Burapha University

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Burapha University
MottoSukho Paññā Paṭilābho (Pali)
Motto in English
Gaining Intellectual Knowledge Brings Happiness.[1]
TypePublic (National)
Established8 July 1955 as Bangsaen College of Education
29 July 1990 as Burapha University
PresidentProfessor Sompong Pongthai, MD
Saen Suk, Chonburi, Thailand

13°17′09″N 100°55′29″E / 13.285895°N 100.924753°E / 13.285895; 100.924753Coordinates: 13°17′09″N 100°55′29″E / 13.285895°N 100.924753°E / 13.285895; 100.924753
Symbolic treeCoconut tree
Colours  Gray –   Gold[3]

Burapha University (BUU) (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา) is one of Thailand's public universities. It is in the coastal town of Saen Suk,[4] near the beach of Bangsaen in Chonburi province. It was established on 8 July 1955, originating from Bangsaen Educational College which was the first regional tertiary educational institute.[5] The university offers degrees in more than 50 programs of study, including 75 master's programs, three EdD programs, and 22 PhD programs.

Burapha University has three campuses:[4]

The university colors are gray and gold. Gray represents the progress of intellectual knowledge. Gold represents morality. The colors represent University's commitment to the intellectual knowledge and morality.[9]

In September 2016, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim charter allowing him to form a special panel to take over administration of the university as it was judged to be incapable of administering itself.[10]


Burapha University Chonburi Campus Entrance Sign

The university began as Bangsaen Educational College established on 8 July 1955, the first tertiary educational institution outside of Bangkok established to encourage teacher education. There were 41 first generation students.

In 1956 the college received Piboonbumpen School from the Division of General Education to be a demonstration school of the college and renamed it "Piboonbumpen" Demonstration School.

In 1984, when the Prasarnmitr College of Education in Bangkok was upgraded to university level and named Srinakharinwirot University, Bangsaen Educational College was included as a branch campus and started to offer degrees besides teacher education. In 1988, the cabinet was agreed to transform its status to become a new university and In 1990, as a result of the implementation the Thai government's Eastern Seaboard Development Project to industrialize the area, the Bangsaen Campus was upgraded to full university level and renamed Burapha University, which means "University of the East".

For more effective pedagogical management; for instance, Chanthaburi Campus was established in 1996 and one year later Sakaeo Campus was established.[5]

World Beneath the Sea, One of tourist attraction in Burapha University

Aside from its status as a government university, many students are drawn to the institution due to its location in Bangsaen, a resort destination popular with Thai tourists (particularly day visitors from Bangkok) that remains relatively unknown to foreign visitors.

In addition, the university contains service centers such as the Institute of Marine Science, whose aquarium is a major tourist attraction, the Library Center, the Academic Services Center, the Computer Center, and the University Hospital, which provides extensive medical services to the surrounding community.

Faculty, College and School[edit]

Burapha University has three campuses, which together cover about 1,353.35 acres (5.48 km2) of land. Burapha University consists of Twenty-Two faculties, One college and One School.

Burapha University Library
Gray-Gold 50th 2 Dorm

Burapha University, Chonburi Campus[edit]

Burapha University, Chanthaburi campus[edit]

Burapha University, Sakaeo Campus[edit]

Research Institutes/Schools[edit]



Burapha University overall ranks in the nation is 11th ranked by Webometrics.[16] The international ranks are between 191-200 in Asia (Quacquarelli Symonds, 2013) [17]

World's Universities with Real Impact (WURI)[edit]

World's Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranks Burapha University in the 80th in the world by the ranking of 100 Innovative Universities 2020 (WURI 2020: Global Top 100 Innovative Universities) as the only university in Thailand to be ranked. This time The ranking results were announced in an online conference on June 11, 2020. Burapha University is also ranked 23rd on the TOP 50 Industrial Application and 40th on the TOP 50 Entrepreneurial Spirit.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Burapha University". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Office of the Register, Burapha University. [1] Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Last updated 28 September 2013
  3. ^ "Burapha University". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Burapha University". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Burapha University". Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Burapha University". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. ^ "มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา วิทยาเขตจันทบุรี". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  8. ^ "มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา วิทยาเขตสระแก้ว". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Burapha University". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  10. ^ Mala, Dumrongkiat (30 September 2016). "Education Ministry to take over more universities". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  11. ^ "คณะการแพทย์แผนไทยอภัยภูเบศร".
  12. ^ "ภาควิชาวิทยาศาสตร์การแพทย์ คณะวิทยาศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา". Archived from the original on 10 August 2009.
  13. ^ "Faculty of Education , Burpha University , Chonburi , Thailand". Archived from the original on 27 November 1999.
  14. ^ "Home". eng.buu.ac.th.
  15. ^ "Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts | คณะศิลปกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยบูรพา".
  16. ^ "Thailand". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Burapha University Rankings". Top Universities. Retrieved 17 July 2015.