Kasetsart University, one of Thailand’s
leading universities opened Mobile Development Centre last month to
empower its students in innovating mobile software skill.
are the future for developers and we want to be a part to help
encourage more numbers of Thai mobile developers”, said Assistant
Professor Dr Putchong Uthayopas, Kasetsart University’s head of the
Department of Computer Engineering.
The huge growth of mobile devices,
especially smart phones and tablet devices, are expected to create a
lot of room for mobile applications and software and that means great
opportunity for Thai software developers and the software industry,
The centre is expected to be a role
model for other universities to set up facilities for their students
to develop mobile application and software, according to him.
“We invested THB 1
million (US$ 32,460 ) to build the centre, equipped with facilities
like hi-speed internet connection, computer, and mobile devices both
smart phones and tablet across platforms”, said Uthayopas.
Project head Anan
Phonphoem said the centre focuses on three mobile platforms – IOS,
Android, and Windows Phone. The centre’s main service is to provide
facilities, including space, computers and mobile devices like smart
phones and tablets, to Kasetsart University’s computer engineering
“We set up this as a
value-added service for our students. We are not including it as a
part of the main curriculum. Almost five hundred of our engineering
students who are interested in mobile development can come to the
centre to use our facilities to develop their ideas into real
applications”, he added.
Students skilled in mobile application
can use the centre to be their workshop to develop mobile apps and
then commercialize the app.
According to him, the project aims to
encourage about 70 to 80 per cent of the five hundred students to be
empowered with mobile development skills and be ready to enter the
industry as entrepreneurs. Apart from providing facilities and tools,
the centre will also offer training courses in technology and
“We will also work with the industry
sector to collaborate in bringing knowledge of technology and
business knowhow to our students,” concluded Phonphoem.