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Khon Kaen University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่น) or KKU (มข.) is a public research university in Thailand. It was the first university established in northeastern Thailand and remains the oldest and largest university in the region. The university is a hub of education in northeast Thailand. It is widely recognized university in Asia. KKU offers a wide range of programs: its comprehensive academic program offers 105 undergraduate majors, along with 129 master's degree programs, and 59 doctoral programs. Khon Kaen University was ranked 21st in Southeast Asia by Time Higher Education in 2009, and 4th in Thailand by The Office of Higher Education Commission[citation needed].

Khon Kaen University
Motto"วิทยา จริยา ปัญญา"
(both Thai and Pali)
Motto in English
"Knowledge, Virtues, Wisdom"
EstablishedJanuary 25, 1966 (1966-01-25)
PresidentAssoc. Prof. Chanchai Phanthongviriyakul, M.D.
Administrative staff
2,075 (2007)[1]
Students34,382 (2007)[2]
16°28′13″N 102°48′57″E / 16.470329°N 102.815927°E / 16.470329; 102.815927Coordinates: 16°28′13″N 102°48′57″E / 16.470329°N 102.815927°E / 16.470329; 102.815927
Symbolic treeCassia bakeriana


In 1941, during the reign of the King Ananda Mahidol and during the time of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram as prime minister, a plan was drawn up to improve continued education throughout Thailand. There were plans to open a university in Ubon Ratchathani Province, but the Second World War broke out. Thailand was forced into siding with Japan. Plans to build universities in northeast Thailand were shelved. It wasn't until 1960 that plans to open more institutions of further education in the northeast would resume.

In 1962, under the governance of Prime Minister Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, the proposition to open an institution of further education in the academic fields of engineering and advanced agriculture was passed. Thus, the Khon Kaen Institute of Technology was born. It later became known as the "University of North East Thailand". Because there was no government office that would take responsibility for managing the university directly, the government set up a national education council. This council was responsible for establishing a national curriculum and obtaining assistance from abroad.

In 1963 the faculty's subcommittee established that the campus would be located approximately four kilometers from the city of Khon Kaen and would occupy approximately 3,300,000 m2. In 1965 the prime minister's office officially changed the name of University of North East Thailand to Khon Kaen University. The university also received the authority to control its own affairs. It was once a tradition for Khon Kaen University students from the faculties of engineering and agriculture to engage in an annual inter-faculty sports brawl in the university's sports fields.



The university provides dormitories for students who have requested to stay on-campus. By staying on-campus or close to campus, students will have more time to focus on their studies, participate in after-class activities, and enjoy the energy of university campus living.

KKU Dormitory (Dormitories 1-27). A dormitory under the responsibility of the Student Services Division Khonkaen University. There are 26 dormitories, of which 11 are male dormitories and 15 are female dormitory. There are 4,034 students in total.

KKU Co-partners (Dormitories 8 and 9),There are 9 private houses in the management, 4 male dormitory and 5 female dormitory. Each dormitory has 107 rooms. Admission is 2 people per room. A total of 1,926 students are accepted.


The Central Library, which is located at the Instructional Resources Center (located directly across the street from the Complex), offers a comprehensive collection of books, reference books, official publications, monographs, journals, audiovisual materials, databases, among many others. The Central Library consists of 2 buildings: a three-story building with 4,600 square meters of space and a six-story building with 9,600 square meters of space. Both buildings have a shelving capacity of 300,000 books. Available library services include, but are not limited to: circulation services, reference services, interlibrary loan, information retrieval services, photocopying services, and wi-fi internet access.

A KKU Student ID Card is required to use library services.

IT and Internet

The KKU Computer Center, located between the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Management Science, provides computer facilities to support teaching, learning and research advancement. The Computer Center also offers training courses, supports e-mail and internet services, and offers research data analysis. All KKU students are allowed to access KKU-NETWORK and use KKU-Web Mail via KKU Internet. The IT Clinic, which is located at the 1st floor of the Computer Center, provides a range of computer related services, including computer upgrades, hardware repair, and anti-virus, installation.

Health Services

Subsidized by the university, the Student Health Service provides general practitioner medical care for students who have paid the required fee upon enrollment. Consultations are free and the medical staff also advises on a full-range of other matters, such as immunizations, overseas travel, and contraception. Medical Center Located in the Talad Mor Din Deng area behind the Complex. A student ID card is required for free

medical service.

Srinagarind Hospital

The university hospital, one of the most modern and prestigious hospitals in the country and the most modern and largest hospital in the Northeast, is part of the KKU Faculty of Medicine. Hospital services are free-of-charge in some cases, but may be charged in more serious and involved cases. Srinagarind Hospital is located in front of the university on Mitraphap Road/Friendship Highway.


The KKU Hospital of Dentistry (located at the Faculty of Dentistry) provides dental service for students, staff, and people not affiliated with KKU.

Food and Service Center

The University Commercial Complex, Food, and Service Center (commonly referred to as, “the Complex”) is located at the center of campus, directly across from the central library. Services include: university book store, university co-op store, dining hall, pharmacy, banking, ATM machines, photo lab, photocopy service, barbers and hairdressers, spas, and many other shops and services. The Complex is the central meeting place for students on the KKU campus. Almost all shuttle buses and song taos (pick-up truck taxis) pass by or near the Complex.


KKU Shuttle Bus

-Services are free for students and staff

-Services operate 07.00 am - 09.00 pm / 7 days per week (except on public holidays)

-Shuttle bus service covers all key areas of KKU


Chairman of the University Council

Dr.Narongchai Akrasanee


Prof. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul

Faculties and collegesEdit

Award and Rankings [5]Edit

2019 Ranked the first in Thailand under the Social Impact Ranking 2019 by THE and within the 101th to 200th of the world

2018 Outstanding National Cooperative Education Award 2018” in the category of: ‘Outstanding University for Cooperative Education Management’ at the 10th Thai Cooperative Education Fair on June 6, 2019

2018 Honorary Mention Award for Integrity (NACC Integrity Award) by Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)

2018 Thailand Quality Class Award (TQC), by Office of National Quality Award, Thailand Productivity Institute, Ministry of Industry

2018 IP Champion Award for an organizization with outstanding management of intellectual properties for patents and petty patents by Department of Intellectual Properties

2016 Honorary Mention Award for Integrity 2016 (NACC Integrity Award) by Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)

2015 Outstanding National Cooperative Education Award 2015” in the category of: ‘Outstanding University for Cooperative Education Management’ at the 6th Thai Cooperative Education Fair on June 6, 2015

2014 Excellence Award for an organization with outstanding fiscal management of 2014

2013 IP Champion Award 2013 for an organization with outstanding management of intellectual properties for patents and petty patents by Department of Intellectual Properties

2012 Golden Resaerch Presentation Award at Thailand Research Expo 2012, Office of the National Research Council of Thailand

2011, For the quality of organizational management KKU is one of 4 higher educational institutions that has been certified for quality at the Fundamental Level (FL) for its governmental management by the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission Thailand (OPDC).

2010 Khon Kaen University was rated as one of the 9 National Research Universities of Thailand.

         Ranking : Domestic (International)
Institue 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Times Higher Education (Social Impact Ranking) 1(101-200) - - - - - - - -
QS World University Rankings 6(148) 7(178) 7(165) 6(171-180) - - - - -
URAP - 4(903) 5(896) 4(854) 4(832) 4(838) 4(802) 5(805) 6(888)
Webometrics 5(873) - - - - - - - -
SIR 4(388) 4(388) 4(394) 5(396) 6(399) 7(399) 6(414) 8(453) 11(508)
CWTS 4(1477) 4(1396) 4(1291) 4(1149) - - - - -
Nature Index - 13 6 17 - - - - -


One of KKU’s main strategic goals is to be recognized both internationally and regionally as a leading university in research.

Among the areas in which outstanding research takes place at KKU is in medicine, public Health and tropical medicine, with its Tropical Disease Research Laboratory gaining widespread acclaim. It also excels in its historic research strength of agriculture, with studies focusing on tropical farming systems in both animal and plant science. Work on the bio-diversity in the Mekong River basin, as well as business and tourism in this area, has also been recognised.

In line with the goal to develop the university’s research, it has now has a total of 25 research centres of excellence and research specialist groups, based around six research themes: health problems, food products and food for health, water management, improving literacy and numeracy, biofuels and advanced materials.

Khon Kaen University: Research Center of Excellence

KKU vision to become a leading world –class university is in line with the mission that KKU has been assigned to be the "Center of knowledge” based on the wisdom of local communities and society, together with the commitment as a university of academic excellence. Several working agencies have been established in all fields to establish mission goals for research and technology transfer in line with the goal to develop the university as a research center of academic excellence. These agencies include the Office of Research Management, the Office of Royally-initiated Projects and a total of 26 research centers of excellence and research specialist groups, 7 research institutes, 50 research centers and groups supporting and promoting research to university staff and personnel which are also provided with research funds from KKU’s 40th year anniversary establishment of its Research Fund, and other funding sources. These research centers aim to help support and promote the research work of university personnel and staff. Additionally, KKU has established more research working bodies to collaborate with organizations outside the university, both public and private organizations.  At present, the University has partnerships with more than 160 national and international research organizations from 25 countries. There are also exchange programs for KKU students, personnel, provided with full equipment, knowledge, labs and other kinds of bodies of knowledge.

International collaborationEdit

Traditions and student activityEdit

Graduation ceremony

Commencement Day of each year is in the period of December. This act of generosity by the King to tradition in Thai institutions of higher education that the King or his representative will preside over the graduation ceremonies of public universities. This tradition continues today. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has made a graduation ceremony at KKU and carried on until 1998.

The candidates are dressed in honorable gowns awaiting The King or Her Royal Majesty, Princess Maha Chakkri Sirinthon to hand over the diploma. Their family had the chance to witness this honorable moment.

Social Responsibility and Volunteers

There are many organizations for student volunteer camps such as Khon Kaen Volunteer Club. KKU students who will be nominated for graduation must do activities for self-development and a social responsibility

Loy Krathong

Sithan Festival is annual celebration of the full moon night, which usually falls on the first full moon day in November. Since the festival is open to the public, it attracts many people, especially KKU students and faculty and those who live in KhonKaen, to come to the university to float their krathongs on the university's pond.


The university provides a range of sports and fitness facilities for general use. There is a large gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, badminton, judo, table tennis, and aerobics. Outdoor facilities include grass pitches for football, field hockey, rugby, and softball, as well as tennis courts and swimming pools. Many of the facilities are intended primarily for academic courses; however, when not in use, they are available for general use and academic recreation. Students who want to relax in their free

Debate tournamentsEdit

In 2012, KKU won the bid to host university and high school students from schools from across the country for the eighth edition of the national debate tournament—the European Union-Thailand Intervarsity Debate Championship (also known as the 8th EU-TH). The tournament, sponsored by the European Union, was modeled on the European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC). The latest edition, the 9th EU-TH was held in May 2014.[7]

Notable alumniEdit


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  7. ^ "European Union Thailand National Debate Tournament Moves from Bangkok to the Northeast". Isaan Record. October 30, 2012. Archived from the original (News > Commentary) on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2011. KHON KAEN-For the past seven years, the European Union has sponsored the European Union Thailand National Inter-varsity Debate Tournament (EUTH) with the objective of stimulating critical thinking, democratic values, and English proficiency among Thai youth. However, this year marks a first for the event as organizers moved the tournament outside of the capital in an effort to expand beyond the predominantly Bangkok-based participants.