History

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History

Bangkok University is one of the oldest and most famous private universities in Thailand under the patronage of the Bangkok University Foundation. The University has operated since 1962 with A.Surat and A.Pongtip Osatanugrah’s resolution to found a non-profit private university as a center of knowledge to develop modern graduates with knowledge and practical skills to serve the country in the future.

It is fortunate for us to see the founders’ vision beautifully bloom and skyrocket high at the present time. Thousands of graduates from BU have served not only Thailand but also the global community at large. That copiously results from the fact that the University has strived for quality education to empower students in terms of theoretical knowledge and practical work skills. To date, quality education at BU is made possible through highly qualified faculty, efficient supporting staff, modern technology, stimulating learning environment, and international cooperation.  We at BU are fully aware of the founders’ vision, and we are all committed to continuously serving the country and the world with high quality education.  All are welcome to become a part of our journey for the development of humanity and the world.

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Thai Technical College, founded by Mr. Surat and Mrs. Pongtip Osathanugrah and Dr. Charoen Kanthawongs as the first president

Business Administration and Accounting the first majors
Renamed Bangkok College
Mass Communication Department (now School of Communication Arts) established to offer communication study for the first time in Thailand
School of Humanities established (now School of Humanities and Tourism Management)
School of Communication Arts established
Granted university status to become Bangkok University

International Program established (now Bangkok University International)
Graduate School established
School of Economics established
School of Science established (now School of Technology and Information)
School of Fine and Applied Arts established

Bangkok University Theatre Company, School of Communication Arts, established for the first time in Thailand and has produced numbers of plays that meet international standards
School of Engineering established
BU Cheering Team established
Bangkok University Gallery-BUG established
Students from School of Engineering won the Best Performance Award at the Robocon’99 Competition, Japan, making the BU the first team in Thailand to win international award in robotics
Surat Osathanugrah Library, the state-of-the-art library with ISO 14001 certification, established
Multimedia and Internet System Major, School of Engineering, established for the first time in Thailand

Surat Osathanugrah Library won the Outstanding Architecture Award from The Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King

Black Box Theatre, School of Communication Arts, opened
Invited to participated in Global Colloquium of University Presidents in New York (also in 2006, 2007, and 2008) together with world-leading universities like Columbia University, New York University, London School of Economics, and Yale University

Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum established as a learning and research center of ceramics in the region

Pongtip Communication Arts Complex opened for practical study of communication arts through modern labs and equipment
Chinese for Hotel and Tourism Major launched by School of Humanities, in collaboration with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Software Developer Incubation Center, School of Science and Technology, opened

Manifestation of Advertising Department Awards –MADD, School of Communication Arts, launched
Chinese for International Business Major launched by School of Humanities, in collaboration with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Entertainment Management and Production Major, Graduate School, launched as the first and only major in Asia
Creative Entrepreneurship Development Institute—CEDI established

Institute for Knowledge & Innovation South-East Asia—IKI-SEA established, in collaboration with George Washington University, USA
MOU between Creative Entrepreneurship Development Institute—CEDI and Babson College, the world number 1 in entrepreneurship study signed

BU Creative Scholarships started

Imagine Magazine and Website opened to foster students’ creative and innovative ideas
International Institute for Asia-Pacific Study-INSAPS established as a research center for the development of economics and international trade

Bangkok University Creative Center—BUCC established to support and turn creativity into reality

Bangkok International Student Film Festival: BISFF, School of Communication Arts, started as a venue for students around the world to mingle and show their creative films

Content Management and Value Creation, Graduate School, launched as the first and only major in Asia

Creative Entrepreneurial Marketing Project—CEMP launched for students of different disciplines to work as a team on their creative business project

BU Theatre Company invited to show the play entitled “Kafka and I” at The APOSTROF, Prague, Czech Republic
Won Trusted Brand Award 2011 in the category of Trusted Private University, by Reader’s Digest Magazine

BU Diamond Buildings won The Arcasia Awards 2011 in the category of Public Amenity: Institutional Building, by Asia Architect Association

BU Cheerleading Team won the World Cheerleading Championship, held in USA
MBA-SMEs, Beauty and Fashion, launched as the first and only major in Thailand and in Asia
School of Architecture established

Imagine Lounge opened to stimulate unlimited imagination and inspiration among individuals

Center for Cinematic and Digital Arts opened as labs for the effective study of cinematic and digital arts

Tourism Tower opened as a learning building complete with different kinds of labs, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Spa Rooms included, for practical study of hotel and tourism management