Chiang Mai University

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Chiang Mai University
มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่
Chiang mai university logo.png
Motto "Attānaṃ Damayanti Paṇḍitā" (Pāḷi)
("The Wise Control Themselves")
Established 1964[1]
Type Public (National)
President Associate Professor Niwes Nantachit, M.D.
Admin. staff 2,171 (2007)[2]
Students 36,332 (Update 27 Jan 2014)[3]
Location Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
18°48′09″N 98°57′06″E / 18.802587°N 98.951556°E / 18.802587; 98.951556Coordinates: 18°48′09″N 98°57′06″E / 18.802587°N 98.951556°E / 18.802587; 98.951556
Colors Purple
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.cmu.ac.th

Chiang Mai University (CMU) (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่) is a public research university in northern Thailand founded in 1964[1] with a strong emphasis on engineering, science, agriculture, medicine etc. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction. Its main campus lies between Chiang Mai downtown and Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province.

The university was the first institute of higher education in Northern Thailand, and the first provincial university in Thailand.

Campuses[edit]

Ang Kaew Reservoir on main campus
Sala Dharma on main campus

Chiang Mai University has four campuses, three of them in Chiang Mai and one in Lamphun, which together cover about 3,490 acres (14.1 km2) of land.[4] There are 18 housing complexes located on campus for students attending the university; 17 of them are on the main campus and one is on the Mae Hea campus[5]

Suan Sak Campus (main campus)[edit]

The main university campus, known as Suan Sak campus (Thai: สวนสัก) or Cherng Doi (Thai: เชิงดอย), lies about five kilometres west of the city center. Set against Doi Suthep, the campus occupies a 725-acre (2.93 km2) site, bounded on three sides by main shopping streets and on the fourth by the Chiang Mai Zoo. The campus includes the University’s administrative centre, the Science, Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences faculties, Political Science and Public Administration, Law, the Graduate School, all of the Campus Resource Facilities and Services and major sports facilities. An attractive feature of this campus is the Ang Kaew Reservoir. Constructed to supply water for the University, it is also a recreational area for campus residents and the local community. In the 1960s, the area was still forested. With conservation in mind, the University buildings were constructed between the trees, with the result that the campus still retains much of its original setting.

Suan Dok Campus[edit]

Near the main campus, and closer to the city, the Health Sciences complex, the Suan Dok campus (Thai: สวนดอก), occupies a 110-acre (0.45 km2) site which includes Faculties of Medicine, Associated Medical Sciences, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy, and Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, known locally as Suan Dok, the largest teaching hospital in Northern Thailand.[citation needed]

Mae Hea Campus[edit]

About 5 km south of the main campus, the 864-acre (3.50 km2) Mae Hea campus (Thai: แม่เหียะ) is home to the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agro-Industry. The Energy Research and Development Institute (ERDI), the university center for renewable energy (mainly biogas and biomass) and energy efficiency improvement center, moved from the main campus to the Mae Hea campus in January 2009. This center is a national "biogas center of excellence", emphasizing biogas activities, especially biogas on swine farms.[citation needed]

Si Bua Ban Campus[edit]

The University’s latest acquisition is the Si Bua Ban campus (Thai: ศรีบัวบาน) located in Amphoe Mueang Lamphun, Lamphun Province, about 55 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, on a 1,890-acre (7.6 km2) site close to the Lamphun industrial centre.

Academics[edit]

Chiang Mai University is a large, highly residential, research university, with a majority of enrollment coming from graduate and professional students.

Faculty[edit]

Language Institute

There are 20 faculty and 1 college in 3 disciplines.[6]

Science and Technology
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Mass Communication
Health Science

Rankings[edit]

Chiang Mai University overall ranks in the nation are the 3rd (academia) and 5th (research) ranked by Thailand Office of the Higher Education Commission[7] The international ranks are 67 in Asia (Quacquarelli Symonds, 2011[8])

Research Institutes[edit]

Non-university schools[edit]

  • Language Institute (LICMU)
  • Chiang Mai University Demonstration School (K-12)

Alumni and notable people[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Lecturers[edit]

References[edit]

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