Rajamagala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) students who enrolled in “Innovative for Community” course, presented their innovations with their intention of giving innovative knowledge back to Ban Bueng Somboon Community, Village No. 2, Bueng Kan Sam Sub-district, Pathum Thani Province.
Mr. Wirach Hottravisaya, Vice President of Rajamangala University of Technology Thayaburi (RMUTT), revealed that the course was initially designed with the purpose of helping the community with innovative knowledge and thus, with many student interests, enrollment period of the course was extended. Communities as a source and a place for exploration, learning, knowledge provision, students were able to see and understand the true nature of real classroom. By implementing their ‘Innovative notion” students would be able to understand, access, and develop themselves to create innovation for the community in accordance to their needs. However, to achieve their goals, students needed to show their appreciation to the university instructors who volunteered to advise their students and accompany them during the community excursion. Besides creating innovation for the community, students’ soft skills had been developed making them capable of implementing their various discipline knowledge altogether and provoking them to be a good team player who was ready to be generous and honest to themselves and their society.
Mr. Thongsuk Silit, Sub-district Headman of Bueng Ka Sam Sub-district, Nong Suea District, Pathum Thani Province said that having a chance to learn and exchange innovative knowledge with the community would be great benefits for both university students and the locals. Interestingly, a group of university students, for example, had implemented their classroom knowledge with local left-overs to create useful fertilizers that was made from egg shells. However, for the locals in the community, it would be quite difficult for them to conduct their own research and acquire knowledge to resolve the existing problems and thus, educating and handing them with innovation would be one of the ways to help them. Hopefully, the locals would be aware of the importance of the given knowledge that could be used for improving themselves to become successful private entrepreneurs providing the community with a livable income