Naresuan University International College (NUIC) was established by the Council of Naresuan University at its’ 94th meeting, on January 13, 2001, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness and reputation of Naresuan University as an international center for learning.
The establishment of NUIC was in response to the need for Naresuan University to better position itself internationally. As a young, dynamic, and vibrant tertiary education institution, Naresuan University has set as its’ goal the provision of high-quality education to our students and a move towards prominence and innovation in its educational endeavors.
Several developments led to the establishment of the International College. In 1997, the Language Centre was formed, as a joint undertaking with the University of Newcastle (UK), as part of an effort to improve the English proficiency of the staff and students, as well as to provide language instruction to the general public. After the Language Centre was founded, academic collaboration with foreign universities was established. For example, in 2000, a dual degree program (M.A. in International Tourism and Hotel Management) was offered in partnership with Southern Cross University. Furthermore, international MBA and DBA programs, also in partnership with Southern Cross University, were envisioned.
Apart from partnership programs with universities overseas, several international programs offered have been developed and instituted by various faculties within the university. Such programs include a Master of Science in Renewable Energy by the Faculty of Science (now the College of Renewable Energy), a Master of Science in Cosmetics Science and a doctoral program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, both in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
With new educational developments on the horizon, NUIC was conceived and formalized, with the Language Centre incorporated into the college itself. NUIC is charged with the responsibility of providing effective management and administration of international programs at the undergraduate level at Naresuan University.
- In 2002, a Bachelor of Laws program was offered.
- In 2003, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism Management was instituted.
- In 2004, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Nursing Science (in cooperation with the Faculty of Nursing) were offered.
- In 2009, a Bachelor of Arts in English for Business Communications was initiated.
The mission of the International College is to educate undergraduates from all nationalities, especially, those in the Southeast Asian Region, to be responsible global citizens, adaptable to different cultures and environments.
Additionally, research inquiries and academic services pertaining to the international arena are conducted. Cross-cultural sharing activities are promoted.
The International College aspires to flourish and grow as a Naresuan University community, characterized by creative teaching, passionate learning, rigorous scholarship, compassionate care and joyful service in supplying graduates of global citizenship quality.
A hub to nurture international academic resources to serve the world.
Facilitate global knowledge and understanding by offering multicultural education.
Statement of Values
7 Statement of Values, Naresuan University International College
1. Excellent Teaching Practices
NUIC is committed to teaching practices that are both engaging and challenging to the learners
2. Learner-centered View
NUIC supports a learner-centered view of teaching. The instructor should develop an understanding of the perspectives and abilities of the learner. Teachers must have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to adapt and develop curricula to meet the specific needs of the learner.
3. Collegiality and Collaboration
NUIC places a high value on collegial interaction and collaborative development among faculty, students, support staff and teaching colleagues. Emphasis is placed on the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of a teacher.
4. Reflective Practice
NUIC believes that educators should participate actively in reflective practice in order to develop a new understanding of and skill in teaching. Reflective practice, guided by the principles of self-directed learning and self-evaluation, is believed to be the foundation of continuous professional growth.
5. Teaching as Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
NUIC believes that teaching is an interactive problem-solving and decision-making process, a dynamic process involving critical thinking through which the learner develops knowledge with understanding.
6. Connecting Theory and Practice
NUIC believes that there must be a clearly defined connection between theory (academic disciplines and educational theory) and practice (methods for achieving educational ends in context). Responsible educators continuously strive to adapt theory to support meaningful learning.
7. Scholarship and Knowledge
NUIC places a high value on lifelong learning, curiosity, the love of knowledge and critical thought. Knowledge and skill in pedagogy must be connected with the academic disciplines.