Adding to continued efforts to lead Thailand to become a developed country by 2037, the government has approved a blueprint to further develop higher education, science, research, and innovation in the country. 

The Thai government has mapped out a blueprint for higher education, science, research, and innovation development within the region in alignment with its target of becoming a developed country by 2037. According to the World Bank, “a high-income economy is a nation with a gross national income (GNI) per capita of US$12,696 (TH฿442,00) or more in 2020,”  with the country’s GNI standing at US$7,260 per capita in 2021.

“The cabinet approved a number of draft policies and strategies to serve as development frameworks for higher education, science, research, and innovation between 2023 and 2027,” said Deputy government spokeswoman, Rachada Dhnadirek, and “They would aim to promote drastic change that would help Thailand become a developed country by 2037.”

Proposed by Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, the first framework will focus on developing citizen’s skills whilst promoting the country’s competitiveness and sustainable development. Four strategies have been mapped out to bolster the nation’s ability to adjust to constant global changes.

The first strategy targets development through the promotion a value-driven and creative economy to boost competitiveness and self-reliance. This would involve incorporating a bio-circular-green (BCG) economic development model, artificial intelligence (AI) logistics, and the country’s rail system.

The second strategy will reinforce sustainable development and a low-carbon society. Thirdly, advancement in science, technology, research, and innovation is required.

Developing human resources, educational, and research institutes is the final proposed strategy for propelling Thailand’s economy.

“Key action plans include promoting Thailand as a hub of talent,” said Rachada, by “pushing for the transformation of higher education with good governance practices, developing higher educational institutes based on their own characteristics, promoting financial security in the higher education system and pushing for digital higher education.”

Planning to implement these blueprints urgently over the next three years, in alignment with higher education efforts, the government will work to develop high-calibre talent to respond to its prospective BCG development, promoting local community enterprises, the grassroots economy, SMES, and startups.

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