Kookmin University

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Kookmin University
The emblem of Kookmin University.jpg
Motto 이교위가 (以校爲家)
Motto in English
C3 (Change, Chance, Challenge)
Type Private
Established September, 1946
Chairman Chaegyeom Kim
President Jisoo Yu
Academic staff
647 (2017)[1]
Undergraduates 14,944 (2017)[1]
Postgraduates 2,989 (2014)[1]
Location Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea South Korea
Campus Urban
Mascot Two Dragons
Website english.kookmin.ac.kr (English)
www.kookmin.ac.kr (Korean)
Kookmin University
Revised Romanization Gukmin Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kukmin Taehakkyo

Kookmin University (Hangul국민대학교, IPA:[ˈgʊgminˈdæhɑːk]; Hanja國民大學校) is the first private university after the liberation of the Republic of Korea from Japan. The campus is located in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea. The KU was established in 1946. Gu kim, Soang Jo and Ikhee Shin, who were the cabinet members of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, agreed to train great leaders for the Republic of Korea. Soon, they became the banner of the Kookmin University. Ikhee Shin contributed to play a key role in its foundation, and was inaugurated as the First President of the University.

In 1959, the SsangYong Group bought the university to support researches and to expand the university curriculum. 22,000 colleagues are studying at the university, and 350 administrative staff are working at the university's 800 faculties. Since its establishment in 1946, approximately 60,000 students have graduated.

The KU consists of 14 undergraduate colleges, several postgraduate schools and 10 professional-technitique schools. As a research university, it offers degrees, scholarships and conferences from Baccalaureate (Bachelor's degree) to doctorate level. The international rank and reputation are going up.[2][3]

The Schools of Design at Kookmin University have ‘superb’ labs and teams. In an award of interior architecture, the 2017 golden honour was bestowed on a design team at the Space and Environment Design Lab who conceptualized and showed Blue Pavilion.[4] Another Yeum Post Design Team in the department of Entertainment Design received the grand prize in 2017 Nara-Sarang Campus Program.[5]


Kookmin University was established by the Korean government-in-exile based in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Ikhee "Haikong" Shin became the first president of the university. He went on to serve the country as the first House Speaker of the National Assembly.[6]

In 1959, Sunggon "Sungkok" Kim, the founder of the SsangYong Group, took over the university foundation and has continuously supported academic and research activities.[7]


The emblem of Kookmin University
Campus Hill and Bugak Hall

Kookmin University's academic programs are organized into undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, professional, and special schools.

Undergraduate Colleges[edit]

International Buildings
College of Economics and Business
Art Center
  • Global College of Humanities and Area Studies
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Economics and Commerce
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Creative Engineering
  • College of Automotive Engineering
  • College of Computer Science
  • College of Sciences and Technology
  • College of Design
  • College of Art
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Physical Education
  • College of General Education

Graduate School[edit]

The Kookmin University Graduate School consists of departments within five main areas of study: Humanities & Social Studies, Natural Science, Engineering, Arts & Physical Education and Interdisciplinary Programs.[8]

  • Department of Korean Language & Literature
  • Department of English Language & Literature
  • Department of Chinese Language & Literature
  • Department of Korean History
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of International Area Studies
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Data Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Food & Nutrition
  • Department of Bio Fermentation Fusion Science and Technology
  • Department of Forest Resources
  • Department of Forest Products
  • Department of Forest Science
  • Department of Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanics and Design
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electronics Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Ceramics
  • Department of Metalwork & Jewelry
  • Department of Space Design
  • Department of Communication Design
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Performing Arts and Multimedia
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Department of Financial Information Security
  • Department of Security and Smart Electronic Vehicle
  • Department of Nano Science & Technology
  • Department of Applied Information Technology
  • Department of Conservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Department of Integrative Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Department of Sports Engineering


Myungwon Folk House
Student Center

Bugak campus(Kookmin University, Seoul) is located in the North Seoul area. Within a five-minute walk from the campus are restaurants, bars, shops, and the Bukhansan National Park. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes from Bugak campus to Daehangno and Gireum Station by car.

Surrounded by the Bukhansan National Park, Kookmin University boasts a clean and green environment.

Academic & Administrative Buildings[edit]

  • Administration Hall
  • Bugak Hall
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Law
  • College of Design
  • College of Science
  • Hyungsul Hall
  • International Hall A
  • International Hall B
  • College of Economics and Commerce
  • College of Art
  • Building 7
  • Student Union
  • Graduate School of Techno Design
  • Innovation and Partnership Building
  • Global Center
  • Guest House
  • On-Campus Dormitories
  • R.O.T.C.
  • Gymnasium
  • Sungkok Library

Sungkok library was founded at the opening of Kookmin University in December 1946. It moved to its current location in the Jeongneung-dong building in 1971. A new space was built with the support of the SsangYong Group, and was named after its founder Kim Sunggon, also known as Sungkok. The library has a data base and 7 million books, multimedia data, 2000 kinds of internal and external scholarly journals, 50000 kinds of foreign journals (21 DBs), 1300 online journals, 52000 e-Books, and 2700 seats in cubicles.

  • Myungwon Folk House

Myungwon house is affiliated with Kookmin University and has been designated as Seoul National Treasure No.7. The house was the residence of Han Gyu Seol, who was the Mayor of Seoul and the Minister of Political Affairs during the late Joseon dynasty. In 1980, on the verge of demolition due to the urban redevelopment of central Seoul, it was donated by the family of the former owner, the late Joon Hyuk Park and his eldest son Hyo Jong Henry Park to the late Kim Myoungwon, Mee Hee, and then reconstructed at the present site adjacent to Kookmin University. The spatial hierarchy of the various courts shows the structure of living spaces for the upper class. This house is being utilized as a space for the education and experience of traditional Korean culture.

Affiliated Research institutes[edit]

Humanities and Social Science
  • Institute of Language and Literature Research
  • Institute of Korea Studies
  • Institute of Japanese Studies
  • Institute of Eurasian Studies
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research on China
  • Research Institute for Politics and Strategy
  • Future Korea Institute
  • Educational Research Institute
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • The Institute for Public Affairs
  • Center for Cross-cultural Studies
  • Legal Research Institute
  • Kookmin Institute for Strategic Governance
  • Institute of Information and Law
  • Finance Law Institute
  • Institute of Sports Betting Problems


  • Kookmin Institute of Economic Research
  • Kookmin Institute of Business Research
  • Kookmin Information Technology Research Institute
  • Kookmin Research Institute for Finance and Services
  • Creative Management Research Institute

Engineering & Science

  • Institute of Engineering Technology
  • Structural Safety Research Center
  • RF/Microwave Monolithic IC Research Institute
  • Automotive Technology Research Institute
  • Kookmin Research Institute of Auto Service Assessment
  • The Basic Science Institute
  • Institute of Sport Science
  • Institute of Forest Science
  • Institute of Telematics
  • Water and Environment Research Institute
  • Institute of Bio-Fusion Science and Technology
  • Nanoscale and Technology Research Institute
  • Research Center for Wellbeing Environmental Technology
  • Center for Advanced Materials Technology
  • Kookmin Power Electronics Center
  • Institute of Spin Quantum Mössbauer Spectroscopy
  • Cryptography & Information Security Institute
  • Institute of Molecular Recognition Nano Technology
  • Food Research Center for Disease Prevention
  • Computer Engineering Laboratory
  • Open Source Software Research Center

Arts and Design

  • Composite Arts Institute
  • Institute of Techno Design
  • Center for Super Precision & Innovative Design
  • Oriental Culture & Design Center
  • Institute of Architecture and Urban Studio
  • Institute of Craft Culture and Industry
  • Institute of Environmental Design

Notable people[edit]