Ramkhamhaeng University

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Ramkhamhaeng University
MottoAs a candle gives light, Ramkhamhaeng guides your way
TypePublic, open university
PresidentAssoc. Prof. Wuttisak Larbchareonsub
ColorsBlue and Gold

Ramkhamhaeng University (RU.) (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยรามคำแหง) is Thailand's largest public university. It was named in honour of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great of Sukhothai.[1] The university provides an effective and economical way to meet public demand for higher education.[2]


Before the establishment of Ramkhamhaeng University in 1971, Thailand had what has been described as "a crisis in the quest for higher education", since the number of high school graduates seeking admission to government universities far outnumbered the capacity of all universities combined. Parliament finally passed a law authorizing the establishment of Ramkhamhaeng University as an open-admissions university.

The university is composed of the Faculties of Law, Business Administration, Humanities, Education, Science, Political Science, Economics, Engineering and Education Technology. The Faculty of Engineering admits a limited number of students, while other faculties are open to anyone who wishes to enroll.

Ramkhamhaeng University has two major campuses, both in Bangkok. Freshman classes are held at Bang Na campus in Phra Khanong District. Most others classes are conducted at the main campus at Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District. Approximately 435,000 students attend the university, 400,000 undergraduates and 35,000 graduate students.[3] Tuition fees are in the range of 7,155–8,880 baht per academic year.[3]


  1. ^ "History". Institute of International Studies (IIS-RU), Ramkhamhaeng University. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Higher Education in Thailand". Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy, The Office of the Higher Education Commission. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Ramkhamhaeng University". Bangkok Post. n.d. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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Coordinates: 13°45′19″N 100°37′13″E / 13.755236°N 100.620142°E / 13.755236; 100.620142