|Bangkok University was officially founded in Bangkok on December 25, 1962 by Mr.Surat and Mrs.Pongtip Osathanugrah. Mr.Surat Osathanugrah is one of Thailand' s most prominent businessmen, a former Deputy Minister of Interior, a former Minister of Commerce and a former member of the House of Representatives, representing Khon Kaen province.|
The university was originally known as the Thai Polytechnic Institute until 1965 when it became Bangkok College, the first private college in Thailand. On October 25, 1984, the college was granted university status by the Ministry of University Affairs and has hence been known as Bangkok University.
Bangkok University is a private, non-profit co-educational institution under the patronage of the Bangkok University Foundation. The inspiration for the establishment of this university came from the founders' desire to establish a tertiary educational institution to train students in theoretical and practical experiments, and academic ability.
Bangkok University offers courses both in English and Thai. The Thai program leading to bachelor's degrees is available in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Communication Arts, Humanities, Laws, Science majoring in Computer Science, Fine and Applied Arts and Engineering.
The international program, wholely taught in English, is available in Bangkok University International College (BUIC) offering courses in the Schools of Business administration, Communication Arts, Accounting, and Humanities. The international program is well received by those students who want to better their English and prepare themselves for the international business world or for their future studies abroad.
In 1985, Bangkok University's Graduate School began to offer courses toward the MBA Degree. The medium of instruction is English. This graduate program is fully accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs, the only accreditation authority in Thailand. In 1989,the second graduated program in Master of Arts in communication Arts (MACA) was launched. The program is also taught entirely in English and is welcomed by many of those who pursue careers in the world of communication. This has brought about the extension of the program to many other Thais who are not daily users of English, and the Master's Degree in Communication Arts taught in Thai, as a result, started in 1991.
An Alumni Association was officially established on August 26, 1974. The main purpose of the association is to enable former students of this institution to remain in contact with the University and to nurture the friendship of their years at Bangkok University. Several University alumni have become successful business executives, owners of advising agencies, journalists, writers and social workers, all prominent positions that contribute to the development of the nation.