||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (November 2012)|
|Motto||Live in Truth, Live for Justice|
|President||Prof. Lee, Yong-Goo Ph.D.|
|Location||Heukseok-dong (Seoul), Anseong (Gyeonggi), Pyeong-dong (Seoul), South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Jung-ang Daehakgyo|
Chung-Ang University (CAU) is an institution of higher education with 30,000 students and 982 faculty members. It consists of 10 undergraduate colleges and 16 graduate schools. It operates two campuses, in Seoul and Anseong, South Korea. Established in 1918, CAU was founded subsequent to liberation from Japanese colonial rule, under the direction of Dr. Young-Shin Yim.
The history of CAU began with the establishment of Chung-Ang Kindergarten as an annex to Chung-Ang Methodist Church at Insa-Dong, Seoul in April 1918. Since the Japanese invasion in 1910, many precursors have regarded educational institutions as a way to liberate the nation. In those days, most schools were established by foreign missionaries, and thus, people thought that kindergarten education would be the most effective way to imbue Koreans with the spirit of political independence. This was because kindergarten education may not only stir the national consciousness of young students, but also passes on the spirit of national independence to their parents. To accomplish such goals, Chung-Ang Kindergarten, which began as a branch institute of Jeongdong Church Kindergarten, became the first and only educational entity fully founded and supported by Koreans, without help from outside forces. As a result, newspapers with national consciousness such as Dong-A Daily News and Maeil Newspaper reported in detail the activities and events of the kindergarten, while many people gave financial assistance to support its operations.
In 2008, Doosan Group signed a MOU with CAU, whereby it agrees to assist with the university’s bid to grow into a premier educational institution of global standard, as part of its social responsibility contribution toward the community. Shortly after, on May 14, the Board of Trustees decided to welcome the participation of Doosan in the university’s management.
At a meeting convened on June 10, CAU’s Board of Trustees voted to appoint Chairman YS Park, of the Doosan Group, to its 9th chair. Chairman Park attended Kyunggi High School, received his BA in Economics from Seoul National University, and holds an MBA from New York University. Before taking the helm of the Doosan, he successively served several key affiliates of the group as their CEO. Included in his impressive resume are the presidency of the Korean Chamber of Commerce, International Chamber of Commerce and the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the membership of IOC (International Olympic Committee).
CAU 2018+ was formulated under the new development adopted since 2008, the objective of which is to cultivate world-class knowledge and build academic capabilities to achieve a ranking within 100 of internationally renowned universities by 2018, commemorating CAU’s Centennial Year.
CAU was the first in South Korea to offer courses in Pharmacy, Business Management, Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, Photography, and Drama & Film Studies, and is active in various areas especially in Pharmacy, Media and the Arts.
- 1 History
- 2 Departments and majors
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student Activities
- 5 Medical Center
- 6 Notable Students
- 7 Miscellaneous
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The establishment of Chung-Ang University is tallied from the founding of Chung-Ang Kindergarten as an annex to the Chung-Ang Methodist Church situated in Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, in April 1918. Basing the establishment of Chung-Ang University on that of a kindergarten addresses its historical significance.
Whilst Korea had been stripped of its independence and sovereignty following the Japanese invasion in 1910, the Japanese Resistance Movement mainly involved armed activists. However, the armed activists were gradually overcome as the Japanese fabricated various legislations to aggressively reinforce exploitative enterprises. Many activists thus seeking a new direction to continue the Resistance Movement resolved to strive for long-term independence through education. In specifying a school built not by Christian missionaries, but within the faculty and resources of the people, and equipped with the greatest capability for propagation, the establishment of a kindergarten was considered to be most suitable.
Chung-Ang Kindergarten originated under such conditions as a branch of Jungdong Church in 1916 and gained its independence in 1918, manifesting a new strategy for national education. Accordingly, details of all activities and events held by the Chung-Ang Kindergarten were reported in national newspapers, such as Dong-A Daily and Maeil News, and sponsorship continually secured from assorted corners of society in support of the proceedings. It can thus be derived that, Chung-Ang was central to national education through national strength and potential. The opportunity to achieve national independence by cultivating talent through education, and in particular, at root level through nursery education, spread in consequence of the activities of the Chung-Ang Kindergarten.
To restrict the expansion, the Japanese effected legislations against kindergartens in 1922, but by 1924, further kindergartens including Susong, Kyungsung and Taewha, and kindergartens in Gaesung and Pyongyang were founded. Accordingly, supplying kindergarten teachers to continue the kindergarten movement became a critical dilemma.
Despite the social conventions in the 1920s, making it difficult to recruit female students to establish and operate a Teacher Training Program, this caused a notable development in the modern history of teaching in Korea. Undeterred by the hostile conditions, graduates were generated and posted to kindergartens in cities including Hamhung, Hweryung, Busan, Masan, Jeonju, Anak, Cheonan, Sariwon, and Milyang. Thus, the Chung-Ang Kindergarten Teacher Training Program took on the role of a Professional Educational Institution. However, in terms of management, the situation was still difficult. Although on the surface, there was no choice other than to support its development, the school was not moved by the established affluent community, but maintained under the philosophy of self-reliant organic growth amongst the people.
By 1922, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training Program, in partnership with the Community Education Movement of various Japanese-Resistance organizations, was promoted to a Kindergarten Teacher Training School. Although its legal status was registered as a Miscellaneous School, its standing in social perception was considered equivalent to that of a Professional School with a 3-year degree course.
The reformed Chung-Ang Teacher Training School continued to face obstacles in management. With merely ten students, the school was forced to relocate to a private residence in 1932 owing to the financial and personal circumstances of the management, as the Japanese and accomplices continually plotted to divide the community.
In 1933, Dr. Young-Shin Yim took over the helm and was appointed as the principal at the age of 34. She was a graduate of Kijeon School for Women, and previously imprisoned for 6 months for leading the Samil Independence Movement at Jeonju. She later graduated from Kwangdoo High School in Japan and was further awarded her M.A in the United States. She infamously sent pictures of the Japanese massacring Koreans during the earthquake in Gwandong to Dr. Syngman Rhee, who was operating the Korean Independence Movement in the US. Modelling herself on Jean D’Arc, she was a thoroughly “Modern Woman” of her times.
Upon her return to Korea in January 1932, after nine year in the US, she determined to devote herself to the nation, which was still under Japanese rule. As she toured the country for her first role as the Director of the YWCA, she realized that she would need to start with education in order to save the people.
Finally, her entire savings of 30,000 dollars laboriously earned from farming, driving trucks, and vegetable wholesale in the US was used to purchase a site at Heukseok-dong on which to build a school, and take leadership over the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School. Through Dr. Young-Shin Yim, Chung-Ang began to envisage its development as the cradle of national education.
Despite its relocation to Heukseok-dong, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School lacked facilities. Thus, Dr. Young-Shin Yim rented the Pearson Bible School to hold classes. However, there was a limit to Dr. Young-Shin Yim’s personal finances, and as the Japanese had prohibited contributions, the development of the School continued to face financial difficulties.
Believing that the only solution was to raise funds from the US, Dr. Young-Shin Yim remarkably procured sufficient travel expenses, and worked tirelessly to promote donations in the US. As a result, she was able to return home having established the Pfeiffer Foundation in the US to financially support the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School.
Thus, the first stone building was erected on the grounds of Heukseok-dong in April 1937, to become Young-Shin Hall upon its completion in May 1938, which today, forms the heart of Chung-Ang.
Later, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School based in Heukseok-dong was central to the nation’s kindergarten teacher training and became the cradle for “Modern Woman”, researching and implementing the ideology for nursery education.
The students were to subsequently found the Chosun Kindergarten Education Society, and take charge of the social education plan through concerts, plays and literary activities.
During such times however, in 1937, the Japanese waged war against China, and in 1941 attacked Pearl Harbor, signalling the start of the Pacific Wars. Thereupon, Dong-A Daily and Chosun Daily were closed in 1940. Legislation for detention of political offenders was effected in 1941, and a conscription system established, and the law for wartime emergency procedures declared against education in 1943.
The Chung-Ang Teacher Training School was heavily targeted in view of the fact that Dr. Young-Shin Yim was educated in the US, and was a devout Christian.
The Communications Unit of the Japanese Army finally attempted to take siege of the School, but their efforts were blocked by the strong resistance of Dr. Young-Shin Yim. By the end of WW2, under the pressure of the Japanese forces, the School were no longer able to admit new students, and the School was closed in 1944.
Construction and Development of a Comprehensive University 1946-1955
In August 1945, as Japan was defeated and Korea liberated, the consequential task was to build a new democratic country. Dr. Yim reopened the doors to the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School on 28 September 1945, and established the School Motto, “Live in Truth, Live for Justice”. With the dawn of a new political era, the Chung-Ang philosophy no longer fostered the cultivation of talent for independence, but for the construction of a new republic.
On 1 October of the same year, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School was re-organised under the name of Chung-Ang Professional School for Women, and the Admissions Ceremony held accordingly. The Foundation, Chung-Ang Culture Institute, was established in November 1946, and its legal registration completed by August of the following year to provide a framework for the school development.
Furthermore, in April 1947, the School was again reorganised into Chung-Ang College for Women, and then to Chung-Ang College in May 1948, establishing itself as a co-educational institution, to complete its preparations for cultivating talent for the construction of a new republic.
Whilst Dr. Yim served as a national diplomat in the United Nations, obtaining their endorsement to build a new country, she also continued her efforts in developing the College, and was appointed Dean and Chairman of the Board.
Although the College finally celebrated its first conferment of a Bachelor’s Degree in May 1950, it was again indefinitely closed due to the eruption of the June 25 Korean War. Students were re-admitted subsequent to the September 28 Reclaim of the Country, but soon the school had to flee to Busan and set up a temporary office there in the event of January 4 Retreat of Korea's allied forces.
Upon Dr. Yim’s return to the country in April 1951 after practicing her diplomatic duties in the U.S., the school started to give lectures in Song-do, Busan. Later, it installed branch campuses in Iri and Seoul, and gave lectures in those places as well.
Chung-Ang College continued to provide education during the war times in order fulfil its responsibility towards the people as an educational institution. As a result the second, third and fourth Bachelor Degree Conferment were held during the war years in Busan, in 1951, 1952 and 1953 respectively.
Chung-Ang College, which continued to provide education during the evacuation to Busan, was finally recognised as a comprehensive university in February 1953. Thus, with nine Departments under four component faculties including the College of Liberal Arts & Science, College of Law, College of Business, and College of Pharmacy, and a Graduate School, Dr. Yim was appointed as Chancellor of the University.
The teaching faculty returned from Busan to its original site in Heukseok-dong, Seoul in August, following the declaration of ceasefire in the Korean War in July of the same year. However, lectures had to be taught in temporary buildings as the site was still occupied by the US Army. The site was eventually recovered after one semester in April 1954, and the area reorganised for the development of the University.
The University continued to expand to the scale of 19 Departments under four faculties, and a population of 2,850, between 1955 and 1959.
To accommodate the increasing Departments and students, a four-storey building, Pfeiffer Hall, was constructed across approximately 2,500 pyeong in 1956, and the Chung-Ang Library constructed across approximately 3,800 pyeong in 1959.
Concurrently, the International Culture Research Institute was established to enhance research activities.
The course syllabus was continually revised to systemize education, and partnerships forged with Young-Shin Junior High School, Young-Shin Girls’ Junior High School, Nakyang Junior High School, Nakyang Technical High School, and affiliate the Kindergarten to provide a consistent approach to education.
Preparation for Takeoff 1956-1979
1960 saw the 4.19 Revolution, where the CAU students educated under the motto of “Truth and Justice” protested against the 3.15 Rigged Elections. Furthermore, despite the many challenges faced with the control policy affecting student-intake for the alleged qualitative improvement of universities, which was introduced in the wake of the 5.16 Military Coup in 1961, CAU was able to appoint Dr. Sung-Hee Yim as its second chancellor on 2 October 1961. However, as Dr. Young-Shin Yim was re-appointed as the third chancellor, she was able to continue ensuring the internal stability of the University.
In January 1965, the College of Liberal Arts & Science was segregated into the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science & Engineering and the College of Education, whilst the College of Law, College of Business, and College of Pharmacy were combined to form six colleges. Furthermore, the partnered Middle School and High School were renamed in affiliation with the College of Education, and an affiliate Elementary School newly established under the Foundation, allowing for the delivery of a coherent educational philosophy from Kindergarten to Graduate School.
In February 1967, the Graduate School of Social Development was established to train specialists and promote industrial links. In 1968, the University was again reorganised into the eight component faculties, including College of Liberal Art, the College of Science & Engineering, the College of Education, College of Law, the College of Political Science & Economics, the College of Business Administration, the College of Agriculture, and the College of Pharmacy, for the systemization of education impacting the affiliate organisations. The College of Medicine was installed in December 1971, and Sung Shim Hospital, based in Chung-gu, Seoul, was incorporated as an affiliate hospital to form a truly comprehensive university and promote internal stability.
The expansion and development of the university was proceeded in tandem with that of its facilities. July 1961 saw the construction of Jin Sun Hall across approximately 1,400 pyeong, and the University Theatre across 1,920 pyeong. In October of the same year, the Social Development Hall was constructed across 1,600 pyeong. To mark the 50th Anniversary in 1968, the archives were reorganised and the university’s historical direction re-examined. Furthermore, the Blue Dragon Monument was erected to safe-guard historically significant artefacts and documents for the next 100 years, and Seungdang Hall built at the same time. Bobst Hall, covering 3,200 pyeong, was built the following year, December 1969. Such progress, together with the newly affiliated Sung Shim Hospital of 1,395 pyeong, contributed to create a stable educational environment.
By this time, the founder of CAU, Dr. Young-Shin Yim, had advanced in years, exceeding the age of 70, and finding the heavy workload physically gruelling. Thus, she charged Dr. Chull Soon Yim to succeed her as the fourth chancellor of CAU, and cultivate the university into a world-class institution in accordance with the ideal philosophies for which had presently strived.
As international commerce became more frequent and society more diversified, it was important to develop the university to meet the requirements of the changing era. It was hence surmised that applied studies could not be expected to advance, if the foundational studies was lacking. Accordingly, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science & Engineering of CAU were restructured into the College of Liberal Arts & Science and the College of Engineering in 1972. In the field of art, Chung-Ang merged with Seorabol Art College, which was operated by the Seorabol Art Institute, in June 1972, and further reorganised the establishment under the College of Arts in 1974. Two affiliate schools were constructed in 1978, and the Graduate School of International Management and Graduate School of Education installed in January 1979 to support and improve the quality of professionals.
Development of facilities was again seen as an important step for a university preparing for the future. Therefore, Jin Sun Hall was extended in October 1972 for construction of 3,100 pyeong of Seorabol Hall, and 2,400 pyeong devoted to the construction of Natural Hall as part of the College of Medicine in 1974. The Students’ Union Building was constructed in December 1976 over 2,000 pyeong, and in June 1978, a new annex provided over 1,450 pyeong for the affiliate Sung Shim Hospital, based in Pil-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul.
Regrettably, February 1977 is also remembered as a tragic time with the passing of Dr. Young-Shin Yim, the founder of CAU who left behind a great legacy in education, politics and diplomacy amongst others.
The first step to launching the university amongst the world-class institutions was to construct the Anseong Campus. Thus, in March 1980, lecture halls, dormitories and a Students’ Union were built across 2,417 pyeong, 1,706 pyeong, and 597 pyeong of land respectively in Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do.
Adversity after Expansion 1980-1986
Following the end of his term as chancellor, Dr. Chull Soon Yim, was succeeded by the Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Suk-Hee Lee, as the fifth chancellor in May 1980.
The Graduate School of Journalism was established in November 1980 to provide specialised training for professional journalists, and Heukseok-dong equipped with educational facilities accordingly. In December, 0.9 acre annex was built for the benefit of the affiliate hospital to improve the educational environment in the College of Medicine.
The improvements to facilities were not only limited to the Seoul campus, but also notable in the Anseong campus.
In October 1981, faculties in Anseong were reorganised under the College of Foreign Languages, the College of Social Science, and the College of Home Economics. Gearing towards developing two campuses in a balanced manner, the Seoul site was listed as the university’s primary campus, and the Anseong site listed as its secondary campus. Also in October 1981, the Department of Music was segregated from the College of Arts to newly establish the College of Music. The College of Agriculture was reorganised as the College of Industrial Science, and the Graduate School of Construction Engineering added to its roster of faculties in September 1983. After the establishment of the College of Construction Engineering in the secondary campus in Anseong, in October 1984, the secondary campus boasted of a total of seven colleges.
In November 1982, the Professor Research Center was built over 636 pyeong, and 626 pyeong spared for the College of Agriculture experiment area, In December, the building for the College of Arts was built over 4,874 pyeong. Continuing the investments, 1,192 pyeong for the Music College lecture area, 714 pyeong for the assembly area, and 423 pyeong for the swimming pool was established in August 1983. In September, the Gymnasium was finished over 655 pyeong. In December 1984, the 1,145 pyeong building was erected for the College of Music, and finally, 5,068 pyeong given for the third faculty residence. By the end, the campus had a modern look.
However, the continued investments in infrastructure had a stressful impact on the university finances, exposing the university to quite a number of problems. The excessive enterprising in extending educational facilities in the second campus led to the increase of liabilities owed by the foundation, and combined with the ineffective management of the companies under the university foundation, the university finance were in trouble. In the midst of such circumstances, Dr. Byoung Jip Moon succeeded to Dr. Suk Hee Lee as the 6th president in March 1985.
To streamline the managing of the university, Dr. Byoung Jip Moon began to reorganize the management operating system. The planning, budgeting, and financial systems were reorganized, and the various university regulations modified to institutionalise and the administration. Meanwhile, positions to deal with academic affairs and administration were also created, and the Office of Career Planning newly established. The management of the Chung-Ang Cultural Institute and the Medical Center were also modified. Furthermore, the departments of French Language & Literature and Japanese Language & Literature were reinstalled, and the Department of Industrial Information newly created. The construction of a Central Library in the second campus was also promoted. However, the liabilities of the university foundation continued to plague the university management.
Realization of Vision 2008
Dr. Bum Hoon Park was inaugurated as the 12th University President in February 2005. Dr. Bum Hoon Park proposed 7 schemes to cultivate world class knowledge and build academic capabilities for the construction of a new “Creative and Integrative” Chung-Ang. As his First assignment upon election, he successfully oversaw the evaluation of the Korean Council for University Education, marketing of capital, BK21, establishment of the Professional Graduate School of Law, and other national enterprises.
Restructuring of the Education Science Technology Faculty, which had been the greatest pending issue, was so successful, it was nominated a leading university and awarded grant maintenance (KRW 9,100,000,000) comparable to that of major competitor universities, in spite of its 1-year probationary period. The strategy to merge analogous departments from Campus 1 and Campus 2, did not simply result in an arithmetic reduction of student population, but in the unique fusion of cultural art and science technology and a large scale restructuring revolution.
Furthermore, following the restructuring of the undergraduate programmes, recruiting of new admissions, registration of current students, financial situation and overall management records of the three professional schools and 11 specialised schools, were analysed to identify the areas for improvement and enhance teaching quality. Thus, 32 out of 42 staff from the professional schools and specialized schools were re-assigned to the general graduate school, and 10 positions reduced. The members re-assigned to the general graduate school have been resourced to serve as the primary models in forming the Research Priority Group (Staff), for the construction of a research-centric regime.
※DRAGON 2018※(2001–2004), which was the development plan devised under the 11th university president to carry the university towards the university target vision by the Centenary Anniversary, was re-branded as ※CAU2018+※(2005–2008). ※CAU2018+※ lists the valuation index for various industries and the source of expected revenue in detail, and is consequently also highly regarded by external parties. To accomplish the goals, ※CAU2018+※ was designed to be implemented in two stages.
For the first 4 years of Dr. Bum Hoon Park’s term in office, resources were heavily invested in education/research equipment, and the enterprise to improve the teaching environment. Thus, the nation’s largest Law Hall was constructed in February 2007, and a master plan drawn up for the construction of the Pharmacy and Natural Science R&D Centers around the Main Entrance in Campus 1, and an Engineering R&D Center by the Gymnasium,
In 2008, the Media Practice Section was established in the Law Halls, and 400 additional wards added installed in the affiliate hospital. Accordingly, the Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan, included in the ※CAU2018+※ Development Plan, to create the ideal teaching and research environment is currently in motion.
In November 2007, authorisation was obtained from Hannam-si, for developing a tertiary, Hannam Campus. Camp Colbern, which was previously a US Army instillation of 86,000 pyeong will be renovated for the purpose. A team will be banded per subject field to oversee the management and take on the challenge of working toward the university vision. This systematic and consecutive Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan will provide the framework for strengthening the university, not only as the center of research and development, but as a research-centric university.
Furthermore, 244 full-time teaching staff were recruited between 2005 and 2009, and in the first semester of 2009, 25 full-time and part-time staff were recruited to increase the university’s research capacity to provide ground-breaking improvements to the teaching and research environment.
A professional school system has been established, including for Law, Public Administration, and Medicine, to create world-class knowledge and academic capability, and build a research-centric university. Having established the Professional Schools of Law and Medicine in March 2009 to supplement the existing catalogue of Professional Schools of International Management, Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia and Film, Public Administration, the university has been able to launch itself as a leading academic institute in preparing for the rapidly changing world environment.
KRW 40 billion of development funds, KRW 166.3 billion of external research grant, and KRW 17.3 billion in government aid allocated as a government funded enterprise have been secured over the 4 years since Dr. Bum Hoon Park’s inauguration into office. The sum of KRW 223.6 billion is the largest amount secured financially in the history of the university.
Furthermore, it is the first domestic university to introduce a salary system based on meritocracy. Criteria for promoting teaching staff have been strengthened and the system for rehiring revised. A global index has been formulated to advance the university’s quality of research comparable to that of international recognised institutions.
In May 2008, the global corporation, Doosan Group, was incorporated as an educational institution, and Yong-Sung Park was elected as the 9th Chairman of the Boad.
The appointment of Chairman Park, who successfully negotiated the industry-shift of Doosan Group from consumer goods to heavy industry, symbolises the rebirth of Chung-Ang University. Within 80 days of taking office, a meeting was held with the entire teaching staff on 27 August 2008, where the ※CAU2018+※ Mid-Term Development Plans were announced along with the new strategy direction of “Choice and Concentrate, Strengthening of Executive Ability, Establishment of Virtuous Cycle Structure”. The university thus became the first in the nation to introduce an annual salary system to 100% of university employee in order to further achieve the university’s development vision in internal members. The aim of the idea was to improve the potential of each staff by basing income strictly on ones ability and accomplishments. Consequently, the administrative staff have been given the flexibility to actively cope with external circumstances after the conversion of the wage system from a class salary system to an annual salary system.
The Degree Management System has been strengthened to encourage students to study diligently, as in order to graduate, students have been made to attain a minimum level in compulsory subjects such as English and Accounting.
In order to the support this type of research, education and practice more effectively, an R&D Center for the College of Pharmacy and new Dormitories for students were constructed, the Central Library extensively renovated, and the hospital extended to fit 300 additional wards. Thus, the plans, which up to that point had only been kept as dreams, have now been put into action through the executive ability and capital of a corporation.
Research projects are also being supported by the Special Committee for Strengthening the Marketability of Research, who have the power to strategically select fields for specialized support.
Such changes have already resulted in the designation of 6 new companies in the second stages of the BK21 enterprise, and a budget of KRW 6 billion being allocated to the leading research team, thus implementing the “choice and concentrate” strategy.
Furthermore, to strengthen executive ability, the direct election system for presidency was abolished, and replaced by the appointment system. Consequently, the 12th President, Dr. Bum Hee Park, was re-appointed into office as the consecutive 13th president. This reflected the strong will of the Chairman to minimise energy loss resulting from hosting an election campaign during an important time of transition within the university.
The largest project being persevered by Dr. Bum Hee Park and the corporation, is the establishment of Hannam Campus. In 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged with Hannam, and thus preparation for the creation of Hannam Campus are currently underway.
As of February 2009, Chung-Ang University, as a comprehensive institution, has produced one general graduate school, five professional graduate schools, 11 specialised graduate schools, 18 modularised colleges in the campuses across Seoul and Anseong, and issued a total of 147,196 Bachelor Degrees, 29,940 Masters Degrees, and 4,275 Doctorates.
Departments and majors
Chung-Ang University carried out a large-scale reorganisation of its departments.[when?]
The existing departments have been reorganised into 5 faculties, 10 colleges and 48 faculties/departments following the re-organisation.
|Undergraduate Programmes||Humanities and Social Sciences||Humanities, Social Sciences, Education|
|Natural Sciences and Engineering||Natural Sciences, Engineering|
|Business and Economics||Business and Economics|
|Medicine and Pharmacy||Pharmacy, Medicine|
|Arts and Sports Sciences||Arts, Sports|
Undergraduate programme details
① Humanities and Social Sciences
• Department of Korean Language and Literature
• School of Asian Languages and Cultures
• Department of Philosophy
• Department of Political Science and International Relations
• School of Mass Communication
• Department of Education
② Natural Sciences and Engineering
• Department of Physics
• Department of Mathematics
• School of Food Science and Technology (Anseong)
• School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Design and Studies
• School of Architecture and Building Science
③ Management and Economics
|Business and Economics||
• School of Business Administration
④ Medicine and Pharmacy
• College of Pharmacy
• School of Medicine
• Department of Nursing
⑤ Arts and Sports Sciences
• School of Performance Film Creation
• School of Art (Anseong)
• School of Design (Anseong)
• School of Music (Anseong)
• School of Traditional Arts (Anseong)
• School of Sports Science (Anseong)
The postgraduate programmes in Chung-Ang University are categorised between the General Graduate School, Professional Graduate School and Specialised Graduate School.
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• Graduate School of International Studies
• Graduate School of Social Development
Undergraduate joint honours programmes
Joint programmes allow students to pursue double majors covering two fields of academia.
|Joint Programmes||Supervising Dept.||Participating Dept.|
|Food Service Industry Management||Department of Food and Nutrition||College of Social Science Business Administration ∙International Trade ∙ Accounting Major College of Human Ecology Department of Food and Nutrition ∙Dept. Housing Studies|
|Distribution Management||Department of Industrial Technology||College of Industrial Science Dept. Industrial Technology ∙Dept. Urban & Regional Planning College of Arts Dept. Industrial Design College of Social Sciences Business Administration∙ International Trade Major College of Human Ecology Dept. Food and Nutrition ∙Dept. Clothing and Textiles|
|Real Estate Asset Management||Dept. Urban & Regional Planning||College of Law Dept. Law College of Industrial Science Dept. Industrial Technology ∙ International Trade Major College of Human Ecology Dept. Food and Nutrition ∙ Dept. Clothing and Textiles|
|Public Enterprise Management||Dept. Public Administration||College of Law Dept. Law College of Education Dept. Economics ∙ Dept. Public Administration College of Business Administration Faculty of Business Administration College of Social Sciences Dept. Public Administration|
|International Commerce||School of Business Administration||College of Social Sciences School of Business Administration ∙ Dept. Economics ∙International Relations Students will have the option to network between colleges|
|Home Economics & Technology||Department of Home Economics Education||College of Engineering School of Architectural Engineering ∙ School of Mechanical Engineering College of Education Dept. Home Economics Education College of Industrial Science Dept. Applied Plant Technology|
|Games & Animation||Department of Industrial Design||College of Industrial Science Dept. Information Systems College of Arts Dept. Industrial Design Students will have the option to network between colleges|
Department Admissions Ratio
The average admissions ratio at Chung-Ang University is 15.41% based on 2011 statistics. (17,709 applicants for 2,730 places)
Number of International Students and Exchange Students
The international student population in Chung-Ang University reaches approximately 2,000. Approximately 200 exchange students are admitted into Chung-Ang University per year.
|College of the Humanities||7.11|
|College of Social Science||5.9|
|College of Natural Science||6|
|College of Engineering||7.02|
|College of Education||5.56|
|College of Business and Economics||5.89|
- -Chung-Ang University is home to two libraries: the Central Library and the Law Library.
- -Renovation work to the Central Library was completed in August 2009, thereby stretching the site to fit 3,400 personal cubicles, study rooms, tutoring rooms, an E-Lounge, and the CAU-Garden, as well as offering access to electronics newspapers, notice boards and memo boards, over a breathtaking 14,258.2 ㎡ (4,320 pyeong) expanse of land. As the cradle of academia, the Central Library has played a central role in supporting staff and student alike in their research and studies over the past 60 years. Accordingly, the library has accumulated over a million books and articles, 2,500 publications, 80,000 electronic journals, 120 web data, all dissertations published by the university graduands, 27,000 original data, and 40,000 copies of E-books fit for service.
- -The Law Library is situated on the first and second floors of the Law Building, and houses volumes, reference books, periodicals and all domestic and foreign data.
Main Administration Building & Emancipation Square
- - Main Administration Building: The university headquarters can be seen upon passing the Middle Entrance. This white building is where the offices of the President, Student Affairs, and General Affairs and the Public Relations Department can be found.
- - Emancipation Square: The square, situated in the center of the university, is sheltered by Seorabol Hall, the Central Library, the Student Union Hall. The area is enjoyed by students seeking relaxation, and also during festivities owing to its convenient location.
Blue Dragon Monument & Blue Dragon Pond
- -The Blue Dragon Monument and Blue Dragon Pond, which dwell by the Middle Entrance, were installed in 1968 to commemorate the university’s 50th anniversary. The Blue Dragon Monument depicts the moment of its ascension from its embrace of the Earth, with the blessing of seven miniature dragons, and is symbolic of the prosperity of Chung-Ang University.
Student Union Hall & Student Cultural Hall
- -The Student Union Hall is inhabited by assorted student societies and eateries, including the cafeteria, “Seulkimaru”, and CAU Burger, stationery shops, travel agents and female restrooms amongst others. The Student Cultural Hall is home to the student newspaper, UBS Broadcasting Network, and Chung-Ang Culture.
- -The building of Young-Shin Hall, situated by the Main Entrance, was completed in May 1938. Many hardships were experienced in the construction of Young-Shin Hall. During an oppressive time in Korean history, when Japanese colonialist had prohibited the collecting of financial aid locally, donations had to be amassed from the US. The Pfeiffer Foundation was thus born, allowing Young-Shin Hall to become the anchor of Chung-Ang University that it is today.
- -College buildings are segregated by departments into the College of Law (Law Building), Seorabol Hall, Bobst Hall, Pfeiffer Hall, College of Natural Science (Natural Science Building), College of Medicine (Medical Building), College of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Building), and the Institute of Performing Arts.
- -The College of Law Building, newly constructed in 2007, is shared by the School of Business Administration, College of Education and the College of Law. Facilities include student cafeterias and staff cafeterias, computer rooms, the Law Library, assembly hall and various postgraduate rooms.
Blue Mir Hall
- -The Blue Mir Hall was newly constructed in August 2010. It can accommodate 955 students, and has been equipped with restaurants, convenience stores, sports facilities and cafes.
- -The eight-storey building across from the College of Law is home to the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education.
- -As the first of two Engineering Buildings, the space is mainly used by students of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The building is located behind the Student Cultural Hall, and is furnished with several libraries and study cubicles.
Engineering Building 2
- -Supplementing the first Engineering Building, the space is mainly used by students of Computer Science and Engineering and Architectural Engineering, working in the many computer labs and design labs.
Natural Science Building
- -The Natural Science Building constructed of distinctive red bricks is inhabited by the Department of Physics, Chemistry, Life Science and Math Statistics.
- -The Medical Building is dispersed over two sites in the vicinity of the Student Union Hall and the Central Library, and thus consists of Medical Building 1 and Medical Building 2.
Pfeiffer Hall and R&D Center
- -The College of Pharmacy is located in Pfeiffer Hall, which boasts an array of laboratories. Currently, the R&D Center by the Main Entrance is under construction.
- -The building also known as the Media & Performance Theatre is stage to the School of Mass Communication and School of Drama and Film Studies. A variety of university functions and performances are set in its halls.
- -The Gymnasium is located by the Back Entrance together with the Professor Research Center, and is furnished with the latest collection of sports equipment. The grounds are also host to the Career Fair each term.
The Anseong Campus is another campus located in Daedeok-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do. The secondary campus was established in 1979, subsequent to the recognition of Chung-Ang as a university in 1948.
College of Arts Precinct
- -The College of Arts Precinct consists of a total of four buildings, including the Modelling Hall, Theatre, Crafts Hall, and Sculpture Hall. The College of Arts is a comprehensive art institute ranging ten different genres from literature, sculpture and performance to visual and design. Not only are the lectures open to students cross-genre in Creative Writing, Korean Painting, Western Painting, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Dance, Sculpture, and Industrial Design,
but multimedia facilities are extensively incorporated to provide a multidimensional education.
College of Music Precinct
- -There are a total of three buildings in the College of Music Precinct: Music Building 1, Music Building 2, and a third named Young-Shin Music Hall. The College of Music is mainly frequented by students of Composition, Voice, Piano and Orchestral Instruments, who are given sufficient time to practice all that is taught based on creativity, theory and recitals.
Korean Music Building
- -The elegantly styled Korean Music Building is a scenic stroll down the path lying between the Music Buildings and the Young-Shin Music Hall, towards the Water Surface Stage. The classical exterior is emblematic of the university’s distinction as the country’s first to establish a cultural music programme. The roof tiles featured cascading down the center of the building is reminiscent of traditional roofing. Following the stairwell inside however, the chic interior is in complete contrast. All areas of the Korean Music Building are open to the public. The theatre and lobby are on the second floor in a gallery formation, whilst private practice rooms are available to students on the third floor.
- -A Stage has been erected at the side of a lake, serveing as an open-air arena for Summer performances. The surrounding garden is equipped with trees and benches.
|Classification||List of Student Activities|
|Performing Arts||M&M, 다씨사이드, Dance Sports, 새날지기, 영죽무대, 청룡합창단, 타박네, 가람터, 누리울림, 루바토, 멜로스, Muse, Blue Dragon, 피카통|
|Liberal Arts||UNSA, 미생마, YOUTHHOSTEL, KUSA|
|Cultural Studies||만화두레, 문학동인회, Art Time, 반영, Photography, Calligraphy|
|Charity||MRA, RCY, 사랑터, 손짓사랑, 푸름회|
|Social Studies||비꼼, 참역사배움터, 현상스케치, Humanism|
|Tradition/Custom/Heritage||민탈, 소래얼, 진달래, 한백사위|
|Religious||CARP, Catholic Society, Buddhist Society, Jeungism Society, CAM, CBA, CCC, CUSCM, SCA, UBF, Navigators|
|Sports||CABO, LOVE4T, Rendezvous, 리베로, American Football, Giants, 날파람, Body Building Society, 의혈검, Judo, Kendo, 라이너스, Mountain Hiking, Ski, Underwater Diving, Yachting, 하늘지기|
|Academic||CECC, CECOM, COMP, HAM, TRC, 셈틀, Cosmos|
The Chung-Ang University Hospital, newly acquired in Heukseok-dong on 18 January 2011, is managed by 82 medical lecturers, and facilitates 870 patient beds on 23,055 square meters of land. The hospital benefits aspiring medics by providing access to on-site training, and services the health needs of local residents. Extensive renovation work is currently being carried out to further enhance its resources. It consists of two buildings of Chung-Ang and Da-jeong.
- Bae Jong-ok, actress
- Choi Jin-sil, actress
- Choi Soo-young, member of girl group Girls' Generation
- Choi Woo-hyuk, actor
- Go Ara, actress
- Hong Sang-soo, director
- Hyun Bin, actor
- Im Ho, actor
- Jeon In-hwa, actress
- Jin Se-yeon, actress
- Kang Ha-neul, actor
- Kim Bum, actor
- Kim Hee-sun, actress
- Kim Ju-yeong, author
- Kim Kang-woo, actor
- Kim Rae-won, actor
- Kim So-eun, actress
- Kim Soo-hyun, actor
- Kwon Yuri, member of girl group Girls' Generation
- Lee Jung-hyun, singer and actress
- Lee Min-ho, actor
- Lee Yoon-ji, actress
- Luna (singer), member of girl group f(x)
- Park Shin-hye, actress
- Park Ye-jin, actress
- Park Yong-ha, actor and singer
- Ryu Seung-Woo, football player
- Seungri, member of boy band Big Bang
- Shin Ae-ra, actress
- Shin Dongho, member of boy band U-KISS
- Shin Se-kyung, actress
- Yoo Ji-tae, actor and director
- Yoon Eun-hye, actress
- (2 Years since the affiliation with Doosan Inc, CAU at the center of university revolution. 'Ongoing transformation', 'Changing atmosphere')
('두산법인 2년' 중앙대, 대학 개혁 중심에 서다. 최첨단 캠퍼스 ‘변신 중’…‘공부할 맛 나네’)
- (2 Years since the affiliation with Doosan Inc, CAU at the center of university revolution. 'Can-do spirit')
('두산법인 2년' 중앙대, 대학 개혁 중심에 서다. “이제는 할 수 있다는 공감대 형성돼”)
- (2 years of Doosan involvement - CAU’s grades?)
(두산 참여 2년.. 중앙대의 성적표는?)
- (Seoul National Univ loses 5 BK 21 projects, CAU gains 6)
(BK21, 서울대 5개 탈락 중앙대는 6개 증가)
CAU 2018 builds on the accomplishments of Dragon 2018, and outlines the improved development plans for Chung-Ang University as achievable short-term targets, with the ultimate aim to be listed within 100 of internationally renowned universities by 2018, commemorating Chung-Ang University’s Centennial Year. The implementation will be segmented into the Chung-Ang Person Cultivation Plan, Chung-Ang Team Formation Plan and the Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan, for education, research and environment respectively. The university’s standing can be expected to heightened upon successful implementation of the detailed schedule.
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