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King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Established 1960
Type Public
President Prof.Dr.Tawil Peuangma
Undergraduates 18,000
Postgraduates 2,000-3,000
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Campus Suburban
Colors      Orange
Affiliations ASAIHL

King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL for short) is a leading research and educational institution and it is known as the top-ranking engineering institute in Thailand. It is in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. KMITL was founded in 1960 in Nonthaburi province as a telecommunications training center under the technical support of the Japanese government; the center was later named the Nonthaburi Institute of Telecommunications. After moving to a new location at Lat Krabang near Suvarnabhumi Airport, the campus became King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

Engineering began at KMITL in 1960 with a course on telecommunications engineering. In 1982 KMITL launched the nation's first doctoral degree in electrical engineering and awarded a doctorate in electrical engineering to Dr. Chom Kimpan, who also earned the first Doctor of Engineering granted by a Thai university. More recently KMITL has partnered with Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a joint effort among Tokyo Institute of Technology, Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency, KMITL and SIIT to offer international Master's degree in Automotive Engineering. From its inception up, KMITL has grown to include seven faculties and affiliated research centers.


King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) is located in Lat Krabang (approximately 30 kilometres east of the center of Bangkok) and is a university with seven faculties: engineering, architecture, agricultural technology, science, industrial education, agricultural industry, and information technology.

Since a technical cooperation agreement (August 1960-August 1965) was reached between the Japanese and Thai governments in 1960 to establish a telecommunications training center in Thailand, Japan has continued the cooperation over the course of 40 years. The telecommunications training center became a three-year specialty college in 1964, and then in 1971 joined two other colleges and rose to the ranks of an institute of technology. Part of the school moved to the Ladkrabang campus, and architecture, industrial education/science, and agricultural technology departments were established.

On the Japanese side, Tokai University (1977), Tokyo Institute of Technology (1992) and University of Electro-Communications (1997) concluded academic exchange agreements with the school and assisted with such things as the expansion of the university, human resource development and research promotion as part of second phase (December 1978-August 1983) and third phase (April 1988-March 1993) “Project-type Technical Cooperation” projects. Also, a Japanese corporation funded scholarship system was established (1971), as well as practical factory-based training (1977), a construction scholarship system (1989), etc. Thus, actual cooperation activities involving linkages with industry as well as things like the start of an invitation program to the Institute for Posts and Telecommunications Policy and a human resource exchange with a public institution were promoted. Furthermore, through the “Partners Project” (1992), making use of a satellite launched by Japan, joint experiments in applied technology (areas such as distance medicine, distance education, computer networking, satellite broadcast, and joint development of a human resource training system using distance education, as well as the implementation of a continuation project called the “Post-Partners Project” (1996).

Besides this, as a way of making use of the developed skills and facilities for the benefit of other developing countries, JICA has been active in supporting KMITL in organizing “third-country training” in information technology (started in 1978; presently known as the Japan-Thai Partnership Program, JTTP; having completed 11 programs with 13 courses established), dispatched KMITL professors to the engineering department of National University of Laos and supported KMITL’s acceptance of research students from universities in Laos.

At present, KMITL has been recognized as one of the science and technology universities in Thailand. This could be because of Japan’s long-term and ongoing assistance; comprehensive assistance to the university, industry and each level of government; the significant influence of early graduates of study abroad programs in Japan. In the future, one can expect continued development through KMITL’s participation in the Southeast Asia Engineering Education Network (SEED-NET) and strengthening of links with other higher education institutions.

Faculties and departments

Centers and services

Research Center for Communication and Information Technology (ReCCIT)

The KMITL Research Center for Communication and Information Technology (ReCCIT) project is the fourth “project-type technical cooperation” project implemented at KMITL and has as its goals strengthening the center’s research and development capacity and the graduate school program. The implementing partner organizations are the Ministry of University Affairs and KMITL, and a Japan-based advisory committee (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications or formerly Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications; Tokyo Institute of Technology; Tokai University) has been established. Through dispatch of experts in information technology, technical training of overseas participants, provision of research and educational equipment, the goals of the project are being pursued. These are: 1) establishment of an information technology research center; and 2) strengthening of graduate school programs in the field of information technology at the Center and other research labs that are the targets of the cooperation. Through these research facilities, KMITL maintains creative partnerships with government and private industry.

Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Data Storage Technology and Applications

The I/UCRC in Data Storage Technology and Applications or iDSTA is formed under partnership between KMITL and NECTEC under the Thailand's Hard Disk Drive Competitiveness Enhancement Program. The aim is to increase research and development activities in this area and to enhance cooperation among researchers and between the researchers and the HDD industry in Thailand.

  • Advanced Research Center for Photonics
  • Nanotechnology Research Center (in co-operation with NANOTECH of NSTDA)
  • Business Incubator Center
  • Electronics Research Center
  • Computer Research and Service Center
  • Electrical and Electronic Products Testing Center (PTEC) established under the co-operation of NSTDA and KMITL
  • Engineering Service and Development Center
  • Scientific Instruments Service Centre (SISC)
  • Engineering Research Park


  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Chumphon Campus

Notable faculty and alumni

  • General Surayud Chulanont - Former Prime Minister and the President of University Council
  • Punya Thitimajshima - Co-inventor of Turbo code, Shannon limit-approaching code and the recipient of 1998 IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Award
  • Itti Palangkool - Late pop rock singer during the 1990s
  • Yaowalak Traisurat - Miss Thailand Universe 2003
  • Kongdej Jaturanrasamee - Screenwriter and Film Director
  • Somsak Thepsutin - Former Vice Leader of the Thai Rak Thai Party and Former Deputy Prime Minister, Former Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, and Former Minister of Industry
  • Srimuang Charoensiri - Minister of Education and Former Senator
  • Pimuk Simaroj - Former Member of Parliament; Deputy Spokesperson of Thai Rak Thai Party
  • Anusorn Kraiwatnussorn - Former Member of Parliament
  • Somsak Phurisrisak - Suphan Buri Governor
  • Jirayuth Rungsritong - CEO and President of CAT Telecom
  • Nopporn Witoonchart - CEO and President of Siam Future Development
  • Pongchai Amatanon - CEO and Founder of Forth Corporation
  • Pairash Thajchayapong - 2005 PICMET Leadership in Technology Management Award Recipient, Outstanding Scientist of 1991, former C11 Professor of Computer Engineering, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, President of the National Science & Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and former KMITL Rector
  • Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom - IEEE Fellow, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Former President of Mahanakorn University of Technology, former Professor of Electronics Engineering and former Dean of the School of Engineering and of Graduate Studies
  • Sujate Jantarang - President of Mahanakorn University of Technology
  • Soontorn Oraintara - Co-inventor of Integer Fast Fourier Transform and Integer Discrete Cosine Transform
  • Chalermek Intanagonwiwat - Computer Scientist known for his work on directed diffusion
  • Wanchat Padungrat - Founder of
  • Jumrud Sawangsamud - President of The Association of Thai ICT Industry (ATCI) and Co-founder, International Research Corporation
  • Sopon Srisakul - Finalist, Big Brother Thailand Season 1
  • Chusak Limsakul - President of Prince of Songkla University

External links

  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Official Website

Coordinates: 13°43′36″N 100°46′48″E / 13.726725°N 100.780125°E / 13.726725; 100.780125

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