Kyungnam University

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Kyungnam University
경남대학교 慶南大學校
Motto Truth, Freedom, and Creation
Established 1946
Type Private
President Park Jae-kyu
Academic staff 900(2009)
Students 18,000
Undergraduates 16,000
Postgraduates 2,000
Location Changwon, South Korea
Campus Urban
Nickname Kyung Dae
Mascot Horse called "HANMA"
Kyungnam University
Hangul 경남대학교
Hanja 慶南大學校
Revised Romanization Gyeongnam Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngnam Taehakkyo

Kyungnam University(경남대학교; 慶南大學校) is a private university located in Changwon (Masan), the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, South Gyeongsang or Gyeongnam (Kyungnam) province, in Southeastern South Korea. Kyungnam University is well known for its College of Education and College of Business, which is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious program in Gyeongsangnam-do. Its College of Education was ranked second in Gyeongsangnam-do and 36th nationally by JoongAng Ilbo University Ranking Evaluation in 2010. In Business school Ranking Evaluation by The Hankyung (Korea Economic Daily) Business Weekly in 2009, its College of Business has ranked 1st in Gyeongsangnam-do and 31st nationally.

In terms of graduate employment rates among universities with more than 3,000 students, Kyungnam university was ranked first in Gyeongsangnam-do and 13th nationally by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009).


Founded in 1946 as Kookmin College in Seoul, the tumultuous Korean War years created a situation in which it was more advantageous to move south than to stay in the Seoul area. In 1952 Kookmin College was rechristened Haein College and then in 1956 the college was packed up and shifted to Korea’s southern coast and has been in the city of Masan since that time. In 1961 the institution was renamed yet again with the new geo-specific moniker of Masan College.

In 1970, the Hanma foundation took over the college and in 1971 decided to rename the college yet again, so the signs were changed to read “Kyungnam College.” In 1982 the institution attained university status and the name was officially altered one more time. Since 1982 it has remained “Kyungnam University.”

Faculty, staff, students[edit]

Kyungnam University maintains a teaching staff of over 900 professors, lecturers, adjuncts, and instructors. Student enrollment currently stands at more than 16,000

The university comprises six colleges with 22 undergraduate divisions and 19 departments offering degrees at the bachelor’s level, whereas six graduate schools confer a variety of degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.


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