Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan), or TPA, was officially established on the 24th of January 1973 with the strong intention, co-operation, and sacrifice of the Japanese alumni and those who were trained in Japan with the ABK (the Asia Bunka Kaikan) and AOTS (the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship) scholarships. Mr. Sommai Huntrakul, the Finance Minister at that time, was the president of the establishing committee. The establishment succeeded with the kind support of Professor Goichi Hozumi, the former president of the board of Japan-Thailand Economic Co-operation Association, of which the objective is to be the centre for promoting knowledge, disseminating and transmitting new technology to Thai personnel for the growth and advancement of the Thai economy and industry.
TPA has continually grown and developed as well as accumulated expertise in providing services. These services include arrangement of curricula for seminars, training, self-learning, credit transfer in universitylevel education, consulting in the field of technology, quality, environment, safety and management, diagnosis of enterprises, calibration and environmental analysis services, school of language and culture, business and technology development, and expertise in producing texts for foreign language and culture learning, books for self-development as well as academic journals and texts on technology and quality.
At present, TPA has three offices, that is, the head office located on Sukhumvit Soi 29, Technology Promotion Institute building located on Pattanakarn Road, Soi 18, and School of Language and Culture, Zeer Rangsit branch. Service activities are divided into the following departments:
Besides these services, TPA also arranges various activities to fulfill corporate social responsibility: TPA robot contests for secondary to higher education levels, language and culture festivals (exhibitions), contests that reward achievements and organizations, i.e. Thailand 5S Award, Thailand Lean Award, KANO Quality Award, Thailand Quality Prize and Thailand Kaizen Award.