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Internalization is one of the key agendas in the institute’s strategic plan, aiming to support three main missions of Mahidol University – research, education and academic services – into an international standard in the area of language and cultural studies. Through international collaboration with partner institutions around the globe, RILCA brings knowledge and good practices achieved from research onto implementation in various forms of academic activities and corporate social responsibility at the societal and community levels to improve wellbeing of populations from diverse backgrounds regardless of their ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, driving towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Our Research


At the heart of our mission lies a dedication to internationalization, an essential pillar in our strategic plan aligning with the core missions of Mahidol University – research, education, and academic services. By forging dynamic partnerships with esteemed institutions worldwide, RILCA bridges the gap between research excellence and global impact.

Our commitment to international collaboration propels the integration of cutting-edge research findings into diverse academic activities and community-focused initiatives. Beyond the realms of language and cultural studies, we channel the wealth of knowledge gained through collaborative research towards actionable, socially responsible projects. With a resolute focus on societal and community well-being, our initiatives span across ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, advancing us towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Research Funding

Center and Research Cluster

Our institute is home to a vibrant research community focused on exploring the rich tapestry of languages and cultures in Asia. Through our interdisciplinary approach, we aim to advance knowledge and understanding in various domains. Here are eight dynamic research clusters that define our institution’s scholarly pursuits:

Our Global Partnerships


We believe that the pursuit of knowledge is most fruitful when undertaken collaboratively. Our commitment to exploring Asian languages and cultures is not a solitary endeavor but a collective journey where partnerships play a pivotal role. In our interconnected world, understanding and appreciating diverse languages and cultures is more critical than ever. Through strategic collaborations with a network of esteemed partners, we strive to enrich our research, broaden our perspectives, and contribute meaningfully to the global dialogue on Asian languages and cultures.

memorandum of understanding – MOU

Since 2023

  • 2023 – 2025 | College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Chengdu University (China)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute, Yunnan Minzu University (China)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Sichuan International Studies University (China)
  • 2023 – 2025 | School of Oriental and African Studies, Xi’an International Studies University (China)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (China)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Yunnan University (China)
  • 2023 – 2026 | Central Luzon State University (Philippines)
  • 2023 – 2023 | Equitable Education Fund (Thailand)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • 2023 – 2025 | Faculty of Creative Arts, Universiti Malaya (Malaysia)
  • 2023 – 2023 | Save the Children (Thailand) Foundation
  • 2023 – 2027 | SIL International (USA)
  • 2023 – 2027 | The Global Japan Office, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • 2023 – 2023 | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Thailand)
  • 2023 – 2027 | Yunus Emre Institute (Türkiye)

Since 2022

  • 2022 – 2025 | Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Pembangunan National Veteran Jawa Timur University (Indonesia)
  • 2022 – 2025 | Sichuan International Studies University (China)
  • 2022 – 2027 | Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan)
  • The university of social sciences and humanities Vietnam national university of Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam)

Since 2021

  • 2021 – 2023 | De Montfort University (UK)
  • 2021 – 2026 | Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Universite libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • 2021 – 2026 | Qujing Normal University (China)

Since 2019

  • 2019 – 2022 | Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (China)
  • 2019 – 2024 | Filipino Department, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University (PH)
  • 2019 – 2024 | SIL International (NGO)
  • 2019 – 2024 | United International University (Bangladesh)
  • 2019 – 2024 | University of Malaya (Malaysia)
  • 2019 – 2024 | Yunnan Minzu University (China)

Since 2018

  • 2018 – 2021 | College of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University (TW)
  • 2018 – 2021 | Department of Minority languages and cultures, Minzu University of China (China)
  • 2018 – 2021 | Faculty of Asian Languages and Cultures, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China)
  • 2018 – 2021 | Gansu Normal University for Nationalities (China)
  • 2018 – 2023 | School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK)

Since 2017

  • 2017 – 2022 | Literature, Vietnam Academy of Social Science (Vietnam)
  • 2017 – 2022 | Yunnan University (China)

Mobility

Inbound studentsOver 12 weeks course on Thai language and cultures in June 2019- February 2020

  1. Yunnan University, People’s republic of China – 20 students
  2. Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, People’s republic of China – 3 students
  3. Sichuan International Studies University, People’s republic of China – 3 students
  4. Yunnan Minzu University, People’s republic of China – 62 students

Inbound studentsLess than 12 weeks course on Thai language and cultures in June 2019- October 2019

  1. Yunnan Minzu University, People’s republic of China – 14 students

Inbound student – less than 12 weeks on Northeast and Southeast Asian Studies Network in Finland and Thailand project from January 2021 – April 2021 to RILCA

  1. From University of Helsinki, Finland – 1 student

Outbound student – less than 12 weeks July 2019 – June 2019

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) – Asian Graduate Student Fellow ship 2020 (AGSF)/ Seminar / Present research paper at the Singapore gradate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies. – 1 student

Outbound student – less than 12 weeks on Northeast and Southeast Asian Studies Network in Finland and Thailand project from January 2021 – March 2021

  1. At University of Helsinki, Finland – 3 students
  2. At University of Sussex, UK – 1 student