Sripatum University is one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Thailand. It was founded on the 28th of May, 1970 by Dr. Sook Pookayaporn under the name Thai Suriya College. The name "Sripatum" meaning "Source of Knowledge Blooming Like a Lotus" was conferred on the college by Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother, who graciously presided over the first, second and third graduation ceremonies and delegated Professor Sanya Thammasak, then the president of His Majesty's Privy Council, to preside over the fourth to the tenth graduation ceremonies. The Faculty of Communication Arts offers a Bachelor of Communication Arts Program slanted to Advertising and Public Relations. Studies cover multimedia, audio visual, digital media and communication skills.