Historical of International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC)
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University is a Buddhist institution, founded by His Majesty King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn the Great) with the purpose of providing higher education to Buddhist monks and laity. Th e institution commenced functioning on November 8, B.E. 2432 (A.D. 1890). On January 23, B.E. 2531 (A.D. 1988), the University Senate Committee unanimously resolved to establish a Graduate School. Th at School now off ers a Master’s Degree in the following four major subjects:
– Buddhist Studies
– Dhamma Communication.
The University has, since its inception, conducted its educational program in the Th ai medium for local students, and for any foreign students sufficiently conversant with the Thai language. The Graduate School has recently developed a strong desire to expand its post-graduate program, so that students from all over the world, who are interested in Buddhism, will be provided with a good opportunity to pursue research in Buddhist Studies. An International M.A. Degree Program, with a major in Buddhist Studies has been conducted since 2543 (2000). At present, the International Buddhist Studies College (IBSC) of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University is formally established offering various curricula such as M.A. level both in Buddhist Studies, and ASEAN Studies, as well as a Doctoral program in Buddhist
Studies in order to meet the vision of the University as to become “the International center for Buddhist Studies”, for monks novices and laypeople from all over the world. Moreover, the curricula have been established especially to meet the educational requirements, and to prepare for entering into the upcoming ASEAN community in year 2558 (2015).