Khon Kaen University

Khon Kaen University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่น) or KKU (มข.) is a public research university, and it is one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand. The university was the first institution of higher education in the northeastern Thailand and remains the oldest and the most competitive university in the region. The university is a hub of education in northeast Thailand. It is a widely recognized university in Asia with strong emphasis on medicine, engineering, science, agriculture and social science. 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.

Khon Kaen University
Motto"Vidyā Cariyā Paññā"
(both Thai and Pali)
Motto in English
"Knowledge, Virtues, Wisdom"
EstablishedJanuary 25, 1966 (1966-01-25)
Endowment฿ 5 Billion (2022)
PresidentAssoc. Prof. Chanchai Phanthongviriyakul, M.D.
Administrative staff
2,075 (2007)[1]
Students34,382 (2007)[2]
Symbolic treeCassia bakeriana
Colors██ Brownish-red


In 1941 during the reign of King Ananda Mahidol with the government of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram as Prime Minister, there have been policies and projects to expand higher education to the provinces. For the northeastern region, a university have been established in Ubon Ratchathani Province but the war in East Asia which the government had to decide to join Japan to fight the Allies. As a result, the establishment of a university in the northeastern region ended in 1960. Under the administration of Prime Minister Sarit Thanarat, there has been a review of the establishment of the university once again.

Later in the year 1962, it was resolved to establish a higher education institution. Engineering and agriculture in Khon Kaen nominate this institute as "Khon Kaen Institute of Technology" with the abbreviation K.I.T. After that its name was changed to be "Northeastern University" or N.E.U". At that time there was no government agency directly responsible for conducting university education. Therefore, the government has decided that the National Education Council should be responsible for finding a place, drafting a course as well as contacting foreign aids.

In 1963, the subcommittee agreed to choose Baan Si Than as the location of the university in an area of ​​approximately 5,500 rai (2,173 acres), 4 kilometers from the city of Khon Kaen. In June 9, 1964, building construction of "Faculty of Science and Arts" was settled. The first batch of the students was accepted at the University Office in Bangkok in June 24, 1964 with a total number of 107 students, separating into 49 agricultural science students and 58 engineering students enrolled at the University of Medical Sciences (current Mahidol University)

In 1965, the cabinet resolved to change the name as "Khon Kaen University" which is the city's name and location, and Khon Kaen University became legal entity since then.

In 1966, the parliament enacted the Khon Kaen University Act, and announced the establishment in the Government Gazette on January 25, 1966, which is considered the university's founding day. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej appointed qualified members of the university board. Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn and Khon Kaen University Council members held a meeting and appointed Pote Sarasin as the first president of the university.


There are 19 faculties and 4 colleges in three disciplines.

Healthcare Science
  • Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Public Health
Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • College of Computing
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration and Accountancy
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • College of Local Administration
  • KKU International College
  • College of Graduate Study in Management
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (Nongkhai Campus)

Award and rankings

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

         Ranking : Domestic (International)
Institute 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 - - - - -

International collaboration

Notable alumni


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