85 Proud Years
of Grooming Next-Generation Leaders for Thailand and the World
Thammasat University was inaugurated on June 27, 1934 under the name “University of Moral and Political Sciences.” The Founder, Professor Dr. Pridi Banomyong wished to establish an open university to educate Thai people of democracy introduced to the nation for the first time two years earlier.
The coup d’tat on November 8, 1947 had a dramatic effect on the University. Soon after, the University’s name was changed to Thammasat University (TU), and the open university system was abandoned, with four new degree programs being introduced-- Law, Political Science, Economics, and Commerce and
Accountancy. Echoing student unrest and a global push for a new era of freedom, Thammasat University became the center of student uprising in October 1973, with the demand for a new constitution and a parliamentary government.
In 1975, Professor Dr. Puey Ungpakorn, then rector of Thammasat University, realized that moving the country forward would depend on increasing focus on science and technology. Given such vision, he then set out to expand science and technology degree programs alongside with establishment of a new campus in Rangsit to relieve the crowded Taprachan campus. More development came in 1994 when Thammasat University launched another regional campus by developing land in Chonburi Province. This became the home of the Thammasat University Pattaya Campus, dedicated to teaching, learning and research in technology and industrial development in the eastern seaboard economic zone.
More changes came on July 8, 1996 when Thammasat University continued its development with the inauguration of Lampang Campus in the northern part of Thailand to offer more choices of quality higher level education to the Northern youths.
Entering into the 85th year after its establishment, Thammasat University recognizes all the changes that have occurred in this age and is aware that our duty is not only to produce graduates but also to groom “Next-Generation leaders for Thailand and international communities.”