Year of foundation: 1943
Approx. number of students: 26,000
Period of study: Mid May-End August; Mid September-End December; Mid January-End April
MCI partner since: 2009
Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. As a direct result of the 1980s and 1990s Asian investment boom, numerous multinational corporations base their regional headquarters in Bangkok and the city has become a regional force in finance and business. Its increasing influence on global politics, culture, fashion, and entertainment underlines its status as a global city. In 2009, it was the second most expensive city in South-East Asia behind Singapore. Bangkok has a population of approximately 6 million residents.
Mahidol University is a Top-Ranked Public University in Thailand. Organized in 1943 as University of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, the university originally focused on Health Sciences but also expanded to other fields in recent decades. Today, MU offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs from natural sciences to liberal arts with campuses in urban and suburban Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Sawan, and Amnat Charoen provinces. In terms of fiscal budget and portion of budget spent on research programs, MU receives the highest budget of any public university: estimately $147 million each year, most of the part has been granted for graduate research programs.
MU entered the THES - QS World University Rankings in 2006 as 322nd in the world. In 2009, the university swiftly proceeded to the 220th in the world, 30th in Asian and as Thailand's top-ranked university according to Quacquarelli Symonds 2009 Asian Ranking, although other foreign ranking sources usually put the university around third or fourth.