Education in Thailand
The Thai Government has placed high importance on education, and, since 2011, the Thai Government has emphasised improving the quality of education including promoting the use of information technology for education, promoting R&D in order to enhance national intellectual capital, and upgrading teaching profession. Additionally, the Thai Government has focused on ensuring equal educational opportunities for all groups of population which includes disadvantaged, disabled and minority groups.
As a preparation for the formation of ASEAN community by the end of 2015, Thailand has worked to enhance the capacity of human resources. The Thai Government has also promoted cooperation between the private sectors and academic institutions to develop high-quality human resources whose qualifications will meet ASEAN manufacturing and services sectors’ needs.
In 2015, Times Higher Education magazine also ranked Thai universities among top 100 universities in Asia, namely King Mongkut’s University of Technology (55th) and Mahidol University (91st). In 2010, Thailand is ranked at 57 th for the world’s best countries in education by Newsweek.
The education system in Thailand can be mainly divided into 3 levels, namely primary level (grade 1-6) for students aged 6-11, secondary level (grade 7-12) for students aged 12 – 17, and higher level (undergraduate studies for students aged 18-21, and graduate studies for students aged 22 and over).
For primary and secondary levels, at least 90 schools in Thailand offer international programs which are mostly taught by native-speakers. Since 2014, the first and second semesters are held during June-October and November-April respectively, in line with ASEAN’s academic calendar. A list of schools offering international program in Bangkok is shown at http://www.moe.go.th/English/inter_school/schoolname_in_eng.htm, and in other provinces is shown at http://www.moe.go.th/English/inter_school/schoolname_out_eng.htm.
For higher level, 107 colleges/universities out of 173 colleges/universities in Thailand offer over 1,044 international programs. As of 2013, over 16,999 foreign students have been enrolled in Thai higher education institutions.
For further information about higher education in Thailand, the Education Handbook Volume 9 ‘International Programs in Thailand’ below published by FTC Education (Thailand) Co., Ltd. directed by Mrs. Suchada Pliansupap, in cooperation with universities in Thailand, is a good reference. The content starts at page 12 and an overview of higher education is provided on pages 46-50. Information on universities with their international programs is also shown on pages 66- 136, and a directory in page 205-211.
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