|Motto||Truth, Freedom, and Creation|
|Location||Changwon, South Korea|
|Mascot||Horse called "HANMA"|
|Revised Romanization||Gyeongnam Daehakgyo|
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 has six colleges (Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Education, Economics and Commerce, Law and Politics, and Engineering). Its 15 research institutions (including the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul) work to facilitate not only individual research but also cooperative partnership activities with academia, industry, and government. The university also has 65 sister universities in 19 different countries. The university sees itself as a model regional university of the 21st century, with specialization in globalization and localization under the university's motto of 'truth, freedom, and creation'. With the university motto as its guideline, its educational goal is to produce well-educated professionals, community leaders and true world citizens by guiding students in their discovery and formation of ideas about humanity, nature, society, culture, and scientific theory and its application.
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
Kyungnam University maintains a teaching staff of over 900 professors, lecturers, adjuncts, and instructors. Student enrollment currently stands at more than 15,000.
The university comprises six colleges with 4 undergraduate divisions and 46 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.
"Kyungnam University Stands Out among Private Universities in Korea." The Korea Post, vol. 26, no. 11 (November 2013), pp. 26-31. Available at http://www.koreapost.com/news/view.html?smode=&skey=Kyungnam+University&x=26&y=11§ion=162&category=184&no=284 (Accessed January 15, 2015).
"Students Proud of KU's Illustrious History." The Korea Post, vol. 24, no. 5 (May 2011), p. 34.
- Kyungnam University Official website (English)