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Mahidol University Ranked Top 9 in Leading Research Universities


          On August 29th, 2009, at Dusit Thani Pattaya, Chonburi Province, a signing ceremony took place to launch the National Research University Development Initiative between Dr. Sumate Yamnun, Secretary-General of the Office of Higher Education Commission, and President of nine leading universities. Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Minister of Education, presided over the ceremony. On this occasion, Clin. Prof. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, M.D., President of Mahidol University attended the signing ceremony.

An Agreement for the Ministry of Education to carry out the National Research University Development Initiative was approved following the resolution of the cabinet meeting on May 6th, 2009. This project is a part of the Stronger Thai 2012 Project (Economic Stimlus Package 2) with an approximate total budget of 12 billion Baht. The aim is to promote the leading universities in Thailand to achieve research in an international excellence standard. The National Research Universities will act as the catalyst leader in alleviating the overall quality of Thai Higher Education system as well as will lead Thailand to become ASEANís Education Hub.

         The Office of Higher Education Commission thus selected the universities to take part in the project. The selection criteria were as follows: 1) the university belongs in the top 500 World Universities Ranking in Times Higher Education (THE-QS) ranking, 2) research output is published in Scopus, database of research literature, both at the university and discipline-specific level, and 3) the ratio of faculty with doctoral degree is more than 40% (if the criteria in No.1-3 is not met, the university should have more than 100 publications per year in Scopus in the past 5 years). There were 9 universities that met these criteria.

1. Mahidol University
2. Chulalongkorn University
3. Kasetsart University
4. Khon Kaen University
5. Chiang Mai University
6. Thammasat University
7. King Mongkutís University of Technology Thonburi
8. Suranaree University of Technology
9. Prince of Songkla University

         Expected outcomes of this initiative:

1 The research universities will rank higher in World University Ranking (THE-QS)
2 The Higher Education in Thailand is strengthened and will lead Thailand to become ASEANís Education Hub.
3 The research output from this initiative will benefit Thailand, supporting and propel further development in industrial sector, promoting export over import.
4 The Higher Education in Thailand is clustered into 4 groups with expert faculties producing graduates and research output in accordance with the expectation of each cluster.
5 The universities clearly affect the countryís overall competitiveness.

Post Date : November 2, 2009

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