Assumption University (Thailand)

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Assumption University of Thailand
มหาวิทยาลัยอัสสัมชัญ (Thai)
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Educating Intelligence and Minds to Change the World
Other name
Former names
Assumption Commercial College (-1969)
Assumption School of Business (1969-1972)
Assumption Business Administration College (1972-1990)
MottoLabor Omnia Vincit (Latin)
Motto in English
Work conquers all things
TypePrivate Catholic Research Non-profit Coeducational Higher education institution
Established1969; 53 years ago (1969)
FounderMontfort Brothers of St. Gabriel
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Gabrielite Brothers)
Academic affiliations
PresidentRev. Bro. Dr. Bancha Saenghiran f.s.g.
Vice-presidentRev. Bro. Dr. Achin Tengtrakul, f.s.g. (Acting VP for Student Affairs) Rev. Bro. Dr. Amnuay Yoonprayong, f.s.g.
(VP for Moral Development Education)
592/3 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24 Ramkhamhaeng Rd., Hua Mak, Bangkok
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13°45′22″N 100°37′39″E / 13.756018°N 100.627617°E / 13.756018; 100.627617
CampusSuvarnbhumi Campus
Huamark Campus
City Campus
Medium of InstructionEnglish
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Assumption University (AU, Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยอัสสัมชัญ, RTGS: Mahawitthayalai Assumption, abbreviated ABAC), is the first international private and non-profit Catholic university in Bangkok, Thailand. Followed the spirit of Rev. Fr. Emile Genest August Colombet (The founder of the third oldest school in Thailand, Assumption College), Bro. Bernard Mary, Principal of ACC, initiated a private college, so called ASB in 1969 and subsequently, the Brothers of St. Gabriel in Thailand developed and transformed the school to Assumption School of Business, the english program-intensive business school. In 1972, Rev. Bro. Prathip M. Komolmas made use of a piece of land in Hua Mak to establish Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC) accredited by the Bureau of University Affairs. Rev. Bro. Sompong Jirananda was appointed the first president in 1972; serving as the college Director (President). ABAC was granted a new status as Assumption University (AU) by the Ministry of University Affairs on May 22, 1990. The naming of Assumption, besides its religious meaning in glorification of the Mother of Christ, has yet another meaning in Thai, namely ” the Abode of Abiding Knowledge” and rightly, “Assumption University” is the Seat of Wisdom.[1]


Rev. Fr. Emile August Colombet

Assumption University was initially originated from Assumption Commercial College in 1969 as an autonomous higher education institution under the name of Assumption School of Business (It adopted the name from the precedent school "Assumption College" given by Rev. Fr. Emile August Colombet: French missionary in Siam, 1872). Under the approval of the Ministry of Education in 1972, it was officially transformed into Assumption Business Administration College or ABAC and subsequently was accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, Thailand. Following the school's significant expansion to offer comprehensive programs in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees, in 1990, it was granted accordingly a new status as "Assumption University" by the Ministry of University Affairs.[2]

Assumption University is recognized in USA and other countries to transfer credits from the Assumption University to those partner universities abroad and graduates from the University can pursue advanced degrees at any partner schools around the world. Assumption University ,besides, is listed in the handbook of universities and other institutions of the International Association of Universities in Paris, France.[3]

The university is a non-profit institution administered by the Brothers of St. Gabriel, a worldwide Catholic religious order, founded in France in 1705 by St. Louis Marie De Montfort, devoted to education and philanthropic activities. The congregation has been cooperating with several educational institutions and government agencies in Thailand since 1901. Today, the university is an international community of scholars, enlivened by Christian inspiration with more than 50 years of educational commitment. The school takes pride in offering high quality of Thailand's first English higher education programs in business administration, law, science & technology and engineering equipped with competent and devoted lecturers, engaged in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, serving the global society, especially through the creative use of interdisciplinary approaches and advanced learning technology.


  • Suvarnabhumi Campus
  • Huamak Campus[4]
  • City Campus

Sedes Sapientiae: The Seat of Wisdom[edit]

It is a tradition handed down for centuries that Christians venerate the Mother of Christ as "the Seat of Wisdom". (Sedes Sapientiae)[5]

According to Christian belief, Christ is the wisdom seated on the Throne. This implies, on the one hand, that the Mother of Christ is the Dwelling Place of the Supreme Wisdom of all science. On the other hand, the university is the Alma Mater, or our Mother who is also the "Dwelling Place of Knowledge". In this context, "Assumption" which, besides its religious meaning in glorification of the Mother of Christ, has yet another meaning in Thai, namely" the Abode of Abiding Knowledge" Rightly, "Assumption University" is the Seat of Wisdom.

The statue was blessed by Michael Cardinal Michai Kitbunchu on the 8th December 2000. On this same occasion the Cardinal also blessed other university buildings. A goldsmith was commissioned to craft a crown of pure gold for the statue of the Virgin Mary. On 15th August 2001 this gold crown was blessed by His Grace Bishop Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit. According to the Catholic Church calendar, the 15th of August is marked for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. As the university bears the name of this august phenomenon, it is but proper that it should be celebrated with great devotion every year. To solemnize the occasion, in 2001, the President of the University has created a special ceremony to crown the statue on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption and to honour the Virgin Mary as Mother and Queen of the university.[6]


The University is accredited by OHEC (Office of Higher Education Commission), Thailand and ONESQA (Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment).

The University is also recognized by:[7]

  • The ASEAN Universities Network (AUN)
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Institution of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
  • The Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA)
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Institution of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
  • The International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • The U.S. Veterans Administration, Washington D.C.
  • The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Academic programs (2018)[edit]

No. School Bachelor's Degree Program Master's Degree Program Doctoral Degree Program Total
1 Martin de Tours School of Management and Economics 12 2 1 15
2 Theodore Maria School of Arts 4 - - 4
3 Bernadette de Lourdes School of Nursing Science 1 - - 1
4 Vincent Mary School of Science and Technology 2 2 2 6
5 Vincent Mary School of Engineering 4 - - 4
6 Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts 6 - - 6
7 Thomas Aquinas School of Law 1 2 - 3
8 Theophane Venard School of Biotechnology 2 1 1 4
9 Montfort del Rosario School of Architecture and Design 4 - - 4
10 Louis Nobiron School of Music 2 - - 2
11 Graduate School of Business and Advanced Technology Management - 7 5 12
12 Graduate School of Human Sciences - 5 4 9
38 19 13 70

Institutions and research centers[edit]

  • ABAC Consumer Index
  • ABAC Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise (ICE Center)
  • ABAC Business Legal and Advisory Center
  • ABAC SIMBA (ABAC Social Innovation in Management and Business Analysis)
  • Confucius Institute
  • ODI (Organization Development Institute)
  • PAN AM International Flight Academy
  • Tsinghua – ABAC AEC Research Institute
  • Institute for Research and Academic Services (IRAS)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "History (1969 – 1979 : Pioneer & Founding Era) – 50th year AU". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  2. ^ "History and Background - Admissions Center Assumption University". 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  3. ^ "Getting to Know AU - Assumption University of Thailand". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  4. ^ "Campus Direction". Assumption University.
  5. ^ "AU - Assumption University of Thailand". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  6. ^ "AU - Assumption University of Thailand". Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  7. ^ "Getting to Know AU - Assumption University of Thailand". Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  8. ^ Ruechaipanitch, Tonsom. "An interview with the US Consul General, Jennifer Harhigh". Chiang Mai Citylife. Retrieved 2022-06-22.

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