The World Buddhist University (WBU) was established in B.E. 2541 (1998) by a resolution of the World Fellowship of Buddhists General Conference held between October 29 and November 2, 1998, in New South Wales, Australia. This conference marked two auspicious occasions. The first occasion was the celebration of the 84th birthday anniversary of H.H., Somdej Phra Yanasangvara, the Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Thailand, and the High Holy Patron of the World Fellowship of Buddhist. This event occurred on October 3rd , B.E. 2540 (1997). The second occasion was the anniversary of the founding of the World Fellowship of Buddhist on December 6, B.E. 2543 (2000).
- The Institute of Research and Development.
- The Institute of Training and Curriculum Development.
- The Institute of Spiritual Practice and.
- The Institute of Educational System Based on Buddhism.
The main purposes of the University are as follows:
- To serve as a Coordinating Centre to exchange academic works, research and development and related information at local, regional and international levels.
- To develop and promote the science of Buddhist education to be more universally accessible.
- To offer alternatives for educational system aiming to perfect development of human being and society together with creation of a civilized world in accordance with law of nature.
- To involve Buddhism in solving regional and global ossues.
- To provide and facilitate Buddhist academic services to the World Fellowship of Buddhist, its members and organizations working for the same ends.