Khon Kaen University

Khon Kaen University is an internationally-recognized university in Asia. It is located in the Isan region ofThailand. The university is a central hub of education in north-east Thailand.

In 1941, during the reign of the King Ananda Mahidol and during the time of Field Marshal Pibulsonggram as prime minister, they had a plan to improve continued education throughout Thailand. There were plans to open a university in the Ubon Ratchathani province, but the Second World War had broken out. Thailand was militarily forced into siding with Japan. Plans to build universities in north east Thailand had fallen through. It wasn’t until 1960 that plans to open institutions of further instruction in north east Thailand would continue.

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

In 1963 the faculty’s subcommittee established that the campus would be located approximately four kilometres from the city of Khon Kaenand would occupy approximately 3 300 000 square metres. 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 ability to control its own affairs.

It was a tradition for Khon Kaen University students from the faculties of Engineering and Agriculture to engage in an annual inter-faculty sports brawl at the university’s sports fields.

Research centers of excellences

  • Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center for Sustainable Economy
  • Agricultural Machinery and Postharvest Technology Center
  • Applied Taxonomic Research Center
  • Center for Research and Development of Herbal Health Products
  • Center for Research and Development of Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Center for Research on Makong Regional Tourism
  • Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region
  • Center of Geoinformatics for the Development of Northeast Thailand
  • Fermentation Research Center for Value Added Agricultural Products
  • Groundwater Research Center
  • Integrated Nanotechnology Center
  • Liver Fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma Research Center
  • Melioidosis Research Center
  • Plant Breeding Research Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Research Center for Environmental and Hazardous Substance Management
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Research and Development Center
  • Tropical Disease Research Laboratory (TDR)
  • Tropical Feed Resources Research and Development Center


  • International Graduate School
  • International College (KKUIC)
  • College of Graduate Study in Management (MBAKKU)
  • College of Local Administration
  • Office of General Education
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Faculty of Law
KKU Thailand

KKU Thailand


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