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The Development of Merchant Marine Institute to Transportation Institute Background
        The Merchant Marine Institute (MMI) was established by Chulalongkorn University in June 1982 in response to the Cabinet's Resolution on the manpower needs particularly on the managerial and engineering fields of the maritime industry. Staff from various faculties namely Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Laws, and Economics were formed an interdisciplinary team to provide education, training and conducting research for the development of maritime industry in Thailand. In November 1995, His Majesty the King pointed out the necessity of having an organization dealing purely with academic work on transportation and traffic problems to Toyota Corporation (Thailand). From then on ,The company went on working jointly with Chulalongkorn University to honor His Majesty's thought by setting up the Transportation institute. Under uncertainty in policy and procedures of how to privatize Chulalongkorn University, the establishing of the institute was delayed. However, with highly appreciation to His Majesty's vision, in June 2002, the University Council agreed to expand the scopes and operations of the Marine Merchant Institute to cover all aspects of researches and developments in transportation field as a whole. The Merchant Marine Institute then was awaiting legislative change by the government to become the Transportation Institute.

Vision of the Transportation Institute
        Chulalongkorn University is a center a for excellent learning in various fields. In depth and specific research topics, innovations of ideas and knowledges have continuously been achieved by highly qualified the academic staff of the University. As for the applied research,the approach is some what different. It requires combination of personal knowledge but with more flexible approach from many disciplinary fields than that of the specialized ones. Therefore, to entrust such a task to the specialists is like deter them from their mission of helping to create research focusing university. This is when the Transportation Institute comes in, it will bridge a gap and concentrate on applied research in transportation and related field. Combining the advantages of geographical position of Thailand with transportation science, the Institute will assist the government in positioning Thailand as the regional gateways to all modes of transportation. The long term plans for the first five years after the establishment of the Institute are as follows:-
a) Long term plans for traffic control and management in big cities
b) Long term plans for land transport development including terminals
c) Long term plans for sea and river transport development including ports and shipyards
d) Long term plans for air transport development including airports and route network
e) Long term plans for pipeline transport development
f) Long tern plans for logistics and supply chains development

Scopes and Objectives
        The Transportation Institute will carry out researches and developments in fields of transportation and the related subjects. The objectives of the Institute are as follow:
  • To be a center of knowledge in transportation field where specialists and other transporters can converge to extract and exchange knowledge in transportation.
  • To promote research works on transportation aspects and related field as well as supporting Master Degree programme in transportation.
  • To provide consultation to the government and private organization in the subject of transportation and logistics.
  • To foster an academic knowledge by means of short courses and seminars on the subjects of transportation, logistics and supply chain to the concerned public.


  • Strategy for Development
            The development of the Institute is planned for three phases, namely, Strengthening, Taking Off and Self Sustainable stages.
    Strengthening : In this phase, the necessary infrastructure (human resources, academic and information resources, etc.) essential for research and development programme will be provided. It will be done mostly by modification and/or improvement of the existing ones. The most difficult task is expected to be in the preparation of human resources. Most financial support during this phase is needed and expected to come from donations and incomes from conducting short courses and training programmes.
    This phase may take about 2 - 3 years.

    Taking Off : After the first phase, the Institute will be in a position to move forward to serve its objectives. Several long term plans will be proposed to the public sector and the government. The financial support is anticipated mainly to come from the income generated by increased of the joint research programmes and special courses/seminars. Personnel of the Institute will increasingly be engaged and play an important role in leading the country and the region in transportation matters. The Institute will move forward to be recognized by public as a leader in transportation field.
    This phase may take about 5 years.

    Self Sustainable: At this stage the Institute will be positioned as the leader in research and development in transportation fields. The research output will comprise mainly of the topics aiming to assist the public and government in solving the transportation problems. The Institute will apply several methods to implement the proposed long term planing.

    Figure 1 summarizes the sequence of the planed development phases as well as the main Key Indicators for success of the Transportation Institute. The required actions of each phase are summarized in Table 1.

    Strengthening
  • Frequent and efficiency of public relations and communication
  • Number of public and private partners participating in the activities
  • Number of competent researchers and fields of specialization
  • Number of public reports and academic publications
  • Number of basic researches and applied researches
  • Number of experts participating in the Institute activities
  • etc.
  • Taking off & Self Sustainable
  • Number of Institute's personnel taking part in national transportation related activities
  • Implementation of the proposed master plans
  • Feed back from the public and government
  • Number of joint researches for the public and private sectors
  • Number of publication and research reports
  • etc.
  • Goals
  • Center of Excellent in Transportation
  • Table 1: Actions and Expected Sources of Financial Support in Each Development Phase
    Phase of DevelopmentFinancial SourcesActions
    Strengthening
  • Human resources development

  • - Strengthening researchers andsupporting staffs for both quantity and quality
    - Strengthening human resources database
    - Strengthening transportation database
  • Academic resources development

  • - Strengthening information networks
    - Strengthening courses, seminar and training programmes
  • Seeking cooperation from resource partners
  • - Strengthening the communication network and database
    - Seeking topics of multi-lateral interest
  • Initial endowment fund from Toyota Motor Thailand (3,000,000 Baht)
  • Donation from other parties
  • Joint research to the public and private sectors
  • Incomes from courses, seminar and training programmes
  • Government supports.
  • Take-off
  • Joint researches and development from public and private sectors
  • Preparation of several long term plans for transportation fields for Thailand
  • Provide good quality short courses, seminar and training programme
  • Being the center for transportation database and information
  • Joint researches
  • Short courses, seminar and training programmes
  • Donations
  • Self Sustainable
  • Achieve recognized status and leader in transportation research

  • - Continuously produce public oreintated research outputs

  • - Engage and take lead in assisting the pubic to determine the right transportation mode

  • - Continuous development of human resources in transportation and related fields
  • Joint researches
  • Short courses and training programmes
  • Donations

  • Transportation Institute Chulalongkorn University
    6th floor.,Prajadhipok-Rambhaibarni Building Chulalongkorn University
    Phayathai Road,  Bangkok 10330 Thailand.
    Tel: [66] [0] 2218-7444-45,[66] [0] 2218-7450,[66]  Fax: [66] [0] 2214-2417
    E-mail: tri_chula@hotmail.com