Thaksin University

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Thaksin University
Motto Intellect and Morality, Precede Development

1968 founded as Songkhla College of Education
1974 renamed as Srinakharinwirot University, Songkla campus
1989 renamed as Srinakharinwirot University, Southern campus

1996 renamed as "Thaksin University"
Type Public
President Associate Professor Doctor Somkiat Saithanoo
Location Songkhla, Thailand
7°09′45″N 100°36′35″E / 7.16250°N 100.60972°E / 7.16250; 100.60972Coordinates: 7°09′45″N 100°36′35″E / 7.16250°N 100.60972°E / 7.16250; 100.60972
Campus Songkhla and Phatthalung
Colours Grey and Blue         
Affiliations ASAIHL

Thaksin University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยทักษิณ, translating to "University of the South"), is a public university in Southern Thailand. It is located in Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla Province. It is about twenty kilometers from Hat Yai District. Previously, Thaksin University was a branch campus of Srinakharinwirot University. Afterwards it grew in size and eventually became a separate university. Thaksin University was established as an independent public university on September 1, 1996.

The university name was granted by a Royal Decree of His Majesty the King, who graciously granted the university the name of Thaksin, which means “southern”. The aim of the university is encourage and preserve the culture of Southern Thailand.

The university has two campuses and one center in Bangkok. The campuses are in Tambon Khao-Roop-Chang, Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla and Tambon Ban Plao, Pa Payom District, Phattalung. The Phattalung Campus was founded in 1989. The university offers undergraduate education degrees, postgraduate education degrees, and doctoral education degrees in Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. It has a special International Graduate Program that offers research-based Ph.D. programs through the region under the supervision of senior academics from international universities.

Thaksin University is the juristic body under the responsibility of the Office of the Higher Education Commission. Associate professor Doctor Somkiat Saithanoo holds the position of university president.


Thaksin University began with deciding to establish a branch campus in the regions of the country of the College of Education. It was established as College of Education, Songkhla on October 1, 1968. On June 29, 1974 the status of College of Education, Songkhla was upgraded to become a regional campus of Srinakharinwirot University called Srinakharinwirot University, Songkhla Campus and commenced a four-year degree program; over time they steadily expanded the programmes offered.

In 1989, the university laid out a project to expand to a new campus in Phattalung with the purpose of following a development plan and so new faculties could be established in the future because the original areas have only 142 rai (approximately 56 acres). It was not enough to set up the new faculties and develop in the future. Thaksin University was donated a plot of land totaling 3,500 rai from Phattalung Province at Tambon Ban Plao, Pa Payom District, Phattalung Province, which was a new area to be a new campus. Eventually, Srinakharinwirot University, Songkhla Campus was renamed as Srinakharinwirot University, Southern Campus this year.[when?]

To continue the natural development and effective management of the university, the parliament passed the Thaksin University Act, which became effective on September 1, 1996 and became as the independent Thaksin University. The name means the University of the South.

In 2011, Thaksin University changed the establishment day from September 1 to October 1 because it was the establishment day of College of Education, Songkhla.

The International Graduate Program had its first two Ph.D. graduates in 2013 - some details are presented in a short video Princess Sirindorn awards degrees.

Campuses and center[edit]

Songkhla Campus[edit]

Songkhla campus has two operational sites:

The first campus with academic facilities is at 140 Kanjanawanit Road, Moo 4, Tambon Khao-Roop-Chang, Muang District, Songkhla Province and occupies an area of 142 rai (approximately 56 acres).
The second site is in Baan Ao Sai, Koh Yoh, Muang District, Songkhla Province on a 24 rai (approximately 9.5 acres). The Institute for Southern Thai Studies is located here.

Phattalung Campus[edit]

Phattalung campus has two operational sites:

The first campus with academic facilities is situated in Tambon Ban Plao, Pa Payom District and occupies an area of about 3,500 rai (approximately 1,400 acres).
The second site is in Tambon Phanangtung, Khuan Khanun District on 1,500 rai (approximately 600 acres) and houses the College of Community Wisdom.

Samsen Nai Center[edit]

Samsen Nai center is the head office of the Management for Development College of Thaksin University (U-MDC)

133 Sinobrit Building. Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 (opposite Surasakmontree School and University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce).


Thaksin University consists of eight faculties and other institutions, divided into two campuses.

Songkhla Campus
Liberal and Information Sciences
Thai Language
Oriental Languages
Western Languages
Public Administration and Human Resource Management
Social Sciences
The Project for The Foundation of Islamic Studies for Integration in Southernmost Provinces
Evaluation and Research
Guidance and Psychology
Educational Administration
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Technology
Physical Education
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Business Administration
Phattalung Campus
Computer Sciences and Information Technology
Mathematics and Statistics
Biotechnology and Environment
Public Health
Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health
Sport Sciences
Animal Production Technology
Agriculture Technology
Food Science and Technology


Symbols of Thaksin University The crown represents the 50th anniversary celebration of His Majesty's accession to the throne. The three textbooks represent intellect, morality, and development.

School flower The symbolic flower of Thaksin University is the ‘parichart’ flower (Erythrina indica lank) which is commonly believed to be a flower growing in the Garden of Lord Indra. Parichart, also known as tonglan, begins to bud in mid-February and is in full bloom by the end of the month which coincides with the end of the academic year.

University colours Gray is the color of the brain and thus signifies thought. Blue is the color of the sea and the sky and signifies a vast expanse. The two colors together mean to think broadly or to think with vision.

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