King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) is based in the city of Bangkok in Thailand. It was founded in 1960 as a telecommunications training centre with support of the Japanese government and is often considered a major science and technology institute in Thailand.
Since its inception, KMITL has grown to offer courses within seven faculties and affiliated research centres covering a range of different subjects.
In 1982 KMITL launched Thailand’s first Doctoral Degree in electrical engineering and awarded a doctorate in electrical engineering to Dr. Chom Kimpan, who also earned the first Doctor of Engineering granted by a Thai university.
In 2010, the University of Glasgow signed a partnership agreement with KMITL’s International College which enables students to study for two years at KMITL followed by two years at Glasgow, leading to the degree of BSc (Hons) Software Engineering. This offers students an opportunity to experience living and working within two opposing cultures while developing key academic skills.
KMITL offers a sports centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, and sports fields for students to enjoy while studying. A variety of student clubs are available as well, including basketball, rugby, table tennis and judo.
The university also offers other clubs outside of sport such as: photography, electronics, music, engineering and public relations.
The university library is a four-storey building which covers 10,000sqm of land. In 1994, the central library was visited by her Majesty the Princess, who placed a headstone at the front of the building in honour of its official opening.
KMITL has produced a number of professional engineers within the science and technology sectors. Notable alumni include Wibool Piyawattanametha who was selected as being among the Top 40-Under-40 Young Scientists in the world by the World Economic Forum. In addition, the university can boast Kokaew Pikulthong, a former Member of Parliament and leader of the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, and Yaowalak Traisurat, who won Miss Thailand Universe in 2003.