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Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) was established by His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn the Great in BE 2430/CE 1887, and offered the first classes in Be 2432/CE 1889. In keeping with His Majesty's intentions, MCU has become a major institute of Buddhist Higher Education, Research and Community Service, education monks, novice and laity at campuses throughout Thailand.


The OCBS was established in 2007. It is a Recognised Independent Centre (RIC) of the University of Oxford. It promotes the academic study of Buddhist texts, societies, theories and practices within the University. It is committed to maintaining the highest academic standards.

The OCBS also aims to promote understanding of the importance of Buddhist insights across a wide range of academic disciplines; and to work in partnership with leading institutions to apply approaches derived from studying Buddhism to contemporary issues.


The Buddhist & Pali College (U.S.A) is an affiliated college of the Buddhist  & Pali University of Sri Lanka and its sole representative in the U.S.A.  It was established in January 2006 by the Venerable Witiyala Seewalie the founding Principal of the College. The Buddhist & Pali College (USA) offers a one-year Diploma in Buddhism. It also prepares students for external degree and diploma examinations of the Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka.


The Association of Theravāda Buddhist Universities (ATBU) is an inclusive global network. It unites the people, knowledge and skills of every Higher Education Institution with a specific mission to educate students to understand and practice the Buddha's Dhamma as presented in the Pāli Canon. It provides a framework within which Theravāda Buddhist Universities can:
* better understand each other's policies and activities and be better understood regionally and internationally;
* collaborate in administration, teaching, research and outreach;  
* recognize each other's qualifications.