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Thammasat, SkillLane launch TUXSA online master’s degrees across three programmes

May 28. 2019
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By The Nation

Thammasat University (TU) and SkillLane have launched an online master’s degree in three programmes – MBA Business Innovation, Data Science for Digital Business Transformation, and Applied AI – with the first classes set to commence in August this year.

TU and SkillLane, Thailand’s leading online learning platform and digital training platform, jointly announced the launch of TUXSA, Online Master’s Degrees, to equip Thais with essential professional skills for today and for the future, and to uplift the country’s international competitiveness. 

The first two programs, MBA Business Innovation and Data Science for Digital Business Transformation, are set to start online classes in August, while Applied AI is planned to kick off next year.

Associate Professor Kesinee Withoonchart, the rector of TU, said on Tuesday: “The collaboration between TU and SkillLane to launch online master’s degrees aims at offering education opportunity to Thais, not limited to only our students, by giving them access to new knowledge and skills regardless of time and place. 

“The online education channel is currently becoming more and more popular, as it is more convenient and affordable than traditional on-campus courses.

“The cooperation is not limited to the development of technology to facilitate education, but also involves the design of courses to optimise skill enhancement for students, with a focus on putting theory into practice and analysis of real-world cases. We are confident that TUXSA will bring a positive impact to the education sector in Thailand, as well as create positive value for leading organisations strongly committed to employee development.”

Associate Professor Dr Chalie Charoenlarpnopparut, vice rector for Academic Affairs, said: “The curriculum is designed by applying learner-first practice. We start from what knowledges are needed by 21-century’s learners in today’s professional world, and then we develop materials with the help of qualified lecturers and practitioners. 

“The lecturer team comprises TU’s teachers, as well as well-known business leaders and experts widely recognised in the field, in order to make TUXSA truly relevant to the professionals and organisations of the future. Some famous guest lecturers include Thana Thienachariya, senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Siam Commercial Bank; Natavudh Pungcharoenpong, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ookbee, a leading e-book and digital magazine platform in the Asean region; and Rawit Hanutsaha, CEO of Srichand United Dispensary.”

Titipong Pisitwuttinan, CEO and co-founder of SkillLane, said: “Online education technology will help a lot of Thai people reach the next level of expertise. Many professionals are eager to expand their knowledge, but cannot afford to leave their job for higher education. 

“TUXSA will tick all the boxes for those working professionals who are keen to equip themselves with new set of skills to thrive in the digital age, anytime anywhere at their convenience, while they can work full-time simultaneously.”

The MBA Business Innovation programme is designed for the development of management skills in the digital age, with both improved and newly developed curricula focusing on managing innovative business, with subjects including strategic planning, modern management practice, specific skills for business operation and leadership skills. 

Students will gain knowledge required for leaders in developing and innovating business in order to sharpen competitive edge and to compete in the regional arena.

The Data Science for Digital Business Transformation programme is designed and developed to capture the needs of today’s organisations where the amount of massive data is rapidly growing and becoming influential in every sector. 

Students will learn how to leverage data as a powerful tool in decision-making and to utilise data for analysing and predicting potential competitive advantage. 

The programme also provides knowledge required for developing expertise in policy planning and management of digital technology, which are essential for organisation leaders in charge of transforming an organisation in the digital era.

The Applied AI programme deals with fundamentals of theory and development of AI algorithms. 

Students will learn how to apply and leverage AI to its best advantage. 

In the age where human and AI collaboration is more and more pervasive, learning how to manage and transform an organisation to adopt optimised AI in driving performance is an important part of the programme.

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