This article seeks to identify key trends and challenges of the AEC for the Thai higher education system by reviewing current research in the AEC and official reports from the Thai Government and relevant international organisations. Demographic change, energy demands and the environment, future employment, decentralization of the country and development of local administrative bodies among many other trends will influence the Thai higher education system. This article considers four trends that result from the ASEAN Economic Integration and speculates on further trends covering the increasing importance of English language, restructuring of higher education institutions, programs in eight professions and the research-intensive universities.
Prapassara Thanosawan, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
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