The Council of the University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) has been found during a university management crisis. The Government of Thailand, at that time, had promoted a new management structure. All universities, therefore, were to be operated under the Ministry of Education, not under the Department of University (currently known as the Office of Higher Education Committee or OHEC). In addition, there were other forms of contradiction among universities such as conflicts during their sport matches.
As such, university's leaders agreed to be more cooperative and found the CUPT. Prof. Dr. Prasert Na-Nakorn, Prof. Dr. Sawad Sakulthai and Asst. Prof. Wichit Srisa-an were asked to draft an agreement on cooperation between Thai universities through the university presidents' meeting in 1972. The first CUPT meeting was held on January 29 in the same year at Chulalongkorn University. The agreement was approved and signed by 12 university leaders from 12 universities: Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen Univeristy, Chulalongkorn University, Chiangmai University, Thammasat University, Mahidol University, Ramkhamhaeng Univeristy, Silpakorn University, Prince of Songkla University, (Former) Srinakarinwirot University and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology.
Consequently, the January 29, 1972 was the beginning of the CUPT operation with the cooperation from the 12 university members signed their names on the agreement. On that day, the committees voted for Prof. Dr. Arun Sorntes, the President of Chulalongkorn University, to be a chairman and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an to be a secretary. Later on, the number of members has increased into 16 and 27 respectively.
The Council of University Presidents of Thailand is an independent organization held by cooperation of Thai state university presidents. The presidents agreed to set up the CUPT so that the council is a place to meet and share opinions, moreover, it helps to cooperate among universities and it is a center for the university members to share their opinions and experiences on various issues including National Higher Education activities to be conducted effectively.