Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on 2nd April
1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand.
HRH studied from kindergarten to high school at Chitralada School
in Bangkok. She ranked first in the National School Examinations in the
primary level (grade 7) in 1967 and in upper secondary level (grade 12) in
Ranked fourth in the National University Entrance Examination, HRH
enrolled in the
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
with a Bachelor of Arts degree, first class honor, gold medal in History
in 1976. She continued her studies in two graduate programs concurrently,
obtaining an M.A. in Oriental Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from
in 1978, and an M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from
Chulalongkorn University in 1980. She enrolled in a doctoral program at
(former College of Education) in 1981, and was
awarded a doctoral degree in
The principle of using education as a means for community and social
development which HRH has acquired during her doctoral studies, together
with her former experiences in the field, has served as a solid base for
her subsequent involvement in community development activities.
In addition to her formal degree programs, HRH has attended several
training courses and workshops to enhance her knowledge and skills in
effective integrated development. These subjects include computer,
cartography, meteorology, survey and photogrammetry, remote sensing and
geographic information system and nutrition.
HRH has acquired first-hand experiences in working for Their Majesties
the King and Queens development projects in such fields as health and
hygiene, education, water resource development, agriculture and cottage
industry by regularly accompanying Their Majesties on visits to remote
areas since the age of sixteen (in 1970). From these experiences, she
has developed special interests in agricultural extension to improve
school children nutritional conditions; supporting education from
pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also
concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skill.
HRH runs several philanthropic organizations and foundations. She is
Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross
Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana
(in charge of His Majesty's development and environmental preservation projects),
Ananda Mahidol Foundation
(to promote higher education), the King Rama II
Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the Sai Jai Thai
Foundation(to support disabled veterans),
Prince Mahidol Award Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international
community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and
public health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior
Encyclopedia Project by Royal Command of H.M. the King.
HRH began her teaching career in 1979 when she started teaching General
Education Program at Chulalongkorn University. A year later, she joined
the Department of Law and Social Sciences, in the Academic Division of
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.
Presently she is Director of the
Department of History, and has played an active part in revising its
curriculum. She also supervises the Thai Music Club of the Academy. She
occasionally gives special lectures at several other institutions. She
regularly attends academic conferences and seminars both in and outside
In addition, HRH represents Their Majesties in various royal functions.
She also presides over ceremonies as well as other social and charity
functions all through the year.
In 1991, HRH was awarded the Magsaysay Award for Public Service.
HRH likes to travel in the country and abroad to obtain knowledge of
physical geography and peoples ways of living. One of her favorite
pasttimes is writing articles, poetry and short stories. Proceeds from
her written accounts of her overseas travels are the main source of
income of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation which was set up in 1979 to
support needy students in schools, vocational colleges and universities.
In 1997 the number of students receiving grants from the Foundation is
HRH loves Thai literature and studies literature of other countries. She
enjoys playing classical Thai instruments and practising Thai classical
dancing. She sometimes paints. She is also keen on sports : jogging,
swimming, biking and trekking, which gives her an opportunity
to learn about plants, trees and geographical features of the areas.
In addition to her knowledge of Pali, Sanskrit and Cambodian, HRH is
communicative in both English and French and has been learning Chinese,
German and Latin.
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