Cooperative Education Handbook
DPU International College
Dhurakij Pundit University
This handbook has been translated from the handbook’s Thai version by DPU International
College (DPUIC) and should be used within DPUIC only
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cooperative Education
What is Cooperative Education (co-op)?
Co-op is a study system which emphasizes on a systematic practice in an organization by
integrating a classroom lecture with DPU’s partner organizations. Co-op allows students to learn
from hands-on experience, helping them to realize if they lack any skills crucial to their future
careers. Co-op also gives students an opportunity to enhance their ability to work with others,
such as with colleagues and supervisors. Knowledge gained from co-op will enable students to
meet the industry’s demands, and to be a valuable human resource for the society and the nation.
Background of Co-op
Co-op was developed in the UK and USA about a hundred years ago. Nowadays, 33% of
educational institutions worldwide have adopted co-op, and it has been enhanced further into co-
op overseas. In Thailand, Suranaree University of Technology was the first university to adopt
the co-op system.
1. To enhance the students’ work experience and self-development in a way superior to an
2. To open a window of opportunity to public and private organizations as part of student
3. To keep the curriculum up-to-date.
4. To improve and develop a relationship between the university and organizations through
a co-op work experience.
DPU’s Co-Op Curriculum
DPU has 2 regular semesters and 1 summer semester in each academic year. A regular semester
consists of 16 weeks or 4 months. Details of DPU’s co-op curriculum are as follows:
1. Co-op for 4-year degree programs will be held during a regular semester in 3rd or 4th year.
Each faculty/program may have a different timing for co-op. Normally, co-op for
semester 1 will be held during the months of June to September, and for semester 2 will
be during the months of November to February.
2. For a faculty/program that includes co-op as part of the curriculum, the co-op will be
counted as 6 credits.
3. The faculty will screen and choose suitable and qualified students to undertake co-op.
4. Students need to comply with an organization’s regulations and write a co-op report
which will be submitted to the lecturer for a co-op evaluation.
1. Students will perform their work as a casual worker at an organization.
2. Students will have responsibilities in areas related to their field of study.
3. Students will be coached by a supervisor.
4. Students will work full time as required by an organization and comply with the
5. Co-op duration is 1 semester long (16 weeks).
6. Students may receive compensation from an organization.
Chapter 2: The Responsible Unit of Cooperative Education
Dhurakij Pundit University has established a center called “Cooperative Education Center” to be
responsible for the cooperative education program, which includes the development of the
university’s educational systems to be more appropriate, and coordination among students,
lecturers and enterprises. The center also helps students to be ready for work in the real
workplace, and gives guidance on their report presentation and evaluation after the training is
Organization Chart of Cooperative Education
Executive Committee of Cooperative Education Affairs
Office of Academic Affairs Faculties Cooperative Education
Office of Student Affairs
Executive Committee of Cooperative Education Affairs
The committee consists of the University’s President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice
President of Student Affairs, Assistant President of Special Activities, Director of Academic
Affairs, Deans, and Head of Recruitment, as well as Head of Cooperative Education Section.
The duties of this committee are as follows:
1. Determining policy, forms, regulations and operational approaches of the cooperative
2. Acknowledging the outcomes of students’ work performance
3. Considering and approving work plans of the cooperative education program
4. Assessing the outcomes of the cooperative education program
Office of Academic Affairs
1. Coordinating among faculties, the Cooperative Education Section and other related
departments in the university
2. Cooperating with the Office of Higher Education
3. Considering the revision of curriculums relevant to the cooperative education
4. Following up the work of the cooperative education program
1. Improving curricula and study plans
2. Selecting students to participate in the cooperative education program
3. Considering and seeking organizations that can participate in the program
4. Appointing lecturers who both advise the students in their academic work and work
training, and look after students during the program
5. Evaluating the outcomes of students’ training performance and their academic scores
Cooperative Education Center
1. Seeking organizations that can participate in the co-op program
2. Arranging an orientation for students before starting the co-op program
3. Training students on personality, Thai etiquette, office equipment use and other
4. Taking care of students during the co-op program
5. Compiling the portfolios of students participating in the program
6. Responding to the students’ enquiries
7. Issuing the cooperative education certificate to students
8. Preparing paperwork related to cooperative education
9. Facilitating organizations and lecturers who advise the students
10. Holding a fair or meeting for the university, students and enterprises to build close
11. Acting as a secretary of the cooperative education program
Cooperative Education Unit, Recruitment Department, Office of Student Affairs, Dhurakij
110/1-4 Prachachuen Road, Thungsonghong, Lak-si District, Bangkok 10210
Telephone: 0-29547300-29 ext. 654, 204
Chapter 3: Student’s Qualifications and Duties
Student’s Eligibility Qualifications for Cooperative Education
1. Be studying in their 3rd or 4th year
2. Have GPA that meets their faculty’s minimum requirement
3. Have passed foundation courses
4. Have the appropriate knowledge, ability and aptitude to meet the work placement
5. Have good personality and not have a bad record in discipline
6. Have maturity and ambitions in developing their job assignment
7. Have good health with no congenital disease which would affect their job assignment at
the work placement
8. Have attended the orientation before starting the training program
Student’s Duties during the Cooperative Education
1. Follow all regulations of the work placement strictly
2. Wear the formal DPU student uniform, unless requested otherwise by the work
3. Try their best to accomplish job assignments. If there is any problem, students should
inform the supervisor and/or the adviser as soon as possible
4. Try their best to learn from their work in order to develop their knowledge and skills
5. Contact the adviser regularly
6. Prepare their training assessment report for the adviser
The Advantages and Benefits of the Training Program
Students will gain:
1. Extended knowledge and practical skills within their academic areas
2. Understanding of business operation and management, encouraging future careers based
on this fundamental knowledge
3. Practical work experience which can be applied in their future career
4. Valuable work experience, encouraging good vision
and self-confidence, which is a very important key for qualified candidates within the
5. The opportunity to discover their abilities and talents for their future careers
6. The opportunity to become a qualified graduate with practical knowledge, awareness and
Chapter 4: Duties and Roles of the Participating
Co-op is an educational management which leads to the common cooperation and benefits
amongst three parties: organizations, university, and students. Co-op provides the opportunity for
organizations to participate in the process of developing qualified graduates. To ensure that the
co-op is undertaken as required, students should be able to perform tasks which are the most
beneficial to the establishment. Organizations can inform DPU’s Co-op Center of their
The co-op program for semester 1 runs from June to September.
The co-op program for semester 2 runs from November to February.
The Organization’s Responsibilities
1. The Human Resource Department should inform their administrators, job supervisors and
operational department in regard to DPU’s co-op program and students
2. Assign supervisors to supervise the students
3. Assign a suitable job position to the students
4. Provide students’ benefits, such as allowance, meal, group accident insurance and
Organization’s Student Recruitment
1. The selection of students is considered by the students’ application documents and
2. Organizations should provide an orientation to students.
3. Organizations should inform students concerning their working department, supervisors,
working area, job description and responsibilities, and also provide job supervisors the
Performance appraisal form
The supervisors and advisors should evaluate the students’ job performance at least 1
week before the end of students’ co-op program.
4. Students should perform the task assignments under the supervision, coaching and
assistance of their job supervisors. The task assignment should be concerned and related
to students’ educational background. The tasks can be those that require students to assist
with routine jobs or research projects.
5. Students are required to submit an individual report about their work at the organizations.
The job supervisor can give a consultation to students when writing up the co-op report.
Visiting Co-Op Students
During the co-op period, lecturers responsible for co-op will visit students at the organizations.
Those lecturers will consult with the job supervisor and human resource officer in areas of
student’s job assignment and job characteristic, working procedure and planning, job
performance, problems, student’s self development, courses, quality of the student, academic
cooperation and so on. Lecturers may visit the student, the training manager, the supervisor or
the job supervisor.
1. The job supervisors will arrange meetings with students at least once a week to gain
feedback about the working atmosphere, task performance, problems and obstacles in
2. Job evaluation:
The job supervisor evaluates the student’s performance by using the job evaluation
form provided by the university.
The supervisor and training department will consider the student’s performance and
issue a letter of endorsement.
Processes after Cooperative Education
Prior to the end of the co-op program, the organizations should arrange a post-training to provide
an opportunity for students to meet organizational administrators and supervisors. The post-
training should consist of the following topics:
An overview of co-op students and the establishment
The participation of students toward the establishment’s activities
An overview of co-op students’ job performance
An opportunity for students to express their opinions
Presentation of a co-op certificate to each student
Chapter 5: The Advisor’s Roles and Obligations
In order to accomplish the co-op program, it is very necessary to have representatives from the
academic program who are responsible for the co-op students and coordinate among co-op
department, recruitment departments, students and companies.
The Advisor’s Roles and Obligations
1. Advise students about details of the co-op program in every aspect
2. Consider and select the students for the co-op program, and hold the authority to end the
student’s co-op program
3. Cooperate with DPU’s co-op center and DPU’s recruitment department to arrange the
activities and seek suitable companies for the co-op program
4. Offer and suggest different features of work for the co-op program
5. Observe and visit students during co-op
6. Take care of students and give suggestions as well as help solve any problems during the
7. Coordinate with co-op’s participating companies to ensure that their staff take good care
8. Work with the university to evaluate student training outcomes and assess by the
university and educational committee’s standards
The Process of Co-op Training Observation and Visitation
1. Plan for a co-op observation and visitation
2. Make an appointment with the company prior to a visit
3. Meet the students and supervisors to give advice as well as solve potential obstacles,
build relationships with, and gain knowledge and effective ideas from companies
4. The advisor must visit the students at the organizations at least 3 times per semester
5. The advisor must write the report formally about the student’s training and present it to
the Vice President of Academic Affairs
The advisor will evaluate the students’ co-op program based on:
1. The students’ assessment from the company
2. The students’ reports
3. The students’ presentations of their co-op programs
Chapter 6: Writing the Cooperative Education Report
The Cooperative Education report is a required academic report that students have to prepare
during their Cooperative Education period and hand in to their Cooperative advisor after that
period ends. Students then present the result of their Cooperative Education practice.
1. To enable students to practice communication skills
2. To collect useful information for the university regarding workplaces for improving and
updating working performance, curricula and courses to suit the needs of the workforce
Report writing style
A good Co-op Education report needs to be appropriately formatted, clearly written and
sufficiently detailed. All contents, topics and format needed are listed as below:
Contents of the report
1. Introduction, which includes:
1. Outside cover
3. Inside cover
4. Cover letter (to submit the report to the Job Supervisor)
5. Acknowledgements (you may say thank you to people who help you do the report.)
7. Table of contents
8. Index of tables
9. Index of pictures
2. Contents, which includes:
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.2 Details about the workplace
1.3 Analysis on the workplace and its business/operation
Chapter 2 Work Routine
2.2 Work plan/preparation
2.3 Regular work procedures
2.4 Work problems and solutions
Chapter 3 Work performance analysis
3.1 Summary of work performance
3.2 Benefits obtained from the Co-op Education
3.3 Job analysis and recommendations for performance improvement
Chapter 4 Relation to field of study
4.1 Courses from which students can apply knowledge into work
4.2 Skills or knowledge students lack
4.3 Recommendations for curriculum improvement
3. The final part includes:
To ensure that students’ cooperative reports are standardized and correctly formatted, students
must adhere to the following format:
1. Paper- A4 80 gram, white and no pattern
2. Printed on one-side
3. Appropriate font and size of letters (suggested Times New Roman 12, Line space 1.5)
4. Print papers vertically. Pictures and tables can be printed horizontally if needed
- Top 1.5 inches
- Bottom 1 inch
- Left 1.5 inches (for compilation)
- Right 1 inch