King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

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King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
Arms of KMUTT.png
Former names
Thonburi Technical College
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thonburi Campus King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi
Motto Danto Seṭṭho Manussesu
Motto in English
"The trained man wins"
Established February 4, 1960 (1960-02-04)
Type Public
President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Campus Urban
Main campus (Bang Mod)
Bangkhuntien campus
Ratchaburi campus
Colors      Orange
Affiliations ASAIHL

King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT, มหาวิทยาลัยเทคโนโลยีพระจอมเกล้าธนบุรี) is a leading technology academy in Thailand, focusing on teaching and researching in engineering and technology as well as serving industry. The short famous name of the university is "Bangmod", a local name for the area around the university. KMUTT is located in Thung Khru district, Bangkok and it was officially founded on April 18, 1960. The university has three campuses: two of them in Bangkok (Bang Mod and Bangkhuntian) and the third one in Ratchaburi province.


King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi can trace its origin to the Thonburi Technical College (TTC) which was established on February 4, 1960 by the Department of Vocational Education, Ministry of Education. TTC has as its objective the training of technicians, technical instructors and technologists. By the virtue of the Technology Act, enacted April 21, 1971, three technical institutes are under the Department of Vocational Education: Thonburi Technical Institute (TTI), North Bangkok Technical Institute, and Nonthaburi Telecommunication Institute. They were combined to form one degree-granting institution under the name of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology (KMIT) constituting three campuses. TTC thus became KMIT Thonburi campus. In 1974, KMIT was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of University Affairs.[citation needed]

A new Technology Act was enacted February 19, 1986: the three campuses of KMIT became three autonomous institutes, each having the status of university. KMIT Thonburi campus became King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Thonburi (KMITT).

On March 7, 1998 as announced in the Royal Gazette, KMITT became King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. KMUTT was the first among public universities in Thailand to receive full autonomy. Its administrative system is now patterned after international government-owned universities. The new act gives KMUTT total control over its budget, allows it to own and manage property, and grants authority to set up new faculties and departments as well as introduce new academic programs.[citation needed]

Formal mark of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi[edit]

King Mongkut.

This formal mark is the personal mark of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua or Rama IV also known as King Mongkut. The features of the mark are that the middle of it is a Pra Maha Mongkut or Great Crown of Victory, the most important of the five regalia that are (The Great Crown of Victory, The Sword of Victory, The Royal Staff, The Royal Up-Turned Slippers and The Royal Fan, and Royal Fly Whisk)[1] It has a white tiered umbrella of kingship bracing both sides. All of the symbols are located in a 2 layered circle which has characters both in Thai and English showing the name of the university which attach inside the down curved of the circle. This mark can used and seen in announcements, official documents and is included in all of ceremonies of the university.[2] The local flower of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi is "Thammaruksa", a flower that can easily can be found in this university since it was set up. The color of the flower corresponds with the official color of the university.

History of Academic Programs[edit]

The development of academic programs at KMUTT can be broadly grouped into three periods. These are:

  • The first decade: The mission of the university was to produce technicians (through three-year programs after Grade 12) and practical engineers (through five-year programs after Grade 12) and technical instructors for technical colleges (through two-year programs after technician diploma) at bachelor degree level.
  • The second decade: The university established a broader academic program in science and technology by offering bachelor degree programs in engineering and multidisciplinary technologies.
  • The third decade: New areas in science, engineering and multidisciplinary technologies are covered at bachelor, master and doctoral degree levels resulting in increased emphasis on research, development and international academic cooperation. Five doctoral programs in engineering and multidisciplinary technology are offered. A Master's program in applied linguistics and bachelor programs in architecture have been initiated. Technical services units were established.[citation needed]


Bang Mod Main Campus[edit]

Bangmod is the main campus of KMUTT located in 'Thonburi' on Prachauthit Road. This campus covered Bangkok Metropolis park. This total area of main campus is 52 acres (0.21 km2). The Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, the School of Energy, Environmental and Materials, the School of Information Technology, the School of Liberal Arts, the joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Graduate School of Management and Innovation, Institute of Fields Robotics, Institute for Scientific and Technological Research and Services, Computer Center and KMUTT Library are all located on this campus.[3]

Bangkhuntian Campus[edit]

The Bangkhuntian Campus, 80 acres (0.32 km2) in size, contains the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Bioresources and Technology, the Pilot Plant Development and Training Institute and the Industrial Park.[4]

Main campus dormitories[edit]

In the fiscal year 1995–1997, the government granted a budget of 190.8 million baht to King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi to construct the dormitory. The male dormitory, completed for 130.7 million baht, was a 23 m (75 ft) x 69 m (226 ft) eleven-story building, composed of 264 rooms that accommodate 944 students. The female dormitory, completed at the amount of 60.1 million baht, was a 23 m (75 ft) x 35.7 m (117 ft) ten-story building, composed of 110 rooms that accommodate 388 students.[citation needed]

In 1994, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, following the Ministry of university Affairs, located 460 acres (1.9 km2) of land to expand the campus.[5]

In 2003 academic year, the university switched the female dormitory to the male's to satisfy the ever-increasing accommodation demand of female student residents, whereas male student residents have been continually decreasing.[citation needed]

School of Information Technology[edit]

History of SIT[edit]

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi was operated in 1995 by Dr. Krissanapong Kirtikara. He is the principal of this university. Teaching was conducted during 1996 - 2008 with a professor teaching by in Bangmod and Ratchaburi simultaneously by way of video conference.

Nowadays, SIT has two curricular courses for graduates and undergraduate courses. That is Information Technology and Computer Science Courses. A Master's degree has Information Technology, Computer Science courses, Master of Business Information Systems, Software Engineering course and Bioinformatics courses, in conjunction with the School of Bio resources and Technology, and Doctor’s degree have Information Technology programs and Computer Science courses. Since its inception, the company has produced more than 6,000 graduates and IT professionals to serve both academic and professional societies.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Royal Regalia and Royal Utentsils of Thailand". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ "logosociety: ตราสัญลักษณ์ มหาวิทยาลัยเทคโนโลยีพระจอมเกล้า". Blogspot. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  3. ^ "KMUTT Bangmod Campus | KMUTT". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  4. ^ "KMUTT Bangkhuntien Campus | KMUTT". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  5. ^ "KMUTT Ratchaburi Learning Park | KMUTT". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 

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Coordinates: 13°39′06″N 100°29′44″E / 13.65167°N 100.49556°E / 13.65167; 100.49556