EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

 

Courses offered by Bodhisastra University aim to create goodness, beauty and prosperity according to the religious practices of all religions and according to the principles of sufficiency economy philosophy of His Majesty the King. At the same time, the students must be able to be  entrepreneurs focusing on social entrepreneurship in order to be able to feed their own lives and their families.

 

Education management like this is different from general mainstream higher education institutions that focus on allowing people to attend to become government officials or being a private employee. Instead, BOU students aim to study for being an entrepreneur to be their own boss and create an independent career by being an independent entrepreneur.

Bodhisastra University realizes that most educational institutions ialready focus on organizing classes for employment. Therefore, we do not wish to study such patterns and take over the work of those institutions.

 

The fields of study and courses which the university will open for teaching in 2019 onwards at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degree levels are organized into 18 branches as follows:

1 Social Change

2 Social Enterprise

3 Social Development

4 Social Education

5 Public Administration

6 Social Communication

7 Business Administration

8 Social Economics

9 Lifelong Education

10 Community Care

11 Public Health

12 Folk and Holistic Medicine

13 Law and Social Justice

14 English Communication

15 Peace Studies

16 Buddhist Studies

17 Islamic Studies

18 Christian Studies

 

Undergraduate courses are designed for inexperienced people or new learners, as well as to transfer learning experiences for experienced people with a distinctly empirical work.

 

For Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, it is a research course, specifically named Realize Research.

 

BACHELORS STUDIES

To earn the Bachelor of Sacred Texts in your field of expertise:

You will write a minimum 500 word biography on your personal faith and religious beliefs and your wisdom, based on your feelings and opinions, not the opinions of teachers you have learned from. We want you to provide personal honesty of your faith, which only you can provide.

You will write a minimum 2000 word thesis (excluding footnotes), discussing your beliefs within the field of studies chosen, and provide a minimum of 5 footnotes explaining authority on which you based your beliefs and facts.

Specifics for Biographies and Thesis’:

 

MASTERS STUDIES

To earn the Master of Sacred Texts in your field of expertise:

You will write a minimum 750 word thesis or biography on your life based on your personal religious faith beliefs.

You will write a minimum 4000 word thesis (excluding footnotes), discussing historical and current aspects of the field of studies chosen. This will include your personal beliefs, statements of doctrine within this belief, and you shall have a minimum of 10 footnotes explaining authority on which you based your beliefs and facts.

 

 

DOCTORATE STUDIES

To earn the Doctorate of Sacred Texts in your field of expertise:

You will write a minimum 1500 word thesis or  biography based on your entire spiritual life and religious faith. This should include earliest memories of your religious attitudes, and how early training affected your present belief system.

You will write a minimum 6000 word thesis (excluding footnotes), discussing from earliest historical beliefs to current religious attitudes. You shall discuss your religious faith, the interaction of your faith with other beliefs, the authority of Government in regards to your spiritual beliefs, and possible future expressions of your faith. You will include a minimum of 25 footnotes explaining authority on which you based your statements on.

 

Honorary Degrees

The Honorary Degree Committee is charged with the solicitation of nominations for honorary degree recipients. Bou. will award Honorary Doctoral Degrees to recognize individuals who are of conspicuous merit or who have attained achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction. Honorary awards shall be based on an individual’s record of scholarship, creativity, leadership, humanitarian service or public service. Individuals may have an existing association with the state and/or the University, such as collaboration on research projects or previous service as a University faculty member or administrator.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving all Honorary Degrees to be conferred by the University, subject to such policies as may be established by the Board of Governors. The Board will make its selections of honorary degree recipients from nominations submitted to and recommended by the Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and from nominations submitted directly to the Academic Affairs and Personnel Committee of the Board.

 

The Nomination Process

Nominators are requested to submit a letter stating in sufficient detail their reasons for the nominations. This letter should describe the nominee’s extraordinary achievements or leadership, distinguished service, or exemplary character. Materials should accompany the letters to include, but not limited to, biographical information, a record of accomplishment, two forms of photo identification, and supporting letters and contact information from those who can speak to that record. Because the selection committee must choose between illustrious and notable nominees, please provide as complete a nomination as possible.

Broad support from a department, organization or group of faculty will strengthen the nomination. The quality of the supporting materials is very important, since the members of the Committee cannot be assumed to have independent knowledge of each candidate’s achievements. The materials submitted serve as a basis for evaluating the qualifications of a nomination.

Degree Structure

BoU. awards the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) degrees. The Bachelor’s programs take approximately three years; a Master’s degree takes additional one or two years of full-time study. Earning a Doctorate takes at least two or three years of study and consists of independent and original research under the supervision of a professor.

 

Modes of Study

Classes at BoU. are in different modes depending on suitability to achieve aim of subjects. There are four modes of classes:

 

  1. Self-studied. Classes with descriptive content will be delivered as self-studied materials with tutorial sessions. Students can study subjects with this nature on their own through several types of materials such as printed textbooks, downloads, and recorded lectures. Most foundation subjects are self-studied. Students have to study designated materials, complete assignments, and challenge the examination. While having questions, they can leave messages to class administrators and web-board to get back to them. Forms of materials used at BOU.:
  • Downloadable E-books
  • Streaming E-learning MP4 or MP3
  • Printed textbooks
  • CD
  • Email with text and documentary files
  • Postal mail for Correspondences

 

  1. Interactions. Classes needing instant interaction such as seminar will be in either form of real meeting in the physical rooms or in virtual ones where moderators and participants can share information immediately. Selected virtual classrooms used by BOU. are as listed here:
  • WIZIQ (http://www.wiziq.com)
  • Webinar Jam (http://www.webinarjam.com)
  • Thai Internet Class (http://www.thaiinternetclass.net)
  • www.ustream.tv
  • www.oovoo.com
  1. Close demonstration and practice. This mode of study is applied to classes requiring students to attend classes in person as the presence is crucial such as laboratory. Locations of practice will be provided to students for most convenient access in their own country (if possible).

 

  1. Project or research. Students have no need to attend this type of class. It is required they consult their advisor through BOU.’s VDO chat room to accomplish the task. Interaction may be required to present the result.

 

  1. Educational system

BOU. uses self-pace system and accumulation of subject-group accomplishment. In any program, there are certain groups of subjects for students to complete. They are arranged in consequence for students to follow.

Degree level Consequent group of subjects to complete

Bachelor

  • Foundation
  • Core
  • Major and Minor
  • Practices (if any)
  • Project: seminar or individual study

Master

  • Coursework
  • Practices (if any)
  • Project or thesis

Doctorate

  • Coursework
  • Project or thesis

 

Each group of subjects contains certain number of subjects. The students must complete all subjects within a subject group before continuing to another. The system is designed to be flexible to most environments of learners; they can enter the course at any time of year. By registering to a self-studied and project mode, they can start studying immediately. Examination will be opened to challenge them frequently during the year (at least every two month) at nearest convenient places designated by BOU.. Project and thesis usually ranks the last step before the completion of degree, appointment of advisors to students can be done individually to launch the class. For classes with interaction or practice, it opens for registration all year-round. However, some classes may need certain number of students to attend before it can begin.

 

Credit System and Grading

Most classes at BOU. contain three credits. A class with one credit expects students to devote approximately 15 hours of their time to the study. They can start from provided materials and make their own additional research to complete assignment(s). The aims of study at different degree level control the assessment of accomplishment:

  • Bachelor degree – a student must demonstrate their understanding of existing knowledge or findings and express their own opinion towards them.
  • Master degree – a student must use the existing knowledge or findings as a base to test their opinion or assumption if it is acceptable.
  • Doctorate degree – a student must contribute new knowledge or finding to the world.

 

Assessment system at BOU. is double-checked method. While examination can be done through online device with invigilation, BOU. reserves the right to ask students already passing the exam to attend oral examination in order to double-check their work.

 

Grading system at BOU. is as follows:

Grade Best/Next Point Definition:

A 10% 4.0 outstanding performance with only minor errors

B+ 25% 3.5 above the average standard but with some errors

B 30% 3.0 generally sound work with a number of notable errors

C+ 25% 2.5 fair but with significant shortcomings

C 10% 2.0 performance meets the minimum criteria

FX F Fail – some more work required before the credit can be awarded

F F Fail – considerable further work is required

 

Transfer of credits

 

BOU. accepts sufficient proof of knowledge students have belonged on any subject as a part of any program. Following forms are practiced for transferring:

  1. Satisfactory assessment results from attending classes at other institutes.
  2. Passing of challenging examination on a subject or group of subjects arranged by BOU..

3.Training certificates on any subject arranged by organizations recognized by BOU

Admission

Applicants to BOU. are required to submit adequate evidences to prove their personal and educational identity. Valid identification document with applicant photo issued by the government of their residence is a must before entering any program. Minimum qualification(s) for applied degree are required as follows:

  • Bachelor – a graduate from high school or equivalent with proficiency in language used in the program
  • Master – a graduate from Bachelor degree with proficiency in language used in the program
  • Doctorate – a graduate from Master degree or Bachelor degree with distinction and having proficiency in language used in the program
  • Non-degree – no requirement