Being a student in 2016 vs 2017 in Thailand

Many international students choose Taiwan as a place to study because of its affordability. It is also popular with native students too. Lots of international students tend to visit Thailand for studies due to its affordability. In addition, plenty of opportunities are available for the native students in Thailand as well. However, the student life in Thailand has changed significantly over the past 12 months. Here is a list of some of the most prominent changes that the students in Thailand had to go through during the time period.

As mentioned earlier, the living cost of Thailand is relatively low when compared to other countries in the world. However, inflation within the country grew significantly from 2016 to 1017. This has created an impact on student life as well. As a result, students have found it difficult to live in Thailand and make the most of a small budget. Inflation has significantly increased living costs from tuition fees to essentials that students need for their studies and day to day living.  For example, the cost of food and cost of accommodation has increased significantly.

Public investment can be considered as one of the major contributors to higher education in Thailand. Society in general meets the cost of university so students can pursue an education. That being said, the amount of money that is being allocated by the government has been in decline in recent years which has ultimately impacted on the standard of education.

When money assigned to the government is reduced, the quality of education has declined. As a result, this had an impact on the number of students wanting to enrol in higher education. Lecturers were not receiving an adequate salary and they began to move overseas to pursue better teaching opportunities. Combined, all of these factors have contributed to a reduction in standards and the quality of education received by university students.

The above guide has provided an overview of some important changes that have taken place in the past year and unfortunately the situation doesn’t look set to improve. The more standards worsen the less attractive university appeals to young people both in Thailand and overseas. It is expected that student numbers will continue to decrease further in 2017 and without further commitment to improving education and providing incentives for teachers this trend is only set to continue.

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