Education is an important and perspective direction of Russian-Thai cooperation. Taking into consideration the dynamic development of bilateral contacts in trade and economic ties, tourism and culture, education plays a sort of a foundation-laying part in terms of preparing qualified specialists from both sides on Russian-Thai relations.
Bilateral interaction in education is defined by the Agreement on Cooperation in the Sphere of Education dated December 1, 2004. The Agreement focuses on student and teachers exchanges, aspects of mutual recognition of education certificates, regular visits of official delegations.
An important part of bilateral cooperation belongs to student exchanges. Recently still bigger numbers of Thai students express their wish to study in Russian higher education institutions both on an individual payment basis and within the framework of the program to provide Thailand with Russian Government scholarships. Thailand is presented on an annual basis with more than 20 government scholarships to study in Russia. Major disciplines, that Thai students tend to choose, are Russian language and literature, medical and political science and foreign affairs.
In 2015, under the quota, fixed by decree of the Government of the Russian Federation on October 8, 2013 № 891, the Embassy had selected and sent for training in Russia 25 Thai candidates.
Stable interest to study Russian language persists in Thailand. Nowadays in Thailand Russian language is taught at three major universities: Thammasat, Chulalongkorn and Ramkamhaeng, as well as in five prestigious schools in Bangkok.
The program of the Russian language in Chulalongkorn University, one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, operates since 2004. In 2008 the Center for Russian Studies was opened there. The Center has a program with a focus on Russia. In addition to the main subject - the Russian language, students study further 10 subjects (culture, history, Russian literature, etc.). Furthermore students of the University have optional courses of the Russian language, which are annually attended by nealy 100 people.
In June 2010, during the visit of the president of the Chulalongkorn University P.Kamonrattanakuna to Russia cooperation agreements were signed with the Moscow State University, named after M.V.Lomonosov (MGU), St. Petersburg State University and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO).
In February 2012, the University created a Russian center under the auspices of the “Russkiy Mir” foundation. The Center is an information source on Russia, the main task of which is to provide information and teaching materials, both printed and interactive, for Thai students on Russian language, culture, history and modern life of Russia.
Since 1975 the Russian Language desk in the Thammasat University University has been training specialists in Russian language and Russia as a Bachelor program. There are optional Russian language courses for university students and for those who want to learn Russian. More than 50% of students, seeking to continue their education in Russia in the framework of annual scholarships offered to Thailand by the Government of the Russian Federation, are graduates of the Thammasat University.
In 2003, the University opened a Center for Russian Studies, involving a program of learning Russian as a main language, as well as Russian literature, history and culture. On the basis of the Russian Language desk at the Thammasat University the first "Testing Center of Russian as a foreign language" opened in Thailand.
The Thammasat University has valid agreements on cooperation with a number of Russian higher education institutions: Saint-Petersburg State University, Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov (MGU), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia and Ural Federal University.
In the fall of 2014 an agreement was signed on cooperation with the Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University (NGLU), named after N.A.Dobrolyubov. During his working visit to Bangkok in early November, 2014 the Rector of the Nizhny Novgorod University met with the directorate of the Thammasat University, and discussed plans for the opening of the center in the Thai NGLU named after N.A.Dobrolyubov, as well as the Cabinet of Russian language at the Thammasat University.
Russian language is also taught at the Ramkamhaeng University as the main language in an undergraduate program and as an elective. Russian is selected as the main language by 5-10 people annually. The Ramkamhaeng University has a cooperation agreement with the Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov (MGU) and the Far East State University (DVGU).
In such leading Russian universities as the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia, Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and Far Eastern State University, taught in Thai language, state, legal and economic systems of Thailand, the history and culture of the Kingdom.
Education in Russia:
The Russian Federation provides an opportunity for foreign citizens to study and train in Russian higher education institutions on the basis of scholarships funded by Federal Budget as well as at their own expense or paid for by legal entities in accordance with the contracts for the provision of paid educational services.
We are glad to inform about the beginning of the selection process for the academic year 2017/2018. We suggest that the citizens of foreign countries, who have expressed a desire to study in Russian higher education institutions, register in the electronic documents portal http://russia.study.
RUSSIA.STUDY presents information on the benefits of education in Russia in 180 foreign countries and allows foreign nationals to file documents, regardless of the actual place of residence, as well as to receive information on the results of the selection procedure.
«Rossotrudnichestvo», together with the international news agency «Russia Today», has developed and presented in 12 languages on the Internet an interactive navigator «The best Russian Universities – choose your own» https://sputniknews.com/russia/201609191044294010-russia-best-universities/. The navigator is an information resource and contains answers to the most pressing issues for foreign students.
Candidates for the Russian Government Scholarship should visit the Embassy of Russian Federation in Thailand Monday to Friday at 9:00-12:00 AM.
The last day to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship is February, 24.