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CILIP’s first Thai accreditation at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

21 October 2019  
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
CILIP’s first Thai accreditation at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Chulalongkorn University

CILIP is delighted to announce that two courses at Chulalongkorn University have been awarded CILIP accreditation, recognising that they provide solid preparation for professional practice and a suitable base for anybody entering the library, information and knowledge management professions.

The Master of Arts in Information Studies (in English) and the Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies (in Thai) have gained formal CILIP accreditation following the institution’s assessment visit on 17th October.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Development Officer for Learning Providers said

“Our first accredited provider in the ASEAN region, Chulalongkorn University is an important addition to a growing global network of renowned learning providers that offer quality assurance for learners pursuing a career in the library, information and knowledge professions.”

Independent assessor, Dr Carolynn Rankin, commented on how the programmes serve the needs for information professionals in a fast changing world and are strategically organised to prepare students who wish to work in the ever-changing world of libraries, archives and museums.

On behalf of the department, Assistant Professor Dr Somsak Sriborisutsakul thanked the assessment team and reiterated the importance of accreditation to the ongoing development of the programmes.

CILIP’s learning provider accreditation is designed to help students choose library, information and archive career programmes that cover the essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed. Programmes are assessed using the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the profession. The PKSB is a flexible and practical tool which has been designed to be straight forward and comprehensive in order to capture the many different types of skills and knowledge that are expected of a modern information professional.


CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for information specialists, librarians and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom with roots going back to 1877. It is the second largest in the world and the only one with a Royal Charter. Its publishing arm, Facet, is the publisher of choice for the information profession.

CILIP has a strong international focus and welcomes members from all over the world with an interest in the sector.

About Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University (CU) is a public and autonomous university originally founded in 1899 and established as a national university in 1917. It is the oldest institute of higher education in Thailand and has been ranked number 1 for the last seven years. CU is composed of nineteen faculties, a School of Agriculture, three colleges, ten institutes and two other schools all in Bangkok. Currently, there are over 37,280 students, including 25,643 undergraduates, 10,849 postgraduates, and 788 certificate program students. It is in the top 250 of world university rankings.

In 1955, the Division of Library Science was established in the Faculty of Arts and its first course that was established in that year was the Diploma in Library Studies. In 1979, the Division of Library Science was renamed Department of Library Science. The Department of Library Science offers three degrees all in the field of Information Studies -- Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

About CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers

There are currently 25 CILIP accredited Learning Providers offering 89 programmes and 5 stand-alone modules in a broad range of information related subjects from Information Science to Museum Studies.

Banner image: Front Row left to right Helen Berry, Dr Carolynn Rankin (CILIP assessor), Associate Professor Suradech Chotiudompant (Dean of the Faculty of Arts), Assistant Professor Dr Somsak Sriborisutsakul, Associate Professor Dr Wilita Sriuranpong.
Back row left to right Dr Sorakom Dissamana, Dr Thippaya Chintakovid, Assistant Professor Dr Oranuch Sawetrattanasatian.

Published: 21 October 2019

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