Making the future at CMKL University

April 11, 2024
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Technological change is accelerating, disrupting the familiar. Every day brings new opportunities as well as new challenges. No one knows what tomorrow will look like – but it will unquestionably be different from today. How can young people develop the knowledge, skills and values they will need to survive, thrive and contribute in this uncertain future?  CMKL University was established as a partial answer to this question.

CMKL University is a joint collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University, a leader in AI research, and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, a leading engineering university in Thailand. Together, they offer dual-degree graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Leveraging the knowledge acquired through this partnership, CMKL has pioneered an innovative single-degree program in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Engineering (AiCE) for both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, CMKL offers a notable single-degree Master of Science in Technology and Creative Innovation (TCI), which brings together entrepreneurial, cross-disciplinary teams with expertise in computing, business and the arts to create new advances at the interface between technology and entertainment.

In the ECE program, master’s and PhD students spend part of their time studying in Thailand and part in Pittsburgh on the Carnegie-Mellon University campus. They work with both CMKL and CMU professors on cutting-edge research and have the chance to interact with stakeholders at top U.S. companies.

The AiCE program uses an innovative, self-directed, competency-based curriculum that allows each student to explore their personal passions and fully develop their potential. Rather than waiting for two or three years, AiCE undergraduate students can begin studying advanced topics like machine learning, augmented reality and computer vision from their very first semester. Competency-based learning is an active-learning approach in which students work to acquire and demonstrate essential skills rather than to parrot rote learning on formal examinations. Our curriculum gives the students autonomy to plan their own learning path and set their own deadlines. The skills-based assessment process provides various modes of evaluation, in close interaction with the instructors.

“Competency-based learning offers me a flexible timetable that allows me to manage my time effectively,” says AiCE student Chan Bormei Suy. This type of competency-based learning encourages students to explore new areas and to continuously improve themselves. They are competing only against themselves, on a path to broadening and deepening their understanding and their capabilities. The AiCE program also in corporates integrated, team-based R&D projects every semester which require students to solve real-world problems, often working with external partners.

TCI is an immersive program in which students who are interested in modern technology, computer science, engineering, entertainment, and the arts can bridge the gaps between disciplines to create new products and new careers. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box”, even attempting what is conventionally viewed as impossible. In addition to engineering topics, participants explore transformational games, interactive storytelling, and innovation by design thinking and multi-media. This three-semester program focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and creativity. As a part of the course, TCI students work in teams to create a capstone project that may combine novel interactive modalities, immersive experiences and artificial intelligence to exploit emerging market trends or create new ones.

In all of CMKL University’s programs, our world-class faculty works with students to make technologies accessible and to create innovations that will benefit Thailand and Southeast Asia. By applying Carnegie Mellon University’s globally acclaimed research and education programs within a regional context, CMKL prepares students to drive the future development of the country, the region and the world. Comfortable with disruption, skilled in acquiring new knowledge and skills outside the classroom, CMKL graduates are ready to face challenges of change and work towards a sustainable future.

Currently, both of the all of our programs are open for admission. We invite you to become a part of our family, discover new practical knowledge, and become a leader in this age of rapid technological and social change.


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