroy, director of MCOT and chairman of OKMD, said at the ceremony that as both MCOT and OKMD placed importance on human-capability development through the public-learning process, they had agreed to establish the NKC. 

The centre will comprise an electronic library, a large outdoor learning area, seminar rooms and a big green leisure area. 

Thailand Knowledge Park, which is a unit under OKMD management, will be moved to the NKC, too.

Prajin, deputy prime minister supervising the NKC, added that the centre represented a new dimension of modern education and a learning-tourism destination for people of all ages. 

The centre will integrate national knowledge, strengthen creative thinking and create sustainable innovations in the country, he added. 

“I strongly believe that the NKC will play an important role in sustainably enhancing the capabilities and life quality of Thai people, in accordance with the government’s policy on human-resource development,” the deputy PM said.

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