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THAILAND ON GLOBAL STAGE
Government to Develop Thailand as an ASEAN Education Hub

5 August 2015

The Ministry of Education will establish an ASEAN Coordinating Center for Education, and it is pushing for developing Thailand as an education hub in this region.
 
Deputy Education Minister General Surachet Chaiwong said that the decision to set up the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Education had been made at the recent meeting of the Ministry of Educations Committee to Prepare for the ASEAN Community and Operations After 2015.
 
He said that the center will act as a coordinating agency to translate the ASEAN policy on education into action at the regional level. It will also serve as a source of information and a study center for exchange programs and training in order to enhance the capabilities of the people.
 
In an effort to develop Thailand as an education hub in ASEAN, the Office of the Basic Education Commission has been assigned to increase the number of special classrooms in various schools, so that more Thai students, as well as those from other ASEAN countries, would be admitted to the international program.
 
Since 2010, the international program has been taught in 14 pilot schools. It is expected that, from the 2016 academic year onwards, more secondary schools will open special classrooms for the international program. A target has been set for at least two schools in each province to develop the international curriculum. These schools will operate in line with the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Education.
 
The project to develop Thailand as the regional education hub aims to improve the quality of education management in secondary schools to international standards. It will also prepare for the educational liberalization policy and for accommodating more international students.
 
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that Thailand needs to reform its education system along with other areas. Education reform should be carried out at both local and international levels, in order to prepare the country for the soon-to-be ASEAN Community.
 
Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission Chaiprug Sereerak said that Thailand and other ASEAN countries are joining hands in developing vocational education in order to produce more skilled workers for the regional labor market.
 
The Office of the Vocational Education Commission is working with Luang Prabang Technical and Vocational College in Laos in developing vocational curriculum, students, and teachers. Laos is now in great need of electricians, mechanics, and welders to work for its Hongsa power plant. Mr. Chaiprug said that Thailand had offered to help Laos develop vocational students to cope with the increasing demand for technicians. Both sides have also cooperated in providing practical training for vocational students of the two countries.
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