National Institute of Development Administration
Established on April 1, 1966, NIDA is an institution for higher education under the Office of Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education. At its infancy, NIDA received initial help from the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Department of International Affairs, Ford Foundation, and Midwest University Consortium for International Affairs (MUCIA), acquiring a portion of educating and training programs from Office of National Economic and Social Development.
At present, NIDA has transformed from “government agency” to an institute for higher learning under the affiliation of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. The Institute in 2019 was announced for an autonomous university status in the Royal Gazette issued under No. 136 Clause 50 ก dated April 16, 2019, page 117-207.
NIDA in Remembrance
With special interest in economic development, King Rama IX in 1960 had discussed with Mr. David Rockefeller the improvement and development of national statistics, which was deemed highly important for national development. Eventually, the idea was materialized and proposed under the establishment of Graduate Institute of Development Administration (GIDA). Later on, the Government constituted a commission to consider creating an institution for higher education in management and national development. The Commission’s decision to establish the Institute for Development Administration offering master and doctoral degrees, training, and research which was based on the GIDA project conceptualized by Dr. Stacey May, was then put forward to the Cabinet. Afterwards, just as known today, the Institute was named National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).