Education is at the heart of national human capital development. PTT focuses on the educational development of the nation’s youth by providing opportunities for school and university students to develop a strong educational background in science and energy. PTT also develops specialized professionals, such as medical professionals, to provide healthcare services in local communities. PTT’s education and human capital development initiatives include:
Enhancing and Developing the Quality of Education
PTT established the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)
and Kamneotvidya Science Academy (KVIS)
, a tertiary education institution focusing on research for sustainable development, and a secondary education institution focusing on science and mathematics education, respectively, with the aim to shape future experts and researchers in science and technology. At the same time, PTT supports basic education for children and youth in local communities such as through the construction of school buildings and the PTT Thai Energy for Thailand Library.
Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)
Kamneotvidya Science Academy (KVIS)
Education and Learning Opportunities
PTT creates learning opportunities to provide the nation’s youth with a sound educational background and develop their capacity through a variety of initiatives. These include providing scholarships to students and making donations to schools to develop their infrastructure;
“Petro Camp to Petro Champ” youth camp to provide students with knowledge on the petrochemical industry, and invention exhibitions. Education projects implemented in 2015 include:
PTT Art Project
PTT collaborated with Silpakorn University to organize the 30th PTT art exhibition under the theme, “Image of the Future.” The competition encouraged participants to express their thoughts, feelings, and imagination on how ways of living in the present will impact upon life in the future. From all over the country, 545 contestants submitted 665 pieces of artwork to the competition, of which 24 winners received awards.
Furthermore, PTT partnered with leading universities across different regions in the country to expand the PTT Art Exhibition regionally, such as Thaksin University for the 12th year, Khon Kaen University for the 10th year, and Chiang Mai University for the 16th year. An exhibition was also held in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, a country with long-standing relations with Thailand in economic, social, and educational areas.
PTT Rayong Football Academy
PTT established the Sports Services Alliance Co, Ltd. in order to manage professional sports in the form of the PTT Rayong Football Academy, to generate income for youth development in Rayong Province, develop learning and excellence in the sport of football, and encourage the beneficial use of leisure time. Part of the aim of this project is to reduce the potential for youth association with harmful influences and activities, to stimulate the local economy and employment, and fundamentally strengthen the social fabric of Rayong Province through unity and close familial ties.
In 2015, PTT Rayong Football Academy selected talented youth players between the ages of 15-16 years who are interested in football to train with professionals, and supported their education. More than 500 young players expressed their interest, out of which 13 were selected into the Academy. A football competition was additionally held for 750 youth between the ages of 10-14, of which 36 teams were formed for the qualifiers.
Capacity Development for Thai Language Teachers at Border Patrol Police Schools
Since 2012, the Sustainable Energy Foundation, in collaboration with the Office of Language Development in Border Patrol Policy Schools and Local Development of the Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, and Border Patrol Police Unit 32 of Chiang Rai, Phayao, and Nan Provinces, launched a capacity development project to enhance Thai language teaching skills for teachers from the Border Patrol Police schools. The objective of the project was to increase the levels of literacy among students through improved teaching skills.
Following its inception, continuous monitoring and assessments by the Sustainable Energy Foundation indicated that the project has developed 49 model teachers who were able to transfer their knowledge and Thai teaching skills to others. Furthermore, a Community Science Curriculum has been developed to support teaching and learning procedures in the sciences; a handbook of scientific knowledge was developed to encourage students to sharpen their skills in scientific analysis and understanding.