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Promoting effective regionalization among Thai technical universities

Promoting effective regionalization among Thai technical universities Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a background on the Thai higher education system which consists of over 160 public and private universities and colleges, under the purview of the Commission on Higher Education of the Ministry of Education. Particular emphasis is placed on the Rajmangala University of Technology RMUT system, consisting of nine regional technology universities, consolidated less than ten years ago from over 30 regionbased technology institutes, spreading over 20 provinces.Designmethodologyapproach The paper looks at challenges faced by the Commission and the University aligning uneven and highly differentiated capacity with emergent and shifting educational needs distributing or gaining access to resources to assure that quality is both established and maintained and dealing with the existential fact that the very technological needs that one is seeking to educate for are changing literally moment by moment. Mechanisms on collaboration among the nine universities, and management practices to ensure effective regionalization are presented.Findings Thailand is witnessing a rapid expansion of the Thai higher education system. Two new university systems, the Rajbhat University system and the Rajmangala University of TechnologyRMUT system are newcomers. Both have evolved out of colleges under the original Ministry of Education for many decades. They have been underfunded and inherited characteristics uncommon to universities. The RMUTs have to establish themselves among existing, mature and well developed technological universities. Issues and challenges are to be addressed by the new governance and management mechanisms.Originalityvalue This paper provides insight into the challenges and developments faced by the higher education system in Thailand. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

Promoting effective regionalization among Thai technical universities

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2046-3162
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10.1108/20463161211194478
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a background on the Thai higher education system which consists of over 160 public and private universities and colleges, under the purview of the Commission on Higher Education of the Ministry of Education. Particular emphasis is placed on the Rajmangala University of Technology RMUT system, consisting of nine regional technology universities, consolidated less than ten years ago from over 30 regionbased technology institutes, spreading over 20 provinces.Designmethodologyapproach The paper looks at challenges faced by the Commission and the University aligning uneven and highly differentiated capacity with emergent and shifting educational needs distributing or gaining access to resources to assure that quality is both established and maintained and dealing with the existential fact that the very technological needs that one is seeking to educate for are changing literally moment by moment. Mechanisms on collaboration among the nine universities, and management practices to ensure effective regionalization are presented.Findings Thailand is witnessing a rapid expansion of the Thai higher education system. Two new university systems, the Rajbhat University system and the Rajmangala University of TechnologyRMUT system are newcomers. Both have evolved out of colleges under the original Ministry of Education for many decades. They have been underfunded and inherited characteristics uncommon to universities. The RMUTs have to establish themselves among existing, mature and well developed technological universities. Issues and challenges are to be addressed by the new governance and management mechanisms.Originalityvalue This paper provides insight into the challenges and developments faced by the higher education system in Thailand.

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Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 6, 2012

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