24 Years of Excellence: Being Ready to Become the ASEAN Wellness Hub and a Leading University with International Recognition

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     On 25 September 2022, Mae Fah Luang University celebrated its 24th anniversary for myriad achievements in promoting teaching, research, academic service, arts and culture at C4 Auditorium. MFU’s celebration, broadcast live on Facebook page, consisted of a ceremony to pay homage to the royal statue of HRH Princess Srinagarindra, a religious ceremony, a robe offering ceremony, a public report, a presentation of certificates honoured staff’s outstanding contributions to the university and a scholarship presentation.

     In a public report section, Assoc. Prof. Dr.Chayaporn Wattanasiri, President of Mae Fah Luang University reported the university’s activities and achievements throughout the preceding year in four aspects: empowering society, fostering global citizen, strengthening frontier research, and leading university in ASEAN. 

     For empowering society aspect, the Medicinal Plant Innovation Center of Mae Fah Luang University and the Tea and Coffee Institute of Mae Fah Luang University have conducted research and supported communities in terms of value addition and supply chain of medicinal plants, tea and coffee. Moreover, the School of Agro-Industry has cooperated with the Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) in developing plant-based protein and functional food for elderly. MFU has also cooperated with government organisations to improve the quality of English and Chinese language teaching in the Eastern Economic Corridor and to support the development of community enterprises, local product prototypes, channels of distribution and community-based tourism through the U2T project.  

     Moreover, to enhance sustainable health promotion, the MFU Medical Center has offered conventional and traditional medicine for over 200,000 patients. MFU has also established collaboration with all sectors to become ASEAN wellness hub. To provide an accessible and flexible way to learn new skills and study new topics, MFU has offered various free online courses under MFU Academy project which allow learners to take interesting and academic courses from anywhere, at any time and receive e-certificate.

     In the first semester of academic year 2022, MFU has welcomed over 4,000 new students from Thailand and 369 international students from 31 countries around the world. The university has strong determination to produce graduates with MFU characters including knowledgeability, language proficiency, leadership skill and ability to work in multicultural environment. Students will develop essential soft skills by participating in various activities as both participant and organiser throughout their student life. 

     Furthermore, MFU has strengthened research capacity in different aspects: promoting innovation in cosmetic science, health science and medicine as well as supporting Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) model by transferring science, technology and innovation knowledge to promote sustainability of biological resources and strengthen local economy. For this fiscal year (2022), Mae Fah Luang University received a score of 95.70, equivalent to AA level in the Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA) organised by the Office of the National Anti - Corruption Commission (ONACC). 

     The President added that as a result of its continued efforts for 24 years, Mae Fah Luang University was ranked 1st with highest score in citations and international outlook categories in Thailand in Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the 3rd consecutive year. Therefore, with the university’s core value (MFU.FIRST) and effort of everyone in MFU community, Mae Fah Luang University will maintain its national academic leadership status and become a leading university in ASEAN with international recognition. 

| writer Piraya Buddhasri |