Ohec upgrade into full ministry mulled

The Education Ministry wants to upgrade its Office of Higher Education Commission into a ministry to lift university standards. The goal is to turn Thai universities into research and innovation drivers, and highly skilled and qualified workforce providers, in line with the 20-year national strategy and the Thailand 4.0 vision. “Our higher education system is facing a crisis,” said Udom Kachintorn, former president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand. “According to the Times Higher Education University Rankings 2016, Thailand had only one university among the top 100 universities in Asia and none in the world’s top 400. “Our universities have been held back by a lack of genuine enthusiasm about funding.”

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