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Assumption University (Thailand)

Assumption University
ABAC Logo.png
Former names
Assumption Commercial College (ACC)(1938)
Assumption School of Business (1969).
Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC) (1972).
Motto Labor Omnia Vincit (Latin)
Motto in English
Work Conquers All
Type Private, Coeducational
Established 1938 (ACC), 1969 (1969) (ABAC)
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Gabrielites)
Rector Rev. Bro. Bancha Saenghiran, f.s.g., Ph.D.
Location Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Thailand
Campus Hua Mak, Suvarnabhumi, Sathon
Colours      Red
Nickname Au, ABAC
Affiliations IFCU
Mascot Horse
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Assumption University (AU, Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยอัสสัมชัญ) is a private Catholic university with three campuses in different locations- Huamak Near Rajmangala Stadium, Central World Plaza in downtown Bangkok, and Suvarnabhumi areas of Samut Prakan Province, Thailand. The university is led by the Brothers of St. Gabriel foundation, which have been active in education in Thailand since 1901. Assumption University is noted for attracting large numbers of foreign students from countries including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and other Asian countries. Students from China make up the largest number of foreign students. The university also have a large number of exchange students from the United States (Loyola) and several universities in Europe. Assumption University is also the first international university in Thailand.

Cathedral of Learning ABAC


Assumption University is a non-profit institution administered by the Brothers of St. Gabriel, a worldwide Catholic religious order, founded in France in 1705 by St. Louis Marie De Montfort, devoted to education and philanthropic activities. The congregation has been operating many educational institutions in Thailand since 1901.

Assumption University became an autonomous educational institution in 1969 when Assumption Commercial College (ACC) turned into Assumption School of Business. In 1972, it became the Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC). In 1990 the ABAC was granted university status by the Ministry of University Affairs and took the name of Assumption University (AU).[1]

The university has a student body of about 19,870 including a fairly large number of foreign students drawn from more than 75 countries of the world.[2]

Academic programs

Assumption University (AU) offers many majors, such as business administration, information technology, communication and computer network technology,[3] science, technology, engineering, nursing, law, communication arts, architecture, biotechnology, languages, and music. It is also the leading provider of eLearning in Thailand since it has established the new Graduate School of eLearning (GSeL) offering 3 Master's Degrees and 2 Ph.D programs. AU's Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion offers a PhD program in philosophy, a PhD program in religious studies, an MA program in philosophy and an MA program in religious studies.

Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion

The Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion (GSPR), founded 1993, is located on the Huamak campus Bang Kapi District Bangkok in close vicinity to Ramkhamhaeng University and the Rajamangala National Stadium. The school offers four programs: A Ph.D. program in philosophy, a Ph.D. program in religious studies, an MA program in philosophy and an MA program in religious studies. All four programs are recognized by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and accredited by the Office of National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA). Student body and faculty are international and the academic lingua franca is English. Teaching and research at the school is bridging Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spirituality, Cultural Studies, Analytic and Continental as well as Eastern and Western approaches. The GSPR also hosts the Guna Chakra Research Center.

Notable faculty include Gerhold K. Becker.


Suvarnabhumi campus

Suvarnabhumi campus

AU has been expanding the Suvarnabhumi campus with Gothic-style and neo-baroque buildings and creating a nature-centered atmosphere it calls the "University in the Park".

ABAC Hua Mak

Hua Mak campus

In March 1985, H.E. General Prem Tinasulanonda, Prime Minister, officially inaugurated the Hua Mak campus building and opened the new Graduate School of Business.[4]

Simultaneously and to enhance the idea that ABAC is a Catholic institution, a chapel was built up dedicated to the Lady of Annunciation and financed by funds from Germany.

City campus

Located on the 14th floor of Zen Department Store, CentralWorld, it is used for certain MBA programs.

Institutions and research centers

PAN AM International Flight Academy

On September 19th, 2013, Assumption University (AU) and Pan Am International Flight Academy (Pan Am) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a world-class flight simulator training center at Assumption's Suvarnabhumi Campus. Recently Acquired by ANA Holdings, the academy has nine training facilities around the world, providing flight simulation and training on many aircraft types including Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier, McDonnell Douglas, SAAB and Cessna. Pan Am also supports airlines with cabin crew training courses, aircraft maintenance training courses and aircraft dispatcher courses.

Institute of Asian and African Studies (IAAS)

Institute of Asian and African Studies (IAAS) has been established as a new addition to the well-established Assumption University. The purposes are to study history, cultures, politics, economics of countries and people of the world. In the nearest future, IAAS plans to organize the international conference "Thai-Russian Business forum on Investment Environment and Business Opportunities in Thailand and Russia"

Tsinghua – ABAC AEC Research Institute

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Rev. Bro. Dr. Bancha Saenghiran, the President of Assumption University signed an MOU with Mr.Zheng Yan Kang (Tsinghua University) and Mr.Bai He Lin (China Railways) to establish the "Tsinghua – ABAC AEC Research Institute" at Assumption University, Suvarnabhumi Campus. Objective of the Tsinghua – ABAC AEC Research Institute 1. Gain knowledge and intelligence by innovative research framework about marketing, tourism and hospitality, organization development and social sciences in AEC context. 2. Collaborative partnership in research to widen the scope of intelligence information and gathering intellectual assets. 3. Transfer of knowledge to Society for the benefit of both academia and practitioners. 4.Develop a Sustainable Learning and Knowledge based research enterprise supporting the management of Small, Medium, and Large and International Enterprises.

Institute for Research and Academic Services (IRAS)

The Research Institute of Assumption University, originally named as the Center for Research in Business or CRIB, has been serving Thai business community and international corporations by offering a wide range of business research services since the time it was established in 1982 by Dr. Federic L. Ayer, the first and former Vice President for Research Affairs.

ABAC SIMBA (ABAC Social Innovation in Management and Business Analysis)

ICE CENTER (Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise)

ODI (Organization Development Institute)

ABAC Consumer Index


Confucius Institute

Assumption University was informed by the Confucius Classroom at ACC (Assumption Commercial College) of the Chinese Government’s policy to establish one more Confucius Institute in Thailand in addition to a number of overseas Confucius Institutes already established. The Institute would be under support and directive of the Office of Chinese Language Council International: Hanban.

Assumption University deemed it timely to establish a Confucius Institute at the University due to a number of reasons: AU has increasingly developed long and close relationships with a number of universities in China, having a bigger number of Chinese students coming to further their studies at ABAC, as well as Assumption University having been offering Chinese language at undergraduate and graduate programs for over 20 years. In addition, Chinese is one of the major languages widely used in the ASEAN community.

With all these reasons, a Confucius Institute is being proposed for establishment at Assumption University. In the initial phase, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of Chinese Language Council International: Hanban and Assumption University was signed on 18th September 2014 for the purpose of establishing a Confucius Institute at Assumption University, followed by an MOU between AU and Tianjin University of Science and Technology for co-establishment of the said institute at Assumption University. The MOU was signed by Rev. Bro. Bancha Saenghiran, f.s.g., Rector-Magnificus of Assumption University, and Professor Wang Shuo, President of Tianjin University of Science and Technology.

Tianjin University of Science and Technology is a leading, big university established since 1958 offering over 168 programs of undergraduate and graduate studies, master and PhD, one of which is Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. At present, the university has over 23,000 student population and 2,189 teaching staff.



uniRank, formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or, is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries. Assumption University was ranked 18th out of 117 Universities in Thailand in 2017.


A ranking of the most popular Asia MBA listings in directory based on unique profile views. Assumption University was ranked 47th in Asia and ranked the 1st in Thailand.

In 2017 Ranking Web of Universities, it is ranked 28 in Thailand.

Notable graduates

  • Dr. Watanachak Poomvises Former Researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA GSFC)
  • Sukumol Kunplome Former Minister of Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Member of House of Representative
  • Vuthichai Sanguanwongchai Former Deputy to Minister of Ministry of Industry, and Member of House of Representative, Chaiya Phoom Province
  • Nithiwat Chansawang, Member of House of Representative, Chat Thai Pattana Party
  • Thirapath Mongkolnavin Chargé d'affaires of Royal Thai Embassy, Doha ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Asst Prof. Pornson Liengboonlertchai Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
  • Patima Jeerapaet Advisor to Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office in 2012. From 2012–2013 as the Advisor to Committee on Monetary, Finance, Banking and Financial Institutions, the Senate of Kingdom of Thailand and the Advisor of International Trade and Investment at Thailand Trade Representative in 2013
  • Tareque Nasser Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, United States
  • Wisaradee Techatheerawat Former Deputy Spokesman of Pheu Thai Party, Member of House of Representative, Chiangrai Province
  • Sarawut Petpanomporn Former Secretary to the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Secretary of The Commission for Anti-Money Laundering and Drugs, Member of house of Representative, Udonthani Province
  • Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director of Microsoft Thailand
  • Thiraphong Chansiri, President and CEO of Thai Union Group PLC, World’s largest tuna company
  • Kriengsak Tantiphipop, Managing Director of Emporium Department Store
  • Dr.Danai Chanchaochai Councillor's Committee of National Public Relations Committee.
  • Supattra Paopiamsap Chief Executives Officer, Unilever Thai
  • Chaiporn Vithessonthi Acting Associate Dean for Administration and International Relations, Faculty of Economics, Khon Kaen University
  • Adisak Rak-ariyapong Chief Executive Officer of Seppe Company Limited
  • Chalit Limpanavetch Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Industry Thailand
  • Jennifer A. Harhigh, Consul General of American Consulate Chiangmai, Thailand.[5]
  • Varavuth Laohapongchana, Former Diplomatic Officer of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand
  • Farid Ahmed Leturer at Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Tassapon Bijleveld CEO of Thai AirAsia
  • Suharit Siamwalla, Candidate of Bangkok Governor Election 2013
  • Police-Captain Songkran Techanarong Former Spokesman of Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Police Officer under Crime Suppression Division
  • Isara Wongrung Senior Executive Vice President of Personal Customer Group, Government Savings Bank
  • Suwapa Charoenying Director / Executive Director, Thanachart Securities Plc.
  • Viboon Kromadit Executive Board and Executive Director, Amata Coporation Public Company Limited
  • Bundit Ungrangsee Conductor
  • Prachoom Malinon CEO of BEC world
  • Dr. Nantarika Chansue Director of Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animals Research Center, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
  • Atikom Terbsiri President and CEO of Thaioil, PTT Group
  • Teay Shawyun Associate Professor, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • Harn Himatongkam Former Deputy Spokesman of Prime Minister’s Office, Former Member of Bangkok Metropolitan Council




  1. ^ "History and Background – Assumption University". Assumption University. 
  2. ^ "President's Welcome – Assumption University". Assumption University. 
  3. ^ Vincent Mary School of Science and Technology, Assumption University of Thailand, []
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 

External links

Sources of Alumni []