The declaration solidifies efforts between TIECA and the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to prepare Thai students for study overseas.
“TIECA members play a vital role in providing a high quality of education consulting because of our strong ties between TIECA and international government agencies,” said organisation president Penprapa Vudhivate.
Since launching in 1990, TIECA member agencies have counselled over 300,000 students to pursue education overseas.
Chris Gibson from the British Council Thailand said that year on year more students from Thailand studied in the UK.
“We value strongly our relationship that we have established with TIECA and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship on projects and events in the future,” said Gibson.
Similarly, Dean Matlick from the American Embassy expressed support for the newly strengthened ties.
“We value the opportunities that TIECA members extend to schools, colleges and universities in the US”
“We value the opportunities that TIECA members extend to schools, colleges and universities in the US enabling them to attract new students from Thailand this year,” he said.
“We look forward to furthering our collaboration with TIECA to see even more students from Thailand studying in the US.”
Last year 8,500 Thai students were enrolled at US higher education institutions, and about 10,000 participate in one-year high school exchange programmes in the country each year.
The strengthening of ties with native English-speaking destinations aligns with the Thai public and private sector working to promote the use of English throughout the country as it prepares to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. The economic trading bloc wants to see cross-recognition of regional qualifications and boost English language proficiency to improve engagement with the international community by 2015.