Faculty of Agriculture
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://ags.kku.ac.th/
Tel : 043-202360
Fax : 043-202361
The Faculty of Agriculture is one of the pioneering faculties and was officially established in 1965. Two years later the foundation on education and the opportunities for the young generations in the farther distances were vividly shaped up when the very first batch of 49 agriculture students continued to register and started to attend classes at Khon Kaen University. When Khon Kaen University opened in 1964, the Faculty of Agriculture (AG) was one of the original faculties. Today, there are 5 departments which offer 1 Higher Diploma, 11 bachelors, 21 masters, and 11 doctoral degrees. For more information, visit Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Programs or go directly to the departments listed below. AG builds leaders in and out of the classroom. The Internship Program and many industrial internships provide students with hands-on experience in legislative and commercial environments. More than 10 student clubs and organizations in AG offer chances to meet other students who have similar interests, to compete in inter-scholastic contests, and to gain leadership experience. With a degree from AG, career opportunities abound. Distinguished alumni include members of the House of Representatives at the national level, sales representatives, biotechnologists, plant scientists, animal scientists, teachers and professors, magazine editors, fisheries biologists, landscape architects, and bank managers.
Master of Science in Agriculture
The objective of the curriculum of the Master Degree program in Agriculture is to develop the graduate to comprehend the fundamental knowledge and conduct research in order to solve the problems or synthesize knowledge, to analyze the problems and identify solutions in agricultural development, and to communicate and transfer agricultural technology. Other objectives include recognizing differences and work with others while maintaining a leadership role, being responsible to one’s self and to the society, and operating with integrity and professional morals. The Master of Science in Agriculture is a program of coursework and research designed to provide advanced training to supplement a first degree and to provide an introduction to research. The course work component is designed to provide advanced knowledge, and to develop a range of skills, applicable to the candidate’s background and area of interest.
The Ag research program is recognized nationally and globally for excellence in discovery and delivery of knowledge on current and emerging aspects of the food- feed, natural resources, environmental sciences, fishery and agricultural economics disciplines.
In keeping with research that addresses regional issues with national and global impact, Ag promotes and supports multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional research programs.
These programs address “real world” issues faced by producers, processors and consumers of food and natural resources. This allows the research to support programs in areas contributing to the local and regional workforce, sustainable economic and social development, and growth.
Sponsored funding generated per faculty is the highest of any faculty at Khon Kaen University. Research programs within Ag are diverse and include:
- Sustainable agricultural production and management systems
- Biotechnology and precision agriculture
- Food safety, security, and quality processing and value-added products
- Natural resource management and planning
- Agricultural marketing, trade and policy analysis
- Human and social capital
- Technology Transfer
Faculty of Dentistry
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://www.dentistry.kku.ac.th
The Faculty of Dentistry was founded in 1979 as the first dental academic center in Northeastern Thailand. The faculty is dedicated to the training of competent dentists with research-oriented minds. The training is based on a wide range of contemporary patient care programs with holistic approaches. The most important goal of the faculty is to produce high-quality dentists, who will mostly be working in the Northeastern regional hospitals.
The dental curriculum is specifically designed in order to give the students the most practical settings. The dental academic program allows the students the flexibility to pursue their goals while achieving high standards. Graduate students also have the opportunity to combine their degrees in the basic science and dental specialties to meet their needs.
The KKU Dental Hospital offers comprehensive and first-rate oral health care to more than 80,000 patients a year including adults, children, and disadvantaged patients. Both simple and complicated patient care is delivered. The faculty has expanded its service capacity by opening a semi-private Special Care Dental Clinic which operates every weekday evening and on the weekends. In collaboration with community hospitals and charity organizations, one of our charity services, the Royal Mobile Dental Clinic, is scheduled on a regular basis throughout the year to provide dental treatments and oral health education to needy people in remote areas.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Oral Health
The purpose of this Ph.D. program, which is open to both Thai and international students, is to develop researchers with a life-long desire to conduct research in oral science through scientific inquiry and innovative practice. Individualized plans of study allow each student to develop a depth of expertise and research capability in oral biology, material sciences or dental public health. The Ph.D. program in Oral Sciences emphasizes the integration of basic and applied sciences, leading to innovations in treatment and prevention of dental patients.
Master of Science Program in Prosthodontics
The primary goal of the master degree program in Prosthodontics is to develop practitioners who will be leaders in clinical practice and education by strengthening and extending their knowledge and skills in the biological, physiological, behavioral, moral, ethical, and clinical disciplines, as they relate to the specialty of Prosthodontics.
Master of Science Program in Orthodontics
The Program is designed to enable graduates to know and use the principles of evidence-based practice in the provision of quality orthodontic care for the community in collaboration with general dental practitioners and specialists from other dental and medical specialty disciplines.
Application of Thai herbal medicine in dentistry
Researches from our group at the Faculty, showed the in vitro and in vivo antibacterial actions of Streblus asper leaf extract on Streptococcus mutans (Taweechaisupapong et al, 2000; Wongkham et al., 2001), endodontic and periodontal pathogens (Taweechaisupapong et al., 2000; Taweechaisupapong et al., 2002). It has neither mutagenicity nor toxicity, as determined by Ames’ test and subacute toxicity tests in vivo, respectively (Wongkham et al., 1996). Moreover, our clinical trial demonstrated that mouth rinse containing S. asper leaf extract has a clinically measurable benefit on gingival health (Taweechaisupapong et al., 2002).Effectively reduced gingival inflammation, the extract solution can be used for subgingival irrigation in addition to scaling and root planing in chronic periodontitis patients(Taweechaisupapong et al., 2006). Recently, we successfully developed the gel containing S.asper leaf extract for subgingival administration as an adjunct to scaling and root planing in the treatment of chronic periodontitis. Further clinical trials showed that S. asper leaf extract gel is safe and can reduce gingival inflammation. With the S. asper leaf extract gel, our group was issued the Thai petty patent No. 2141 on 15 November 2005 by the Department of Intellectual property, Thailand.
Associations between oral health and systemic diseases
Poor oral health is emerging as independent risk factors for several systemic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and adverse pregnancy outcomes (Cullinan et al., 2009; Pitiphat, 2008). Oral bacteria, or the inflammatory response to the bacteria, may cause systemic inflammation and more plaque buildup in the blood vessels (Tonetti, 2009), as well as induce insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction (Mealy & Rose, 2008). Our faculty is engaged in studying the effects of oral bacteria on the host and how oral effects may influence systemic health. Currently, we have conducted a collaborative research with New York University to assess the association of maternal gum diseases with gestational diabetes mellitus. In another collaborative study with the University of Washington, we examine the effects of poor oral health on the incidence of ischemic stroke and quality of life in adults in Northeastern Thailand. This knowledge of these disease interrelationships may prove essential in intervention strategies to reduce patient risks and prevent the effects of systemic diseases.
Applied Science in Clinical Dentistry
Applied science, as crucial as basic science, reforms the knowledge from laboratory workshop to clinical practice. In our research center, various dental materials are studied in all of their aspects, both in the laboratory setting and in clinical trials, for the most efficient clinical application. Several types of innovative equipment and instruments have been developed to facilitate maximum treatment outcomes and have also been customized to suit our working environments.
Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences
Khon Kaen University
Tel: 0 4320 2399, 0 4334 7482
Fax: 0 4320 2399, 0 4334 7482
The Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences of Khon Kaen University was founded in 1978, as the first national medical technology school in Northeastern Thailand. Moreover, it was the first national physical therapy school in the region. The faculty currently offers undergraduate, postgraduate degree programs and international programs in response to a growing demand in the area of Medical Technology and Physical Therapy. The faculty pursues the vision to becoming “a leading Medical Technology and Physical Therapy institution in Thailand and ASEAN.”
The faculty continually endeavors to improve and to ensure that a range of disciplines, teaching methodologies, academic and research facilities, and activities reflect international standards.
Studying at AMS will prove both academically and personally rewarding. Among our staff and students you will feel at home knowing that you are with people who share a common goal to make a full contribution to tomorrow’s exciting, and challenging world.
Research at the faculty covers all kinds of traditional and modern physical therapies including the production of kits for medical diagnostic use in hospitals as well as basic medical science research. The Research institutes under AMS have risen through the ranks to become the foremost research institutes in Thailand such as The Centre for Research and Development of Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, Cardiovascular Research Group and The Back, Neck, and Other Joint Pain Research Group. Moreover, since 2009 the Faculty’s journal has been rated by the Thai Journal Citation Index Centre as the journal with the highest impact factor in the area of Medical Technology and Physical Therapy.
- Medical Science Program: Specialized Research Fields Thalassemia, Melioidosis, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Biosenser, Microdevice, and Nanotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
- Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science: Specialized Research Fields Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neurology, Cardiopulmonary, Pediatrics, Elderly, Community, and Innovation
- Biomedical Science Program: Specialized Research Fields Molecular and Cellular Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Molecular Genetics, Parasitology, Pathology, Hematology/Thalassemia, Cardiovascular Diseases, Medical Nanotechnology, etc
- Medical Diagnostic and Clinical Laboratory Science: Focus on Thalassemia, Molecular & Cellular Immunology in infections and cancer and infectious diseases
- Musculo – skeletal disorders: Back pain, Neck pain, Knee and Shoulder pain in Ergonomics, Alternative treatment especially Thai massage, Manual therapy in Back and Neck Pain
- Elderly and disability: Exercise in the elderly and in the disabled population
Faculty of Technology
Khon Kaen University
Tel: 0-4320 2403 ภายใน 2338
The Faculty of Technology was officially established in 1984 with the mandate to produce graduates, to carry out research and to provide academic services at national and international levels. The Faculty of Technology’s academic activities emphasize on four main areas; Geotechnology, Biotechnology, Food Technology, and Production Technology. The aim of the Faculty is to become the leader in Southeast Asia by providing high quality academic activities in the four fields offered.
Food Technology focuses on strengthening the graduates in the area of basic principles of physical, biological, and engineering sciences used in the food processing industry. Current areas of study include physical, chemical, and biological changes of food raw materials and food products as well as principles of food engineering, food processing technology, quality assurance, and food products.
Biotechnology focuses on the principles of physical, biological and engineering sciences used in the processing of biological raw materials into value-added products. The areas of study include biochemistry, microbiology, genetic engineering, and bio-process engineering.
Geotechnology provides fundamental knowledge and understanding in geology and its engineering applications. It comprehensively covers all aspects related to geological resources (i.e. soil rocks, minerals, natural gas, petroleum, and groundwater) which include characterization, exploration, evaluation, development, engineering, management, and environmental protection and remediation.
Screening and selection of useful microorganisms
Plant cell culture
Bio-remedial approaches for environments
Food process modeling
Food product development
Meat and fishery product technology
Starch and cereal product technology
Sensory evaluation of food and consumer study
Ground water modeling for resource management and environmental investigation and control
Saline soil and water management
Engineering geology and geotechnical engineering
Remote sensing and application of Geographic Information System (GIS)
Earth material properties and its engineering applications
Mineral deposits and petrology
Quality assurance in manufacturing industry
Faculty of Law
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://law.kku.ac.th
The Faculty of Law is offering a new course entitled, “New Law-dimension”. The main goal is to produce lawyers who can apply their expertise in combination with other sciences. Additionally, the faculty seeks to produce life-long learners who support human rights and exhibit high standards of professional morals.
The Faculty of Law is an institute teaching Law and Human rights in the Northeast.
“Prepare graduates in Law who will become magistrates.”
Faculty of Law, Khon Kaen University is the center for preparing personnel and developing knowledge both in law potentiality and professional skills ability and skill. Faculty of Law, Khon Kaen University sets up a virtue system and culture of human rights.
Bachelor of Law
1. To train and prepare students in the field of law to obtain knowledge and an understanding of legal issues, to train students to be capable of appropriately analyzing and applying knowledge to use in daily life, and to show students how to act ethically in their professional legal practices.
2. To prepare graduates in law, who have both theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise, to efficiently apply the knowledge to different branches of the legal profession in government and in the private sector in order to achieve success.
3. To prepare graduates in law who are steeped in the ethics of the law profession and who have respect for and are conscious of human rights.
4. To foster cooperation and create a legal network with other educational institutions, professional institutions, and communities through teaching and learning, research, academic services, internships, building a culture of human rights, and giving advice and assistance to people with legal problems. To build a network in order to strengthen the body of knowledge in law in the Northeast and to yield concrete benefits to society.
Faculty of Management Sciences
Khon Kaen University
Tel : 0-4320-2401 ต่อ 0
Since 1992 the Faculty of Management Sciences has offered fully accredited degrees in subjects directly related to the needs of business and management. More recently, the Faculty has expanded its role in better serving the regional community by holding seminars and offering consultancy services to local businesses.
Bachelor of Business Administration programs in Marketing (B.B.A. Marketing), Finance (B.B.A. Finance), Management (B.B.A. Management), and Tourism and Hotel Management (B.B.A. Hotel and Tourism Management)
The Business Administration program has prominent interdisciplinary courses in the context of Business Sector Management geared to our modern times.
Bachelor of Accounting Program
The Bachelor of Accounting program is a course which is designed for both the private sector and for government.
Bachelor of Economics Program
The Bachelor of Economics Program focuses on systematic analysis which includes intensive research.
Business and Economics Research
The research provides an in-depth examination in the fields of business and economics at all levels.
Cultural Tourism or Eco-Tourism Research
The research examines all tourism sectors which are consistent with the trends of World tourism.
Management Research focuses on the private sector.
Faculty of Nursing
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://nu.kku.ac.th/en
Phone: (66) 4320-2407
Fax: (66) 4334-8301
The Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University was founded in 1971 and was established as the fourth among several faculties in the university. The Faculty of Nursing is recognized as the first Faculty of Nursing in Thailand. It has been ranked one of the top five nursing schools in Thailand for more than three decades. Students in our programs can experience quality of nursing education, rich cultures, languages, social lives, and the historic city of Khon Kaen. From its inception, the Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University has had clear and definite goals, which are in
alignment with those of Khon Kaen University, as listed below:
1. An institute that produces graduates at different levels in the area of nursing with a standard of quality demanded by society.
2. The center of professional nursing education at all levels in the Northeastern region of Thailand.
3. A network of nursing knowledge and innovation in response to the health care needs of individuals and communities at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
4. The center of knowledge in nursing implementation, development, and in solving health problems in the Northeast.
The Bachelor of Nursing Science Program: BNS Program (International Program)
The BNS program is designed to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice in hospitals, communities, and other health care agencies. This is a 4-year program which focuses on the development of critical thinking and judgment, the understanding of holistic health and nursing practice, health systems and economics, nursing and interdisciplinary care, and communication in a variety of health care settings. As graduates from Faculty of Nursing, KKU, nurses will be able to practice in a variety of settings in caring for individuals, families, populations and communities throughout their life spans, including the end of life. Applicants who have a completed high school diploma from a science and mathematics based program of study are eligible to enroll in this program.
Master of Nursing Science Program: MNS Program (International Program)
The MNS program (international program) is designed to prepare its graduates for advanced nursing practice and research in care management in various health care settings. The program objective is to develop graduates who can advance nursing knowledge and can provide quality nursing care services of its own culture. Students in the MNS program are educated through research and advanced nursing practice. The completion of a thesis forms a major component of the program. Each student will work closely with his/her main advisor to foster a positive learning environment, since it is the joint responsibility of the instructor and the learner to work toward common goals of creating nursing models for the best practice. Thesis advisors are selected to be a good match with stated interests of the master’s students. Areas of thesis research include adult nursing, community nursing, family nursing, pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing, nursing administration, aging, and midwifery nursing.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing (International Program)
The Ph.D. in Nursing (International Program) is designed to prepare its graduates for leadership roles and research careers in academics, the health care industry, and in government and private organizations focused on health care. The program objective is to develop scholarly researchers who will advance nursing knowledge and become leaders in nursing research. To achieve the objective, students in the Ph.D. in Nursing (International Program) are educated through seminars, tutorials, and independent research. The completion of a dissertation forms a major component of the program.
To foster and facilitate excellence in nursing research, the Faculty of Nursing of Khon Kaen University has established five research centers. Listed below are the three most famous research centers:
1. Center for Research and Training on Gender and Women’s Health
The Center for Research and Training on Gender and Women’s Health (CRTGWH) is unique in Thailand in that it represents a gathering of researchers and graduate students working on gender and women’s health with a strong interest in both basic and applied research and training. Its objectives are to:
- Undertake research on gender and health and to disseminate research findings.
- Organize trainings for trainers on gender sensitivity related research methods and to develop related protocols to reduce health inequities.
- Provide distance learning that promotes knowledge and tools to support skills for engaging and networking on gender and women’s health.
- Develop a Gender, Women and Health Network (GWHN) among experts in the region to strengthen related research and training.
Importantly, the CRTGWH has been officially designated by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Gender and Women’s Health. This center will provide significant research, education, and training with the ultimate goal to improve the health of women and contribute to achieve health equity.
2. Center for Research and Development in Community Health System
The Center of Research and Development in Community Health System has been established to foster and facilitate research related to community health systems and to promote the development of research skills in this area to faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral trainees. The Center for Research and Development in Community Health System was established in 2008 as a way to strengthen the Department of Health (Promotion Foundation). The Office supported the creation of local health and community responsibility for the community-driven health plan in 2009 - 2011 required by the Board of Nursing of Khon Kaen University in the establishment and development of community health centers. An academic center in the Northeast to conduct research and development of community health follows the aims of the plan.
1. To create knowledge in the development of organizations in the Northeastern District and to drive public policy.
2. To promote the exchange of learning and practice.
3. To develop the capacity of local people also.
3. Research and Training Center for Enhancing Quality of Life of Working-age People
The Research and Training Center for Enhancing Quality of Life of Working-age People has been established to conduct research in the area of enhancing the quality of life for people of working-age and to create the research network in this particular area at both the national and international level. The vision of the center is to create new knowledge to enhance the well-being and quality of life for working age people in Northeastern Thailand and the Greater Mekong Sub region. It also aims to facilitate the use of research-based knowledge through multiple dissemination approaches and to provide training to develop research skills relevant to providing care of working-aged populations.
Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University
Tel: +66 (0) 43 343466, +66 (0) 43 343491, +66 (0) 43 343477, +66 (0) 43 343122
Fax: +66 (0) 43 348375
The Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University was established in 1972 as the first medical school in Northeastern Thailand. The Faculty has grown dramatically since its inception. Currently, one-third of the university’s personnel work for the Faculty, including academic lecturers, doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and supporting staff. The Faculty of Medicine produces medical graduates with a preference for general practice and community medicine, who will work in the medically-underserved areas of the Northeastern Thailand and work toward becoming a center for health research collaborations in the region.
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The MSc in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers students the chance to expand their professional opportunities. Entry requires a BSc or related degree. The program provides comprehensive lectures and research opportunities in both basic and advanced biochemistry and molecular biology. The program generally takes 2 years, one year for course work and another for the research project. Former graduates of the program have found jobs as lecturers, researchers, product managers and product specialists in private companies and in the government sector.
The PhD program in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology promotes fundamental research in medical biochemistry and molecular biology. The PhD graduate is expected to have a broadened knowledge, scientific initiative, and the ability to conduct independent and effective research. Our PhD graduates have found work in academics and research in both the private and governmental sectors. For example, our graduates work as lecturers in the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology. Some pursue postdoctoral fellowships abroad, some work as research scientists in national institutions, and others work in industry (i.e., biotechnology, biomedicine and food technology).
Master of Science in Community Medicine
The International Program for a Master of Science in Community Medicine is set according to international standards. The program is an educational program for training post-graduates who are able to cement different fields effectively, and who can employ the principles of management to their fullest extent in healthcare development. Furthermore, the post-graduates should develop their vision on health problems, and be able to conduct research and analyze any situation in order to find an appropriate solution. The students should have fully developed social skills, be adept at conflict resolution, exhibit leadership, and have a progressive attitude towards healthcare development and improvement of occupational health and safety.
International Short Course in Research Methodology and Biostatistics
The four-month course in Research Methodology and Biostatistics by the Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU), Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University is specifically aimed at mid-level health personnel that usually cannot leave their responsibilities for a longer period.
Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma (Liver Care)
Infection with the liver fluke (Opisthorchis viverrini) is endemic to Northeastern Thailand. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA)--a bile duct cancer--is a common sequel and typical health problem in this area, particularly in Khon Kaen province, where the incidence of this cancer is the highest in the world. Epidemiological and animal studies indicate an association of liver fluke infection with CCA. Since CCA is rare in Western countries, knowledge and research in this field is limited.
The Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center (Liver Care) began in 1997 and was encouraged by Khon Kaen University to become established a Center for Excellence in 2002. The objective of the Liver Care is to develop multidisciplinary research leading to a better understanding of carcinogenesis, parasite-host interaction, specific diagnosis, targeted therapy and improvement of quality of life for patients.
WHO Collaborating Center for Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health
After consulting with the Thai Government, The World Health Organization has designated the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University as a WHO Collaborating Center for Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health, for a period of four years effective immediately.
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION RESEARCH CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Melioidosis Research Center
Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the Gram-negative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacterium was categorized by the NIH, USA, as a potential bio-threat agent. The organism naturally exists in the soil and water of Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, where infection is acquired through open wounds or by inhalation. Many cases of melioidosis have been reported worldwide. The mortality rate of septicemic melioidosis in Northeastern Thailand is ~40%. Annually, the Thai government spends more than 150 million baht for expensive, new generation antibiotics to treat infected patients because the disease has a high rate of relapse. The Melioidosis Research Center works to educate people in endemic areas and conducts research on various aspects of the disease including epidemiology, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, and better ways of treatment.
Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
In the past thirty years, several emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases have appeared and caused public health problems around the world, including in Thailand. In order to establish effective management, prevention, and control of these diseases, intensive research and development are needed.
The Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (RCEID) was established in 2005 and is the center for research and diagnosis of the emerging pathogens at Khon Kaen University. RCEID is comprised of clinicians, microbiologists, immunologists, virologists, parasitologists, dentists, veterinarians, laboratory technicians, graduate students from Khon Kaen University, as well as their collaborators from other organizations and institutions.
Cleft Lip – Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Deformities
Cleft lip/palate and craniofacial deformities are complex problems involving deformities of the face and other facial structures. The incidence of cleft lip/palate in Northeastern Thailand is 2.49 per 1,000 live-births (~800 infants annually), which is among the highest in the country and the world. This defect affects the infant’s daily living activities as well as their psychosocial development. Treatment should begin in the prenatal period or shortly after delivery and continue until full facial development is completed. The Thailand Cleft and Craniofacial Research Collaboration (TCRC) was established with support from the Center in order to improve clinical outcomes, to do gene-environment and epidemiology research, to serve patients, and to improve care of cleft-lip-cleft palate and craniofacial deformities. Our strategy is improving patients’ quality of life through the active participation of patients and their families.
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Khon Kaen University
Tel : 043-202378
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences was established in 1980 with certain key missions. Our primary mission is to educate and train professional pharmacists for careers as health care providers in communities (drug stores), hospitals, and industrial pharmacies. Additionally, our mission is to train pharmacists to conduct pharmaceutical research and to provide technical services and pertinent pharmaceutical information for both the private and government sectors.
Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a publicly funded academic institute. In accordance with the Fourth National Social and Economic Development Plan, the faculty was established in December 1980 and has been meeting the growing needs for higher education in pharmaceutical science for people of the Northeast and nationwide.
Many medicinal plant research topics involve their structural elucidation, in vitro and in-vivo bioactivity e.g. antibacterial activity, antityrosinase, anticholinergic activity, anti-beta amyloid aggregation, acetylcholine esterase inhibition, cytotoxicity, anti-aging, animal behavior models for investigation of Alzheimer diseases, plant biotechnology in pharmaceutics, drug interactions with herbs, functional food as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical product development.
Research in this area is focused on nanocomposite physical characteristics of pharmaceutical materials and drug delivery systems.
The major research topics on this area are pharmacy benefit management, national drug accounts, and economic evaluation of drug utilization.
Research in this area is normally performed by conducting studies in collaboration with physicians and nurses. Such research is conducted in the following areas: the easy asthma clinic in primary health care units, drug related problems, patients’ quality of life, clinical outcomes, pharmacokinetic and drug monitoring, drug interaction of meropenem and valproic acid on epileptic patients, and clinical trials on particular herbs or drugs that reduce the side effects of cancer treatments.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Khon Kaen University
website : https://hs.kku.ac.th
Since the foundation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSO) in 1978, HUSO has grown rapidly. To achieve the goals of education, the Faculty was restructured in 2006. The previous eight diverse academic departments were reformed into four core programs: humanities, social sciences, languages, and information management. These four core programs offer 27 degree programs, ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels. The Faculty offers international programs which include Ph.D. in Development Science, B.A in Thai as a Foreign Language and B.A. in English.
HUSO also offers a number of non-degree intensive language and culture study programs for overseas students. In addition to our various academic programs, HUSO provides training and consulting services to governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and to local communities. Our teaching staff excels at research in community empowerment, sustainable development, Mekong studies, poverty reduction, labor migration, and foreign language studies. HUSO houses an excellent Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region (CERP), which has been recognized region-wide as a source of publications about Mekong studies. HUSO’s peer-reviewed Journal of Mekong Societies and Humanities and Social Sciences Journal have been nationally recognized for years.
Doctoral Degree in Information Studies
The Information Studies Program was first offered in 2003 under the Corporate Network Project-CRN of the Office of Higher Education Commission. The 14 network universities in Thailand agreed to assign Khon Kaen University as the main institution to open the first doctoral degree program in Information Studies in Thailand and in Southeast Asia.
The present Doctoral Degree in Information Studies program was revised in 2009. It is an interdisciplinary program that aims to equip information professionals with a high degree of competency in information research. Additionally, the program seeks to give them the capability to relate or integrate information research with various academic contexts in order to obtain bodies of knowledge, policy setting, problem solving, decision making, theory, and to form innovations for quality research work which can be accepted both nationally and internationally.
During the past 7 years, the research studies of lecturers and graduate students could be categorized into the following 6 groups:
1. Information management: Information retrieval systems; Information Services; Information behavior studies; Information use studies, Information culture; Policy research on Information
2. Library Management: Customer relationship management; library services; library learning support strategies; library resources development, library roles in different aspects
3. Knowledge Organization & Management: KM development; Knowledge acquisitions; Knowledge-based system; KM in different aspects/areas; Ontology; Metadata
4. Information System and Studies: MIS; Expert system; Decision support system; Digital Libraries & archives; Institutional repository; information system for different aspect/areas
5. Learning & Information Literacy Development: Community learning; Courseware development; e-learning; Virtual classroom; Web-based instruction; Information Literacy
6. Information Professionals: Core competency studies, Curriculum analysis, Professional qualification framework, Human resources development
Doctoral Degree in Development Science
The PhD Program in Development Sciences is a research-based curriculum designed to advance and promote research in development related topics. Academicians and researchers in institutions of higher education, development administrators, and development workers within Thailand and outside of the country are the main students targeted for the program. The strength of this program is that it adopts “trans-disciplinary” methodology. This is quite reverse of most research traditions and disciplines in which “specialization” is encouraged. Yet, it has been evident that specialization cannot properly deal with the complexity of change and development in this era of globalization. Moreover, the focused study areas of the triangle (China, Southeast Asia and South Asia) are strategically important, not only for national strategic development, but also for global development.
Bachelor Degree in Business Chinese
The program accents integration of knowledge of Chinese language and business in order to equip graduated students with a knowledge and understanding of the two fields. Other necessary subjects are also included which are necessary for business transactions with Chinese people that involve social aspects, economics, politics, art, and culture. Students under this program obtain two degrees, one from the Southwest University and one from Khon Kaen University.
Research work on across-the-border relationships in the Mekong region Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region
Research work on the Mekong region’s across-the-border relationships is done under the mainstream research work of the Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University. This research has been ongoing since 2005. The research studies demonstrate the rapid global dynamism of technology, information news, and investment in the modern globalized relationships of societies. Dynamism also applies to people in general, who, often as legal and illegal migrant laborers, cross the border to seek better economic opportunities, who are engaged in cross-cultural marriages, and to people who participate in cross-social networking. Such phenomena are the basis from which modern social organizations emerge, along with new patterns of cross-social relationships, cross-national communities, and hybrid cultures, all of which compose social phenomena that are seen by the world’s social scientists as essential.
Research work on well-being, development of well-being, and sustainable development research themes
The well-being and sustainable development research themes have developed from the research program, “Well-being in Developing Countries” www.welldev.org.uk. This program originated from an awareness of global developmental problems. No matter how successful we have become or what material advancements we have achieved, humans still confront with many of the same problems, e.g. health, labor, the environment, culture, etc. The research work under the well-being research theme implemented by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is basic research that aims toward a good understanding of well-being (including material success or advancement and non-materialistic targets) in different economic, social, and cultural contexts. After the termination of the program, the well-being research project proposed the set-up of the Research Group on Well-being and Sustainable Development www.wesd.net. The work is being extended towards three research themes with a vision to propel, direct, and facilitate society towards well-being through cross-disciplinary research within the following 3 research frames of thought:
1. The environment, well-being, and sustainable development
2. The community, well-being, and human security
3. The educational and well-being environment
Faculty of Science
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://www.sc.kku.ac.th/scienceweb/en
Tel: 0-4320-2371-2 และ 0-4320-2532
Khon Kean University (KKU) is the first regional university in Northeastern Thailand. Faculty of Science was one of the first three faculties established in KKU in 1965. It was first named the Faculty of Science and Arts and was founded to offer basic required courses to all students at KKU. The faculty started offering a Bachelor program in Science (B.Sc.) in 1973. In 1987, the faculty was renamed as the ‘Faculty of Science’ when the Departments of English and Library Science were transferred to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. At present, the faculty consists of nine departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Microbiology, Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science. In 2007, the faculty had 215 academic staff members, which encompassed 103 members with doctoral degrees, 103 with master degrees, and 9 with bachelor degrees.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Biology
To prepare graduates who possess knowledge and an understanding of theoretical and practicable biology, with operational competency. To prepare graduates, who possess knowledge in the biological field, with the capabilities to appropriately and accurately transfer the knowledge to personnel in their professional circles or to other individuals. To prepare graduates to produce research work on new bodies of knowledge in biology or in applicable research work, and to publicize the work in academic journals.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Chemistry
-Prepare graduates who possess broad knowledge and competency in theoretical and research chemistry, covering all branches in the field.
- Prepare graduates who possess vision, initiative and creativity and are able to integrate the knowledge in order to develop chemistry disciplinary work that responds to the changing world and leads to increased sustainable self-dependence in science and technology.
- Prepare chemists who possess good scientific attitudes and are capable of transferring accurate knowledge to personnel in their professional circles or to other individuals, and to possess the morals, ethics, and virtues of a true researcher.
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology
To prepare PhD graduates who possess research competency, with excellent ability to transfer knowledge in materials science and nanotechnology in order to create research work that will lead to new bodies of knowledge and that will develop towards scientific progress that is useful in solving scientific and technological problems both domestically and internationally.
Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Functional Materials
* Copper coordination compounds: syntheses and X-ray crystal structures, stereochemistries and their spectroscopic properties, magnetic properties and magneto-structural correlations.
* Design of molecular materials with novel architectures and search for their functions towards dynamic structural transformation, ion- exchange, catalysis and molecular magnetism.
Chemical constituents and biological activities from plants and fungi
The major interest is the regulation of secondary metabolism from medicinal plants in the Northeastern part of Thailand, fungi, and mushrooms. This involves the evaluation of biological activities e.g. anti-microbial, anti-malarial, anti-TB, and anticancer properties of the isolated compounds. The major compounds isolated from antagonistic fungi such as Chaetomium spp, Trichoderma harzianum PC01 are also used as plant biocontrols (plant-pathogenic fungi, elicitors, plant growth promoters). In addition, traditional Thai medicine, anti-diabetic regimen was also studied.
Culture of the Fairy Shrimp
Recent experiments of S. sirindhornae and have been discovered in Thailand since 2000. Since then, these fairy shrimp have been continuously studied in terms of their distributions, methods of optimal cyst hatching, life cycle, mass culture techniques, and nutritional composition. Attempts have been made to culture this new species in order to use them as a new live food for freshwater aquatic animals such as prawns, shrimp, and ornamental fish. These Thai fairy shrimps are characterized by high egg hatchability, short B. thailandensis demonstrated that they can be cultured in concrete ponds at an initial density of 50 nauplii L-1. Mass cultures of S. sirindhornae have also been done successfully in rectangular earthen ponds (1,600-3,200 m2) at an initial density of 1,250 individuals m-2.
Faculty of Engineering
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://www.en.kku.ac.th
Fax: 043-362-087, หรือ 043-362-142
Founded in 1964, the Faculty of Engineering of Khon Kaen University is the first engineering faculty to be established outside Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. The Faculty of Engineering has a strong record of achievement. So far the faculty has produced more than 12,000 graduates with Bachelor and Post-graduate degrees. Most of these graduates are now working in and contributing to all sectors of the Thai economy. The Faculty can boast a number of graduates who have assumed top posts in government and industrial organizations. More than eighty-five percent of our graduates find employment within six months after completing their degrees. All our degree programs have been accredited with professional bodies such as the Council of Engineers and other governmental and industrial organizations. This provides our graduates with opportunities and professional memberships. At present, the total number of students stands at 3,661, which is approximately 10 percent of the student body of the entire university.
The staff is the most important factor in our success. There are currently 152 academic staff members and 168 supporting staff members in the faculty. Nearly all of the members of our teaching staff have received their background training from renowned universities overseas. In terms of staff qualification, the Faculty of Engineering of Khon Kaen University is second to none in Thailand. Across every field of engineering, we strive to achieve higher goals in all areas. Our strategic plan contains three main areas of focus - professional education, excellence in research, and community engagement. Using the strategic plan, we aim to raise the standards and quality of our graduates, to increase quality research output by increasing post-graduate students, and to better engage the community, especially the indigenous communities. Through research, teaching and learning, and working with communities, the Faculty continues to achieve and deliver more.
Bachelor of Engineering Program
- Eight under graduate programs of Faculty of Engineering including Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. These programs are certified by The Council of Engineering, Thailand.
- The teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering at KKU are experts and have received degrees from renowned universities around the world.
Master of Engineering (Energy Engineering)
- Master of Engineering course attracts a lot of people who would like to pursue a Master degree.
- This curriculum is taught in accordance with the current state of the world.
- The teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering at KKU are well accepted and are energy experts both nationally and internationally.
- The course has been integrated from many fields of Engineering.
Ph.D. of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
- The course attracts a lot of international students who would like to pursue a Ph.D. in this area.
- The teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering at KKU are well accepted and are energy experts both nationally and internationally.
Ordinary cement, often called Portland cement, is a serious atmospheric pollutant and is a main cause for Global Warming. Thus, the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Development Center (SIRDC) at the Faculty of Engineering at Khon Kaen University has been working on an alternative cement called “Geopolymer” which instead uses a Pozzolan material that consists of silica and alumina. The advantages of Geopolymer are not only the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy during cement manufacture, but also a reduction of agricultural and industrial waste. For instance, bagasse and fly ash can be reused in the cement manufacturing process.
Integrated Environmental Management of the Pong River
The Pong River is the most important river in the Northeastern region of Thailand. The river is the main source for agriculture, fishing, industrial usage, and consumption. Lacking a cooperative plan and proper management, the river is now heavily polluted. The Research Center for Environmental and Hazardous Substance Management (EHSM) at the Faculty of Engineering at KKU has realized the problem and has been leading an inter-disciplinary team to conduct research on the economy, the societies, the environment, and on public participation. Also, the team has been using a mathematical model to bring about measures to manage and control the usage of the Pong River. Moreover, these measures can be applied to the environmental policy in the future.
Research on Competency for Thai Rice Combine Harvester
The competency of Thai Rice Combine Harvester is the main focal point for the central research topics. These topics include harvesting loss; factors of the harvesting unit, threshing unit and cleaning unit that affects harvesting loss; usability and appropriate calibrations; tools to reduce the vibration of header unit; designs that have an impact on threshing unit loss; and the energy efficiency of threshing machine.
3D Chiral Meta-materials: Negative Refractive Index and Chirality Control
3D chiral meta-materials are artificial or man-made electromagnetic materials, which can be effectively designed to control electromagnetic waves and light behaviors, for instance, polarization, refractive index, diffraction, interference and losses in electromagnetic transmission. These advantages found in chiral meta-materials elevate propagation flexibility, which will open new possibilities in electromagnetic and optical devices such as perfect lenses and invisible objects.
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
Khon Kaen University
Tel/Fax : 043-202396
The Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts was founded in 1994 and has 4 main objectives:
1. To produce graduates with well-balanced knowledge, morals and wisdom and to develop graduates who will enhance their own personal skills with a broad range of expertise in Western and Local Arts in Northeastern Thailand.
2. To be the center for research and academic services for both Western and Local Arts in Northeastern Thailand.
3. To provide academic services to the community, the nation, and to the world.
4. To preserve and promote arts and culture in Northeastern Thailand.
The Northeast or Isaan region constitutes approximately one-third of the country in area as well as in population. Unfortunately, it is also the least developed part of the country. With its unique arts and culture, there are many sectors that make an effort to preserve the Arts and Culture. However, because large sums of money are needed for the preservation arts and culture, there is no single sector to properly and continually take responsibility for this duty.
Being a leading university in the Northeastern Thailand, KKU has discovered that one of its major responsibilities is to be in charge the Arts and Culture. Therefore, the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts was established to assist the community in creating education opportunities, solving problems, and in creating a well-balanced and long-lasting development.
- Art and Cultural Research Program The Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs aim to integrate the knowledge of the Arts and Culture within the Mekong Sub-region in order to create expertise in the field and to create scholars who are capable of producing research and creative works of art in response to a creative economy.
- Visual Communication Design The aim of the program is to produce graduates with creative thinking, who are able to understand the principles of design and the responsibilities of being designers, and who can develop a strong work ethic. Our program puts emphasis on our graduates’ creative thinking and work performance. The students are introduced to a variety of business art courses: the printed design, packaging design, and video and movie production. A student-centered approach is provided in our teaching styles to stimulate the students’ freedom of thought, creative thinking, systematic planning, and design. The program provides numerous performances and lecture demonstrations in schools through group discussions, workshops, and seminars with instructors, artists, and specialists from both inside and outside the university. Workshops and academic activities are organized through the cooperation between the program and other organizations and art institutes.
- Folk Music and Performance Program The program’s objective is to produce well-balanced graduates with both theoretical and practical knowledge of Folk Music and Performance. Graduates are able to perform their skills publicly. We emphasize supporting the students to develop their individual abilities. Our program offers a variety of courses, including folk music and performance, mixed folk music and performance, principles of performance, folk drama, and costumes. The program provides numerous performances and lecture demonstrations in schools through group discussions, workshops, and seminars with instructors, artists, and specialists from within the university and outside of the university. The program also arranges workshops and activities with organizations and international music institutes.
Aesthetic Identity of Fine Art works in the Mekong Basin
The research work including Handicraft, Mural painting of the Buddha image, Music and dance
The Mekong is an important river of Asia. It not only serves as boundary lines for many countries, but is also a centre where lives and cultures are joined together. The purpose of the research is to study folk wisdom, identity, and the interaction of Fine Arts such as images of The Buddha, wickerwork, Mural painting, Performing Arts and Music in the Mekong basin.
Buddha Image: The characteristics of Buddha image can be divided into 2 periods. The first period has shown the Chieng-Sane’s character in Buddha images. However, there was no evidence of sculpting any more Buddha images during that time. The second period is less than 100 years old. The identity of the Buddha image of this period has shown a great influence from Myanmar Art. For example, the body of Buddha is colored white, the image is wearing robe of a monk and has red lips.
Handicrafts: The study found that the people from both sides of Northern area of Mekong River have produced handicrafts that fundamentally relate to their ways of life, traditions and beliefs. The crafters are mostly men. The materials such as bamboo or rattan are readily available from nature. The designs are simple and naïve.
Mural painting: The study found that there are 4 characteristics in the paintings: 1) The story from Buddhist belief, folklore and folk art, and culture is mainly represented in the painting. 2) The views of images in paintings are represented with the perspective of giving a bird’s eye view. 3) There is no exact scale of the image’s proportion in relation to people, animal or buildings. 4) There is no significant attempt to present the image in realistic style.
Music: There are 2 types of music. First is the music which based on music from the Royal Palace of Luang Phra Bang such as khapthum singing. Secondly, there is tribal music. However, both musical types use khap singing as melodic movement and chorus who, at the same time, are performing as musicians as well as the audience.
Performing arts: The same or related tribes from both sides of Mekong River have similar performances. Those performances are performed mainly in religious or traditional ceremonies. Due to the performance’s purposes, there also is significant evidence supporting interaction among the people. After the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos underwent a political change in 1975, the Bor-Kiew District created their own performance to present the district identity, which is in alignment with their national policy.
The Study of Metal Casting Folk Wisdom Method
Metal product industries and art schools at universities use many non-renewable materials. If waste from by-products can be re-used to produce something then it is good for environment and reduces the cost of production. Casting metals can be costly when modern techniques are used. This study suggests the use of the Folk Wisdom Method to cast metals. The method is expected to be inexpensive and as efficient as any modern casting technique. The results showed that in the metal casting process two sample groups used environmentally friendly raw materials, which could easily be bought at very low prices. The recommendation of this research was that the folk wisdom casting methods were appropriate for small and medium industries because it takes a long time to get and can be produced in small amounts. It reduces waste, generates incomes and helps to spread the knowledge base on the Folk Wisdom Method for metal casting.
Clay: Material in Contemporary Art
“Clay” Material in Contemporary Art is the study of the former local art which was created from clay. The study focused on the provinces along the Mekong River: Loei, Ubon Rathathani, Nokornpanom, Nong Khai and Mukdahan.
The practical seminar focused on the possibility of patterns, concepts, and techniques to create various kinds of art. The fieldwork study is basically the concept art by the various guest artists in Thailand. Each of them works in different fields of art.
The study shows that in the past the vernacular art of each province normally consisted of pagodas, temples, Buddhist temples, statues of Buddha, high relief and bass relief sculptures, I-san mural paintings, small Buddha images, terracotta and ceramic items, which have a high significance in the sense of history, social cultures and traditions, and definitely in the meaning of art. In particular, the uniqueness of the art in each locale is particularly interesting.
Faculty of Education
Fax : 043-343454
The Faculty of Education was officially established on 13 September 1968 in order to meet the increasing demand for qualified teachers throughout the country, to balance the educational quality between central and regional institutions, and to support educational and psychological research in the Northeastern region of Thailand.
Khon Kaen University Demonstration School
The Faculty of Education also provides management and advice to two demonstration schools which are based on a 12 year educational program of kindergarten, primary and secondary level of education. The demonstration schools, located on the campus of KKU, are recognized as having an instructional development base as well as a research and innovative educational programs that focus on the development of academic knowledge and abilities while preparing students for future educational opportunities.
Programs of Mathematics Education involve teacher professional development using Lesson Study and Open Approach and were the first institutions in Thailand to implement these innovations to develop mathematics teaching and learning. These programs prepare the mathematics teacher, mathematics curriculum developers, educators, researchers and the college and university mathematics education faculties.
In 2011, The Bachelors Program in Mathematics Education of KKU was founded to be the first of ten programs of Thailand that most students needed to enroll in.
In addition to interest in the use of Lesson Study and Open Approach and theories about the learning of mathematics, members of Mathematics Education faculty and graduate students also have been prompted to study and conduct research in mathematics curriculum development and evaluation, in mathematical understanding relating to teaching, and in the professional development of mathematics teachers. Collaborations in developing instructional management and research with leading international institutions and professional visiting professors are increasing. These learning and research activities have been conducted in accordance with The Center for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME), an outstanding mathematics research center in Thailand.
Teaching assistantships also held by doctoral students have included teaching mathematics methods courses for prospective elementary and secondary teachers, and/or supervising pre-service teachers in early field experiences.
Bachelor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Program – Dual Degree Program
Since 2004, the Faculty of Education has organized a dual degree program in TESOL with foreign universities. The courses, which students register for at overseas universities and with which MOU has signed, will be granted and credits will be transferred to the program at Khon Kaen University. Thus, teachers who graduate with a TESOL degree will develop their English skills to international standards, will be able to organize learning and teaching, and will be well-equipped with high morals and ethics and be well-versed in the teachers code of conduct. The students in TESOL program are also trained to form characters as specified under Khon Kaen University degree which emphasizes developing good attitudes toward learning and acquiring experience in their own profession in order that they can perform their jobs more effectively, can become prepared for an ever changing society, and can become sharp-minded, life-long learners with a keen eye for developing research opportunities.
Students in the TESOL program will be prepared to teach English as a second and foreign language through multiple means in order to satisfy national English curriculum standards. Students, who are exposed to English language and culture in their classrooms, in their communities, and in foreign language settings, will be well prepared to develop English language curricula and teaching materials, and to conduct classroom research and assessment to benefit their students and help them meet international standards. Additionally, students will be equipped with ethics, and morals as well as an inspiration for teaching.
Lesson Study as an Innovation for Teacher Professional Development: A Decade of Thailand Experience
During the 1970’s and 1980’s an open-ended approach emerged as a method to reform mathematics teaching in Japanese classrooms. Since then this method has been spreading around the world. In the 1990’s lesson study, a Japanese style of professional development, became known in other countries. Since that time, Thailand has been undergoing an educational reform movement that began in 1999. Unfortunately, in the opinion of the author, it was not until the introduction of the LS process and the Open Approach into schools, that evidence of a major change appeared in the teacher classroom response to this educational reform. The introduction of Lesson Study into Thai schools has influenced not only the improvement of teaching practice, but has also improved the system of teacher education. A number of major changes have occurred during the last nine years since the introduction of Lesson Study and the Open Approach in 2002. It has made a great contribution to the model of improving mathematics education in Thailand.
In 2002, the author introduced the ‘Open Approach’ using open-ended problems in mathematical activities with fifteen student teachers teaching in seven secondary schools in the city of Khon Kaen. The Lesson Study process was implemented implicitly without using the term ‘Lesson Study.’
In 2004 and 2005, the Open Approach was expanded to two districts in Khon Kaen Province. More than 800 teachers were trained to use open-ended problems in order to create rich mathematical activities in their classrooms.
From 2006-2008, the Center for Research in Mathematics Education started a long-term collaborative project with the Ministry of Education entitled “Improving Mathematical Thinking using Open Approach through Lesson Study Approach.”
In 2009, Lesson Study and Open Approach were implemented in 22 schools in Northeastern Thailand and in parts of Northern Thailand. This was a collaborative project with the Office of Basic Education and the Office of Higher Education, Ministry of Education.
In 2010, sixty Mathematics Student Teachers on internships from Khon Kaen University and six Mathematics Student Teachers on internships from Chiang Mai University did practice teaching at 22 project schools.
An assessment of Instructional Approach for Enhancing Competency of Attend Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disability and Autism Groups
This research, which was begun in 2006 and was completed in 2009, worked with 16 schools. These schools were divided into two groups of eight: 1) an experimental group and 2) a control group. The students in these schools passed through a screening process for people with AD/HD, L.D., and autism. The training model was developed by: 1) conducting needs assessment of teachers in target schools, 2) analyzing the needs and developing a training curriculum for administrators, school teachers, and parents, 3) having the teachers develop parallel lesson plans and implement them, and 4) making researcher visits, performing observations and reflecting with teachers, administrators and parents. The model included both a three-day Teachers Training and a one-day training for administrators and parents that focused on intervention techniques, curriculum development and the development of parallel lesson plans. This model showed that teachers felt confident in developing teaching material and in helping students with special needs in inclusive classrooms. The parents felt their children had learned from the process.
Faculty of Architecture
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://arch.kku.ac.th
The Faculty of Architecture was established 1988 in order to respond the needs of this profession in the Northeastern region of Thailand. At the time of the faculty’s establishment, there were only 33 architects in the region which accounted for only 1.76% of all architects in the country. We are proud to state that we are the first organization running an architecture course in Northeastern Thailand.
To attain international quality of education, we host many lectures from our tutors and professors as well as experts from other universities and well known practices from around the world. Students will get opportunities to learn in good environments both in the classroom and in field studies. We also provide full facilities, e.g. architecture and design library, computer laboratories, geographic information system (GIS) laboratory, building technology laboratory and the textile, wood, and ceramic workshops.
Bachelor of Architecture program aims to respond to the technological diversity and today’s era of globalization. The program is developed to reach the basic requirement of architectural practice as well as to obtain the international standard in architectural education.
Bachelor of Architecture in Industrial Design program aims to develop graduated students and support the development of industrial designers to acquire design knowledge and abilities as well as to increase value of products to their highest quality.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a source for planners, technicians, experts and researchers who have knowledge and are willing to put it to use in the appropriate direction. Students will learn how to effectively manage and support research in this program.
Master of Architecture in Building Technology program is the first program in the Northeastern Thailand that represents building technology and the ideas behind it. The important aims are to respond the needs of the building technology staff and to take action regarding the government’s energy saving policy and altering the knowledge of architecture to meet the world standard.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Khon Kaen University
Fax : 043-202-404
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is one of the three leading tertiary institutes in veterinary medicine in ASEAN and one of the 50 health science institutes in ASEAN. And by 2015, it is planning to be academically successful in aspects of animal health and sanitation as well as offering training in ethics, academic work and social services.
1. To produce veterinarians equipped with intelligence, ethics, and knowledge in both undergraduate and post-undergraduate level.
2. To be the central cooperation in research, investigations in animal diseases, and development of new bodies of knowledge and services.
3. To be the higher education hub providing academic services to the public, veterinarians, animal-breeding careers as well as general people in Thailand and ASEAN.
4. To preserve local wisdom and graceful culture for the balance and sustainability of the northeastern region and overall country.
1. To strengthen the feasible academic research. (Research for One Health).
2. To produce well-qualified and hand-on veterinarians (Job readiness).
3. To be the ASEAN animal health hub.
4. To be a friendly environment in workplace in order to enhancing the best quality.
Focusing on the achievement of ethics, academic quality and social services.
1. To prepare Veterinary students on job availability in all expert areas.
2. To research and construct new context of knowledge basis in order to addressing with animal health problems in the Khong River areas.
The faculty of veterinary medicine was established since 1986 to promote livestock production in North-eastern Thailand and to increase opportunities for higher education for local students. At that time, the faculty was the 13th Faculty to be established at Khon Kaen University, and the third Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to be established in Thailand. However, because of the growth of the Thai economy and the opening of markets for manufactured goods and the promotion of educational opportunities, the objectives of the faculty have been expanded to also serve students from our neighboring countries, which include Laos, Burma, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Students graduating from our faculty are ready for the job market because they have completed a wide array of academic, clinical, and research courses, including externship experiences.
The faculty is currently offering a six year curriculum for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. The graduate study programs are also conducted to strengthen the research capabilities of the faculty. Two graduate diploma programs, four master programs, and one doctoral program have been established : International Graduate Diploma Program in Livestock Diseases and Health Management, Graduate Diploma Program in Companion Animal Practice, International Master Program in Interdisciplinary Veterinary Science, Master Program in Theriogenology, Master Program in Veterinary Medicine, Master Program in Veterinary Public Health, and International Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Veterinary Science.
Our Research projects focus on animal health, zoonosis, food safety, and herbal medicine, and corresponds to the governmental policy to enhance animal food production. The diagnostic laboratory for emerging diseases (e.g. avian influenza) has also been established. Our faculties’ research work has been published both at national and international levels.
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) was established in order to support a variety of activities such as animal health care, veterinary student practice, and research in animal health. Currently, most activities involve dogs, cats, and cattle. VTH occasionally provides services for other species including horses, pigs, poultries, and wildlife. In addition, an ambulatory clinic has been provided for animal health services (mainly in dairy and beef cattle).
Animal Reservoir: A Neglected Factor in Eradication of Human Opisthochiasis
Opisthorchiasis, human liver fluke disease, is a food-borne parasitic zoonosis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini. The disease is transmissible by eating infected fish and fish products that are raw or undercooked. Since Khon Kaen is considered as a major human opisthorchiatic endemic area, several campaigns concerning the abstinence of eating raw fish among the risk group have been launched in this province. Nevertheless, the outcomes of the campaigning have seemed unsatisfactory because the previous data still shows high incidence of infection. One neglected factor affecting the unsuccessful eradication is the persistence of the disease in some animal reservoir hosts, such as dogs and cats. Our previous survey could reveal a much higher prevalence in cats (35.51%) than in dogs (0.37%). Surprisingly, the infected animals did not have any distinguish clinical signs and hematological changes, except in the optical density from serological studies, which was 3 times higher than in the healthy cats. Besides, the preliminary ultrasonographical study in the infected cats could disclose some pathological lesions which may be similar to those in humans. It is quite convincing that the cat is an important reservoir of human opisthorchiasis, which has been neglected in the eradicating measures.
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus infection in Thai Dairy Herds; what have we done?
From 2000 until the present, a series of BVDV studies has been carried out in the Northeastern part of Thailand, especially in Khon Kaen province.
Epidemiology: Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is an important pestivirus of cattle that has a worldwide distribution and tends to be endemic in most populations, although national and regional variations occur. In 2000-2001, BTM analysis and individual testing in 11 dairy herds was done in the dairy populations of 3 provinces of the Northeast. From the study, a self-clearance process was found to be suspicious. A confirmation of the self-clearance process was proven by a long-term study of the 186 dairy herds in same population from 2002-2004 with 4 consecutive samples. Based on experiences from BVDV-eradicated countries, this process can continue as long as introductions of the infections to non-infected herds are prevented. However, a strict biosecurity of animal movement had not been regularly practiced, especially for BVDV. As a result, in 2008, a BTM survey of 420 dairy herds in Khon Kaen Province indicated that 10% of the herds had an active status of BVDV infection. Supported by NSTDA, a survey of the current status of the infection has been made in Khon Kaen and neighboring provinces.
Impact of the infection: Introduction of BVDV to a susceptible herd results in failure in cattle reproduction and economic losses for the farmers. During a study in 2008-2009, 37 active infection herds were visited, and individual samples and reproductive data were collected. At the same time, and from the same number of herds data was collected from an infection-free group of 37 herds. The reproductive index i.e. Calving to first service interval (CFS), Calving to conception interval (CCI), Calving interval (CI) and Overall pregnancy rate of herds that are actively infected are significantly poorer than herds that are free of BVDV infection. Calculating the estimates of other losses due to the infection such as milk production and sickness is ongoing, and is also supported by NSTDA.
The Virus: There are three genetically distinct genotypes of cattle pestiviruses; BVDV-1, BVDV-2 and atypical pestivirus. According to a survey in 2004, an atypical isolate Th/04_KhonKaen is the first atypical isolate that has been found in a living calf. The isolate was subsequently analyzed and its whole genome structure revealed a unique structure of virus genome. Five new isolates were identified in 2008-2009. Among of them, 2 were identified as atypical pestivirus. In the near future, the new isolates will be genetically analyzed.
Implementation of diagnostic tools for Thai isolate: A commercial Erns capture ELISA was evaluated in comparison with the VI test for detection of BVDV antigen in Thai cattle sera. The development of an antigen capture ELISA for the detection of Thai atypical pestivirus is in process and is supported by TRF.
Faculty of Public Health
Khon Kaen University
KKU’s Faculty of Public Health was founded in 1978. The Faculty of Public Health was originally established to improve and develop the knowledge and skills of public health professionals and students following the government’s policy and plan of Public Health Development, which was aimed at complete national coverage.
The Faculty of Public Health consists of six departments: Biostatistics and Demography, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Education, Nutrition, and Public Health Administration. Teaching and learning is organized under the Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health, a 4-year curriculum, in which the first group of undergraduate students was enrolled in 1980. The curricula for the teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels have been continually improved. Our faculty currently offers four programs of study at the undergraduate level and seven programs at the Masters level, plus two doctoral programs.
Bachelor of Science (Public Health) Program in Environmental Health Science and Occupational Health and Safety
This program is designed to train skilled health professionals to work in a range of environments to promote and ensure the health and safety of workers and of the environment at various places of work. The program aims to produce graduates with skills and knowledge to work in a range of diverse work environments, where they can identify and prevent workplace and environmental hazards.
In addition to sound theoretical studies, during the third year of study and again during the final semester of study, the course offers students practical learning experience, with intensive practical training which includes mentoring. These three month training periods will be undertaken in workplaces, such as factories, hospitals, and/or local government. This course focuses on developing positive attitudes to promote safety and quality of life for workers and employees.
Master of Public Health in Biostatistics
It is widely accepted that health research plays a very important role in the management of health services. Statistics are a key part of such research, as they play an important role in “turning data into information” which can be used in planning, monitoring, and evaluation of health programs, thus ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of health development. Biostatics are an integral part of such research activities.
The Department of Biostatistics and Demography in the Faculty of Public Health and the Clinical Epidemiology Unit in the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University have collaboratively developed this degree program to provide graduate training in the methods of biostatistics as applied to public health problems.
Each course of the program uses data from the actual research of the department staff. The research areas of the staff include clinical research, health survey research, meta-analysis, and health measurement. In addition, research-based learning and/or problem-based learning provide teaching opportunities within the program.
Doctor of Public Health (International Program)
To produce leaders in:
1. The identification of health care system problems and their complex interrelationships with social, cultural, economical, and environmental contexts.
2. The use of evidence-based information knowledge management, to initiate new health policies and innovations in healthcare, and health system management applied to local, regional and national levels.
3. The development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health research, to gain new knowledge and skills in solving health problems.
4. The health profession with high morals, especially in integrated health service system management.
This program is designed for those with developed skills and interests in public health administration, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, applied health promotion, applied nutrition, epidemiology, and other relevant areas.
Exploring Mekong Region Futures
The Exploring Mekong Region Futures project (EMRF) is funded by two Australian government organizations under the CSIRO-AusAID Research for Development Alliance program and is managed by researchers at CSIRO. The project focuses on the dynamic interactions that occur with the management of food, energy, and water at local and regional scales. The research is based in five riparian countries, China, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with CSIRO working with collaborating organizations such as Khon Kaen University and the Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok. The EMRF project is exploring regional and local policies, decisions, strategies and livelihood outcomes to ascertain risks, benefits and costs of potential development pathways of the future. Regional factors that are being investigated because they influence decisions and livelihoods include: cross-border investment flows, climate change, rapid land use change, and urbanization.
Of the five local studies being conducted beneath the umbrella regional study, the Thailand study focuses on the Northeastern region, Isaan, where the population has the country’s lowest average income and for decades has been a top priority for national development schemes. In this fast-developing region, the future of agriculture is an important factor and could involve the expansion of large-scale irrigation projects and agribusiness promotion. To understand the dynamics of such actions this project is developing participatory scenario processes for Northeastern Thailand, framed by larger-scale (national and Mekong) contexts.
The findings from the scenario building and modeling activities will inform policy development activities of the Thai River Basin Committee, key members of which have been integrated into the community engagement activities from the outset of the project. With more community engagement events to be held in early 2012 and a policy seminar later in the year, is it hoped that the novel methods employed in EMRF project will have a positive influence on the region.
Prevention and Control of Diabetes in the Northeast Region of Thailand
The Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University (FPH) is initiating an applied research project to assess the impact of Diabetes Mellitus type 2 (DM) in Thailand, in order to provide local health authorities with more relevant information about the disease. This information is needed so that primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention can be enhanced and the impact of DM can be mitigated. DM is a significant health concern in Thailand, ranking eighth for males and second for females on the list of major diseases attributable to disability adjusted life years (DALY).
This project is to be undertaken in Nong Bua Lamphu province in Northern Thailand, in co-operation with the local health administration on the provincial, district, and sub-district levels. In tackling the diagnosis and treatment of this major disease, the principles of prevention employed include close co-operation between several organizations: the sub-district health authorities, primary care units (PCUs), and the community hospitals.
The following suggestions for research are based on the discussions with relevant stakeholders and justified by subsequent findings. The FPH aims to:
1. Assess the prevalence of DM and hypothyroidism (HT) in Nong Bua Lamphu province based on a representative sample of the population aged 35 years and above.
2. Verify the screening results by using HbA1c as a golden standard.
3. Assess risk factors for the development of DM, including hereditary factors.
4. Investigate the duration of DM disease and the occurrence of complications.
5. Intervene for the prevention of DM.
The team of FPH researchers will be conducting this research with the support and cooperation of public health officials from all governmental levels in the province. With the remarkable commitment currently observed within the public health offices to combat DM, it is felt that the collaboration between the two parties will be of great mutual benefit.
Khon Kaen University
The Graduate School was established in 1978 with the view to expand the capacity of the University by producing more highly qualified graduates, academicians and researchers. All graduate programs offered at KKU are coordinated through the School’s head Office. Interdisciplinary programs and joint co-operation programs with other institutions, both within and outside of the country, are also organized by the Graduate School.
The Graduate School is loaded with burdens in designing programs and ensuring educational quality at the graduate level. Moreover, the Graduate School is advancing research both nationally and internationally.
Our graduate students receive a rigorous education within a sympathetic and supportive ethos. The strong connection that has been created between the Graduate School and others faculties continues to make an invaluable contribution to the cultural and academic life to the University, society, and to the country.
At present, with more than 8,000 graduate students and approximately 300 students from overseas, the Graduate School’s mission is to accurately administer and develop graduate programs, rules, and practices, and, in addition, to foster cooperation between the university and other academic institutions. We also process students’ petitions on educational issues and provide effective and friendly services to international students.
The Graduate School has its mission:
- To stimulate graduate policy and planning development.
- To advance the academic quality of graduates.
- To administer and monitor the multi-disciplinary programs.
- To preserve and assure the standards of graduate studies.
Doctoral Degree in Public Health
This is a joint degree program among 7 faculties related to the health sciences and is under the management of the Graduate School, the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Public Health is an advanced educational program for health professionals from a variety of medical and health science related backgrounds, who seek to further develop their advanced professional skills. It aims to develop and enhance advanced skills of students in establishing knowledge to solve health problems. The program intensively places emphasis on supporting the students to incorporate their areas of expertise in a particular discipline and their professional experiences into an advanced knowledge of public health.
Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Science
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Biomedical Science operates under a collaboration of the Graduate School, the Faculty of Associated Medical Science, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and the Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine at Prince of Songkla University. The program is research-oriented, offers standard teaching and learning that encourages students to develop a research project that focuses on specific scientific disciplines in the biomedical sciences.
Master of Rural Development Management (MRDM)
Master of Rural Development Management Program (MRDM) is a collaborative program under the management of the Graduate School, Khon Kaen University, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Engineering. The program is designed to raise interdisciplinary understanding of the issues and problems confronting rural societies in developing countries, and to identify approaches for their betterment. The program also equips students with methodologies and skills that will enable them to actively partake in rural development processes.
The MRDM program is flexible and allows for some degree of student specialization in their particular areas of undergraduate study and/or previous work experience. Each academic year, about 10-15 students enroll in this program. They come from several countries including Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Namibia, Gambia, and the U.S.A.
Nong Khai Campus
Khon Kaen University
Tel: 042 – 415600
Fax: 042 - 415699
Nong Khai Campus (NKC) is a satellite campus of Khon Kaen University, and is situated on 516 rai, just off Charleamprakiet Road in Muang District of Nong Khai Province.
The city of Nong Khai lies on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and is linked to the Laos PDR and its capital, Vientiane, by the impressive Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. The province has good rail and road links to the rest of Thailand, and the recently opened Udon Thani International Airport has greatly increased accessibility to the region.
NKC is a valuable member of the local community, and one of its goals is to help local industries and communities to develop economically and socially by providing graduates to work in these various fields, as well as to undertake valuable research. Being so close to the Mekong River, the campus is the ideal gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) which is comprised of Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and China’s Yunnan province. NKC is in an ideal location for the Fisheries Department, and for the Food Technology Department to utilize the abundance of fruit and vegetables grown in the region.
The region is also becoming an increasingly important tourist destination and the Hotel & Tourism Management Department plays a very active role in this sector.
Currently, there are 3 major departments at Nong Khai Campus: the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Applied Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Business Administration and Management. There are 15 fields of bachelor degrees available. Our outstanding programs are Agro-Industry and Fisheries. NKC‘s master degrees, a Master of Agricultural Technology and Logistics Management and a Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), are specially designed for students in the GMS.
NKC also hosts an Academic Preparation Center (APC) which was established to teach the Thai language. The objective of APC is for the international students to develop competency in the Thai language for all skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Students who pass Thai for Academic Purposes (TAP) and Thai for Tourism (TT) will be awarded certificates from the Campus.
The fisheries program provided by the campus is well accepted by foreign countries. Japan and Laos PDR are also interested in studying fresh water fishes in the Mekong River with NKC. The Aquatic Animal Research and Technology Development Center was established to promote student-centered learning. It gives fisheries students vocational skills in research and in the breeding of aquatic animals. NKC also extends its specialization in the fisheries program to National University of Laos, Nabong Campus, in establishment of a fisheries field at the Laos campus.
NKC’s Hotel and Tourism Management is also popular. Students have chance to learn both in the classroom and to have hands-on experience via authentic sources. To fulfill the course, students are assigned to organize tours, especially in Laos for auspicious occasions. In addition, students are required to organize seminars on topics related to tourism. To complete the program, students have to take a training course in a real environment like a hotel, a tourism company, or in a privately owned or state owned organization to develop their competencies.
Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) aims to build thinkers, inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the present international business environment of globalization. The strength of the program is to build independent entrepreneurs who know how to develop business innovations that can take local businesses to an international level. The MBA program also focuses on business competition that leads to sustainable development for the nation. Additionally, the course places significance on looking for channels for business development for learners in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in order that they can develop and operate their own businesses in the region.
Our outstanding research studies mostly are in fisheries. Our prominent researcher is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wirat Jiewyam, a specialist in aquaculture technology. His important research is “A Study on Water Quality and Status of Fishery Resources for Conservation of Wetland: Bung Khong Long, Nong Khai Province). This research was financially supported by Office of National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) in 2009. The study has been conducted in accordance to the King’s royal-initiated idea in conserving environment and natural resources. Abundant wetlands also exist in Nong Khai province. Bung Khong Long is 13 kilometers in length. It flows into Mekong River which demarcates the border between Thailand and Laos PDR. The research focuses on water quality studies in the wetlands in terms of physics, chemistry, biology, and the status of the wetland’s fisheries resources. The research was conducted from June 1, 2009 – November 2010.
Another interesting research is the study on “The effect of stocking on yield, growth, and survival of Asian river catfish (Pangasius bocourti Sauvage, 1880) cultured in cages”. The results indicate an initial lower stocking threshold for Asian river catfish of above 5.20 kilograms/cubic meter. The Asian river catfish cultured in small cages that were placed in ponds reached the desirable market size of more than 200 grams within a 90-day growing period.
A prominent research on plants conducted on the topic of “Assessment of the rpoB and rpoC1 Plastid DNA Regions for Their Suitability as DNA Barcodes for Identification of Plants in the Genus Alpinia Roxb. (Zingiberaceae)” was studied by Dr. Surapon Saensouk, the NKC director.
According to the study, plastid genes rpoB and rpoC1 were evaluated for their suitability to be applied as DNA barcodes for plants in the genus Alpinia (17 species, 19 samples).The analysis of discrimination potential of plants under study of both DNA regions revealed that rpoB could distinguish 10 plants species out of 16 species which accounted for 62.5%, while rpoC1 could distinguish 8 out of 15 species accounting for 53.3%. The use of either rpoB or rpoC1 alone did not give good discrimination power. However, when DNA sequence data from other genes were co-analyzed, the discrimination power increased. The best pair of genes that showed highest potential in distinguishing plant species was a pair composed of rpoB and matK. Using both of them together could distinguish all plant species in the study. The results support the idea of using multi-locus barcodes for plant identification.
College of Local Administration
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://cola.kku.ac.th
Tel. : 0-4320-3124
Fax : 0-4320-3133
The College of Local Administration or “COLA” offers a variety of curriculums from undergraduate to doctoral programs in order to accommodate national changes in terms of decentralization and public services. We offer three undergraduate courses as follows: Bachelor of Public Administration with a major in Local Government, Bachelor of Public Administration with a major in Fiscal Management, and Bachelor of Technology with a major in Construction and Urban Management. Two postgraduate courses are offered including Master of Public Administration with a major in Local Government, and Master of Public Administration with a major in Police and Community Administration. One doctoral program, a Doctorate of Public Administration with a major in Public Affairs Management, is also offered.
Doctor of Public Administration in Public Affairs Management
DPA in Public Affairs Management is not only the first program related to the field of public affairs management in Thailand, but is also a collaborative program between three of the worlds’ leading universities, namely Khon Kaen University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Master of Public Administration in Local Government
Being the first program of its kind to be run in Thailand, MPA in Local Government offers in-depth theories and practices regarding local administration and development for administrators and practitioners.
Bachelor of Public Administration in Local Government
BPA in Local Government aims at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of local governmental officers. The program offers fundamental and critical knowledge and the skills required for managing local organizations.
The majority of the master degree students are encouraged to transfer their tacit knowledge to one explicit area via conducting research. This key mechanism allows us to benefit from diverse, in-depth and applicable bodies of knowledge and to become the leading institution in the area of local governance in Thailand.
Administration Innovation of Thailand’s Local Governments
This research aims to seek the best practices and innovations in local administration organization nationwide.
Decentralization of Authorities to Local Government
This research aims to scrutinize the extent of decentralizing central authorities in local administration organizations.
Khon Kaen University
Website : http://www.ic.kku.ac.th
Tel. : 043-20-2173, 043-20-2424
Fax : 043-20-2424
The International College at Khon Kaen University was recently established in accordance with the university’s strategic plan, which aims to become the leading international education center for the country, especially for the northeastern region and for Asia.
It is focused on the well-balanced integration of theories and hands-on experience.
The students from Thailand, China, Korea, Taiwan and countries around the Mekong sub-region will have opportunities to enrich their learning through different methods of teaching and learning and to appreciate cultural diversity through classroom interactions, extra-curricular activities, exposure trips, and internships within Thailand and outside of the country.
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
The Bachelor of Arts Program in International Affairs, Khon Kaen University emphasizes the development of human resources through holistic knowledge as it relates to political science, economics, sociology, and management, which can foster an understanding of the worldwide situation, common global issues, and can result in a sustainable development approach. In order for students to work in various organizations that have proper roles and function in carrying out activities with foreign countries at different levels, they must possess functional English and communication skills that would enable them to work in an environment related to foreign affairs. Moreover, with the advantage of the university’s location at the center of the Mekong Sub-Region and its ability to network on activities with foreign countries, the students’ capabilities can be enhanced through direct work experience regarding international affairs within and outside of the country.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business
The Bachelor of Business Administration Program in Global Business, Khon Kaen University places the emphasis on developing human resources through holistic knowledge as it relates to international business and global business management. The graduates must have an understanding of different cultural backgrounds, which is crucial for conducting international business, and must possess functional English skills in order for them to work in English speaking environments. In addition, with the advantage of the university’s location at the center of Mekong Sub-Region and its networking on activities with foreign countries, the students’ capabilities can be enhanced through direct work experience regarding International Business Management within Thailand and outside of the country.
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Marketing
Khon Kaen University’s Bachelor of Business Administration Program in International Marketing is conducted in English. It emphasizes human resources by integrating knowledge about international marketing. In addition, the graduates are expected to gain knowledge and understanding in different backgrounds, marketing environments and cultures, which are important in the potential development of international marketing. Finally, graduates are also expected to develop valuable English skills for communication in their workplaces. Moreover, due to the university’s location at the center of the Mekong Sub-Region, the other international connections of the university have made, and the activities that the university has achieved, the graduates are able to excel in marketing in the Mekong Sub-Region, the stronghold of investment and economic growth. This will provide valuable working experience and enhance the students’ potential for post-graduate marketing administration both domestically and internationally.
Introducing the Regional Varieties of Asian Capitalism Approach to Lao PDR
This research note proposes the entry of the emerging body of knowledge on Varieties of Asian Capitalism into Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam. While geographers and economists have begun to study capitalist diversity in several Southeast Asian countries, former “Indo China” has so far been neglected. This seems to be an omission as economic reform in these three countries provides much scope for research into the varieties of capitalism. After an update on the latest theoretical insights, this note introduces a research agenda focusing on capitalist institutions and their evolution in Lao PDR. Here in the southern part of the country, Savannakhet province is presented as a potential suitable research site, and it is hoped that both academics and policy-makers take up this agenda in order to increase our comparative knowledge of capitalist institutions and their potential to achieve poverty reduction in peripheral regions of Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Tourists’ perceptions and expectations of an authentic home-stay experience in Thailand: Should accommodation attributes be modified for commercial viability?
The purpose of this research was to identify what foreign tourists perceive to be an authentic homestay experience in Thailand, what attributes could be modified to make authentic homestays commercially viable, and to add to the development of a marketing strategy for authentic homestay properties in Thailand. The survey participants were 167 foreign tourists and the questionnaire was divided into three sections. Firstly, participants were asked to indicate how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the dictionary definition of ‘homestay’. Next, they were shown a series of photographs and asked to indicate how closely each picture matched their perception of a homestay in Thailand. The second section of the questionnaire asked participants to indicate how important a range of accommodation attributes and associated activities would be if they were choosing a homestay experience. The final section asked participants several demographic questions. The results support the argument for customized authenticity because many potential homestay guests have similar perceptions regarding a homestay experience in Thailand, but their perceptions may differ regarding the attributes they expect to be available for them. The study offers important elements to the ongoing development of a marketing strategy for authentic homestay properties in Thailand and offers support for an online intelligent decision support system. Sustainable tourism businesses not only need a marketable tourism product, but also perhaps more importantly, they must be accessible to the marketplace.
College of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), the first autonomous degree-granting unit within Khon Kaen University, was approved by the University Council in March of 1997. Prior to the inauguration of CGSM, the first batch of 60 MBA students enrolled at the Faculty of Management Science at Khon Kaen University in March of 1994.
To be consistent and in alignment with the Fourth National Higher Education Plan, , Khon Kaen University as an institution for higher education has implemented policies to support the development of Graduate Study and to meet the demands of the country and the region. The University Council approved the CGSM plan to organize MBA programs at the Bangkok Office in 2000.
Having the ultimate goal to upgrade the administrative potential of the people in Thailand, CGSM has committed to: 1) provide the educational opportunities at the graduate studies in management, 2) conduct and support research related to business and administration, and 3) extend its role for community outreach.
As part of Khon Kean University, the University Council is the top governing body at the policy level for the whole university. At CGSM, the Board of Directors play an important role at the policy-making level and the Executive Board governs CGSM at the operational level. The operation of CGSM is under the guidance of the Director and the Deputy Directors.
Master of Business Administration programs that are currently offered at CGSM, Khon Kaen University and CGSM at the Bangkok Office are the Young Executive Program and the Executive Program. These programs are two years in duration and are divided into four areas of concentration as follows:
- Business Leadership
- Health Care Management
- Industrial Management
The executive MBA program is designed for those who wish to maintain their career responsibilities as well as to enjoy their educational opportunities.
All courses and other required activities are conducted during weekends. This course is well suited for talented and ambitious managers, entrepreneurs and others with working experience who wish to gain knowledge and experience to broaden their potentials through practical career development.
The Young Executive MBA program is operated during the weekdays, and is exclusively designed for new university graduates or those with less working experience who can devote themselves to study on a full time basis. This course is designed for middle managers and young entrepreneurs.
Results of Appreciative Inquiry Development under the Community of Practice – The understanding of Gender intelligence of Thailand Appreciative Inquiry Network Impact of Organization Development Interventions on Human Capital: A case study of Thailand Appreciative Inquiry Network
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in the Community of Practice (CoP) has been developed under the Thailand Appreciative Inquiry Network (website: www.aithailand.org.) It focuses upon publicizing papers and providing consultation in the AI concept to interested individuals from all occupations, educational levels, positions, and institutions. At present, there are 202 permanent members. AI is an art of positive inquiry based on the assumption that in every paradigm, individual, or organization, there is at least a hidden matter waiting to be disclosed and extended for the owner’s advantage. This concept can be applied in many disciplines, no matter whether they are administration, medicine, engineering, or knowledge management.
AI Community Thailand has its mission to create, coordinate, carve, consecrate. “Create” means create personnel with knowledge and understanding who will be able to develop AI project in organizations through free consultation with community experts. “Coordinate” means coordinate experts in various fields to join and support AI projects to the community. “Carve” is promoting the community people to apply AI in different disciplines without limitation. “Consecrate” means promoting provision of knowledge in order to reduce the cost of access to knowledge among people in the society.
Characteristics of Management Integration Leaders
A case study of collaboration Integration between Police and Soil Expertise Volunteers: The study of management integration of Leaders: a case study of collaboration Integration between Police and Soil Expertise Volunteer (Research funds of Regional Police Area 4)
An Empirical Investigation of Transition Management in Public Healthcare to e-Medicare: A Case Study of Thailand. The proposal provides for information management transition to hospitals in the digital age and prepares for the readiness of future hospital services and the dissemination of information in the Health System Research institute (HSR).