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Motto in English
|Public Devotion Is a Virtue of the Learned|
(1968 as Mahasakham College of Education)
|President||Prof. Dr. Sampan Ritthidech (acting)|
|Location||Mueang Maha Sarakham, Maha Sarakham, Thailand
|Campus||Urban and Regional|
|Affiliations||Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning|
Mahasarakham University (MSU) (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยมหาสารคาม, pronounced: má-hăa wít-tá-yaa-lai má-hăa-săa-rá-kaam) is a Thai public university with approximately 45,000 higher education students in 2013.
The university has two campuses, the Old Campus in the city center in Maha Sarakham Province in the northeast region (Isan) of Thailand and the New Campus at Khamriang Subdistrict in the northwest of the city.
It is the only Thai university that offers postgraduate programs in Paleontology and Bachelor of Arts in the Khmer Language. MSU is the first university in northeastern Thailand to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and the second to commence Ph.D. courses in the same subject. Moreover, its Faculty of Education, the flagship of MSU, was voted as Thailand’s Best Education Faculty in 2010 by the National Education Office.
The university is the first Thai higher education institution rated under the QS Stars System for Excellence in Higher Education; it has become one of the top 20 universities in Thailand based on the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
The development of Mahasarakham University can be traced back as early as 1963 when it was known as Mahasarakham Teacher's Training College. In March 27, 1968, it was established as Mahasarakham College of Education for strengthening and expanding higher education in the Northeastern region (Isan) of the nation. Located in the outer north area of Maha Sarakham Province, a small town right at the center of the region, the college has been responsible for developing quality educators to serve educational institutions of all levels. In 1974, the college's status was elevated when it became a regional campus of Srinakharinwirot University. At that time, there were four academic faculties: Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science.
Mahasarakham University has since expanded rapidly in academic infrastructure, facilities, and relevant services. It became a comprehensive university, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in three academic clusters: Social Sciences; Pure and Applied Sciences; and Health Sciences. In 1988, the Khamriang Campus, known as the New Campus. was set up in Kantarawichai District, approximately seven kilometers from the Old Campus.
With 17 faculties and two colleges, the university has been recognized as one of Thailand's fast-growing. The total student enrollment has increased from thousands in its earlier years to about 45,000 students in 2010. Many faculty buildings have been constructed on the Khamriang Campus; is now the university's administrative and academic center.
In addition, to extend its academic services to remote communities, MSU has had 15 academic service centers in the northeastern region and later reorganized into two main centers in Nakhon Ratchasima Province and Udon Thani Province.
Mahasarakham University is in Maha Sarakham Province, about 470 kilometers from Bangkok. Geographically, Maha Sarakham Provonce is a vast rolling plain, composed mostly of rice fields with the Chi River flowing through it. Maha Sarakham has a lively atmosphere and offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities to travelers and visitors.
As a regional "education center", Maha Sarakham is known as "Taxila (or Takshashila) of Isan", (taking this name from a Hindu and Buddhist centre of learning in ancient India). Maha Sarakham throughout its history has acted as a center of Buddhist wisdom and culture in the region.
Mahasarakham University has two green campuses — the Downtown Campus and the Khamriang Campus — to accommodate and provide an eco-friendly environment to its continuing expansion of academic facilities and programs, and the growing population on campus.
The original campus of Mahasarakham University, Downtown Campus, also known as the Old Campus (mor gao — Thai: ม.เก่า), is in the city center. It covers an area of 368 Rai (145.5 acres). This campus hosts the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, and the Institute of Northeastern Arts and Culture.
The Khamriang Campus, known as the New Campus (mor mai — Thai: ม.ใหม่), is in the northwest of the city of Khamriang District, 7 kilometers from the city center. This campus with a total area of 1,300 Rai (513.98 acres) hosts new buildings and facilities to serve the education community and houses the main administrative center and most of the academic faculties, colleges, and research institutes of the university.
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