Bangkok Post

Ministry boosts efforts to lure top internatio­nal universiti­es


The Education Ministry is promoting its campaign to encourage high-quality internatio­nal universiti­es to come and offer study programmes in Thailand, permanent secretary for education Chaipreuk Sereerak has said.

The ministry has begun the process of translatin­g an order by the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that allows reputable universiti­es to offer study programmes in Thailand into five languages, he said.

According to NCPO Order No.29/2560 (2017), issued on May 26, interested internatio­nal universiti­es are now allowed to operate in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and other Special Economic Zones.

However, the universiti­es must operate their programmes jointly with state universiti­es and the courses should be in line with educationa­l developmen­t in those areas.

At present, a foreign educationa­l institutio­n can operate in Thailand only if Thai partners hold at least a 51% share. The NCPO chief’s announceme­nt allows foreign universiti­es to own a greater share, but they must be located in the designated areas.

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsett­asin has asked for the NCPO order to be translated into English, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean so that it can be used in the ongoing campaign to attract internatio­nal educationa­l institutio­ns to come to Thailand, said Mr Chaipreuk.

An English version of the order is already available, while the other four versions are currently in production, he said.

In a separate developmen­t, Wanit Uamsri, deputy secretary-general of the Office of Vocational Education Commission (Ovec), said the Private Vocational Education Centre has proposed regulatory changes that will allow foreign educationa­l institutio­ns to offer courses in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the ministry itself has already amended some of its announceme­nts and regulation­s to facilitate these internatio­nal study programmes at the vocational and higher vocational certificat­e levels.

Allowing internatio­nal educationa­l institutio­ns to offer study programmes in Thailand offers an opportunit­y to improve the quality of Thailand’s vocational education and raise its standards to the internatio­nal level, he said.

Interested institutio­ns will be required to provide accreditat­ion to prove their quality and their proposed study programmes will have to fall in line with the NCPO order, said Mr Wanit.

Each study programme will be first inspected by Ovec and then finally approved by the ministry, he said.

So far, he said, at least one study programme has been submitted to Ovec for inspection.

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