The Thai fashion industry is set to get a boost with the creation of a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) campus to help nurture design talent in the country.
UCLan, which has a reputation in the UK for producing strong fashion graduates, will invest £7.5m in establishing the UK’s first private university campus in Bangkok, with fashion set to play a major role.
The campus, due to open in June 2014, will be home to 800 students but will expand to 5,000 within 10 years. It will offer full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree courses.
The Thai government has identified fashion as an area with major growth potential in its National Education Act, so emphasis will be on promoting this at the university.
Two fashion shows were held in Bangkok this week to celebrate the plans. Glenda Brindle, dean for the School of Art Design and Performance, said the shows would help illustrate UCLan’s ambitions to extend its fashion reach globally.
Brindle said: “UCLan is a market leader in the delivery of fashion and fashion-related courses having won major awards at Graduate Fashion Week in London for well over a decade. The subject is an area still in its academic infancy in Thailand.
“Our own market research shows that the UK MBA is also a sought-after qualification in Thailand and we expect interest in our MBA in Fashion Brand Management to be particularly strong.”