Internationalization of Library and Information Science Programs in Thailand: Development and Implementation


Internationalization is recognized as a key strategy to cope with changes in the new 21st century environment by increasing the capacity and potential of institutions and programs, improving quality and building excellence in implementation of institutional missions, especially regarding teaching and learning, research and development and academic services. This research aimed at developing strategies for the internationalization of LIS schools in Thailand. Mixed methods both quantitative and qualitative research were used. The purposive sample group consisted of documents, twelve Thai and six foreign key informants in LIS internationalization, deans/heads of the programs of nine LIS schools, and thirty four LIS academicians and professionals. The research instruments comprised a documentary analysis form, interview/focus group forms and questionnaire. Findings were as follows. 1) All LIS graduate schools in Thailand implement internationalization in educational management. The universities which offer LIS PhD programs are among the leaders in terms of internationalization. 2) The internationalization strategies for LIS programs/ schools in Thailand include four components: network and strategic partnership, mobility and exchange, infusion, and flexibility. At the institutional level, four specific areas (management of the programs/ schools, education provision, research and academic services) have been identified, on which each LIS institution can focus according to its identity and context.

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Chutima Sacchanand, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand

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Conference: IICEHawaii2017
Stream: Education for international exchange

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