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Nowadays, the teaching of Chinese is growing worldwide. Chinese is one of the world’s official languages. Thai people’s interest in studying Chinese is increasing. The Thai government also encourages Thai people to learn Chinese. Therefore, the government has established Chinese language courses at primary schools, secondary schools and higher educational institutions. Chinese language education of Thailand witnesses a good development. Most of Thai schools directly employed local Chinese teachers. However, many Thai schools are still lack of Chinese teachers. Therefore, the Ministry of Education of Thailand also cooperates with the Ministry of Education of China for sending the Hanban’s volunteer teacher to Thailand. From inquiring and collecting information from various schools in Thailand, it was found that although Thai students can learn Chinese with native speakers, but there are many factors that cause the students to spend quite a long time to learn Chinese well. Many parents desire their students to have a chance for learning Chinese in China mainland, because their Chinese will be level up faster. So, the Ministry of Education of Thailand directly cooperates with Kunming University of Science and Technology to open the High Quality Chinese Education Program for Thai High School at KUST, China in 2011. This cooperation is for Thai high school students have the opportunity to learn Chinese in real place, touch the real environment, which has got the high quality and good success. In just half a year, these students’ Chinese skill and knowledge have improved rapidly.
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