Associate Professor Dr. Thanyawat Rattanasak Dean of Faculty
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T The Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, previously the Department of Political Science under the Faculty of Social Sciences, officially began offering the Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) in 1965. The degree was later renamed Bachelor of Political Science. In 1986, the Faculty announced the Bachelor of Public Administration, and in 2009 the Bachelor of Political Science (International Relations). Besides Bachelor Degrees, the Faculty also offers three Master Degrees: Master of Political Science (Politics and Government), Master of Public Administration, and Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies).

In the past 50 years, the Faculty has produced multiple generations of graduates. These alumni have gone on to work in the public sector, private sector, as well as freelance jobs. Many alumni from the Faculty have achieved success in their professional careers. Some have even become well known at the national and international level; assuming high positions in politics, government departments, and private sector. These accomplishments and successes are in part due to the solid foundation provided by the Faculty for the alumni when they were students at Chiang Mai University.

As Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, appointed by the University Council on 1 May 2018, I have determined the vision for the Faculty, and these are: to be a leading academic institution in the fields of political science and public administration; to improve learning, produce academic work, research, and innovation; to be an example of a moral organization; and, to set important missions for the Faculty, including:

  1. Encourage academic excellence at all levels and meet international standards.
  2. Produce graduates that value knowledge, morals, and serve the common good.
  3. Produce research, innovation, and knowledge in the fields of political science and public administration, and use these in teaching and learning, to improve academic services, and solve social problems.
  4. Provide academic services that support development at the local and national level.

Thereby, ensure that the curriculum is current and relevant; that local and national needs are met; that research brings about new knowledge to help tackle prevailing public issues; that academic services help strengthen communities; and, in following the footsteps of our predecessors, produce high quality personnel that will go to work in the public, private, and other sectors, and which will contribute to the country’s development and steer the nation forward