|Motto||Obedire Veritati (Latin)|
|Motto in English||Be obedient to the truth|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic, Jesuit|
|President||Yoo Ki-pung Ph.D.|
|Academic staff||432 (full-time)
|Location||Seoul, South Korea|
|Former names||Sogang College (1960-1969)|
|Revised Romanization||Seogang Daehakgyo|
Sogang University (hangul: 서강대학교 hanja: 西江大學校) is one of the leading research and liberal arts universities of South Korea. The university was established in 1960 by the Wisconsin province of the Society of Jesus to provide education based on Catholic beliefs inspired by the Jesuit education philosophy. Sister schools of Sogang founded on Jesuit philosophies include Georgetown University and Sophia University.
It ranked first in Korea among four-year universities without medical schools in JoongAng Ilbo's University Ranking Evaluation in 2008 and second in Korea in terms of reputation of graduates' ability in Chosun Ilbo's University Ranking Evaluation in 2009.
Sogang's Foreign Language Education Center and its Korean Language Education Center is South Korea's leading language institute. It educates Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea)'s state-funded foreign exchange students.
- 1 History
- 2 University symbol
- 3 Reputation
- 4 Organizations
- 5 Notable faculty and alumni
- 6 Controversies
- 7 References
- 8 External links
At the initiative of the Catholic Hierarchy of Korea, Pope Pius XII gave assurance that a Catholic institution of higher learning would be established in Korea. Later he entrusted the task to the Society of Jesus (September 1948). Fr. Theodor Geppert, S.J. from Sophia University of Tokyo came to Korea and started searching for a suitable site to establish a Jesuit college in October 1954. Fr. Leo Burns, S.J., Superior of the Wisconsin Province came to Korea and, with the Catholic Hierarchy, began negotiations with the government for the foundation of the college in February 1955. In January 1957 the Society of Jesus purchased a property of 67,075 pyong (217,323 sq. meters, 53 acres) at Nogo San, Sinsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. Work began to prepare the site for the Administration Building. The Administration Building was completed in November 1959.
Foundation of Sogang College
The founding Fathers decided to name the college "Sogang" (the West of Han River). The charter for Sogang College was granted by the Ministry of Education. In February 1960 Fr. Kenneth E. Killoren, S.J. was installed as the first president. Sogang College opened its doors with six departments: Economics, English Language and Literature, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics. Out of 600 applicants 166 were admitted as the first class. Classes began on 18 April 1960, just one day before the April Revolution.
A university charter was granted by the Ministry of Education and Sogang College became Sogang University: A full-scale university consisting of a College of Arts and Science with six departments, College of Science and Engineering with five departments and a College of Commerce with three departments in December 1969.
On March 2, 1970, the inauguration and the president's installation was held at Mary Hall. Fr. John P. Daly, S.J. took office as the first president. The president emphasized 'Education Based on Belief and Reason'. On April 7, 1970, South Korean President Park Chung-hee donated two buses to help transport faculty and staff. Later, because of management difficulties, the two buses had to be sold. As Sogang began life as a full university, there was an increase in student numbers and the library, which had moved to Ricci Hall, became extremely congested with students, so there was an urgent need for an independent library building. Construction of the library to the north of the sports field began in January 1973 and was completed on December 20. Sogang University's Loyola Library became South Korea's first full open-resource library.
The campus festival was an annual event that began to be seen as a means of encouraging student solidarity. Sogang's festival turned into a real campus festival in 1969, when a series of academic symposiums were included in the program.
On April 24, 1985, a ceremony to commemorate Sogang's 25th anniversary was held. Guests included Fr. Geppert, one of the first Jesuits to come to Korea and the person who is recognized as Sogang's founder.
1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa visited Sogang in May 1981 and gave two lectures, one in the auditorium and the other at the basketball court, at which she appealed for all people to practice true love.
In 1984 the Korean Catholic Church celebrated its bicentennial. To celebrate, Pope John Paul II visited Korea on May 5. The Pope came to Sogang to meet with the members of the religious orders, brothers, nuns, and priests at the gymnasium, and with Korean intellectuals at the auditorium.
The most meaningful event among the 30th anniversary commemoration business was the unveiling of the Albatross. The statue, that symbolizes the Albatross soaring with its great white wings, was made through donations gathered by the Alumni Association and was presented at the April 17 unveiling ceremony. Sogang's appearance changed during the 1990s. First of all, the Front Gate, the face of the school was rebuilt in marble and the Albatross was built directly in front of it. The previous small playground was renamed Cheongnyeon Gwanjang (Youth Square) and given a neater look. As new buildings were built, there was a shortage of parking space, so an underground parking lot was built under the Albatross Square. In November 1997, with the completion of the underground parking lot, stage facilities for cultural events were constructed above it.
The cardinal color, which is the university color, symbolizes love, the holy spirit, martyr, loyalty, and victory. The silver chevron comes from the first letter 'ㅅ' of 서강(Sogang), representing the intellect spirit of Sogang, and an ivory tower. 'IHS' comes from the first letters of the Greek name Ιησους(ΙΗΣΟΥΣ) of Jesus and is also found on the seal of the Society of Jesus, the Catholic religious order that founded the university. The medieval crown stands for the Virgin and Trinity, meaning wisdom.
Sogang University has a tendency to be ranked weaker than its real reputation in many university evaluations because Sogang has no medical school and only 1/3 of enrollment size comparing with other competitive universities in Korea. But still in general, Sogang University is widely regarded as one of Top 3 private Korean Schools or Top 5 highly reputed universities. Sogang University was ranked first in NCSI in years 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2006 (The National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) is an index model based on the modeling of the degree of satisfaction of the final consumers.)
- Ranked 1st in Korea (among the four-year universities without medical school), [2008 JoongAng Ilbo University Ranking Evaluation]
- Ranked 1st in Korea (among the four-year universities in Korea), [2012 Korean Standard - Service Quality Index]
- Ranked 2nd in Korea, on the reputation of graduates' ability (behind Seoul National University) [2009 Chosun Ilbo University Evaluation]
- Ranked 28th in Asia, on Arts & Humanities [2010 THE - QS Asian University Rankings]
- Ranked 38th in Asia, on Social Sciences [2010 THE - QS Asian University Rankings]
Sogang Business School
In October 2009 Sogang University earned an accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business.
One of top five business schools in Korea, top 1% of high school graduates on their college entrance exam, located close to the financial hub in Seoul, highest job-landing ratio for undergraduates (in 2006, 2007 and 2008, the percentages of employment in major companies measured by the ministry of education have been 55.1%, 53.3% and 54.9% for each. It has ranked first among every university in Korea in a row).
The School has made significant contribution to the rapid economic growth of Korea during the last four decades. Some of its faculty members have been deeply involved in the design of the economic development program by assuming top level cabinet positions in the government. Due to these important engagements, a group of economists, affiliated with the School and engaged in policy-making, has earned the unique name of “Sogang School.” The college has risen immediately to contend with the top economics departments in Korea. Based upon this reputation, the School has consistently attracted young talents of the highest caliber, mostly top 1% in the national college entrance exam. Reflecting its excellent research capacity, the School has been ranked among top 3 economics departments in Korea in terms of international journal publications according to RePEc.
Korean Language Education Center
Notable faculty and alumni
- Yoon Nung-min, (1927~2009) professor of chemistry
- Lee Ki-baek, (1924~2004) professor of history
- Chang Young-hee, (1952~2009) professor of English Literature, columnist, motivational writer.
- Choe Yun, professor of French literature
- Almas Heshmati, professor of economics
- Yoon Kyung-byung, professor of chemistry
- Nam Duck-woo, (1924~2013) Former Economics Professor, Former Prime Minister of Korea
- Park Geun-hye, The 18th President of the Republic of Korea
- Choi Soon-hong, United Nations Chief Information Technology Officer-Assistant Secretary-General
- Kim Tae-young, Former Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea
- Moon Sung-keun, actor and former chairman of Democratic United Party
- Jeon Yeo-ok, politician
Broadcasting and entertainment
- Park Chan-wook, film director, winner of Grand-Prix award from 2004 Cannes Film Festival, France
- Choi Dong-hoon, film director
- Lee Kwang-hoon, film director
- Ahn Jung-hyo, novelist and literary translator
- Lim Chul-woo, writer
- Kim Seung-hee, poet
- Kim Kyung-ju, poet
- Park Seo-rak, singer
- Moon Sung-keun, actor and former temporary chairman of Democratic United Party
- Park Eun-bin, actress
- Go Joo-won, actor
In July 2010 four professors in the department of Business Administration were dismissed after exposing the mishandling of grant funds by a fellow professor. The professors appealed to the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology. Neither the professors nor the university were satisfied with the Appeal Commission's ruling, with both sides filing suit.
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- (English) Sogang University official Web site
- (Korean) Sogang University official Web site
- (English) Sogang University - Graduate School of International Studies official GSIS Web site
- Loyola Library, Sogang University Main Library of Sogang University
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sogang University