Gyeongsang National University

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Gyeongsang National University
Gyeongsang National University logo.jpg
Established Founded 1948
Type National
President Kwon, Soon-kee(권순기)
Location Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea
Campus Gajwa Campus (Main Campus), Chilam Campus, Tongyeong Campus
Gyeongsang National University
Hangul 경상대학교
Revised Romanization Gyeongsang Daehakkyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngsang Taehakkyo

Gyeongsang National University (경상대학교)(GNU) is a national university governed under the ministry of education of Republic of Korea government and located in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and represents the South Gyeongsang Province of South Korea as one of 10 Flagship Korean National Universities along with Cheju National University, Chonbuk National University, Chonnam National University, Chungnam National University, Chungbuk National University, Kangwon National University, Kyungpook National University, Pusan National University, and Seoul National University.

Gyoengsang National University has twelve colleges including arts, social science, natural science, engineering, agriculture and life science, management, veterinary, education, nursing, and medicine and eight graduate schools including medicine and public health, business administration, education, aerospace, industry etc. Other institutions with the university are the university library, the university museum, student center, university newspaper and broadcasting center, publishing company, institute for education of science talented, Korean language cultural center and so on. The current statistics of Gyeongsang National University shows that it has 1,681 academic staffs including 808 full-time professors, 361 administrative staffs and 24,502 students including undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The university has three campuses and two of these are located in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and the other is located in Tongyeong. The main campus is located at Gajwa in the city of Jinju, Chilam campus, Jinju has the college of medicine, and Tongyeong campus, an hour from Jinju by car, has the college of Marine Science.

The motto of Gyeongsang National University(GNU) is Pioneer and it states that the eyes of pioneers see far beyond the present to the future. The history of the university begun as Jinju Agricultural College founded in Jinju in 1948, in 1968, accredited as national college and in 1972, renamed as Gyeongsang National College. In 1980, it was accredited as national university by the ministry of education and renamed as Gyeongsang National University. For more than 60 years since its foundation, Gyeongsang National University has been educating talented students who have served not only for local community but also for national prosperity by leading them to be bigger asset in many places such as communities, industries, businesses and so on around the country and the world.

Gyeongsang National University is well known for many achievements in applied life science along with biochemistry, agricultural science, and veterinary. One of these is that the researchers at the university discovered a way to make cloned Turkish Angora cats glow red when exposed to ultraviolet light in 2007[1] and many alumni in these fields are working as researchers and professionals in research institutions and universities around the world. In present, the university has made its highly competitive fields of study broad to mechanical and aerospace systems engineering and new nano-materials engineering. In addition, Gyeongsang National University has made achievements in humanities and in sociology, two fields which lay the foundation for human ethics. Beside this, Gyeongsang National University is proud to have the college of Education in where great middle school teachers are educated to take responsibility for education of Republic of Korea, the college of Veterinary Medicine in where international veterinarians are trained, and the College of Marine Science to pioneer the studies of the ocean in the twenty first century. The university keeps moving on to provide advanced international education in Republic of Korea by successfully partnering in international campuses in Incheon[2] as well as Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zones.

The Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health at Gyeongsang National University is unique medical training and research institution in South Gyeongsang Province and plans are being made with Gyeongsang National University Hospital to open a specialized medical center in the city of Changwon as the second Gyeongsang National University hospital in 2013. Gyeongsang National University Hospital opened with 419 beds in 1987 as the university hospital of Gyeongsang National University and is located next to the college of medicine in Chilam campus and has provided health care service with quality for more than 25 years and grown to a general and multispecialty medical hospital with 950 beds operating with specialty centers such as the local cancer center opened as the first local cancer center of its kinds in the country and rheumatoid arthritis center.

Overview of GNU's past and present[edit]

  • October 20, 1948: Founded as Jinju Agricultural College by the provincial government of South Gyeongsang
  • July 11, 1972: Accredited as Gyeongsang National College
  • March 1, 1975: Established the graduate school
  • March 1, 1980: Accredited as Gyeongsang National University by the government of Republic of Korea
  • March 1, 1983: Established the College of Medicine
  • February 21, 1987: Inaugurated the Gyeongsang National University Hospital
  • March 1, 1988: Established the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration
  • March 1, 1989: Established the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • March 1, 1993: Established the College of Business Administration
  • March 1, 1995: Established the College of Marine Science by merging the Tong-Yeong Junior College of Fisheries
  • March 1, 1996: Established the Graduate School of Industry
  • March 1, 2008: Gyeongsang National University has total of twelve colleges, six graduate schools, twenty schools with fifty four majors, one school of two departments and thirty three departments with 3,254 new students enrolled per year


Gajwa Campus

Gyeongsang National University has three campuses where two campuses are located in Jinju and one campus in Tongyeong. Gajwa campuse is located in Gajwa-dong, Jinju close to the junctions of Tongyeong–Daejeon Expressway and Namhae Expressway, Chilam campus is located in Chilam-dong right next to the Nam river, and Tongyeong campus is located in Inpyeong-dong, Tongyeong.

Gajwa Campus[edit]

Gajwa campus is the main campus of Gyeongsang national university. Most buildings and facilities of the university including the university headquarter, the student center, the main library, the stadium, dormitories, and buildings for the colleges of Humanities, Social Science, Law, Education, Business Administration, Natural Science, Agriculture and Life Science, Engineering, Veterinary, and graduate schools are located in the campus. The area of Gajwa campus is more than 1,300,000㎡, and buildings numbered are more than sixty . The address is 63, Gajwa-gil 29beon-gil, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 660-701.

Chilam Campus[edit]

The graduate school of medicine, which is one and only national graduate school of medicine in South Gyeongsang provine, the college of nursing, the graduate school of public health, and the graduate school of food and drug are located in chilam campus. The gyeongsang national university hospital, unique facility for training of medical students and nurses, are also located in the campus. The area of the campus is 103,000㎡, and buildings such as dormitory, student center, and the medical library, are located. The address is 15, Jinju-daero 816beon-gil, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 660-751.

Tongyeong Campus[edit]

The college of Marine Science is located in Inpyeong-dong, Tongyoung. The campus is home of ten departments for marine science in the college and has fifteen buildings including the college headquarter, education and research center, gym, library, student center, and female dormitory. The area of the campus is 147,000㎡ and the address is 38, Cheondaegukchi-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 650-160.


College of Humanities[edit]

  • Division of Humanities
  • Department of Korean Language and Literature
  • Department of Korean Classics in Chinese
  • Department of German Language and Literature
  • Department of Russian Studies
  • Department of Ethnic Dance
  • Department of French Language and Literature
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of Chinese Language and Literature

College of Social Science[edit]

  • Division of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Division of Social Welfare and Psychology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Sociology

College of Law[edit]

  • Department of Law

College of Education[edit]

  • Division of Science Education
  • Division of Social Studies Education
  • Department of Computer Education
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Ethnics Education
  • Department of Art Education
  • Department of English Education
  • Department of Japanese Education
  • Department of Home Economics Education
  • Department of Korean Language Education
  • Department of Mathematics Education
  • Department of Music Education
  • Department of Physical Education

College of Business Administration[edit]

  • Division of Business Administration

College of Natural Science[edit]

  • Division of Division of Basic Science
  • Division of Social Studies Education
  • Division of Human Ecology
  • Division of Life Science
  • Division of Mathematics and Information Statistics
  • Division of Computer Science
  • Department of Preveterinary Medicine

College of Agriculture and Life Science[edit]

  • Department of Agricultural Engineering
  • Department of Animal and Bioscience
  • Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Department of Horticulture
  • Department of Applied Biology and Environment
  • Department of Enviro-Biotechnology
  • Division of Environmental Forest Sciences
  • Department of Bio-industrial Machinery Engineering
  • Department of Agricultural Economics

College of Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Architectural Design
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Nursing[edit]

  • Department of Nursing

College of Medicine[edit]

  • Department of Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine[edit]

  • Department of Veterinary Medicine

College of Marine Science[edit]

  • Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Division of Marine Life Science
  • Department of Fisheries Business Administration
  • Department of Information and Communication Engineering
  • Department of Maritime Police and Production System
  • Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Graduate School of Academics[edit]

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Arts and Athletics

School of Language Education and International Programs[edit]

University Library[edit]

The central library

Gyeongsang National University Library has the central library and three branch libraries with 1,300,000 books, 25,000 journals including electronic journals, 16,000 materials in non-paper form, archives of 60,000 documents, and e-books and video clips in various field of study. The branch libraries are the law library, the medical library, and the marine science library. The law library is located in Gwaja campus, the medical library is in Chilam campus, and the marine science library is in Tongyeong campus. In addition, the libraries have 5,000 desks of study space, individual study rooms and group seminar rooms, book-cafe, rooms to educate library patrons, seminar rooms with audio and video facilities, and so on. The library patrons can access academic information system, SOLARS to search database indexed, make a reservation and be given notification for return. The libraries are open to local people in the community and serve as open library which are available for every one.

University newpaper and broadcasting[edit]

The news media at Gyeongsang national university are Gyeongsangdae Shinmun, The Pioneer, and GNU news, and their mission is to promote environment for study and to build sound university culture, are established and operated to contribute to advancement of the university. Gyeongsangdae Shinmun, The pioneer, and GNU news were merged to establish the university newspaper and broadcasting on September 20, 1982, and in order to deliver news developing in campuses promptly, to promote academics and acquire culture, and to advertise the university, "Gyeongsangdae Shinmun" and "the pioneer", which is magazine in English, are published, and GNU news and various video programs are planned, produced, and broadcast. In addition, for student reporters and journalists, various programs are developed and operated to work as reporter and journalist, and internship opportunities at related companies and guides for journalism jobs are provided as well.

Gyeongsangdae Shinmun[edit]

The newspaper was found in March 20, 1962 and got reputation as an advancing university newspaper because it was edited in only Korean and horizontal, those were very rare at that times. Student reporters and journalists at the newspaper are working hard to cover and report many issues in the university as well as the society with eyes of university students. The newspapers are published in Tuesdays, around twenty times annually, eight pages at each edition with two pages in color, and printed of 10,000 number.

The Pioneer[edit]

Originally founded as Gyeongsang Herald in July 10, 1979 as 'newspaper' in English. In present, it is no more newspaper but magazine, and covers many issues in the university inside and outside as well, communicates with not only students but also international students and foreign academic staffs. The magazine is published four times annually, first weeks in March, June, September, and December, 36 pages each edition with full color, and printed of 2,000 number.

GNU news[edit]

Gyeongsang National University broadcasting produces and broadcasts "GNU news" every month, starting video broadcasting from 2008 with changing environment of media, and the news are also featured on cable television network of West Gyongsang province. Broadcasting time is 9:30am and 1:00pm on Monday, 1:00pm on Tuesday, 1:00pm and 5:30pm on Wednesday, 10:00am and 1:00pm on Thursday, 9:30am on Friday. Also can be watched on channel 8 of Seokyeong broadcasting

Research Institute[edit]

  • Institute of Health Science (GIHS)
  • Research Institute of Gyeongnam Culture (RIGNC)
  • Engineering Research Institute (ERI)
  • Education Research Institute (ERI)
  • Institute of Global and Area Studies (IGAS)
  • Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IALS)
  • Institute for Social Science (ISS)
  • Research Institute of Natural Science (RINS)
  • Veterinary Medicine Research Institute (VMRI)
  • Institute of Law (IOL)
  • Research Institute of Life Science (RILS)
  • Plant Molecular Biology and Bio-technology Research Center (PMBBRC)[1]
  • Institute of Humanities (IH)
  • Research Institute for Computer and Information Communication (RICIC)
  • Research Center for Aircraft Parts Technology (RCAPT)
  • Institute of Marine Industry (IMI)
  • Environmental and Regional Development Institute (ERDI)

University Presidents[edit]

  1. Dr. Hyun-cheon Shin, March 1980 - 1987
  2. Dr. Jeong-han Lee, March 1987 – 1991
  3. Dr. Young-ho Bin, March 1991 – 1999
  4. Dr. Choong-saeng Park, March 1999 – 2003
  5. Dr. Moo-je Cho, December 2003 - 2007
  6. Dr. Woo-song Ha, December 2007 - 2011
  7. Dr. Soon-kee Kwon, December 2011 – Present

International Exchange Programs[edit]

Gyeongsang National University has international exchange programs and partner universities with many universities and institutions around the world. In Asia, in Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Philiphines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, 49 universities are affiliated with the university, and some of those are 17 universities including Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, and University of Tokyo in Japan. In America, in the u.s. and Canada, 18 universities are affiliated with the university including University of North Carolina, Purdue University, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin–Madison. Especially, Gyoengsang National University has joint ph.d. programs with Purdue University[3] and University of Missouri[4] and has research labs operated at Purdue University and the Scripps Research Institute in the u.s. Gyeongsang National University has send graduate students and professors to conduct research in biomedical and applied life science jointly with the universities and research institute. In Europe, in England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Uzbekistan, the university are affiliated with including Leipzig University in Germany and Moscow State University in Russia and has joint symposiums with Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany.

Notable People, Faculty, and Alumni[edit]


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