Mae Fah Luang University

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Mae Fah Luang University
มหาวิทยาลัยแม่ฟ้าหลวง
Mae Fah Luang university, Chiangrai.jpg
TypePublic (National)
Established1998
LocationChiang Rai, Thailand
ColoursRed and Gold
AffiliationsASAIHL
Websitewww.mfu.ac.th

Mae Fah Luang University, situated in the province of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, is named after the Princess Mother (Somdet Yah), Mae Fah Luang was the name given to her by the local people in Chiang Rai.

Princess Srinagarindra

It is an autonomous public university that was established on 25 September 1998. All of its programmes are taught in English, with the exception of Thai Law and Nursing. It now has 11 schools namely, the School of Science, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Agro-Industry, School of Information Technology, School of Cosmetic Science, School of Health Science, School of Nursing and School of Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine and in 2012 offers over 72 programmes such as: Biotechnology, Cosmetic Science, Engineering, Aviation Business Management, Agro-Industry, Medicine and many more. The university hospital has been completed, and was formally opened in September 2012. The School of Medicine has also been established and began offering M.D. degrees in the 2013 Academic Year.

International courses offered by the university include majors in Business and Thai Language and Culture, but all courses offered by the university are open to international students.

The campus is situated in Tambon Tasood, Mueang District and consists mainly of hills with only a small area of plain. Construction took many years, as the campus was mostly built on hillsides. Expansion work still continues.

The university uses English as the primary medium of instruction for the majority of its courses and has a large number of native English-speaking lecturers in a wide range of disciplines. Mae Fah Luang University is a relatively new university and benefits from this by being able to offer modern courses relevant to today's world. The People's Republic of China built the Sirindhorn Chinese Language and Cultural Center on the campus as a gift to Thailand, equipping it with computers with Chinese programs and Chinese textbooks. The center is built to resemble a traditional Chinese house, complete with courtyards, gardens, and a pond. The Confucius Institute is also located here. In the 2012-2013 Academic Year over 10,000 students were enrolled at the university.

History[1][edit]

Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) was established as an autonomous public university, under the Royal Charter, in 1998, with support from the Royal Thai Government. The University was established to meet the needs of people in the north of Thailand, and to commemorate the contributions of the king's mother, Princess Srinagarindra, known to her subjects as "Mae Fah Luang." From its inaugural class of 64 students in 1998, MFU has become Thailand's fastest growing post-secondary institution with an enrollment of just under 10,000 students. After little over a decade of operation, MFU is already well known for its high-quality teaching, research, and service to the people of the north, as well as Thailand. Mae Fah Luang University's campus consists of a large complex of modern, state-of-the-art buildings, spanning more than 800 hectares. The campus is located in a spectacular setting of mountains and trees, an environment conducive to teaching and learning in a clean, inviting setting. As both a regional and national university, MFU provides high-quality education services and resources for the neighboring countries of the Greater Mekhong Sub-region (GMS), and reaches out to all of Southeast Asia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "มหาวิทยาลัยแม่ฟ้าหลวง Mae Fah Luang University". www.mfu.ac.th. Retrieved 2015-09-28.

Coordinates: 20°02′42″N 99°53′41″E / 20.04500°N 99.89472°E / 20.04500; 99.89472