Public hearings eyed for new 'university ministry'

Committee to discuss university regulations

Photo courtesy Office of Higher Education Commission (Ohec)

The Education Ministry plans to conduct public hearings in the regions to gather feedback on its plan to upgrade the Higher Education Office (Ohec) into a new "ministry of university affairs".

Udom Kachintorn, who heads a committee setting up the ministry, said that as the committee is now writing the ministry bill, it wants to get feedback from the public on whether it will help enhance the national education system.

"The hearings will also discuss how the new ministry should regulate universities and solve problems in tertiary education such as a lack of good governance, internal conflicts in some university councils, and some universities offering substandard courses or running programmes without proper permission," Dr Udom said.

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