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Quality and Competitiveness: the political economy of quality assurance in Thailand higher education reform

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Thailand’s quality assurance mechanism was established after the promulgation of the National Education Act (1999). This has led to an establishment of an autonomous agency, the Office of the National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQ), which aimed to increase the quality of higher education institutions and ultimately improve national competitiveness. Ten years on, this aspect of the education reform has been referred as “the golden child” of the National Education Act. From qualitative interviews, the secretary general of the Office of National Education Council argued quality assurance mechanism provides “a mirror” for Thailand to reflect our educational reality in order to improve our quality. Despite overwhelming public support for this new reform, there remains limited research studying and analyzing this new global policy in Thailand. Hence, this paper attempts to analyze the emergence of quality assurance policy in Thailand higher education under the glocalization and policy borrowing frameworks (Ball 1998, 2008, Robertson 1992, Steiner-Khamsi 2000, 2004). The research questions are: what are the factors influencing the emergence of quality assurance in Thailand? Who are pushing for this reform? What local problem does this policy attempt to solve? Not only does this research aim to discuss how international policy trend is introduced and implemented in national context, but it also aims to investigate the changing role of the government in the era of globalization.
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Lao, Rattana. "Quality and Competitiveness: the political economy of quality assurance in Thailand higher education reform" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400419_index.html>

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Lao, R. "Quality and Competitiveness: the political economy of quality assurance in Thailand higher education reform" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400419_index.html

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Abstract: Thailand’s quality assurance mechanism was established after the promulgation of the National Education Act (1999). This has led to an establishment of an autonomous agency, the Office of the National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQ), which aimed to increase the quality of higher education institutions and ultimately improve national competitiveness. Ten years on, this aspect of the education reform has been referred as “the golden child” of the National Education Act. From qualitative interviews, the secretary general of the Office of National Education Council argued quality assurance mechanism provides “a mirror” for Thailand to reflect our educational reality in order to improve our quality. Despite overwhelming public support for this new reform, there remains limited research studying and analyzing this new global policy in Thailand. Hence, this paper attempts to analyze the emergence of quality assurance policy in Thailand higher education under the glocalization and policy borrowing frameworks (Ball 1998, 2008, Robertson 1992, Steiner-Khamsi 2000, 2004). The research questions are: what are the factors influencing the emergence of quality assurance in Thailand? Who are pushing for this reform? What local problem does this policy attempt to solve? Not only does this research aim to discuss how international policy trend is introduced and implemented in national context, but it also aims to investigate the changing role of the government in the era of globalization.


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