Mahidol University has its origins in the establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The hospital’s medical school is the oldest institution of higher learning in Thailand, granting its first medical degree in 1893. Later becoming the University of Medical Sciences in 1943, Mahidol University was renamed in 1969 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after his Royal Father, H.R.H Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who is widely known as the ‘Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health’ in Thailand.
Mahidol University has since developed into a diverse multidisciplinary institution that offers expertise in a wide range of areas from public health, medicine, arts and humanities, music, veterinary science, and languages. It is one of the top ranked universities in Thailand and Southeast Asia. It has around 28,000 students, studying in one of 212 postgraduate, 79 undergraduate, and 200 certificate/diploma courses.
The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies
The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) is the result of a merger in 2011 between Mahidol University’s Center for Human Rights Studies and Social Development (est. 1998) and the Research Center for Peacebuilding (est. 2004).
The IHRP combines the experience and perspective both centers have to offer. IHRP is uniquely interdisciplinary and is redefining the fields of peace, conflict, justice and human rights studies in the Asian Pacific region.
Currently and in its previous forms, the IHRP has served as an academic institution specialized in delivering degrees, training, research projects, publications, and academic events. It has delivered postgraduate education, as well as training programs, to students, human rights workers, human rights defenders, members of civil society organizations and government officials for over 15 years. It hosts a number of networks, research projects, and other activities.
The IHRP has a staff of approximately 15 academics, 6 researchers, and 12 Administrative staff. It is based at Mahidol University’s Salaya campus, in Western Bangkok.