University of Central Lancashire to open university in Bangkok

SEALED Dr Malcolm McVicar, vice-chancellor and president of UCLan shakes hands with Mr Sittichicai Charoenkajonkul, CEO Best Group, watched by British and Thai delegates

SEALED Dr Malcolm McVicar, vice-chancellor and president of UCLan shakes hands with Mr Sittichicai Charoenkajonkul, CEO Best Group, watched by British and Thai delegates

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BURNLEY fashion students are set to jet off to Thailand for part of their studies as plans for a new international university campus were revealed.

The University of Central Lancashire announced today that it is to create the country’s first private university campus in Bangkok after agreeing a £7.5million deal.

Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014.

Earlier this week University of Central Lancashire bosses and Thai-based entrepreneur Mr Sitichai Charoenkajonkul signed an official agreement.

They have pledged to work closely together to create a full-scale university campus.

The university, which already has offices in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nigeria and India, will invest £7.5 million in the venture.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “It is fantastic.

“It will be a boost for the young people on the far eastern fashion design course who can carry out their studies in Thailand and for students in Thailand to get to know Burnley.

“It is good news, Burnley will be recognised all over the world.”

The campus in Bangkok, which will be built to a University of Central Lancashire specification in Bangkok metropolitan area and within reach of the city centre, will open in June 2014 for 800 students rising to 5,000 in 10 years.

Leader of Burnley Council Charlie Briggs said: “This is putting Burnley on the map. We have the campus in Burnley, the new technology college and Burnley FC higher education centre.

“Burnley is on the up and I hope everyone takes the chance to go to Thailand and Thai students take the chance to come to Burnley.”

The Thai campus will offer full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree courses in subject areas that include business, built and natural environment, engineering, creative and performing arts and languages.

A university spokeswoman added: “Having our own campus in Thailand gives us a great deal of flexibility.

"We do not need to enter into exchange programmes per se, as both the Burnley and Thailand campuses are University of Central Lancashire campuses – giving us the ability to give students opportunities for varying periods, and without being beholden to an exchange partner.

“All students on the Eastern Fashion Design course, which is run exclusively at the Burnley campus, are able to go on an international trip – the campus in Bangkok will be the ideal location for future visits.

“We anticipate students based at the Thailand campus will have similar opportunities to spend a proportion of their studies at University of Central Lancashire campuses in the UK, and this of course includes Burnley.

“We are committed to the principle that exposure to international environments and different cultures broadens the experience and the horizons of students and, as our research suggests, significantly increases their appeal to employers.”

University of Central Lancashire Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “University of Central Lancashire has made huge strides in the last ten years and the qualities of innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise remain at the heart of everything we do.

“Our Thailand project is an ideal fit and will enable us to become the first UK university to build a campus in Thailand; thereby extending our international links and bringing world-class higher education and our view of a superlative student experience to South East Asia.

“Drawing on the strength of some of our partnerships with global brands, we will deliver courses which are bespoke for the Asian market while providing the gold standard of a UK university experience.”

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11:04am Thu 12 Jan 12

kateash says...

Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there.
Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay:
""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """
How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job?
Madness!
Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there. Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay: ""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """ How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job? Madness! kateash
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11:10am Thu 12 Jan 12

happycyclist says...

Education is a business now. Perhaps that's what Blair was getting at with his infamous soundbite.
Education is a business now. Perhaps that's what Blair was getting at with his infamous soundbite. happycyclist
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11:46am Thu 12 Jan 12

maggie-T says...

kateash wrote:
Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there.
Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay:
""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """
How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job?
Madness!
Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there. Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay: ""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """ How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job? Madness![/p][/quote]Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life. maggie-T
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12:08pm Thu 12 Jan 12

kateash says...

Out of all the Far East cities I have visited Bangkok is the one that I would not return to to stay. I agree that most kids are respectful but there is a seedy undercurrent to me in the city and it feels like everyone is out to scam you! My daughter also did not like Bangok but loved the rest of Thailand when she went on her gap year. I agree that this can be the case in this country but sometimes it is better the devil you know than dont know. Imagine your son or daughter living there. They would not be living in luxury as a tourist but as a student in the outskirts and I for one would not like to send my child there when I sometimes did not feel safe in certain areas!
Out of all the Far East cities I have visited Bangkok is the one that I would not return to to stay. I agree that most kids are respectful but there is a seedy undercurrent to me in the city and it feels like everyone is out to scam you! My daughter also did not like Bangok but loved the rest of Thailand when she went on her gap year. I agree that this can be the case in this country but sometimes it is better the devil you know than dont know. Imagine your son or daughter living there. They would not be living in luxury as a tourist but as a student in the outskirts and I for one would not like to send my child there when I sometimes did not feel safe in certain areas! kateash
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4:53pm Thu 12 Jan 12

barryinthailand says...

maggie-T wrote:
kateash wrote:
Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there.
Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay:
""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """
How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job?
Madness!
Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.
Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you.
I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year?
[quote][p][bold]maggie-T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there. Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay: ""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """ How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job? Madness![/p][/quote]Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.[/p][/quote]Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you. I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year? barryinthailand
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7:43pm Thu 12 Jan 12

icannotrace says...

barryinthailand wrote:
maggie-T wrote:
kateash wrote:
Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there.
Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay:
""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """
How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job?
Madness!
Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.
Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you.
I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year?
Although not having lived in Bangkok I have spent some time there and fully agree with Barry and the other posters who have actually been there.
.
I think it's a great opportunity for students to go to Thailand. Travel broadens the mind. The money spent would be well worth the experience.
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Bangkok generally is a safe place and the people friendly. As Barry says the tuk tuk drivers who are wanting to take you to a friends shop are just doing the best they can to get commission. If you don't like it get a proper taxi
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maggie-T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there. Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay: ""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """ How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job? Madness![/p][/quote]Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.[/p][/quote]Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you. I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year?[/p][/quote]Although not having lived in Bangkok I have spent some time there and fully agree with Barry and the other posters who have actually been there. . I think it's a great opportunity for students to go to Thailand. Travel broadens the mind. The money spent would be well worth the experience. . Bangkok generally is a safe place and the people friendly. As Barry says the tuk tuk drivers who are wanting to take you to a friends shop are just doing the best they can to get commission. If you don't like it get a proper taxi icannotrace
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7:43pm Thu 12 Jan 12

icannotrace says...

barryinthailand wrote:
maggie-T wrote:
kateash wrote:
Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there.
Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay:
""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """
How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job?
Madness!
Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.
Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you.
I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year?
Although not having lived in Bangkok I have spent some time there and fully agree with Barry and the other posters who have actually been there.
.
I think it's a great opportunity for students to go to Thailand. Travel broadens the mind. The money spent would be well worth the experience.
.
Bangkok generally is a safe place and the people friendly. As Barry says the tuk tuk drivers who are wanting to take you to a friends shop are just doing the best they can to get commission. If you don't like it get a proper taxi
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maggie-T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Bangkok? Not a place I would readily go again nor would I like my 18-21yr old to spend a lot of time there. Plus where are UCLAN getting all this money from? Is it from the fees? I thought universities had to increase the fees to survive! UCLANsay: ""Under the scheme students on the university’s BA(Hons) Eastern Fashion Design degree, which is exclusively taught at the Burnley Campus, will be given the chance to visit and study at the Thai site and vice versa from 2014. """ How much debt will the student be left with after doing this "mickey mouse" degree and where will they get a job? Madness![/p][/quote]Bangkok is a great place, maybe you only went to the stereotypical tourist spots which don't really represent the whole of Thai society, it's a lot less violent than our society, kids have respect for their parents and family, I would encourage anyone to go out there and sample a different and in many cases better way of life.[/p][/quote]Id be more worried about the Thai students going to to Burnley and seeing "English Culture" first hand. I lived in Thailand for five years and had to visit Bangkok a few times and while I would agree with the comments about it being different from the rest of Thailand I cant say that I was ever worried or felt seedy undertones there. Sure if you hang round the tourist areas you will be treated as fair game, but the same applies in England as anybody who lives in London will tell you. I would encourage people to travel there to study and as for creating more student debt well I know which is the cheapest place to stay and live a normal student life, so staying for maybe a year would easily repay the cost of the flight and like for like living would result in less student debt. One other point is after studying abroad for a year would there seem to be a need for a gap year?[/p][/quote]Although not having lived in Bangkok I have spent some time there and fully agree with Barry and the other posters who have actually been there. . I think it's a great opportunity for students to go to Thailand. Travel broadens the mind. The money spent would be well worth the experience. . Bangkok generally is a safe place and the people friendly. As Barry says the tuk tuk drivers who are wanting to take you to a friends shop are just doing the best they can to get commission. If you don't like it get a proper taxi icannotrace
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