Assumption University
April 2006

Assumption University

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Aspiring to be the seat of e-Learning in Thailand
Cathedral of Learning
The ‘Cathedral of Learning’ in Banga, Bangkok is spread across a picturesque green area with modern buildings cloaked in a mantle of  intriguing architecture, nestled in this natural environment. The imposing stone structures, roman arched  doorways and columns, in an immaculate green landscape, is a perfect model of a ‘University in a  park’. This place creates an atmosphere that is healthy and refreshing to the active mind,  intellectually stimulating and enriching, in other words, an  atmosphere conducive to learning. This ‘Cathedral of Learning’ is the Assumption University of  Bangkok.
The University is a non-profit institution administered by the  Brothers of St. Gabriel, a worldwide Catholic religious order, founded in  France in 1705 by St. Louis Marie De  Montfort, devoted to education and philanthropic activities. The congregation has been operating  many educational institutions in Thailand since 1901.  “Assumption,” besides its religious connotation in glorification of the mother of Christ, has yet another  meaning in Thai language, “the Abode of Abiding Knowledge.”  Assumption University was initially originated from Assumption Commercial College in 1969 as an  autonomous higher education institution under the name of  Assumption School of Business. In 1972, with the approval of the  Ministry of Education, it was officially established as Assumption Business Administration College or ABAC. In May 1975, it was accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs. In  1990, it was granted new status as    “Assumption University” by the Ministry of University Affairs. Assumption University has aimed to  provide scientific and humanistic knowledge, with an emphasis on business education and management  science. With two campuses in Thailand, the University has more  than 25,000 students, faculty and departmental staff. The University has  many business and academic partners in Asia, including Hong Kong, India,  Bangladesh, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of  China, as well as international students from more than 58 countries. Assumption University has 26 IT  related programs. Assumption University is recognized in the USA  and other countries and the transfer of credits from the University are  accepted abroad. Graduates from the University can pursue advanced  Degrees anywhere in the world.

Srisakdi Charmonman IT Center (SCIT Center)
Recognising the importance of allowing those interested in education  the opportunity to continue their studies conveniently and promote  Life-Long Learning by using the  Internet, the Assumption University expanded its outreach from traditional  classroom-based education to Internet-based distance education. The College of Internet Distance Education is the first educational  institution in Thailand to offer  complete eLearning degree programs. Although the Board of Trustees of Assumption University has approved  the establishment of the College of Internet Distance Education on April  25, 2002, the government of Thailand  legalized eLearning degree programs in 2005.The College is located at “Srisakdi Charmonman IT Center (SCIT Center)”. The College of Internet Distance Education is housed at the Srisakdi Charmonman IT Center  (www.scitBuilding.com), constructed at the cost of about US$ 15 million. The center has 12 floors of 12,000 square meters, more than 1,000 Internet terminals, and a Network  Operation Center (NOC) with a diesel generator for power backup.  The facilities at SCIT Center spead
across 12 floors includes Computer Labs and Internet Access Room,  Courseware Development Center, Assumption University TV Station (ATV), Training Rooms for the Blind, the Deaf, the Retired, and Gifted Kids,  Video Conference Room and Mini- Theater, IT Training Room with 408  Computers Online and other facilities.These excellent facilities  are complemented by an equally excellent faculty and staff. With  its high standards and full accreditation, the College offers  “one-stop services for worldwide eEducation for anyone, from anywhere, and at anytime”.  The college at present provides a
Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology (1 Year),  Master of Science in Management  (1 year) and Master of Science in  eLearning Methodology (1 Year) that teaches designing, implementing,  and operating eLearning. Assumption University of  Thailand aims to offer more eLearning programs at all levels of education – Ph.D., Master’s,  Bachelor’s, Associate Degree, and short courses in future. In  addition to programs originating at Assumption University, the College also aims to offer accredited degree programs from the United States of  merica, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asian countries, eventually, serving about 100,000 students per year.

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