This old chestnut again, but from a different source/study. Full story: Kingdom could become higher-education hub, says study. "This week, THE announced that Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Iran, Colombia and Serbia (TACTICS) had the potential to become higher-education stars. “TACTICS have a higher average proportion of university-aged students enrolled in higher education than BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa], and greater average research quality,” Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, said" So lets lump a bunch of countries together that sound cool ....should have been the TICTACS are bettererer than the CRIBS. More 'gangster' sounding eh. "Baty, however, pointed out that despite Thailand’s strong international outlook, “the political crisis in 2013-14 held back the nation’s universities and the government has been less committed in investing in higher education”, resulting in a poor research environment." But as a conclusion some sense has been found within the non-democratic system that is our current reality in LOS.