was established in 1964 at the behest of the people of the North and according to government policy, as Thailand's first regional university. The institution's goals are to provide educational and occupational knowledge and skills to promote academic and professional achievement, and to preserve national culture. Chiang Mai University was granted its royal charter by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on January 15, 1964.
The university's logo depicts an elephant lifting a flaming torch. The motto of the' university, written in Pali, says, "Attanung Damayanti Pandita," which means "A Wise Person Cultures Himself."
The university's colour is pale mauvex and, in addition, each faculty also has a separate colour. The graduation gowns have stripes in the appropriate colours to signify the respective faculties. The university follows an interdisciplinary approach to education, offering students flexibility in their choice of individual courses. Each course provides credits towards the target qualification and a typical course consisting of three hours study per week awards three credits. The academic year consists of two semesters, each approximately fifteen weeks long. The first semester runs from June to October, and the second from October to February Summer sessions takes place from March to May.
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