Srinakharinwirot University

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Srinakharinwirot University
มหาวิทยาลัยศรีนครินทรวิโรฒ
Srinakharinwirot Logo.svg
Logo of Srinakharinwirot University, resembling the exponential growth
Former name
Higher Teacher Training School
College of Education
MottoSikkhā viruḷhi sampattā (Pali)
การศึกษาคือความเจริญงอกงาม (Thai)
Motto in English
Education is Growth
TypePublic
EstablishedJune 29, 1974 (1974-06-29)
PresidentSomchai Santiwattanakul
Students25,000
Location,
Thailand
Campus
Colours         Grey, red
AffiliationsASAIHL
Websitewww.swu.ac.th
Prasarnmit Campus (left), Buddharupa Shrine of Ongkharak Campus (right)

Srinakharinwirot University (abbr: SWU; Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยศรีนครินทรวิโรฒ; abbr: มศว) is a public university in Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1949, the university was the first upper-education institution to concentrate solely on teacher training. The name "Srinakharinwirot" was given by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej to honour his Mother Princess Srinagarindra (transliterated as RTGSSrinakharin). The name, additionally, comes from Sanskrit word Sri meaning "glory", Nagara (Nakhon) meaning "city" and Virōdha (Wirot) meaning flourishing; thus the meaning of "The Glorious (University) of the City". Srinakharinwirot University has two campuses; Prasarnmit Campus in Bangkok's Watthana District and Ongkharak Campus in Nakhon Nayok Province's Ongkharak District. Other minor campuses include Bhodivijjalaya College’s campuses in Sa Kaew Province and Chiang Mai Province’s Mae Chaem District.

The university originally had 8 regional campuses; Prasanmitr, Pathumwan, Bang Saen, Phitsanulok, Maha Sarakham, Songkhla, Bang Khen and Phala Suksa (lit. Physical Education). The Prasanmitr campus remains the headquarter of the university, whilst Pathumwan Campus now exists as its teaching school, Patumwan Demonstration School. Some were later established as new universities; Burapha University (formerly Bang Saen Campus), Naresuan University (formerly Phitsanulok Campus), Mahasarakham University (formerly Mahasarakham Campus) and Thaksin University (formerly Songkhla Campus). The Bang Khen Campus was closed, moving to the main Prasarnmitr Campus, its former land is now occupied by the Phranakhon Rajabhat University. Lastly, the Phala Suksa Campus was closed and moved to Ongkharak Campus, being renowned as Faculty of Physical Education.

The university's motto "Education is Growth" resembles the initial aim of teacher training and is illustrated through the logo resembling the exponential graph, meaning the exponential growth.


History[edit]

The university had its beginnings when the Higher Teacher Training School at Prasarnmit was founded in 1949. Prasarnmit was the first of its kind in the country's history. In 1953, it became the College of Education, having authority to grant a bachelor's degree in Education in the subject majors taught in Thai primary and secondary schools. Subsequently, programs at both the bachelors and masters levels were developed. In 1964, branch campuses were established for the regions of the country. The following were eventually created:

Prasarnmitr Building in 1980

Additional central campuses were also established:

  • Pathumwan campus, now merged with Prasarnmit campus
  • Physical Education campus, now merged with Faculty of Physical Education, Ongkharak campus
  • Bang Khen campus, now merged with Prasarnmit campus
A teacher trainee of Srinakharinwirot University in the past

In 1974, the College of Education became a comprehensive university by a royal decree of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who granted the university the name of Srinakharinwirot (See-na-ka-reen-wee-rot), which means 'the glory of the city'.

The university offered undergraduate degrees in education, humanities, social science, science, physical education, and graduate degrees in education. In the higher education development plan Phase Five (1982-1986), a faculty of medicine was added; in Phase Seven (1992-1996), engineering, fine arts, and dentistry; and in Phase Eight (1997-2001), pharmacy, health science, and nursing. SWU Prasanmit has developed to be a metropolitan university focusing on graduate studies. SWU Ongkaruk has focused on the development of health science, technology, environment and community services.

Over the years, the regional campuses grew in size and became separate universities. However, they preserve an unofficial tie with Srinakarinwirot University and regard the Bangkok university as their "mother campus".

Affiliations[edit]

Faculties[edit]

Faculty of Social Sciences

Colleges[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • The Graduate School
  • School of Economics and Public Policy

Institutes/centers[edit]

  • Behavioral Science Research Institute
  • Institute of Culture and Arts
  • Educational Research Development and Demonstration Institute
  • Strategic Wisdom and Research Institute
  • Research and Development Institute for Special Education
  • Educational and Psychological Test Bureau
  • Computer Center
  • Center for Educational Media and Technology
  • Central Library
  • Innovation Learning Center
  • Science Education Center

Demonstration schools[edit]

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