Phongthep Thepkanjana, along with the Ambassador of Germany in Thailand, Mr. Rolf Peter Gottfried Sculze, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on German-Thai Dual Excellence Education between the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany on 16 May 2013 at the Ministry of Education, Thailand. This activity was also witnessed by senior officers from Thailand and Germany.
According to Mr. Phongthep, this MOU is an official agreement in which Thailand and Germany intend to improve and develop Thai vocational education due to the strong and long-standing bilateral relations between the two nations. The MOU will introduce the German system of bilateral vocational education to Thailand which is one of the best known in the world in order to develop Thai students' expertise, skills, capacity and knowledge. This system will enable learners to equally undergo practical and theoretical studies in both classroom and in real workplaces.
Under this MOU, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), with the cooperation of three companies from Germany: BMW, Bosch and B.Grimm will work together to develop Thai vocational education by employing German vocational education practices to motivate Thai education and create a curriculum for Thailand which will facilitate working while studying and in which students will get paid. The German Ambassador, the Thai-German Chamber of Commerce and GIZ have already confirmed that, in the next phase of development, more companies in Germany will join in this project.