Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University, officially abbreviated as CU and commonly abbreviated as Chula, is the oldest university under the Thai modern educational system, founded in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who named it after his father, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). It is one of the best universities in Thailand and Southeast Asia according to several university rankings.

Chulalongkorn University is composed of 19 faculties, 23 colleges and research institutes. Currently there are over 38,000 students including 24,951 undergraduates, 13,391 postgraduates (10,881 in the Master’s Degree and 2,150 in the Doctoral Degree programs) and 2,800 faculty members.

Chulalongkorn University Strategies 2012 – 2016 has been undertaken to formulate guidelines for the university’s development plan for the period 2012 – 2016. The initiative focuses on different aspects of development and improvement with the objective of raising the university to a level of excellence that will qualify it as a “World Class National University”. To fulfill its mission to become the “Pillar of the Kingdom”, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of its founding, Chulalongkorn University is employing six strategies, as follows:


Achievements Strategies General Definition

To become a world-class university


To become a world-class university whose graduates, research, and academic functions attain and maintain high standards of quality.

To serve as the kingdom’s source of knowledge


To become a center of wisdom for the kingdom as a source of knowledge for Thailand’s people, while promoting advanced education in order to produce highly qualified graduates for Thai and global society.

To establish a quick, close-knit and efficient management system


To be a university whose management is efficient, effective and transparent and takes a participative approach in its administrative activities.


To be capable of efficiently managing both its financial and intellectual properties in the short and long terms. It should also be able to establish, foster and utilize relationships with its alumni to help develop the university.

To be a welcoming home for the righteous and competent


To promote equal access to education for all and be supportive to all students and employees while also giving full support to community.


To be the university of sustainability, with a mission to promote energy conservation, build a livable environment, establish good relationships with and support career advancement of the university personnel.