University of Phayao
University of Phayao has its origin in the proposal of Naresuan University for an IT campus in Phayao province. The proposal was approved by the cabinet on 20 June 1995. According to the cabinet resolution dated 8 October 1996, the campus would be called “Phayao IT Campus”. Instructions and learning started in 1995. In 2007, President of Naresuan University (Associate Professor Dr. Mondhon Sanguansermsri) put forward the proposal to promote the campus into an independent university together with a proposal for the Royal Decree for University of Phayao. These were approved and declared in the Royal Gazette on 16 July 2010. The Royal Decree for University of Phayao, officially delivering “University of Phayao”, took effect from 17 July 2010 onwards. In 2010, University of Phayao offered 62 Bachelor’s degree programs and 15 Master’s degree programs with the total of 11,363 undergraduate students, 582 postgraduate students and 1,027 university staff. In 2011, the total number of students is around 20,000.


The university’s core Determination Statement is Wisdom for Community Empowerment”.


The university colors are purple and gold. The purple color code is #8D38C9, and the gold color code is #C4996C.

Purple is the combination of red symbolizing the Nation and blue symbolizing the King.

Gold symbolizes Religion and the prosperity of the university.

The tree symbolizing University of Phayao is Fah Mui. Fah Mui is a type of orchid. Its scientific name is Vanda coerulea Griff. ex Lindle. Classed as a Vanda in the Orchidaceae, Fah Mui is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful wild orchids. The name Fah Mui, meaning gloomy sky, comes from the beautiful purple-blue petals that render the sky color gloomy in comparison. “The flower is representative of the distinction of University of Phayao’s graduates who will achieve integrity, quality and world-wide recognition.”



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