The Cornerstone of the Capital City

The Cornerstone of the Capital City

Chulalongkorn University is the first university to have been established in Siam. At its founding, King Vajiravudh wished this institute of higher education to serve as “the Cornerstone of the Capital City”. This means that it had to serve as a pillar of society—as the centre for higher studies, producing quality personnel to serve the country and demonstrating that Siam was a civilized country, as could be seen by its development in line with the current changes in the world. This can be seen in the record made by Chao Phraya Thammasakmontri (Sanan Devahasdin Na Ayutthaya), Minister of Education and one of the members of the Managerial Council of the School of Civil Servants,

“… A university is an adornment of a cosmopolitan city. Any cosmopolitan city with a renowned university that can be showcased will take the university as a testament of its honour and glory. Any country where the city is endowed with such honour and glory will gain fame from far and wide. Because Bangkok has flourished it has launched a university which will become its adornment in the same way as in other cosmopolitan cities. …”

Chao Phraya Thammasakmontri