Chiang Mai University

Coordinates: 18°48′09″N 98°57′06″E / 18.802587°N 98.951556°E / 18.802587; 98.951556
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Chiang Mai University
Seal of the University
Motto"Attānaṃ Damayanti Paṇḍitā" (Pāḷi)
Motto in English
The wise control themselves
TypePublic, National
EstablishedJune 18, 1964; 59 years ago (1964-06-18)[1]
Budget฿1.2 billion[2]
PresidentProfessor Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, M.D., PhD
Academic staff
2,680 (2022)[3]
Administrative staff
10,080 (2022)[4]
Students38,269 (2023)[5]
Location, ,
18°48′09″N 98°57′06″E / 18.802587°N 98.951556°E / 18.802587; 98.951556
Campusmultiple sites (mostly urban), 727.6 acres (294.4 ha) (Main Campus)
3,518.18 acres (1,423.76 ha) (Total)
AffiliationsASAIHL, ASEAN University Network
Chiang Mai University's Sub Logo

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

The university was the first institution of higher education in northern Thailand, and the first provincial university in Thailand.[citation needed]


Front gate of Chiang Mai University's main campus. Entrance located along Huay Kaew Road
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).[6] There are 18 housing complexes located on campus for students attending the university. Seventeen of them are on the main campus and one is on the Mae Hea campus[7]

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 science 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, 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, pharmacy, and Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, known locally as Suan Dok, the largest teaching hospital in northern Thailand.[citation needed]

Mae Hia campus[edit]

About 5 km south of the main campus, the 864-acre (3.50 km2) Mae Hia (or Mae Hea) campus (Thai: แม่เหียะ) is home to the faculties of veterinary medicine agro-industry and School of Public Policy. 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 Hia 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) 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.


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


Language Institute

There are 20 faculties and 2 college in three disciplines.[8]

Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Agro-Industry
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • College of Arts Media and Technology
  • International College of Digital Innovation[9]
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
  • School of Public Policy
Health Science
  • Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Public Health


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[10]601–700 (2023)
QS World[11]=571 (2024)
THE World[12]801–1000 (2024)
USNWR Global[13]=739 (2022)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[14]=99 (2024)
THE Asia[15]351–400 (2023)
National – Overall
ARWU National[16]2–3 (2023)

Chiang Mai University ranks 3rd in academics and 5th in research according to the Office of the Higher Education Commission.[17] Quacquarelli Symonds ranked the university 88th in Asia in 2023.[18] Chiang Mai University Ranking has been going up recently giving it 601–605 place by QS TOP UNIVERSITY RANKINGS in 2023[19]

Research institutes[edit]

Non-university schools[edit]

Alumni and notable people[edit]




  1. ^ a b "About CMU; Our Foundation". Archived from the original on 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  2. ^ CMU GUR Report
  3. ^ "Good University Report (GUR) 2022 – กองแผนงาน มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่". 26 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Good University Report (GUR) 2022 – กองแผนงาน มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่". 26 May 2023.
  5. ^ CMU GUR Report CMU GUR Report. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Our Campuses – Chiang Mai University Archived May 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Chiang Mai University Housings
  8. ^ Academics – Chiang Mai University Archived January 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "International College of Digital Innovation – Chiang Mai University".
  10. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023
  11. ^ QS Top Universities
  12. ^ Time Higher Education World Universities Ranking
  13. ^ US News World Report Best Global Universities
  14. ^ QS Asia Top Universities
  15. ^ Time Higher Education Asia Top Ranking
  16. ^ Shanghai Top Universities Ranking
  17. ^ เปิด 50 อันดับมหาวิทยาลัยไทย Archived May 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2022".
  19. ^ "Chiang Mai University".

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