BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 – The Association of University Presidents of Thailand has passed a resolution to adjust the terms of 27 universities starting in 2014 ahead of the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) next year. Meanwhile primary and secondary school terms are unchanged.
The new university terms are from August to December for the first term and January to May for the second term. Previously the terms were from June to October and November to May.
Meanwhile, primary and secondary schools and vocational schools still stay the same; the first term runs from May 16 to October 11 and November 1 to April 1 for the second term.
The Association sees the benefit of the change at university level being to facilitate academic personnel and students to take advantage of exchange programs among ASEAN countries, and other regions as well. In addition, grade 12 students will have more time to prepare to enroll in universities. The universities will utilize the gap before starting each new term to prepare students, for example, by improving their language skills.