The National Institute of Development Administration

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) was established following His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision of advancing Thailand’s development through the establishment of an advanced educational institution to prepare people to become agents of change for national development.

The inception of NIDA grew out of His Majesty the King’s discussions of the country’s development with David Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States of America in 1963. As a result, NIDA was established on April 1, 1966.

NIDA was established with financial support from the prestigious Ford Foundation in the U.S.A. and academic assistance from the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), the official accrediting organization of all U.S. institutions of higher education, and became an educational institute of higher education for Thai scholars who would otherwise study abroad. Under the benevolent auspices of His Majesty the King, NIDA exists and stands today as Thailand’s leading educational institution concentrating exclusively on graduate studies in fields related to national development.

Graduate School of Human Resource Development

The Graduate School of Human Resource Development was established in 1992, as the first graduate school in Thailand where the Master’s Degree program in HRD was delivered. The school establishment was to serve the 7th National Social and Economic Development Plan (1992-1996). Later, it appointed a committee to draft a Master’s degree program in HRD and changed the title of the program to the “Master of Development Administration in Human Resource Development.” The program was under a newly established department called the “Graduate Project in Human Resource Development” in 1992. The Project was responsible for teaching HRD graduate students and other related work. Associate Professor Dr. Chartchai Na Chiangmai (his academic title at that time) was appointed director of the project, which admitted the first batch of students in the same year. The PhD program in Human Resources and Organization Development was established in 2010.

The School’s vision is to be an academic leader in developing human resource and organizations to be sustainable at the international level, with focus on a balance of theory and practice.

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