Thai uni opens Alibaba e-commerce training center

Eden Estopace
Enterprise Innovation

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has become an authorized Alibaba e-commerce training center in Thailand.

Both organizations said they will work to accelerate e-commerce growth in Thailand and help Thai SMEs position themselves in the global market.

Several collaborative programs, including training the trainers, have already been implemented. A team of Alibaba personnel has coached UTCC faculty members in the School of Business and the School of Science and Technology, among others, to become certified Alibaba trainers.

These trainers, in turn, are now ready to train Thai SMEs, entrepreneurs and UTCC students to run businesses on Alibaba.com.

UTCC said it can train more than 5,000 individuals per year, which would help create more e-commerce-minded entrepreneurs and allow more SMEs to expand their businesses internationally.

"Thai SMEs can potentially drive Thailand's economy. They just need opportunities to do so. UTCC is now taking the lead to open the door of opportunities for those who aim to take their B2B businesses to another level," said UTCC President and Associate Professor Dr. Sauwanee Thairungroj.

Jerry Wu, Alibaba's country manager in Thailand, said the company sees great potential in products from Thailand and hopes to train Thai SMEs to compete effectively on the global stage through e-commerce.

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