On September 23, 2021, Mr. Pakapong Sirikantaramas, Governor of Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) participated in a signing ceremony of memorandum for understanding on academic cooperation “Production and Development of Rail Personnel and Research and Development of Rail Technology and Innovation to Support the Rail Industry” at Ministry of Transport. The signing ceremony was presided over and witnessed by Mr. Saksayam Chidchob, Minister of Transport. The MOU were signed between 7 parties, including Department of Rail Transport, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council, Rail Technology Research and Development Agency (Public Organization), professional agencies and rail research and certification agencies, public and private higher education institutions providing courses on rail system, public and private vocational education institutions providing courses on rail system, and public and private rail system operators.
Mr. Pakapong Sirikantaramas, MRTA Governor of MRTA revealed that MRTA as a public rail system operator, is ready to cooperate fully for supporting the development of learning courses and training to create high potential rail personnel, research, and transfer of rail technology between agencies, encouraging entrepreneurs to produce parts in the country instead of imports, and other aspects, according to the MOU. Currently, MRTA has mass rapid transit projects under construction, namely the MRT Yellow Line Project: Lat Phrao – Samrong Section and the MRT Pink Line Project: Khae Rai – Min Buri Section which are scheduled to open for service in 2022, and the MRT Orange Line Project: Thailand Cultural Centre – Min Buri (Suwinthawong) Section which is scheduled to open for service in 2025. And there are other projects which are under process of preparing for implementation and will gradually open for service. All of these are expected to result in a huge demand for potential rail personnel in the Thai labor market in the near future and the country's rail industry growing with high efficiency.