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STOU joins hands with BMA to foster lifelong learning for Bangkokians

Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) joined the 2023 Focus Group Discussion surveying informal education needs of Bangkokians organized by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on 25 May 2023 at 9.00 hrs. at Thani Nopparat Building, BMA Bangkok City Hall 2.  Miss Punchapat Lakdee, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism presided over the opening ceremony.

Participants included the Director of the Office of Recreation and Learning Promotion, faculty members of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Heads of Offices and Units in the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Department of Education, and Department of Social Development, as well as personnel from Huai Khwang District Office and Ratchathewi District Office.

The Focus Group Discussion is executed under the cooperation agreement between STOU and BMA planned to survey the informal education needs of Bangkokians of different age groups in the 10 pilot areas for the fiscal year 2023 including the District of Phra Nakhon, Dusit, Min Buri, Khlong Sam Wa, Bang Khun Thian, Thung Khru, Ratchathewi, Bang Khen, Chatuchak, and Huai Khwang. The faculty members from the School of Liberal Arts, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, joined the Focus Group Discussion as the advisors.

STOU and BMA established a common intention through an academic MOU to build learning organizations. One of the fundamental mechanisms to achieve this goal is to create a cooperation network that works together in an integrated manner by exchanging knowledge and supporting each other so that both agencies can support research works, develop learning resources in Bangkok, and organize related training sessions. The MOU also aims to develop new knowledge and enhance related work in various fields including providing academic services efficiently and effectively.