Dassault Systèmes, depa and Silpakorn University Sign MoU to Upskill Personnel in ASEAN’s Smart City Ecosystem

July 9, 2024

  • The Memorandum of Understanding, the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, aims to develop a 'workforce of the future' to support the expansion of smart cities, address challenges, and increase opportunities for digital skill development, positioning Thailand as ASEAN's Smart City Hub.
  • Utilizing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the program plans to enhance learning courses to upskill over 500 workers within three years.

BANGKOK, Thailand — July 9, 2024 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: FR0014003TT8, DSY.PA), Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) and Silpakorn University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster smart city development and enhance the digital skills of the Thai workforce over the next three years. This collaboration will establish a comprehensive ecosystem to support urban planning, design consulting, and research and development (R&D).

The initiative, the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, addresses Thailand's need for over 100,000 digitally skilled personnel annually, with educational institutions currently producing only 30,000 specialists. This partnership will focus on promoting innovation, developing specialized skills, accelerating smart city projects, and establishing modern urban planning services.

The MoU outlines a four-phase project starting with an Industry Training Center launching in September 2024, offering courses on smart city development and providing certifications jointly awarded by Silpakorn University, depa, and Dassault Systèmes. This will be followed by an Incubation Center for expertise exchange among agencies, businesses, and startups, a Research Center for urban planning and design consulting services using advanced technologies, and a Digital Showroom to showcase smart city solutions to the public.

"Our commitment to digital innovation and personnel development showcases our support for smart city ecosystems. While Thailand boasts strong technological foundations, there is a critical need to upskill our people, which is pivotal to smart city success. Through our collaboration, depa will engage with diverse sectors to enhance smart city skills, aiming to position Thailand as the Smart City Hub of ASEAN," said Assist. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO, depa.

"With the support of depa and Dassault Systèmes, Silpakorn University is poised to become a center for developing essential digital skills for smart cities," stated Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suchada Piriyaprasarth, Vice President for Organization Quality Development, Silpakorn University. "We emphasize our expertise in urban planning and environmental design, and are confident in launching the '3DEXPERIENCE Smart City Industrial Training Center’ and its associated courses. This initiative, open to graduate students and the public, aims to train over 500 smart city professionals within three years."

"The MoU represents a significant milestone in ASEAN, marking an important step in the learning ecosystem to support smart cities through the 3DEXPERIENCE Industry Training Center project," said Samson Khaou, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, Dassault Systèmes. "This initiative aims to cultivate skilled professionals in urban design and planning for smart cities, while integrating technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Everything (IoE), and virtual twins to foster innovative business models for future cities. Through this collaboration, we aim to nurture a skilled workforce prepared to address evolving social and economic demands using advanced 3D technology."

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