Chung-Ang University

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Chung-Ang University
CAU Main Gate.jpg
Motto Live in Truth, Live for Justice
Established as a kindergarten in 1918, university status granted in 1953.
Type Private
President Prof. Lee, Yong-Goo
Academic staff 700 professors and 500 more part-time teaching staff[1]
Students 33,600 under. + 5,200 post.[1]
Location Heukseok-dong (Seoul), Anseong (Gyeonggi), Pyeong-dong (Seoul), South Korea
37°30′18″N 126°57′18″E / 37.50489°N 126.95503°E / 37.50489; 126.95503Coordinates: 37°30′18″N 126°57′18″E / 37.50489°N 126.95503°E / 37.50489; 126.95503
Campus Urban
Colors Blue
Nickname 중대 (Jungdae)
Mascot Blue Dragon
Website (English) (Korean)
Chung-Ang University Logo
Chung-Ang University
Revised Romanization Jung-ang Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Chung'ang Taehakgyo

Chung-Ang University (lit. Central University) is a notable private university based in Seoul. According to the Korea Joongang Daily in 2013, CAU ranked 8th overall in South Korea, in particular it was the national number one in the fields of theatre studies, film studies and photography.[2][3] Besides, it ranked 7th in reputation, 7th in papers published on SCI journals and 4th in outbound exchange students ratio (5.1%).[4][5][6] According to QS university rankings in 2013, CAU ranked 12th in Korea and 71st in Asia.[7]

CAU was granted university status in 1953,[8] though it started as a church-run kindergarten in 1918 [9] and as a female school for kindergarten teachers from 1922.[10] The university claimed 2018 to be their centennial. It has 33600 undergraduates, 5200 graduates, 700 professors and 500 more part-time teaching staff.[1]

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 Pharmacy, Media and the Arts.


Establishment 1918-1932[edit]

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.

Chung-Ang Kindergarten originated as a branch of Jungdong Church in 1916 and gained its independence in 1918.

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.

Adversity 1933-1945[edit]

The social conventions in the 1920s, making it difficult to recruit female students to establish and operate a Teacher Training Program, caused a development in the modern history of teaching in Korea. Undeterred by the hostile conditions, graduates were 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.

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 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.

Upon her return to Korea in January 1932, after nine years 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.

Her savings of 30,000 dollars 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 worked to promote donations from 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.

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.

In 1937, the Japanese waged war against China, and in 1941 attacked Pearl Harbor, signalling the start of the Pacific Wars. 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 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 pressure from the Japanese forces, the school was no longer able to admit new students, and the school was closed in 1944.[citation needed]

Construction and development of a Comprehensive University 1946-1955[edit]

As Japan was defeated and Korea liberated, 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”.

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.

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.

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 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.

Chung-Ang College continued to provide education during the war times. As a result the second, third and fourth Bachelor Degree Conferment were held during the war years in Busan, in 1951, 1952 and 1953.

Chung-Ang College, which continued to provide education during the evacuation to Busan, was 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.

Partnerships were forged with Young-Shin Junior High School, Young-Shin Girls’ Junior High School, Nakyang Junior High School, Nakyang Technical High School.

Preparation for takeoff 1956-1979[edit]

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.

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. The Blue Dragon Monument was erected to safe-guard hartefacts and documents for the next 100 years, and Seungdang Hall built. Bobst Hall, covering 3,200 pyeong, was built the following year, December 1969. The Sung Shim Hospital of 1,395 pyeong was affiliated.

By this time, the founder of CAU, Dr. Young-Shin Yim was over 70 years old and finding the workload physically gruelling. Thus, she charged Dr. Chull Soon Yim to succeed her as the fourth chancellor of CAU.

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.

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.

In February 1977 Dr. Young-Shin Yim, the founder of CAU, died.

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, to create the Anseong Campus.

Adversity after expansion 1980-1986[edit]

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 training for professional journalists, and Heukseok-dong equipped with educational facilities accordingly. In December, a 0.9 acre annex was built for 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. 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 had 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.

Dr. Byoung Jip Moon succeeded to Dr. Suk Hee Lee as the 6th president in March 1985.

Dr. Byoung Jip Moon began to reorganize the management operating system. The Office of Career Planning was established. The management of the Chung-Ang Cultural Institute and the Medical Center were also modified. The departments of French Language & Literature and Japanese Language & Literature were reinstalled, and the Department of Industrial Information created. The construction of a Central Library in the second campus was also promoted.

Realization of vision 2008[edit]

Dr. Bum Hoon Park was inaugurated as the 12th University President in February 2005. As his first assignment upon election, he 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.

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 reassigned to the general graduate school, and 10 positions reduced. The members reassigned 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. To accomplish the goals, CAU2018+ was implemented in two stages.

For the first four years of Dr. Bum Hoon Park’s term in office, resources were heavily invested in education/research equipment. 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 was set 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.

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.

The Schools of Law and Medicine were established in March 2009.

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.

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 Board.

The appointment of Chairman Park, who 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 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 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 renovated, and the hospital extended to fit 300 additional wards.

Research projects are also being supported by the Special Committee for Strengthening the Marketability of Research.

Such changes have already resulted in the designation of six 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.

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.

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[edit]

Undergraduate programmes[edit]

The departments have been reorganised into 5 faculties, 10 colleges and 48 faculties/department:

Classification Faculties Colleges
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 programmes[edit]

① Humanities and Social Sciences

College School/department

• Department of Korean Language and Literature
• Department of English Language and Literature
• School of European Languages and Cultures

• German Language and Literature
• French Language and Literature
• Russian Language and Literature

• School of Asian Languages and Cultures

• Japanese Language and Literature
• Chinese Language and Literature
• Comparative Folklore

• Department of Philosophy
• Department of History

Social Sciences

• Department of Political Science and International Relations
• Faculty of Public Service
• Department of Psychology
• Department of Library and Information Science
• School of Social Welfare

• Social Welfare
• Child Welfare
• Youth Studies
• Family Welfare

• School of Mass Communication
• Department of Sociology
• Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate


• Department of Education
• Department of Early Childhood Education
• Department of English Education
• Department of Home Economics Education
• Department of Physical Education

② Natural Sciences and Engineering

College School/Department
Natural Sciences

• Department of Physics
• Department of Chemistry
• School of Biological Sciences

• Life Sciences
• Biomedical Sciences

• Department of Mathematics
• School of Bioresource and Biosceince (Anseong)

• Animal Science and Technology
• Integrative Plant Science

• School of Food Science and Technology (Anseong)

• Food Science and Technology
• Food and Nutrition

• School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Design and Studies

• Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Urban Design and Studies

• School of Architecture and Building Science
• School of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
• School of Mechanical Engineering
• School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
• School of Computer Science and Engineering
• School of Integrative Engineering

③ Management and Economics

College School/department
Business and Economics

• School of Business Administration
• School of Economics
• Department of Applied Statistics
• Department of Advertising and Public Relations
• Department of International Logistics (Anseong)
• School of Knowledge-Based Management (Anseong)

④ Medicine and Pharmacy

College School/Department

• College of Pharmacy


• School of Medicine


• Department of Nursing

⑤ Arts and Sports Sciences

College School/Department

• School of Performance Film Creation

• Creative Writing (Anseong)
• Theatre
• Film Studies
• Photography and Related Media (Anseong)
• Dance (Anseong)
• Theatre and Film Design

• School of Art (Anseong)

• Korean Painting
• Painting
• Sculpture

• School of Design (Anseong)

• Visual Communication Design
• Industrial Design
• Fashion Design
• Housing and Interior Design
• Crafts

• School of Music (Anseong)

• Composition
• Voice
• Piano
• Orchestral Music

• School of Traditional Arts (Anseong)

• Korean Music
• Performing Arts

• School of Sports Science (Anseong)

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

The postgraduate programmes in Chung-Ang University are categorised between the General Graduate School, Professional Graduate School and Specialised Graduate School.

Classification Categegory Graduate School



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• Graduate School of International Studies
• Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia and Film
• Graduate School of International Management
• Graduate School of Medicine
• Graduate School of Law


• Graduate School of Social Development
• Graduate School of Education
• Graduate School of Mass Communication (Broadcasting)
• Graduate School of Construction Engineering
• Graduate School of Public Administration
• Graduate School of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Management
• Graduate School of Information Technology
• Graduate School of Food & Drug Administration
• Graduate School of Arts
• Graduate School of Korean Music Education
• Graduate School of Human Resource Development

Undergraduate joint honours programmes[edit]

Joint programmes allow students to pursue double majors covering two fields of academia.

Joint programmes Supervising department Participating department
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[edit]

The 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[edit]

The international student population in Chung-Ang University reaches approximately 2,000. Approximately 200 exchange students are admitted into Chung-Ang University per year.

Faculties Admissions ratio(%)
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


Seoul Campus[edit]


-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 14,258.2 ㎡ (4,320 pyeong) of land. 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: 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 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.

Blue Dragon Pond

The Blue Dragon Monument and Blue Dragon Pond, which are 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 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.

Young-shin Hall (bldg.101)

Young-Shin Hall, situated by the Main Entrance, was completed in May 1938. During an oppressive time in Korean history, when Japanese colonialists had prohibited the collecting of financial aid locally, donations had to be amassed from the US. The Pfeiffer Foundation was thus born.

College Buildings are 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, 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 postgraduate rooms.

Blue Mir Hall (building 308)

Blue Mir Hall was constructed in August 2010. It can accommodate 955 students, and has been equipped with restaurants, convenience stores, sports facilities and cafes.

Seorabol Hall is an eight-storey building across from the College of Law, home to the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education.

Bobst Hall - 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 supplements the first Engineering Building. The space is mainly used by students of Computer Science and Engineering and Architectural Engineering, working in the computer labs and design labs.

Natural Science Building is constructed of distinctive red bricks and is inhabited by the Department of Physics, Chemistry, Life Science and Math Statistics.

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.

Professor Office Building and Gymnasium (building 308)

Pfeiffer Hall and R&D Center - the College of Pharmacy is located in Pfeiffer Hall, which boasts an array of laboratories. The R&D Center by the Main Entrance is under construction.

Art Center building, also known as the Media & Performance Theatre, is stage to the School of Mass Communication and School of Drama and Film Studies. University functions and performances are held in its halls.

Gymnasium is located by the back entrance together with the Professor Research Center. The grounds are host to the Career Fair each term.

Anseong Campus[edit]

The Anseong Campus is 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 consists of four buildings, including the Modelling Hall, Theatre, Crafts Hall, and Sculpture Hall. The College of Arts is an art institute that teaches ten genres from literature, sculpture and performance to visual and design. The lectures are open to students in Creative Writing, Korean Painting, Western Painting, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Dance, Sculpture, and Industrial Design,

College of Music Precinct has 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.

CAU Lakeside Theatre
-The Korean Music Building is a stroll down the path lying between the Music Buildings and the Young-Shin Music Hall, towards the Water Surface Stage. 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.

Lakeside Theatre is a stage erected at the side of a lake, serving as an open-air arena for Summer performances. The surrounding garden is equipped with trees and benches.

Student activities[edit]

Classification List of student activities
Performing Arts M&M, 다씨사이드, Dance Sports, 새날지기, 영죽무대, 청룡합창단, 타박네, 가람터, 누리울림, 루바토, 멜로스, Muse, Blue Dragon, 피카통
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

Medical Center[edit]

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 provides access to on-site training, and services the health needs of local residents. Renovation work is being carried out to further enhance its resources. It consists of two buildings of Chung-Ang and Da-jeong.

Notable students[edit]


Reference materials[edit]

- (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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Introduction (Chinese), Chung-Ang University official website.]
  2. ^ Overall ranking:2013年大學評估中, POSTECH時隔五年再次問鼎 (Chinese), Korea Joongang Daily Chinese version, 2013-10-07.
  3. ^ Drama, film studies and photography rankings:學校簡介 (Chinese), Chung-Ang University official website.
  4. ^ Reputation ranking: 口碑•進入社會程度評估中上游大學競爭越加激烈 (Chinese), Korea Joongang Daily Chinese version, 2013-10-10.
  5. ^ Published papers rankings: 教授科研獲得好評的大學 (Chinese), Korea Joongang Daily Chinese version, 2013-10-08.
  6. ^ Exchange student rankings: 韓國外大的國際化水平連續5年排名第一 (Chinese), Korea Joongang Daily Chinese version, 2013-10-08.
  7. ^ QS University Rankings: Asia 2013, QS University Rankings.
  8. ^ History: Chung-Ang as a University, Chung-Ang University official website.]
  9. ^ History: Foundation of Chung-Ang Kindergarten, Chung-Ang University official website.]
  10. ^ History: Chung-Ang as a Professional Educational Institution, Chung-Ang University official website.]

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