Maejo University

Maejo University (MJU.) (also spelled Maecho University, Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยแม่โจ้) in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, is the oldest agricultural institution in the country. Founded in 1934 as the Northern Agricultural Teachers Training School, it was restructured and renamed several times until it gained the status of a full-fledged public university in 1996 and since then has been known as Maejo University.

Motto in English
Hard Work Never Kills Anyone
Established1996 as Maejo University (1934 as the Northern Agricultural Teachers Training School)
PresidentAssist. Prof. Chamnian Yosraj, Ph.D.
18°53′43″N 99°00′49″E / 18.8953°N 99.0136°E / 18.8953; 99.0136Coordinates: 18°53′43″N 99°00′49″E / 18.8953°N 99.0136°E / 18.8953; 99.0136
MascotPistol Pete

Maejo University main campus at Chiang Mai is composed of the faculties of Business, Economics, Liberal Arts, Tourism Development, Information Technology, Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Animal Sciences and Technology, Renewable Energy, Administrative, Landscape and Environmental Design, Agricultural Production, Science, and Engineering and Agro-Industry. In addition to these, the university has two smaller campuses in Phrae and Chumphon.


Inside a ring with "Maejo" in Thai and English, the logo depicts Thailand's symbol of agriculture, the lord of rain Phra Phirune mounted on a Nāga (พระพิรุณทรงนาค). The symbol may be seen at Google images.


Every centre of learning in Thailand has its genius loci and many have a tutelary deity, but Maejo adopted the Pistol Pete (Oklahoma State University) mascot following Oklahoma State's 2005 Distinguished International Alumni Award to President Thep Phongparnich.[1][2]


  1. ^ Distinguished International Alumni Award Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ghtd36 (July 14, 2009). "Better Know An Opponent: Oklahoma State". Rock M Nation. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2014. In 2005, Thep Phongparnich, the president of Maejo University in Thailand, received Oklahoma State's Distinguished International Alumni Award. In a show of appreciation, they actually adopted Pistol Pete as the mascot of Maejo. No, seriously! Though, they changed it around a little bit.

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