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PEA signs 20 Mil. Baht agreement with AIT to upgrade 24 staff

The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) of Thailand will send twenty-four of its staff to enroll in Master and Doctoral programs offered by the Asian Institute of Technology over the next four years, to support its plans for developing “Smart Network” energy services.

PEA signs 20 Mil. Baht agreement with AIT to upgrade 24 staff

PEA Governor Sermsakool Klaikaew (left) with President Worsak

In a memorandum of agreement signed on 15 February 2016 by PEA Governor Sermsakool Klaikaew and AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, five qualified staff will pursue their Master degree at AIT each year, while one qualified employee will enroll in an Energy doctoral program each year for the next four years.

The MoA valued at 20 Mil. Thai Baht covers the academic areas of Energy, Computer Science, Telecommunications, ICT, and Management, all of which are under the human resource development plan of PEA. In addition, AIT agreed to extend its support for research and development and technology transfer in relevant areas of interest to the electricity authority.

Upgrading PEA human resources and technologies will enhance the effectiveness of its overall operation and the expansion of smart network, which is in line with country’s energy strategic plan and sustainable development, officials from both sides said.

The Provincial Electricity Authority supplies electricity to most areas of Thailand outside of the Bangkok metropolitan area.

Eight deputy governors and other high ranking officials attended the signing ceremony at PEA headquarters in Bangkok. Associate Professor Weerakorn Ongsakul of the energy field of study at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, will serve as AIT’s focal point for the agreement.

Professor Nazrul Islam, Interim Dean of School of Management, Mr. Shawn Kelly, Acting Head of External Relations and Communication Office, and Ms. Wannapa Pliensri, who played an instrumental role in the coordination of the two parties, also attended the signing ceremony.