KKU hosts a Thai university president meeting to foster efficiency for higher education management. Acting minister of education prospected the new ministry to help produce high quality Thai people.
On February 17, 2019, at Sarasin Meeting Room of Sirikunakorn Building, there was a regular session of the Thai university presidents, 1/2562. The meeting attended by 105 presidents of Thai universities was chaired by Prof. Dr. Suchatchawee Suwanasawas, president of King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. The meeting discussed the dimension and measures for the development of Thai universities while educational collaboration was also highlighted in the meeting.
Following the opening ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Chanchai Pantongwiriyakul (M.D.), KKU president, represented the university in welcoming the delegates and publicized his administrative policies and the past success of KKU.
Professor Udom Kashinton (M.D.), assistant of the minister of education, made a remark about the policies for higher education development and the progress of the establishment of the Ministry of Higher Education, sciences, research and innovation. this newly established ministry is set to promote fast and effective management in the university. The universities and the public organizations working in support of the ministry of education are encouraged to succeed their set missions. The central control is lessoned under this new plan while the universities have to incorporate Thailand's new development strategies into the universities' mission. The new ministry is believed to help create high quality laborers. The universities are in charge of producing skilled workers to satisfy the ever changing labor needs posted by the Thai industry. The knowledge obtained from research work should be transferred into some forms of innovation. The attempt should help reduce unemployment and help Thailand to gain higher GDP as enforced by Thailand 4.0.
Following the end of the meeting, a team of Thai university delegates joined together in a press release, comprising of Prof. Dr. Suchatchawee Suwanasawas, the meeting chairman, Assoc. Prof. Chanchai Pantongwiriyakul (M.D.), KKU president, and Professor Banjong Mahaisawariya (M.D.), acting president of Mahidol University.
Professor Suchatchawee said it was agreed that the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation be administered with less irrelevant process to promote the university with higher capacity for the change management. With regard to the making of academic positions, the matter was undergoing a huge discussion to find the correct measures in establishing competitiveness at international arena for both the professors and the universities, especially those aiming to reach higher world ranking.
Professor Banjong said, The policy to foster the making of academic position among the teachers, which is quite a sensitive topic, should be taken more carefully since higher education also provides teaching with multi-academic level. Using one single criteria to judge all teachers into the academic positon evaluation can be problem for some major areas. The idea is now under discussion. Some old long practiced traditions, such as score division among the members of a research group, should be altered. Given that the tradition was prolonged, only individual and small scale projects would be conducted. It is necessary for co-researching to be conducted to establish higher impact research that is more recognizable at international arena. The meeting discussed the working process of the recruiting of the new students into the university under TCAS system.
During his wrap up remark, Assoc. Prof. Chanchai said, This regular session has been well participated by all Thai universities. We were honored by the presence of the minister of education who shared the stage and provided suggestions for the development of higher education including the ideas on; new student admission. The meeting among the university presidents are held regularly to assure thorough communication and exchange of idea leading to the better higher education management.
Source: Khon Kaen University (KKU)