Development within Southeast Asia is moving forwards and, as a consequence, education has taken on an even a more important role. ASEAN recognized the need for higher education hubs as a necessity within the region to create leverage in arriving at quality education, and to meet the new challenges created by regionalization and globalization.
Thammasat University, the 2nd oldest university in Thailand, is acknowledged within the region and beyond for its excellence in political and social sciences, law, economics and business as well as its core values of democracy, liberty and equity. To achieve the Thammasat University’s aim to further its regional and global role it is paramount that its academic mandate reflects international quality in terms of education, research and service.
Given these developments, there is a need for novel approaches in education, research and services in an increasingly globalizing world. The School of Global Studies aims to function as a trans-disciplinary nexus within the University, creating a global window to opportunities in fostering social innovation to meet the needs for social justice and people’s wellbeing.
Global Studies at Thammasat University addresses the complex roots of the problems of global significance relevant to social justice human security and wellbeing. These problems require solutions that lie beyond the abilities of individual sovereign states and individual sectors and disciplines. They reflect the changes in today’s world: the extension of worldwide communication networks, the mobility of vast numbers of people and pathogens, the global flows of trade and services, the promotion of lifestyles and diets, and the compression of time. The interconnectedness and interdependence across societies characterizing the related challenges demand actions of expansive networks where the input is coordinated between various stakeholders from the public and private sector, from government organizations and non-governmental organizations, from international bodies and global financial entities, and from technical, academic and social networking groups.
Human security and well-being challenges in the 21st century call for social innovation fostering the development of novel ideas, concepts, strategies and organizational responses that meet social and well-being needs, from education and work settings to supporting environments and healthy policies, and that define new roles for civil society, private sector, public policy, and governance.
The Thammasat School of Global Studies views social innovation in terms of both: the social processes involved as well as its social purpose; and aims at cutting across institutional, sectoral, and disciplinary boundaries to develop creative platforms in fostering social innovation through ‘connected difference’ in the production of a new breed of professionals, novel approaches to research, and cutting edge service to society in enhancing human security and wellbeing.