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Universities agree to start academic year later from 2014

The Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) yesterday resolved to postpone the start of the academic year to August or September from 2014 onward.

The move is aimed at bringing the schedule in line with those of other Southeast Asian nations and Europe.

The CUPT, which has 24 universities as members, convened its meeting yesterday. Presently, most Thai universities start the academic year in June.

"When the schedule is postponed, students will graduate about three months later," CUPT president Somkit Lertpaithoon said. He is also the rector of Thammasat University.

For the 2014 academic year, the first round of the general aptitude test (GAT) will take place in early March 2014. The GAT results will be announced on April 10, 2014. The second round will be held between May 10 and May 13 that same year. The results will be announced on June 7.

Universities must submit the list of successful applicants from their direct admission intake to the Association of University Presidents of Thailand (AUPT) in time for its admission-results announcement on April 30, 2014. Successful applicants must reconfirm their wish to enter their chosen institute between May 6 and May 11, 2014.

Through the reconfirmation, they will lose any right to apply to higher-education institutions under the central-admissions system.

CUPT will sell application forms for the central-admissions system between June 5 and June 18, 2014. Applications can be submitted from June 8 to June 18 the same year. Applications must be paid by June 20. The announcement of results will come out on July 4, 2014.

"Professional councils have expressed willingness to adjust their exam-for-license schedule if the start of the semester is postponed," Somkit said.


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