Higher Education

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Research-university governance in Thailand: the case of Chulalongkorn University



This specific case of Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand, is useful to readers who are interested in comparative aspect of the experiences of research universities in the South East Asian context. This paper aims to provide a description of the environments, changes, and university stakeholders’ perceptions in terms of governance arrangements when CU envisioned itself to be a comprehensive public university geared towards becoming a research-oriented university, and in line with national and international changes in the higher education landscape. The analysis framework of the institutional university governance is examined through three dimensions: (1) context-underpinning factors; (2) incentive arrangements and funding; and (3) monitoring and oversight mechanisms. The study adopted a qualitative approach, which was based on three methods of data collection: document analysis, interviews, and observations. There were 33 interviews conducted in the study. The 33 research participants could be categorized into 5 main groups: (1) 6 senior officials from governmental agencies and independent organizations; (2) 2 junior officials working for the Office of the Higher Education Commission; (3) 16 top executives of different faculties and the central administration from CU; (4) 8 academics from different faculties of CU; and (5) 1 graduate student.


Higher education governance Thailand Agency theory Research university Funding Quality assurance 



The author gratefully acknowledges the academic support, scholarships, travel grants and friendship from the University of Hong Kong, the European Union, the University of Oslo, the University of Tampere, and the University of Aveiro during my studies of Ph.D. degree and Master’s degree. The author also greatly appreciates those research participants of CU and different organizations in this study, including the feedbacks from the paper reviewers. This study is a part of my Ph.D. dissertation during my studies at the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. It has been edited and rewritten.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research DepartmentDusit Thani CollegeBangkokThailand

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