Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU), which in Thai means University of Business Knowledge
, is one of the most distinguished, private universities in Thailand, increasingly recognized by the international academic community. It was established in 1968 as a simple business college with some 40 students by its two founders, Dr. Sawai Sudhipitak and Mr. Sanan Ketudat.
From a small beginning, Dhurakij Pundit College grew rapidly in student numbers and academic programs. DPU owes its success mainly to the vision and dedication of Dr. Sawai, who served as the university's first president until his death in 1994, and Khun Sanan, who guided its expansion as Honorary Chairman of the University Council while pursuing a distinguished career in government followed by private law practice.
In 1984, the country's Ministry of University Affairs conferred university status on DPU in recognition of its high academic standards and achievements. Only three other private colleges earned a similar distinction at that time.
- The only private university awarded "Excellent Academic Quality Assurance" by the Thai Ministry of Education, Academic Year 2008 - 2009
- One of the universities in Thailand officially recognized by China’s Ministry of Education
- The first university in Thailand certified "ISO 9001:2008" by the International Organization for Standardization