The fountain of language, social and cultural wisdom in Southern Isan and the Mekong Region for ASEAN
The Faculty of Liberal Arts is committed to producing graduates who excel in academic pursuits, uphold high moral standards, and are well-informed about social changes. It strives to create and integrate a body of knowledge about local languages, communities, cultures, and wisdom which can be utilized for the development of Southern Isan, Thailand, and the Mekong Region for ASEAN.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts was formerly known as the Institute of Languages and Culture, a government unit that was equivalent in terms of status to a faculty. The Institute offered humanities and social sciences core courses for all UBU students throughout Thailand’s seventh Higher Education Development Plan (1992 – 1996).
It later extended its mission and increased its working capacity to include producing graduates in the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences especially in the needed majors, fostering research projects, providing academic services to local communities, and preserving culture and arts. On December 27, 1999, which was during the eighth Higher Education Development Plan (1997 – 2001), the Institute was elevated to a faculty and renamed the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The faculty welcomed its first class of English and Communication undergraduates in 1999 and Tourism in 2000.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts is located on the main campus of Ubon Ratchathani University in Ban Sri Kai Sub-district, Warinchamrab District, Ubon Ratchathani. It provides services in two buildings: the LA and the ILC. The LA building, the newer of the two, has four floors. Located on the first floor are the administrative offices comprising of the Offices of Secretary, Finance, Administration, Personnel, Planning and Development, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Public Relations, Office Supplies, Building and Facilities Maintenance, Printing and Copying, and Vehicles. Also on this floor are the offices of the administrative board and some of the faculty offices. At the entrance of the building is the LA theatre, which has a seating capacity of 400. On the second floor is the Self-Access Learning Center (SAC). The third and the fourth floors have classrooms and faculty offices, respectively. The ILC building, formerly the Institute of Language and Culture building, has three floors. Located on the first floor are the Mekong Sub-Region Social Research Center, the UBU Travel Together, which is the practical training center for Tourism students, and the Student Union. On the second floor are two language-learning rooms, media room, and graduate student study study room. The third floor has a seminar room that has a capacity of 70 people.
Mission and Goals
The Faculty of Liberal Arts provides undergraduate and graduate students with specialized skills and knowledge in, for example, English, Tourism, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In equipping them with high moral standards, social consciousness, responsibility, and creativity, the faculty endeavors to develop them into ideal citizens who will become a main force in the development of local communities, the country, and the Mekong Region. Through their study at the faculty, the students will gain an understanding of themselves and others.
Faculty Flower and Color
The faculty flower is “dokjan,” which belongs to the flowering plant family called Papilionoideae or Leguminosae. Its scientific name is Butea monosperma. In Thai, it is commonly known as “thong kwao” or “kwao.” Native to Isan, dokjan is a symbol of the region. It thrives in a hostile environment and blooms in the dry season. Just like dokjan, the Faculty of Liberal Art is an organic part of Isan. It strives to produce graduates who have excellent academic performances, high moral and ethical standards, leadership skills, and social consciousness. The faculty color is orange, which is the color of dokjan.