Thailand’s National Education Act of 1998, in one of its provisions, states that conducting research is an indispensable function of higher education institutions. Research must be regularly conducted so findings can be used for development purposes and must be continuously implemented to harness maximum benefits for students, lecturers, academicians and respective institutions involved in the research projects. In Thailand, conducting research is one of the indicators in the quality assurance standard prescribed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), formerly the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC).
As part of its policy, the MHESI has stipulated that academic/research studies in the area of Service to Society can be used as one of the requirements for applying an academic rank. Research/academic studies with concrete results and defined benefits in the area of Service to Society may contribute to the development of the local community. Beneficial research studies are either those that catalyze positive changes in one area or in multifaceted areas of the society, lifestyle, arts and culture, environment, occupation, economy, politics and governance, quality life, and health, or those initiated for introducing solutions to problems and/or for catalyzing social developmental progress. In brief, this conference is one of the avenues to increase the number of academicians, lecturers and researchers conducting research studies on Service to Society.
Thus, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University will host the 8th National and International Academic Conference as one of the mechanisms to promote a supportive academic atmosphere; to regularly encourage the conduct of research activities among lecturers and academicians; to promote quality research projects and knowledge production through research; to strongly advocate among academicians, lecturers and students the importance of conducting research; and to create an avenue for exchanging academic knowledge among other higher education institutions.
1. To create an avenue for disseminating research findings of local and international academicians, experts, lecturers and students from both private and government educational institutions of higher learning,
2. To initiate the exchange of knowledge, concepts, methodological practices and experience in conducting research, and
3. To build a network of local and international researchers.
Huachiew Chalermprakiet University
Approximately 150 local and international participants that include lecturers, academicians, researchers, graduate students and other interested persons.