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International Studies ASEAN – CHINA (IAC)

International Program

Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University


The IAC program was established in 2013 as a response to the advent of the ASEAN Community (AC) and the expansion of China’s economic, cultural and strategic rise, which has led to great changes in the Southeast Asian region and the global community. This transition at both the domestic and international levels led to the foundation of the International Studies (ASEAN-China) program. The program aims to enrich students’ understanding of the various dimensions of the ASEAN region and China as well as to encourage students to identify as ASEAN and global citizens. Therefore, IAC is a stairway to promoting regional and global understanding about ASEAN countries and China from ASEAN’s and the Chinese perspective.


As ASEAN and China become global epicenter of economics, politics and culture, our students will be equipped with the necessary 21st Century skills for personal and professional success, as well as the knowledge and confidence to understand and transform the region around them.


  • Provide students with an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts education to allow them to discover their passion and interests, develop adaptable skills, promote creativity and problem-solving abilities, and enhance analytical and research skills.

  • Prioritize practical communications, business, and management skills desired by employers through project-based learning.

  • Inspire students to develop their communicative capacity by enhancing their knowledge base, and exercising their capacity to engage in arguments through discussion and debate in English and a third language of their choice.

  • Create a student environment which is welcoming and diverse through extra-curricular activities, field trips, conferences, and supported by a proud university culture.

  • Assure that students understand their rights and responsibilities as socially responsible citizens in line with the history and values of Thammasat University.

  • Become a center for world class research and publications on ASEAN and China.


Our Philosophy for Learning guides all of IAC’s academic programs and extracurricular activities.

These 6 Cs are essential 21st Century values which are valued not only in the workplace or the classroom, but also for well-rounded graduates who can make a positive contribution to the world around them.

We have developed this Learning Philosophy with the goal to foster an academic and social environment where all students can discover their passions, challenge themselves and reach their full potential.

Encourage students to express themselves and apply their knowledge with creativity; with creativity comes original thought, inspiration and innovation.

Encourage students to challenge their preconceptions and question the world around them. Students can learn to analyze the shifts in their environment, so that opportunities and critical problems can be defined.

Language is a catalyst to effective collaboration. Students will develop their capacity to communicate their knowledge and develop their arguments through discussion and debate in English and a third language of their choice.

  • Local Community: Encourage our students to enrich their local communities through proactive participation in CSR and volunteering projects.
  • Regional Community: Support the advent of the ASEAN Community and foster two-way links with China.

Understand the rights and responsibilities required to be a good, informed citizen in society in line with the values and history of Thammasat University.

Foster project-based learning to develop practical skills demanded by employers. Use of tasks, issues and problems to engage students in active and multidisciplinary learning.

All of our courses in the current curriculum have been designed with each of these 6 Cs in mind. Our philosophy guides every part of our program, our research output and our activities with students.




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