Australian and Thai universities launch new two-degree program to develop talent in age of global disruption

Monday, 30 September 2019

The University of Newcastle, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Nurture Higher Education (UK) today announced the launch of a two-degree program in Bangkok, enabling students to earn a degree from each university without studying abroad and attend graduation ceremonies in two countries.

University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Campus
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Campus

The new degree is the first venture of its kind for an Australian university in Thailand and will see students study business and commerce subjects and receive bachelor degrees from both universities through completing one program of study delivered entirely in English at the International School of Management, UTCC Bangkok campus.

Students will have the benefit of being able to complete an Australian degree in Thailand, saving them time and expense, or be considered for transfer to the University of Newcastle’s Australia or Singapore campuses at any time with full recognition of prior studies.

The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, said the exciting new venture allows students in Thailand to access a Newcastle education experience of the same high quality as that offered in Australia and Singapore without having to leave Thailand.

“We expect that the program will prepare students well for careers in the dynamic Thai economy and help to stimulate business between Australia and Thailand and intra-regional trade in ASEAN,” said Professor Zelinsky.

“It is wonderful that the current intake of students on the two-degree programs not only represent great talent potential and nationality diversity, but, significantly, 15 of the 27 are the first in their family to go to University.”

Associate Professor Dr. Sauwanee Thairungroj, President of University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the partnership reflects a continuing commitment to produce the next generation of talent for industry by giving students the world class standards and recognition they deserve.

“This partnership is a fantastic example of the University working in collaboration to achieve global impact. Our collective aim is to reach and develop talent for industry like no other university in Thailand and this partnership will help us meet that agenda with a set of partners who share our mission and passion,” said Associate Professor Dr. Sauwanee Thairungroj.

Stephen Healy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Nurture Higher Education Group and the Goal Business Education initiative, said: “We are delighted to be working with UTTC and the University of Newcastle in our inaugural project.”

“The diversity of our first student cohort, with students coming from Thailand and the surrounding region to countries as far as Sweden, South Africa and Canada is a testament to our vision of creating a global community of students.  And through this partnership, achieving better outcomes from business education for students who would not traditionally be able to access study abroad opportunities.”

The program was launched at a forum on the theme of developing talent in an age of global disruption in Bangkok today, attended by Professor Zelinsky, Associate Professor Thairungroj, President of University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Allan McKinnon PSM, and representatives from the Australia and Thailand education and industry sectors.

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