Korea Aerospace University

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Korea Aerospace University
Type Private
Established June 16th, 1952
President Dr. Kangwoong Lee
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 4434 (as of 2012)
Postgraduates 654 (as of 2012)
Location Goyang, South Korea
Campus Main Campus at Goyang
Flight Training Center at Goyang
Flight Training Center at Jeju
Flight Training Center at Uljin
Colors Navy Cobalt Blue
Mascot Peregrine Falcon, Pine Tree, Lilac
Website [1] (English)
[2] (Korean)
Korea Aerospace University
Hangul 한국항공대학교
Hanja 韓國航空大學校
Revised Romanization Hanguk Hanggong Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk Hangkong Taehakkyo

Korea Aerospace University (한국항공대학교 (韓國航空大學校) [Han’guk Hang-gong Dae-hak-gyo]) is a private university, located in Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Established in 1952 as a national university, it was taken over by Jungseok Foundation established by Hanjin Group and transferred to a private university. The university, which encompasses most of the aerospace fields including Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering, Air Transportation and Logistics, Aeronautical Science & Flight Operation, and Air and Space Law, has been designated to take several national undertakings and collaborative research projects with prominent global corporations including GE, Airbus, PLANSEE since 2009.

Major research results have been also observed in the realm of unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV), since the first autonomous formation flight of UAV and the first flight of solar powered UAV for 12 consecutive hours in Korea. ‘The 1st Hannuri’, the micro satellite(CubeSat), was developed and launched for the first time among the Korean universities in 2006.


60th anniversary


Korea Aerospace University was established as a national school in June 16, 1952, when the Korean War was raged, under the Charter for Transport School which was granted by the Ministry of Transportation(which is now Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs) in order to develop civil aviation industry. Although the university primarily started as a 2-year course school solely with three departments - Department of Flight Operation, Department of Aircraft Power, Department of Telecommunication Engineering - its status had been elevated by 1953. After the War, the campus moved to Seoul in 1962, then to Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do in 1963, where it is currently located. School buildings started to build - the Hangar, the Flight Training Center, and the Electronics & Telecommunication Building – and several institutes – the Central Library, the Maintenance Factory, the Wireless Lab, the Aviation Research Institute, the Training School for Aviation Tech – were also opened.


In 1979, the university was taken over by Jungseok Foundation, established by Hanjin Group, and it was transferred to a private university. Ever since the transformation, the university started to strengthen its inner and outer side of it. Through the modifications on quota and name, establishment of schools, departments, and graduate schools were finalized. Auxiliary organizations and institutes were also reorganized(see “3.3 Centers and Institutes”) to vitalize its inner strength. For the later, buildings and centers were built. While the Liberal Arts Building, Central Library, the Aviation Control Center, the Mechanical Engineering Building, and the Flight Operation Building were opened in 1970’s, the Student’s Hall, the Science Building, the Mechanical Engineering Building, the Electronic Engineering Building were constructed in 1990’s. Most of the current structures are definitely completed through this period.

Development(2000’s~ )[edit]

Passing through the strengthening period, the university started to focus on ensuring its internal stability. From the early 2000s, structures were added and expanded to complement the existing buildings. The Central Library, the Center for Technical Assiatance to Small and Medium-sized Industires, the KAU Aerospace Center/Museum, and the New Administrative Building were built, and the Library and the Student’s Hall had a level extension. Since the university officially changed its name from Hankuk Aviation University to Korea Aerospace University in 2007, it started to develop its competence by expanding the international networks. Commenced by obtaining AABI(Aviation Accreditation Board International) qualification, for flight education, aviation management, air traffic management, and air transportation systems in 2007, MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) and agreements with well-known organizations were concluded: MOUs with University of Southern California, Drexel University, Oregon State University; Agreement for Cooperation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Joint Development Agreement with General Electric.

60th Anniversary & Vision 2020[edit]

In order to greet 60th Anniversary for the school foundation in 2012, Korea Aerospace University declared ‘KAU Vision 2020’ as its long-term development plan. The vision aims at the global first-tier university in aerospace education and research with 3 goals and 15 strategies. Its goals are 1) offering multifaceted education to foster global leaders in aviation and aerospace, 2) conducting advanced research that will lead to strengthening the global competitiveness of the nation, and 3) being a managerial organization capable of effectively resolving any internal or external administrative. With the vision, the university will be continuously advancing and conjoining the field of aerospace with other various academic fields.

Reputation and Research Activities[edit]

main building

Korea Aerospace University is the one and only university in Korea specialized in aviation and aerospace, fostering high skilled experts for its research institute, airlines, airports, government agencies, and other leading companies. It dominantly pioneers the field of aviation and aerospace via various research projects mostly funded by the government where several rankings surely indicate the results.


° Selected as Education Capacity Enhancement Project for 5 years in a row, 2008~2012
° Accredited for ABEEK(Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea), 2012
° Research funds per academic staff was ranked 6th, 2011
° Ranked 1st in the Management Evaluation for Private Universities, 2008

Research Activities[edit]

° DSRC(The Defense Specialized University Research Center), 2011~
° Maritime Transport Education Project, 2011~
° GSRC(Global Surveillance Research Center), 2010~
° Logistics Specialized Education Project, 2010~
° Seoul Accord Activation Center, 2010~
° Industrial Technology Development Project, 2010~
° WPM(World Premier Materials Project), 2010~
° The Korea Electric Vehicle and Transportation Safety Convergence System Research Consortium, 2010~
° Haneul Project(Bothe categories for Aerospace Engineers and Global Aviation Experts), 2009~
° 7 NSLs(National Space Laboratory) and 3 NRL(National Research Laboratory), 2008~


School of Air Transportation and Logistics



  • Graduate School
    • Master’s Course
      • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
      • Space Technology
      • Materials Engineering
      • Electronic Engineering
      • Telecommunication & Information Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Aviation Management
      • Air Transport, Transportation and Logistics
      • Business Administration
      • English
      • Air & space Law
    • Doctor’s Course
      • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
      • Space Technology
      • Materials Engineering
      • Electronic Engineering
      • Telecommunication & Information Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Aviation Management
      • Air Transport, Transportation and Logistics
      • Business Administration
      • English
  • Graduate School of Aviation & Management
    • Aviation Industry Group(Master)
      • Techno-Management
      • Air Transport, Transportation and Logistics
      • Air & space Law
      • Aviation Management
    • Business Administration Group(Master)
      • Business Administration
      • Airline Management
      • Tourism Management
    • Advanced Management Program


Space System Research Laboratory
  • School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • Micro & Nano Heat Transfer Laboratory
    • Rocket Propulsion Laboratory
    • Space System Research Laboratory
    • Welding Laboratory
    • Fluid Power Control Laboratory
    • Applied Aerodynamic Laboratory
    • Spacecraft Control Laboratory
    • System Design Optimization Laboratory
  • School of Electronics, Telecommunication & Computer Engineering
    • Logic Circuit Laboratory
    • Data Mining Laboratory
    • Radar Signal Processing Laboratory
    • Parallel & Distributed Processing Laboratory
    • Applied Network Research Laboratory
    • Navigation & Information Systems Laboratory
    • Mobile Communication Laboratory
    • NGN Laboratory
    • RF Circuit Laboratory
    • Silicon Graphics Laboratory
  • School of Air Transport, Transportation and Logistics
    • Ubiquitous Technology Application Research Center

Centers and Institutes[edit]

  • Global Aviation Training Institute(GATI)
  • Institute of International Culture and Education
  • KAU Aerospace Museum
  • Central Library
  • R&D Residence Complex
  • Computing Center
  • Air Traffic Control Station
  • University Newspaper
  • University Broadcasting Station
  • University Press Office
  • Research Institute of Aerospace Engineering and Technology
  • Aerospace and Aviation Electronics Research Center
  • Institute for Community Research
  • Institute for Aircraft Safety and System Management
  • Institute for Aviation Industry, Policy and Law
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Institute for Business Studies
  • Institute for Humanities and Natural Science
  • Center for Technical Assistance to Small and Medium-sized Industries
  • IT Research Center
  • Institute of Transportation and Logistics
  • Research Center for Internet Information Retrieval
  • Advanced Broadcasting Media Technology Research Center
  • Ubiquitous Technology Application Research Center(UTAC)
  • KAU Research Center for Robotics
  • Information Protection Research
  • Innovating Engineering Education Center
  • Innovating Aviation and Management Education Center
  • Center for Teaching and Learning

Remarkable Facilities[edit]


Korea Aerospace University established the KAU Aerospace Museum in pursuance of elevating the understanding on aviation and aerospace for the public on August 2004. With the area of 780m2, the museum exhibits more than 800 aviation and aerospace parts. It is structured with ‘Aerospace Zone’ introducing the history of aerospace, ‘Flight Simulator’, ‘Virtual Experience’, ‘Experience Zone’ displaying various plastic airplane, ‘Future of Aerospace Zone’ exhibiting the history and principle of rocket and satellite. KAU Aerospace Museum also earned the first accreditation from the FAI(Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) in Korea and was selected for receiving a benefit from ‘Boeing GCC Fund’.

Flight Training Center(FTC) at Korea Aerospace University, one of the subsidiaries of GATI, was founded to produce global-standard pilots for both airlines and the military. The FTC provides a civil aviation pilot training program entrusted to KAU by Korean Air. For the development of general aviation, the FTC also has a flight training course for members of the public who want to learn how to fly.

  • FTC-Susaek

Located on the KAU campus, FTC-Susaek operates a private pilot course and instrument rating course, both certified by Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. FTC-Susaek is also operating an academic training course for APP ab-initio cadets and Korean Air(KAL) pilots, as well as a flight training course for the public.

  • FTC-Jungseok

Within sight of the phenomenal beauty of Jeju Island’s Halla Mountain, FTC-Jungseok operates a jet transition course for Korean Air(KAL) pilots. FTC-Jungseok operates four CE-560s and two CE-525 aircraft, as well as CE-525 and CTN-II simulators for the course. There are professional facilities including a dormitory, classrooms, a gym, a tennis court and indoor golf practice range, a dining area and a cafeteria.

  • FTC-Uljin

Located at Uljin Airport on South Korean’s eastern coast, FTC-Uljin operates a pilot training course certified by Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The airline pilot training program adheres to stringent global standards, FTC-Uljin operates seven brand new single engine aircraft with glass cockpits, as well as a multi-engine aircraft and two FTDs used for flight training.

Training Courses
Course Qualifications Training Period Career Path

(Airline Pilot Program)

≤ Bachelor’s Degree 3 yrs Airline pilot

(Uljin Pilot Program)

anyone 1 yr Airline pilot

(Military Pilot Program)

KAU students majoring Flight Operations 2 yrs Military pilot

(Commercial Pilot Course)

KAU students majoring Flight Operations 1 yr Airline pilot

(Jet Transition Course)

KAL employee Over 3 mth KAL pilot
When to Apply How to apply Qualification
4 times a year Online application via the FTC website ≤ Bachelor’s Degree

International Programs[edit]

KAU International Summer Program

Korean Language Program[edit]

The Korean Language Education Center(KLEC), established in July, 2006, founded Korean Language Program to meet the growing demand from foreign students for qualified, innovative, and progressive Korean language training. The program chose to implement a successfully proven program that has been nationally recognized as the most effective method of language acquisition to date. Furthermore, the curriculum is supported with supplemental materials such as exercise books.

International Summer Program(ISP)[edit]

International Summer Program(ISP) was designed for all the students interested in both Aerospace and Korea. The Program runs every June and July. All courses are conducted in English and are taught by renowned professors from the home university and universities abroad specialized in aerospace science and technologies. After three weeks of intensive lectures, it endows an internship opportunity at IIAC(Incheon International Airport Corporation) and KAL(Korean Air) as well.

Exchange Program[edit]

Both students at Korea Aerospace University and students currently attending one of our Partner Universities(See “5.5 Partner Universities”) are eligible for the Exchange Program. They may take courses for a semester or year and obtained credits can be counted as regular course credits.

Study Abroad Program[edit]

Korea Aerospace University also provides Study Abroad Programs for our students to give a variety of overseas experiences. The programs are NASA & BOEING Fieldtrip, Research Internship at University of Southern California(USC), Work&Travel Program at University of North Dakota(UND), Visiting Overseas Firms by Self-Designed Plan, and others.

Partner Universities(By continent)[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Jongrok Yoon (윤종록): Former Vice Minister of Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
Cheolsoo Bae (배철수): Radio Disc Jockey, Former Vocalist and Guitarist of Song Gol Mae
Youngkeun Chang (장영근): Professor, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Korea Aerospace University
Sooin Hong (홍수인): Captain, Korean Air, the first woman captain of civil aircraft in Korea
Chul Hwang(황철): Head of Flight Operations, Korean Air
Manhui Jang (장만희): Vice President, Air Navigation Commission at ICAO
Seokjin Kang (강석진): Professor, United States Naval Academy
Changyong Kim (김창용): Vice President of Samsung Electronics at DMC
DongSeong Kim(김동성): Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Jungsik Kim (김정식): President, University-Industry Foundation at Soonchunhyang University
Kyungjin Kim (김경진): President, EMC Korea
Woojae Kim (김우재): President, World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations
Hwasuk Oh (오화석): Professor, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Korea Aerospace University
Kwanghyun Seo (서광현): Director, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
Jongwoon Shin (신종운): Vice President, Hyundai-Kia Motor Group


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