The Thai launch took place at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and was attended by 50 participants.
In Thailand the Programme will be undertaken by 30 participants (see more on their profile).
Opening remarks were delivered by:
- Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok
- Mr Khalil Mahshi, Director of IIEP
- Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific, J.P. Morgan
“In Education planning nowadays, the most notable change is change itself,” said Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, at the opening of the half-day panel discussion to mark the launch of the new training programme. Education sector management is facing new challenges such as jobless growth, student mobility, labour migration, advances in technology and climate change.
“This requires very careful educational planning, and we need to think about what kind of future we want to have. Educational planning is aiming to close the gap between now and the future,” said Mr Kim.
“Without educational management and planning, we will not meet the challenges ahead and the expectations towards educational decision makers,” Mr Mahshi said (through video message).
Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation highlighted the importance of investing in human resource development.
“We have seen investments in human resources help lift countries out of poverty and steadily improve basic socio-economic indicators and social welfare. Strong, compelling evidence of this has occurred in recent decades in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam,” Ms Sung said.
The panel discussion focused on educational planning issues in Thailand. Panelists were Dr. Kunying Kasama Varavarn, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, and Dr. Yongyuth Chalamwong, Research Director at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).