Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University or MCU (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยมหาจุฬาลงกรณราชวิทยาลัย, RTGS: Maha Chulalongkon Ratchawitthayalai) is one of two public Buddhist universities, as well as the oldest Buddhist university in Thailand. It is located at Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit in Bangkok and at Wang Noi campus.
The university was founded in 1887 by King Chulalongkorn with the purpose of establishing a higher education institute for Buddhist monks, novices, and laypersons with an emphasis on Buddhist studies and other subjects. The university began offering classes in 1889. It adopted its current name in 1896.
By bills passed in 1997, both of Thailand's Buddhist universities — MCU and Mahamakut Buddhist University — became public universities.
Colleges and faculties
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University is organized into several academic units: Faculty of Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, graduate school, and the International Buddhist Studies College.
The faculties offer 26 undergraduate programs, ten master's programs, two doctoral programs, and other academic training. Two of its master's programs, Buddhist studies and philosophy, are internationally oriented and conducted in English. MCU offers a PhD in Buddhist studies (in English).
In addition to the main campus, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University has extension campuses in the following provinces:
- Chiang Mai
- Khon Kaen
- Nong Khai
- Nakhon Phanom
- Nakhon Pathom
- Nakhon Ratchasima
- Nakhon Sawan
- Nakhon Si Thammarat
- Ubon Ratchathani
The university hosts the Secretariat for the International Association of Buddhist Universities and is often one of the main organizers for the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations.
- "International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC) วิทยาลัยพุทธศาสตร์นานาชาติ". ibsc.mcu.ac.th. Retrieved 2017-08-04.