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Community Blog Alibaba Cloud Joins Hands with Chulalongkorn University to Launches Innovative Skills Center to Empower Next-Gen Digital Talents

Alibaba Cloud Joins Hands with Chulalongkorn University to Launches Innovative Skills Center to Empower Next-Gen Digital Talents

Alibaba Cloud has partnered with Chulalongkorn University to open the first worldwide Alibaba Cloud Academy Skills Center to cultivate a new generation of digital talents in Thailand.

• Alibaba Cloud Academy Skills Center Debuts GenAI Courses to Prepare Local Talents for Cutting-edge Technologies
• Chulalongkorn University Enhances Live-Streaming and Online Teaching Experiences with Alibaba Cloud's Media Solutions

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Alibaba Cloud Collaborates with Chulalongkorn University to Launch Alibaba Cloud Academy Skills Center.
From left to right: Associate Professor Dr. Amorn Petsom, Director of Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University; Bridge Song, Vice President of International Business, Alibaba Cloud

December 7, 2023, Bangkok, Thailand – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has partnered with the Office of Academic Resources of Chulalongkorn University to open the first worldwide Alibaba Cloud Academy Skills Center to cultivate a new generation of digital talents in Thailand through training programs and community initiatives. Additionally, Chulalongkorn University has leveraged Alibaba Cloud’s media solutions for university events livestreaming and online teaching for enhanced efficiency and convenience.

The new skills center, based on campus, is a cornerstone of Alibaba Cloud's local talent nurturing initiatives, offering students of Chulalongkorn University and the general public access to free training courses, bootcamps with certifications, AI competition opportunities, and leadership development programs. The themes of the training courses cover a wide spectrum of cutting-edge technologies leading with Generative AI. A series of cloud computing theme courses will follow including elastic computing and big data analytics.

Apart from the talent’s empowerment program, Chulalongkorn University is the first educational institution in Thailand to deploy Alibaba Cloud’s media solutions for its cloud transformation. While traditional livestreaming methods entail hefty broadcast hardware investment and setup, Alibaba Cloud offers cloud-based solutions including ApsaraVideo Live and Object Storage Service (OSS) to support its Office of Academic Resources with stream management, production studio, online recording and editing, which enables the delivery of high-definition, seamless live audio and video services. This evolution in media technology offers an enhanced user experience with minimal latency during large-scale events such as the university's virtual open house event with tens of thousands of viewers, online teaching and sessions.

“The launch of Alibaba Cloud Academy Skills Center is a transformative milestone for Chulalongkorn University, offering cutting-edge digital technologies learnings to equip our students and community with skills for tomorrow’s challenges,” shared Associate Professor Dr. Amorn Petsom, Director of Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, “Moveover, we are glad to implement Alibaba Cloud's media solutions to start our cloud transformation journey, which propel us to the forefront of digital innovation, delivering unparalleled educational experiences and setting a new standard of academic excellence.”

“At Alibaba Cloud, we are passionate about fostering innovation through collaboration. We are very excited to unveil our first skills center with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as the start of a series with top universities worldwide,” Selina Yuan, President of International Business, Alibaba Cloud, said, “ Working alongside Chulalongkorn University, a beacon of academic excellence in Thailand, we are eager to see how the skills center and live streaming technology can enhance the learning experience, expand research capabilities, and facilitate knowledge exchange on a global scale.”

The center will feature dedicated training space at 4th Floor of Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University. Beyond skills development, the center will also act as a strategic recruitment platform offering full-time job and internship opportunities, reflecting Alibaba Cloud’s commitment to nurturing local talents and reinforcing its regional operational strength.

Alibaba Cloud is dedicated to fostering the growth of digital talent in Thailand by providing free cloud-computing resources, training, and financial assistance to students, educators, and researchers through the previously launched Academic Empowerment Program (AAEP). This initiative aligns with Thailand 4.0, the country's 20-year plan to encourage digital innovation and sustainable technologies. Thousands of individuals have been benefited from the program within the local community.

About the Office of Academic Resources of Chulalongkorn University:

The Office of Academic Resources at Chulalongkorn University, known as Chula central library, is spearheading a 'Digital Transformation' initiative. This pivotal transition from a historic library to a smart library incorporates sophisticated digital infrastructure and resource management. The library, emphasizing Cloud services, AI literacy and E-Learning, proficiently serves over 400,000 users each year.
Besides housing a vast repository of over 1.5 million books, 33 subscription databases, I-Thesis, CUIR digital repository, and digital preservation, Office of Academic Resources also excels in multimedia production. Its focus on cloud-based and AI-integrated solutions empowers remote work and research, fostering an innovative learning environment.

Key projects like the Alibaba Cloud Media Services, immersive technology applications, E-lectures, CU Radio Plus digital station, and the “Chula Ultimate X Library”—an unmanned library system—underline its commitment to technological innovation. Notably, the Alibaba Cloud Innovative Skills Center stands as a testament to its approach in new-age learning and workshops.

Its dedication to excellence and sustainability is evident in the attainment of multiple international certifications, including the Core Trust Seal Certification for Trustworthy Institutional Repositories, ISO9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and ISO45001:2018.

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