Gyeongsang National University

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Coordinates: 35°9′14.6″N 128°5′53.1″E / 35.154056°N 128.098083°E / 35.154056; 128.098083

Gyeongsang National University
Gyeongsang National University logo.jpg
Established Founded 1948
Type National
President Kwon, Soon-kee(권순기)
Location Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea
Campus Gajwa Campus (Main Campus), Chilam Campus, Tongyeong Campus
Gyeongsang National University
Hangul 경상대학교
Revised Romanization Gyeongsang Daehakkyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngsang Taehakkyo

Gyeongsang National University (경상대학교) (GNU) is a national university governed under the ministry of education of Republic of Korea government and located in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and represents the South Gyeongsang Province of South Korea as one of 10 Flagship Korean National Universities along with Cheju National University, Chonbuk National University, Chonnam National University, Chungnam National University, Chungbuk National University, Kangwon National University, Kyungpook National University, Pusan National University, and Seoul National University.

Gyoengsang National University has twelve colleges including arts, social science, natural science, engineering, agriculture and life science, management, veterinary, education, nursing, and medicine and eight graduate schools including medicine and public health, business administration, education, aerospace, industry etc. Other institutions with the university are the university library, the university museum, student center, university newspaper and broadcasting center, publishing company, institute for education of science talented, Korean language cultural center and so on. The current statistics of Gyeongsang National University shows that it has 1,681 academic staffs including 808 full-time professors, 361 administrative staffs and 24,502 students including undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The university has three campuses and two of these are located in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and the other is located in Tongyeong. The main campus is located at Gajwa in the city of Jinju, Chilam campus, Jinju has the college of medicine, and Tongyeong campus, an hour from Jinju by car, has the college of Marine Science.

The motto of Gyeongsang National University(GNU) is Pioneer and it states that the eyes of pioneers see far beyond the present to the future. The history of the university begun as Jinju Agricultural College founded in Jinju in 1948, in 1968, accredited as national college and in 1972, renamed as Gyeongsang National College. In 1980, it was accredited as national university by the ministry of education and renamed as Gyeongsang National University. For more than 60 years since its foundation, Gyeongsang National University has been educating talented students who have served not only for local community but also for national prosperity by leading them to be bigger asset in many places such as communities, industries, businesses and so on around the country and the world.

Gyeongsang National University is well known for many achievements in applied life science along with biochemistry, agricultural science, and veterinary. One of these is that the researchers at the university discovered a way to make cloned Turkish Angora cats glow red when exposed to ultraviolet light in 2007[1] and many alumni in these fields are working as researchers and professionals in research institutions and universities around the world. In present, the university has made its highly competitive fields of study broad to mechanical and aerospace systems engineering and new nano-materials engineering. In addition, Gyeongsang National University has made achievements in humanities and in sociology, two fields which lay the foundation for human ethics. Beside this, Gyeongsang National University is proud to have the college of Education in where great middle school teachers are educated to take responsibility for education of Republic of Korea, the college of Veterinary Medicine in where international veterinarians are trained, and the College of Marine Science to pioneer the studies of the ocean in the twenty-first century. The university keeps moving on to provide advanced international education in Republic of Korea by successfully partnering in international campuses in Incheon[2] as well as Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zones.

The Graduate School of Medicine and Public Health at Gyeongsang National University is unique medical training and research institution in South Gyeongsang Province and plans are being made with Gyeongsang National University Hospital to open a specialized medical center in the city of Changwon as the second Gyeongsang National University hospital in 2013. Gyeongsang National University Hospital opened with 419 beds in 1987 as the university hospital of Gyeongsang National University and is located next to the college of medicine in Chilam campus and has provided health care service with quality for more than 25 years and grown to a general and multispecialty medical hospital with 950 beds operating with specialty centers such as the local cancer center opened as the first local cancer center of its kinds in the country and rheumatoid arthritis center.

Overview of GNU's past and present[edit]

  • October 20, 1948: Founded as Jinju Agricultural College by the provincial government of South Gyeongsang
  • July 11, 1972: Accredited as Gyeongsang National College
  • March 1, 1975: Established the graduate school
  • March 1, 1980: Accredited as Gyeongsang National University by the government of Republic of Korea
  • March 1, 1983: Established the College of Medicine
  • February 21, 1987: Inaugurated the Gyeongsang National University Hospital
  • March 1, 1988: Established the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration
  • March 1, 1989: Established the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • March 1, 1993: Established the College of Business Administration
  • March 1, 1995: Established the College of Marine Science by merging the Tong-Yeong Junior College of Fisheries
  • March 1, 1996: Established the Graduate School of Industry
  • March 1, 2010: Graduate School of Public Health established
  • December 16, 2011 : Dr. Kwon Soon Ki appointed 9th President
  • March 1, 2014: GNU has 10 Graduate Schools, 12 colleges, 3 Divisions (5 majors) and 87 Departments, with a total of 3,252 new Students every year


Gyeongsang National University has three campuses where two campuses are located in Jinju and one campus in Tongyeong. Gajwa campuse is located in Gajwa-dong, Jinju close to the junctions of Tongyeong–Daejeon Expressway and Namhae Expressway, Chilam campus is located in Chilam-dong right next to the Nam river, and Tongyeong campus is located in Inpyeong-dong, Tongyeong.

Gajwa Campus[edit]

Gajwa campus is the main campus of Gyeongsang national university. Most buildings and facilities of the university including the university headquarter, the student center, the main library, the stadium, dormitories, and buildings for the colleges of Humanities, Social Science, Law, Education, Business Administration, Natural Science, Agriculture and Life Science, Engineering, Veterinary, and graduate schools are located in the campus. The area of Gajwa campus is more than 1,300,000㎡, and buildings numbered are more than sixty . The address is 63, Gajwa-gil 29beon-gil, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 660-701.

Chilam Campus[edit]

The graduate school of medicine, which is one and only national graduate school of medicine in South Gyeongsang provine, the college of nursing, the graduate school of public health, and the graduate school of food and drug are located in chilam campus. The gyeongsang national university hospital, unique facility for training of medical students and nurses, are also located in the campus. The area of the campus is 103,000㎡, and buildings such as dormitory, student center, and the medical library, are located.

Tongyeong Campus[edit]

The college of Marine Science is located in Inpyeong-dong, Tongyoung. The campus is home of ten departments for marine science in the college and has fifteen buildings including the college headquarter, education and research center, gym, library, student center, and female dormitory. The area of the campus is 147,000㎡.

Graduate Schools of Professional Studies[edit]

  • Graduate School of Medicine -The GNU Graduate School of Medicine, as a flagship university, offers medical education at the professional level, with an infrastructure designed to develop medical expertise and relationship skills.
  • Graduate School of Business -The Graduate School of Business aims to develop skilled business professionals who will take a leading role in an age of globalization. The School offers an ideal environment for scientific research on business strategies, for graduates to boost their competitiveness in relevant fields.
  • Graduate School of Education -The mission of the Graduate School of Education, consisting of 31 departments, is to produce leading educators with a sense of educational mission, professionalism and creativity, under sound educational tenets.
  • Graduate School of Convergence Science & Technology -The Graduate School of Convergence Science & Technology was established to develop leading professionals in industrial technology. At present, Master’s degrees are offered in 29 majors from nine departments (evening classes only). Two contract departments and a non-degree course for advanced industrial management are also available.
  • Graduate School of Public Administration -Developing professional contributors to national and regional development is the main objective of the Graduate School of Public Administration. The School also provides continuing education to people who currently hold positions in government administration, and a non-degree course for advanced administ ration management.
  • The Graduate School of Aerospace Specialization -The Graduate School of Aerospace Specialization was established through collaboration between Gyeongsang National University, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, and Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd., to develop technology and human capital in the national aerospace field.
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • Graduate School of Food & Medicine

Master's Programs[edit]

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Arts and Athletics
  • Interdisciplinary Departments
  • Industrial-Academic Collaboration
  • Contract Department

PhD Programs[edit]

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Arts and Athletics
  • Interdisciplinary Departments
  • Industrial-Academic Collaboration

Joint Masters and PhD Programs[edit]

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Arts and Athletics
  • Interdisciplinary Departments

School of Language Education and International Programs[edit]

GNU Affiliated Institutions[edit]

  • DormitoryThis dormitory is operated aiming at developing a true pioneer by means of disciplined and systematic community life under the precept of"Love, Intelligence and Creation." It was renamed from "Dormitory" to "Residence alls" on June 1, 2004 to create it as rather a cultural living space than just a simple meaning of providing accommodation and food. expended BTL dormitory, from March 1, 2009 residence Halls accommodate 3,254 students in 10 buildings and we do our best to promote students' academic endeavor in such a cozy and convenient environment like their home. In addition, they supplies quality meals and is equipped with cinema room, lounge, etc, for leisure, including a newly-built fitness center with health club, billiard club and table tennis club.

Research Institute[edit]

Humanities & Social Sciences[edit]

  • Research Institute of Gyeongnam Culture (RIGNC) -RIGNC discovers and systematizes ancient documents regarding the history and culture of Gyeongnam.
  • Education Research Institute (ERI) -ERI consists of the Research Center for Secondary Education, the Research Center for Science Education, the Research Center of Sports for All, and the Center for Multicultural Education.
  • Institute of Global & Area Studies (IGAS) -IGAS focuses on education and supports research, unification and peace in overseas areas.
  • Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) -ISS engages in research activities through collaboration with industry and systematic connection with the realms of social science, business, and economics. EU Institute The EU Institute strives to globalize Gyeongnam through exchange activities with EU regions.
  • Institute of Humanities (IH) -IH consists of Korean, oriental, and western studies.
  • Institute of Law (IOL) -IOL studies domestic and foreign law and operates a legal advisory service.
  • Research Center for Women (RCW) -RCW mainly promotes interdisciplinary research and program development about women’s issues. Research Center for Management & Economics The Center studies management, commerce, and international and local economics.

Life Sciences & Engineering[edit]

  • Research Institute of Life Sciences (RILS) -RILS engages in research activities focused on genomics, proteomics, cancer, and biological engineering.
  • Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Research Center (PMBBRC) -PMBBRC expands foundational knowledge of plant science at the molecular level towards development of future food resources.
  • Engineering Institute (EI) -EI participates in support projects for joint academy-industry-laboratory technological development, support projects in science and engineering, and shared use of research equipment.
  • Institute of Agriculture & Life Sciences(IALS) -IALS researches the development of technologies in agriculture & life sciences, with appropriate management techniques. Institute of Health Science (IHS) IHS engages in research and education on the causes and prevention of disease.
  • Research Institute of Natural Science(RINS) -RINS focuses on research in specialized fields through government support.
  • Veterinary Medicine Research Institute(VMRI) -VMRI develops new technologies for diagnosis, prevention, and cure of animal diseases and medicine for treatment, and focuses on basic and applied veterinary sciences for animal environment and hygiene. Research Center for Aircraft Parts
  • Technology (ReCAPT) -ReCAPT studies basic and applied research on aircraft design and manufacture, and aircraft materials.
  • Institute of Marine Industry (IMI) -IMI develops marine industry-related academics and applied technology. Environmental & Regional Development
  • Institute (ERDI) -ERDI focuses on research and services for development of the environment and local communities. Green Energy Fusion Laboratory The Laboratory studies and develops green energy technology including bio-energy and wind power.

University Presidents[edit]

  1. Dr. Hyun-cheon Shin, March 1980 - 1987
  2. Dr. Jeong-han Lee, March 1987 – 1991
  3. Dr. Young-ho Bin, March 1991 – 1999
  4. Dr. Choong-saeng Park, March 1999 – 2003
  5. Dr. Moo-je Cho, December 2003 - 2007
  6. Dr. Woo-song Ha, December 2007 - 2011
  7. Dr. Soon-kee Kwon, December 2011 – Present

Notable People, Faculty, and Alumni[edit]


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