Hat Yai, Thailand

  • City population: 
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A modern and multicultural city

Located in southern Thailand, near the Malaysian border, Hat Yai is a modern and multicultural city, with Thai, Chinese and Malay influences. Home to a number of small- and medium-size industries, it serves as a hub for transportation and trading and is a popular destination for shopping, education and public health services. 

Vision and Strategy

Hat Yai sees learning as the cornerstone of sustainable urban development, considering it key to the building of peaceful, inclusive, safe and resilient cities. Moreover, the city aims to address the learning needs of people at all levels, adopting an economic, social and environmental approach to reach this goal. In this context, Hat Yai endeavours to develop into a learning city by establishing a clear learning path and making the most of the benefits of being a member of the GNLC, mainly in terms of cooperation and capacity-buidling. 

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • Hat Yai mobilizes and utilizes its resources to promote a green policy in collaboration not only with local community but also private and public sectors. The objectives are manifold: managing and increasing green areas, improving water quality, as well as reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Equity and inclusion

  • Hat Yai’s initiatives focusing on vulnerable groups includes education management programmes for homeless and disadvantaged children; in addition, a budget has been established to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students. Moreover, the Four Corners Learning Centre project supports learning of people in all areas of Hat Yai, using the community as a base for local development. 

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • When it comes to decent work and entrepreneurship, the city offers a variety of upskilling, reskilling and new skilling programmes to the working-age population, providing them with updated tools for accessing and succeeding in the labour market. 

Good practices

Hat Yai Chivasuk Health Promotion Centre

  • Situated in Hat Yai Municipal Park, the Hat Yai Chivasuk Health Promotion Centre promotes alternative and traditional Thai medicine, offering medical treatment, physical therapy, nutritional advice, hydrotherapy, music therapy, etc. 

The Geographic Information System Database Project

  • This project enlists technology and information, both spatial and non-spatial data, as tools for management and organization development. The goal is to improve the quality and modernity of the information system of all municipality departments and increase the efficiency of public services, addressing the needs of citizens in a timely manner and assisting in urban development.  

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