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Walailak Management School Hosted The 2nd Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Conference and SAMUI MODEL Sharing Day

               Dr. Suphat Jumpathong, Secretary General of Office of Higher Education, Ministry of Education gave his speech on “policy & implementation of Work-Integrated Learning for Employability & Engagement”, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somnuk Aujirapongpan presented his special lecture on “Innovative Education Management for Work Integrated learning School” in the 2nd Work Integrated Learning Conference: Employability & Engagement. This national conference was an integral part of the 26th anniversary of Walailak University, held at Walailak Unviersity and Samui Island on March 26-27, 2018.
Dr. Rungrawee Jitpakdee, Associate Dean of Walailak Management School and Head of the Work Integrated Learning Network of Universities and Establishments in the Upper-southern Region reported to Prof. Dr. Tawadchai Suppadit, Acting Dean of Walailak Management School and President of Opening Ceremony about the success of this conference that 160 participants registered to attend this event, and 36 research and academic articles from 29 educational institutes and companies were accepted (through blind review) to orally present to the audience. The article entitled “Implementation Strategies of Work Integrated Learning Strategies for Higher Education Institutes in Thailand, written by Dr. Alongkot Yawai and colleagues, was awarded for the best paper. In addition, 60 participants decided travel to Samui for the field trip of SAMUI MODEL sharing activities. Another group of 30 participants from top management and representatives of WIL establishments and cooperative students in Samui attended this event.
The activities on the SAMUI MODEL SHARING DAY (Mar 27, 2018) consisted of experience sharing and on-site learning from industrial partners. In the morning, there were seminar sessions, including “SAMUI MODEL: Innovative & Sustainable Engagement for Employability & Marketability” and “SAMUI MODEL – Authentic Learning Environment & Experience” within industrial practical learning approach (hotel as a school), held at Nora Buri Resort & Spa. Both sessions, led by Ajarn Sunthorn Boonkaew and contributed by the top management of the WBL establishments, trainers or coaches from WBL industrial partners, and senior students in the tourism and hospitality industry program, presented and shared experience, perspectives, and challenge of this area-based case of Work Integrated Learning in Samui to the audience.
In the afternoon, all the participants were divided into 4 groups (approximately 15 participants/group), and then traveled to experience and learn directly at four of the BEST PRACTICES under Area-Based Cooperative Education and WBL implemented by the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Program, Walailak University. The first group led by Dr. Yeamdao Narongkajawana had their site inspection and industrial practical learning in Housekeeping and F&B departments at Nora Buri Resort & Spa and Nora Beach Resort & Spa. The second group led by Ajarn Sunthorn Boonkaew had their site inspection and learned the best practices on how Conrad Koh Samui created authentic learning experience at their Training and Housekeeping Departments. The third group, led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Onanong Cheablaem, visited Six Senses Samui and learned how WIL and best practice on environmental-friendly and tourism resources management could enhance students’ learning. Finally, Ajarn Pavit Tanskul led the participants learn the best practice on cooperative education system at W Retreat Koh Samui.
At the end of this academic event, Dr. Alongkot (the best paper award winner) pointed out a total of 13 lessons learnt from the success of SAMUI MODEL, which are listed below.
1.Curriculum design focused on the graduates’ learning outcomes according to the need of tourism and hospitality industry
2.A well-established and strong connection with industrial partners
3.Area-based management/approach
4.Site director / coordinator
5.Work-based learning in authentic learning environment
6.Vision and direction (i.e. Dean)
7.Teamwork and hardworking dedicated by lecturers
8.Utilization of reflective learning from students, lecturers, industrial trainers / coaches, and industrial partners
9.Using “heart” to lead, share, and implement WIL initiatives
10.Flexible policies and supports from university’s top management
11.Logical integration of Work-Based Learning and Cooperative Education trimesters
12.Rethinking of workplaces as a new classroom
Matching of job description and course description based on the need of industrial partners.

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