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|Location||Suwon, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Aju Daehakgyo|
Ajou University, established in 1973, is a research university in South Korea.
In 1971, when modernization and industrialization were under way in Korea, Korea and France entered into an agreement for the establishment of Korea-France Technology Junior College in order to exchange technology and culture through education. According to the agreement, Ajou Engineering Junior College, the forerunner of Ajou University, was founded in March 1973 by Yusin Institute established by Park, Chagn-won, the chairman of Yusin Express Tourism Co., Ltd. Starting as Ajou Engineering Junior College, Ajou College recruited 280 students during its first year from four depart- ments, including Electronics, Precision Mechanical Engineering, Fermentation Chemical Engineering, and Industrial Management. The school was promoted to Ajou Engineering College a year later and produced its first graduates in 1997. In 1997, Kim, Woo-jung, the chairman of Daewoo International, contributed his personal wealth to establish Daewoo Institute and took over Ajou University.
In 1981, Ajou Engineering College was raised to university status as Ajou University with three colleges, including Engineering, Business Administration and Humanities, and ten departments. A graduate school was set up during that same year together with three master’s programs in mechanical engineering, electronics, and chemical engineering. Doctoral programs were also created in the same departments a year later. At the 10th anniversary of the University in 1983, Ajou Univer- sity established a ‘ten-year development plan’. This was the first general development plan envisaging a future image of Ajou University. According to the plan, the College of Social Sciences was founded in 1985, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences were separated into two independent colleges in 1987, and College of Medicine was founded in 1988.
Notable Academic Programs
The oldest and the largest school at Ajou University is the College of Engineering with its four divisions: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and Environmental and Urban Systems Engineering.
The Ajou School of Medicine opened in 1988. In 2012, a total of 705 students graduated from the school.
Reputation and Rankings
Ajou University has a sizeable exchange program with about 146 universities in 42 countries with about 600 exchange students yearly. The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper ranked Ajou University between 4th and 13th consistently over the last 15 years, among approximately 400 educational institutes in South Korea. On world rankings,according to QS top Asian University Ranking, it is in the top 100 Asian University Rankings-97th- tie with Osaka prefecture university of Japan.
|Undergraduate programs||Graduate programs|
|College of Engineering||Graduate School for Professionals|
|School of Medicine||Graduate School of Industry|
|School of Business Administration||Graduate School of Business
|College of Information Technology||Graduate School of Public Affairs|
|College of Humanities||Graduate School of Education|
|College of Natural Sciences||Graduate School of
Information and Communication
|College of Social Sciences||Graduate School of Information
and Communication Technology
|College of Nursing||Graduate School of International Studies|
|College of Law||Graduate School of Law|
Sports Star Alumni
The Ajou university soccer team has won three consecutive national championships from 1993 to 1995. Notable alumni include:
Ahn Jung-Hwan (2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup member of Korean National Team)
Ha Seok-Ju (1998 FIFA World Cup member of Korean National Team)
Lee Min-Sung (1998 FIFA World Cup member of Korean National Team)
Woo Sung-Yong (appeared in 2007 AFC Asian Cup as a member of Korean Nation Team)
The Statue of Pioneer is the symbol of Ajou University. It is located at the school’s main entrance.
The campus is served by 2 big restaurants and many minor restaurants. The biggest restaurant is close to dormitories and is called Dormitory restaurant. It is double storey and serves Korean style food as well as western style food. The second biggest restaurant is called Student restaurant and is located in Student union building. Apart from this there are restaurants in Woncheon hall, Paldal hall, and Dasan hall.
There are four big dormitories on campus. Nam-jae dormitory, Yong-Ji dormitory, Hwa-hong dormitory and Kwang-Gyu dormitory. Nam-jae and Yong-ji dormitories are exclusively boys dormitories while Kwang-gyu is a girls dormitory. Hwa-hong houses both males and females (on separate floors, girls floors are female-keycard access only) and is the only dormitory open to foreigners as exchange students or regular students. Except for Hwa-hong dormitory all the dormitories have rooms with four occupants each. Hwa-hong has 2-bed and 4-bed rooms. It also has single rooms for visiting professors.
Four Seasons at Ajou
- "Ajou Exchange Program Highlights". Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved 19 April 2013.