Academic Services to the Public
Chulalongkorn University is aware that educational administration according to the curricula is insufficient to respond to the needs of society. It has deemed it appropriate to expand its role in transferring and disseminating knowledge from the University to society at large at both the national and international level. This will lead to social development and the lifelong learning of people at all social levels and of all ages, occupations and educational backgrounds without any limitation of place or time. The University’s
The Chula Unisearch
Founded on February 14th, 1986, Chulalongkorn University’s Academic Service Centre or the Chula Unisearch has the aim of applying the knowledge and academic disciplines of the University to the operations of both the government and private sector. The Chula Unisearch thus serves as the University’s centre of human resources in multi-disciplinary areas and is able to provide services to both the public and private sector in the form of research, consultancy and personnel development as a way of making practical use of knowledge. The academic services offered by the Unisearch cover the areas of education, energy, the environment, finance, public health, industry, demography, telecommunications, information technology, tourism, communications and transportation, city/town development, public waterworks and municipality.
The Continuing Education Center at Chulalongkorn University
The Continuing Education Center at Chulalongkorn University is an entrepreneurial unit of the University, established with the aim of providing academic services in the form of training to both the public and private sector, to produce teaching and learning materials and to advertise them to people of all ages, occupations and educational backgrounds in order to support a lifelong learning policy and to establish Thai society as a learning society.
The services provided by the Continuing Education Center consist of training outside and inside the University and the use of long distant teaching and learning materials via the Internet. Since its establishment, the Center has shown its ability to organize training and produce media and it has steadily progressed until now it is accepted by the public and private sector as well as the general public.
The Center of Learning Network for the Region (CLNR)
In 1995, the government policy was to establish core universities to provide services in higher education to regional areas in order to offer Bachelor’s Degree education at a local level; in other words, the government wanted to establish new universities in local areas. However, there was a shortfall in budget and political pressure that wanted to establish more than 30 new universities. Consequently, the government, through the University Bureau, reduced the size of the project by expanding the IT campuses instead of promulgating a new Act relating to the establishment of new universities. In the case of Chulalongkorn University, the University’s Council did not approve the idea of establishing a new campus because the University did not have a policy to establish new campuses. Chulalongkorn University had to remain a single entity but at the same time it was able to support the government’s policy by refining its academic readiness, personnel and location for when the Establishing New Universities Act was promulgated in order to establish universities in specific areas. The University Bureau approved this idea and, with the Cabinet’s consent, Chulalongkorn University was able to proceed with establishing higher education institutes in Nan, Trang and Sri Saket Provinces and these institutes became known as “Institutes of Advanced Technology”. They focused on academic development in the locale and their aim was to establish centres for specialization in order to encourage research activities in accordance with the needs of local communities. Chulalongkorn University has the potential to implement this policy because of its readiness which comes from the local institutes of higher education, cooperation from provincial administrations, the strength and cooperation of local people and the economic and social foundations. At present, the Center of Learning Network for the Region has 4 operational areas, which are;
1. The Central Administrative Section, located on the 7th Floor, the Chamchuri 5 Building, Chulalongkorn University,
2. The Pha Singh Research and Technological Transference Station (the Center of Learning and Academic Service Network of Chulalongkorn University) PhaSingh Sub-district, Meuang District, Nan Province.
3. The Lai Nan Research and Technological Transference Station (The Research Station for Selecting and Cultivating Animal Breeds) Lai Nan sub-district, Wieng Sa District, Nan Province.
4. Project for the Establishment of the Office for the Management of Chula-Sraburi Land, Kaeng Koy District, Sraburi Province