Top 100 Asian Universities

Another list by Webometrics Ranking of Asian Universities.

Top Asia

Universities 1 to 100 of 100

Top Universities in Thailand

According to a study done by Webometrics and a ranking of South-East Asian universities, these are the top universities in Thailand:

  1. Prince of Songhkla University
  2. Chulalongkorn University
  3. Kasetsart University
  4. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  5. Mahidol University
  6. Thammasat University
  7. Chiang Mian University
  8. Assumption University of Thailand
  9. Koh Kaen University

It’s only one school short of 10! This is the order in which the schools appear in the rankings.

Universities in Thailand

If you’ve ever considered attending University in Thailand, whether you are already living in Thailand or have family in Thailand, or are simply looking for an opportunity to study and travel, there are plenty of universities that may suit your needs. In fact, many universities have International Programs which means that the primary language of instruction is English. While tuition is usually higher for these programs and admissions are more selective because the programs are smaller, many students from all around the world choose to study at Thai universities, either to obtain a degree or as part of a study abroad or exchange program.

  1. Asian University of Science and Technology
  2. Assumption University of Thailand
  3. Bangkok University
  4. Burapha University
  5. Chiang Mai University
  6. Christian College
  7. Chulalongkorn University
  8. Dhurakijpundit University
  9. Dusit Thani College
  10. Eastern Asia University
  11. Far Eastern College
  12. Hatyai City College
  13. Huachiew Chalermprakiet University
  14. Kasem Bundit University
  15. Kasetsart University
  16. Khon Kaen University
  17. King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  18. King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology North Bangkok
  19. King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi
  20. Krirk University
  21. Mae Fah Luang University
  22. Maejo University
  23. Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University
  24. Mahamakut Buddhist University
  25. Mahanakorn University of Technology
  26. Mahasarakham University
  27. Mahidol University
  28. Mahidol University International College
  29. Naresuan University
  30. National Institute of Development Administration
  31. Nivadhana University
  32. North-Eastern University
  33. Payap University Chaiang Mai
  34. Prince of Songkla University
  35. Rajabhat Institute – Suan Dusit
  36. Rajamangala Institute of Technology
  37. Rajapark College
  38. Ramkhamhaeng University
  39. Rangsit University
  40. Rattana Bundit College
  41. Saengtham College
  42. Saint Louis College
  43. Shinawatra University
  44. Siam University
  45. Silpakorn University
  46. Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
  47. South-East Asia University
  48. Southeast Bangkok College
  49. Srinakharinwirot University
  50. Sripatum University
  51. St. John’s University
  52. Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University
  53. Suranaree University of Technology
  54. Tapee College
  55. Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering
  56. Thaksin University
  57. Thammasat University
  58. The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment
  59. The University of Central Thailand
  60. Thonburi College of Technology
  61. Ubonratchathani University
  62. University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
  63. Vongchavalitkul University
  64. Walailak University
  65. Webster University Thailand
  66. Yonok College

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Top 100 Universities in the World

These are the ranking for the top 100 universities in the world according to the Times – QS ranking, which is done annually. QS stands for Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading global career and education network. QS helps foster international mobility and educational and career development. They have an excellent website which aims to link educators and employers to qualified candidates from all over the world.

Rank School Name Country
1 HARVARD University United States
2= University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
2= YALE University United States
2= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
5 Imperial College LONDON United Kingdom
6 PRINCETON University United States
7= University of CHICAGO United States
7= CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Calt… United States
9 UCL (University College LONDON) United Kingdom
10 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (M… United States
11 COLUMBIA University United States
12 MCGILL University Canada
13 DUKE University United States
14 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
15 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
17 University of TOKYO Japan
18 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
19 STANFORD University United States
20= CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
20= CORNELL University United States
22 University of California, BERKELEY United States
23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
24 King’s College LONDON United Kingdom
25 KYOTO University Japan
26 Ecole Normale Supérieure, PARIS France
27 University of MELBOURNE Australia
29 NORTHWESTERN University United States
30 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
31 The University of SYDNEY Australia
32 BROWN University United States
33= National University of SINGAPORE Singapore
33= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
33= University of QUEENSLAND Australia
36 PEKING University China
37 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
38= University of MICHIGAN United States
38= The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
40 TSINGHUA University China
41 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (U… United States
42 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of T… Switzerland
43 MONASH University Australia
44 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
45 University of TORONTO Canada
46 OSAKA University Japan
47 BOSTON University United States
48 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
49 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States
50 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
51= SEOUL National University Korea, South
51= University of TEXAS at Austin United States
53= TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
53= HONG KONG University of Science & Techno… Hong Kong
55= University of WASHINGTON United States
55= University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
57 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
58 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
59 LONDON School of Economics and Political… United Kingdom
60 HEIDELBERG University Germany
61 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
62 University of ADELAIDE Australia
63 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
64 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
65= University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
65= Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (… Germany
67 Technische Universität MÜNCHEN Germany
68 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
69 NANYANG Technological University Singapore
70 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
71= UPPSALA University Sweden
71= DARTMOUTH College United States
73 University of ILLINOIS United States
74= EMORY University United States
74= University of YORK United Kingdom
76 University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom
77= University of PITTSBURGH United States
77= PURDUE University United States
79 University of MARYLAND United States
80= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
80= University of LEEDS United Kingdom
82 VANDERBILT University United States
83 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
84 LEIDEN University Netherlands
85= CASE WESTERN RESERVE University United States
85= University of VIENNA Austria
85= FUDAN University China
88 QUEEN’S University Canada
89 UTRECHT University Netherlands
90= TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
90= PENNSYLVANIA STATE University United States
92 RICE University United States
93= University of MONTREAL Canada
93= University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
95 University of ROCHESTER United States
96 University of CALIFORNIA, Davis United States
97= GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
97= University of ALBERTA Canada
99 CARDIFF University United Kingdom
100 University of HELSINKI Finland

Source: THES – QS World University Rankings
© Quacquarelli Symonds 2004 – 2007

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Fried Ice Cream at Talad Bangnampung

On a recent visit to Thonburi, we visited the market at Wat Bangnampung, or talad bangnampung. This market is built on concrete walkways along a canal and over a protected wetland area. The temple uses the market to stir tourists and attention to the conservation efforts to protect the wetlands, which is home to the popular fireflies. The area also offers homestays for those who want to see how the locals live and learn about the local agriculture.

The market itself offers tons of delicious food and deserts, many of which are hard to find in your average market. Here you’ll find noodles alongside the canal and you must sit barely a foot off the ground on a foot stool. In the canal, you can see families renting wooden boats and paddling them back and forth in the water for just 20 baht per hour.

Noodle shop along the canal.
One of the treats available at the market was fried ice cream. For 10 baht, you can have the ice cream flavor of your choice dipped in batter and fried. Finally, the fried ice cream is served in a styrofoam dish with a few toppings like sprinkles, nuts or jellies.

Toppings for the fried ice cream in jars.

Fried ice cream with sprinkles on top.


Laadna Shop near Saphan Lek

TIn an area of old Bangkok, we sometimes go to a market called Talad Saphan Lek, or Iron Bridge Market, which is within walking distance from China Town (Yommarat) and India Town (Pahurat). The market specializes in video games and technology related items. It is the video game headquarters that Bangkokians frequent to get the latest video game system, modify their systems or purchase pirated games.
At this market, you can also get bootlegged movies, toys, and miscellaneous electronic items. True to the name, the market itself is built on a large metal bridge over Ohng Ang Canal in the Wang Burapha area of Bagkok. The 200 meter long aisles, which run along both banks of the canal, stretch from Charoen Krung or New Road, south to Yaowarat Road. As you walk through the maze-like and cramped quarters of the market, you get the feeling that all the little stores are simply squeezed in all of the available space without any rhyme or reason.
Often when we visit Saphan Lek, we’ll eat lunch at a noodle shop only a block away. This noodle shop serves Laadna, which is a form of noodles with gravy. You can get your laadna with different types of meat such as shrimp, seafood, pork, chicken or beef. You can also choose the type of noodles you want in your laadna such as large-flat noodles, thin vermicelli noodles or the crispy, yellow egg noodles. The dish is served with normal seasoning for noodles like the dried chili, vinegar chili, fish sauce and sugar so you can season to taste.

Laadna shop across from parking garage.

Interior of the ladna shop.

Uncooked crispy, yellow ladna egg noodles.

Ladna with pork and crispy, yellow egg noodles.

Ladna with pork and white vermicelli noodles.

Bangkok’s Little India – Pahurat

Bangkok has an Indian Town, not far from its China Town, that is famous for Indian food, clothes, fabric, spices and other items from India. The Pahurat area is bounded by Pahurat Road, Chakraphet Road and Triphet Road, just west of Yaowarat, Bangkok’s China Town. Pahurat Road was built in 1898 and named after Somdet Chaofah Pahurat Maneemai, the son of King Rama V.

The Pahurat district is Bangkok’s Little India and center of the Indian community, who are mostly Sikh. This area is also the largest fabric market in Bangkok, so if you want to buy textiles, especially wholesale, this is the place to go. You can also find Indian jewellery, accessories, footwear, incense and even Indian movies. The market is busy and the aisles are small, so it does get crowded and people can get pushy. It appears that every nook and cranny is being used to do business. If you do get hot and tired of shopping, there are plenty of Indian foods that you can sample from street vendors and local restaurants.

You can get to Pahurt by taking a river express boat Tha Saphaan Phut, which is just to the northwest of Phra Phut Yot Fa (Memorial) Bridge. Once you get off the boat, it’s an easy walk to the market. The Thai Sikh community has a major temple, Siri Guru Singh Sabha close to the Pahurat area that is worth exploring.

Vespa’s used for deliveries in Yaowarat and Pahurat

Sweet and Sour Pork in Pictures

Ingredients for sweet and sour pork including: bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, pork, green onions, and tomatoes.
  The chef cutting up the vegetables for the dish.   
 Flour on a plate and the uncooked pork is sliced into pieces.

The pieces of pork are coated with flour before being fried in oil.

Quickly friend green onions placed over pork.
Remaining vegetables cooked in sweet and sour sauce and mixed with pork.
Finished Sweet and Sour Pork.

Mahachai Station Market

The coastal town of Mahachai and the fishing port of Samut Songkhram are a short train ride from Bangkok, but you’ll feel like you are a world away. One unique feature of Mahachai’s train station is that it co-exists with the city’s fresh market as if they grew up intertwined with each other. In fact, the two historical hubs of Mahachai do in fact overlap to the point where the umbrella stands must be moved when the morning train rolls in. You can look for videos on which document this fascinating event. Another name for this market is talad lom hoop, or “closing umbrella market.”

One must arrive at the prefect time to see the market vendors quickly gathering their waves and moving their posessions out of the way of the train coming on the train tracks. Once the train has passed, the vendors returned to their previous positions as this is a daily routine for them. This is another fine example of how Thais like to cram together in small spaces and adapt to make the situation work. Let’s not consider the safety issues of the vendors, market goers and lots of miscellaneous stuff being so close to the train tracks as the train approaches.

Tuk-tuk driving out of the fish market.
We arrived in Mahachai around lunch time and had missed all the umbrella moving that day, but we did get to see the fresh market filled with newly caught saltwater fish, shellfish and freshwater fish. There were also plenty of squid, shrimp and prawn. I even caught glimpses of toads and turtles that some people do eat. We purchased some white sea bass and some fish I know only by their Thai names: “plaa krabok,” “plaa salit,” and “plaa lak krew.” Mostly we fried the fish and ate them with rice and a fish sauce, lemon and chili dipping sauce called “nam prik nam plaa.” But, my dad also used the “plaa krabok” to make a version of the popular tom yum soup. All of the fish was super fresh and none of the seafood that you can buy in Bangkok is quite as sweet or as cheap.

Plaa salit with eggs
Before we left the market, we got a recommendation for a local restaurant from a fish vendor. She said that the restaurant made good spicy dishes with an extreme taste. We wanted to eat some fresh seafood while we were in Samut Songkram and we enjoyed white sea bass steamed with lemon, three flavored fried battered shrimp and fried “plaa sai,” or sand fish. All of it was fresh and yummy, although the restaurant lacked good service.

Kitchen Mortars – kroke

A Thai kitchen would hardly be complete with a kroke or kitchen mortar. Today, as in the past, the krokeis a mainstay in the kitchen and is used regularly to pound curry pastes or dipping sauces. Mortars and pastels are an important part of Thai daily life as much as they were centuries ago.

Other Southeast Asian countries also use kitchen mortars and many of them bear striking resemblances to those used in Thailand. The stone mortars used in Bali, Indonesia are very similar to the ones used in Thailand. The Balinese mortars differ in that they are made from volcanic rock while Thai mortars are made of granite. The wooden mortars used in Burma are similar to those used in Cambodia and Northern Thailand. The ceramic mortars used in Thailand are identical to those used in Laos.

In the past, most Thai kitchens had mortars made from ceramic and had a wooden pestel. While they were relatively strong, the ceramic mortars would sometimes break under the constant pounded required to make curry paste. Stone mortars made of granite were more costly than their ceramic counterparts, but were preferable because they could withstand frequent poundings. The finer the grain of the granite used to make the mortar, the longer it would last.

Originally mortars in Issan and the North were made from wood because the material was common and inexpensive. These wooden mortars were often homemade and one household might have several different wooden mortars. Each wooden mortar would be used for different kinds of work, such as for salt or curry seasonings.

As stone mortars because less expensive and more common, household around the country started using them instead of the wooden mortars. Again, different mortars would be used for different kinds of work. In Issan, for example, there is a special mortar that is used for making som tam, Thailand’s signature papaya salad, since it requires a deep mortar.

Krokesthat have been used regularly for decades bear the wear of use, but these stone kitchen tools were designed for pounding. In fact, many women prefer the worn mortar and pastel that belonged to their mothers over new mortars because older mortars are worn-in and easier to work with. Our family has one from my grandfather that even made its way to America and is still used by my aunt while a newer mortar and pestle remains unused in five years.