Could Thailand become the next big higher-education powerhouse?
CHINESE students are flocking to universities in Thailand, with the country’s affordable tuition fees and friendly visa rules prompting a significant influx in the last few years. According to Reuters, Thai government data shows their annual enrolment numbers doubling since 2012. Meanwhile, institutions are reportedly scrambling to meet this recent surge in demand as Chinese students look for alternatives to Western schools for their study abroad experience. Speaking to Reuters, Chada Triamvithaya, an academic at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang who has been researching Chinese migration patterns in Thailand, said universities currently make twice the amount in tuition fees from Chinese students as they do from locals. SEE ALSO: Does equal education mean equal opportunity? Not always Private and state universities, including those for Buddhist monks, are tapping into this trend and creating courses aimed at attracting Chinese students, she said, adding that the lure of rising Chinese demand in Thai education has already attracted Chinese investment within the sector. Meanwhile, Beijing Foreign Studies University Assistant Professor Diane Hu said Thai universities are affordable study abroad options for Chinese students when compared to popular destinations such as Australia, US and Britain. Cheaper to study and friendlier than the West. As many as 8,455 Chinese students enrolled in Thai universities in 2017, twice the number in 2012. Interesting story by @panuw https://t.co/rGfIHAZxM0 — Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) January 17, 2019 For example, an undergraduate business degree costs up to 120,000 baht (US$3,700) a year in Thailand, while tuition fees for a similar course can range from US$8,000 in Singapore to over US$60,000 a year at some US universities. Many of these students come from the largely rural, southern provinces, hoping to escape a highly competitive but poor education system in China and land well-paying jobs in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy, said the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Could Thailand become the next big higher-education powerhouse?, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Sunday, 20 January
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