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Why MU ?
Mahidol University is one of the top universities in Thailand. Originally established as Thailand's first medical school in 1888, the university has now grown to include over 30 faculties with around 29,000 students across 6 academic programs. On top of that MU also manages 5 hospitals, serving over 4.5 million patients each year, and the Prince Mahidol Hall, home of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Mahidol is where science meets art.
Our eco-university initiative has made our campus the most environmentally friendly in Thailand. Our students, faculty and staff work together to set an example for how homes, schools and businesses can recycle more, consume less and use more eco-friendly transport. As part of this work we have dedicated more of our campus space to natural habitats for birds, fish, squirrels and lizards, and provided more green space for people to relax and exercise.
The philosophy of Mahidol University comes from our namesake, H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkla who said, "True success is not in the learning but in its application to the benefit of mankind." We reach for this goal by ensuring that we not only educate our students, but provide them with opportunities to use their skills in the local and global community.
For the students, faculty and staff at MU, education is not only about learning to become great doctors, teachers, engineers and designers, but about taking every opportunity to be great people today.
MU's main Salaya campus is located just outside Bangkok, in the province of Nakhon Pathom. Being outside the city allows us to have the space (520 acres!) for our students to learn and grow. This isn't just classrooms, but gyms and swimming pools, gardens, restaurants and coffee shops, performance spaces, lakes and even an equestrian center for those who like to ride horses.
Globalization is a big part of MU's activities at the moment. In the modern world we must all work towards understanding different cultures and points of view, and figuring out how we can work best together. MU's community of international students and staff help us to learn about how our neighbors work, socialize, relax and interact, and we help them to learn more about Thai people and our history, environment, religions and food. Learning about each other also helps us to learn more about ourselves, by seeing the similarities and differences and comparing how we each try to solve problems.
The Best of Thailand
Through over 100 years of hard work and visionary leadership, Mahidol University has been ranked as Thailand's best university by the world's most well known university ranking organisations. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings gave us #1 in 2016 and 2017. Mahidol is also #1 in Thailand as judged by US News: Best Global Universities Ranking 2017, QS World University Ranking by Subject for seven subject areas, Webometrics since 2015, and in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers by HEEACT.
Why Thailand ?
Last year over 21 million people came to Bangkok to see the sights, making it the most visited city in the world. The Thai capital is home to hundreds of beautiful temples, several palaces, and thousands of restaurants and food stalls selling everything from traditional spicy salads to fried scorpions! People come for the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the capital, travel to the white sand beaches, tranquil islands and majestic mountains of Thailand's 77 provinces.
Thai food is known for its balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors (often with a little more spicy!) In Thailand you won't see any blenders being used to chop up herbs and spices. The famous curry pastes are made with a Kroc, a large wooden pestle and mortar, to pound fresh ingredients into a paste, or even mix a salad. For Thais this traditional method makes all the difference as it provides the rich and complex aroma of the food. Don't expect the seeds removed from the chili, that's where all the heat is!
The architecture of Thailand, from its temples and palaces, to the homes of rural farmers, tells the story of its people. As with the food, different regions have their own styles which can be seen in the ancient buildings of the former Thai Kingdoms such as Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. The stilted houses help to escape flooding in the monsoon season, but also provide some shade and a breeze for weaving baskets or cloth in the daytime. The modern Tiny House movement in many Western countries mirrors the traditional Thai Kuti, the home of a Buddhist Monk. These buildings were less than 10m2 and designed to aid the Monk's spiritual journey by limiting the amount of possessions which could accumulate.
The Thai people consider themselves to be one big family, with the King as the father and Queen as the mother; in fact in Thailand fathers' day and mothers' day are on the King and Queen's birthdays. In Thailand an elderly woman should be treated as if they were your own grandmother, and a young child would be your little brother or sister and everyone would be referred to as brother, sister, aunt, granddad, even calling a taxi driver Uncle is normal.
Thailand has many national parks to ensure the protection of the various ecosystems and the animals which call them home. In the mountains and forests you can find elephants, black bears, leopards, monkeys, deer and tigers. The oceans, particularly around the islands, have dolphins, whales, rays, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish living on the coral reefs, waiting to impress divers. Look into the skies in parts of the country and you might even see a hornbill. Thailand is famous for its serene beaches in the south with fascinating snorkeling and diving, but the mountains of the north offer breathtaking views, challenging hikes and the chance to cool off with a swim in the pools of waterfalls. The central and north eastern regions have miles of rice paddies, rural villages, and ancient temples and palaces.
Join Us In Thailand!
With Sawasdee Thailand you can learn more about Thailand through our study tours, classes and workshops specially designed to help you get more from your experiences and understand the meaning and importance behind what you see, taste, smell and hear. Don't just see Thailand, get to know Thailand.