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Kasetsart University

Kasetsart University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์; RTGSMahawitthayalai Kasetsat) (KU) is a public research university in Thailand. It is ranked in the 651-700 tranche in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.[5] Kasetsart is ranked 29th in Agriculture and Forestry worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2017.[6] It was the first agricultural university and the Thailand's third oldest university and the oldest agricultural university in Thailand.[citation needed] It was established on 2 February 1943, to promote subjects related to agricultural science. Since then, Kasetsart University has expanded its subject areas to cover economics, business administration, veterinary medicine, engineering, science, social sciences, humanities, education, and architecture. Kasetsart University's main campus is in Bangkhen, northern Bangkok, with several other campuses throughout Thailand. It is the largest university in Thailand.[citation needed]

Kasetsart University
KU Logo.png
Former names
College of Agriculture
  • ศาสตร์แห่งแผ่นดิน (official)
  • ประชาชน คือ เจ้าของประเทศ เกษตรศาสตร์ คือ ภาษีของประชาชน (unofficial)
Motto in English
  • Knowledge of the Land (official)
  • People own the nation and their taxes become Kasetsart (unofficial)
EstablishedFebruary 2, 1943 (1943-02-02)
FoundersLuang Suwan Vajokkasikij
Phra Chuangkasetsinlapakan
Luang Ingkhasikasikan
PresidentChongrak Wachrinrat, Ph.D. (acting)[1]
Academic staff
3,805 (2017)[2]
Students72,604 (2017)[3]
Undergraduates63,381 (2017)
Postgraduates7,710 (2017)
1,513 (2017)
LocationChatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand
13°50′54.95″N 100°34′04.98″E / 13.8485972°N 100.5680500°E / 13.8485972; 100.5680500Coordinates: 13°50′54.95″N 100°34′04.98″E / 13.8485972°N 100.5680500°E / 13.8485972; 100.5680500
CampusUrban and Rural (varied by campus)
Colours     Forest Green[4]
MascotNontri (tree)[4]
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Prince Benbadhnabongse, the Prince of Phichai

In 1902, King Chulalongkorn attempted to promote the country's silk, silverware, and weaving industries. He hired Dr Kametaro Toyama from the University of Tokyo, to train Siamese students in Japanese silk and weaving crafts.[7] In 1904, the School of Sericulture was founded at Tambon Thung Saladaeng, Bangkok by Prince Benbadhanabongse, the Director of the Department of Sericulture of the Ministry of Agriculture.[8] The school was renamed the School of Agriculture in 1906.

In 1908, the School of the Ministry of Agriculture was founded at Windsor Palace as the Ministry of Agriculture merged three schools, the School of Surveying (founded in 1882), the School of Irrigation (founded in 1905), and the School of Agriculture. Thailand's first tertiary-level agriculture curriculum began to offer courses in 1909.

In 1917, Phraya Thepsartsatit and Chaophraya Thammasakmontri of the Ministry of Education founded the first primary school of agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, named the Primary School Agriculture Teacher Training School in Tambon Horwang. It moved to Tambon Phra Prathon, Nakhon Pathom Province in 1918.[9]

In 1931, Prince Sithiporn Kridakara and Chaophraya Thammasakmontri together expanded the school regionally. In the central region, a campus was located in Saraburi Province, in the northern region in Chiang Mai Province, in the northeastern region in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, and in the southern region in Songkhla Province.

Statue of the Three Masters of Kasetsart University

In 1935, the Primary School Agriculture Teacher Training School in each part of the country was closed and merged following the agricultural education policy in that time. Luang Ingkhasikasikan, Luang Suwan Vajokkasikij, and Phra Chuangkasetsinlapakan[10] together proposed to maintain the Mae Jo School (today's Mae Jo University) at Chiang Mai Province only and renamed it Secondary-level Agriculture Technical School before it was elevated to the College of Agriculture, under the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Ministry of Agriculture established the Central Agriculture Station or "Kaset Klang", in Bang Khen District, Bangkok. It caused the College of Agriculture to move to Bang Khen District in 1938 and the government office at Chiang Mai Province became Kasetsart Preparatory School to prepare students to study at the College of Agriculture in Bang Khen.

In 1943, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram promoted the College of Agriculture and established Kasetsart University as a department of the Ministry of Agriculture.[11] The university consisted of four faculties: agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and cooperative science (today's Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Business Administration).[12]

In 1966, M.L. Xujati Kambhu, the Fifth President of Kasetsart University, judged the Bang Khen campus too confined and unable to support the education in agricultural sciences called for by the National Social and Economics Development Plan.[13] The Kamphaeng Saen campus was established on 12 November 1979 as a result.[14]

The university further expanded by establishing Si Racha campus, Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province campus, Suphan Buri campus, Krabi campus and Lopburi campus. The university already established Si Racha campus in 1989[15] and the Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province campus on 15 August 1996.[16]

On 18 July 2015, the Kasetsart University Act B.E. 2558 (2015) transformed it from a public university to a national university.[17]


Phra PhirunEdit

Kasetsart University's symbol is Phra Phirun, the god of rain mounted on a Nāga with encircled by lotus petals and then by the words "มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ พ.ศ. ๒๔๘๖" in the Thai version and "KASETSART UNIVERSITY 1943" in the English version.[18]

Nine Nontri trees in front of KU's main auditorium

Nontri treeEdit

The Nontri tree has been a symbol of Kasetsart University since 1963. The king and queen planted nine Nontri trees in the front of Kasetsart University's main auditorium on 29 November 1963 which became historic day for Nisit Kasetsart.[19]

The Nontri is a tree in the Fabaceae family. It is a long-lived evergreen with grey-brown bark with upright branches. The leaves are bipinnate compound and the flowers are yellow, produced in large compound racemes. Its fruit is a pod containing seeds.


Kasetsart Golden Jubilee Administrative and Information Center at Bang Khen Campus


Kasetsart University occupies 846 rai (135 hectares) in Bangkok.

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Agro-Industry
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Fisheries
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Technology
  • Graduate School
Faculty of Sport Science at Kamphaeng Saen campus

Kamphaeng Saen campusEdit

The Kamphaeng Saen campus is the first and largest branch of Kasetsart University.

  • Faculty of Agriculture at Kamphaeng Saen
  • Faculty of Engineering at Kamphaeng Saen
  • Faculty of Education and Development Sciences
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science
  • Faculty of Sports Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Sriracha campusEdit

The Sriracha campus was established in 1988, and occupies an area of 199 rai (32 hectares) in the Si Racha District of Chonburi Province.

  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering at Sriracha
  • Faculty of Science at Sriracha
  • Faculty of Economics at Sriracha
  • Faculty of International Maritime Studies

Chalermphrakiat Sakhon Nakhon Province campusEdit

  • Faculty of Natural Resources and Agro-Industry
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Public Health

Affiliated InstituteEdit

  • Irrigation College
  • Boromrajonani College of Nursing Napparat Vajira

Academic profileEdit


The QS World University Rankings 2018 ranked Kasetsart University 145th in Asia and 751-800th in the world. In addition, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the university was ranked 29th in Agriculture & Forestry, 201-250th in Environmental Studies, 401-450th in Biological Sciences, 451-500th in Chemistry, Life Sciences & Medicine, and Engineering & Technology.[20]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017–2018 ranked Kasetsart University as the 800-1000th in the world and 251-300th in the BRICS & Emerging Economies.[21]


Institute of Food Research and Product Development
  • Institute of Food Research and Product Development

The Institute of Food Research and Product Development (IFRPD), is a science and food technology research institute, with the mandate to provide information and services to society as well as research in support of governmental policies to resolve the country's economic problems related to agricultural products.[22]

  • Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute

Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI), is an agricultural and agro-industrial product research institute, established on 29 July 1991 to research and develop quality standards in non-food innovation.[23]

  • Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute

Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) administers and coordinates research projects and research efforts.[24]

  • Kasetsart University Institute for Advanced Studies

Kasetsart University Institute for Advanced Studies (KUIAS) consists of four research centers: the Center for Advanced Studies for Agriculture and Food; the Center for Advanced Studies in Tropical Natural Resources; the Center for Advanced Studies in Nanotechnology for Chemical, Food and Agricultural Industries; and the Center for Advanced Studies In Industrial Technology. They are responsible for carrying out targeted research initiatives.[25]

  • Center for Excellence in Silk

Housed at Kasetsart University's Kamphaeng Saen Campus, the center is a provider of silkworm eggs and know-how to Thai farmers.[26]

International programmesEdit

Undergraduate programmesEdit

Undergraduate programmes
Faculty Award Programme Duration
Agriculture B.S. Tropical Agriculture 4 years
Agro-Industry B.S. Agro-Industrial Innovation and Technology 4 years
Business Administration B.B.A. Marketing 4 years
Economics B.A. Entrepreneurial Economics 4 years
B.Econ. Economics 4 years
Engineering B.Eng. Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration (RMIT Double Degree Programme) 5 years
Electrical Engineering 4 years
Computer Engineering 4 years
Electrical Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 4 years
Environmental Engineering 4 years
Industrial Engineering 4 years
Mechanical Engineering 4 years
Software and Knowledge Engineering 4 years
Humanities B.A. Communicative Thai Language for Foreigners 4 years
Integrated Tourism Management 4 years
Science B.S. Bioscience and Technology 4 years
Integrated Chemistry 4 years

Postgraduate programmesEdit

Postgraduate programmes
Campus Faculty Award Programme
Bangkhen Agriculture M.S. / Ph.D Tropical Agriculture
Agro-Industry M.S. / Ph.D Biotechnology
Food Science
Business Administration M.B.A. Business Administration
Economics M.S. / Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics
Education Ph.D. Science Education
Engineering M.Eng. Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Engineering Management
Industrial Engineering
Information and Communication Technology for Embedded Systems
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Fisheries M.S. / Ph.D. Fishery Science and Technology
Forestry M.S. Tropical Forestry
Humanities Ph.D. English for International Communication
Science Ph.D. Bioscience
Veterinary Medicine M.S. / Ph.D. Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences
Kamphaeng Saen Agriculture at Kamphaeng Saen M.S. / Ph.D. Agricultural Research and Development
Sports Science M.S. / Ph.D. Sport Management

Student organisationsEdit

  • Kasetsart University Student Council (KUSC) is a KU student organization as set out in the 1952 student constitution.
  • Kasetsart University Student Administrative Board (KUSAB) represents KU student interests in academic, social, and recreational activities.

Honorary degreesEdit

The university has given honorary degrees to heads of state and other dignitaries:

Notable alumni, faculty and staffEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The University Administration". Kasetsart University. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Administration: Number of Personnel". Kasetsart University. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Total Students". Kasetsart University. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Kasetsart Symbol". Kasetsart University. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015/16". QS Top Universities. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Agriculture and Forestry University Rankings".
  7. ^ Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences "A Scientist and a Link of the Chain uniting Thailand and Japan" Retrieved 2017-01-02
  8. ^ กรมหม่อนไหม ประวัติกรมหม่อนไหม Retrieved 2017-01-02
  9. ^ มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ การพัฒนาอาชีวเกษตรกรรม Retrieved 2017-01-02
  10. ^ บุคคลสำคัญของมหาวิทยาลัย เรียกดูวันที่ 2013-02-21
  11. ^ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา พระราชบัญญัติมหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๖ Retrieved 2017-01-02
  12. ^ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา พระราชบัญญัติมหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ พ.ศ. ๒๔๘๖ Retrieved 2017-01-02
  13. ^ ประวัติมหาวิทยาลัย Retrieved 2017-01-02
  14. ^ ประวัติมหาวิทยาลัยทศวรรษที่สี่ พ.ศ. 2516-2525 Retrieved 2017-01-02
  15. ^ History of the Campus Retrieved 2017-01-02
  16. ^ About KU.CSC Archived 3 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2017-01-02
  17. ^ พระราชบัญญัติมหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๘ Retrieved 2017-01-02
  18. ^ ราชกิจจานุเบกษา กำหนดภาพเครื่องหมายราชการ ตามพรบ.เครื่องหมายราชการ พ.ศ. 2482 ลงวันที่ ๑๓ กรกฎาคม ๒๕๕๒ Retrieved 2017-01-02
  19. ^ มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์: ต้นนนทรี Archived 1 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2017-01-02
  20. ^ "Kasetsart University". Top Universities. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  21. ^ "Kasetsart University World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  22. ^ "Introduced organization". Institute of Food Research and Product Development. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  23. ^ "About us". Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  24. ^ "Introduced organization". Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  25. ^ "Kasetsart University Research". KU forest. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  26. ^ Wangkiat, Paritta (19 February 2017). "Ericulture reeling them in". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 19 February 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  27. ^ "วันพฤหัสบดีที่ ๒๑ กรกฎาคม ๒๕๒๖". หอประวัติมหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  28. ^ "มก.ทูลเกล้าฯ ถวายปริญญาวิทยาศาสตรดุษฎีบัณฑิตกิตติมศักดิ์ สาขาสัตวศาสตร์ แด่ เจ้าชายอากิชิโน". Office of the Public Relations, Kasetsart University. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  29. ^ "มก. จัดพิธีประสาทปริญญาปรัชญาดุษฎีบัณฑิตกิตติมศักดิ์ (เศรษฐศาสตร์)" (PDF). สำนักงานเลขานุการ คณะเศรษฐศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์. Retrieved 2017-01-02.