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Pathum Thani Province Page 12, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology  

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology  - Administration Independency

For its financial, as the institute is an autonomous (semi-private) body of Thammasat University, it gets no funding from the state, thus needs to find and manage its own income and spending. To starts its operation, the institute received initial funds from Keidanren and FTI. Parts of funding are research grants and scholarships from international organizations like Asian Development Bank, locals like industries and the Thailand Research Fund, and individual contributions. The rest of funding is from tuition fees, which is arguably high comparing to state-funded academic institutes.


One of SIIT's academic strength, that the institute often points out in a student recruitment ads, is its high qualification of faculty members. All faculty members are doctoral degree holders, with strong research and / or industrial experiences. From the eyes of general Thai students, they give the value to the institute's up-to-date courses, English as a language of instruction (which means language competency, and generally higher salary in the country), and being part of the prestigious Thammasat University. The institute is also considered among academic peers as a research intensive engineering school. Research output-wise, on average, each year each SIIT faculty member produces twice the highest value of national range for international journal publications (0.74 vs 0-0.41) In 2007, the Thailand Research Fund assessed research outcomes of universities in Thailand, and SIIT ranked as Very Good for all three indicators, make it the only engineering school in the country that can achieved this


Since a few prospect students can afford the higher-than-national-average tuition fees, the institute initially faces a slight difficulty to recruit undergraduate students with a very high National University Entrance Examination score. While scholarships and special recruitment programs do help attract a lot of bright students, its average entrance score is still not very high comparing to other leading science and engineering programs in the country – which, in turns, affects the image of the institute in the eyes of Thais. Due to latest Entrance Examination score, the school is comparatively easy for most student to get admitted. The average entrance score of admitted student is still low and makes the program not competitive.

However, the undergraduate recruitment situation is improving by years, especially for its computer, IT and management-related majors, which now have very high average entrance scores. With its strong science and technology education, the institute has been selected, along with Mahidol University and Chulalongkorn University, by Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), as a destination of selected group of top students from Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and 12 Princess Chulaporn Schools for Science, the country's science schools for gifted students, in a program to mentor junior researchers for national science and technology development.


For its graduate levels, the institute attracts a lot of bright graduates, as the institute gains support from many national and international bodies (and use that as scholarships for graduate students). SIIT is one of a very small number of universities which can secure numbers of Thailand Research Fund's Royal Golden Jubilee grants, considered to be the country's most prestigious research grants for PhD students, for every single year since the program began in 1998— one of the only three which can secure Engineering discipline grants for every single year.

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