Introducing University in Thailand! Which Thai Universities are Excellent? Misconceptions? Pitfalls?

Introducing University in Thailand!  Which Thai Universities are Excellent? 

Misconceptions?  Pitfalls?

When working in Thailand, one cannot avoid the basic knowledge of Thai universities. It is essential for business in Thailand as discussions about where employees graduated from often arise during the hiring process or when working with Thai employees or counterparts, given Thailand’s emphasis on education and hierarchical society.

So, in this article, we will introduce the major universities in Thailand.

※This article is based on a post from the YouTube channel “Bangkok Business Channel <Thai Front Line>”.


Thailand’s Major Public Universities

Chulalongkorn University

Established in 1917, Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s premier academic institution and the country’s first university. Its graduates are prominent in politics and economics, with many employed in Thailand’s conglomerates and royal-affiliated companies. Chulalongkorn graduates are highly accomplished, often coming from affluent backgrounds with a strong academic growth, reflecting their good manners and upbringing. When hiring, they are well-suited for major law firms and strategic consulting firms in Bangkok.

Thammasat University

Considered on par with Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University also produces many talented graduates. Alumni from Thammasat and Chulalongkorn hold key positions not only in Thailand’s economy but also in politics. Graduates of Thammasat University are known for their intelligence and perseverance, making them suitable for roles in startups and venture companies.

Other Major National Universities in Bangkok include:

Kasetsart University: Rooted in agriculture.

Silpakorn University: Rooted in arts.

Mahidol University: Rooted in medicine.

Srinakharinwirot University: Rooted in education.

King Mongkut’s University of Technology

This university is the top choice among Thailand’s engineering universities. It has three university in Bangkok include :

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi  

King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

If you want to hire a stable number of excellent engineers, you should focus on graduates from King Mongkut’s University of Technology. On the other hand, Kasetsart University is known for producing top-notch engineers.

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)

SIIT at Thammasat University was established with Japan’s support which was founded in 1992 by offering all engineering programs in English. It has close ties with the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).


Regional Public Universities

Thailand also has regional public universities. Some Bangkok students even move to other regions to attend these universities. Notable regional public universities include:

Chiang Mai University: Located in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand).

Prince of Songkla University: Located in Hat Yai (Southern Thailand).

Khon Kaen University: Located in Khon Kaen (Northeast Thailand).

Burapha University: Located in Chonburi (Eastern Thailand).

Graduates from regional universities are known for their resilience in challenging environments.


Major Private Universities in Thailand

Assumption University (ABAC): A Christian university that has been offering all courses in English since the 1990s, known for attracting Japanese students.

Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology

Established in 2007, this university aims to develop talent in high-demand fields such as automotive, electronics, and information technology. It was established in cooperation with the Japan-Thailand Economic and Technical Cooperation Association and is supported by many Japanese companies in Thailand.

Other Private Universities :

University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC): Known for its early emphasis on Japanese language education courses among the four private universities mentioned.

Bangkok University

Rangsit University


Major Public Universities in Thailand

Frequently mentioned public universities include Rajabhat University and Rajamangala University of Technology. These universities have multiple campuses, making them common names during recruitment interviews.

Rajabhat University

With 40 campuses nationwide, Rajabhat University was originally established for teacher training but has now become a regional comprehensive university. While many students from Bangkok’s Rajabhat University find employment in companies, the quality of education may vary due to regional disparities in wealth and education.

Rajamangala University of Technology

With nine campuses nationwide, Rajamangala University of Technology has campuses that are difficult to assess the level of students based solely on the university’s name. Therefore, when hiring, it is necessary to carefully evaluate each campus and the potential of each individual.



Thailand is known as an education-oriented society. Many graduates from prestigious universities work as managers not only in Thai companies but also in Japanese & other-affiliated companies. Therefore, it is recommended to understand the characteristics of Thailand’s famous universities mentioned in this article for smooth business operations.

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