The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) was established following His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision of advancing Thailand’s development through the establishment of an advanced educational institution to prepare people to become agents of change for national development.
The inception of NIDA grew out of His Majesty the King’s discussions in 1963 with Mr. David Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States of America regarding the country’s development. The result was the emergence of NIDA on April 1, 1966. NIDA was established with financial support from the prestigious Ford Foundation in the U.S.A. and academic assistance from the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), the official accrediting organization of all U.S. institutions of higher education, and became an educational institute of higher education for Thai scholars who would otherwise study abroad. Under the beneficence of His Majesty the King, NIDA exists and stands today as Thailand’s leading educational institution concentrating exclusively on graduate studies in fields related to national development.
NIDA was originally established to support national development in Thailand; this objective has now been expanded to encompass regional development in countries outside of Thailand, with the aim of producing advanced degree graduates who can serve in the public, business, and nonprofit sectors. At present, NIDA is a state-supported graduate institution with university status, and it is one of the very few higher education institutions in Thailand that offer exclusively graduate degree programs. NIDA is a dynamic, unique, service-oriented graduate institution which seeks to meet many of Thailand’s and the region’s critical needs in development administration. Recognizing the increasing interdependence of nations across the globe and responding to the priorities of Thailand’s Plan for Higher Education, NIDA aims to foster cooperation, understanding and service through teaching, training, research, and consulting. NIDA provides its students with the necessary knowledge, analytical ability, and other skills to be applied for community, national, and international levels. A number of schools, centers and supporting services of NIDA are constantly evolving and adopting the latest technology and methodology. It is recognized as a leading quality institution. Its faculty members’ task performance greatly contributes to NIDA’s educational excellence. Eighty-five percent of the faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the equivalent. NIDA’s present and former faculty members play important roles and serve many vital positions in helping to regulate national policies and direct national development and administration.
NIDA is well-known as a unique higher education institute in Thailand which provides students at the graduate level with a variety of skills necessary for public policy planning, decision making, and management in the public and private sectors. NIDA’s graduates are currently serving in key positions in both public and private sectors in Thailand.
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