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 South Korean 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 Seoul National University, Pusan National University, Kyungpook National University, Chonnam National University, Chungnam National University, Chonbuk National University, Chungbuk National University, Kangwon National University, and Cheju National University.

The 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,[1] museum, student center, university newspaper and broadcasting center, publishing company, institute for education of science talented, Korean language cultural center etc. 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 graduates students registered. 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 GNU 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, GNU was accredited as 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 etc. around the country.

Gyeongsang National University is well known for many achievements in applied life science including biochemistry, agricultural science, and veterinary. One of them are that researchers at the university discovered a way to make cloned Turkish Angora cats glow red when exposed to ultraviolet light in 2007[2] and many alumni in these fields worked 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, GNU has made achievements in the humanities and in sociology, two fields which lay the foundation for human ethics. Beside this, GNU is proud to have a college of Education which produces great secondary school teachers to take responsibility for the education of Korea, as well as a College of Veterinary Medicine producing international veterinarians, and a College of Marine Science to pioneer the studies of the ocean in the 21st century. The university will advance international education in Korea by successfully partnering in international campuses in Incheon as well as Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zones.

The Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health[3] at Gyeongsang National University is unique medical training 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 2nd Gyeongsang National University hospital in 2013. Gyeongsang National University Hospital[4] opened with 419 beds in 1987 as the university hospital of Gyeongsang National University and is located next to the college of medicine at 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 specialty centers such as the local cancer center opened the first in the country and rheumatoid arthritis center.

Overview of GNU's past and present[edit]

  • October 20, 1948: Founded as Jinju Agricultural College
  • July 11, 1972: Renamed as Gyeongsang National College
  • March 1, 1975: Establishment of the first graduate school
  • March 1, 1980: GNU designated as a university
  • March 1, 1983: Establishment of the College of Medicine
  • February 21, 1987: Inauguration of the Gyeongsang National University Hospital
  • March 1, 1988: Establishment of the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration
  • March 1, 1989: Establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • March 1, 1993: Establishment of the College of Business Administration
  • March 1, 1995: Establishment of the College of Marine Science by merging the Tong-Yeong Junior College of Fisheries
  • March 1, 1996: Establishment of the Graduate School of Industry
  • March 1, 2008  : GNU has a total of 12 colleges, six graduate schools, 20 divisions (54 majors), one department group (2 departments) and 33 departments with 3,254 new students enrolled per year


  • College of Humanities
    • 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 [1]
    • Division of Political Science and Public Administration
    • Division of Social Welfare and Psychology
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Sociology
  • College of Law
    • Department of Law
  • College of Education
    • 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
    • Division of Business Administration
  • College of Natural Science
    • 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
    • Department of Agricultural Engineering [2]
    • Department of Animal and Bioscience [3]
    • Department of Food Science and Technology [4]
    • Department of Horticulture [5]
    • Department of Applied Biology and Environment [6]
    • Department of Enviro-Biotechnology [7]
    • Division of Environmental Forest Sciences
    • Department of Bio-industrial Machinery Engineering
    • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • College of Engineering
    • 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 [8]
  • College of Nursing [9]
    • Department of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
    • Department of Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Marine Science
    • 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 [10][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 [11][edit]

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)[12]
  • 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]

  • Dr. Hyun-cheon Shin: March 1980- 1987
  • Dr. Jeong-han Lee: March 1987 – 1991
  • Dr. Young-ho Bin: March 1991 – 1999
  • Dr. Choong-saeng Park: March 1999 – 2003
  • Dr. Moo-je Cho: Dec. 2003-2007
  • Dr. Woo-song Ha: Dec. 2007-2011
  • Dr. Soon-kee Kwon: Dec. 2011-


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