Title: An analysis of competency, needs, and gap on Thai engineering capabilities within ASEAN

Authors: Duangporn Kraisuth; Sudaporn Sawmong

Addresses: Faculty of Administration and Management, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Ladkrabang, Bangkok, 10520, Thailand ' King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Chumphon Campus, Chumphon Province, 86160, Thailand

Abstract: Just two nations in Southeast Asia have committed to programs and funding to prepare over 72,000 new PhD researchers and academics for specific industries. This study, therefore, conducted both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 412 Thai engineers selected from a population of 1211 Thai Federation of Industries companies to investigate how need, gap, and competency affected Thai engineer work capability. The structural equation model was conducted with AMOS 21 software and from the analysis, competency (β = 0.16) and needs (β = 0.77) demonstrated a significant effect on capabilities, while needs demonstrated a significant effect on the gap. Additionally, cultural awareness of other Asian regional nations ranked as the weakest link in an engineer's capability perception.

Keywords: AEC; ASEAN economic community; culture; capability; Southeast Asia; Thailand; vocational education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2018.090246

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2018 Vol.28 No.1, pp.54 - 76

Available online: 01 Mar 2018

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