Dong-a University

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Dong-A University
Established 1946
President Han Suk-Jung
Undergraduates 19,000
Postgraduates 2,450
Location Busan, South Korea
Campus Seunghak, Gudeok, Bumin
Dong-a University
Hangul 동아대학교
Hanja 東亞大學校
Revised Romanization Donga Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Tong'a Taehakkyo

Dong-A University is a private university in Busan, South Korea. It is the only private university and one of two universities that has both medical and law school in Greater Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea.


The school's comprehensive undergraduate programs are provided through 12 faculties, covering fields from Physical Education, Natural Sciences, and Engineering to Social Sciences, Law, and Medicine. In addition to a general graduate school, there are eight specialized graduate schools: Northeast Asian Studies, Business Administration, Education, Industry, Mass Communications, Policy Sciences, Law and Police, and Arts.

The undergraduate and graduate academic programmes in archaeology, offered through the departments of Archaeology and Art History and the Dong-A University Museum, are the most well known in Korea.[citation needed]


In August 1947, the organization established for the creation of Dong-A College, along with Dr. Jae-hwan Jeong pen-named Sokdang as its leader, applied to the Ministry of Education for permission to establish the Dong-A Foundation. Permission was granted and the foundation opened Dong-A College as a four-year college on December 30, 1947 with five departments divided into two schools: School of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences and School of Law. Departments such as History and English were founded in the mid-1950s. The Central Library was completed in 1957. At present, the university has 9 graduate schools and 11 colleges including 28 divisions and 13 departments with 55 majors.

The Dong-A University Museum was established in 1959. As of 2007, its collection includes over 30,000 artifacts, among them 2 national treasures and 10 treasures. It has published over 75 archaeological reports and annually showcases new material at the joint exhibition sponsored by the Korean Association of University Museums.[1]

Today Dong-A University is one of the main private universities in the nation.[citation needed] It is one of the top employers in the Great Busan area, where the economic effect of this university is especially felt in Saha-gu and Seo-gu, Busan.[citation needed]

The university is known for its alumni network. Alumni are reputed to number 140,000, and such social networks are said to be important especially in government, law and business sectors.[citation needed] Among the alumni are several ministers of the Korean government as well as leaders of major Korean companies.


Dong-A University has Seunghak, Gudeok, and Bumin campuses.

Seunghak Campus[edit]

The Seunghak Campus is on the slopes of Mt. Seunghak, where one can get a view of Ulsuk-do, an islet that is home to migratory birds near the mouth of the Nakdong River. With a total area of 704,917 m2, the Seunghak campus accommodates the offices of university administration and the offices of colleges such as the College of Humanities, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Human Ecology, the College of Business Administration, the College of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Physical Education. The Seunghak Campus is the location of four graduate schools: the Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Education, and Graduate School of Industrial Information, as well as 18 research institutes, and 18 subsidiary organizations.

Gudeok Campus[edit]

The Gudeok Campus is 20 minute from the other campuses and is found at the foot of Mt. Gudeok and Daeshin Citizens' Park. The campus is set beside the heavily forested entrance to Daeshin Citizen's Park. The land area of the campus is 45,542 m2. There are three colleges and two graduate schools here including the College of Social Sciences, College of Arts, College of Medicine, School of Mass Communication, and Graduate School of Social Welfare. Additionally, the Gudeok Campus hosts 7 subsidiary research institutes and 2 subsidiary organs. The Dong-A University Medical Center plays a leading medical role in research and treatment in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas.[citation needed]

The Gudeok Campus contains some of the oldest buildings on the university, including the Dong-A University Museum building. The museum's exhibit halls were to move to the stately Old Law Courts building at the Bumin Campus and re-open in September 2007.

Bumin Campus[edit]

The Bumin Campus is in the central part of the old heart of Busan. This campus accommodates the College of Law, Graduate school of Law and Police, Graduate School of Northeast Asian Studies, and the Adult Continuing Education Centre. The Bumin Campus also houses research laboratories of the Dong-A University Museum.

Academic organization[edit]

Seunghak Campus[edit]

Gudeok Campus[edit]

Bumin Campus[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

  • Graduate School
  • Graduate School of Northeast Asian Studies
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Industrial Information
  • Graduate School of Mass Communication
  • Graduate School of Social Welfare
  • Graduate School of Law and Police
  • Graduate School of Arts

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dong-A University Museum". Culture and Tourism (in Korean). Seo-gu, Busan. Archived from the original on February 8, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°06′57″N 128°58′02″E / 35.1159°N 128.9673°E / 35.1159; 128.9673