The Forum for East Asia–Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) is a coalition of 16 countries from East Asia and 20 countries from Latin America that get together to promote cooperation, better understanding, and political and economic dialogue between the two regions.
The Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), Ministry of Education, Thailand in collaboration with seven Thai universities, namely Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Assumption University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen University, and Mahidol University, have launched the FEALAC Short Course Student Exchange Program 2019 entitled “Sustainable Development: Intercultural Business and Tourism in Thailand” as a pilot program to enhance academic collaboration among the FEALAC member countries through student exchange.
The program will offer students opportunities to experience not only Thai culture or Thainess but also cultural diversity or multiculturalism in Thailand and neighborhood countries. Moreover, students will have a chance to see business environment in Thailand especially a startup business and social responsibility and sustainable development issues. In addition, students will learn tourism and hospitality in Thailand and how Thailand manages creative and sustainable tourism. Students will also learn the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and the Royal Projects of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) to achieve Development Goals (SDGs) and its application in a real-world setting. Importantly, all participating students will be able to get to know each other and understand more about FEALAC member countries.