Gangwon Provincial College

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Gangwon Provincial College
Motto 진리, 창조, 봉사
"Truth, Creativity, Service"
Established 1998
Type Public
President Won, Byong Kwan[1]
Location Gangneung, Gangwon-do
Campus Urban
Gangwon Provincial College
Hangul 강원도립대학
Hanja 江原道立大學
Revised Romanization Gangwon dorip daehak
McCune–Reischauer Kangwŏn torip taehak

Gangwon Provincial College, GPC, is a public college in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province (Gangwon-do), South Korea.[2] Unlike most public tertiary institutions in South Korea, it is administered directly by the provincial government of Gangwon-do. GPC is well known as a research and educational institute with modern facilities. Situated next to the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and Jumunjin Harbor, GPC enjoys the full benefit of the natural beauty of which Gangwon Province is famed.


The campus is located over piny field adjacent to the sea in Jumunjin-eup, north of Gangneung’s city center. It lies close to the Yeongdong Expressway and is easily accessible from Seoul by bus. Situated between the Taebaek mountain range and the Sea of Japan, the campus enjoys easy access to the waters of the Sea of Japan as well as Jumunjin Harbor. There have been several additions to the campus in recent years, including a professional turf soccer field as well as an outdoor performance theater.


Permission to establish the college was granted in 1995, and the college opened in 1998. The first graduating class entered GPC in March 1998. The college has been the recipient of several prestigious awards since its inception, including an ‘Outstanding College’ award by the National Ministry of Education. Furthermore, it has been selected to manage an Academic-Industrial consortium and has also received an outstanding departmental evaluation from the Korean Council for College Education.


The president of GPC reports directly to the governor of Gangwon Province. GPC consists of four divisions: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Physical Education.

Within these four divisions there are a total of 13 departments:

  • Marine Police & Technology, Marine Life Sciences, Food Processing & Bakery,
  • Cadastral Science & Real Estate, Tourism, Child Education & Care, Civil Engineering, Information & Communication,
  • Automotive Engineering, Industrial Design, Fire-Environmental & Disaster Prevention, Digital Contents Techniques,
  • Leisure Sports.

Students and faculty[edit]

As of February 2010, the school has about 1,400 students, 33 full-time professors, 13 adjunct professors and over 90 part-time lecturers. By February 2010, a total of about 3,500 students have graduated from the school.

Cooperation with Local Community[edit]

GPC has, since its inception, worked together with the local community. The campus itself is open to the general public, and the school’s departments have closely linked with local industries. For example, the college has a leading role in establishing a ‘Jumunjin Brand Squid’, whose name ‘Jumunjingeo’ combines the name of the town as well as the Korean word for fish. In Jumunjin, the most well known marine animal is squid.


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