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Mae Fah Luang University

Mae Fah Luang University
มหาวิทยาลัยแม่ฟ้าหลวง
Type Public (National)
Established 1998
Location Chiang Rai, Thailand
Colours

     Red

     Gold
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.mfu.ac.th

Mae Fah Luang University (MFU), in the province of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, is named after Princess Mother Srinagarindra (Somdet Yah), mother of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Mae Fah Luang was the name given to her by the people. MFU is an autonomous public university established on 25 September 1998.

Academics

MFU's programmes are taught in English, with the exceptions of Thai law and nursing. The university has a large number of native English-speaking lecturers.

It has 11 schools: the School of Science, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Agro-Industry, School of Information Technology, School of Cosmetic Science, School of Health Science, School of Nursing, and School of Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine.

The university hospital was opened in September 2012. The School of Medicine began offering MD degrees in the 2013 academic year.

International courses offered include majors in business and Thai language and culture, but all courses are open to international students.

Facilities

The campus is in Tambon Tasood, Mueang Chiang Rai District and consists mainly of hills with a small plain. Construction took many years, as the campus was mostly built on hillsides.

Mae Fah Luang University campus occupies more than 800 hectares. As a regional and national university, MFU provides education and resources for the neighboring countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and reaches out to all of Southeast Asia.[1]

The People's Republic of China built the Sirindhorn Chinese Language and Cultural Center on the campus as a gift to Thailand, equipping it with computers with Chinese programs and Chinese textbooks. The center is built to resemble a traditional Chinese house, complete with courtyards, gardens, and a pond. The Confucius Institute is also located here.

History

Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) was established as an autonomous public university, under the Royal Charter, in 1998, with support from the Royal Thai Government. It was established to meet the needs of people in the north of Thailand and to commemorate the contributions of the King's mother, Princess Srinagarindra, known to her subjects as "Mae Fah Luang." From its inaugural class of 64 students in 1998, MFU has become Thailand's fastest growing post-secondary institution.

In the 2012-2013 academic year over 10,000 students were enrolled at the university.

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