A QAA report is saying some good things for Thailand’s education sector. The Thai government’s policies, it says, are making establishing branch campuses more expedient in the country’s territories , as part of the country’s efforts to promote itself as a regional education hub in order to counter the drop in domestic student numbers.
The report also noted the limited extent of UK transnational education means that TNE projects in Thailand has a lot to gain. It explains that, with all the spaces in its education sector, the country is a market with a lot of potential for UK providers who’re looking to grow their TNE footprint in Southeast Asia, which will lead to many a International School in Bangkok opening in the country.
Policies passed as part of Thailand’s Article 44 in 2017, aimed at making establish branch campuses in the country more expedient for foreign providers, particularly with the Eastern part of the countries.
According to the document, the incentives for foreign branch campuses to operate in what is called the ‘Eastern Economic Corridor’, comprised of three provinces, include corporate income tax exemptions, relaxed visa measures, as well as lower rates of income tax for employees.
Regional exchange programs like the ASEAN International Mobility for Students programme and others, the Thai government has been working on making students in the region more mobility.
The recently created ASEAN Economic Community is expected to improve the mobility of people, increasing the free flow of people, which includes the number of international students coming to study in Thailand from other countries, the report says.
QAA reported that increasing the number of transnational education partnerships in Thailand is a huge part of their strategy for internationalizing their higher education sector to compensate for the lack of demographic in the country, as students in the country’s schools lower thanks, in part, to the country’s declining population growth in recent years.
Part of these efforts is the development of new international guidelines, which will help with the development of international partnerships between Thailand and foreign higher educational institutions, which, of course, include TNE partnerships and the establishment of many a International School in Bangkok and across the country.
Senior Higher Education Adviser at the British Council Kevin Van Cauter notes that the number of partnerships between UK’s educational institutions and top research universities in Thailand has now gone up to 22.