International College of Digital Innovation

Chiang Mai University

                International College is established in 2011 to incorporate international and bilingual undergraduate programs in Chiang Mai University (CMU). The main academic mission is to facilitate student mobility in ASEAN and Europe. CMU practices ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) and ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) as well as European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). To facilitate the best practices, International College has support roles to other academic faculties in student mobility with credit transfer, Inbound and Outbound visiting professor exchange, Cross Border Co-Research with ASEAN+3 university partners, Common European Framework Reference in English for General Education and Free Elective courses, student leadership program and, other infrastructure and activities for international students in CMU.  

                In CMU, International College plays as the major mechanism for internationalization. Therefore the college assists CMU academic departments to acquire international funding for student and staff exchange in AUN-ACTS, AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility Students), EU-Share and Erasmus Plus as well as Horizon 2020. Other target international scholarships and funds include New Columbo Plan, China Scholarship Council, Reinventing Japan, Korea Foundation, DAAD, Franco-Thai and Newton fund, etc. International College also helps international students to engage the local funds including CMU Presidential Funding, TICA and other Thai government international funding.  

                In 2017, International College has been enhanced her academic roles to entrepreneurship and digital innovation. The enhanced mission directly responds to the Thailand 20 Years Strategic Plan in digital startup especially Digital Economic Cluster for Chiangmai. This aims at development of TransNation Education with leading entrepreneurship and innovation universities in United Kingdom, Australia, China, Korea, etc. The new International College of Digital Innovation (ICDI) offers bachelor, master, doctoral programs in digital innovation and financial technology. Besides the major courses, ICDI also offers General Education and free elective courses in digital entrepreneurship literacy to any CMU students in other faculties. This helps students to learn disruptive digital technologies for engaging new digital economy and society. Today ICDI has 2+2 dual degree programs in entrepreneurship with University of Strathclyde and East China University of Science and Technology. As well as in data analytic, ICDI collaborates with Curtin University and University of Electronic Science and Technology China.

                To encourage digital startup, ICDI provides academic and training programs for entrepreneurship and innovation. The digital innovation process for SMEs and startups consists of Discovery, Development, Diffuse and Impact by Big Data, mobile application, social network and financial technology respectively. Fundamentally ICDI is doing research and development in cross border e-commerce, logistics and FinTech to bridge Chinese platforms to western platforms for Thai, Chinese and international students.

To conduct policy research in entrepreneurship and innovation by using machine learning, research study is based on Supply Side Structural Reform for improving inputs factors for SMEs and startup in new digital economy and society. The intervention of very high-speed broadband Internet such as 4G is the main consideration. The input factors are categorized into land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship and outputs are measured by United Nation Human Development Index which consists of life expectancy, knowledge and net income.  By Schumpeterian Cobb-Douglas approach, the creative destruction theory is employed for study of the 10 new S-curve industries of Thailand. The machine learning techniques are used for developing predictive models of decisions, policies, strategies or projects to improve some input factors for the industrial cluster of SMEs and startups.  After word, Big Data technology can be utilized for online monitoring the outcome.   


239 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep,Muang,
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50200

E-mail : icdi@cmu.ac.th

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