Located across five campuses, Prince of Songkla University (PSU) is one of Thailand’s most highly-regarded higher education institutions.
Established initially in Bangkok in 1967, the university named after the Thai king’s father, whose memory is honoured every year on 22 September 22, known as Songkla Nakarin Day.
Across Prince of Songkla’s campuses in Hat Yai, Pattani, Phuket, Surat Thani and Trang, there are around 40 faculties, two hospitals, and more than 40 excellence and research centres, which are all committed to academic excellence, strong social responsibility, and strong engagement in their respective communities, in addition to producing well-qualified graduates of high professional standing.
The university has also taken an active role in the preservation of southern Thailand’s arts, culture, and heritage in line with its guiding principle, which is ‘Our Soul is for the Benefit of Mankind’.
In 2014, some 35,000 undergraduate students were enrolled on courses at Prince of Songkla, mostly on its Hat Yai campus, where almost 21,000 were based. A further 4,400 master’s students and almost 1,000 doctoral were also enrolled, with more than 40 nationalities among the student body.
There were around 2,300 academic staff, with 60 per cent holding doctoral qualifcations, and 8,700 support staff that year,
Among its largest faculties by full-time staff numbers are hospitality and tourism, nursing and medicine.
The university also has international cooperation agreements with institutions in more than 40 countries, as well as a number of international agencies, including the World Health Organisation, Unesco and the European Union. It also has two Confucius Institutes, one of which was awarded the Confucius Institute of the Year award in 2009.