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National Institute of Development Administration.

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.


To be a global university that cultivates society’s wisdom and produces leaders to achieve sustainable development goals. 



  1. Generate knowledge through leading-edge and high-impact research to best benefit society.
  2. Equip graduates with 21st century knowledge along with integrity and social responsibility to be social leaders for change.
  3. Promote community engagement for the betterment of community and society.
  4. Create the right work balance among all facets of the Institute’s missions.
  5. Collaborate with other academic organizations both domestically and abroad.
  6. Identify a clear focus on each facet to maximize the use of resources and create expected impacts.
  7. Develop relevant ecosystems favorable to the Institute’s mission operation.
  8. Become a more adept and transparent organization in the recruitment and retention of a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.
  9. Transform digital technology into a modern, appropriate and user-friendly technology.
  10. Promote transparent governance, public participation and accountability.