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Thammasat University ( Abrv: TU th, มธ.; th, มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์, , ) is a public research university in Thailand with campuses in
Tha Phra Chan Tha Phra Chan ( th, ท่าพระจันทร์, ) is a pier on Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, in Phra Nakhon District. The pier is beside Thammasat University#Tha Phra Chan, Thammasat University ...
area of
Phra Nakhon District Phra Nakhon ( th, พระนคร, ) is one of the Districts of Bangkok, 50 districts (''khet'') of Bangkok, Thailand. It is the central district of Bangkok, including Rattanakosin Island. Neighboring districts are, from the north, clockwise: ...
near the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok; in Rangsit, 42 kilometers north of Bangkok; in
Pattaya Pattaya ( th, พัทยา, , ) is a city in Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the ...

Pattaya
, a resort city on the
eastern seaboard of Thailand The eastern seaboard of Thailand, more frequently known as the "Eastern Economic Corridor The Eastern Economic Corridor ( Abrv: EEC; th, ระเบียงเศรษฐกิจภาคตะวันออก, Rabīang Sētthakit Phāk Taw ...
; and in
Lampang Province Lampang ( th, ลำปาง, ; Northern Thai language, Northern Thai: ) is one of Thailand's seventy-six Provinces of Thailand, provinces (''changwat''), lies in Northern Thailand#Regional classification of northern Thailand, upper northern Tha ...
. , Thammasat University has over 33,000 students enrolled in 33 faculties, colleges, and institutes and 2,700 academic staff. Thammasat is
Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the Mainland Southeast Asia, Indochinese Peninsula, spanning , wi ...

Thailand
's second oldest
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. Officially established to be the
national university A national university is mainly a university created or managed by a government, but which may also at the same time operate autonomously without direct control by the state. Some national universities are associated with national cultural or po ...
of Thailand on 27 June 1934, it was named by its founder,
Pridi Banomyong Pridi Banomyong ( th, ปรีดี พนมยงค์, , ; 11 May 1900 – 2 May 1983), also known by his noble title Luang Praditmanutham ( th, หลวงประดิษฐ์มนูธรรม) was a Thailand, Thai politician and ...
, the University of Moral and Political Sciences ( th, มหาวิทยาลัยวิชาธรรมศาสตร์และการเมือง; ). It began as an
open university The Open University (OU) is a British public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization An organization, or organisation (English ...
, with 7,094 students studying law and politics in its first year. In 1960, the university ended its free-entry policy and became the first in Thailand to require passing national entrance examinations for admission. Thammasat today offers more than 240 academic programs in 33 different faculties and colleges on four campuses. Over the 80 years since its founding, Thammasat University has evolved from an open university for law and politics to an international university offering all levels of academic degrees in many fields and disciplines. It has graduated more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university's alumni have included some of Thailand's
prime minister A prime minister or a premier is the head of the cabinet Cabinet or The Cabinet may refer to: Furniture * Cabinetry, a box-shaped piece of furniture with doors and/or drawers * Display cabinet, a piece of furniture with one or more transpa ...
s, leading politicians, and governmental figures,
Bank of Thailand The Bank of Thailand (BOT) ( th, ธนาคารแห่งประเทศไทย) is the central bank of Thailand. History The Bank of Thailand (BOT) was first set up as the Thai National Banking Bureau. The Bank of Thailand Act was p ...
governors, and jurists.
Tha Phra Chan Tha Phra Chan ( th, ท่าพระจันทร์, ) is a pier on Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, in Phra Nakhon District. The pier is beside Thammasat University#Tha Phra Chan, Thammasat University ...
Campus, the original campus of the university, is in
Phra Nakhon Phra Nakhon ( th, พระนคร, ) is one of the Districts of Bangkok, 50 districts (''khet'') of Bangkok, Thailand. It is the central district of Bangkok, including Rattanakosin Island. Neighboring districts are, from the north, clockwise: ...
,
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
. The campus is in close proximity to many tourist destinations and was the site of the
14 October 1973 uprising The popular uprising of 14 October 1973 ( th, เหตุการณ์ 14 ตุลา, , "October 14 Event"; or th, วันมหาวิปโยค, , "Day of Great Sorrow") was a watershed event in Thailand's History of Thailand, history ...
and the
6 October 1976 massacre The 6 October 1976 massacre, or ambiguously-worded the 6 October event ( th, เหตุการณ์ 6 ตุลา ) as it is known in Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially ...
. Rangsit campus, where most undergraduate programmes are concentrated, is in Khlong Luang,
Pathum Thani Pathum Thani ( th, ปทุมธานี, ) is a town (''thesaban mueang Thesaban ( th, เทศบาล, , ) are the municipalities of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially ...
. Thammasat has smaller regional campuses in
Lampang Lampang, also called Nakhon Lampang ( th, นครลำปาง, ) to differentiate from Lampang Province, is the third largest city in northern Thailand and capital of Lampang Province and the Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Lampang district. Traditio ...
and
Pattaya Pattaya ( th, พัทยา, , ) is a city in Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the ...

Pattaya
. Admission to Thammasat is highly competitive. Only applicants ranking in the top 10 national scores are chosen for study at Thammasat, especially in the social sciences and humanities—considered the most selective in Thailand. QS awarded Thammasat University Four QS Stars. A Four QS Star rating means "...highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty."


History


University of Law and Political Sciences

Thammasat University began in 1934 as the University of Law and Political Sciences. This was two years after the so-called
Siamese revolution of 1932 #REDIRECT Siamese revolution of 1932#REDIRECT Siamese revolution of 1932 The Siamese revolution of 1932 or Siamese coup d'état of 1932 ( th, การปฏิวัติสยาม พ.ศ. 2475 or ) was a coup d'état A coup d'état (; ...
and eighteen years after the founding of
Chulalongkorn University Chulalongkorn University (CU, th, จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย, ), nicknamed Chula ( th, จุฬาฯ), is a public and autonomous research university A research university is a university A universi ...

Chulalongkorn University
by transforming the law school of Prince Raphi Phatthanasak Krommaluang Ratcha Buri Direk Rit, which dated back to 1907. Thammasat University was the brainchild of
Pridi Banomyong Pridi Banomyong ( th, ปรีดี พนมยงค์, , ; 11 May 1900 – 2 May 1983), also known by his noble title Luang Praditmanutham ( th, หลวงประดิษฐ์มนูธรรม) was a Thailand, Thai politician and ...
, the father of Thailand's democracy and the
minister of interior An interior ministry (sometimes called ministry of internal affairs or ministry of home affairs) is a ministry (government), government ministry responsible for internal affairs, particularly public security, emergency management, civil registr ...
, who drafted the "University of Law and Political Science Act 1934". The university was inaugurated on 27 June 1934, and Pridi served as the university's first chancellor. The university is based on the sixth principle of the People's Party. The first announcement of Khana Ratsadon stated the government "must provide the people with full education" because people "lack education, which is reserved for royals". The desire of students at the school of law to be upgraded to a university rather than simply a department at Chulalongkorn University also helped Thammasat University become the successor of the law school. The property and faculty of the law school were transferred to University of Law and Political Science, and the old law school building was the first Thammasat site. The university moved to Tha Phra Chan campus the following year. When the university opened, 7,094 people applied for admission. At that time, Chulalongkorn University was graduating only 68 students a year. Thammasat initially offered a
bachelor's degree A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area ...
with an emphasis on legal studies and previously banned
economics Economics () is a social science that studies the Production (economics), production, distribution (economics), distribution, and Consumption (economics), consumption of goods and services. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interact ...

economics
and
political science Political science is the scientific study of politics Politics (from , ) is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions In psychology, decision-making (also spelled decision making and decisionmaking) is regarded as ...
, plus a bachelor's degree equivalent diploma in accountancy.
Master's degree A master's degree (from Latin ) is an academic degree awarded by University, universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of Profession, professio ...
courses soon followed in
law Law is a system A system is a group of Interaction, interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and influenced by its environment, is described by its bounda ...
,
political science Political science is the scientific study of politics Politics (from , ) is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions In psychology, decision-making (also spelled decision making and decisionmaking) is regarded as ...
, and
economics Economics () is a social science that studies the Production (economics), production, distribution (economics), distribution, and Consumption (economics), consumption of goods and services. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interact ...

economics
, and
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courses in law, political science, economics, and diplomacy. During its early years, the university did not rely on government funding, but instead relied on its low tuition fees and interest paid by the Bank of Asia for Industry and Commerce, in which the university had an 80% stake. Under Pridi's leadership, the university became the clandestine headquarters of the Free Thai anti-Japanese underground during
the Second World War World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global war A world war is "a war War is an intense armed conflict between states State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literatu ...
. Ironically, the university campus also functioned as an internment camp for Allied civilians, with Thai guards more or less protecting them from abuses by the occupying Japanese. The internment camp was where the Multipurpose Building now stands.


Reform

The coup d'état on 8 November 1947 marked the end of an era. Pridi Banomyong left the country and went into exile. The original Thammasat degree was replaced by specialised departments in 1949, when the Faculties of Law, Political Science, Commerce and Accountancy, and Economics were founded. The university was forced to sell its bank shares, thus becoming dependent on government funding. The words "and political" were removed from its name, and Thammasat was no longer an open university. A new "Thammasat University Act" was passed in 1952. Thammasat added four more faculties during the 1950s and 1960s: social administration, journalism and mass communication, liberal arts, and sociology and anthropology.


Bloody October protests

In 1973, Thammasat became the centre of the pro-democracy protest movement that led to the bloody uprising on 14 October. A large crowd, led by university students, assembled at Thammasat University to protest the arrest of thirteen pro-democracy student activists. The protest continued for several days before a bloody confrontation took place at the
Democracy Monument The Democracy Monument ( th, อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย, ''Anusawari Prachathipatai'') is a public monument in the city center of Bangkok, capital of Thailand. It occupies a traffic circle on the wide east-w ...
. When Thailand's military leaders fled into exile,
Sanya Dharmasakti Sanya Dharmasakti ( th, สัญญา ธรรมศักดิ์, , ; 5 April 1907 – 6 January 2002) was a Thai Thai or THAI may refer to: * Of or from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia ** Thai people, the dominant ethnic group of T ...
, then Thammasat rector, was appointed Prime Minister of Thailand. Three years later, the
6 October 1976 massacre The 6 October 1976 massacre, or ambiguously-worded the 6 October event ( th, เหตุการณ์ 6 ตุลา ) as it is known in Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially ...
took place on the Tha Phra Chan campus. The event began with protests against the return of exiled dictator
Thanom Kittikachorn Field marshal (Thailand), Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn ( th, ถนอม กิตติขจร, ; 11 August 1911 – 16 June 2004) was a Thai military dictator. A staunch anti-communist, Thanom oversaw a decade of military rule in Tha ...
. Violence first appeared on 25 September when two
EGAT The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) ( th, การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทย; ) is a state enterprise, managed by the Ministry of Energy A Ministry of Energy or Department ...

EGAT
employees who handed out protest literature in
Nakhon Pathom Nakhon Pathom ( th, นครปฐม, ) is a city (''thesaban nakhon Thesaban ( th, เทศบาล, , ) are the municipalities of Thailand. There are three levels of municipalities: city, town, and sub-district. Bangkok and Pattaya are sp ...
were branded "communists", beaten to death, and their bodies hung from a wall. This led to peaceful protests by labor groups, students, and other activists demanding the expulsion of Thanom. On 4 October, students staged a play on the Thammasat campus to dramatize the hanging of the protesters in Nakhon Pathom. Several newspapers printed photographs of the mock hanging with, however, one of the students retouched to resemble Crown Prince
Vajiralongkorn Vajiralongkorn ( th, วชิราลงกรณ; , ; born 28 July 1952) is the King of Thailand The monarchy of Thailand (whose monarch is referred to as the king of Thailand or historically, king of Siam; th, พระมหากษ ...

Vajiralongkorn
, an act of
lèse-majesté Lèse-majesté ( or ), a French term meaning "to do wrong to majesty", is an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign Sovereign is a title which can be applied to the highest leader in various categories. The word is borrowed fro ...
. Uniformed police and enraged right-wing paramilitary groups promptly surrounded Thammasat University. At dawn on 6 October the police and paramilitary groups attacked the protesters. The assault continued for several hours. Newspaper sources reported the number killed as between 43 and 46, but the actual figure may have been over a hundred, with several hundred more injured. Many student protesters escaped by jumping into
Chao Phraya River The Chao Phraya ( or ) ( th, wikt:เจ้าพระยา, แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา , or ) is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and th ...
, where they were shot at by the Royal Thai Navy. One of the student leaders was Seksan Prasertkul, who wrote the protest song ''Su mai toi'', which was adopted by the People's Democratic Reform Committee, 2013-2014 anti-government protesters in Thailand. Seksan is now (2016) a lecturer at Thammasat University.


Expansion

During the 1980s, Thammasat University built a new campus at Rangsit to house the new Faculty of Science and Technology. It accepted its first students in 1985. The Faculty of Engineering opened at Rangsit in 1989, followed by the Faculty of Medicine in 1990. By the late-1990s, all first year students were studying at Rangsit. At present almost all undergraduate classes are taught at Rangsit, the exceptions being some international English language programmes and some special programmes. Graduate degree classes are still taught at Tha Phra Chan. The Rangsit campus was chosen as one of the venues for the 1998 Asian Games. Thammasat University is a member of "Links to Asia by Organizing Traineeship and Student Exchange" (LAOTSE), a network of universities in Europe and Asia. Regional cooperation is maintained by means of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network.


Seal

The Seal (device), seal depicts the centerpiece of the Democracy Monument, Bangkok, which itself honours the Thai Constitution of 1932. It is superimposed on a Dharmacakra, or 'wheel of law', symbolising the Dharmaśāstra, the university's name in Sanskrit.


Campuses

Thammasat University has two campuses in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Tha Phra Chan and Rangsit. There are four regional campuses: Lampang, Pattaya, Udon Thani, and Narathiwat.


Tha Phra Chan

Tha Phra Chan Centre ( th, ศูนย์ท่าพระจันทร์) is in
Phra Nakhon District Phra Nakhon ( th, พระนคร, ) is one of the Districts of Bangkok, 50 districts (''khet'') of Bangkok, Thailand. It is the central district of Bangkok, including Rattanakosin Island. Neighboring districts are, from the north, clockwise: ...
,
Bangkok Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or Southeastern ...

Bangkok
, surrounded by many of Thailand's most famous cultural and historical landmarks, such as Sanam Luang, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Bangkok National Museum, the National Theatre (Thailand), National Theatre, Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, and the
Chao Phraya River The Chao Phraya ( or ) ( th, wikt:เจ้าพระยา, แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา , or ) is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and th ...
. It was the first permanent campus of Thammasat, purchased from the military with public donations in 1935. The site had originally been part of the Front Palace, Bangkok, Front Palace of the Front Palace, deputy king (formerly the designated heir to the throne). The signature building of the university is the Dome, the original Tha Phra Chan campus building. It was constructed from four existing military buildings. The Dome housed Pridi Banomyong's office as well as being the command centre of the Free Thai Movement during the Second World War. Late in the war, when an uprising against the occupying Japanese was planned, weapons were concealed in the attic. The Tha Phra Chan campus played a role in History of Thailand (1932–1973)#The 1973 democracy movement, the uprising against the military regime on 14 October 1973 and was the site of the Thammasat University massacre, 6 October 1976 Massacre. Eight faculties are based at the Tha Phra Chan campus: law, political science, economics, commerce and accountancy, liberal arts, social administration, journalism and mass communication, and sociology and anthropology. , only postgraduate education, postgraduate programmes, integrated bachelor's and master's programmes, and the English-language international programmes are offered at Tha Phra Chan (except those in engineering, health sciences, and journalism which are at the Rangsit Center). Thammasat Tha Phra Chan offers a Thai Language courses for foreigners. Tha Phra Chan facilities include a football field, a track, a gymnasium, eight libraries, and several cafeterias.


Rangsit

Rangsit Centre (Thai: ศูนย์รังสิต) is the second and largest Thammasat campus. It is in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Province, 42 km north of Bangkok, connected Tha Phra Chan by shuttle bus. Thammasat University instituted degree programmes in engineering, technologies, physical sciences, and medicine at its Rangsit Centre in the 1980s and 1990s. Although established only for the science and technology-related Faculty (university), faculties, all bachelor's degrees have been taught here since 2006. All faculties (except the College of Innovation, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Pridi Banomyong International College) are at Rangsit. The campus houses the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, an international academic institute attached to Thammasat which emphasizes engineering and technological research and education. International programmes in engineering, health sciences, and journalism are also taught at Rangsit Centre. The Thailand Science Park (National Research Centre) and the Asian Institute of Technology are also located here. The campus divided into three areas: the academic zone, the housing zone, and various sport facilities. The Thammasat University Sport Centre, on the Rangsit campus, was used in the 1998 Asian Games, 1999 FESPIC Games and in the 2007 Summer Universiade. In December 2019, the Rangsit campus opened Asia's largest urban rooftop garden. The 7,000 m2 space, designed by Kotchakorn Voraakhom, is designed to help offset some of the impacts of climate change, such as flooding. "Urban rooftop farms are an easy and effective climate solution, and should be the norm.", she said. The rooftop farm is open to anyone who wishes to grow rice, vegetables, or herbs according to the university.


Branch campuses

Pattaya Centre (Thai: ศูนย์พัทยา), is in
Pattaya Pattaya ( th, พัทยา, , ) is a city in Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the ...

Pattaya
, Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Province. This 566 Rai (unit), rai site was donated to the Ministry of Finance for Thammasat University in 1987. Construction began in 1997. The Pattaya Centre houses the College of Innovation, Thammasat University, College of Innovative Education, which offers advanced degree courses and training in rural development and management. Lampang Centre (Thai: ศูนย์ลำปาง), Hang Chat District,
Lampang Province Lampang ( th, ลำปาง, ; Northern Thai language, Northern Thai: ) is one of Thailand's seventy-six Provinces of Thailand, provinces (''changwat''), lies in Northern Thailand#Regional classification of northern Thailand, upper northern Tha ...
: the Thammasat University Council approved the establishment of Lampang Centre in 1996. The university initially held classes in the old city hall. In 2003, the Lampang Centre moved to its current location 15 km from the city. Thammasat Lampang offers opportunities to a small student population of fewer than 1,000 students to study specialized courses on local development and industry. Courses offered at Thammasat Lampang Center include social development, interdisciplinary sociology, law, and handcraft design. Thammasat also has two small campuses in Udon Thani Province and Narathiwat Province.


Faculties, colleges, institutes

Thammasat University has 19 faculties, seven colleges, and seven institutes.


Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law was one of the founding faculties of the university. It has its roots in the law school of the Ministry of Justice, instituted under the reign of King Chulalongkorn by Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns. Former Deans of the Faculty have included Phraya Nitisat Phaisan,
Sanya Dharmasakti Sanya Dharmasakti ( th, สัญญา ธรรมศักดิ์, , ; 5 April 1907 – 6 January 2002) was a Thai Thai or THAI may refer to: * Of or from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia ** Thai people, the dominant ethnic group of T ...
, and Preedee Kasemsup. The faculty has programmes up to the doctorate level, as well as several certificate programmes in business law and public law.


Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy

The Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy was established on 23 November 1938. It was the second oldest business school in Thailand after the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy,
Chulalongkorn University Chulalongkorn University (CU, th, จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย, ), nicknamed Chula ( th, จุฬาฯ), is a public and autonomous research university A research university is a university A universi ...

Chulalongkorn University
which established earlier on the same year. It offers a broad range of programmes including business administration, logistics, international business, human resource management, accounting, finance, marketing, real estate management and management information system, from diploma to doctoral degree. In addition to its traditional 4-year bachelor's degree, the faculty offers the first innovative integrated bachelor's and master's degree programme in business and accounting (IBMP) which requires five years of study to complete both degrees. The faculty also offers Thailand's first international programme in business in which English is the language of instruction (BBA Programme). The faculty also offers Thailand's first Global Executive MBA programme in which English is the language of instruction (GEMBA programme). The faculty is recognised internationally. In 2005, a team of students from the Master's of Sciences Degree Programme in Marketing (MIM) of Thammasat Business School won, for the second time, the Global Moot Corp, a venue for business plan competition, held at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. The faculty is the second accounting and business education institution in South East Asia to Singapore which has received the Triple-Crown certification from 3 world accredited institutions (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA). With less than 1% of commercial and business administration accounting institutions from educational institutions around the world that have been certified for all 3 accredited institutions. The faculty is also known as Thammasat Business School (TBS).


Faculty of Political Science

The faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University was established in 1949. Former deans include Direk Chaiyanam a member of the Khana Ratsadon (People's Party) and a former foreign minister. It offers undergraduate and graduate studies in three majors, politics and government, public administration, and international affairs. Most of Thai Governors, Mayors, Leaders, or Activists are graduated from this faculty. Graduate programs are offered to regular students, and special programs are open to executives. A doctoral program was established in 2001. There are two versions of the masters and bachelors programs in international relations. The first versions are taught in Thai. The second versions are taught in English and are called the "International Programme". The masters for the International Program was established in 1998; the bachelors was established in 2009. The military correspondent for the ''Bangkok Post'', Wassana Nanuam, is a prominent graduate of the masters program, having written her thesis on the Thai military. This faculty is also known as ''Singha Daeng'' ('red lion') along with Chulalongkorn University which is called ''Singha Dam'' ('black lion')


Faculty of Economics

The Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University was established in 1949 and the oldest Faculty of Economics in Thailand. The faculty offers a broad range of academic programmes and other training opportunities. Under the leadership of Dr. Puey Ungpakorn, a former
Bank of Thailand The Bank of Thailand (BOT) ( th, ธนาคารแห่งประเทศไทย) is the central bank of Thailand. History The Bank of Thailand (BOT) was first set up as the Thai National Banking Bureau. The Bank of Thailand Act was p ...
governor who took charge concurrently as the dean of the faculty, there were many significant developments within the economics faculty. Dr. Puey secured funding from Rockefeller Foundation and brought faculty members from a number of US universities. The first big step toward internationalization was the introduction, in 1969, a Master of Economics programme degree taught in English language, English. Since then, a bachelor's programme and a PhD programme taught in English have been added to the curriculum. The faculty boasts a teaching staff which totals 82, including 44 faculty members with doctoral degree and seven on leave to pursue doctoral degrees. It is considered one of the strongest programmes in Thailand. Its graduates are regularly accepted to the prestigious departments of economics such as The University of Chicago, Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Cornell, Oxford University, Oxford, Cambridge University, Cambridge, London School of Economics, LSE, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton University, Princeton.


Faculty of Social Administration

Faculty of Social Administration Thammasat University was established to serve state policies, welfare and social security. This faculty has main duty to encourage teaching in Social Welfare, Justice Administration, and Social Development. This Faculty has a long reputation, this is the first school that initiated education in social science of welfare studies.


Faculty of Liberal Arts

The Faculty of Liberal Arts was established by the Royal Gazette in 1961 by Professor Adul Vicharncharoen, the founder and first Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The purpose of the establishment of the Faculty of Arts at that time was to teach general subjects to all students of the university before they choose to study their majors. At present, the Faculty of Arts offers 19 undergraduate degrees, 12 master's degree courses and 3 doctoral degrees. The faculty offers the following undergraduate majors: Psychology, Library and Information Science, Literature and Communication, History, Linguistics, English Language, English Language and Literature, French Language, Thai Language, Philosophy, Geography, Japanese Language, Chinese Language, German Language, Russian Language, British and American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Russian Studies, International Studies (ASEAN-China), and Business English Communication. The graduate school offers master's degree in 10 disciplines: Linguistics for Communication, History, Library and Information Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, French-Thai Translation, Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies, Japanese Studies, Thai, English Language and Literature, English Language Studies, Chinese Culture Studies, and English-Thai Translation Studies. The graduate level also offers Ph.D in Linguistics, History, and English Language Studies which is a combined Master and Doctoral Degree. *The English Department Widely-known as one of the leading departments in Thailand with a wide range of prestigious academic programs, The English Department at TU was founded in 1970 and has then developed in teaching and learning as well as researching. Today, the English Department offers an undergraduate program (Rangsit Campus) in translation, linguistics, intercultural communication, and literature. Students in the undergraduate program have the opportunity to engage in a number of extracurricular activities, internship program and academic events, including special lectures and exchange programs. In addition to the BA curriculum, the English Department supports higher interdisciplinary programs (Tha Prachan Campus) offering the MA-PhD programs in English Language Studies, the MA program in English-Thai Translation and the Graduate Diploma program in English for Business and Management. *International Programs The Faculty of Liberal Arts also offers four-year international programs taught in English in specialist disciplines. The British and American Studies (BAS) International Programme at Thammasat University is the only degree of its type available in Thailand. The four-year degree offers students an opportunity to explore the culture, the literature, the history, and the political dynamics of the United States and the United Kingdom through a broad and varied curriculum taught by English native speakers from both the US and the UK. The ASEAN-China International (IAC) Program offers students to choose their specialization from business, languages, media and political science courses focused on China and the ASEAN region.


Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Department of Journalism was established in 1954 and is Thailand's first institute of higher education in journalism. It was granted faculty status in 1979 and has been known since as the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication. Today the faculty offers undergraduate programme in newspaper and print media, radio and television broadcasting, cinematography, advertising, public relations, and communications management. It also offers several programmes at master's level as well as a doctoral degree in mass communication. There is also an international course for the Bachelor of Arts Programme in Journalism and Mass Media studies (BJM Programme). The program itself was established in 2006, providing the advanced knowledge in journalism and media. There are also two international programs at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Communication Arts. There is BA in Communication Management and an MA in Strategic Communication Management. The Faculty also provides various materials, tools, and studios for all students to practice their skills such as Thammasat University Radio Station, editing room, and broadcasting room. Moreover, there are " YooungThong Magazine " and " Mahavittayalai Newspaper " that present the students ability.


Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology

The Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology was formed as one of the departments of the Faculty of Social Administration at the initiative of the dean, Professor Major General Buncha Mintarakhin (1961–1965). His view was that Thailand should have sociologists and anthropologists who contribute to the society by undertaking research which would strengthen the disciplines. At the time of the department foundation Thai scholars in sociology and anthropology were sparse. It took several years to recruit qualified members in the academic team. Subsequently, the expanding Department of Sociology and Anthropology became a separate division from Social Administration Faculty in 1976.


Faculty of Science and Technology

Science and Technology founded in 1986 as the ninth faculty of the University and become the first full-stream faculty that held on Rangsit Campus Began teaching in the five disciplines of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Health Science. Later, the delegation extended teaching in the field of increasing order. Coupled with the new University founded the Faculty of Engineering. Health and science. The Faculty is now responsible for teaching basic science through to all faculties at Rangsit. The Faculty of Science and Technology offers many science disciplines which focus on both pure sciences and sustainable technologies such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Environmental Science, Technologies for Sustainable Development, Agricultural Technology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Physics, Material Science, Food Technology, and Textile Technology, this Faculty also has international programs offers B.Sc to PhD. such as Industrial Science Management, Creative Digital Technology (Digital Interactive Simulation/Game Engineering & Design), Innovative Digital Design (Animation & Visual Effect/Game Art & Design), and Organic Farming Management.


Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering was founded on August 19, 1989 as the 10th faculty of the university. Originally formed as a response to governmental initiative to promote the study of science and its related field. It originally started teaching electrical and industrial engineering in 1990, then expanded its offerings to civil engineering (1992), chemical engineering (1994), and mechanical engineering (1996). The faculty also has an international department which taught in English and very often mistaken as #Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, SIIT (see below) by outsiders. This special programme is divided into two distinct parts, ''Twinning Engineering Programme (TEP)'', established in 1997, and the ''Thammasat English Engineering Programme (TEPE)'', established in 2000. The TEP programme is a sandwich programme, two years in Thammasat and two years in a foreign university (currently either the University of Nottingham or University of New South Wales). Many of the graduates continue their master's or PhD in prestigious UK universities, such as Imperial, LSE, UCL, Warwick. The faculty has strong ties with both NECTEC and MTEC in Thailand Science Park. The faculty also has strong researching ties with Japan, particularly and more recently with the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Its current dean is Associate Professor Dr. Uruya Weesakul.


Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, was established in March 1990 as the eleventh faculty of the University and the ninth public medical school in Thailand. The faculty offers undergraduate and post-graduate courses in medicine. It also runs masters and doctoral programs in various disciplines of medicine. Applied Thai traditional medicine can also be studied at the university. Faculty of Medicine of Thammasat University in the only first and one medical school that teaches with Hybrid Problem-based learning (PBL) and Community Based Learning (CBL) which emphasize on case study and community problem rather than lecturing.


Faculty of Architecture and Planning

The university proposed the establishment of a Faculty of Architecture under the Eighth National Higher Education Plan (1997–2001) of the Ministry of University Affairs (now Office of the Commission on Higher Education under the Ministry of Education). However, a cabinet meeting on February 3, 1998 decided to restrict the establishment of all new departments. The university then created an Architecture Programme to be autonomous under the Thammasat University Council by its resolution of May 6, 1999. The programme was approved to be the Faculty of Architecture by a resolution of the Thammasat University Council on October 29, 2001. Professor Dr. Vimolsiddhi Horayangkura, who had been the programme's director since 1999, was appointed to be the first dean of the Faculty of Architecture. The faculty offered two more new undergraduate programmes, Interior Architecture and Urban Environmental Planning and Management Program, in the 2002 academic year. In 2007, the undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture and the graduate program in Interior Architecture were started in response to high market demand for landscape architects and research-oriented designers. In the following year, the school launched the graduate program in Innovative Real Estate Development.


Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology

The Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, at the university's Rangsit Centre, Pathum Thani Province, is a semi-autonomous institute of technology established in 1992. It offers a range of science, technology and engineering education, as well as related management programmes. All are international programmes, with English language instruction. Although it is an academic unit of the university, and graduates of the institute receive Thammasat University degrees, the institute is self-administered and financed. The institute enjoys strong links with Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand Science Park, national graduate schools (such as Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, JGSEE, Thailand Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, TGIST, and Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, TAIST) and many international universities, notably its neighbour Asian Institute of Technology, and a group of Japanese and European universities. Being a research-led academic institution in nature, from the most recent performance evaluation (academic year 2003) by the university, the institute has the highest number of research publications (both in raw quantity and per graduate student heads), compared to other academic units in the university, and when compared to other universities, each SIIT faculty member produces twice the highest value of national range for international journal publications (0.74 vs 0-0.41, academic year 2004). In 2007, the Thailand Research Fund assessed research outcomes of universities in Thailand, and SIIT ranked as ''"very good"'' on all three indicators. The institute is also one of a very small number of universities which can secure numbers of Thailand Research Fund's ''Royal Golden Jubilee grants'', considered to be the country's most prestigious research grants for PhD students, for every single year since the programme began in 1998 — one of the only three which can secure ''Engineering discipline'' grants for every single year. Anyway, it's still considered one of the easiest engineering schools to get accepted due to very low entry score and many rounds of admission. Due to admission score, SIIT has a high rate of variant admission scores, students with high admission score and lowest admission score can be entered but most of the low-performance students will be disqualified. The unqualified or unsatisfied academic competency students will be expelled within a first or second year which occurred about 50% of entry students.


Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Faculty is an institution of higher education in the country for Research Pharmaceutical Sciences to improve health in the community. There are 2 majors for students, Undergraduate Level offers Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Care, and for Graduate Level offers Pharmaceutical Science


Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education

The Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education was founded on 29 September 2014. It is based at Rangsit Campus, in
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. The Faculty takes an interdisciplinary approach to the research and teaching of education and learning. The Faculty currently offers a Masters in Learning Sciences and Educational Innovation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Learning Sciences. The Faculty of Learning Science established Thammasat Secondary School in 2015. Faculty also has its own a laboratory school called Thammasat Secondary School which established in 2017 as the first school in Thailand that runs and promotes active learning, Sustainability thoughts, and creative and problem-based learning. Thammasat Secondary School also got an influence on Thammasat's Ideas which are No Uniform, Promoting Democracy, Modern World Literacy


Chulabhorn International College of Medicine

Chulabhron International College of Medicine is the twenty-first medical school set up in Thailand located in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Province and is the first institution in Thailand to provide an international course in medicine. The first year course consists of general sciences, followed by pre-clinical years 2 and 3 and then the clinical years 4–6. During the clinical years, Thammasat University Hospital is used as the main training site and students may undertake electives in foreign countries. CICM was opened on 28 August 2012 to provide medical education in English as an international course. The setup of the university involved a cooperation between Thammasat University and Bumrungrad International Hospital.


Language Institute

The Language Institute of Thammasat University (LITU) was officially established as a university faculty in 1985 to serve the ever-growing need for English language training for students in all faculties at Thammasat University. LITU conducts courses at all three of Thammasat University's academic campuses (Tha Prachan, Rangsit and Lampang in northern Thailand), as well as providing diverse language services to the general public and private, academic and governmental organizations in Bangkok and throughout the nation. LITU is responsible for English-language instruction for students first entering the university (Foundation courses), throughout their four years of academic studies (ESP-English for Specific Purposes), and for graduate students who must achieve minimum standards of English language proficiency. In addition, the Language Institute offers international graduate degree programs in English Language Teaching (MA-ELT, previously known as MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and Career English for International Communication (MA-CEIC, previously known as MA English for Careers), and a graduate diploma program in English for Careers. Also, to serve the needs of English teachers in the ASEAN community and international settings, LITU offers an international Ph.D. program in English Language Teaching (PhD-ELT).


College of Innovation

The college was established on January 30, 1995 with a focus on interdisciplinary education, such as in the areas of technology management, cultural management, service innovation, innovative healthcare management, and IT policy and management. Bachelor's degree courses offered are: Bachelor in Service Innovation, Bachelor in Digital Transformation and Innovation, and Bachelor in Management of Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries (BMCI). MA programs offered are: Master in Technology Management, Master of Arts in Management of Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries, Master of Science Program in Service Design, Master of Science Program in Digital Policy and Management, and Master in Service Innovation.


School of Global Studies

The School of Global Studies is a new and innovative academic initiative within Thammasat University and a front runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of public health, student-centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs. Degrees offered are Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship, and Master of Arts in Innovation and Sustainability.


International programs

TU offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in the fields of social sciences, humanities, science and technology, urban design, and health sciences.


Rankings

* Thammasat University was awarded Four QS Stars meaning Thammasat University is highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty. * Thammasat has received 2nd Rank for the highest competitive and highest score university in Thailand according to Thai university Central Admission System * QS World Ranking (2019): Thammasat has ranked as 601-650th international ranking which is the 3rd for domestic ranking in Thailand * QS Asia (2019): Thammasat was ranked 108th in the Asia Universities Zone * QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019: Thammasat was named the second university in Thailand and No. 200–250 in the world QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019


Notable people

Founder
Pridi Banomyong Pridi Banomyong ( th, ปรีดี พนมยงค์, , ; 11 May 1900 – 2 May 1983), also known by his noble title Luang Praditmanutham ( th, หลวงประดิษฐ์มนูธรรม) was a Thailand, Thai politician and ...
was a senior statesman, former regent, and former prime minister.
Sanya Dharmasakti Sanya Dharmasakti ( th, สัญญา ธรรมศักดิ์, , ; 5 April 1907 – 6 January 2002) was a Thai Thai or THAI may refer to: * Of or from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia ** Thai people, the dominant ethnic group of T ...
, former prime minister and Privy Council of Thailand, Privy Council member, was a rector of Thammasat. Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Thailand and the elder sister of Ananda Mahidol and Bhumibol Adulyadej, was the former head of the foreign language department at the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Puey Ungphakorn, former Governor of the
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, was the dean of the Faculty of Economics, and rector of Thammasat University. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former prime minister and leader of the Democrat Party (Thailand), Democrat Party. Ammar Siamwalla, former president of the Thailand Development Research Institute, and Jermsak Pinthong, former Senate of Thailand, senator, are former lecturers at the Faculty of Economics. Several Prime Ministers of Thailand attended Thammasat University, including Tanin Kraivixien, Chuan Leekpai, Samak Sundaravej, and Somchai Wongsawat, as well as many other ministers and Bank of Thailand governors.


Prominent faculty members

Former and current prominent faculty members include: * Galyani Vadhana, Princess Galyani Vadhana, a princess of
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and the elder sister of King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), was head of the foreign language department at the Faculty of Liberal Arts *Pridi Phanomyong, senior statesman, former regent and prime minister, leader of the Free Thai Movement, Free Thai underground movement, and founder of the university * Puey Ungpakorn, former Governor of the
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, former rector, and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics *
Sanya Dharmasakti Sanya Dharmasakti ( th, สัญญา ธรรมศักดิ์, , ; 5 April 1907 – 6 January 2002) was a Thai Thai or THAI may refer to: * Of or from Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia ** Thai people, the dominant ethnic group of T ...
, chief statesman, former prime minister, and former rector * Abhisit Vejjajiva, former prime minister, leader of the Democrat Party (Thailand), Democrat Party and former lecturer at the Faculty of Economics * Theerayut Boonmee, former student activist, social critic and lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology * Ammar Siamwalla, current member of the National Legislative Assembly, former president of Thailand Development Research Institute, and former professor at the Faculty of Economics


Notable alumni

*Banyat Bantadtan, former deputy prime minister and former leader of the Democrat Party (Thailand), Democrat Party * Sirikan Charoensiri, human rights lawyer * Nuon Chea, or "Long Boonrod", member of the Khmer Rouge * Thawatchai Damrong-Ongtrakul, former Thailand national football team, Thai national football player * Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Devakula, former Governor of the
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* Predee Daochai, former minister of finance * Jaran Ditapichai, former member of the National Human Rights Commission * Somkid Jatusripitak, former minister of commerce and deputy prime minister, 2015 * Tanin Kraivixien, former prime minister * Wissanu Krea-ngam, deputy prime minister * Chuan Leekpai, former prime minister and former leader of the Democrat Party (Thailand), Democrat Party * Galyani Vadhana, Princess Galyani Vadhana * Maj. Gen. Mom Rajawongse Kukrit Pramoj, former prime minister and former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand *Sophon Ratanakorn, President of the Supreme Court of Thailand *Boonchu Rojanastien, former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Thailand and former president of Bangkok Bank *Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand *Samak Sundaravej, former Prime Minister of Thailand, former Governor of Bangkok 2009 *Thongchai Winichakul, a professor in the History Department, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a specialist in the intellectual and cultural history of Thailand *Somchai Wongsawat, former prime minister, 2009 *Charnvit Kasetsiri, Thai historian, author and former rector of Thammasat University. Fukuoka Academic Prize awardee. *Puey Ungphakorn, economist, former Governor of The Bank of Thailand and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service awardee *Rewat Buddhinan, pioneer in the Thai pop music industry and founder of the GMM Grammy. *Direk Jayanama, Thai diplomat, politician and served as Thailand's Minister of Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs and deputy prime minister. *Pathit Pisitkul, actor and singer *Aniporn Chalermburanawong, actress, singer, model, Miss Universe Thailand 2015 and top 10 at Miss Universe, 2015 *Suwat Woradilok, writer and Thailand National Artist for Literature awardee in 1991 *Boonchu Rojanastien, Thailand's first "economic tsar" *Nitipoom Navaratna, politician and columnist *Thommayanti alias Wimon Chiamcharoen, novelist *Pimpaka Towira, independent film director, screenwriter and producer *Surin Pitsuwan, politician and ASEAN Secretary-General *Chaovarat Chanweerakul, deputy minister of finance, minister of public health, and later deputy prime minister. *Ranee Campen, actress. Her notable roles include ''Phorn Prom Onlaweng'', ''Khun Chai Puttipat'', ''Plerng Chimplee'' and ''Bubphe Sanniwat'' or ''Love Destiny (TV series), Love Destiny'' TV series. *Thikamporn Ritta-apinan, actress and Miss Teen Thailand 2002 *Anne Thongprasom, film and television actress, host and producer *Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech, politician, former minister of finance and minister of education *Yuranunt Pamornmontri, Thai actor and politician *Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Thai politician, leader of the Future Forward Party *Vachiravit Paisarnkulwong, Thai actor, best known for his role as Pete in Love Sick The Series, Love Sick the Series *Metawin Opas-iamkajorn, Thai actor, best known for his role as Tine in 2gether: The Series (Thai TV series), 2gether: The Series *Vachirawit Chiva-aree, Thai actor, best known for his role as Sarawat in 2gether: The Series (Thai TV series), 2gether: The Series *Putthipong Assaratanakul, Thai actor, best known for his role as Teh in ''I Told Sunset About You''


International alumni

With the introduction of the Global Executive MBA program at the Thammasat Business School in 2018, prominent international alumni were added to a long list of prominent Thai alumni, helping Thammasat University achieve a higher global ranking. *Gerard Andrew James, Singaporean entrepreneur *Lithin Thomas, Indian engineer *Gabriela Espinosa, Mexican celebrity chef *Sajana Joshi, Nepalese diplomat at the United Nations *Ignasi Codosero, Spanish salesperson *Thi Hong Thuy Nguyen, Vietnamese banker *Hein Pyae Sone, Burmese engineer *Kevin Rupp, American diplomat *Sandi Zun, Burmese banker


See also

* Education in Thailand * List of universities in Thailand * List of colleges and universities * Pridi Phanomyong * Puey Ungpakorn


Notes

# The head of Thammasat University was originally called ''Chancellor (education), chancellor'' (ผู้ประศาสน์การ ''phu prasat kan''). In 1952, the post was renamed ''Rector (academia), rector'' (อธิการบดี ''athikanbodi'') by then prime minister, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkram, who also became the first rector of the university.


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