Publicizing “Thainess” on the International Scene
International programmes at Chulalongkorn University are not solely limited to those that offer courses of study in advanced knowledge from abroad. There is also a unique international programme, the Thai Studies Programme, which aims to publicize different aspects of Thailand to the international scene. Established in 1991 within the responsibility of the Faculty of Arts, the Inter-disciplinary Programme in Thai Studies has integrated knowledge in Thai politics, economics, society, culture and different aspects of development in Thailand.
As well as running the Thai Studies Programme as an international programme, the University also developed the Thai Studies Project under the University’s Academic Affairs to become the Thai Studies Institute—a research unit responsible for conducting research in all areas related to Thai Studies. With the support of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), it subsequently launched the Project for an Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS). The main objective of the Institute is to foster academic excellence in Thai Studies at an international level in Thai universities and to build a Thai Studies network at both the national and international level.