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Thammasat University Ushers in New Era with Prof Supasawad Chardchawarn as Rector

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In a stunning flurry of academic excellence and strategic foresight, Thammasat University has heralded in a new era with the appointment of Prof Supasawad Chardchawarn as its newest rector, sparking anticipations of innovative frontiers in education. This pivotal transition, which has the academic community buzzing with excitement, comes as Prof Supasawad steps into the venerable shoes left by Assoc Prof Gasinee Witoonchart, who has admirably captained the ship since 2018.

According to the vibrant social media announcement from the Thammasat University Student Union (TUSU), this significant baton handover was cemented by the university council in their latest selection convocation, held at the crack of dawn at 9 a.m. yesterday. But, the journey doesn’t end here. The council’s decision embarks on a prestigious voyage, making its way to the Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation Ministry. From there, it will sail through the cabinet secretariat office, ultimately anchoring at the royal palace for the King’s esteemed endorsement.

But who is Prof Supasawad, you ask? Imagine a scholar whose educational odyssey began right at the heart of Thammasat University, where, as a bright-eyed student in 1996, he excelled in politics and government, clinching second-class honors. Not one to rest on his laurels, Prof Supasawad’s thirst for knowledge propelled him across continents to the prestigious University of Birmingham in England, where he obtained a master’s degree in local governance by 1998. His academic voyage didn’t stop there; Kobe University in Japan was his next port of call, where he earned a doctorate in political science in 2004.

Fast forward to 2013, and Prof Supasawad ascended to the role of dean at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Political Science, bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to the fore. His leadership prowess was further recognized as he took the helm at the university’s Tha Prachan and Pattaya campuses as deputy rector in charge of management, continuing to steer the university’s course until 2020. Before his current elevation to rector, he served with distinction as the deputy rector of the university in human resource management.

With eyes set on the horizon, Prof Supasawad shared his visionary blueprint with the university’s Rector Selection Committee. His ambition? To catapult Thammasat University into the stratosphere as a beacon of excellence in Southeast Asia. His strategy is twofold: nurturing high-quality graduates and fostering outstanding research across all academic branches, all the while ensuring the curriculum remains as dynamic and modern as ever.

In the grand tapestry of Thammasat University’s storied history, Prof Supasawad’s appointment marks a thrilling new chapter. With a leader so deeply rooted in the university’s ethos and so forward-thinking in his approach, the academic community watches with bated breath. One thing is for sure: under Prof Supasawad’s stewardship, Thammasat University is poised on the cusp of greatness, ready to unfurl its wings and soar to unprecedented heights.


  1. EduWise April 30, 2024

    This is incredible news for Thammasat University. Prof Supasawad’s extensive background and visionary plans could really set a benchmark for higher education in Asia. It’s leaders like him that push the boundaries of what’s possible in academic excellence.

    • Realist101 April 30, 2024

      I’m cautiously optimistic. His resume is impressive, no doubt, but it’ll take more than just one person to bring about the change he’s aiming for. The entire university needs to rally behind his vision.

      • EduWise May 1, 2024

        Absolutely, it’s a collective effort. But having a leader with a clear direction and the credentials to back it up can be the catalyst needed for substantial progress.

      • SkepticalSandy May 1, 2024

        Leaders come and go, but the systemic issues in higher education persist. Let’s see actual results before calling it a success.

    • OptimistPrime April 30, 2024

      The focus on quality graduates and outstanding research is exactly what Southeast Asia needs. Excited to see how he implements these strategies!

  2. StudentLife April 30, 2024

    As a current student, I’m both excited and nervous about these changes. What does this mean for our current programs and faculty? Hope his vision includes transparency and student involvement.

    • ProfJ April 30, 2024

      Change, especially in academia, can be slow and challenging. It’s important that students’ voices are heard and considered during this transition.

  3. Tech_Futurist April 30, 2024

    In an era where technology and education are increasingly intertwined, Prof Supasawad’s approach to ensuring a dynamic curriculum is key. I’m particularly interested in how digital innovation will be integrated into research and learning paths.

  4. Alum_Ravi May 1, 2024

    As an alumnus, Thammasat’s direction under Prof Supasawad’s leadership is something to watch. The university has always had a strong reputation, and this could take it to new heights. Fostering a globally competitive environment is crucial.

  5. GlobalEduWatcher May 1, 2024

    Interesting move by Thammasat. Appointing someone deeply ingrained in their own system to lead the university could be seen as playing it safe. Why not bring in fresh blood with new perspectives from the international community?

    • Alum_Ravi May 1, 2024

      There’s merit in having a leader who understands the institution’s culture and values. External candidates bring fresh ideas, but insiders are better positioned to enact change quickly.

    • InnovateOrStagnate May 1, 2024

      External perspectives are undervalued in academia. It’s time universities embraced global talent for leadership roles to truly innovate.

      • Alum_Ravi May 1, 2024

        It’s a balance, for sure. Hopefully, Prof Supasawad’s international experience brings the best of both worlds.

  6. Curriculum_Critic May 1, 2024

    What we need to see is an overhaul in the curriculum that reflects the demands of the modern world – sustainability, digital literacy, and more. Hopefully, Prof Supasawad makes this a priority.

    • EduWise May 1, 2024

      His track record suggests he will. The challenge is implementing these changes in a way that complements the traditional strengths of Thammasat University.

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