Soongsil University

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Soongsil University
숭실대학교
Logo of soongsil university.png
Motto 진리와 봉사
Truth and Service
Established October 10, 1897
Type Private
President Hern-soo Hahn
Academic staff 1,239 (2011)
Students 16,406 (2011)
Undergraduates 13,647 (2011)
Location Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea South Korea
37°29′47″N 126°57′27″E / 37.49639°N 126.95750°E / 37.49639; 126.95750Coordinates: 37°29′47″N 126°57′27″E / 37.49639°N 126.95750°E / 37.49639; 126.95750
Campus Urban
Mascot White Horse
Website www.ssu.ac.kr
Soongsil University
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Sungsil Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Sungsil Taehakkyo
Main Entrance of Soongsil University

Soongsil University (SSU) is a private Christian university in South Korea. The campus is located in 369 Sangdo-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul.

History[edit]

Soongsil University was founded on October 10, 1897 in Pyongyang as a private school by William M. Baird, a missionary of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions. In 1900 the school was developed into an official 4-year junior high school. In October 1901 the school was named Soongsil Hakdang (숭실학당, Soongsil Academy). The name Soongsil roughly means "Revering [God] ( soong) with Truth and Integrity ( sil)".

In 1905 the academy established courses for students. In 1906 the academy again was permitted by presbyterian and methodist missionary bodies to establish a university department. The academy was called Union Christian College (합성숭실대학), which was later authorized as a university by the Korean government in 1907.[1]

In 1925 the school was forcibly reduced to a 4-year technical school of humanities named 숭실전문학교 (崇實專門學校, pronounced Sūjitsu Senmon Gakkō in Japanese).[2] On March 4, 1938 the school closed itself in order to protest against the enforcement of Shinto shrine worship.

In August 1945 Korea was liberated from Japanese colonialism, but the effort to restore the Soongsil College did not succeed until after the end of the Korean War. In April 1954 Soongsil College was reestablished in South Korea and in June 1957 it moved to the present-day Sangdo-dong Campus. In 1971 the College was merged with Daejun College (대전대학, 大田大學, not to be confused with present-day Daejeon University) into Soongjun College (숭전대학, 崇田大學).[3] In December 1971 the College acquired a university status. In December 1982, Daejeon Campus of Soongjun University was separated and renamed Hannam University. In November 1986, Soongjun University was renamed Soongsil University.

Reputation[edit]

As most universities in Seoul, Soongsil University is a prominent university in South Korea. To enter Soongsil, students are required to be in the top 7-12% group of the university entry exam. Soongsil's IT sector and business school is especially strong. The first computer science department in Korea was founded here and the department is currently ranked second in Korea after Seoul National University in the field of computer science. According to JoongAng Ilbo, a Korean newspaper, as of 2011 it ranked 22nd overall in the national rankings. Also in 2012 and 2013 it was the 16th university with the biggest number of graduates with a CPA.

Undergraduate schools[edit]

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Economics & International Commerce
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Technology
  • Baird University College (College of Core & Specialized Education)
  • School of Finance

Graduate schools[edit]

  • General Graduate School
  • Special Graduate Schools
    • Graduate School of Industry
    • Graduate School of Small Business
    • Graduate School of Information Sciences
    • Graduate School of Labor & Industrial Relations
    • Graduate School of Social Welfare
    • Graduate School of Education
    • Graduate School of Christian Studies
    • Graduate School of Global Business

Institutes[edit]

  • Library and Center for Academic Information
  • The Korean Christian Museum
  • Educational Institutes
    • Continuing Education Institute
    • Soongsil Language Institute
    • Youth Education Institute
  • Research Institutes
    • Institute of Korean Christian Culture
    • Institute of Humanities
    • Institute of Future Technology
    • Institute of Legal Studies
    • Institute of Natural Sciences
    • Institute for Business & Economic Strategies
    • Center for Computer Aided Molecular Design Research
    • Institute of Social Sciences
    • Institute of Information and Media Technology
    • Project Management Center
    • Center for Small & Medium Business Industrial and Academic Cooperation
    • Institute of High-Tech IT Convergence
    • Institute for the Gifted & Talented
    • Business Institute of Information Science
    • Institute of Korea Lifelong Education & HRD
    • Center for Regional Innovation
    • Institute of Management Innovation and Evaluation
    • Institute of Social Welfare
    • Institute of Underwater Acoustic Communication
    • Institute of Korean Traditional Literature and Art
    • Center for Ubiquitous Network Research
    • Center for Electronic Microsystem Packaging
    • Center for University & Industrial Cooperative IT Training and Education
    • Institute of Cultural Content Technology
    • IT Center for Sensory Research
    • Institute of Cultural Missionary Work
    • Institute of Small Business Creation and Management
    • Institute of Artificial Intelligence Robot Development
    • Soongsil Institute of Christian Counsels
    • Institute of Industrial Economics Research

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abe, Hiroshi (1971), Higher Learning in Korea under Japanese Rule
  2. ^ See the section '02. Beginning of modern higher education under Japanese colonialism: Soongsil hakdang' in the "Overview of Soongsil History". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Chronology of Soongsil History". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 

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