Kasetsart University
Former names
College of Agriculture
  • ศาสตร์แห่งแผ่นดิน (official)
  • ประชาชน คือ เจ้าของประเทศ เกษตรศาสตร์ คือ ภาษีของประชาชน (unofficial)
Motto in English
  • Knowledge of the Land (official)
  • People own the nation and their taxes become Kasetsart (unofficial)
EstablishedFebruary 2, 1943 (1943-02-02)
FoundersLuang Suwan Vajokkasikij
Phra Chuangkasetsinlapakan
Luang Ingkhasikasikan
PresidentChongrak Wachrinrat, Ph.D.
Academic staff
3,805 (2017)[1]
Students86,536 (2019)[2]
Undergraduates76,245 (2019)
Postgraduates8,816 (2019)
1,475 (2019)
Location, ,
13°50′54.95″N 100°34′04.98″E / 13.8485972°N 100.5680500°E / 13.8485972; 100.5680500
CampusUrban and Rural (varied by campus)
Colours  Forest green[3]
MascotNontri (tree)[3]

Kasetsart University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์; RTGSMahawitthayalai Kasetsat; commonly Kaset or KU) is a public research university in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the largest university in Thailand.[4] It was Thailand's first agricultural university and Thailand's third oldest university.[5][6] It was established on 2 February 1943 to promote subjects related to agricultural science. Since then, Kasetsart University has expanded its subject areas to cover life sciences, science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Kasetsart University's main campus is in Bangkhen, northern Bangkok, with several other campuses throughout Thailand.


Prince Benbadhanabongse, the Prince of Phichai

In 1902, King Chulalongkorn attempted to promote the country's silk, silverware, and weaving industries. He hired Dr Kametaro Toyama, from the University of Tokyo, to train Siamese students in Japanese silk and weaving crafts.[7] In 1904, the School of Sericulture was founded at Tambon Thung Saladaeng, Bangkok by Prince Benbadhanabongse, the director of the department of sericulture of the Ministry of Agriculture.[8] The school was renamed the School of Agriculture in 1906.

In 1908, the School of the Ministry of Agriculture was founded at Windsor Palace as the Ministry of Agriculture merged three schools, the School of Surveying (founded in 1882), the School of Irrigation (founded in 1905), and the School of Agriculture. Thailand's first tertiary-level agriculture curriculum began to offer courses in 1909. However, the Siamese government merged the School of the Ministry of Agriculture with the Civil Service College in 1913, due to the objective of founding the school meets the royal initiative of establishment the Civil Service College of King Vajiravudh.

In 1917, Phraya Thepsartsatit and Chaophraya Thammasakmontri of the Ministry of Education founded the first primary school of agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, named the Primary School Agriculture Teacher Training School in Tambon Horwang. It moved to Tambon Phra Prathon, Nakhon Pathom Province in 1918.[9]

In 1931, Prince Sithiporn Kridakara and Chaophraya Thammasakmontri together expanded the school regionally. In the central region, a campus was located in Saraburi Province, in the northern region in Chiang Mai Province, in the northeastern region in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, and in the southern region in Songkhla Province.

Statue of the Three Masters of Kasetsart University

In 1935, the Primary School Agriculture Teacher Training School in each part of the country was closed and merged following the agricultural education policy in that time. Luang Ingkhasikasikan, Luang Suwan Vajokkasikij, and Phra Chuangkasetsinlapakan[10] together proposed to maintain the Mae Jo School (today's Mae Jo University) at Chiang Mai Province only and renamed it Secondary-level Agriculture Technical School before it was elevated to the College of Agriculture, under the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Ministry of Agriculture established the Central Agriculture Station or "Kaset Klang", in Bang Khen District, Bangkok. It caused the College of Agriculture to move to Bang Khen District in 1938 and the government office at Chiang Mai Province became Kasetsart Preparatory School to prepare students to study at the College of Agriculture in Bang Khen.

In 1943, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram promoted the College of Agriculture and established Kasetsart University as a department of the Ministry of Agriculture.[11] The university initially consisted of four faculties: agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and cooperatives (today's divided into Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Business Administration).[12]

In 1966, Mom Luang Xujati Kambhu, the Fifth President of Kasetsart University, judged the Bang Khen campus too confined and unable to support the education in agricultural sciences called for by the National Social and Economics Development Plan.[13] The Kamphaeng Saen campus was established on 12 November 1979 as a result.[14]

The university further expanded by establishing Sriracha campus, Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province campus, Suphan Buri campus, Krabi campus and Lopburi campus. The university already established Si Racha campus in 1989[15] and the Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province campus on 15 August 1996.[16]

On 18 July 2015, the Kasetsart University Act B.E. 2558 (2015) transformed it from a public university to a national university.[17]


Phra Phirun

Kasetsart University's symbol is Phra Phirun, the god of rain mounted on a Nāga with encircled by lotus petals and then by the words "มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์ พ.ศ. ๒๔๘๖" in the Thai version and "KASETSART UNIVERSITY 1943" in the English version.[18]

Nine nontri trees in front of KU's main auditorium

Nontri tree

The Nontri tree has been a symbol of Kasetsart University since 1963. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit planted nine nontri trees in the front of Kasetsart University's main auditorium on 29 November 1963 which became historic day for Kasetsart University people.[19]

The nontri is a tree in the family Fabaceae. It is a long-lived evergreen with grey-brown bark with upright branches. The leaves are bipinnate compound and the flowers are yellow, produced in large compound racemes. Its fruit is a pod containing seeds.


Kasetsart Business School at Bangkhen


Kasetsart University occupies 846 rai (135.4 ha; 334 acres) in Chatuchak District, Bangkok. Located near the Kasetsart University BTS station.

Faculty of Sport Science at Kamphaeng Saen campus

Kamphaeng Saen Campus

The Kamphaeng Saen Campus is the first and largest branch of Kasetsart University established in 1979. The campus is situated in Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom Province with the area of 7,951.75 rai (1272 hectares).

Sriracha Campus

The Sriracha Campus was established in 1988, and occupies an area of 199 rai (32 hectares) in the Si Racha District of Chonburi Province.

Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus

The Chalermphakiat Sakon Nakhon Province Campus was established in 1996 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession to the Throne. The campus occupies the area of 4,488 rai (718 hectares) in Mueang District of Sakon Nakhon Province.

Affiliated Institute

Academic profile


University rankings
Global – Overall
CWUR World[20]1298 (2023)
QS World[21]801-1000 (2021)
QS Employability[22]301-500 (2020)
RUR World[23]624 (2020)
THE World[24]1501+ (2023)
USNWR Global[25]=1,106 (2021)
Global – Business and economics
QS Business[26]501-550 (2023)
Global – Liberal arts
THE Social Sciences[24]801+ (2023)
Global – Life sciences and medicine
QS Agriculture and Forestry[27]57 (2023)
QS Life Sciences & Medicine[28]451-500 (2023)
THE Life Sciences[24]801-1000 (2023)
Global – Science and engineering
QS Chemistry[29]451-500 (2023)
QS Engineering & Tech.[30]451-500 (2017)
THE Computer Science[24]801+ (2023)
THE Engineering[24]1001+ (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[31]149 (2021)
THE Asia[24]501+ (2022)
THE Emerging Economies[24]501+ (2023)
USNWR Asia[32]=291 (2021)
National – Overall
QS National[33]=5 (2021)
THE National[24]11 (2023)
USNWR National[25]4 (2021)
National – Science and engineering
THE Computer Science[24]5 (2023)
THE Engineering[24]10 (2023)
THE Physical Sciences[24]7 (2023)

The QS World University Rankings 2021 ranked Kasetsart University 149th in Asia and 801-1000th in the world. For the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, the university was ranked 63rd in Agriculture & Forestry, 301-305th in Environmental Studies, 351-400th in Engineering - Chemical, 451-500th in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing, and 501-550th in Business & Management Studies.[34] Kasetsart University was ranked 29th in Agriculture and Forestry worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2017.[35] It was ranked in the 651-700 tranche in the QS World University Rankings 2015–2016.[36]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017–2018 ranked Kasetsart University in the 800-1000 tier in the world and 251-300th in the Emerging Economies.[37] Moreover, the university was ranked 601-800th in Computer Science and Life Sciences, 601th+ in Business & Economics and Social Sciences, 801-1000th in Engineering & Technology, 1001+ in Physical Sciences by THE World University Rankings 2021 by subject.[38]


Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) administers and coordinates research projects and research efforts.[39]

The Institute of Food Research and Product Development (IFRPD), is a science and food technology research institute, with the mandate to provide information and services to society as well as research in support of governmental policies to resolve the country's economic problems related to agricultural products.[40]

Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI), is an agricultural and agro-industrial product research institute, established on 29 July 1991 to research and develop quality standards in non-food innovation.[41]

Kasetsart University Institute for Advanced Studies (KUIAS) consists of four research centers: the Center for Advanced Studies for Agriculture and Food; the Center for Advanced Studies in Tropical Natural Resources; the Center for Advanced Studies in Nanotechnology for Chemical, Food and Agricultural Industries; and the Center for Advanced Studies In Industrial Technology. They are responsible for carrying out targeted research initiatives.[42]

Princess Sirindhorn International Center for Research Development and Technology Transfer (PSIC) is an agency established through a collaboration between the Bureau of the Royal Household and Kasetsart University with tasks in the royal projects according to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the royal family in supporting and coordinating research, development and technology transfer at the national and international level. PSIC has visions to improve quality of life and well-being, promote knowledge to the disadvantaged, cooperate with the government, private sector and international organizations, create opportunities for people in remote areas.

Housed at Kamphaeng Saen campus, the center is a provider of silkworm eggs and know-how to Thai farmers.[43]

Kasetsart University have research and training stations under supervision of Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Faculty of Forestry and Kamphaeng Saen campus located in various areas throughout Thailand, such as Faculty of Agriculture's research stations at Pak Chong, Thap Kwang, Khok Charoen, Phaniat, Khao Hin Son, Phetchabun, Doi Pui, Faculty of Fisheries's research stations at Si Racha, Khlong Wan, Samut Songkhram, Kamphaeng Saen, Ranong, Faculty of Forestry's research and training stations at Chiang Mai, Lampang (Huay Tak), Wang Nam Khiao, Hat Wanakon, Phang Nga, Trat and Kamphaeng Saen campus's research stations at Kamphaeng Saen, Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

International programs

Undergraduate programs

Undergraduate programs
Campus Faculty Degree Program Duration
Bangkhen Agriculture B.S. Tropical Agriculture (BSTA) 4 years
Agro-Industry B.S. Agro-Industrial Innovation and Technology (AIIP) 4 years
Business Administration B.B.A. Business Administration (BBA)
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
4 years
Marketing (KUBIM) 4 years
Economics B.A. Entrepreneurial Economics (EEBA)
  • Economics of Agricultural Business and Food
  • Economics of Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Economics of Logistics
  • Economics of Tourism and Hospitality
4 years
B.Econ. Economics (BEcon)
  • Business Economics
  • Economic Theory
  • Economics of Development and Planning
  • Human Resources and Industrial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Monetary Economics and Public Finance
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Quantitative Economics
4 years
Engineering B.Eng. + B.B.A. Aerospace Engineering and Business Management (IDDP)

(Dual degree program in partnership with the RMIT University)

5 years
B.Eng. (IUP) Electrical Engineering
  • Communication Engineering (COMMU)
  • Innovation and Intelligent Robotics (EIIR)
4 years
Computer Engineering 4 years
Electrical Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 4 years
Environmental Engineering 4 years
Industrial Engineering 4 years
Mechanical Engineering 4 years
Software and Knowledge Engineering 4 years
Humanities B.A. Communicative Thai Language for Foreigners 4 years
Integrated Tourism Management (KITMAN) 4 years
Science B.S. Biological Science and Technology (BioSciTech) 4 years
Integrated Chemistry (KUIC) 4 years
Polymer Science and Technology (Collaboration with the University of Akron) 4 years
Sriracha Engineering at Sriracha B.Eng. Robotics and Automation Systems Engineering (RASE) 4 years
Management Sciences B.B.A.
International Business 4 years
Finance and Investment 4 years
Hospitality Industry Management (HIM)

With two selective concentrations:

  • Hotel Management (HM)
  • Contemporary Tourism Management (CTM)
4 years

Postgraduate programs

Postgraduate programs
Campus Faculty Degree Program Study Mode
Bangkhen Agriculture M.S. / Ph.D. Tropical Agriculture
  • Tropical Agriculture Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture
Agro-Industry M.S. / Ph.D. Biotechnology Full-time
Food Science Full-time
Business Administration M.B.A. Business Administration (KIMBA) Part-time
Economics M.S. / Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics (MAB) Full-time
Education Ph.D. Science Education Full-time
Engineering M.Eng. Civil Engineering Full-time
Engineering Management Full-time
Information and Communication Technology for Embedded Systems (ICTES) Full-time
Sustainable Energy and Resources Engineering Full-time
M.Eng. / Ph.D. Industrial Engineering Full-time
Fisheries M.S. / Ph.D. Fishery Science and Technology

(Dual degree program in partnership with the Ocean University of China)[44]

Forestry M.S. Tropical Forestry Full-time
Humanities Ph.D. English for International Communication (EIC) Part-time
Science M.S. Life Sciences Full-time
Ph.D. Bioscience Full-time
Veterinary Medicine M.S. / Ph.D. Bioveterinary Science Full-time
Kamphaeng Saen Agriculture at Kamphaeng Saen M.S. Agricultural Research and Development Full-time
Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences Full-time
Sports Science M.S. / Ph.D. Sport Management Full-time


Princess Chulabhorn Science Research Centre, Faculty of Science at Bangkhen

Kasetsart University and donor agencies offers a wide range of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate:[45]

Undergraduate scholarships[edit]

Graduate scholarships[edit]

Student society

Honorary degrees

The university has given honorary degrees to heads of state and other dignitaries:

Notable alumni

Princess Chulabhorn at the 63rd IAEA General Conference in Vienna

Partner institutions

Cornell University is one of Kasetsart University's partner universities

Some of Kasetsart University's partner institutions:[50]

Wildlife at Bangkhen

Female and male pink-necked green pigeons at Bangkhen campus

The Bangkhen campus hosts the most diverse avifauna of any campus in Bangkok. The following species of bird can usually be found on campus all year round: little cormorant, Javan pond-heron, little egret, black-crowned night heron, Asian openbill, white-breasted waterhen, bronze-winged jacana, rock pigeon, spotted dove, zebra dove, red collared dove, pink-necked green pigeon, plaintive cuckoo, common koel, greater coucal, Indian roller, coppersmith barbet, Asian palm-swift, house swift, small minivet, common iora, streak-eared bulbul, yellow-vented bulbul, sooty-headed bulbul, large-billed crow, oriental magpie-robin, pied fantail, black-collared starling, Asian pied starling, common myna, white-vented myna, plain prinia, common tailorbird, brown-throated sunbird, olive-backed sunbird, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, white-rumped munia, scaly-breasted munia, Eurasian tree sparrow, house sparrow, Java sparrow. Common winter (generally October–March) visitors: Chinese pond-heron, intermediate egret, barn swallow (August–May), red-rumped swallow, blue-tailed bee-eater, red-breasted flycatcher, ashy drongo, brown shrike, black-naped oriole. Species which are seen there less often (but all year round but some very rarely): lesser whistling duck, cattle egret, great white egret, purple heron, black-winged stilt, red-wattled lapwing, common kingfisher, black-capped kingfisher, stork-billed kingfisher, vernal hanging-parrot, hoopoe, collared scops-owl, black drongo, green-billed malkoha, edible-nest swiftlet, ashy woodswallow, Asian golden weaver. Less common winter visitors or passage migrants: Eurasian kestrel, dark-sided flycatcher, verditer flycatcher.

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