|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2012)|
|President||Dr. Choonbae Park|
|835 (full time) and 1,048 (except full time)|
|Undergraduates||18,463 (as of 2011)|
|Postgraduates||3,300 (as of 2011)|
|Location||Incheon, South Korea|
|Campus||Urban 0.44 km²|
|Colors||Sky blue ‹See Tfm›, Deep blue ‹See Tfm›|
|Affiliations||Global U8 (GU8)|
|Revised Romanization||Inha Daehakgyo|
Inha University (인하대학교(仁荷大學校)) is a private research university located in Incheon, South Korea. Known traditionally for research and education in the engineering and physical sciences, the University was established by the first president of South Korea, Syngman Rhee. Inha is a Korean-American collaboration school, even in its name: the Morpheme "In" (인, 仁) comes from the city of Incheon and "Ha" (하, 荷) comes from Hawaii, USA. Started as a technical college, named Inha Institute of Technology (Acronym: IIT; Korean, 인하공과대학, Inha Gonggwa Daehak, colloquially Inhagongdae), the institute has been achieving national recognition and a strong reputation as a technological research university thereafter. Currently, Inha is ranked 10th nationwide, and especially 4th in Engineering and Science, by JoongAng Ilbo's annual ranking of South Korean universities. Inha is a member of GU8.
In 1952, in the midst of the Korean War, the first President of Korea, Syngman Rhee proposed the foundation of an educational institute that would provide expertise and hope to a lagging industrial sector. The driving force behind the proposal was the will and determination of a group of Koreans who had emigrated to Hawaii 50 years earlier.
Financial resources for the foundation came from the proceeds of the sale of the Korea Christian Institute, an organization founded and managed by Dr. Rhee for the purpose of educating the children of the original emigrants, donations from Korean emigrants in Hawaii and domestic supporters, and a government subsidy. Along with school site donation from Incheon city, the Ministry of Culture and Education approved the foundation of the Inha Institute in February, 1954.
Institute building construction began in earnest, to finally have the Inha Institute of Technology opened later the same year, in the scheme of the parent 6 Departments of Metallurgical, Mechanical, Mining, Electric, Shipbuilding and Chemical Engineering.
Time of expansion and development
The Inha Institute of Technology, with its unique history and great mission to foster excellent students who would contribute to the development of the nation’s scientific and technological industries, was funded to do so by the help of huge government subsidies and foreign aid from UNESCO and the German government.
In a move to improve the management of the Inha Institute, the Board of Trustees was reorganized and Dr. Choong-Hoon Jo and Dr. Jwa-Kyung Seong assumed the positions of Chairman of the Board and the Dean, respectively. That change brought more energy to the management, and resulted in the introduction of state-of-the-art experimental and research equipment, construction of new school buildings, research centers, practice factories, experimental tanks, library, and gymnasium, and secured excellent professors, contributing to the development of the Korean industry. With the rapid development of the Inha Institute of Technology, its size and facilities surpassed those of other colleges.
It was inevitable for the institute to be elevated to the status of university, thus in December, 1971, the Ministry of Culture and Education approved the elevation and Dr. Jwa-Kyung Seong took office as the first president, solidifying the basis toward one of the prestigious universities in Korea.
Today, Inha University fosters professionals with academic skills and a character befitting the school motto of Truth. Inha has already produced as many as 120,000 graduates in science, technology and industry. Inha currently educates 20,000 students, while continuing efforts to become one of the top universities in the world. In 2014, Inha University has started to grow at an international level with the opening of the Inha University in Tashkent in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In addition, Inha believes in a balanced education that includes the liberal arts. Inha believes that the true purpose of a university, the development of human spirits, lies not in the quantitative and external expansion, but in the realization of human values and the nurturing of creativity.
Inha has 12 colleges in Engineering, Natural Science, Economics and Trade, Business Administration, Education, Law, Social Science, Humanities, Human Ecology, and Medicine, and 1 affiliation, 20 departments, 9 major fields of study. Inha University’s Graduate school offers 47 fields of study for the Master’s program and 41 for the Doctoral program. The Graduate School of Education has 31 majors for its Master’s program and research course. The Graduate School of Business Administration offers 1 Master’s program and 2 certificate courses and a part-time MBA program. The Graduate School of Engineering offers 14 majors in its Master’s program and research courses. The Graduate School of Public Administration has 3 majors in its Master’s program and research courses. Founded in 2000, the Graduate School of Information Technology and Telecommunications offers 1 major in its Master's program and the expanded and reorganized Graduate School of International Trade and Logistics now has 2 departments with 5 majors.
Inha university consists of 12 undergraduate colleges:
- College of Engineering
- College of Information Technology and Engineering
- College of Natural Science
- College of Economics & International Trade
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education
- College of Law
- College of Social Sciences
- College of Humanities
- College of Human Ecology
- College of Medicine
- Arts and Sports
Inha has 9 graduate schools: Graduate School, Graduate School of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Graduate School of Logistics, Law School, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Public Administration.
Inha university has 8 attached agencies which are listed below:
- Jung-Seok Memorial Library
- Language Training Center
- Center for Continuing Education
- Inha Museum
- Teachers Training Center
- Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics and Trade
- Christian Missionaries working to convert non-religious and other religious people to Christians
Inha university has about 40 research institutes attached to it. These institutes are listed below.
|Institute||Year of Establishment||Institute||Year of Establishment|
|Science & Technology Research Institute||1967||Humanities Research Institute||1974|
|Social Science Research Institute||1980||Basic Science Research Institute||1979|
|Student Life Research Institute||1973||Aviation Management Research Institute||1976|
|New Community Movement Research Institute||1977||Center for International Studies||1985|
|Institute for Business & Economics Research||1985||Center for Korean Studies||1986|
|Ocean Science & Technology Institute||1987||Sports Science Research Institute||1987|
|Medical Toxicology Research Center||1988||Institute of Polymer Science & Engineering||1990|
|Institute of Advanced Materials||1990||Institute of Computer Science & Applications||1990|
|Management Research Institute||1992||Environmental Research Institute||1992|
|Institute for Information and Electronics Research||1992||Institute for Mechanical Engineering||1995|
|Research Institute of Ship and Ocean Engineering||1994||Educational Research Institute||1994|
|Research Institute of Human Ecology||1994||Research Institute of Semiconductor Thin Film Technology||1995|
|Research Institute of Chemical Dynamics||1996||Research Institute for Medical Sciences||1996|
|Research Institute of Water Resources & Systems||1996||Research Institute of Construction and Environment Systems||1996|
|Geoinformatic Engineering Research Institute||1998||Yellow Sea Transportation System Research Center||1996|
|Environmental Technology Center of Thermal Plasma||2005||Institute of Industrial Biotechnology||2000|
|Institute for Legal Studies||1999||Regional Research Center for Coastal Environments of the Yellow Sea||1999|
|Intelligent GIS Research Center||1998||UWB-ITRC Center||2003|
|Institute of Industrial Biotechnology||2000||Institute for Culture Management and Psychology||2005|
|Regional Innovation Center For Light Materials||1999||Center for Advanced Bioseparation Technology||2000|
- Kim Gura - presenter
- Im Kyungwan - baseball player
- Song Ji-Man - baseball player
- Song Yoo-geun - youngest student in South Korea to be admitted in a university at age 8
- Lee Hyunseung - baseball player
- Dr. Isak Rajjak Shaikh - Research Scholar, Health & Safety Manager, Human Rights Activist
- Rose - former member of TRAX and SMTOWN
- Choi Jaehoon - former member of Led Apple
- Siwon - member of Super Junior and SMTOWN (graduated February 2012)
- Kim Ryeowook - member of Super Junior and SMTOWN (graduated February 2012)
- Jeon Hyoseong - member of SECRET
- Choonbae Park (president of inha university)
- inha university's statistical annual report: number of faculty
- inha university's statistical annual report
- Global U8 Consortium website
- "Super Junior’s Choi Siwon graduates from Inha University". Star News. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
- Lee, Nancy "Super Junior’s Ryeowook Graduates from College" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10