Kim Il-sung University

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Kim Il-sung University
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Established 1946
Type Public
President Song Ja-reeb
Academic staff 1,200
Admin. staff 2,800
Students 16,000
Location Taesong District, Pyongyang, North Korea
39°3′29″N 125°46′6″E / 39.05806°N 125.76833°E / 39.05806; 125.76833Coordinates: 39°3′29″N 125°46′6″E / 39.05806°N 125.76833°E / 39.05806; 125.76833
Campus Urban
Kim Il-sung University
Chosŏn'gŭl 김일성종합대학
Hancha 金日成綜合大學
Revised Romanization Gim Il-seong Jonghap Daehak
McCune–Reischauer Kim Il-sŏng Chonghap Taehak

Kim Il-sung University, founded on 1 October 1946, is the first university built in North Korea. It is located on a 37-acre campus in Pyongyang, the nation's capital. Along with the main academic buildings, the campus contains 10 separate offices, 50 laboratories, libraries, museums, a printing press, an R&D centre dormitories and a hospital.[1] The university bears the name of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Courses in the department of social sciences take 5 years, while those of the department of natural sciences take 6 years to complete.[1]


During the Korean War the university was located at Baeksong-ri under Mt. Jamo in Suncheon-gun, which was far from the centre of the city. But by late 1955, the reconstruction of the main building on the Pyongyang campus was in progress and shortly on the university moved back to Pyongyang centre. Until 2004, Pak Kwan-o (박관오), an authority on nuclear physics and current Chairman of the People's Committee of Pyongyang (De facto Mayor), had been serving as the president for 17 years.[2] Since 2009, the current university president is Song Ja Reeb (성자립).[3]


Social sciences
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Government and economics
  • Law
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Korean language
  • Foreign languages
  • Kim Il-sung Revolutionary History
  • Kim Jong-Il Revolutionary History
Natural science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Atomic Energy
  • Automation

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  2. ^ [“北 평양시장 경질…전 김일성대 총장 박관오씨 새로 임명 [North, Replaced the Mayor of Pyongyang... New mayor is Pak Kwan O, Former President of Kim Il Sung University],” Donga Ilbo, 5 April 2007,]
  3. ^ Yoon Geun Young, “정운찬 전 서울대 총장, 김일성대 총장 만나고파 [Former President of Seoul National University, Jeong Un-chan Wants to Meet the President of Kim Il Sung University],” Newsis, 8 March 2009,]
  4. ^ Choe Sang-Hun and Martin Fackler (14 June 2009). "North Korea’s Heir Apparent Remains a Mystery". The New York Times (in German). Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ Kim, Song-A (2007-05-09). "Photos of Kim Jong Il's Brother, Kim Pyong Il and Recent Visits". Daily NK. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 

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