Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, Thailand’s former Minister of Education, is a prominent and respectable figure in the education administration, development, reform, and innovation in Thailand. He received his B.A. from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota, USA. Among numerous achievements that have earned him national and international recognitions and accolade, was the establishment of three universities in the country including Thailand’s first distance education university, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), and the first public autonomous university, Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) where he currently serves as Chairman of the University Council, and Walailak University (WU). Moreover, he is also the Founding President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) and the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP).
His other political services include appointments as Permanent Secretary of the Minister of University Affairs, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, and Chairman of the House Committee on Education in the National Parliament.
Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an is bestowed the title “Father of Thai Cooperative Education” by the Ministry of Education for introducing the innovative cooperative education at SUT, serving as a model for other universities nationwide. He also founded the Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE) of which he is the current president. On the international front, he is invited to serve as an Executive Committee member of the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE) and has delivered speeches at various Cooperative Education events.