Ajou University

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Ajou University
Ajou Univ Ui.png
Established 1973
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 10,148
Postgraduates 4,100
Location Suwon, South Korea
Website http://www.ajou.ac.kr/
Ajou University
Hangul 아주대학교
Hanja 亞洲大學校
Revised Romanization Aju Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Aju Taehakkyo
A student on a bench next to the dormitory cafeteria.

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.


Ajou University, established in 1973 under the motto of "Asia's best university for the 21st century", is a leading research university with 10 colleges in Korea. Located in Suwon, about 30 km south of Seoul, Ajou has 14,000 students (9,000 undergraduate, 3,500 graduate, and 1,500 in other courses).

The strength in Ajou's academic programs and research lies in Engineering, IT, BT, NT, Medical Science, Business and International Studies. Ajou is widely recognized for its innovative international programs and strong support for international students and has collaborative partnership with over 200 universities in 58 countries. There is a wide range of international programs at Ajou including student and faculty exchanges, international summer school, Korean language program, etc. International students are taking courses offered in English by various majors. Today Ajou is welcoming about 750 international students a year.

Notable Academic Programs[edit]

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[edit]

Ajou University has a sizeable exchange program with about 250 universities in 60 countries with about 600 exchange students yearly.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Education Programs[edit]

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[edit]

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 Statue of Pioneer .

Dining Halls[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ajou Exchange Program Highlights". Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 37°16′58″N 127°02′46″E / 37.282913°N 127.04607°E / 37.282913; 127.04607