The discovery of natural reserves in the Gulf of Thailand in the 1980s leads to the demand for qualified manpower to work in petroleum, petrochemical, and related industries. Realizing this need, in 1988, the Petroleum and Petrochemical College (PPC), Chulalongkorn University was established.
The PPC started with its own uniqueness as an international graduate program with academic partnership from three U.S. universities – the University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Oklahoma. The collaboration was extended to cover Ph.D. programs in Petrochemical Technology and Polymer Science. In 2002, the College introduced another International M.S. Program in Petroleum Technology with the fourth partner, the Institut Français du Pétrole in France.
The achievement of the student education with the significant number of high impact international publications, PPC received the recognition in the academia and industries locally and globally.
The PPC is now going further with the national and international records;
With this success, PPC is now engaging research with industries through the collaborative research projects, involving with the country’s national Agenda, especially Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy, and expanding academic partnership from Petro-refinery to Bio-refinery.