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|Motto||Intellect and Morality, Precede Development|
1968 founded as Songkhla College of Education
|President||Associate Professor Doctor Somkiat Saithanoo|
|Campus||Songkhla and Phatthalung|
|Colours||Grey and Blue|
Thaksin University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยทักษิณ, translating to "University of the South"), is a public university in Southern Thailand. It is located in Muang Songkhla District, Songkhla Province. It is about twenty kilometers from Hat Yai District. Previously, Thaksin University was a branch campus of Srinakharinwirot University. Afterwards it grew in size and eventually became a separate university. Thaksin University was established as an independent public university on September 1, 1996.
The university name was granted by a Royal Decree of His Majesty the King, who graciously granted the university the name of Thaksin, which means “southern”. The aim of the university is encourage and preserve the culture of Southern Thailand.
The university has two campuses and one center in Bangkok. The campuses are in Tambon Khao-Roop-Chang, Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla and Tambon Ban Plao, Pa Payom District, Phattalung. The Phattalung Campus was founded in 1989. The university offers undergraduate education degrees, postgraduate education degrees, and doctoral education degrees in Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. It has a special International Graduate Program that offers research-based Ph.D. programs through the region under the supervision of senior academics from international universities.
Thaksin University is the juristic body under the responsibility of the Office of the Higher Education Commission. Associate professor Doctor Somkiat Saithanoo holds the position of university president.
Thaksin University, named from the Sanskrit word 'Thaksin' meaning 'of the South', is an autonomous university of the Royal Thai Government. An early adopted, Thaksin University achieved this independence of management while continuing to receive Government budget when parliament passed the Thaksin University Act, which became effective on September 1, 1996. It shares this special status with a select number of other institutions that have embarked on a process to become global institutions that operate with a degree of autonomy compared to those that continue as effectively part of the public service model. Beginning life as the College of Education in Songkhla on October 1, 1968, it became Srinakharinwirot University, Songkhla Campus. Its initial four-year degree programs have since expanded now include all degree levels in most academic disciplines in established faculties across the two main campuses of Songkhla and Phattalung. In 2010, the Thaksin University Council approved an International Ph.D. program based on research; the program is wholly managed through the university and based on international standards and approaches with respected senior academic staff from a range of developed nations.
Songkhla campus has two operational sites:
Phattalung campus has two operational sites:
Samsen Nai center is the head office of the Management for Development College of Thaksin University (U-MDC)[permanent dead link]
Thaksin University consists of eight faculties and other institutions, divided into two campuses.
Symbols of Thaksin University The crown represents the 50th anniversary celebration of His Majesty's accession to the throne. The three textbooks represent intellect, morality, and development.
School flower The symbolic flower of Thaksin University is the ‘parichart’ flower (Erythrina indica lank) which is commonly believed to be a flower growing in the Garden of Lord Indra. Parichart, also known as tonglan, begins to bud in mid-February and is in full bloom by the end of the month which coincides with the end of the academic year.
University colours Gray is the color of the brain and thus signifies thought. Blue is the color of the sea and the sky and signifies a vast expanse. The two colors together mean to think broadly or to think with vision.