Chulalongkorn University is Thailands oldest and one of the countrys most prestigious universities. It was officially established on March 26 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and named after his father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as he initiated a policy to promote education so the country to adapt to the developing world and avoid colonization.
Chulalongkorn University opened with four faculties, Medicine, Public Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and an enrollment of 380 students. The first commencement ceremony took place on October 25, 1930 when King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) conferred degrees to the first and second classes of medical students.
Today, the university consists of 18 faculties, three schools, three colleges and six institutes with a total enrollment of more than 32,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
Chulalongkorn University has presented honorary degrees to a number of international dignitaries and heads of state including former US Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, former South African President Nelson R. Mandela and H.M. King Don Juan Carlos de Bourbon of Spain.
In 2006, Chulalongkorn University was ranked Excellent in both academics and research by the Commission of Higher Education. It also has been top ranked Thai's university for the past 4 years by the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings.In 2008, it has been ranked 72nd for Social Science, 86th for Technology and 108th for Life Science & Biomedicine.