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|Location||Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
|Colours||Orange and Purple|
Founded in 1992, Walailak University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยวลัยลักษณ์) is a public university located in Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand. Although state funded, Walailak University is given a high level of autonomy, unusual among Thai public universities.
The university was named after Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak.
First-year undergraduate students gain admission under the quota system for secondary school graduates from the 14 southern provinces or by the national entrance examination administered by the Ministry of Education. Under the quota system secondary school graduates who fulfill the academic criteria set by the university gain admission without having to sit the entrance examination. Other students are admitted on the basis of their marks gained in the national examination.
Walailak University is organized into 16 schools and faculties:
- School of Agricultural Technology
- School of Allied Health Sciences
- School of Architecture and Design
- School of Dentistry
- School of Education and Learning Innovation
- School of Engineering and Resources
- School of Informatics
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of Management
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Political Science and Law
- School of Public Health
- School of Sciences
- School of Veterinary Medicine
- World Association for Cooperative Education
- Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific
- International Association of University Presidents
- Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
Memoranda of understanding
- People's Republic of China
- Hong Kong, China
- South Korea
- United States of America
The natural symbol of the university is the shady Praduu tree (Pterocarpus indicus Willd.) which grows in abundance in the southern forests.
University colours: orange and purple
Orange is the colour for Thursday which is the day of the week on which Her Royal Highness Princess Chulapornwalailak was born.
Purple is the official colour of the Province of Nakhonsithammarat where the university is. The provincial colour is derived from the personal colour of Phra Rattanatachamuni, abbot of Thapoh Temple and famous education reformer and innovator of the southern region of Thailand in the reign of King Rama V, who is locally regarded as the pioneer of modern education in the south.
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