Thailand’s Chulalungkorn University to give its students digital edge through mobile app

An announcement made by The Nation highlighted how digital edge will be provided for the students, the faculty and the staff of the Chulalungkorn University through the CU Nex application. Developed in collaboration with the Kasikorn Bank (KBank), the CU Nex app provides convenience and access to knowledge with its features.

Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with the KBank, developed an application that would usher in its transformation to becoming a digital university or what they call, Chula New.

CU Nex is an application-based system that will boost the communication at the institution as well as support the digital lifestyle of students.

Chulalongkorn University President Dr Bundhit Eua-arporn said that the university aims to become a digital university thereby transforming itself into a Chula New by providing the students, the academics and other staffs to communicate through the CU Nex app.

The CU Nex application is a single-portal platform which supports smart classrooms. It offers Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC) that allows students to access knowledge within the app. Through the Cu Nex app, students will be able to communicate with teaching and administration staff.

Dr Bundhit said, “Chulalongkorn University will allow students, professors and other employees to easily connect and transfer knowledge via an online and learning management system (LMS).”

He explained, “Students will be able to access knowledge such as e-books and check their schedules and classrooms via the application. I think that we are providing an application that creates convenience to support the lifestyles of students.”

He added, “It will also enhance literacy skills, competency skills and the character quality of Chulalongkorn's students and give them a digital edge.”

He furthered that the university, through the CU Nex app, will allow students to order transcripts, to conduct QR code cashless payments, to use 3D map, to access schedule, and to check the status of arrival times for shuttle bus routes in the campus, in the near future.

Moreover, the university will also lay down infrastructure such as a Wi-Fi network to support students on the campus. 

Blockchain technology will also be used by the university to manage important university documents. This fully represents the advantage of having digital technology that supports the learning culture of the digital generation.

Kasikorn Bank President Ms Kattiya Indaravijaya said that through the collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, the bank is able to provide technology that will create solutions thereby increasing management efficiency and enhancing the digital knowledge base available to students and employees.

Furthermore, it is also able to help create an environment that facilitates the experience of learning and living in the digital era.

Dr Bundhit said that the expected number of Chulalungkon University students who will download the app by the end of the year will be 90% of the population.

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