Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Chulalongkorn University (Thai:
จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย; rtgs: Chulalongkon
Mahawitthayalai; pronounced [t͡ɕù.lāː.lōŋ.kɔ̄ːn
má.hǎː.wít.tʰá.jāː.lāj]), abbreviated either CU or
Chula (Thai: จุฬาฯ), is a public and autonomous
research university in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the
oldest and most prestigious university in the Thai
modern educational system.
The university began taking shape during King Chulalongkorn's reign when he founded the Royal Pages School in 1902 at The Grand Palace of Thailand. During the reign of his son, King Vajiravudh, the Royal Pages School became the Civil Service College of King Chulalongkorn. The Rockefeller Foundation, was instrumental in helping the college form its academic foundation. On March 26, 1917, King Vajiravudh renamed the college Chulalongkorn University.
Chulalongkorn University is the most highly ranked university in Thailand in every field of study and is supported by the Office of Nation Education Standards and Quality Assessment of Thailand. CU is one of the National Research Universities. Moreover, CU is the only Thai university which is a member of Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Admission to CU is highly selective, and applicants are required to have high test scores. Applicants ranking within the top 10 national scores are chosen for study at CU.
CU comprises nineteen faculties, a School of Agriculture, three colleges, ten institutes and two other schools. Its campus occupies a vast area in downtown Bangkok. Graduates customarily received their diplomas from the King of Thailand, a tradition begun by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII); King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the reigning monarch, has since delegated the responsibility to his daughter, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, for health reasons.