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History of the University

 
History of the University
 
Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage was founded by Her Royal Highness Somdetch Phra Raja Pituchha Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn, Krom Luang, the Princess of Phetchaburi. H.R.H. Princess Valaya Alongkorn was greatly concerned with the education of young Thai women. Therefore, on June 4, 2475 B.E. (1932 C.E.), she donated four rai (.64 hectare) of land to the Ministry of Education to establish Petchburiwittayalongkorn Teacher Training School. The current address of this original donation is Number 153, Petchburi Road, Thung Phayathai Subdistrict, Rajathevi District, Bangkok. This building and land had previously belonged to Phraya Phactpongsawisutthathibordi (Sun Sundravej). The first group of students were teacher-training students, other post-secondary students, and secondary school students (Matthayom 7 and 8) who were transferred from Benjamorajalai School. The first head master was Ajarn Nilrat Bansitvorasan. The school had the letter “P” as an emblem. The color green was chosen as the school color because green is the color associated with Wednesday, which is the day of the week on which H.R.H Princess Valaya Alongkorn was born.
 
Since that time, the institute established by Her Royal Highness has performed the duties of both post-secondary education, specializing in training students to become teachers, and of secondary school education. The evolution of the school’s status and title over the years is described in the following account.
 
1 October 2513 B.E. (1970 C.E.): The school was named Petchburiwittayalongkorn Teacher College.
 
2515 B.E (1972 C.E.): The college expanded to its present location at Number 1, Moo 20, Phaholyothin Road, Klong Neung Subdistrict, Klong Luang District, in Pathumthani Province. It covers an area of 294 rai, 3 ngan, and 72 square wa (over 47 hectare). At that time Ajarn Uayporn Plengwanich, the administrator of the college, had contacted the governor of Pathumthani Province, Mr. Prait Vrairat. Consequently, this plot of land belonging to His Majesty the King was donated as a site for the new college campus.
 
14 November 2517 B.E. (1974 C.E.): His Majesty the King granted the royal patronage to Petchburiwittayalongkorn Teacher College and its alumni.
 
9 November 2518 B.E (1975 C.E.): Their Majesties the King and Queen, along with the two princesses, made a royal visit to dedicate the statue of H.R.H Princess Somdetch Phra Raja Pituchha Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn, Krom Luang, Princess of Petchaburi. On that occasion the King donated 100,000 baht from his personal funds to establish the Somdetch Phra Raja Pituchha Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn Foundation.
 
2520 B.E (1977 C.E.): Approval was granted to offer the Bachelor Degree in Education.
 
2528 B.E (1985 C.E.): Approval was granted to offer the Bachelor Degree in Education, the Bachelor Degree in Liberal Art, and the Bachelor Degree in Science.
 
14 February 2535 B.E (1992 C.E.): His Majesty the King granted the name “Rajabhat Institute” to all Teachers’ Colleges. The word “rajabhat” means “civil servant.”
 
24 January 2538 B.E (1995 C.E.): The Rajabhat Institute Act, 1995, was issued in the royal gazette, decreeing that the country’s Rajabhat Institutes serve as higher education institutes to facilitate authentic local development.
 
6 March 2538 B.E (1995 C.E.): His Majesty the King granted all Rajabhat Institutes the right to use his royal seal as the emblem of the institute. 15 February 2542 B.E (1999 C.E.): Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirinthorn laid a wreath at the statue of H.R.H Princess Somdatch Phra Raja Pituchha Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn, Krom Luang, Princess of Petchaburi, and presided over the opening ceremony dedicating the Student Professional Experience Building (Arkarn Somdetch Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn).
 
2542 B.E. (1999 C.E.): The Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (two-year program) was offered.
 
2543 B.E. (2000 C.E.): The Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (four-year program) was offered.
 
14 February 2544 B.E (2001 C.E.): Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Narathivas Rajanakarin laid a wreath at the statue of H.R.H Princess Somdetch Phra Raja Pituchha Chao Fa Valaya Alongkorn, Krom Luang, Princess of Phetchaburi, and presided over the opening ceremony of the 100 th Anniversary Building and the Rajanakkarin Assembly Hall of the 100 th Anniversary Building.
 
21 August 2545 B.E (2002 C.E.): His Majesty the King granted royal permission for the college to be titled as “Rajabhat Institute Valaya Alongkorn under the Royal Patronage”.
 
10 June 2547 B.E. (2004 C.E.): His Majesty the King signed the royal act “Rajabhat University Act 2547 B.E.”, which was announced in the Royal Gazette on 14 June 2547 B.E. This royal act upgraded the status of Rajabhat Institute Valaya Alongkorn to university level. Since 15 June 2547 B.E the institution has been known by its current title, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage.