Liberalization movement on trade in services enhanced by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) has made direct impacts on education stakeholders institutionally, nationally, and internationally. As education becomes transnational and multidimensional, quality is placed first on the agenda for market competition and cooperation.
In her presentation at the 4th Congress of the Asian Medical Education Association on October 24, 2007 at Chulalongkorn University, Khun Porntip Kanjananiyot, TUSEF Executive Director, pointed out the implications of liberalization of trade in services and the need for quality in education. In particular, she stressed the roles of international organizations and their capability in promoting quality education through information analysis/sharing, implementation support,, and proactive coordination at the horizontal and vertical levels for better use of available resources. She also exemplified a pilot project by the Consortium of Thai Medical Schools as an attempt to enhance quality assurance in medical education the cross-cutting issues in most sectors. Khun Porntip believed that there were many opportunities for international organizations to exert heightened roles in alerting their members/ region of development of quality education across borders and across sectors