On 31 March 2013, the Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thailand and Germany regarding the bilateral education towards excellence program as proposed by the Ministry of Education. The proposal was as follows:
1. Approval of making and signing an MOU between Thailand and Germany. In case any minor corrections are needed, the Ministry of Education will be able to discuss these with the Foreign Affairs Ministry without re-proposing the MOU to the Cabinet; and
2. The Minister of Education will be allowed to sign the MOU.
The major subject of this MOU concerns the development of bilateral education in Thailand with the use of the famous professional education system in Germany to motivate Thai vocational education. Initially, private companies in Germany, such as BMW, Bosch and B. Grimm, will design a curriculum for vocational education with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) in which vocational students will have a chance to study and work, with scholarships available if needed.
The Ministry of Education, after carefully reading the MOU, viewed that it was mainly concerned with the promotion of educational cooperation, and is not a contract that will change Thai sovereignty or affect our economic stability. Therefore, this MOU is not an agreement according to the second paragraph of Article 190 of the Thai Constitution of 2007 which would therefore have to be approved by the Thai parliament. As a matter of fact, it concerns only international relations.