On September 1, 2011, at Mahidol University , Salaya Campus ,
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony of
Prachasangkom Udompattana Building , Mahidol Learning Center building, King Monument of Prince Mahidol and sculpture “From the Mercy to the Wisdom of the Land”.
Mahidol Learning Center building aims to create an environment for non-classroom education that will enhance MU students’ inner strength and life skills through learning and recreational activities as well as to provide student services.
Mahidol University has been regarded as one of Thailand’s top universities and internationally recognized for its distinction in research, learning and teaching, and academic services, but needs to continue its dynamism in the face of today’s ever-changing world.
Reaffirming its long-standing commitment to the development of students into graduates well-prepared to work for the benefit of mankind, the university has determined desirable qualities to be nurtured in them.
To attain the goal, the university has taken a new approach to learning that will develop the students’ ability to think critically, make decisions and analyze things around them, and the center will provide an environment conducive to such learning.
The facilities at MLC will be used to promote learning activities in various forms. With plenty of clear, open space, the building’s design would encourage sharing, learning and exchange among students in large as well as small groups.
It accommodates a variety of activities including an exhibition hall, Mahidol University Student Council, student clubs, meeting rooms, a mini theater, a Cyber Club offering IT services for self-learning, indoor sport and exercise facilities, a MU Clinic, Mahidol University Alumni Association, and one-stop services offered by Division of Education Administration and Division of Student Affairs.
Aside from its practical function, the building’s architectural design and works of art represent the philosophy and core values of Mahidol University.
In His Royal Father Courtyard, an open area leading to the building, stands a statute of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who has been the heart and soul of Mahidol community and whose dedication to human development for the benefit and happiness of mankind the guiding light for its members in pursuing his humanistic ideal.
A greenery section called The Prince Garden separates the courtyard and the front entrance to the building, whose pillars are engraved with His Royal Father’s words and statements of the university’s seven core values..
Placed at the center of the building’s first floor is a sculpture entitled ‘From His Loving Kindness to Wisdom of the Land’ shaped like the flower of Kan phai Mahidol (Afgekia mahidoliae B. L. Burtt & Chermsir.), the symbolic plant of Mahidol University.
The sculpture has a smaller object inside in the form of a drop of water with the seal of Prince Mahidol on it, one in each of the four directions. Entitled ‘Heart of Compassion’, the smaller sculpture symbolizes the prince’s all-embracing loving kindness that has inspired members of Mahidol community to perform their work and achieve success under the guidance of wisdom and ethics.
The building’s second floor houses His Royal Father’s Life History Hall, featuring an exhibition on his life, work and legacy, and the university’s Hall of Fame, displaying the life histories and accomplishments of distinguished members of Mahidol community whose outstanding work benefited society to serve as role models of dedication to social improvement for students.
Date : September 2, 2011