The University of London was delighted to host a visit by the Thai Minister of Education, HE Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, and his team. Himself an alumnus of UCL, Dr Jareonsettasin was keen to learn about the University’s transnational provision and to explore ways in which the Ministry can assist with further development of University of London engagement with Thai universities and relevant organisations.
During wide-ranging discussions, the Minister outlined the changing policy landscape in Thailand and the positive implications for transnational higher education. There is demand for cutting-edge programmes in key sectors that the University is well positioned to respond to, including Computer Science, Data Science and Supply Chain Management.
Of particular interest was the University’s new Professional Graduate Certificate of Education: Teacher Development, as the Minister has recently overhauled the system of ongoing professional development for the country’s teaching force. With much of this now happening online, Dr Jareonsettasin declared that our new programme was music to his ears. Thailand is also home to some 200 international schools, providing significant further potential.
Following the meeting, Dr Jareonsettasin was treated to a tour of Senate House, including a panoramic view from the tower; and then on to lunch with University of London colleagues to take the discussions further.