Korea National Open University

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Korea National Open University
Knou logo.png
TypeNational (Public)
PresidentNam-Chul Cho, Ph.D.
Academic staff
150 (2011)[1]
Students173,758 (2011)
Undergraduates172,693 (2011)[2]
Postgraduates1,078 (2011)[3]
Seoul (main office), regional centres nationwide
CampusDistance learning
Logotype of Korea National Open University
Korea National Open University
Revised RomanizationHanguk Bangsong Tongsin Daehakkyo
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Pangsong Tongshin Taehakkyo

Korea National Open University (KNOU, Korean: 한국방송통신대학교) is a national university of South Korea, which provides distance learning programs in Korean for more than 180,000 students. It was established in 1972[4] as a branch faculty of Seoul National University, with 2-year junior college courses. In 1982, KNOU was separated from SNU and established as a national university, launching programs for 4-year undergraduate degrees. As of 2009, the university has 46 offices and regional learning centres nationwide, and domestic cable television channel (OUN) for broadcasting lectures.[5] It provides accredited bachelor's and master's degree for various fields, as well as non-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates, or life-long learning units.

With more than 180,000 students enrolled,[6] including 700 postgraduate students, KNOU is the first distance and lifelong educational institution of South Korea, and the largest educational institution in the country by enrollment. Since its foundation, more than 500,000 students have been enrolled, and 350,000 students graduated[6] from the university.


KNOU was founded in 1972 as a branch of Seoul National University. It began by offering a two-year junior college program to 12,000 students and now has over 200,000 full-time, degree-seeking students for four-year university programs and some part-time students for non-degree, lifelong education programs. It also offers online graduate programs for several major areas.


The university includes four colleges:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Social Science
  • College of Natural Science
  • College of Education

It also includes seventeen graduate schools:


The university has campuses in every major city of South Korea. Cities which have KNOU campuses include: Seoul, Daejeon-Chungnam, Busan, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Incheon, Gwangju-Jeonnam, Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Jeonbuk, Chungbuk, Gyeongnam, Ulsan, Jeju.

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  1. ^ "Error Page". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Error Page". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Error Page". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  4. ^ "About KNOU". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Error Page". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b "About KNOU". Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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