The Association of University Presidents of Thailand has passed a resolution to adjust the terms of 27 universities starting in 2014 ahead of the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) next year.

The new university terms are from August to December for the first term and January to May for the second one. Previously, the terms were from June to October and November to May.

Meanwhile, primary and secondary schools and vocational schools are unchanged. The first term runs from May 16 to October 11 and the second from November 1 to April 1.

The Association said the change at university level aims to create conditions for academic personnel and students to take advantage of exchange programmes among ASEAN countries, and other regions as well.

In addition, grade 12 students will have more time to prepare for university entrance exams. The universities will utilise the gap before starting each new term to prepare students, for example, by improving their language skills.-VNA