Thammasat University was inaugurated on 27 June 1934. It was originally named by Professor Pridi Banomyong the University of Moral and Political Sciences. Professor Pridi sought to establish a university to educate Thai students about democracy, which had been introduced to the nation two years earlier.
The university’s philosophy was stated in a speech by Professor Pridi before His Majesty the King’s Regent:
“ A university is, figuratively, an oasis that quenches the thirst of those who are in pursuit of knowledge. The opportunity to acquire higher education rightly belongs to every citizen under the principle of freedom of education. ”
During the years since its founding, Thammasat University has evolved from an open university for law and politics to a prestigious international university offering all levels of academic degrees across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines.
Symbolic Colors are red and yellow. Professor Pridi Banomyong made these choices for personal reasons, possibly because yellow represents religion, following the Wheel of Dharma, and deep red evokes blood, as alluded to in the lyrics of the new Thai National Anthem first heard in 1932, written by Sanga Kanchanakphan, known by the noble title Khun Wichitmatra.
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS
In 1956, the bachelor’s degree in economics (Thai program), a first for Thailand, was launched. In 1969, Professor Puey Ungphakorn founded the master’s degree in economics program, with English as language of instruction. This venture was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, creating Thailand’s first master’s degree in economics program. It has trained Thai students as well as those from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Sweden,
In 1993, following the success of the international master’s degree program, the Faculty began administering the Ph.D. program in economics and the bachelor’s degree in economics (International Program), Thailand’s first such program.
Vision & Missions
“To develop quality graduates and international standard academic research, as well as services to society”
To produce graduates with cutting-edge knowledge and skills satisfying the job market and society.
To produce international standard academic research.
To operate with efficiency, sustainability and adjustability to changing situations.
To provide basic economic and intensive academic knowledge.
The B.E. International Program began operation in 1993, as a self-financing semi-autonomous arm of the Faculty of Economics. The program combines a broad educational foundation with extensive preparation in varied aspects of economic theory and practice. The program is designed to promote self-development and critical thinking, and to provide familiarity with advanced theory and technology.