Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

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GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
Motto A Proud Creator of Future Science and Technology
Type National
Established 1993
President Dr. Moon Seunghyeon
Students 1,794 (as of March 2015)
Undergraduates 617 (as of March 2015)
Postgraduates 1,177 (as of March 2015)
Location Gwangju, South Korea South Korea

GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology) is a leading research university located in Gwangju, South Korea.


GIST was established by the South Korean government in 1993 as a research-oriented graduate school.[1] Its founding purposes include training highly qualified professionals to lead innovations in science and technology and promoting cooperative research with industry and educational and research exchange with foreign countries. In 2010, the undergrauate GIST College was launched. In the QS World University Rankings 2014-2015, GIST was No. 4 in the world in the category of citations per faculty.[2] In The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015, GIST was ranked 96th in the world in the subject of Engineering & Technology.[3]


August 5, 1993 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Act promulgated
October 11, 1993 Dr. Doo-Bong Ha inaugurated as first president
February 27, 1997 First master's degrees conferred
February 20, 2000 First doctorate degrees conferred
March 26, 2004 English acronym changed from KJIST to GIST, following Romanization change of the city name from Kwangju to Gwangju
February 25, 2014 First bachelor's degrees conferred
March 11, 2015 Dr. Moon Seunghyeon inaugurated as seventh president


GIST College (bachelor's programs)[edit]

  • Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences (freshmen and sophomores)
  • Majors (juniors and seniors)
    • Physics Concentration
    • Chemistry Concentration
    • Biology Concentration
    • Engineering and Applied Science Concentration
      • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Track
      • Mechanical Engineering Track
      • Materials Engineering Track
      • Earth and Environmental Engineering Track

Graduate School (master's and doctoral programs)[edit]


  1. ^ Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Act
  2. ^ QS World University Rankings 2014/15 - Citations per Faculty
  3. ^ THE World University Rankings 2014/15 - Engineering and Technology

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Coordinates: 35°13′35″N 126°50′24″E / 35.2265°N 126.8400°E / 35.2265; 126.8400