PLENARY SPEAKERS
 
Thailand 4.0: Challenges for Cooperative Education
 
  HE Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin
Minister of Education, Thailand
 
BIOGRAPHY: HE Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin is a member of the education and policy development super-board in Thailand. He received an MD from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and is a member of the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists. He studied Child and Adolescent Psychiatrics at London University and was an honorary lecturer of University College London and the Royal Free Medical School at London University. He is a director of the Centre for Educational Psychology and the Foundation of Virtuous Youth, supported by the Crown Property Bureau of Thailand. He has also worked with many leading organisations including Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge International Examinations. Dr Jareonsettasin has written eBooks on the keys to education reform.
 
CWIE may still be the answer, but what is the question?
 
  Professor Nicholas Klomp
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Vice-President
University of Canberra
 
We are on the eve of a Fourth Industrial Revolution that will see extraordinary technological revolutions and equivalent disruptions in socioeconomic, geopolitical and demographic developments to be realised in the next 5 years. On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today. This global 21st Century challenge raises more questions than answers. How then do universities prepare current and future graduates for jobs that don’t yet exist? How do we equip our students with future knowledge, digital and sharing-economy capabilities? Is it even relevant to place a student in a workplace experience if it is nothing like what will happen after graduation? Universities are addressing these challenges in different ways, including adopting the role of career partner for their students and graduates well after formal study. Within this swirl, and the opportunities that more and more sophisticated technology provides for simulated work experience, how relevant are traditional work placements and what is the long-term role of CWIE in a modern curriculum?
 
Improvement & Impact of CWIE in the Industrial Sector... Moving Forward
 
  Dr. Sampan Silapanad
WACE Co-Chair & Executive Committee Member
Vice President & General Manager, HDD Operations, Thailand
Western Digital Corp.
     
The industrial sector is leading abundant changes in this Industry 4.0 era. The multitude of emerging technologies and new form of applications are calling for new approaches to education which can provide our young generations with an effective tool or guideline to develop themselves to become well-qualified human capital for not only the industry but also for the community and society as a whole. Apparently, we have to think and do things differently. The 9 anchors of disruptive technologies, the desired 21st century soft skills for new generations, and the implications of changes which occur variably from country to country, from society to society, are calling for a new, highly effective, and collaborative approach. Government, Industry, Educators, and Academia as well as Community need to cooperate on this global mission. Such cooperation should not repeat the current practice as it now is because this mission requires a paradigm shift of collaboration to address a new challenge under the ideal Win-Win Situation.

The Talent Mobility Program is a recently initiated collaborative project jointly led by industry and researchers from academic institutions to conduct research in real workplaces. The innovative solutions addressing industry’s challenges are created while the implementation or execution process is handled and executed by cooperative education students. In this program, not only the students are gaining benefits, but also everyone involved in the process is benefiting from this value-based collaborative project. There is no border for collaboration. Apart from the Dual Cooperative Project which allows students from different countries around the world to work together as a team, the International Collaborative Vocational Training creates a wonderful learning opportunity for the vocational students of two countries, Malaysia and Thailand, not only for them to have technical experiences but also to raise their awareness of cultural diversity and to foster many other soft skills.

It is clear that knowledge and skills are not enough anymore. Social and global mindset are also required in all of us and our young generations for sustainable development. Leading the volunteer social work project can equip the students with the global and social awareness and understanding of other cultures and lives, which will enhance and expand their set of ideas and beliefs in life.

All these that we have been doing have just only started. There are many other collaborative works that need to be done in order to overcome the disruptive innovations or technologies and to provide an effective tool for our young generations and their next generations. The Industry 4.0 era is looking for sustainability in which the new paradigm of collaborative educational approach from every sector is called for.
 
Go Big or Go Home: The Necessity of Taking What Works to Scale and How SUNY Does It
     
  Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher
Chancellor
The State University of New York
 
The State University of New York educates more than 600,000 people per year, and one out of every three New Yorkers who holds a college degree earned it at SUNY. Today, 70 percent of good jobs require a college degree but only 46 percent of New Yorkers hold one. SUNY is riveted on closing this gap and has created several cutting-edge initiatives to push college access and completion to new heights. Instrumental to SUNY meeting its student completion and success goals is the university’s dramatic expansion of applied learning opportunities in every discipline and for every student. Nancy L. Zimpher, twelfth chancellor of the 64-campus SUNY system (2009 –2017), will discuss her theory of action that is empowering the University to meet the state’s workforce needs through groundbreaking partnerships between higher ed and business and industry.