Collaborative Doctoral Program for KKU Faculty

Khon Kaen University (KKU), the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) and the East-West Center (EWC) have collaborated to create a special program that facilitates KKU faculty pursuing their doctoral degrees in diverse fields at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Khon Kaen University is a teaching and research university located in northeast Thailand. It has risen in national stature in recent years and now is recognized as a major regional university.

The Program Features:

  • Substantial financial support from KKU and from the Faculty of the participant.
  • Reduced tuition at UHM.
  • Reduced housing costs along with participation in the EWC's diverse multicultural and community programs.
  • Readily accessible assistance in the application and enrollment process.

About Our First Program Participant

Kanokon Rattanapon

The program began with the participation of Kanokon Rattanapon beginning in August 2016. She is a faculty member in KKU's International College. With the support of her university and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - East-West-Center partnership Kanokon is on academic leave, is in residence at the EWC and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science. Kanokon's areas of interest are contemporary critical theories in IR, regional politics and the ever-changing political circumstances of Southeast Asia.

The list of available UHM doctoral programs can be found at:

The program will enter its second year starting in fall 2017, seeking up to five participants annually. The deadline for application is November 1, 2016 to ensure meeting the submission dates set by various academic departments.

Eligibility and program details can be found by contacting Saowanee Namachan ( in the International Relations Division at Khon Kaen University.