THAILAND: Call to merge universitiesBangkok Post.
Seminar delegates heard about the experience of education reform in Denmark, where universities were merged and tertiary research institutes bundled together for increased efficiency. As a result of the mergers, Denmark now has eight universities, down from 12 previously, and only four government research institutions, down from 13.
Knit director Piyawat Boon-long said reform of university education and tertiary level research should be carried out concurrently, as happened in Denmark. Staff shortages would be overcome at smaller universities, and big and popular universities could offer still more fields and faculties. However, the idea of university mergers can be applied only to state-owned universities.
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