Origins and History of Assumption University of Thailand
Assumption Assumption University traces its origin to Assumption Commercial College (ACC), officially registered with the Ministry of Education in 1938. The college was the first commercial college in Thailand. From the very beginning, ACC set and followed a clear-cut policy of providing business training in English, producing quality business students to work in various foreign companies. The school remained a three-year institution until in 1969, when its new four-year course led to a full Bachelor of Business Administration offered in affiliation with the University of Santa Clara in California.
In 1972, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, it was officially established as Assumption Business Administration College, or "ABAC".
In 1973, it welcomed its first female students. In May 1975, ABAC was accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, and students could go from ABAC into graduate programs at public and private universities.
Again with the approval of the Ministry of University Affairs, the College became Assumption University in 1990, with authority to confer all degrees and credits, and it continues to prosper and develop until today it boats 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, programs or schools of architecture, arts, biotechnology, communication arts, computer science, education, engineering, internet communications technology, nursing science and management, music and music management, philosophy and religious studies, psychology, risk management, science and technology, and, of course, business administration. There are currently (2006) thirty-five graduate degree programs, including this newest one, the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.
Teaching conducted in English has always been ABAC and Assumption's hallmark, and thus students and professors from over a hundred different countries attend school and work here. Faculty members, like students, are free to maintain their native cultural and religious identity without discrimination or pressure to "convert" to something else. The university prides itself in its openness and welcoming attitude, and its core value of moral integrity and high ethical standards in personal, civic, and business relationships.