Ajou University

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Ajou University
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Ajou University
Revised RomanizationAju Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerAju Taehakkyo
A student on a bench next to the dormitory cafeteria

Ajou University is a leading engineering university in South Korea established in 1973 and located in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province about 30 km (19 mi) south of Seoul.

Despite its short history, the school was recognized as one of the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old. Originally an engineering school, Ajou has undergraduate and graduate programs in the sciences, engineering, health care, business, social sciences, law and liberal arts.

Notable academic programs[edit]

The oldest and the largest school at Ajou is the College of Engineering with its four divisions: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and Environmental and Urban Systems Engineering.

Ajou is also well-known for its College of Information Technology, which includes the departments of software and computer engineering, electrical engineering, cyber security and digital media.

The School of Medicine opened in 1988 and the College of Pharmacy in 2011.

As of 2012, 705 students had graduated from the school.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

Ajou University has a sizable exchange program that includes about 250 universities in 60 countries, and involves about 600 exchange students yearly.[2] In 2018, Ajou University was ranked 11th by the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, out of approximately 400 educational institutes in South Korea.[3] In 2015, the QS Asian University Rankings ranked the university 112th in Asia.[4] In 2014, ranked as one of top 5 universities in industrial engineering.

Education programs[edit]

Undergraduate programs Graduate programs
College of Engineering Graduate School for Professionals
School of Medicine Graduate School of Industry
School of Business Administration Graduate School of Business


College of Information Technology Graduate School of Public Affairs
College of Humanities Graduate School of Education
College of Natural Sciences Graduate School of

Information and Communication

College of Social Sciences Graduate School of Information

and Communication Technology

College of Nursing Graduate School of International Studies
College of Law Graduate School of Law


The Statue of Pioneer

The Statue of Pioneer is the symbol of Ajou University. It is located at the school's main entrance.

Central Library[edit]

In order to contribute to the learning, cultivation and research of students and faculty members through the collection, accumulation and distribution of information, the Central Library was established on March 15, 1973. It was opened together with the opening of the prefecture elementary and junior college. At the time of opening, there were 120 seats of the first floor of the main building. From April 12, 1973, 1,272 books were purchased with one librarian. In 1983, Daewoo Group Kim Dae-woo, chairman of the Daewoo Group, donated 5 billion won to renovate the Central Library. The new total floor space was 4,026 pyeong. On October 16, 2017, the entire library on the second floor was converted into a community lounge through remodeling. In addition, on the first floor, the space that was previously used for the corridor was expanded to build a café, allowing rest space and convenience facilities.

Dining halls[edit]

The campus is mainly served by two large cafeterias and many minor restaurants. The biggest restaurant is close to the dormitories and is called the Dormitory Restaurant. It has two floors and serves both Korean and Western style foods with a daily rotating menu. The second biggest restaurant is called the Student Restaurant, and is located in the Student Union building. There are also smaller restaurants in Paldal hall, Dasan hall and Jonghap Hall.


There are four big dormitories on campus: Nam-jae dormitory, Yong-Ji dormitory, Hwa-hong dormitory and Kwang-Gyu dormitory. Nam-jae and Yong-ji dormitories are exclusively boys' dormitories while Kwang-gyu is a girls' dormitory. Hwa-hong houses both males and females (on separate floors; girls' floors are female-keycard access only) and is the only dormitory open to foreigners as exchange students or regular students. Except for Hwa-hong dormitory, all the dormitories have rooms with four occupants each. Hwa-hong has two-bed and four-bed rooms. It also has single rooms for visiting professors. Ajou University International Dormitory VIDEO

Notable alumni[edit]

Four seasons at Ajou[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?docId=795147&cid=46615&categoryId=46615
  2. ^ "Ajou Exchange Program Highlights". Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Ajou University ranks 16th in Joongang Daily's 2014 University Assessment". 8 October 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Ajou University Undergraduate Top Universities". Retrieved 21 August 2015.

Coordinates: 37°16′58″N 127°02′46″E / 37.282913°N 127.04607°E / 37.282913; 127.04607