The origin of the university can be traced to 1889, when King Chulalongkorn granted Royal Permission to establish the first medical school in the country. Through the efforts of Prince Mahidol, the present King's father, the Medical School at Siriraj Hospital received assistance from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a medical training program of international standard. A second phase of Rockefeller Foundation support in the 1960's and 1970's led to the development of strong graduate
programs in science, emphasizing research of high quality. Then in 1967, King Bhumibhol Adulyadej conferred on the university the name of Mahidol University, in honor of his father's major contributions to modern medicine and public health in Thailand.
Over the years, Mahidol University has retained its strengths in medicine and science, while broadening its scope to become more comprehensive. It is also a leader in the internationalization of education in Thailand, and has numerous collaborative programs with overseas universities and international organizations. Presently, the university has 12,000 students and 2,200 academic staff attached to fourteen faculties and colleges, five institutes and three scientific centers, located on three campuses. The university offers a wide range of bachelor's degree programs and has very strong graduate programs coordinated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition, the International Student Degree Program offers English-language B.A. and B.Sc. degree programs, while promoting the exchange of students and faculty with overseas universities.
The Institute for Science and Technology for Research and Development has sixteen research centers, including the Vaccine Development Center which has developed a combined four-type Dengue vaccine; the Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering Center which is developing DNA probes for various applications; the Thalassemia Center which is well known for its pioneering work on thalassemia and hemoglobin abnormalities; the Biotechnology Center which concentrates on developing new microbial processes and the Biomedical Instrument Research and Development Center which develops cost-effective medical equipment.
Other degree programs in science and technology help to meet Thailand's needs for skilled scientific / technical manpower. These include bachelor's programs in mechanical, chemical, industrial, electrical and civil engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, and master's programs in environmental management technology, appropriate technology for rural development and information systems management at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resource Studies.
Other health science personnel are trained in various degree programs at other faculties, including the Faculties of Nursing, Medical Technology and Pharmacy.
The Institute of Nutrition conducts wide-ranging laboratory and community-based research in applied food science and nutrition and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Behavioral Science in Nutrition. The ASEAN Institute for Health Development serves as an international center for training, research and documentation in community health care and development. The Institute for Population and Social Research conducts studies on social issues in Thailand's rapidly changing society, while the Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development focuses on the languages and cultures of Southeast Asia.
For further information, please contact:
Vice-President for Research and International Relations Mahidol University 198/2 Bangyikhan, Bangplad Bangkok 10700, Thailand Tel: +66 2 433-7103 Fax: +66 2 433-7083
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