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University academics urge sustainable transfer of Chinese high speed train technology

In order to enable the country to get technological know-how from the Chinese high speed train technology on a sustainable basis, Thai university academics yesterday asked the government to promote technology transfer on a systematic and effective way so that the country will get utmost benefit.

The call was made by the Council of the Engineering Deans of Thailand (CEDT) which representing 61 university members.

The movement by the CEDT came after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim Constitution to unlock all the legal wrangle that has long delayed the Thai-Chinese joint venture in the construction of the 179-billion baht high speed train project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima covering about 230 kilometres.

With the invocation of the section, all legal problems will be terminated to enable the project to go ahead.

CEDT president Komsan Maleesee said the council submitted six proposals to the government for consideration.

He made clear that the proposals are adding conditions on technology transfer in the contract to be signed between Thailand and China.

The proposals are that the technology transfer should cover maintenance of railway tracks, carriages, power distribution system and power signal system.

The testing center for high speed train equipments and technology should be established in universities to be the source of knowledge for engineering students.

He said these proposals aimed at calling

the Thai government to allow technology transfer from the Thai Chinese high speed railway project to Thai universities for the country's utmost benefit and ensure sustainable development for high speed trains in Thailand.

He also viewed that technology transfer from the Chinese know-how should be carried out systematically and effectively for sustainable learning and development on the new technology in Thailand.

He said the government should promote technology transfer to Thai educational institutes.

Universities have curricula to serve the world's rapidly changing technology and will disseminate knowledge to students through researches and studies.

He cited examples of China and South Korea, which have developed from technology transfer from foreign companies and become the world's leader in electric and high speed train industry in a short period.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)