Korea University Sejong Campus

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Korea University Sejong Campus
Korea University Global Symbol.svg
MottoLibertas, Justitia, Veritas
PresidentYeom Jae-ho
AthleticsBaseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Rugby, and Soccer
Korea University Sejong Campus
Revised RomanizationGoryeo-daehakgyo Sejong-Kaempeoseu
McCune–ReischauerKoryŏ-daehakkyo Sejong-K'aemp'ŏsŭ

Korea University Sejong Campus is Korea University's second campus. It was established in Sejong City South Korea in 1980. Korea University Sejong Campus is a leading research oriented one. The campus consists of the Biomedical Campus in Osong Bio-health technopolis established by Korea's Ministry of Health & Welfare, New Research Campus (provisional name) in Sejong City which is established as Korea's new government district(Sejong Special Self-Governing City) Six colleges and schools in Sejong Campus are part of the twenty schools of Korea University.


Korea University (Hangul: 고려대학교; hanja: 高麗大學校; RR: Goryeo Daehakgyo) is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea. It was established in 1905, making it one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education. The student body consists of over 20,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 graduate students. The university’s academic breadth is extensive with its 81 departments in 19 colleges and divisions, and 18 graduate schools and it has over 1,500 full-time faculty members with over 95% of them holding Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in their field.[3] The Korea University Alumni Association consists of more than 280,000 university graduates.

Korea University is a research institution consisting of sixteen undergraduate colleges and twenty graduate divisions.[4] The university is notable in South Korean history for being the first educational institution to offer academic programs in various disciplines, such as law, economics, and journalism.[5][6] Korea University is particularly well known for its College of Law, which is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious undergraduate law programs in South Korea.[7] Korea University also has auxiliary educational facilities such as the Institute of Foreign Language Studies, the Institute for Continuing Education, the Institute of International Education, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. There are 115 research institutes, including the Battelle@KU Laboratory, the Ilmin International Relations Institute, and the Center for Information Security Technologies.

Bosung College[edit]

Korea University was established on May 5, 1905, as Bosung College by Lee Yong-Ik, Treasurer of the Royal Household. The first College President was Hae-Uoung Shin. As an academic institution of nationalistic origin, it was regarded as a symbol of national pride during the colonial period (1910–1945).

Bosung College had to endure many hardships before the Korea University of today came into being. Shortly after Bosung College was established, the "Korea-Japan Protocol" was signed, and Lee Yong-Ik, founder of Bosung College, went into exile to lead the resistance movement against Japan. His exile created financial hardship for the institution. Fortunately, however, the first financial crisis was overcome when Sohn Byong-Hee, a leader of Chundokyo, a nationalist, religious and political movement at the time, took over the management of the institution.

By 1929 the foundation once again faced a serious financial crisis as a result of the worldwide recession. Kim Sung-Soo came to the rescue when he became the president of the College in 1932. At that time, Kim was managing Choong-Ang High School and the Dong-A Ilbo, a daily newspaper.


In June 1932, Kim Sung-Soo took office as President of Bosung College and in 1934 the main building was completed on a 63,000-pyeong area of land located in Anam-dong. Construction of the library started in 1935 in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Bosung College and was completed two years later. In July of the following year, a large athletic field, one of the largest in Asia in those days, was added to the campus. Kim Sung-Soo, as President, made every effort to develop Bosung College into the first genuine Korean university. Unfortunately, his hope did not become a reality because of Japanese colonial interference. In April 1944, the Japanese colonial government forced Bosung College to change its name and placed it under the thumb of the Japanese authorities.

Modern era[edit]

Following Independence in 1945, the status of Bosung College was elevated to that of a university comprising three colleges, Political Science and Law, Economics and Commerce, and Liberal Arts. Hyun Sang-Yun, the first president, initiated an expansion of the campus by purchasing forest and land. In June 1949, Korea University awarded its first bachelor's degrees and in September of the same year, the graduate school was established. Yu Chin-O, the fourth president, continued to expand Korea University with the establishment of the Division of Science within the College of Liberal Arts, as well as a fourth college, the College of Agriculture.

In June 1961 the present Liberal Arts building (Seokwan) was completed. Various facilities were also completed such as the museum, the agriculture laboratory, the greenhouse, and other buildings for student services. In the same year, an experimental farm of about 1,680,000 pyeong was added to the facilities. In addition, the Science and Engineering Departments were equipped with laboratories and instruments. In December 1963, the Graduate School of Business Administration, the first of its kind in Korea, was established. In October 1965, Yu Chin-O retired after fifteen years of service as the fourth president of Korea University and was succeeded by Professor Lee Chong-Woo as the fifth president. After 1966, Korea University continued to expand with a gradual increase in the number of departments within the College of Science and Engineering and in the College of Agriculture. The Graduate School of Education was also founded. More facilities, including the new annex buildings, the General Education Building (Kyoyangkwan), and the Mass Communication Building (Hongbokwan), were added.

In October 1970, Dr. Kim Sang-Hyup, professor of political science, was appointed as the sixth president, succeeding Lee Chong-Woo who retired in September of that year. In December 1971, a major reorganization of Korea University took place. In accordance with the long-term development plan, all Woosuk University colleges, including Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Law and Economics, Junior College of Allied Health Sciences, as well as Woosuk University Hospital, were completely integrated into Korea University. In June 1972, the Business Administration Building (Kyoyangkwan) was completed to accommodate the College of Commerce and the Graduate School of Business Administration. In December of the same year, the College of Education was established.

In April 1975, President Kim Sang-Hyup was succeeded by Cha Rak-Hoon who became the seventh president. In December 1976, the College of Commerce was renamed the College of Business Administration. The Graduate School of Food and Agriculture was established in January of the following year. In December 1977, the College of Science and Engineering were separated into the College of Science and the College of Engineering. In addition, the new Central Library, the largest of its kind in South Korea at that time, was opened in March 1978. The installation plan of sejong campus was approved on September 22, 1979. In July 1983, Medical School and hospital were expanded and reorganized into the Korea University Medical Center, which then included four new hospitals: Haewha, Guro, Yeoju and Ansan. In September 1983, the Science Library opened as the center for science and technology research and was at that time the largest and most modern building on the campus.

In June 2001, Korea University concluded a joint academic program with the University of British Columbia in Canada. The Korea University Lyceum was completed and SK Telecom made a significant contribution in the same month. In July, the Division of International Studies and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication were founded. In October, Korea University obtained ISO9001 authentication in all educational and administrative areas.

100th Anniversary[edit]

In 2005, Korea University celebrated its Centennial Anniversary on Foundation Day, May 5.

In March the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences were integrated into the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. At the same time, the Junior College of Health Sciences was abolished and merged into the new highly developed College of Health Sciences.


Colleges and schools[edit]

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Science and Technology
  • College of Business and Economics
  • School of Public Administration
  • School of Sports and Leisure Studies
  • College of Pharmacy

Rankings and Reputation[edit]

In 2015, the university was ranked 104th in the world[1] and 19th in Asia by QS World University Rankings.[2] Also, in the 2014 QS World University Subject Rankings, the university's politics program, economics program, chemical engineering program and the communications program were both ranked within the top 50 in the world.[3]

Korea University is well known for its nationalistic origin in the colonial age, and also for its excellence in law education. In 2003, Korea University Law School students accounted for more than 15% of the nearly 900 people who passed the annual Korean bar examination.[4]

The business programs at Korea University obtained international recognition by acquiring Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) certifications in both undergraduate- and graduate levels and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) for the first time in South Korea, qualifying for what are considered to be two of the world's highest regarded certifications for business educational assessment.[5] Accordingly, in 2007, the Ministry of Education, after assessing domestic MBA programs, named Korea University as having the MBA program in South Korea.[6] In 2008, the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris rated Korea University 12th out of 350 higher education institutions in the world based on their second edition of its Professional Ranking of World Universities.[7] Also, in the 2012 Financial Times' EMBA Rankings, Korea University Business School's Executive MBA (E-MBA) program was ranked 12th in the world.[8]

From 2003–2006, Euh Yoon-Dae, the current Chairman of President’s Council on National Branding, Steering Committee of Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), and the former (15th) President of Korea University, drastically changed the image of Korea University, a change symbolized by the adoption of red wine over the traditional rice wine. He started with the strengthening of educational competence by doubling the publication requirements required for faculty promotion and raising the ratio of the classes taught in English to 35% of all courses taught. He also ensured that core liberal arts classes are taught by full-time faculty and required every student except those in the Colleges of Engineering, Law, and Medicine to do a double major. He also showed a peculiar passion for building dormitories for Korea University students at the University of British Columbia in Canada and the University of London in the UK, signing academic exchange agreements with 172 universities overseas, and dispatching 60% of administration staff to the world's top 100 universities for training.[9] Korea University also expanded its international-level facilities. Starting with the Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall, it built many state-of-the-art buildings such as the Hwajung Gymnasium, Tiger Plaza, and Hana Square, and also expanded educational and cultural spaces.

International Students[edit]

The overall number of international students is expected to be over 2,000 and rising.


  1. ^ "캠퍼스" (Revised Romanization of Korean: kaempeoseu) is a loanword from English "campus".
  1. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". Top Universities. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. ^ QS Asian University Ranking 2013. Top Universities
  3. ^ "Korea University Rankings". Top Universities. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  4. ^ "사법시험 로스쿨 행외시 수험의 동반자 - 법률저널 : http://news.lec.co.kr". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 3 July 2015. External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ (in Korean) [http://www.koreamba.net/friend/home/?cmd=forum_introduce&code=H
  6. ^ [1] Archived June 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Classements de l'école d'ingénieurs - MINES ParisTech Archived 2011-05-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times - FT.com". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  9. ^ [2] Archived January 13, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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