Win-win or not?Factors impacting Chinese programs in Thai higher education under zero-game

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Yong Tan
Fuangfa Amponstira


Chinese Programs, initiated by Thai Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in the context of the ``One Belt and One Road'' Initiative (BRI) proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, have been absorbing the increasing mobility of Chinese international students to help Thailand transit to the regional education hub. This paper applies mixed methods approaches to explore the characteristics of Chinese programs as follows: To know the global international market by documenting data collecting such as qualitative research, to analyze the macro environment both inside and outside of Thailand; To inspect the key factors on Chinese programs management by questionnaire data analysis of Chinese students' satisfaction in Thailand as quantitative research. The results indicate this multi-stakeholder program is the effective approach to leverage both the inbound and outbound, public and private resources benefiting the mutual higher education cooperation between Thailand and China with rising marginal effect. This study unveils that 6% of Chinese international students are satisfied, and that there are 17 key factors affecting Chinese Programs operating on selecting Thai HEIs, Educating Process and Supporting Sectors to improve their satisfaction as a win-win deal.

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Tan, Y., & Amponstira, F. . (2021). Win-win or not?Factors impacting Chinese programs in Thai higher education under zero-game. Interdisciplinary Research Review, 16(1), 36–42. Retrieved from
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