On September 22, 1967, His Majesty the King graciously granted the University the name “Prince of Songkla University” in honor of his beloved father, His Royal Highness Somdej Chao Fa Mahidol Adulyadej Kromma Luang Songkla Nakarin. In commemoration of this auspicious occasion, the university has since proclaimed September, 22 of every year as “Songkla Nakarin Day”.
PSU’s educational philosophy is based on Progressivism, with the aim to develop students in all aspects and prepare them to thrive in their respective societies. This includes assisting them in adapting to unpredictable circumstances by using learning process methods and treating students as the center of attention. Various learner needs, such as problem solving, self-researching processes and taking action inside and outside of the classroom, are considered fundamental to PSU’s “sustainable learning” approach. This led to the formulation of the idea that “change brings improvement” – a type of learning where students are able to apply these methods both at the university and in real-life environments.
PSU’s active research networks are composed of Centers of Excellence, Research Centers, and Research Units. Some of them are:
Prince of Songkla University has the policy to encourage the students to have opportunities to participate in activities that best suit their skills and interests. These activities may be divided in to two main categories according to the sources which organize or administer the activities.
At PSU, one can enjoy excellent teaching and learning facilities, outstanding sports provisions, and the opportunity to join one of the multicultural student clubs and societies. Opportunities to attend plays, concernts, films, recitals, and other cultural gatherings are frequently available.
As the source of information and knowledge for all, PSU is managing six main libraries: two on Hat Yai Campus, and one on each of the other four campuses. Each library provides a full range of services to staff, personnel and students of the University, as well as to the general public. Moreover, most faculties also have their own specialized libraries. However, specific permission is usually required to access these.
PSU Computer Center offers services for all and is open daily from 08:30 to 22:30. Assistance can be sought from the Help Desk from 08:30 to 16:30 on weekdays. During vacation and examination periods, the opening hours are usually adjusted. A PSU Passport (Username and Password) is required to access the university Management Information System (MIS).
PSU is the only university in southern Thailand that has four medical facilities on campus!
PSU Hat Yai Campus has the biggest and most specialized general hospital in the region, namely Songklanagarind Hospital, a Dental Hospital, a Traditional Thai Medicine Hospital, and a Veterinary Hospital. Moreover, there is also a Pharmacy on campus, which is run by the PSU Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
One of the purposes of having dormitories in the campus is to improve learning environment, to let students have better opportunities to exchange their attitudes and view points, to foster good relationship and friendship, to develop students’ characters on many aspects such as how to live together in orderly manner as well as to learn to be responsible to ourselves and to the public in general.
At PSU, one can enjoy outstanding sports provisions: sport courts (tennis, basketball, badminton, volleyball, takraw, petanque), multi-purpose playing fields, swimming pool (Hat Yai and Pattani only), fully-equipped gymnasiums, fitness center, areas for aerobics and Tai Chi classes.Yoga classes and other types of sporting are available in several buildings around campus.
The International Students Association of PSU provides a wealth of opportunities for networking, socializing and making friends through social and cultural activities, sightseeing around Thailand, etc. At times, the international students may have chances to join cultural activities and sightseeing trips organized for groups of exchanged students visiting PSU.
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