Two foreign universities apply to set up campuses

Two foreign universities apply to set up campuses

Carnegie Mellon University is especially well known for its technology expertise, while National Taiwan University is the top school in that nation. (Photos provided)
Carnegie Mellon University is especially well known for its technology expertise, while National Taiwan University is the top school in that nation. (Photos provided)

Two foreign universities placed in the top 200 of the world rankings have applied to create satellite campuses in Thailand, according to the Education Ministry.

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Two foreign universities ask to set up campuses

Dumrongkiat Mala

Two foreign universities placed in the top 200 of the world rankings have applied to create satellite campuses in Thailand, according to the Education Ministry.

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin  said Tuesday that Carnegie Mellon University, one of the leading universities in the US, and National Taiwan University, the most prestigious university in Taiwan, have already put in applications to set up branches in Thailand under a government scheme that allows institutes of higher education from overseas to operate to provide teaching support in fields that are crucial to the Thailand 4.0 vision.

Thailand 4.0 is an economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middle-income trap and making it an innovation "value-based economy" to climb the next step of the ladder.

According to Mr Teerakiat, Carnegie Mellon University will provide courses in the field of logistics engineering, while National Taiwan University will provide courses in advanced engineering.

"Their applications have been received by the Office of the Higher Education Commission [Ohec] and they will be presented to the cabinet to get officially approved soon," Mr Teerakiat said.

According to the Times Higher Education University Rankings this year, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked 24th, while National Taiwan University was ranked 198th.

Mr Teerakiat said besides these two universities, many top universities in the UK and Japan have also shown an interest in establishing campuses in Thailand.

The minister of education said he will travel to the US this week to attract more top universities such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to set up campuses in Thailand or sign partnerships with local educational institutions.

Mr Teerakiat said Thailand needs to equip its current and future workforces with the skills needed to make Thailand 4.0 a success and he believes that foreign institutes of higher education could help plug the gaps where Thai universities now still lack resources and personnel.

"For many years, many foreign universities have wanted to establish branches in Thailand because they think Thailand has the potential to be an international education hub in this region, but under Ohec's regulations, foreign universities must have Thai partners to operate here, which is considered a burden for foreign investors, so as we have relaxed the rules. I think some will definitely grab this opportunity," he said.

Suchatvee Suwansawat, president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, said Thai universities should not fear more competition as this policy will benefit higher education in the long run.

"Bringing in top-tier universities from around the world will only benefit us. It's like having football players like Messi, Ronaldo or Beckham playing in the Thai Premier League. Our local players will be able to learn from the best in the world," he said.

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  • advanced (adj): having the most modern and recently developed ideas, methods, etc - ก้าวหน้า, สมัยใหม่
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • application (noun): a formal request for permission to do or have something; a piece of paper used to apply for something - การสมัคร, การขอ, ใบสมัคร
  • benefit: to help someone - มีประโยชน์ต่อ
  • branch: an shop, restaurant, office, etc. representing a large organisation in a particular area - สาขา
  • burden: a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with - ภาระ
  • campus (noun): the buildings of a university, college or business and the land around them - พื้นที่ที่เป็นที่ตั้งของมหาวิทยาลัย
  • commission: an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government - คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
  • competition: a situation in which people or organizations compete, i.e., try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you - การแข่งขัน
  • considered (verb): regarded as; thought of as - ถือว่า
  • council: a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ
  • crucial (adj): extremely important because it effects the result of something - สำคัญยิ่ง
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • definitely: without any doubt; for certain - อย่างแน่นอน
  • economic (adj): connected with the trade, industry and development of wealth of a country, an area or a society - เกี่ยวกับเศรษฐกิจ, ในทางเศรษฐศาสตร์
  • economy: the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region - เศรษฐกิจ
  • engineering (noun): the activity of applying scientific knowledge to the design, building and control of machines, roads, bridges, electrical equipment, etc - วิศวกรรมศาสตร์
  • equip: to provide yourself/somebody/something with the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity - จัดหาสิ่งจำเป็นไว้ให้
  • establish: to start a company or organization that will likely continue for a long time - สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
  • field (noun): an area of specialized knowledge that people work, study, teach and do research in - สาขา, วงการ, แวดวง
  • grab: to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly - จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง
  • hub: the central and most important part of a particular place or activity - จุดศูนย์กลาง, จุดรวม
  • in the long run: over a long period or time, rather than a short period -
  • innovation: the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered - นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่
  • institute (noun): an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organisation - สถาบัน,องค์การ,วิทยาลัย,สถาบันหนึ่งของมหาวิทยาลัย
  • investors (noun): people or organisations that invest money, i.e., use money with the aim of making a profit from it, for example by buying property or buying shares in a company - นักลงทุน
  • lack (verb): to not have something - ขาด
  • ladder: a piece of equipment for reaching high places that consists of two long pieces of wood or metal joined by smaller pieces called rungs - บันได
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • logistics: the practical arrangements that are necessary in order to organise something successfully, especially something involving a lot of people or equipment - การส่งกำลังบำรุง
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
  • model: something such as a system that can be copied by other people - น่าถือเป็นแบบอย่าง, ต้นแบบ
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส
  • overseas: in another country - ต่างประเทศ
  • partnership (noun): when a company owns and runs a business and shares profits, etc or with another company - หุ้นส่วน, ความร่วมมือ, ห้างหุ้นส่วน, ห้างหุ้นส่วนจำกัด
  • personnel: the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
  • plug the gap (idiom): to provide what is missing from something -
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • potential (noun): possibility - ความเป็นไปได้, ที่อาจเกิดขึ้นได้
  • prestigious: admired and respected by people - ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ
  • rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ
  • rankings (noun): the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport - อันดับ
  • region: a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
  • regulations: official rules that control the way that things are done - ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
  • relax: to make rules, controls, conditions etc less strict -
  • resources: things such as money, workers and equipment that can be used to help achieve something - ทรัพยากร
  • satellite: something that is controlled by a larger thing or that depends on a larger thing but is separate from it - บริวาร
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • skills (noun): the ability to do certain things well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
  • tier (noun): a row or layer of something - ระดับชั้น
  • trap: a piece of equipment for catching animals - กับดัก
  • workforce: all the people who work for a particular company, organization, country, etc. - แรงงาน, คนทำงาน
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