"Bonding the World with Chemistry"

49th INTERNATIONAL CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD
6 - 15 July 2017, Nakhon Pathom, THAILAND

Mahidol University

Mahidol University has a long and proud history of contributing to knowledge development in Thailand and is committed to research and teaching excellence. The establishment of Siriraj Hospital in 1888 by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn set the foundation for creation of the University of Medical Sciences in 1943, which was officially renamed as Mahidol University by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969. Since then, Mahidol University has gained a reputation as being one of the nation’s most prestigious higher learning institutes, forging many global collaborative links to build on its core strengths in medicine, health, and science related areas and open new opportunities for innovation in research and higher learning. Today, Mahidol University encompasses 17 faculties, 6 colleges, 9 institutes, and 7 centers across 6 campuses: Phayathai and Bangkok Noi in Bangkok, Salaya in Nakhon Pathom, and regional campuses in Nakhon Sawan, Kanchanaburi, and Amnat Charoen.

Mahidol University's Salaya campus in Nakhon Pathom province, the venue for the 49th IChO, covers 520 acres of landscaped green area. Opened in 1982, it is a green campus covering 520 acres, with wide-open spaces ideal for exercise, team sports, games, and outdoor reflection to enhance the student experience. The newly opened Prince Mahidol Hall dominates the campus landscape, catering for cultural events, including free concerts. The Salaya campus is also situated close to many excellent Thai restaurants and areas to experience the uniqueness of Thai culture, such as Phuttamonthon (Buddhist park) and several floating markets to cater for shoppers!

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Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science was founded as a Premedical School in 1958 by Professor Dr. Stang Mongkolsuk, and took the name of Faculty of Science, Mahidol Unversity in 1969. The Faculty is located on Rama VI Road, Ratchathewi District, Bangkok. Currently, the Faculty of Science consists of 12 departments: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pathobiology, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, and Plant Science. The Faculty of Science currently has a total of 647 staff, with 273 being academic staff (229 at doctoral level, 47 at Master's level, and 15 at Bachelor's level), 94 teaching assistants, 222 supporting staff and 109 employees.

The Faculty of Science offers B.Sc. programs in seven disciplines, namely Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Plant Science, and Physics, to a total of some 360 students per year. The Faculty also has very strong, well-established international graduate programs, 17 programs at Master's level and 16 programs at Ph.D. level, in various scientific disciplines. There are about 600 students at Master’s level and 400 at the Ph.D. level. The Faculty is one of the most prestigious institutes for research and post–graduate training in Thailand and ASEAN.

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Department of Chemistry

The department was founded in 1958, the same year as the Faculty of Science. At present, the department is comprised of 42 faculty staff having diverse research interests, from fundamental research to applied and multidisciplinary investigation in areas of organic chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical physics, inorganic chemistry and catalysis, analytical chemistry, and polymer science and technology. Under pinning the commitment to research excellence is the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry (PERCH-CIC) and three capability units (Sustainable Energy and Green Materials, Surface Science and Engineering, and Catalysis), which highlight the diversity of research being undertaken by the faculty staff.

The undergraduate programs in the Department of Chemistry are comprised of 4 years of study, with the practical nature of chemistry ensuring that laboratory courses play an essential part of the curriculum. The international postgraduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) allow talented students to undertake research projects related to their interests while receiving training in advanced theory and techniques. As higher learning relates not only to obtaining but also applying knowledge to solve problems, students are actively encouraged to broaden their perspectives through overseas training or industrial internships as part of their degree.

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