Founded in 1934, Chosun Radio Training Centre (Global Telecommunication Network Center Today) established to promote the advancement and diffusion of radio technical knowledge and understanding, independent of government and free of Japan
Renamed in 1940 as Chosun Institute of Radio Engineering
In 1963 (first Dong-guk, but renamed in 1964), school quickly became four-year degree-granting Kwangwoon Institute of Technology
In 1988, with the effort of Musung Cho (the 1st president Kwangwoon University and currently the 14th Chairman of Kwangwoon Foundation) and many faculties and students, the school began a comprehensive University. And up until 1995, the university was ranked top 10 overall and top 3 in the engineering field in South Korea.
Kwangwoon University has a 79-year-old history in high-tech and advanced education and research areas.
Born in April 20, 1899 and having lived during the period of Japanese colony, Hwado (nickname) Cho, Kwangwoon was actively involved in the Korean independent movement in Shanghai, China during his teen age. However, the independent movement leader recognized that Cho, Kwangwoon's talent lay in the academia and decided to train the boy so that he could contribute to the Korean education field in which was a move away from the Japanese enforcement of Japanese culture and writings teachings. The boy Kwangwoon was sent to Japan and enrolled in Waseda University, at the time only private university in Japan.
From late teen age up until his early 30s, Kwangwoon makes a change in his career path to a businessman. First working as a rice-bag carrying worker, taxi driver (at the time equivalent to an airplane pilot), and a general manager at a rich Japanese family, he often received high praise from many Japanese property owners for his diligence and the masters would go on to tell the other workers and Japanese to learn from Kwangwoon Cho's work ethics; Kwangwoon was paid a premium for his diligence, wisdom, and his work talent. While working for his master, he invested part of his earnings on stocks (electronics) and he hit a jackpot; the stock price shot up so high that he suddenly became a millionaire; in today's currency, his wealth was about 100 million dollars and he was only 16 years old at the time. With his first lump-sum wealth, he decides to start any business possible. However, he was too young and inexperienced to quickly jump into the hotbed; he ends up blowing up 90 percent of his wealth and fell into a conman's trap. During his business career, Kwangwoon imports from Japan the incandescent light bulbs to Korea for the first time in Korean history since Thomas Edison invented it in 1879; this was a significant moment and a new era for Korea because in the early 1900s Korea's main source of light was the lantern. Kwangwoon later imports Japanese raw electronic products and establishes assembling factories and dominates the electronics trading districts from southern part of Korea up to Manchuria of China today. Kwangwoon Cho in his 20's was already running multi-million dollar businesses comparable to Samsung or LG of today. Later in his business career, he wanted to do something more meaningful with his money and he listens to the advises from one of his closest friends, Konosuke Matsushita (founder of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., today Panasonic and also known as the god of management field in Japan) to do education business in Korea. Thereafter, Kwangwoon spent all of his wealth on establishing a college in Korea and started as Chosun Radio Training Centre in 1934, in 1963 Kwangwoon Institute of Technology was established. Kwangwoon became a 4-year degree granting university in 1988 as Musung Cho, the second son of Kwangwoon and the first president of Kwangwoon University was the main person to lead the way.
Today, There are 8 colleges in Kwangwoon University: College of Electronics & Information Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, Division of Korean Language and Literature, College of Social Sciences, College of Law, College of Business, and College of Northeast Asia. Located in Wolgye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Kwangwoon University is carrying out various international exchanges and cooperation programs with 83 leading universities worldwide in the areas of education and research.
Beginning with the construction of the Hwado Building(main building) named after the pen name of the founder in 1972, the amphitheater, student union building (now Okui Building), Bima Building, and central library were completed one after the other. After the university was upgraded to general university status, the 2nd master plan was established in 1988 to build the Bokji Building(Welfare Building), extend the Okui Building, construct Korea’s first international standard indoor ice rink, and complete the 2,500-seater Donghae Culture & Art Center. Afterward,other buildings were constructed (e.g. Yeongu (research) building, Chambit building, Hanwool Building, Nuri Hall, etc.)
Kwangwoon Hanlimwon (Institute for Advanced study)
Kwangwoon Institute for Advanced study was established to enhance academic research at Kwangwoon University. Activities conducted at Kwangwoon Institute for Advanced study include research on interdisciplinary and fusion studies, academic exchanges with domestic and foreign educational and research institutes, collection, organization, and compilation of research materials, and other necessary accompanying programs. The center is greatly contributing to the reinforcement of academic and research competitiveness of Kwangwoon University by inviting renowned foreign professors, producing excellent research results, etc.
Teaching & Learning Center
The Teaching & Learning Center was established to provide the optimum environment for the education of the talents required in the 21st century to help Kwangwoon University realize its vision of the “most prestigious IT university in the world.” Guided by the philosophy of “developing creative teaching ability and self-motivated learning ability,” the Teaching & Learning Center is providing support in teachinglearning methods, media, and e-Learning. By fulfilling the missions of providing student-oriented education by supporting teaching methods, enhancing the ability of self-motivated learning by supporting learning methods, advancing the quality of teaching & learning by supporting various media, and diversifying teaching & learning methods by supporting e-Learning, the center is greatly contributing to the creation of high-quality educational environment and educational competitiveness of Kwangwoon University.
Kwangwoon University Newspaper
Established in 1967 with the motto of “straight viewpoint and sound argument,” Kwangwoon University Newspaper is now published biweekly with the editing guideline of horizontal writing and all-Korean writing. It contributes to the PR of Kwangwoon University by being distributed to students, faculty, and staff of the university as well as alumni, all high schools nationwide, universities's press, related companies, etc.
Kwangwoon Image Broadcasting Center
As part of the media in Kwangwoon University, Kwangwoon Image Broadcasting Center was established for the production and airing of broadcasting-related contents. Through “Media Kwangwoon” (http://mediakw.org), the center broadcasts programs such as “Kwangwoon News,” “Our Visible World,” and “Visible Radio.” In particular, production is done by undergraduate students, with the quality of education upgraded by using the center for the training of professional broadcasting manpower such as announcer, anchor, broadcasting reporter, PD, etc.
Educational Broadcasting Station
A subsidiary organization of Kwangwoon University opened in 1967 for the purpose of announcing notices, reporting various events, refining education, and promoting orderly life, the Educational Broadcasting Station involves students in the work as one of the extracurricular activities to let them learn the overall processes of the station, at the same time contributing to the achievement of the educational purpose based on the university’s mottos.
Kwangwoon University introduced the English certification system, and it is giving lectures in English in 33% of the classes of major subjects as of 2011. Since 2011, freshmen have to achieve a certain degree of language proficiency in a second foreign language (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or Russian) before graduation to be men of global talent. In addition, exchange agreements have been signed with leading universities worldwide to accelerate the globalization of Kwangwoon University.
Operating student exchange programs with 83 universities and 2 education consortia in 15 nations including the US, Japan, and China
Signed an agreement with University of Arkansas in the US for unlimited student exchanges
Established a joint course with Qingdao Science & Technology University, China, to train global talents in the area of architecture and who are equipped with the best design ability and individual research capabilities
Kwangwoon University ranked top 10 Universities of Korea in 2013 by Dong-A Ilbo,
Kwangwoon University ranked 28th out of the nation’s universities in the 2011 by JoongAng Ilbo. Remarkly,
1.Research sector ranked 14th out of universities in Korea (2011)
2.Number of SCI papers per professors in science and technology field ranked 15th (2011)
3.Employment rate of graduates ranked 15th (2011)
4.Affiliated average of individual research funds per professor ranked 4th (2011)
5.Average of outside research fund per professor ranked 6th (2011)
6.Rate of English lectures ranked 10th (2011)
Kwangwoon University has shown its power in research. The number of publications in international journals (SCI papers) and domestic papers per professors ranked 2nd among universities in Korea for three consecutive years (2010-2012).,.