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SURVEY: Would you recommend a foreign student to attend University in Thailand?

SURVEY: Would you recommend a foreign student to attend University in Thailand?   161 members have voted

  1. 1. Would you recommend a foreign student to attend University in Thailand?

    • Yes, I would recommend Thailand for higher education.
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    • No, I would not recommend Thailand for higher education.
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Recently there was an article that states Thailand may become a higher-education hub.   Would you recommend a foreign student to attend University in Thailand?

 

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24 minutes ago, dcpo said:

As it stands this question is too vague.

 

Agree. There are too many conditions that might make the decision go one way or the other. 

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28 minutes ago, dcpo said:

Also, most people posting on Thai Visa don't know anything about higher education, but I guess that's true for most subjects.

 

That is a bit of a sweeping statement.

 

Everybody knows about Thai higher education, it goes in line with higher hemlines.

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Same for medical tourism, India has Thailand beat to hell. At the local medical facilities it is cheaper in the west. There are a few exceptions, Eye Surgery for one.

 

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ID: 8   Posted (edited)

I wouldn't even recommend a Thai student go to university over here but that may be the only option for some so therefore the question is too vague. A degree obtained here would for the most part be worthless in a western country but could be good elsewhere.

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for any foreign student with means, thailand is not a first, second, or even alternate choice.

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I disagree. if the person we are talking aout is living in Thailand it can be a good option for a first degree.  Not that the degree is great (though some are OK) but because almost all western universities accept a Batchelor Degree from here as entry qualification to Masters degrees.  That said it would be wise for a person to spend some time studying in the other country after finishing the degree dong say a grad Diploma to get used to the very different way universities work.

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Thailand's education is a joke. they send most of their PhD students out of the country to schools abroad.

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Like so many apparently simple questions the answer is complex and "depends".

It depends on which institution you choose to study in, the course you chose, the supervisor you study under and finally the examination  and assessment procedure.

Many higher education institutions in Thailand do not meet international standards but there are several that do. 

Many courses in Thailand are run in conjunction with highly respected international institutions and jointly assessed

I would have no hesitation in studying in these places.

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1 hour ago, ksamuiguy said:

Same for medical tourism, India has Thailand beat to hell. At the local medical facilities it is cheaper in the west. There are a few exceptions, Eye Surgery for one.

 

Where in the west is medical cheaper than here? Are you talking about National health care plans heavily paid for by the taxpayer. Surely you aren't talking about the US which is probably at least five times more on average.

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12 minutes ago, Grubster said:

Where in the west is medical cheaper than here? Are you talking about National health care plans heavily paid for by the taxpayer. Surely you aren't talking about the US which is probably at least five times more on average.

Five times sounds about right, Six months ago I was quoted at BHP the sum of 400,000 baht to replace my Pacemaker, Opted instead to get it done in the USA where total cost of the procedure ran $62,000.

 

 

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Unfortunately, the academic circles are suffering the same flaws as most institutions here: merit comes second to preserving the structures and the positions.

I have been explained some selection processes that I wouldn't describe here since I would instantly be labelled as a Thai basher; but it was hardly believable (although from a reliable source) and totally antinomic with the very purpose of an academic institution.

 

No. It's not the kind of environment I would recommend for a serious learning experience.

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Thailand was the best place in the world to do post-grad work in my old field (Tai-Kadai studies), and while the uni itself was the epitome of hidebound Thai ways, I'd still recommend it. But as others have noted above, there's no way to generalize. And this 'survey' really needs one more question attached: have you actually studied at/graduated from a Thai university? Or at least taught at one? Otherwise half the responses are going to be the usual sort of ignorant barstool banter.

 

 

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My ex wife was Thai, had a bachelors degree in accounting from a university in Bangkok. She went to the USA originally on a student visa, she could find NO accredited university in the US to accept her degree. (a jestive comment) Perhaps the University of Phoenix or Trump University may have accepted it... Trumpalumpa loves to steal anyone's money

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Most of the international schools in Thailand are of poor quality too and graduating from them poses many problems when trying to attend college in a western country.  And these international schools have now priced themselves out of existence and simply  not worth the money or time.

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ID: 22   Posted (edited)

3 hours ago, notmyself said:

I wouldn't even recommend a Thai student go to university over here but that may be the only option for some so therefore the question is too vague. A degree obtained here would for the most part be worthless in a western country but could be good elsewhere.

 

It's just not true that a degree from a Thai university is worthless in the West. For one thing you can use a Thai university degree (from the better universities) to get admission onto a Western grad program. Try doing that without a degree.

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3 hours ago, snowbak said:

Thailand's education is a joke. they send most of their PhD students out of the country to schools abroad.

 

So providing an education that gets people onto PhD programs in the US and equivalent makes you a joke? I guess Western PhD programs are a joke too., since they accept such poorly educated students.

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The business world outside of Thailand takes a pretty sceptical view of qualifications earned at any of Thailand's private universities, which explains why only five of the Kingdom's universities have made QS World University Rankings for 2015-6 -  none of them in the top 250 places.

 

Those seriously worth considering for an investment in your child's education are Chulalongkorn, Mahidol Thammasat, Kasetsart and King Mongkul's University of Technology. 

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