Bernama: Thailand To Upgrade Education In Preparation For 2015 Asean Community

By Bernama; New Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng has introduced new policies to further develop Thailand’s education quality and university rankings by 2015 when the Asean Community (AC) is formed, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. The policies include mobilising natural resources to improve education quality and rankings of educational institutions and universities, boost results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and increase the number of vocational students. The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has ranked Thai education at 51st place among 60 countries around the world. Thailand has also been ranked 50th among 65 countries for its PISA test, with only one university listed among the world’s best universities this year at 351st spot out of 400 universities. Jaturon said the data shows Thailand is in urgent need to boost the competitiveness of its national education. To achieve its goals, the ministry will speed up eight areas of development: teaching reform; teacher development reform; technological application for teaching media; improvement of vocational education; enhancing universities’ private participation in educational services; distribution of learning opportunities; and educational development in the far South.(Source)

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