Keimyung University

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Keimyung University
KMU emblem.jpg
Motto진리와 정의와 사랑의 나라를 위하여
For the Kingdom of Truth, Justice and Love
Established1899 (higher education started in 1954)[1]
PresidentProf. Synn, Ilhi
Academic staff
South Korea

35°51′21″N 128°29′20″E / 35.8557°N 128.4889°E / 35.8557; 128.4889Coordinates: 35°51′21″N 128°29′20″E / 35.8557°N 128.4889°E / 35.8557; 128.4889
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGyemyeong

Keimyung University (계명대학교, Gyemyeong Daehakgyo), abbreviated as KMU or Keimyung (啓明), is a private university located in Daegu, the fourth largest city in South Korea. The university takes roots from Jejungwon founded in 1899.[1] The higher education started in 1954 with the support of the leaders of the Northern Presbyterian Church of the U.S. as a Christian university. KMU is composed of three campuses in the city of Daegu, South Korea. They are named for their locations within the city; Daemyeong, which is near the downtown area, Seongseo, which is in the western part of the city, and also Dongsan campus which includes Dongsan Medical Center. The university's Seongseo campus is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in South Korea.[3]

Keimyung University has relationships with more than 400 research and educational organizations worldwide as well as one of the largest communities of international professors in South Korea.[4]


Keimyung University originated from Keimyung Christian College, which was founded in 1954, by Reverend Edward Adams, an American missionary of the Northern Presbyterian Church of the U.S., and by Reverends Choi Jaehwa and Kang Ingu, two local Presbyterian Church leaders. The founding principle guiding their concerted efforts was to provide Koreans with higher education firmly anchored in Christianity. 1978, the year of Keimyung's elevation to the status of a university, marked the beginning of a new period of rapid development. In October 1980, the university merged with the Dongsan Presbyterian Hospital, a prestigious local hospital with 81-year history of service, and re-opened it as Keimyung University Medical Center. The development of Keimyung acquired a new dimension in the early 1980s when it added a new campus built on 550,000 pyeong (181,500 sq. meters) at Seongseo in Sindang-dong, Dalseo-gu, to its existing Daemyeong and Dongsan campuses.


Undergraduate colleges[edit]

  • College of Humanities and International Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Keimyung Adams College
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Tabula Rasa College
  • College of Music and Performing Arts
  • College of Physical Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Artech College

Other programmes[edit]

  • Korean Language Programme
  • Korean Cultural Experience Programme
  • Cross Cultural Awareness Programme
  • Evening Programmes

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Natural Sciences
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Arts and Physical Education Science
  • Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • United Graduate School of Theology
  • United Graduate School of Arts
  • Graduate School of Sport Industry
  • Graduate School of Early Childhood Education
  • Graduate School of Convergence Engineering[5]

University Periodicals[edit]

  • Acta Koreana, a peer-reviewed international journal of Korean Studies published in English by Academia Koreana. It is indexed in Thomson Reuters Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI), Elsevier’s Scopus, EBSCO and Korea Citation Index (KCI).
  • Acta Via Serica, an international, multi-disciplinary, open-access journal published in English semi-annually. The journal is devoted to publishing new research within the arts, humanities, and social sciences concerning the Silk Road region and Central Asia.
  • Keimyung Medical Journal, a biannual journal published by the School of Medicine. It publishes articles in all medical fields, including clinical research, basic medicine and nursing.
  • Keimyung Gazette



Dormitory, Keimyung University
Housing Number of rooms Room type Amenities
International House 80 30㎡

1 room for single residents, larger married housing for couples

Bed, air conditioner, desk, closet, shoe rack, telephone, LAN connection, washroom, kitchen
General House 698 12.5㎡

1 room for 2 persons

Bed, air conditioner, desk, closet, shoe rack, telephone, LAN connection, washroom

Dongsan Library[edit]

Dongsan Library, Keimyung University

The Dongsan Library, originally known as the Library of Keimyung Christian College, was established in July 1958. It was moved to its current site at the Seongseo Campus in March 1993 to facilitate expansion into a much larger facility that meets the needs of the information age. The Dongsan Library comprises three separate libraries: the main Dongsan Library at Seongseo Campus (seven stories above and two below ground level, with a total floor space of 6,538 pyeong), the second Dongsan Library at the Daemyung Dong Campus (seven stories above and two below ground level, with a total floor space of 5,392 pyeong) and the Medical Library at Dongsan Medical Center. Equipped with multi-media functions and an advanced information retrieval network, the Dongsan Library is now the focal point for research activities of faculty members as well as students. At present, the Dongsan Library houses around one and a half- million books, including specialized reference books, scientific journals, theses, ancient documents, micro-data, CD-ROMs and multi-media materials. The information or data owned by the Dongsan Library is made available for users around the world through the Keimyung University Library Integrated Information Management System (KIMS).

Dongsan Medical Center[edit]

Keimyung University Medical Center consists of a medical school, Dongsan hospital, and Gyeongju Dongsan hospital. The History of Dongsan Medical Center dates back to 1899 when Dr. Woodbridge O. Johnson, an American Missionary dispatched by the Korean Mission of the Northern Presbyterian Church of the United States, started the Salvation Hospital and became the founder of the medical center. It was the beginning of the first medical activity in Daegu. Dongsan Medical Center merged with Keimyung University in 1978 to establish a Medical School and at present it has 1,000 bed capacity with 1,700 employees. Entering upon the 21st century, Dongsan Medical Center will spare no effort to move Medical School, Nursing College, Second Dongsan Hospital and Medical Science and Research Building to Keimyung University Sungsuh Campus.

Hengso Museum[edit]

Museum, Keimyung University

Since it was established on May 20, 1978, the Museum has devoted its efforts to studying the historical and cultural heritage of the local region with a special focus on Kaya, an ancient civilization that once flourished in Korea, but which left few records. Since then, the museum has accomplished much, including the excavation of the royal tombs of the Kaya Dynasty.Many Kaya artifacts uncovered through those efforts are on display in the Museum. Currently, a plan is under way to construct a new museum on a 9,900 square-meter site with a total floor space of 5,940 square meters. The opening is scheduled for May 2004, which will also mark the 50th anniversary of the university. The new museum building will feature a university history gallery, Korean history gallery, curatorial department, a conservation science laboratory, and other accommodations including a museum shop and a café.

Edward Adams Hall of Worship and Praise (Adams Chapel)[edit]

Adams Chapel & Keimyung Hanhak-chon, Keimyung University

Located high on the flank of Kungsan Hill above the Seongseo Campus of Keimyung University, the Edward Adams Hall of Worship and Praise (known as the Adams Chapel) was built to honor the achievements of missionary Edward Adams, one of the founders of Keimyung University. The Adams Hall of Worship and Praise has three towers on the facade and a central domed tower. Those three towers in front (the two to the right of the center and one to the left) represent Keimyung University's educational precept, "truth", "justice", and "love", and the central dome represents "the Kingdom of God". The seven round columns in the main chapel represent the 7 early churches in Asia referred to in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In the main chapel there is a beautiful pipe organ built by the Karl Schuke company of Germany. On the front of the organ are three crowns, underneath each of which are arranged seven pipes. These represent the Holy Trinity, as well as the seven angels with seven trumpets as recorded in the Book of Revelation. In addition, the Adams Chapel has over 160 stained glass windows of various sizes. The stained glass window depict the twelve disciples of Christ, the three Wise Men, the Ten Commandments, the judgement of Solomon and other stories from the Bible. The pipe organ, the stained glass, the chapel chairs, and the marble of the columns of the Adams Chapel were all made through the generous donation from the friendly Keimyung University.

International Lounge[edit]

The Keimyung University International Lounge is a self-access learning centre. The space opened in March 2005. In 2018, the space was expanded and re-modeled to cater for a greater number of visitors.


Keimyung Adams College[edit]

Keimyung Adams College (Dongyoung Hall)

Keimyung Adams College is an honors college within Keimyung University. All of its courses are taught in English according to North American and European standards and norms. Most of Keimyung Adams' professors come from North America and Europe as well. Its student enrollment includes both Korean national students and international students. It offers three bachelor's degrees in International Business, International Relations. Because Keimyung Adams' curriculum is based on North American and European norms, it is a popular school for exchange students. Keimyung Adams also supports international students seeking a dual-degree from abroad; this program requires a four-semester residency. Requirements for graduation from each of Keimyung Adams' degree programs require a senior thesis, an international internship, and accomplishment in Korean, English, and either Japanese or Mandarin languages.

Keimyung-Chopin Music Academy[edit]

Access to courses taught by Polish professors from the F. Chopin Academy of Music, Keimyung has established itself as a music education institute in Korea. In order to improve the quality of music education offered to its students, the university opened the Keimyung-Chopin Music Academy in close collaboration with the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Poland, a music education institute with a well-established international reputation. As a Korean replication of the aforementioned institute, the Keimyung-Chopin Music Academy provides musical education ensured by the fact that twelve resident Polish professors select 30 students every year from among the entering class of the College of Music of Keimyung through a process of highly competitive auditions and in-depth interviews.

College of Engineering[edit]

The 1st building of the College of Engineering

The six buildings used by the College of Engineering are located in the northeast of the Seongseo Campus.[6] There are 25 multimedia classrooms in these buildings as well as 22 computer laboratories and 140 rooms for experimentation. Professors from Germany, Indonesia, Ghana, Ethiopia, USA, China, Mexico, Russia, Canada and New Zealand work in various departments of the college.


  • Department of Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Automotive System Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Energy Engineering
  • Department of Game and Mobile Engineering
  • Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Robot Engineering
  • Department of Transportation Engineering
  • Department of Urban Planning

College of Education[edit]

The College of Education offers both academic and practical programs designed to train future secondary school teachers who can enhance the knowledge and ability of younger generations. All graduates receive a second level teachers certificate on graduation in their major.


  • Department of Education
  • Department of Sino-Korean Literature Education
  • Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Department of English Education
  • Department of Korean Language Education

Tabula Rasa College[edit]

The aim of the College of Liberal Arts is for students to study a wide range of liberal courses, foster foreign language ability necessary in this modern era of internationalization and computer capability needed in the information age. The college also strives to cultivate a positive attitude and character for study. It runs Liberal Seminar and Academic Writing, Keimyung Spirit and Service, Understanding of Christianity, Communication English, Academic English, and Plan for Campus Life as mandatory liberal courses and subjects taken from the foreign language track and the information track, both general course subjects and electives offered on these tracks.

College of Physical education[edit]

The College of Physical Education aims at nurturing international professionals in physical activity with a synthesis of knowledge, virtue, and physical ability. At present, over 650 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students are studying at the college, pursuing their career and scholastic goals. There are 18 faculty members and 14 student assistants in the college, providing students with the opportunity to develop their potentials and obtain theoretical knowledge and practical experiences related to all areas of physical education. The college owns facilities for both educational research and physical education including the Korean Taekwondo Center, the Center for Exercise Prescription, a sports science laboratory, a computer laboratory, a gymnasium, a weight training center, and an athletics track as well as a variety of club rooms for students.


  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Taekwondo
  • Department of Sport Marketing

College of Social Sciences[edit]

College of Social Sciences was established in 1980. It currently hosts fourteen majors with students body over 4,000.


  • Department of Economics and Commerce
  • Department of Public Service
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Consumer Consumer Information Studies
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Department of Social Welfare
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Police Administration

Courses in English[edit]

  • Keimyung Adams College: Keimyung has an all-English program at Keimyung Adams College for undergraduate degrees in International Business, International Relations, and Information Technology. Coursework also includes classes in History, Economics, and International Law.
  • Korean Tradition: Korean Language, Korean History, Introduction to Korean Culture, Korean Religion and Thought, Introduction to Korean Zen Buddhism, Korean Literature in English
  • Politics & Economics: Fundamentals of Economics, Micro and Macro Economics, Comparative Politics in East Asia, Korean Economy, Global E-business in East Asia
  • Society & Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication, Mass Media & Popular Culture in Korea, Oriental Thought & Counseling
  • Library & Information Science: Text Processing, Web Programming, Information Communication Technology, Database Design
  • Arts: Taekwondo, Korean Dance, Oriental Painting, Korean Ceramics, Korean Traditional Music
  • College of Law and Police Sciences: Legal English, Introduction to American Law, Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, American Criminal Law and Justice, American Police Law, Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice Theory & Policy, International Criminal Law, White Collar Crime
  • College of Engineering: more than 100 courses are taught in English
  • Other Programs and Courses: Many departments at Keimyung have courses for English proficiency in reading, writing, and conversation.

The list of all courses offered in English is available at the university webpage.



  • Chang Hye-jin, a South Korean recurve archer. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Chang was the Olympic champion in both the women's individual and women's team events at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is a former number one-ranked recurve archer, having headed the World Archery Rankings between 2017 and 2019.
  • Min Hyo-rin, a South Korean actress, model and singer.
  • Kang Min-ho better known by the stage name E Sens, is a South Korean rapper.
  • Kim Jae-yup, a retired South Korean judoka. Olympic gold medalist (1988).
  • Park Jinsoo, a Professor in the Business School, Seoul National University.
  • Choi Tae Hyun, an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Seoul National University.
  • Kwon Oh-Yun, a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Yonsei University, Seoul.

Former Faculty Members

  • Hoesung Lee, a South Korean economist and current chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations.
  • Sem Vermeersch, an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Seoul National University.
  • Kevin Kester, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, Seoul National University.

Current Professors

  • Sergey Tarasov, Russian pianist. He was awarded 2nd prizes at the 1995 Ferruccio Busoni and Arthur Rubinstein competitions before winning the 1996 Sydney International Piano Competition. In 1988 he also won the 7th Prague Spring International Piano Competition. He subsequently obtained the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition's 4th prize, and won the 1999 Premio Jaén.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Keimyung University History: Chronology". KMU website. 2020-11-04. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Keimyung University". Study in Korea (run by Korean Government). 2020-05-04. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  3. ^ Kang, Pankwon, ed. (May 20, 2019). Keimyung University. Campus Tree Stories. Keimyung University Press. ISBN 979-11-89468-86-6.
  4. ^ "Internationalization is key to Keimyung's success". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2020-11-16.
  5. ^ "Graduate Schools". Keimyung University website. 2020-02-19. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  6. ^ Inho, Sohn, ed. (May 20, 2019). Keimyung University. The history of Its Buildings. Keimyung University Press. ISBN 979-11-89468-85-9.