Do you know that the total distance of current railways in Thailand is 4,346 kilometers with 6 routes including northeastern route, northern route, eastern route, western route, Mae Klong route, and southern route?
These 6 routes are considered as investment in infrastructure of rail transport in order to support transportation that highly affects to stimulation of economic system in each area. It can cause circulation of expenses and improvement of economic potential in each area. Importantly, this rail transport requires low transportation cost compared to other formats of transportation, for example, road transportation or air transportation, etc.
Therefore, Thai government emphasizes on many development projects of rail transports (double track railway), for example, there are the routes from Pak Nam Phoe – Denchai and Denchai – Chiang Mai in the north, Khon Khaen – Nong Khai and Thanon Chira Junction – Ubon Ratchathani in the northeast, Chumphon – Surat Thani, Surat Thani – Hat Yai Junction – Songkhla, and Hat Yai Junction - Padang Besar in the south, etc.
The routes of double tract railways to the southernmost of Thailand to Padang Besar as mentioned above will certainly transform economy of southern border provinces. Importantly, there must be a large number of personnel to support this transport system
To operate those projects, the budget of hundred billion baht is required for construction. The most important thing is that personnel must be prepared to support these operations after completing railways construction.
Since Princess of Naradhiwas University considers on importance and opportunities on “readiness of personnel” to support double track railways that will travel through southern border provinces to Padang Besar, the university prepares to generate personnel to support rail transport system on maintenance, operations on signaling system and others, etc.
As mentioned above that there will be some double track railway network projects in every region of Thailand, it is necessary to have over 20,000 personnel to support double track railway network in Thailand. Moreover, personnel in this field are also required in other countries in ASEAN and other continents because those countries also invest in railway system.
Narathiwat is the end destination of southern route. However, with the context on occurred development of double track railway network that will be expanded in the future, Narathiwat becomes another important starting point to develop juveniles in southern border provinces.
In the past, most juveniles in southern border provinces from rich families were sent to study in other provinces therefore this is considered as another good opportunity to improve quality of life of juveniles from normal families with insufficient budget to study in other provinces and they will surely get the jobs in Thailand and other countries after graduation.
For children from poor families, Princess of Naradhiwas University also establishes the special project to give an opportunity to poor children to access educational program on rail transport system in basic level and advance level.
Train is classified into rail transport with low cost compared to other formats of transportation therefore it gives good effects to stimulate economic system significantly. With this reason, Thailand has expanded rail transport system network throughout Thailand and southern border provinces at present and in the future, for example, Hat Yai – Padang Besar route, etc. This expansion causes demand on over 20,000 personnel to support expansion of rail transport system in Thailand. This is considered as a good opportunity for juveniles in southern border provinces. Princess of Naradhiwas University, an important academy of Narathiwat, considers on this benefit and be under the process on opening some vocational programs on rail transport system in order to support such demand as mentioned above. The outcome will be another key to improve quality of life and stop poverty condition in southern border provinces.