Thammasat University was inaugurated in 1934 by Pridi Banomyong, a prominent figure in Thai history as being the leader who ended the absolute monarchy in Thailand, bringing about the country’s first democratic representative government. It is the second oldest state university in Thailand. Under its founding principle, “By the people and for the people,” Thammasat has always stood for democracy. Many of Thammasat’s graduates have become influential figures and high-impact individuals in Thailand’s development. The current enrollment is over 23,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students.
In 1986 Thammasat University expanded to a new learning center located north of Bangkok: the “Rangsit Center”, where the 1998 Asian Game and 2007 Universiade Game were held. This new center is now home to undergraduate students of all faculties while the main campus (Tha Prachan) is kept for graduate studies and international programs.