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Road to World’s Top 100 Universities for Academic Reputation

Chulalongkorn University is proud to be listed in the latest World’s Top 100 Universities for Academic Reputation, according to the ranking conducted by UK-based organization Quacquarelli Symonds.  The University was shortlisted from over a selection of 1,600 universities, establishing a reputation as a university of innovations for society.

Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn, President of Chulalongkorn University revealed that, “Chulalongkorn University aims to be one of the world’s leading universities, but will remain focused with Thai people in dealing with the problems faced by Thailand.  The University is dedicated to share knowledge and innovation, moving the society forward to tackle the various social and economic issues with sustainability.  Chula’s accomplishment in ranking 96th globally for its academic reputation is a reflection of its continuous efforts in educational and research development that will bring people in Thailand out of the medium-income trap.  Chulalongkorn University inspires to become a model educational institute of social innovation, following its three core principles in driving social development through future leaders, impactful research and innovation, and social sustainability.”

“The first principle is to develop future leaders. Chulalongkorn University graduates are expected to become valuable citizens and future leaders.  Therefore, the university is focused on building futuristic and innovative skills that will enhance fundamental literacy, enable complex social problem-solving skills, and encourage students to bravely question and challenge for changes in society.  In fact, I believe that these skills should be incorporated into the entire Thai education system, at all levels”, remarked Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn.

To boost impactful research and innovations, Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn stated that, “Innovations from Chulalongkorn University are driven from our passion to find resolutions for any problematic issues in the Thai community. Recently, during the outbreak of COVID-19, Chulalongkorn University decided to step up and brainstormed ways for the university to create systematic innovations and approaches to prevent, test, and cure the virus. A few of the COVID-19 prevention innovations included the Shield+ Protecting Spray, lightweight face shields, and hydrogen peroxide spray diffusers. To help speed up the testing process, Chulalongkorn University introduced the COVID-19 strip test and Chula VID negative pressure capsules to keep medical professionals safe from patients. Additionally, the university began developing an mRNA vaccine to combat the disease, using tobacco leaves. Moreover, we realized that of the social and economic impacts, as reflected in job losses in Thailand and around the world, are inevitable. Therefore, the University has been offering free online courses for the general public via different platforms, such as Chula MOOC, Quick MBA, and Coursera. This will become a way for people to develop a well-rounded knowledge, turning them into developers for the country once again.”

Lastly, to drive social sustainability, Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn added that, “During the past 3 to 4 years, Chulalongkorn University has looked to the Sustainable Development Goals in developing the university policies.  The university began to implement the goals through resource management, utilities management, and environmental conservation.  In pursuit of sustainability, the university was also recognised by The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 for its campus policies, according to the United Nation’s Social Development Goals.”

Professor Bundhit Eua-arporn concluded that, “On behalf of Chulalongkorn University, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for every vote Chulalongkorn University received. Not only have we been included in the Top 100 in the world for academic reputation, we also represented Thailand for its academic reputation. I would also like to emphasise that Chulalongkorn University is a world-class university for all Thai people. We are ready to bring innovation to raise the quality of life for our society and the world for sustainable development.”

Chula’s encouragement and support for research is excellent for teachers, students, and the public.

Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University

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