Bilateral interaction in education is based on the Agreement on Cooperation in the Sphere of Education of December 1, 2004. The Agreement focuses on student and teachers exchanges, mutual recognition of education certificates and regular visits of official delegations.
In recent years more and more Thai students express wish to study in Russian higher education institutions both on an individual payment basis and under Russian Government scholarships program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Major disciplines, that Thai students tend to choose, are Russian language and literature, pedagogy, medical and political science and foreign affairs. In 2018 the Embassy selected 34 Thai candidates to study in Russia.
There are the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO), the Russian Peoples’ Friendship University (RUDN University), Institute of Asian and African Countries at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, St Petersburg University, Far Eastern Federal University (DVFU) and the Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University, named after N.A.Dobrolyubov (NGLU) have long experience in teaching Thai language, state and economic systems of Thailand, its history and culture.
Stable interest to study Russian language persists in Thailand. Today Russian language is taught at three major Thai universities: Thammasat, Chulalongkorn and Ramkamhaeng.
The program of the Russian language in Chulalongkorn University, one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, was launched in 2004. On March 26, 2009 the Center for Russian Studies was opened there by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. 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 nearly 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 MGIMO University.
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, designed 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 at the Thammasat University University has been training specialists in Russian language and on Russia under 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 the main language, as well as Russian literature, history and culture. The first in Thailand "Testing Center of Russian as a foreign language" was opened on the basis of the Russian Language desk at the Thammasat University.
The Thammasat University has valid agreements on cooperation with a number of Russian higher education institutions: St. Petersburg State University, MGU, MGIMO University and Ural Federal University.
In 2016 a Centre of Thai language and culture was opened at NGLU. The Centre conducts elective courses on Thai language for the NGLU students as well as organizes thematic conferences, master-classes and round tables.
Russian language is also taught at the Ramkamhaeng University as the main language in an undergraduate program and as an elective one. The Ramkamhaeng University has agreements with MGU and DVFU on the exchange of teachers.
In 2016 the Russian language center was opened on the basis of the Kamalasai school in the city of Kalasin, the capital of Kalasin province in north-eastern part of Thailand.
In 2017 the International Berkeley School in Bangkok launched Russian language courses for pupils studying in English.
On September 21, 2017 Bangkok’s Berkeley International School hosted the International University Fair. The Eastern European University Association which includes more than 20 Russian higher education institutions took part in the event. The students were particularly interested in bachelor programs in medicine offered by universities of our country, notably RUDN University, the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, the Kirov State Medical Academy, the Vernadsky Crimean Federal University, the Chechen State University, the Ryazan State University, the St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University and the Kazan State Medical University. Thai school students explored promising directions for their education in the Moscow Aviation Institute, the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and the Tomsk Polytechnic University.
During the visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Russia in October 2017 Her Royal Highness was accompanied by a group of gifted Thai students. While in Moscow HRH familiarized herself with the work of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, the Kolmogorov’s boarding school – Advanced Educational Scientific Center (faculty) of the Moscow State University, the Marshal Vasily Chuikov School. In Saint Petersburg the Thai delegation visited the «School of Physics and Technology» Lyceum of the St Petersburg National Research Academic University of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the University itself, the Vladimir Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science and the Science Park of the Saint-Petersburg State University.
On March 28, 2018 a group of Russian Embassy pupils made a study tour to the Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM) – a multidisciplinary educational institution established by the “CP ALL” company. The school students visited the university campus, listened to a briefing by international programs’ managers and toured specialized classrooms equipped for training civil aviation personnel.
Besides, the Russian kids watched an informative video about the CP Group and its subsidiary companies as well as about the concept of “Seven Eleven” – a retail chain extremely popular with youngsters. The Panyapiwat Institute shows interest towards cooperation with Russian partners among profession-oriented middle schools and universities in such specialties as agro-business management, food industry, civil aviation, tourism and hospitality business.
On April 2-5, 2018 the Chulalongkorn University hosted the Week of the Russian language, organized by teachers and students of the Faculty of Arts.
On August 18-19, 2018 the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) hosted the 1st Thai-Russian Roundtable on Gifted Education and Research at its campus in Rayong province. Among the participants of the Roundtable were top managers and researches from Kamnoetvidya Science Academy, Mahidol University, Chitralada Technology College etc. as well as a Russian delegation including professors from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Sirius Center, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University etc. The idea of holding round tables on gifted education and research belongs to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. During the Roundtable its participants not only had a mutually beneficial exchange of views and presentations on the subject matter, but also signed several MOUs.