The UK is a world-leader in the provision of transnational education (TNE), with over 700,000 students actively enrolled in such programmes, overseen by around 80% of UK universities. This indicates that TNE in the UK is rapidly expanding to countries all over the world. According to the British Council’s 2013 research paper “The Shape of Things to Come — the Evolution of Transnational Education", Thailand is defined as a country with considerable potential to develop its own TNE programmes.
Recognising the potential of TNE expansion in Thailand, the British Council is running the UK-Thailand TNE Development Project, designed to increase education links between Thai and British institutions which could help provide solutions to national policy and market challenges as well as contributing to an internationalised environment and economic benefits for both the UK and Thailand.
The project is delivered by the British Council in collaboration with Thailand’s Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and participating Thai higher education institutions. During 2015-2017, the project involved nine research universities in Thailand. In 2017, it has expanded to higher education institutions all over Thailand, gearing towards Thailand 4.0 and sustainable development.
“This collaboration will stimulate research activities and graduate programmes into a new dimension, leading to research enhancement for both institutions.”
Associate Professor Supachitra Chadchawan, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University