Country: Thailand  
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Continent: Asia

Phranakhon Rajabhat University was Thailand s first teachers training school, founded by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama the Fifth) of the present Chakri Dynasty. It was officially opened on October 12, 1892, with the primary goal of producing teachers for primary schools. Eleven years later, the curriculum expanded in response to the demand for secondary school teachers. As the college flourished, it spread to many locations and underwent many name- changes. Finally, in 1956, the then Phranakhon Teachers College was moved to the present location, on Changwattana Road, Bangkhen District, Bangkok.

Not until 1974 was the degree program approved by the Ministry of Education, initially only in the field of education. A year later marked further major changes. Phranakhon Teachers College and five other teachers colleges in the Bangkok Metropolis agreed to cooperate in educational development and policy-planning and shared the common name of  Rattanakosin United College. In the following year, Phranakhon underwent further expansion and offered associate degree as well as Bachelor s degrees in arts and science, in addition to the existing Bachelor of Education degrees.

The year 1992 marked the Centennial Anniversary for Phranakhon Teachers College. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present King Rama the Tenth, graciously bestowed the name  Rajabhat, meaning the  man of the King, servant of the motherland. Therefore, from 12 October of that year on, Phranakhon was known as  Rajabhat Institute Phranakhon. In addition, His Majesty granted permission to use his Royal Emblem as the symbol of the institute.

On June 15, 2004, Rajabhat Institute Phranakhon underwent another major change. Under the Rajabhat University Act B.E. 2547(2004), the institute became Phranakhon Rajabhat University,  A Thai university for academic freedom of the people.



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