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The Faculty of Architecture

Acharn Nath Photiprasat was granted a scholarship from the Ministry of Education to study Architecture in England and he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in Construction from the University of Liverpool. After returning to his country, he laid the foundations for the study of Architecture in Thailand, starting with Poh Chang School. Following this, in 1932, the Ministry of Education transferred the teaching of Architecture to a department affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University. Its status was changed to that of an independent department and a faculty, respectively. Acharn Nath Photiprasat has thus been considered to be the initiator of the study of Architecture at the Bachelor’s Degree level in Thailand and he was one of the founders of the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King. He served as President of the Association.

The Faculty of Architecture

Associate Professor Saeng-aroon Ratakasikorn obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and following this became an instructor in the Faculty of Architecture. He was granted a Civil Service Commission scholarship to further his studies at a Master’s Degree level at Cornell University in the U.S.A. where he had the opportunity of working under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world renowned American architect. As well as being an architect and a lecturer, he was versatile in many branches of art— painting, sculpture and writing. One of his well-known books is Saeng-aroon 2, which has been chosen as one of the 100 books that Thai people should read.

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Professor Dr. Chaveng Dechakaisaya M.D. is an important person who laid the foundations of the study of Medical Techniques at Chulalongkorn University, when this discipline was still affiliated with the Faculty of Medical Techniques at the University of Medicine. He served as Deputy Dean and Head of the Department of Clinical Microscopy as well as administering that part of the Faculty of Medical Techniques that was located in the compound of Chulalongkorn Hospital. Later, this part was transferred to the Department of Allied Autopsy Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University and the Department changed to become the Department of Medical Techniques in the Faculty of Medicine as it so remained until it was separated from the Faculty of Medicine to become the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences —the first Faculty of Allied Health Sciences in Thailand.

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Assistant Professor Dr. Piyaporn Na Nakhon was the first Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. His teaching career at Chulalongkorn University started in 1978 when he became a lecturer, classification level 4, in the Department of Allied Autopsy Sciences, which was then in the Faculty of Medicine where it remained until 1992. He became Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences when the status and name of the Department of Medical Techniques was changed to the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences and he served as Dean of this Faculty from 1992 to 2000.

The Faculty of Science

Professor Dr. Tab Nilanithi received a King Scholarship to study in England where obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advanced Standard Chemistry from the University of Liverpool. Subsequently, he continued in the Honours School receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class Honours) in Chemistry. Following this, he was granted a scholarship by the Rockefeller Foundation to further his studies at Cornell University in the U.S.A., where he obtained a Ph.D. Then, he became a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Chulalongkorn University, where he held a number of administrative positions, namely, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dean of the Graduate School, Rector of the University and Chairman of the University Council. By royal command, he was appointed a member of the Royal Institute, serving in the Academy of Science.

The Faculty of Science

Professor Dr. Klum Vajarobol attended the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University but his studies were interrupted when he was granted a scholarship enabling him to study in England. He did a Bachelor to a Doctoral Degree at the University of London. After that, in 1935, he became a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University. He was an expert in Biology and pioneered the writing of textbooks on Biology in Thailand. In 1942, he was appointed, by royal command, a member of the Royal Institute in the field of Physiological Science. He was one of the first batch of members of the Academy of Science in the Royal Institute. In 1967, he was awarded a Doctoral Degree in Science (Honoris Causa) from Chulalongkorn University.

The Faculty of Nursing

Associate Professor Somkid Raksasat received a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Boston University in the U.S.A., and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Chulalongkorn University. In 1968, she started her teaching career as a lecturer, at the 2nd level, in the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University. She became the first Dean of the Faculty of Nursing when the Department of Nursing at the Faculty of Education was elevated to the status of a Faculty in 1987.

The Faculty of Nursing

Professor Dr. Pranom Othakanon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Nursing), a Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary Education), a Master’s Degree in Science (Nursing) and a Ph.D. in Education (Research and Curriculum Development). She started in the civil service in 1965. She was an expert in Nursing and has produced a large number of academic works, especially those on caring for the aged.

The Faculty of Engineering

Professor Phra Charoenwisawakam (Chareon Chaenakul) was granted a King’s Scholarship to further his studies in England. However, due to the First World War, he had to move to study in the U.S.A., where he graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of California at Berkley. Following this, in 1919, he became a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University and, in 1929, he served as the Dean of the Faculty–and remains the longest serving in that position. He is respected as the Master of all engineers and the founder of the Thai engineering circle. He was also honoured as a Distinguished Chula Senior Engineer of the first batch.

The Faculty of Engineering

Professor Dr. Arun Soratase received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Chulalongkorn University and a Bachelor Degree in Sanitary Engineering from the University of Chester in England. He subsequently read for a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He held important administrative positions at Chulalongkorn University—Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Rector of the University. He was also appointed Minister of the University Bureau and Minister of Industry. He is one of the engineers who contributed a great deal to the country so he was honoured as a Distinguished Chula Senior Engineer of the first batch.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science

Professor Lieutenant Colonel Luang Chai-aswarak (Chai Saeng-Xuto) was educated in the Military Academy. He went on an educational tour of England and he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science. He played an important role in laying the foundations for the study of Veterinary Science in Thailand by coordinating the establishment of the Independent Department of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University. This was the first time that this discipline had been taught at a degree level in a university in Thailand. In 1938, he served as the first Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University.

The Faculty of Law

Professor Dr. Prayoon Kanchanadul qualified as a Barrister at Law from the School of Law at the Ministry of Justice and from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. He held different administrative positions, for example, Director-General of the Department of Internal Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, Senator and President of the Royal Institute. His writings include books, textbooks and academic essays on administrative law and economics. He was the first Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University, taking office in 1972.

The Faculty of Law

Professor Dr. Ukrit Mongkolnawin obtained a Doctoral Degree in Law from the University of Paris in France. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1972 to 1978. He also held other important positions, for example, President of the National Legislative Council, President of the Senate, Spokesman of the Parliament, President of the Independent Commission for Providing Justice and Promoting Rights and Freedom in the Southern Border Provinces, a member of the Thai Red Cross Society and President of the Phiriya Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother.

The Faculty of Arts

Professor Rong Sayamanond received a B.A. (Hons) in History, a Diploma in Education and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge in England. He also obtained a Certificat d’Etudes Francaises from the University of Grenobles in France and a Doctoral Degree in Arts (Honoris Causa) from Chulalongkorn University. He started in the civil service at Chulalongkorn University in 1935 and remained there until his retirement. He held different administrative positions, for example, Head of the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Secretary-General of Chulalongkorn University. He also served as an acting administrator in many work units, for example, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Economics, Acting Rector of Chulalongkorn University and Acting Dean of the Graduate School.

The Faculty of Arts

Professor M.L. Chirayu Novavongse received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons.) from Chulalongkorn University. Following this, he furthered his studies in Pali and Sanskrit in England where he obtained an M.A., from the University of Cambridge. He received another M.A., in Linguistics from Columbia University in the U.S.A. As well as serving as a lecturer specializing in Pali and Sanskrit in the Faculty of Arts, he held important administrative and academic positions, for example, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Deputy Minister of Education and President of the Arts Committee of the Ananda Mahidol Foundation. By royal command he was appointed a Privy Councillor.

The Faculty of Economics

Professor Dr. Prachoom Chomchai, a famous academic in Political Science, Law and Economics, received a B.A., and an M.A., from the University of Oxford in England. He obtained a Doctoral Degree in Law from the University of Paris in France. He was the Head of the Department of Finance at the Faculty of Political Science and he played an important role in combining the Department of Finance at the Faculty of Political Science with the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy to form the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University. In 1970, he was appointed the first Dean of the Faculty of Economics.

The Faculty of Economics

Professor Pachchai Bunnag received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Chulalongkorn University, a Master’s Degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a certificate in marketing from Stanford University in the U.S.A. He started his teaching career in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy and played a major role in initiating and establishing the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University as well as in promoting the study of Economics in institutions of higher education in Thailand.

The Faculty of Communication Arts

Professor Bumrungsook Siha-amphai received a Master’s Degree in Educational Audio-Visual Media. He is respected as “the Creating Teacher” of the Faculty of Communication Arts because he pioneered teaching and learning as well as contributing a great deal to the establishment of the Independent Department of Mass Communications and Public Relations at Chulalongkorn University. This Department was later elevated to become the Faculty of Communication Arts. He was the first Dean of the Faculty. Throughout his career, he dedicated himself to establishing the foundation and developing the Faculty of Communication Arts until it was secure and widely accepted in the country and overseas.

The Faculty of Communication Arts

Professor Dr. Suraphol Viroonrak obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (Hons.) from Chulalongkorn University. He later received a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Dramatic Arts from the University of Washington and a Ph.D., in Dramatic Arts from the University of Hawaii in the U.S.A. He was a specialist in Dramatic Arts who held a great number of academic and administrative posts. Some examples are, as Dean of the Faculty of Communication Arts and the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University and as a member of the Royal Institute in the field of Performing Arts in the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2003, he was honoured as a National Distinguished Researcher in the field of Philosophy.

The Faculty of Dentistry

Professor Colonel Luang Vachvidhayavadhana received a King’s Scholarship to study Medicine in the U.S.A., and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine from Syracuse University. He subsequently studied Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania to Bachelor Degree level. He pioneered the development of dentistry professionals and initiated the establishment of a School of Dentistryat the degree level in Thailand and became the first Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The Faculty of Dentistry

With a grant from His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol, Professor Lieutenant Si Sirisingh studied and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A. With the collaboration of Professor Colonel Luang Vachvidhayavadhana, he founded the Faculty of Dentistry and served as its Dean. He was dentist to His Majesty the King and members of the royal family.

The Faculty of Education

Professor Thanphuying Poonsup Novavongse Na Ayutthaya belonged to the first batch of graduates from the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University. She was granted a scholarship to further her studies in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the U.S.A., and returned to serve as a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts. Realizing the importance of teacher training education at the degree level, she established the Department of Education at the Faculty of Arts and developed it to become the Faculty of Education in 1957. She was the first Dean of this Faculty and the first woman Dean in Thailand. Throughout her life she dedicated herself to the establishment of a firm foundation for education in the country.

The Faculty of Psychology

Professor Thanphuying Poonsup Novavonge Na Ayutthaya belonged to the first batch of graduates from the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University. She was granted a scholarship to further her studies in Psychology at the University of Michigan in the U.S.A. She played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Education one of whose important policies was to offer academic programmes in response to the country’s needs. One of these programmes was in Psychology. A Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree programme in Psychology were thus offered in the Faculty of Education. These were deemed to be the first programmes in Psychology in Thailand and the Ph.D.,programme in Psychology was the first Doctoral Degree programme at Chulalongkorn University.

The Faculty of Political Science

Professor Kasem Uthayanin started in the civil service at the Ministry of the Interior and he was later transferred to serve as a lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. He served two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and he was also a member of the Chulalongkorn University Council. He is remembered as a founder and developer of the Faculty of Political Science.

The Faculty of Political Science

Professor Dr. Kasem Suwannakul graduated with a B.A., (Hons.) in Political Science, of the 1st batch, from Chulalongkorn University. Later, he obtained an M.A., in Public Administration and a Ph.D., in Management and Government from the University of New York in the U.S.A. He held some important positions at Chulalongkorn University, for example, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Rector of Chulalongkorn University, serving four terms of office over some 11 years. He also held many important positions at a national level, for example, Secretary-General of the Thai Red Cross Society, Senator, Minister at the University Bureau, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the University Council of many universities.

The Faculty of Medicine

Professor Major General Phraya Damrongpheathayakhun (Cheun Phutthiphaethaya) graduated in Medicine from England. While he was Director of the Division of Relief and Public Health at the Thai Red Cross Society, he made an immense contribution to establishing the second Medical School in the Faculty of Medicine in the grounds of Chulalongkorn Hospital, in addition to the first Medical School at Siriraj Hospital. This was in response to King Ananda Mahidol’s initiative to produce sufficient physicians for the country’s needs. For this reason, he was selected to be the first Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Dr. Tua Laphanukrom obtained a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Bern in Switzerland. He then studied Pharmacy at the University of Munich in Germany and Botany at the University of Paris in France. He was one of the founding members of the Khanarath (the People’s Party), which, in 1932, changed the country’s administrative system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. He held many important civil and political positions and is considered to have been a benefactor to the pharmaceutical circle in Thailand. He was Head of the Independent Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chulalogkorn University, which later became the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Medicine and at Chulalongkorn University, respectively. He also initiated the establishment of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant to produce medicine for domestic use. This plant is currently the Pharmaceutical Organization at the Ministry of Public Health.

The Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Assistant Professor Songkhun Atthakorn graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (Hons.) from Chulalongkorn University and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University in the U.S.A., being the first Thai to receive a degree in this particular field. He went on educational tours in Fine Arts and Architecture to many institutes including that of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world renowned architect. He started his teaching career in the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University. Later, he became the first Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts.

Alumni

The Faculty of Architecture

The Patron Professor Chalerm Ratanatasanee received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1940 and, subsequently, became an instructor in the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University and continued his career in teaching until his retirement in 1974. Being an expert in both Thai and foreign architectural history, he dedicated himself to the study of Architecture. His major achievement was the founding of the Department of Applied Arts (currently the Department of Industrial Design). In terms of professional duties, he served as President of the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.

The Faculty of Architecture

M.R. Mitraroon Kasemsri received a Diploma in Architecture in 1938. He worked in many workplaces, namely, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Fine Arts and the Royal Household Bureau. He also worked as a special lecturer in Thai Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn and Silpakorn Universities. Some of his important designs are Phu Phing Palace, Phu Phan Palace, Dusitalai Pavilion and the Crematorium in front of the Issriyaporn Pavilion on the compound of Thepsirinthrawas Temple. He also supervised the renovation of halls and buildings in the grounds of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. His achievements earned him the title of National Artist in Visual Arts (Architecture) and he was presented with a Doctoral Degree (Honoris Causa) in Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and commended as a Respected Person in Thai Architecture by the Commission of the Thai Heritage Conservation Day.

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Boonchuay Iamphokhalaph received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Medical Techniques) in 1977 and, later, a Master’s Degree in Science (Tropical Medicine) from Mahidol University. He started his civil service at the Bumrasnaradoon Institute in the Department of Disease Control at the Ministry of Public Health. He worked as a Special Medical Technician and Head of the Medical Techniques Work Unit until the time of his early retirement. He played a significant role in the development of the study and practice of Medical Techniques at both the national and international level. Therefore, in 2008, he was honoured with the title, Distinguished Medical Technician, by the Association of Medical Techniques in Thailand and, in the same year, he was selected as a Distinguished Civil Servant of the Department of Disease Control in the Ministry of Public Health.

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Miss Tasanee Sakuldamrongphanich received a B.Sc., in Medical Techniques and an M.Sc., in Medical Microbiology in 1977 and 1996, respectively. Her important administrative position was as Deputy Director of the Blood Service Centre at the Thai Red Cross Society. She played an important role in conducting research and developing the production of solutions for testing blood groups and solutions for use in the Blood Bank, which have subsequently been used in blood banks across the country. This has allowed much saving on importing products from abroad and has resulted in the Blood Bank in Thailand being placed at a high level and, for this reason, the World Health Organization has sent personnel in blood services from other countries to receive training at the Thai Blood Bank. She contributed to the establishment and development of the Blood Service Centre in other countries as well.

The Faculty of Science

Professor Dr. Satang Mongkolsuk obtained a B.Sc., and an M.Sc., in Chemistry in 1942 and 1944, respectively. In 1950, he received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool in England. He began his teaching career at Chulalongkorn University and later was transferred to the University of Medicine. He held a number of important administrative positions, for example, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science at the University of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Mahidol University and President of the Prince of Songkhla University. In academic terms, he specialized in Organic Chemistry research, antibiotics and chemical compounds that can be extracted from Thai herbs.

The Faculty of Nursing

Colonel Khunying Asanee Saowaphaph obtained a Master’s Degree in Education (Nursing Administration) in 1977. She held important positions in the field of Nursing, including Director of the Army Nursing College, President of the Association of Nurses in Thailand and President of the Club of Nurses of the Four National Defence Groups. She was commended for her achievements by being honoured by the Thai Red Cross Society as an Exemplar Nurse, being selected as a Distinguished Nurse by the Nursing Council and being presented with a Ph.D. (Honoris Causa) in Nursing by Chulalongkorn University in 2004. She was honoured for her achievements in social welfare on various occasions, for example, as President of the Social Welfare Council of Thailand, as President of the National Women’s Council, as President of the National Association of Distinguished Mothers, as a distinguished social worker and as a distinguished national volunteer.

The Faculty of Engineering

Kasem Chatikavanij obtained Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 1946 and 1947, respectively. He then continued his studies for a Master’s Degree in Hydro-electrical Engineering at the University of Utah in the U.S.A. In 1984, he was presented with a Ph.D., (Honoris Causa) in Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology. He started at the civil service in the Department of Irrigation before he transferred to work at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand to serve as its first Governor and remained in this position for 10 years. He was also an administrative member of many work units. In politics, he was Minister of Industry and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office. These roles resulted in his being honoured as a “Distinguished Chula Senior Engineer”.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science

Veterinarian Alongkorn Mahunnop earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinarian Science in 1974. He served as a veterinarian specializing in elephants and wildlife. His important positions were as Director of the Dusit Zoo in Thailand’s Zoological Organization and as a veterinarian affiliated to the Royal Household Bureau. He was presented with a Distinguished Veterinarian Prize from the Association of Veterinarians Who Give Treatment to Animals in Thailand, an Exemplar Veterinarian Prize from the Association of Veterinarians in Thailand under Royal Patronage and a Distinguished Alumnus Prize for Academic Work from the Association of Alumni of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University.

The Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy

Associate Professor Khunying Voravan Chai-aya obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy in 1951 and 1966, respectively. She taught at the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy until she retired in1987, with the academic position of Associate Professor, Personnel Classification 9. After that, she became a Treasurer of the Thai Red Cross Society.

The Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy

Amnuay Viravan received a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree in 1952 before furthering his studies for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics and a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration at the University of Michigan in the U.S.A. He played an important role in the country’s finance in both the public and the private sector. His civil service appointments included as Director-General of the Department of Customs and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance. He was also President and a member of many state enterprises. In the private sector, he was President of the Board of the Bangkok Bank Public Company and President of the Association of Asian Bankers. In politics, he was Minister of Finance and Deputy Pr ime Minister.

The Faculty of Law

Chaiwat Bunnag obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 1968 and, in 1972, he received a Master’s Degree in Law from Harvard University in the U.S.A. He is a lawyer who played an important role in many circles at both a national and international level. He was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the U.K., and served as a specialist arbitrator of the Institute. His other positions included President of the Association of International Law in Thailand, President of the Institute of Arbitrators, Chairman of the Thai-German Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Committee for the Improvement the Laws on Company Partnership and Business Organizations in the Council of State.

The Faculty of Arts

Professor Dr. Nithi Eiewsriwong received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in History from the Faculty of Arts and continued for a Doctoral Degree in the same discipline at the University of Michigan in the U.S.A. He served as a lecturer in the Department of History at the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University until his retirement. He is been one of the most renowned historians. Being well-known as a thinker and a writer, he was one of the founders of the Midnight University as a channel for presenting knowledge and critiquing Thai society. His works earned him a number of prizes, for example, Distinguished Researcher in Philosophy from the National Research Commission, the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize and the Sriburapha Award.

The Faculty of Economics

Mrs. Suchada Kirakul obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) in Economics and, later, a Master of Economics Degree from Thammasat University. She was also presented with a certificate by the Hubert H. Humphrey Program of the American University and by the Advanced Management Program of Harvard University. As an expert in monetary matters, she held many important positions in the Bank of Thailand, for example, Consultant to the Governor, Vice Governor for Monetary Stability, Vice Governor for Administration and Head of the Representatives of the Bank of Thailand in New York in the U.S.A. She was also a member of the Consulting Committee for Investment of the Thai Red Cross Society.

The Faculty of Communication Arts

Dome Sukhwong received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts in 1974. Being a film academic, he played an important role in conserving Thai films and was one of the founders of the National Hall of Films, whose title was later changed to the Hall of Films (Public Organization), of which he served as Director. For this reason, he was awarded with many prizes, for example, a “Thaen Khun Phaen Din” Prize in the Arts and Culture category, an Honorary Golden Suwannahong Award in the category of Conservationist of Film and a Thai Films and a Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Faculty of Communication Arts.

The Faculty of Dentistry

Special Professor Lieutenant General Phisal Thepsittha obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Dentistry in 1957. His quest for knowledge made him continue his studies in other fields of knowledge at many institutions, for example, Commerce and Accountancy, Business Administration, Law and Education. He was versatile in professionalism and public administration and played a significant role in developing the standard of study in Dentistry in the country. His positions in the public and the private sectors were, for example, Deputy Director-General of the Army Medical Department, President of the Council of Dentists and President of the Association of Dentists in Thailand. He was presented with many awards, including a Doctoral Degree (Honoris Causa) in Dentistry from Chulalongkorn University. By royal command, he was appointed Special Professor in the field of Dental Care for Communities in the Faculty of Dentistry at Chulalongkorn University.

The Faculty of Education

Komol Kheemthong earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Secondary Education) in 1969. He was a person possessing the true spirit of “a teacher,” who lent importance to education as a means of creating “thoughts” rather than merely transferring “knowledge”. More than that, he developed social awareness while he was still a student, as is shown in his various activities, for example, building a camp for educational development in the countryside during school breaks and supporting activities of the Colloquy Club to serve as a stage where students could freely express themselves. After graduation, he dedicated himself to his teaching career in remote areas in Surat Thani Province where he was shot and killed during an insurgency. However, his life shows that he had followed his intention to be “a teacher for the rest of my life”.

The Faculty of Political Science

Special Professor Thongtor Kluaymai Na Ayuthaya graduated in Political Science and was a political scientist and an expert in history and arts and culture. In his professional achievements, he was Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, a member of the Committee for the Investigation of Complaints of the Council of State as well as a special lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. He produced a large number of research works on history as well as arts and culture. Being known to be a user of correct Thai, in 2008, he was commended as a Respected Figure in the Use of the Thai Language.

The Faculty of Political Science

Police General Wasith Dejakunjara obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and continued his graduate studies for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Police Administration) at the University of New York in the U.S.A. He served in many posts in the Police Force. His important positions included Chief of the Royal Security Police and Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police (Special Task in Politics). He served as a member of the National Legislative Assembly, a Senator and as a Deputy Minister of the Interior. He is well-known as a novelist whose stories about police circles and crimes are based on real experience. This is why he was honoured with the title, National Artist in Literature in 1998.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacist Thanphuying Preeya Kasemsant Na Ayutthaya received a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1956 and continued to a Master’s Degree at the College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia in the U.S.A. She was on the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on International Pharmacopeia and Pharmaceuticals. Her public positions included being Director-General of the Department of Medical Science and Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration. Her political offices included membership of the National Legislative Assembly and membership of the National Commission on the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption. In 1986, she was presented with a Doctoral Degree (Honoris Causa) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Chulalongkorn University.

The Royal Student

The awareness that has been implanted in me can be compared to a stream that has continued to flow. Now what it is like; and I wonder whether I have created benefits to society that are worth what society has invested in me.

(H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s speech in 70 Years of Chulalongkorn University: Reminiscing the Past)

H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

the Princess who is determined to study all the time

Results of Study

Studying will be beneficial in many ways.
Not only will it enable us to help the country but it will also make us happy.
Knowledge will help you to take care of yourself.
To gain academic achievements, you have to be diligent.
Afterwards, you will be able to help the country, yourself and your family.
Thailand will be able to develop because its citizens realize the significance of studying.

Adapted from H.R.H. Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s poem composed on July 11th, 1971

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