20 years of Excellence: Moving to Enhance the Region’s Development

      On 25 September 2018, Mae Fah Luang University was filled with joy and pride for the celebration of its twentieth-anniversary. Since 1998, MFU, widely recognised as one of the region’s fastest growing institutions, has been serving both Thailand and the ASEAN community with increasing success. MFU’s celebration began with a ceremony to pay homage to the royal statue of HRH Princess Srinagarindra, followed by a parade of the flags of 38 countries representing the international students studying at MFU. Finally, the celebration ceremony was held in the Princess Srinagarindra Auditorium (C4).

      With respect to the great friendship between Mae Fah Luang University and foreign organizations, MFU welcomed 57 honoured guests from 35 Embassies, Consulates, and partner universities worldwide.           

      In honour of the 20 years of excellence at MFU, there were congratulatory speeches from the Ambassadors, representatives of the embassies, and distinguished guests. Furthermore, in the afternoon, Xiamen University, the School of Sinology and the Confucius Institute at MFU jointly held the Thai-Sino Cultural Performance on Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Mae Fah Luang University.

      In the 20th anniversary address by MFU President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vanchai Sirichana, he remarked that since the beginning, Mae Fah Luang University received amazingly generous support from all sectors, contributing greatly to the strong foundation of Mae Fah Luang University. The Master Plan for physical and academic development and subsequent Five-Year Mae Fah Luang University Development Plans have strategically paved a solid path for the university. From a bare piece of land with only 62 students studying in two programmes with only one permanent staff member at the beginning, Mae Fah Luang University is at present home to more than 14,000 students studying in more than 70 programmes with over 1,300 permanent staff members. Now, the University is very pleased to welcome students and staff from all provinces of Thailand as well as from more than 38 countries worldwide.

      The progress seen repeatedly assures us that Mae Fah Luang University has been able to retain its core philosophy following the Princess Mother’s aspiration, to sustain her legacy of nurturing nature and to further develop people within and beyond our national boundaries.

      Looking forward while being ready for awaiting new unknown challenges, Mae Fah Luang University will continue to put its efforts in several fronts. It will continue to be a “University of Opportunities” based on the principle that no student will leave the university because of poverty. Furthermore, it will continue to constantly generate relevant knowledge and develop virtue in people, enabling them to have not only technical and soft skills but also sound judgement to lead their living with accountability and genuine pride.  It will continue to treasure the friendship with neighbouring countries with a strong belief in co-creating a future together. Last but not least, it will continue to stay closely connected with all parties from public and private sectors in Thailand and abroad, knowing well that the remarkable achievements of Mae Fah Luang University so far couls not have been done without the synergized cooperation and contribution from all.

| writer Piraya Buddhasri |