Innovation ministry needs 'miracle' to go ahead ( Why Mr Udom…
Innovation ministry needs 'miracle' to go ahead
What happen attempts to create a new ministry to?
in universities hang
on a cabinet decision this week to approve the required laws according to Deputy Education Minister Udom Kachintorn
What the new Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation, Research and Science will be?
merger between the
Office of Higher Education Commission falls the Education Ministry, and the Science and Technology Ministry
How the idea for the ministry is initiated?
Science Minister Suwit Maesincee
omplete the plan before the election so it could herald its policy of promoting research and innovation in the country
the government hoped to
To do it process needs three laws to be passed and what is three laws and what it have?
first is the Higher Education Act which had been approved in principle by the cabinet in August
.the other two draft administrative bills have yet to get the green light ) but if the two draft laws needed to
launch the ministry are not approved by a cabinet tomorrow
What Mr Udom said?
The delay has been caused by disagreements between research agencies and the Ministry of Science and Technology on whether they will fall under the umbrella of the new ministry.
What the deputy minister said?
Earlier, we predicted that the new ministry would be and running by February next year, but now we may need a miracle to see it happen before the general election.
What Mr Udom said?
The new ministry is seriously needed because Thai universities now lack funds and a clear strategy on research.
Only 10% of the country’s research can currently be put into practice. The situation will improve only if we come up with a clear direction and clear source of funding for each group of universities.
What Higher Education and Research Development Fund will focus and what Research and Social Development Fund will focus?
Higher Education and Development Fund will focus supporting research universities to climb up world university rankings
Research and Social Development Fund will focus on improving Rajabhat universities, while a Competitiveness Fund will support the industrial sector and startup community
Why Mr Udom said and what Mr Udom said?
Model similar to the Chinese Academy of Sciences will also be adopted to focus on research and development for satellites, astronomy, nuclear physics and other crucial fields.
We’re now living in the age of disruption. To boost GDP and get out of the middle-income trap, we cannot just rely on imported technology. We need our own innovations to complete.
to transform the economy, universities need to focus more on science-related fields in order to produce more innovators and science experts.
What the government do?
Has been increasing the budget for research and development while urging the private sector to do the same
the government expects spending on research and development by ) the public and private sectors to
reach 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year
with 70% of that coming from the private sector
the government’s target is for spending 4.23% of GDP on research, the second highest percentage in the world after Israel