|Motto||Public Devotion is a Virtue of the Learned|
|Established||1994 (1968 as College of Education)|
|Academic staff||879 (2007)|
|Location||Maha Sarakham, Thailand|
|Affiliations||Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning|
This university has two campuses, the Old Campus located in the city centre and the New Campus located at Khamriang in the north-west of the city. MSU is the only Thai university that offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Paleontology and Bachelor of Arts in the Khmer Language. MSU is the first university in Northeastern Thailand to offer a Bachelor of Arts program in Accounting and the second to commence Ph.D. course in the same subject. MSU is the first Thai university to join the Microsoft Regional Campus IT Program. Moreover, the Faculty of Education, the flagship of MSU voted as Thailand’s Best Education Faculty in 2010 by the National Education Office.
Mahasarakham University is the first institution in Thailand to be rated under the QS Stars System for Excellence in Higher Education and has become one of the top ten universities in Thailand based on the Webometrics Ranking of World University.
The historical development of Mahasarakham University or MSU may be traced back to March 27, 1968, when it was originally established as the College of Education, Mahasarakham for extending higher education to the nation's Northeastern region. Situated in an outer north area of Maha Sarakham, a small town right at the center of the region, Mahasarakham University functioned to produce quality teachers to serve educational institutions of all levels. The university's status was later elevated when it became a regional campus of Srinakharinwirot University in 1974. At that time, there were four facilities: Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. The university finally gained independent status and became Mahasarakham University, Thailand's 22nd government university, on December 9, 1994, when His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and published in the Royal Gazette graciously authorized the University Act.
Mahasarakham University has since expanded rapidly in terms of both facilities and academic services and has become a comprehensive university, offering undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs in three academic clusters: Social Sciences; Pure and Applied Sciences; and Health Sciences. In response to this growth, in 1988, Khamriang Campus known as the "New Campus" was set up in Kantarawichai District, approximately seven kilometers from the Old Campus. With 17 Faculties and 2 Colleges currently operating, MSU has been widely recognized as one of Thailand's fastest-growing universities. The total enrollment has also increased from fewer than 10,000 in its earlier years to more than 40,000 students at present. Many faculty buildings have been constructed on Khamriang Campus, now the Administrative and Academic Center. In addition, to extend its academic services to remote communities, Mahasarakham University has 15 Academic Service Centers in Northeastern provinces, now been grouped into 2 main centers: Nakhon Ratchasima and Udon Thani.
Mahasarakham University is located in the province of Maha Sarakham. Maha Sarakham is 470 kilometers from Bangkok, the central city of Thailand and occupies a total area of 5,291.68 square kilometers. Geographically, Maha Sarakham is a vast rolling plain, composed mostly of rice fields with the Chi River flowing through it. Maha Sarakham itself has a lively atmosphere and offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities to travelers and visitors.
As a regional “Education Center”, Maha Sarakham earned the name “Taksila of Isan”, (taking this name from an ancient Hindu Center of Learning in India). Maha Sarakham throughout its history has always acted as a center of Buddhist wisdom and culture in the region.
Mahasarakham University has two big green campuses to accommodate and give a friendly environment to its increasing population yearly. The "Old Campus" and the "New Campus" as most MSU students identify these two campuses.
The pioneer of MSU, the "Old Campus" also known as Downtown Campus is located in the heart of the city center. It covers a total area of 368 Rai (145.5 acres). In this campus, some Faculties and Colleges ready to serve MSU students include College of Education, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Faculty of Cultural Sciences and the Institute of Northeastern Arts and Culture.
The pride of Mahasarakham University, the "New Campus" also known as Khamriang Campus is located in the North-west of the city, Khamriang District, 7 kilometers away from the city center. It covers a total area of 1,300 Rai (513.98 acres). The pride of Mahasarakham University highlights all modern buildings and facilities that MSU students benefit from it. Moreover, the Faculties and Colleges situated in this campus include Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Accountancy and Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design and Creative Arts, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Public Health, College of Politics and Governance, and the College of Music.
Faculties and Colleges
MSU has 17 faculties, 2 colleges and 1 school which are group into 3 as follows:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Sciences and Technologies
Doctoral Degree Program
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Ph.D., major in Palaeontology
- Ph.D., major in Food Technology
Master's Degree Program
- Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- M.Sc., major in Palaeontology
Bachelor's Degree Program
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- B.A., major in International Tourism and Hotel Management
- B.A., major in English for International Communication
- B.A., major in Thai as a Foreign Language
- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
- B.B.A., major in International Business