"Banpu" Joined Hands with the School of Integrated Innovation, Chulalongkorn University, to Encourage Young Generations to Innovate and Drive Digital Transformation for the Sustainable Future of Energy Business
(From left to right) Mr. Somyot Ruchirawat, Advisor, Banpu Public Company Limited; Ms. Jareeya Chirdkiatisak, Head of the Digital Center of Excellence, Banpu Public Company Limited; Professor Dr. Worsak Kanoknukulchai, Executive Director of Chulalongkorn University’s School of Integrated Innovation; and Associate Professor Dr. Natcha Thawesaengskulthai, Vice President for Strategic Planning, Innovation and Global Engagement, Chulalongkorn University
Banpu Public Company Limited shows its commitment to achieve excellence as an integrated energy solutions provider by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with School of Integrated Innovation (ScII), Chulalongkorn University, to collaborate on joint research projects in the field of digital economy, artificial intelligence, robotics, sustainable development as well as energy innovations and technologies. The MoU aims to prepare new generations to be ready for digital transformation and energy business disruption as well as creating innovations that would become more sustainable solutions to the era of New Normal.
Ms. Jareeya Chirdkiatisak, Head of the Digital Center of Excellence, Banpu Public Company Limited, said “Over the years, Banpu has provided our support to the development of youth education through various CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives. It is our firm belief that “learning is the power of change and development.” This Memorandum of Understanding that we signed with the School of Integrated Innovation marks an important milestone for Banpu, especially during the emergence of the New Normal. There are a number of changes surrounding us, particularly the disruption in energy. We hope to connect the young generations who are inspired to create new solutions with the knowledge and resources that ScII and Banpu will be sharing. Together, we will be ready to create innovations and develop human capital, which is one of the keys to success and sustainable growth. We believe that this collaboration will help build a new generation who will become the driving force for Thailand in the future.”
“In addition, this partnership is in line with Banpu’s vision to be an energy company at the heart of innovation, technology, and sustainability, focusing on the new energy trend, the “3Ds” – Decentralization, Decarbonization, and Digitalization. Our Greener & Smarter strategy has ensured we are ready for change and has led us through continuous success over the years. We believe that this partnership will be highly valuable to the country’s resource development. At the same time, Banpu will also gain new perspective towards innovations and energy solutions that answer to the needs of young generations’ lifestyle. By achieving all that, our position as a leader in integrated energy business in Asia-Pacific will remain as strong as it has always been.”
Associate Professor Dr. Natcha Thawesaengskulthai, Vice President for Strategic Planning, Innovation and Global Engagement, Chulalongkorn University, said “This Memorandum of Understanding provides an opportunity for both parties to generate, exchange, and develop innovative ideas that demonstrate an awareness of commercial, social, technological, and environmental impacts. This partnership will be supported by a collaborative approach to promote multiple fields of education related to innovation from digital economy, artificial intelligence, robotics, competition in energy sector, wellness and sustainable development. It matches not only Banpu’s vision, but also synchronizes with the School of Integrated Innovation’s core specializations.”
“The collaboration between Banpu and ScII will involve academic resources sharing, training and internship, as well as related activities. With Banpu’s support to create impactful and sustainable innovations, ScII will dedicate our academic and human resources to make these innovations happen. We hope that this partnership will lead to new initiatives in the future,” added Assoc. Prof. Dr. Natcha.
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Banpu Public Company Limited is a leading integrated energy solutions company with 3 core groups of businesses: energy resources, energy generation and energy technology in 10 countries — Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan, the United States of America and Vietnam.
About the School of Integrated Innovation (ScII), Chulalongkorn University
Upholding itself as the ‘Global Academy for the Future’, the School of Integrated Innovation (ScII), Chulalongkorn University is offering a new international program, a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Integrated Innovation (BAScii)—the first of its kind in Asia. The school plans to prepare students for industries of the future and the career launch at the international level. Throughout the program, students will gain soft skills required by the 21st century, obtain knowledge in both the business and technology cores, before honing in on specializations through mentored project-based learning. The school offers four specializations, including Health and Wellbeing, Inclusive Community and Smart City, Sustainable Development, and Applied Digital Intelligence. The school aims to prepare students to be future leaders, creating value that is suitable for change in a regional and global level. They should be equipped with knowledge, research and new technology to be in demand for the industry and the society in the future.
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