Brain drain fears spark scholarship plan

Thailand’s Education Ministry plans to grant 25,000 full scholarships to produce university lecturers with doctorates, to prepare for a looming academic shortage, reports Bangkok Post. The PhD scholarships for lecturers will be offered for study locally and abroad.

Education Minister Phongthep Thepkanchana said many lecturers who hold doctorates will approach retirement age in the next 10-15 years. The country will be left with a shortage of lecturers with doctorates unless something is done.

A meeting of higher education staff suggested financial support should be offered to lecturers at all universities to encourage them to pursue doctoral degrees, locally and overseas. "Within 10 years, 25,000 scholarships should be granted to produce doctoral lecturers," Phongthep said.
Full report on the Bangkok Post site