Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs (DVIFA)
In 1962, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand established a training unit on foreign affairs and diplomacy, which later began its operations as Institute of Foreign Affairs before acquiring the name “Devawongse Varopakarn” after His Royal Highness Prince Devawongse Varopakarn, “Father of Thai Diplomacy”, on 20 May 2006. Over the years, the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs (DVIFA) has served as Thailand’s training centre for both diplomatic officials and non-diplomatic officials, including government officers from other agencies and members of the public. Over time, the Institute has expanded its roles to conduct training mainly for Thailand’s civil service, focusing on education and training and international cooperation. It also hosts an English Proficiency Testing Centre and a Language Centre, and is equipped with modern language laboratories.
DVIFA’s main function in education and training involves the development and conduct of diplomatic and foreign service courses for different levels of participants, such as programmes for newly recruited officers, pre-posting seminars for mid-career diplomats, and courses on various other topics of knowledge.
The Centre for Research and Foreign Studies under DVIFA serves to promote exchanges and consultation with other diplomatic training institutions. There is also an International Cooperation section that promotes collaborative partnerships with other institutes and diplomatic academies overseas. DVIFA is also a member of International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT), and participates regularly at the Meeting of Diplomatic Training Institutes of ASEAN Plus Three countries.
Since September 2017, DVIFA has taken part in the Global Centre for Mekong Studies (GCMS) under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) framework. On 22 June 2018, DVIFA held an opening ceremony at its office in Bangkok to serve as Thailand’s GCMS Centre, with a role in coordinating academic exchanges and cooperation among LMC member countries. The event was witnessed by representatives from all GCMS national centres, as well as representatives from Bangkok-based Embassies with development partnership with Thailand.
Mr. Krit Tankanarat, Director of DVIFA, is currently Director of the Thailand Center.