Australian Embassy

Australia-Thailand Education Cooperation

Australian Government Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education and Training works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration. The Department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.

The Department fosters international partnerships, ensures quality, and enhances international students’ experiences through our National Office in Canberra and in 12 offices in Australian diplomatic missions in North Asia (Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul), South and South East Asia (New Delhi, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur), America (Washington), Latin America (Brasilia), and Europe (Brussels, Paris).

The Department of Education and Training office in Bangkok was the first offshore office of the Department and was opened by then Australian Minister for Education in December 1994.

The key functions of The Department of Education and Training are:

International cooperation in education and training
• Manage Government–to–government education policy engagement
• Bilateral cooperation including cooperation agreements, Joint Working Groups educational/training input to free trade agreement negotiations, and multilateral forums
• Support for academic and institutional policy engagement and exchange

International education quality and regulation
• Manage the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and associated legislative framework and activities.
• Support the implementation of Government policy in relation to the higher education, school, and vocational education and training sectors.

International education research and information
• Develop international education statistics and research
• Manage international student data (for publication by Austrade through its Market Information Package)
• Provide information on host country education policy.

• Manage the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships Program
• Liaise and engage with foreign government agencies on inbound and outbound scholarship opportunities


• Manage programs to assist Australian students and staff to study or work overseas under the Endeavour Mobility Grants
• Coordinate with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to assist the Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internship in the Asia Pacific region  under the New Colombo Plan Initiative

Education Agents
• Develop and provide information on regulatory requirements and Australian education issues to education agents
• Monitor provider obligations under the ESOS Act
• Engage with other governments concerning overseas education agents

Qualifications recognition
• Manage international qualifications recognition including educational and professional recognition information services and support


Department of Education and Training in Thailand

Department of Education and Training in Thailand manages the Australia-Thailand education, training and research relationship and works with the Thai Ministry of Education on a range of current priority issues related to education and training policy and systems. These include the recognition of qualifications, quality assurance, curriculum development and institutional governance arrangements including the development of a National Qualifications Framework and other policy issues across all levels of education. The Department also works closely with Australian and Thai institutions to facilitate partnership collaboration and linkages, staff and student exchange, cooperation in research and development and university credit transfer arrangements.

In Thailand, the Department also manages the Australian Government’s engagement with the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) and the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of UNESCO.

Background to the Thai-Australia Education Relationship

Cooperation in education, science, research and training is a central and significant aspect of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Thailand. The education relationship is mature and developed with a focus on policy dialogue, information sharing and partnerships rather than aid/development assistance.

The longstanding education and training relationship between Australia and Thailand, going back to the early days of the Colombo Plan scholarship program, was put onto a more formal basis initially in 1991, with the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries on education. That MOU was signed between the then Department of Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) and the then Thai Ministry of University Affairs and promoted and supported a program of information, staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and development, and institutional links including joint degree programs.

An MOU with the Thai Ministry of Education, signed in June 1994, substantially extended that cooperation to the schools and vocational education sectors and provided for cooperation in primary and secondary schooling, technical and para-professional training, non-formal education, professional development of educators and distance education.

A new MOU on cooperation in education and training was signed between the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the Thai Ministry of Education in Canberra on 5 July 2004. That MOU replaced the two MOUs signed in 1991 and a 1994.

A new MOU was signed in 2012 to renew and reinforce the strong education and training linkages between Australia and Thailand. The new MOU encourages and facilitates cooperation between government, educational and training institutions. Fields of cooperation under the MOU may include:

a. Vocational education and training;
b. Higher education;
c. Strategic planning and management in education, research and training;
d. Curriculum development and benchmarking of educational outcomes;
e. Distance education;
f. English and Thai language training;
g. Student, education personnel and academic exchange;
h. Qualifications recognition; and
i. Education management training


Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for citizens of countries in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

Citizens of Thailand are eligible to apply for the following Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships categories:

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

The Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for international students for up to 4 years to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia. These scholarships are valued at up to $272,500.

Endeavour Research Fellowship / Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship

Endeavour Research Fellowship/ Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an overseas Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field in Australia. These Fellowships are valued at up to $24,500.

Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship

The Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake vocational education at a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years. Vocational education and training provides occupational or work-related knowledge and skills. The courses are directly related to a trade, occupation or ‘vocation’ in which the applicant participates. These courses exclude degree and higher level programmes normally delivered by universities. These scholarships are valued at up to $131,000.

Endeavour Executive Fellowship

Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government for international and Australian applicants. The fellowship focuses on learning and building skills and knowledge through a host work environment in the applicant’s field or area of expertise rather than through formal enrolment in a study programme. These fellowships are valued at up to $18,500.


Scholarship and Fellowship application period: April – June each year (For study commencing the following year)

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For information about the promotion and marketing of Australian education services in Thailand, please contact Austrade in Bangkok on +66 (0)2 696 4800

The Department of Education and Training office in Bangkok is open from Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.00 hours. To contact our staff, please telephone Bangkok +66 (0)2 344 6493, fax: 02 344 6303, or email