—“Brain Gain is a phenomenon in which the destination country receives the human capital or a high level of skills and competence from other countries to replace the lost professionals. For Thailand, receiving talented foreign students and retain them for a period of time after their studies could probably reverse the situation from brain drain to brain gain. The objectives of this study were (1) to explore factors that influence foreign student intention to remain in Thailand after studies, (2) to propose the findings of this study to the national level.
Questionnaires dispersed among undergraduate and graduate foreign students studying in Thai universities which randomly selected.
Finally regression analysis were used on data in order to test all six hypothesizes of the study and the findings indicated that only three factors; students’ life and study adjustment process, social support and career perception
, were the significant predictors of the overall students’ intention to remain in Thailand.
Furthermore, the results show a relationship between national economic development and inclination to stay or return.
—Brain gain, factors, determinants, satisfaction,
intension, stay on, international students, universities,
Kanokwalee Kruanak is with the Chulalongkorn Business School,
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (e-mail:
Cite: Kanokwalee Kruanak and Athapol Ruangkanjanases, "Brain Gain for Thailand: The Determinants of International Students' Intention to Stay on after Graduation," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.5, no.4, pp. 337-346, 2014.