Asian University

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Asian University
Motto Wisdom with Integrity
Established 1993
Chairperson Dr. Chirayu Israngun Na Ayuthaya
President Professor Dr. Vilas Wuwongse
Location Chonburi, Thailand

Asian University (Asian U), formerly Asian University of Science and Technology and founded in 1993, initially with the academic co-operation of Imperial college in London is an international university using English as the medium of instruction for all programs and is located in Chonburi, Thailand, about 25 km from Pattaya.

Campus and student life[edit]

Asian University nestles amid a beautiful 500 rai (200 acre) campus that is located on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, about 135 km southeast of Bangkok and a 20 minute drive from the beautiful beach resort of Jomtien and the exciting city of Pattaya.

This privately owned university was founded in Decembers 1993, when Lord Oxburgh, the then rector of Imperial college, London signed the memorandum of undertaking (MOU) in Bangkok to provide support for Asian University. Sir Edward W. Parkes KBE, one of the United Kingdoms foremost academics, also played an important role as chairman of the Academic Advisory Board as Asian University took on what be its final form. The founding chairman was H.E. Anand Panyarachun Hon. KBE.

The University is some 500 m above sea level with spectacular views of Jomtien's shoreline and the rolling mountains of Sattahip. The location has been described by many as very peaceful with a unique environment ideal for students to study and feel a certain closeness to nature and Thailand's natural habitat. The campus is situated on Highway 331 and has regular public transport to the likes of Bangkok and the beautiful serene resort of Rayong and Kho Samet. About 20 km from the university there are numerous hyper-markets such as Tesco-Lotus, Makro, Big C and Central Department Store selling just about everything from local affordable fresh food to international cuisine, there are air conditioned shopping malls boasting the very latest smartphones and computers, ATM's and all banks, pharmacies such as Boots and Westons, several multiplex 3D cinemas, some of Thailand's most prestigious hotels chains such as Hilton and Sheraton, a nightlife second to none and a myriad of tourist attractions that makes this area one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. There are many websites with comprehensive information about Pattaya and Jomtien.

The university has an 'English-only' policy and students are encouraged to communicate as far as possible in English inside and outside of the classroom. The majority of students are Thai nationals but students from all walks of life are made to feel welcome, currently there are students from North and South America, Russia and many European country's, all integrating with the common language of English. The majority of lecturers are also from English native speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, America and of course England.

The classes are small in size and taught by experienced qualified teachers and with a unique low teacher-student ratio, students have plenty of opportunity for individual tutoring and interaction with the friendly teaching staff.

Student-centered learning allows students to participate and debate in classes and workshops, and offers the chance to develop public speaking and presentation skills. Confidence is an asset for whatever career is chosen.

Half way through 2014, founding president, Dr Viphandh Roengpithya relinquished all involvement with the university when Crown Property Bureau Equity Co. Ltd became the major share holder.

The core values will remain the same in as far as the focus will be on delivering academic excellence but the strategy will now be aimed at serving not only full time residential students but also adopting the MOOCs distance learning programmes to attract working professionals. It will also focus on the field of service science and innovation to address the fact that half of Thailand’s GDP is in this sector.

The undergraduate programme that will start in August 2015, is as follows:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Integrated Arts and Engineering) 3 Concentration Areas:

Digital Communication Digital Content - Animation Digital Content - Game Design

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A., Integrated Business and Arts) 5 Fields:

Culinary Arts Finance Hospitality Management International Business Marketing

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc., Integrated Engineering and Management) 4 Concentration Areas:

Facilities Management Project Management Technology Management Telecommunication and Network Management

In addition to the undergraduate programs, the university will be offering English training for Thai school teachers using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) the internationally recognised framework that describes students language ability on a scale of levels.

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Coordinates: 12°50′39.68″N 101°00′45.80″E / 12.8443556°N 101.0127222°E / 12.8443556; 101.0127222