HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS
1. The School of Liberal Arts
From its inception, The School of Liberal Arts at Mae Fah Luang University has pursued a multifaceted mission. Its goals are to promote quality instruction, research, academic services and art and cultural preservation, while developing linguistically proficient graduates. The School’s goals include pursuit and maintenance of high standards of teaching English, Chinese, Japanese, and French while emphasizing the importance of information technology, familiarity with which has become a worldwide occupational requirement. Further, the School seeks to customize a general education program in order to enhance learning in socio-cultural, economic, political, environmental and health/hygiene areas of study, which can then serve as a foundation for other professional courses.
2. History of the School of Liberal Arts
The School of Liberal Arts was established pursuant to the Mae Fah Luang University Act, BE 2541 (1998). At its inception in 1999, the School was responsible solely for the creation and provision of general education courses, which it did for 2 years. In 2001, the School started a gradual expansion of its degree programs. Since 2001, the School has periodically developed and instituted new programs in several disciplines and at various educational levels.
In 2001, the School initiated its first undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Arts in English program,
In 2004, the School implemented the Bachelor of Arts in Business Chinese program, its second undergraduate program, That same year, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Education in Education Management programs were added to the curriculum.
In 2005, the School introduced the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program. In the following year, the School began two additional programs; the special Bachelor of Public Administration in Local Government program and a PhD program in Social Sciences. The Bachelor of Public Administration in Local Government program is a weekend program offered to local government employees.
In 2007, the School’s Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language and Culture program was initiated. In 2008, the School began a five-year Bachelor of Arts in Chinese-Language Teaching program, a Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language program and a program for a Master of Arts in (Chinese) Translation and Interpretation.
Most recently, in 2009, the School started a continuing undergraduate program called a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Chinese. Also in 2009, the School completed a review, revision and update of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Chinese, the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and the Master of Education in Education Management programs.
3. Deans of School of Liberal Arts