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Siam Piwat launches Thailand’s first academy for Public Facility Management

Thailand’s Siam Piwat Co, the operator of Siam Center and Siam Paragon, has launched Siam Piwat Academy for Public Facility Management in collaboration with two leading educational institutions: Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities.

The academy is Thailand’s first in collecting and gathering every aspect of shopping mall and property facility management, which will be shared by professional executives who are specialized in the area. The course will feature both theoretical knowhow taught by honorable professors of each university, and real and practical working experiences by Siam Piwat’s executives. By enrolling in the course, one will also be granted a chance to observe businesses in Siam Piwat Company Limited.

"The academy proceeds on the company’s vision of sharing the knowhow and long experiences of the company with retail business people through Siam Piwat’s high executives who have long been in the business. By introducing Siam Piwat Academy, the company has emphasized its main strategy of being the advanced creative leader, and strengthened the capability of those high executives, who are the main supporters in driving business to success," said Chanisa Chutipat, President of Siam Piwat Co., Ltd.

"The essential goal of the academy is to give back to the society by enhance the quality of life and education standard for Thais. We expect to share our business knowhow to support the development of retail business industry, to increase Thais’ competitiveness for them to be ready for global platforms – thus, leading to the strong and sustainable retail business management," he noted.

"In the next three years, we plan to elevate such vocational education to the level that Thailand becomes ASEAN’s largest learning centre in shopping mall and retail business management, along with to collaborate with more of international institutions and the company’s partners in order that the course will be developed to efficiently cover all dimensions of shopping mall and retail business management," said Wicha Hanamornroongruang, Distinguished Scholar, Faculty of Architecture and Siam Piwat’s Advisor.

Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture works with Siam Piwat to develop academic knowhow in architectural researches, industrial design, physical environment, real estate, and urban planning design. The courses co-created by Thammasat University and Siam Piwat will provide understanding in public facility design, commercial marketing and trade development and standardized management, for the sustainable business growth.

Siam Piwat academy has opened a short 3-month intensive program for executives in Shopping Mall Facility Management in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, on 15 August – 10 October 2015. Next on schedule is Public Assembly Facility Management course – the collaboration with Thammasat University – which will start in November 2015 to February 2016.

Siam Piwat academy expects about 100 persons who will graduate from Facility Management course, and within 5 years Siam Piwat Academy will empower people in the major of Facility Management over than 500 persons.