Founded in 1887 by King Chulalongkorn, the university was established as a place of higher learning for Buddhist monks and laypeople interested in Buddhist studies alike. It began offering classes to a diverse group of students two years later and has continued to offer them ever since, becoming public through a bill passed in 1997.
In addition to the main campus, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University has extension campuses in more than a dozen provinces around Thailand. They offers international programs in Chinese Buddhism, Buddhism and Management, and Buddhist Leadership for those pursing a Bachelor’s Degree. More advanced programs are offered in Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, and Philosophy. The latter two are conducted in English. A Ph.D. program is also available to English-speaking students.
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya is one of the primary organizers for the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations and also hosts the Secretariat for the International Association of Buddhist Universities.