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 Mr. David Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States of America in 1963. As a result, NIDA was established on April 1, l966.
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 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.
NIDA was originally established to support national development in Thailand; this objective has now been expanded to encompass regional development in countries outside of Thailand, with the aim of producing advanced degree graduates who can serve in the public, business, and nonprofit sectors. At present, NIDA is a state-supported graduate institution with university status, and it is one of very few higher education institutions in Thailand that offer exclusively graduate degree programs.
NIDA’s vision is founded upon : (1) its dedication to service, and (2) its role in international, national, and regional development. NIDA’s extensive service orientation is apparent in its responsiveness to community needs, its continuing education programs, and much of its consulting services, research, and training activities. NIDA is determined to expand its human, institutional, and geographic outreach, making an even larger contribution in the immediate future.
NIDA is a dynamic, unique, service-oriented graduate institution which seeks to meet many of Thailand’s and the region’s critical needs in development administration. Recognizing the increasing interdependence of nations across the globe and responding to the priorities of Thailand’s Plan for Higher Education, NIDA seeks to meet the new challenges of international cooperation, understanding, and service. Through teaching, training, research, and consulting, NIDA provides its students with the necessary knowledge, analytical ability, and other skills to be applied at the community, national, and international levels. NIDA’s several schools, centers, and supporting services are constantly evolving as they adopt the latest technology and methodology. NIDA is recognized as a leading quality institution. Faculty members’ task performance greatly contributes to NIDA’s education excellence. Eighty-five percent of the faculty members hold doctoral degrees or equivalent. NIDA’s present and former faculty members play important roles and serve many vital positions in helping regulate national policies and direct national development and administration. NIDA is well-known as a unique higher education institute in Thailand which provides men and women at the graduate level with a variety of skills necessary for public policy planning, decision making, and management in the public and private sectors. Generally, NIDA’s graduates are currently serving in key positions in both the public and private sectors in Thailand. NIDA’s faculty members and curriculums, as well as programs and services are enriched through various exchange programs and national and international relationships. These are key paths to achieving the goals of an international institution of higher education.
NIDA’s key strategies for the next decade are:
- achieving excellence,
- enhancing research potential,
- enhancing administration potentials to make NIDA a top national school,
- expanding roles in community service,
- improving the quality of life of the personnel,
- improving the quality of students’ learning,
- enhancing the potential of NIDA alumni associations for the betterment of NIDA, and to build up networks and corporate ties between NIDA and other organizations.