Commission on Higher Education

The Administration of Ministry of Education Regulatory Act has been promulgated on July 7, 2003 amalgamating the Ministry of University Affairs with the Ministry of Education. Article 10 of the Act has also stipulated that the central administrative bodies of the Ministry of Education are organized as follows: (1) Office of the Minister; (2) Office of the Permanent Secretary; (3) Office of the Education Council; (4) Office of the Basic Education Commission; (5) Commission on Higher Education; (6) Office of the Vocational Education Commission. Agencies no. (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) each has a legal status as juristic person and each agency has an administrative status equivalent to Department. Chief Executive Officers of each agency will come under direct command of the Minister of Education.


Commission on Higher Education Board

Article 16 of the Act stated that the Commission on Higher Education Board has the authority to formulate policy; higher education development and standards planning which are corresponding to the National Economic and Social Development Plan and National Education Plan; to provide resources support; to carry out follow-up, inspection and evaluation of the higher education management with respect to academic freedom and excellence of each individual degree-granting institution; and to recommend regulations, criteria, and announcement of the administration of the Office.
The Commission on Higher Education Board are also empowered to provide recommendations and consultants to the Minister of Education or the Council of Ministers. Other authorities of the Board are prescribed by law or as command by the Minister of Education. Furthermore the Board has been given the power to propose block grant for degree granting institutions either public or autonomous universities.
Members of the Board come from relevant agencies such as representatives from private sectors, local administration, professional associations, and qualified members. Whereas number of member of the latter should not be less than number of members from the other sectors. Commission on Higher Education (CHE) will serve as Secretariat to the Commission on Higher Education Board having Secretary-General as Chief Executive Officer and serve as Secretary to the Commission on Higher Education Board.


Higher Education Institutions Under Supervision of CHE


CHE will supervise and oversee altogether 123 higher education institutions. These are: 20 closed-admission public universities and institutions; 6 autonomous universities including 2 buddhist universities; 54 private higher education institutions; 41 Rajabhat Institutes; Rajamangala Institute of Technology and its 35 campuses; and Pathumwan Institute of Technology. See Appendix I for name list of all higher education institutions.


Commission on Higher Education

Commission on Higher Education has the mandate and authority to manage and to promote higher education with respect to the degree-granting institutionsí academic freedom and excellence. Therefore, the Commission on Higher Education will have the following mandates:

  1. Formulate policy recommendations, higher education standards, higher education development planning and carrying out international cooperation on higher education,
  2. Devise criteria and guidelines for resources allocation, establishment of higher education institutions and community colleges and providing financial support,
  3. Coordinate and promote human resources development, to improve student capacity including handicapped, disadvantaged and gifted and talented students in higher education institutions and to coordinate and promote research activities that generate new body of knowledge for the support of the national development,
  4. Provide recommendation on the establishment, dissolve, amalgamation, upgrading and closing down of higher education institution and community college,
  5. Implement higher education monitoring, inspection, and evaluation as instructed by the Commission on Higher Education and to compile data and information on higher education,
  6. Serve as the Secretariat to the Commission on Higher Education,
  7. Perform other functions prescribed by law as authorities and responsibilities of the Commission on Higher Education, and to carry out assignment instructed by the Minister of Education or the Council of Ministers.
    See Appendix II for organization chart of the Ministry of Education.
    Organization Structure


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

  1. Bureau of General Administration
  2. Bureau of Central Education Testing
  3. Bureau of Policy and Planning
  4. Bureau of Community College Administration
  5. Bureau of Cooperation and Promotion
  6. Bureau of Standards and Evaluation
  7. Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy
  8. Bureau of Student Development
  9. Bureau of Personnel Administration and Development


Each Bureau of the Commission on Higher Education has authorities as follows:


Bureau of General Administration

  1. Provide supports to Executives and serve as the Secretariat to the Commission on Higher Education Board and Office of the Commissioner,
  2. Carry out personnel management for the Commission on Higher Education,
  3. Deal with financial management, budget, accounting, procurement and asset of the Commission on Higher Education,
  4. Disseminate information and to implement public relations for the Commission on Higher Education,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Central Education Testing

  1. Develop valid instruments for testing and assessing academic and professional standards including other qualifications used for applying higher education enrolment or for the purpose of equivalency of qualifications and transfer of credits,
  2. Implement testing services in cooperation with agencies at all levels in order to assure equal opportunity for services with the same standards throughout the country,
  3. Recommend recruitment system for the enrolment of qualified students for higher education,
  4. Support and to compile information database of applicants applying for academic achievement testing and evaluation including providing test result services to other agencies domestically and internationally,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Policy and Planning

  1. Formulate policy for higher education development and to propose planning for higher education development,
  2. Planning graduate production and develop manpower at higher education level relevant to the national needs,
  3. Analyze and examine higher education institutionsí programmes and projects including providing recommendations on the establishment, dissolve, amalgamation, upgrading and closing down of higher education institution,
  4. Devise criteria and guidelines for budget allocation; propose budget granting and mobilization of resources to sustain all sectors of higher education,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Community College Administration

  1. Formulate recommendations for policy and principle planning for the community college scheme and provide recommendations on the establishment and budgeting for community colleges,
  2. Compile information and database for the supervision, inspection, follow-up and evaluation of the administration of community colleges,
  3. Devise standards for the administration of community colleges,
  4. Develop and promote effective management of community colleges and cooperative networking both domestically and internationally,
  5. Serve as secretariat to the Community College Committee,
  6. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Cooperation and Promotion

  1. Promote networks of higher education institutions and national wisdoms,
  2. Support research and development of education innovations including transfer of knowledge and technology,
  3. Supervise, oversee and formulate measures on management of higher education along the lines of relevant laws, regulations, orders and announcements,
  4. Coordinate, promote and supervise the operation of private higher education institutions according to the Private Higher Education Institution Act,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Standards and Evaluation

  1. Devise proposal on policy and standards for higher education,
  2. Formulate academic accreditation and certification of higher education standards including suggestion of guidelines for degree equivalency and transfer of credits,
  3. Promote and encourage higher education quality assurance and carry out research on teaching and learning development, linking body of knowledge and serve as information center for higher education curriculum and quality assurance,
  4. Implement follow-up, inspection and evaluation of higher education management,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy

  1. Formulate strategy for international cooperation; devise guidelines for academic and technical cooperation and management of higher education with foreign countries,
  2. Implement international cooperation on higher education,
  3. Provide recommendations on measures and guidelines for the support and encouragement of higher education institutions to be more competitive according to condition of liberalization of trade in services, and to develop education hub,
  4. Promote and encourage higher education institutions to utilize international resources for higher education development,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Student Development

  1. Propose policy and standard recommendations for student development,
  2. Promote student development in developing their skills, capacities and student activities enhancing studentsí physical, spirit, intellectual, and instill students to be well educated with morality, live happily in the society and be able to compete internationally,
  3. Promote learning network and enrich student life through working experiences in community, local villages and business operators,
  4. Encourage development of student welfare, services, and deliver special education for handicapped, disadvantaged and gifted and talented students,
  5. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.


Bureau of Personnel Administration and Development

  1. Propose policy, coordinate, and promote human resources development in higher education system including connecting networks of universities, customers, business operators, community and provincial administration,
  2. Draw up curriculum, coordinate and encourage trainings of university executives and supportive staffs to enhance their efficiency and promote cooperative networks for the development of both public and private higher education institutions,
  3. Collate biographical database, provide consultant, follow-up and evaluation of personnel management of university civil servants and personnel,
  4. Implement law and order, legal enforcement, contract, and handle juridical matters in the Civil, Criminal, Administrative Court and secure other judicial authority of the Commission on Higher Education,
  5. Serve as secretariat to the University Civil Service Committee,
  6. Work with and provide support to the operation of other relevant organizations or as instructed.
    See Appendix III for organization chart of the Commission on Higher Education.