Chiang Mai University (CMU) is a place for knowledge acquisition and knowledge transfer in both the arts and the sciences. It is a place for academic excellence, based on academic freedom and guided by moral precepts, in order to benefit the region and the country as a whole.
As Thailand’s first provincial university, CMU was established in accordance with the government’s policy and objectives for providing the various regions of the country with centers for academic and occupational education, creating the transfer of multi-faceted research. The preservation of Lanna culture and Northern values are significant at CMU, and projects and programs are ongoing on a national scale. CMU operates according to the principles of academic freedom, adhering to the truth and virtue for excellence.
Graduates are self-trainers and developers who are knowledgeable, thoughtful, and practical, capable of pursuing a career for themselves and taking care of others with ethical qualities and social awareness.


A Leading University Committed to Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development


Our four-fold mission addresses the challenges our nation faces amidst a globalizing world. Our mission is to:
  1. Effectively train students.
  2. Conduct diverse research to uphold our standards of teaching, learning and technology transfer and to adapt innovative knowledge.
  3. Provide academic services to the national community in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, particularly serving Northern Thailand.
  4. Preserve and nurture our Lanna-Thai heritage, and sustainably develop the resources of the unique natural environment of Northern Thailand.