Office of the Higher Education Commission

The Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), Ministry of Education, Thailand is responsible for managing higher education provision and promoting higher education development on the basis of academic freedom and excellence.

 

Its mandates are to formulate policy recommendations and higher education development plans, set higher education standards in line with international standards, provide recommendations on resource allocation framework for higher education development, and monitor and evaluate outcomes of higher education management.

 

OHEC is directed by the Higher Education Commission, which aims to formulate higher education development policies and plans that correspond to the National Economic and Social Development Plan and National Education Plan. The commission sets standards while providing resources and carrying out follow-up activities, inspection, and evaluation of higher education management of each degree-granting institution in Thailand. Moreover, the board members of OHEC consider issuing regulations, criteria, and official orders as deemed necessary.

 


OHEC Structure

The organization structure of the Office of the Higher Education Commission is as follows:

Bureau of General Administration

The Bureau of General Administration has the following responsibilities:
- Provide support to senior administrators and serve as Secretariat to the Higher Education Commission;
- Carry out personnel management for the Office of the Higher Education Commission;
- Handle financial management, budget, accounting, procurement and asset of the Office of the Higher Education Commission;
- Disseminate information and carry out public relations activities for the Office of the Higher Education Commission; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of Policy and Planning

The Bureau of Policy and Planning has the following responsibilities:
- Formulate policy recommendations for higher education development and higher education development plans;
- Develop graduate production and manpower planning at the higher education level in line with the national needs;
- Scrutinize higher education institutions’ plans and projects, and provide recommendations on the establishment, dissolution, amalgamation, upgrading and closing down of higher education institutions;
- Devise criteria and guidelines for budget allocation; propose budget granting and mobilization of resources to support all types of higher education institutions; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of Cooperation and Promotion

The Bureau of Cooperation and Promotion has the following responsibilities:
- Promote networks of higher education institutions and national wisdoms;
- Support research and development of education innovations including transfer of knowledge and technology;
- Supervise, oversee and formulate measures on management of higher education in conformity with relevant laws, regulations, orders and announcements;
- Coordinate, promote and supervise the operation of private higher education institutions according to the Private Higher Education Institution Act; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of Standards and Evaluation

The Bureau of Standards and Evaluation has the following responsibilities:
- Formulate policies and standards on higher education;
- Set systems for academic accreditation and certification of higher education standards including suggested guidelines for equivalence of degrees and learning performance;
- Promote and encourage higher education quality assurance implementation as well as research studies on teaching and learning development, new knowledge links while serving also as an information center for higher education curriculum and quality assurance;
- Implement follow-up, inspection, and evaluation of higher education management; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy

The Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy has the following responsibilities:
- Formulate strategies and guided directions for international cooperation on academic development and higher education management;
- Undertake international cooperation activities on higher education;
- Provide guiding recommendations and formulate measures to enhance the competitiveness of higher education institutions in response to the liberalization of trade in education services;
- Promote and encourage higher education institutions to maximize international resources for higher education development; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of Student Development

The Bureau of Student Development has the following responsibilities:
- Propose policy recommendations and set standards for student development;
- Enhance student development in terms of skills and competence, and promote student activities to enable the wholesome development of students physically, mentally, and intellectually;
- Promote learning networks and enrich student life experiences by working with the community and enterprises;
- Support development of student welfare and services to the disabled, disadvantaged and talented students; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations.

Bureau of Personnel Administration and Development

The Bureau of Personnel Administration and Development has the following responsibilities:
- Propose policies as well as coordinate and promote human capacity building within networks of universities, users of services, and community and provincial entrepreneurs;
- Design training courses and coordinate the organization of training for senior university executives and supportive staff for the enhancement of their efficiency and cooperative networks of public and private higher education institutions;
- Develop biographical database, provide consultancy, follow-up on and evaluate personnel management of university civil servants and personnel;
- Undertake matters regarding laws and regulations, legal enforcement, contracts, and handle juridical matters in the Civil, Criminal, Administrative Court and other judicial authority of the Office of the Higher Education Commission;
- Serve as secretariat to the University Civil Service Committee; and
- Cooperate with and provide support for the operation of other relevant organizations

 

 


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