Khon Kaen University is a top-flight university ranking second among universities that people would most like to attend in Thailand. The campus is located in the Northeast or Isan region, which covers one-third of the country. The area is also known for having its own distinctive cultural identity, which is different from other regions. In addition, Khon Kaen is one of the provinces situated on the Greater Mekong Sub-region corridor from the East to West (GMS East-West Economic Corridor, or EWEC) that connects the cities of Vietnam, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Thailand itself to Peninsular India and the Middle East. Hence, Khon Kaen University is located in the strategic development areas of the GMS and ASEAN that signify the development of specific issues on a broader level, such as education, economics, and international trade. As a result, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Khon Kaen University is renowned for its expertise in various disciplines linked to the Northeast of Thailand, GMS, and ASEAN as well.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to producing first-rate graduates by placing a strong emphasis on explicit instructional quality. Thus, each study field has attached great importance to the quality of education. Language programs have enhanced their learners’ experience by incorporating the native languages both inside and outside the classroom. For social sciences programs, learners are encouraged to be capable of applying functional skills, perceiving the development process, and being interoperable with the community. The information science programs give precedence to work creations drawn from the practice that occurs both in the laboratory and practical work in the establishment. For the graduate levels, the Faculty provides Master's and Doctoral programs focusing on research quality improvement, while also encouraging learners to do research that can be available to the public and be able to be published in academic journals at both the national and international levels. The Master's and Doctoral programs, including Mekong Studies, Sociology, Social Development, Development Administration, Public Administration, Development Science, Philosophy and Religion, English, Applied Linguistics, Thai Language, Information Management, and Information Studies, have research collaborations with foreign countries and are recognized with international reputation.
Through studying at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, students acquire academic learning in addition to developing skills that the Faculty deems important and necessary for the working environment of various future careers. Consequently, the key characteristics of Humanities and Social Sciences graduates involve the following R3C:
Ready to Work – Our graduates, fully equipped with academic knowledge and practical experience, are ready to work in their particular fields.
Foreign Languages Communication – Our graduates have good communication skills in English language and in an ASEAN+3 language.
Community-based Learning – Our graduates know and understand the community as well as have experiences in learning and participating in community development activities.
– Our graduates are knowledgeable and ready to work in modern environment or enterprise with colleagues from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences also has its collaboration with foreign countries from various parts of the world, including exchange programs with universities in Japan, Vietnam, China, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Many study programs at the Faculty also have collaborations with international parties in exchanging instructors and researchers, hosting international academic conferences and workshops, as well as being members of academic networks in both regional and global levels. The students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be instilled with the context of social change at the local, regional, national, and international levels. This can effectively