Building on decades of stability and rising prosperity, Thailand has made substantial gains in the development of its human capital. Guided by the sufficiency economy philosophy, devised by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country has established an effective welfare state focused on expanding and improving access to education and health care. As such, the nation performs relatively well across a range of metrics, with an adult literacy rate of 96.7% in 2016 and the expected length of schooling…
Education & Health
From The Report: Thailand 2018
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While Thailand has been successful in expanding access to education, the sector faces some challenges. The country is falling behind in the quality of provision, and policy has been slow to adapt to global labour market trends. Nevertheless, there are signs that this is changing: the government has set about pursuing an education strategy with clear goals, and efforts are under way to streamline administration and assessment. Thailand has been reaping the benefits of an expanding global health care industry, as its large number of internationally accredited hospitals and qualified practitioners continue to attract clientele from both developing and developed countries. At the same time, the universal coverage framework has succeeded in providing health care to nearly the entire population. This chapter contains interviews with Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education; Pailin Chuchottaworn, Former Chairman of the Council, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology; and Gordon Cameron, Vice-president, Asia-Pacific Area, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International.