Background Information

          The president of the university elevated the management policy, the aim of which is to upgrade the university so it can become a Comprehensive University. In the future the university will be ready to operate a demonstration school, a University of Phayao Medical Center, and an "international Artists’ Sanctuary of Thailand and Chulalongkorn’s Book Store.

          His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the University of Phayao Act 2553 B.E. on the 12th of July 2553 and on the 16th July 2553, the Royal government gazette made public the royal command. As a result, the University of Phayao was officially separated from Neresuan University and became an autonomous public university under a Royal Charter. This was indeed a pleasing piece of news for the people of Phayao, as this meant they would have access to a high-quality educational institute, situated in their province, from which a number of graduates and postgraduates could be produced to serve their communities and the country as a whole. Under the management and vision of an experienced president and chief-executive managerial board of directors, the University of Phayao continuously moves forward and aims at achieving a truly comprehensive-university status.

          Professor Dr. Mondhon Sanguansermsri, the president of the University of Phayao, said that prior to its autonomous position, the University of Phayao, as part of the campus of Naresuan University, was a place where opportunity, distribution and educational equality had always been the core goal. At that moment the University, the governor of Phayao province, members of the House of Representatives of Phayao province, and representatives from both public and private stakeholders wanted to solve problems concerning low income and the low level of education for the people of Phayao, both of which were quite low. Consequently, a project concerned with the distribution of educational opportunities in Phayao province was proposed. The proposal well served the policy of the Ministry of University Affairs (now the Office of the Higher Education Commission, a part of the Ministry of Education), because its main focus was to expand the level of education regionally. In particular, the highest goal of the proposal was to change Phayao University from being a campus of Naresuan University to an autonomous university in the future. The Ministry of University Affairs put forward the proposal, and the cabinet, in a meeting on the 8th of October 2539 B.E., approved the naming of a Naresuan University IT campus in Phayao. As for the teaching and learning on offer, after the establishment of the IT Campus, this all took place at the Phayaopittayakom School. Naresuan University and Phayao province looked for a permanent location for the campus, and found it at the Maeka sub-district, Muang district, Phayao province. The location consisted of 5,727 rais of land. When the construction was finished, all of the teaching and learning activities were organized at this permanent location. The IT campus in Phayao has been in operation since 2542 B.E.

          Later, on 21st July 2550 B.E., during meeting no 13(4/2550), the Naresuan Council approved the renaming of "Naresuan University, IT Campus in Phayao" as "Naresuan University Phayao".

          Having directed the Naresuan University of Phayao, Professor Dr. Mondhon Sanguansermsri came up with a master plan to prepare it for the status of an autonomous university in the future. Accordingly, the university was equipped with buildings and assets that would accommodate the University’s personnel and students. The group of buildings consisted of: the office of the president, central buildings, science and technology buildings, laboratories, student’s dormitories, lecturer’s dormitories, reservoirs, an outdoor stadium. Central and library buildings, applied science buildings, language and information technology teaching and research buildings, a sub power plant, and a Chiang Rai campus. Additionally, THB 183, 700, 000 bath was spent on building the Praya Ngummuang Audiorium, which was designed by the national artist and expert on Thai contemporary architecture: Ajarn Julatas Kitibutr. This functional space was divided into 3 main parts: a 2,800-seat convention hall, multifunctional spaces and offices. The style of the auditorium was that of the contemporary lanna style, from which the outstanding features of traditional lanna art were effectively adapted and mixed with the style of modern buildings. Above all the Praya Ngummuang Audiorium became the venue for graduate commencement ceremonies.

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          On 12th July 2453 B.E., His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the University of Phayao Act 2553 B.E., and on 16th July 2553, the Naresuan University Phayao was renamed the University of Phayao and the Royal government gazette made public by royal command.