Mahidol University has its origins in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), and the hospital’s medical school is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand, granting its first medical degree in 1893. Later becoming the University of Medical Sciences in 1943, Mahidol University was renamed with great honor in 1969 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after his Royal Father, H.R.H Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who is widely known as the ‘Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health in Thailand’.
Mahidol University has since developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, internationally known and recognized for the high caliber of research and teaching by its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching, research, international academic collaboration and professional services. This diversified institution now offers top quality programs in numerous social and cultural disciplines, including the most doctoral programs of any institution in Thailand, yet has maintained its traditional excellence in medicine and the sciences.
|The Philosophy of Mahidol University
The overall philosophy of Mahidol University is best captured by the university motto:
In the Pali language, this translates as the Golden Rule in English: 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you'. This underlying theme pervades every aspect of Mahidol University as it endeavors to imbue graduates with the conviction that, aside from achieving academic excellence, they have a solemn duty to improve the quality of life for all humanity.
The university's namesake, H.R.H. Prince Mahidol, has eloquently stated Mahidol University's universal view of higher education: 'True success is not in the learning, but in its application to the benefit of mankind'. With the Royal Philosophy as a guiding light, Mahidol University continues to take progressive action to internationalize and diversify itself, so that its graduates will be globally informed as well as socially aware. In this globalized and interconnected world, Mahidol University recognizes that achieving academic and moral excellence requires maintaining strong relationships with the world community, and offering lifelong and equitable quality education for all.
|Mahidol University's New Determination Statement: "Wisdom of the land"
To appreciate the meaning of Mahidol University’s new determination statement, “Wisdom of the Land,” it is first necessary to take into consideration two key words involved: mahidol, the university’s name, and paññā, or the Buddhist conception of wisdom.
The meaning of mahidol
|The Symbolic Plant of Mahidol University
Kan phai Mahidol (Afgekia mahidoliae B. L. Burtt & Chermsir.), the symbolic plants of Mahidol University, was named to commemorate the late Princess Mother, Somdej Phra Sri Nakarindra Boromarajajonnani (then Princess Srisangwan Mahidol). It is a rare tropical plant found in limestone mountains in the western side of Thailand. One among only three known species in the genus, A. mahidoliae is a climber in the pea family (Fabaceae). The plant possesses purplish and whitish pea-like florets in inflorescences which are usually in blooms during August to November
Kan phai Mahidol
|Our Vision, Mission, Organization Culture / Values, and Strategic Objectives
Vision : Mahidol University is determined to be a world class university
Mission : To excel in Health, Sciences, Arts, and Innovation with integrity for the betterment of Thai society and the benefit of mankind
Core Values and Organizational Culture :
M = Mastery
A = Altruism
H = Harmony
I = Integrity
D = Determination
O = Originality
L = Leadership
Strategic Objectives :
1. Research Excellence
2. Teaching and Learing Excellence
3. Health Care and Services Excellence
5. Harmony in Diversity
6. ICT-Based University
7. Resources Optimization
16 Faculties, 6 Colleges, 8 research Institutes and 7 Centers: offering courses in a wide range of disciplines in medicine; public health; nursing, pharmacy; dentistry ; engineering; natural sciences; computer science; health sciences; social sciences; applied sciences; applied arts; humanities and arts.
Over 70 sub-Faculty Centers and Laboratories for focussed research into specialized fields, such as the Excellence Centers, which provide new ground by using interdisciplinary and inter-institutional approach to research and postgraduate training, to meet the present and future needs of government and industry. The Mahidol University Applied and Technological Service Center provides knowledge-based services to both public and private sectors and also promotes and supports research.
|Commitment to Internationalization
As part of its commitment to the internationalization of education, Mahidol University:
Actively collaborates with over 130 overseas academic institutions and international agencies in research, curriculum development, staff and student exchange
Hosts 9 WHO Collaborating Centers, SEAMEO TROPMED Network, HIV/AIDS Regional Coordination Center, Cooperative Research Station (CRS) in Southeast Asia, International Center for Biotechnology, Osaka University, and Mahidol University-Osaka University Collaborative Research Center (MU-OUCRC), Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), and Kyushu University branch office
Offers 140 international degree and diploma programs, excluding short training courses
Has international students from over 40 countries enrolled
Hosts regular international academic conferences in many disciplines
Had over 1,300 research papers published in international academic journals in 2007
Located in the world-renowned, cosmopolitan capital city of Bangkok, Mahidol University is able to draw on an incredibly rich educational, historical, cultural and social environment to augment its comprehensive academic resources and diverse research activities. Mahidol University also has several campuses: one suburban campus and two older inner-city campuses in the Bangkok metropolitan area, along with a downtown high-rise office site for the College of Management, and provincial campuses in Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Sawan and Amnaj Charoen provinces.
Mahidol University continues to develop two additional provincial campuses of 672-acres in Nakorn Sawan province in the north of the country, and 169-acres in Amnaj Chareon province in the northeast. Nakhon Sawan Campus, with an Administration Building and a lecture and Laboratory Building, is currently accepting students in Management. It is expected that a Science program will be offered in the future. Amnaj Charoen Campus is undergoing construction, with a multipurpose building expected to be completed in 2009.
Ranked as one of the top two Thai universities in the World by the THES-QS 2007
Received Thailand’s Prime Minister Award 2006 for Most Recognized Service in International Higher Education.
Ranked as Top University in Thailand for Research and Teaching in 2005 by Thailand’s Commission on Higher Education
Several prestigious international awards, including 4 Magsaysay Awards, Prince Mahidol Award, Rolex Award for Enterprise, and Chevron Conservation Award
Numerous Outstanding Scientist of Thailand and National Research Council Awards for Outstanding Research and Outstanding Research Award
Highest budget and most full professors of any institution of higher learning in Thailand.
More research publications in international journals than any other university in Thailand over the period 1999-2006.
Most high quality international degree programs in Thailand at Bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D level
One of the few universities in the world with 3 Faculties of Medicine, a Faculty of Dentistry with its own dental clinic, and 4 research and training hospitals (including the largest and oldest in Thailand).
Thailand's foremost promoter of 'internationalization' in higher education.
|Continually Expanding in the New Millennium
On 16 October 2007, the Thailand National legislative Assembly approved Mahidol University as an autonomous institution. This transformation will enhance the university’s efficiency, flexibility, and ability to innovate, and standardize its practices with those of other world-class universities.
Always looking toward the future, Mahidol University at Salaya has constructed more facilities and buildings to better accommodate an increasing number of students. The Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies has built a new 6-story Laboratory of Environmental Science and Technology Building to support research, academic activities and services of the Faculty. Mahidol University International College has just finished constructing a new 8-story building adjoining the west side of the old building. This building will provide additional classrooms, studios, offices and also extensions to the College’s Atrium Canteen, Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Herb Garden Restaurant.
A major expansion of Siriraj Hospital has also begun: the çSiriraj toward Medical Excellence in Southeast Asiaé project. Twelve acres of land adjacent to Bangkok Noi Campus have been allocated by the Royal Thai Government to house several innovative new facilities, highlighted by Centers of Excellence in Biomedical Research and Medical Care, which promises to solidify Siriraj Hospital’s reputation as a premier health care institution in the region.
Recognizing the challenges facing humanity in the new millennium and the fundamental responsibility of higher education institutions to assist in meeting those challenges, Mahidol University follows a policy of constant expansion in the breadth and depth of its facilities and academic endeavors. By remaining
|Contact and Visitor Information
To arrange a visit to one of Mahidol University's campuses or obtain further information about the university, please contact:
International Relations Division
Office of the President Mahidol University
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road
Salaya, Phuttamonthon Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand
Tel: (66) (0) 2849-6230 (Director) (66) (0) 2849-6231-3, (0) 2849-6235-6
Fax: (66) (0) 2849-6237 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.op.mahidol.ac.th/orir/index.htm