Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

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Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (logo).jpg
Motto A Proud Creator of Future Science and Technology
Type National
Established 1993
President Seung Hyeon Moon, Ph.D.
Students 1,837 (as of January 2017)
Undergraduates 613 (as of January 2017)
Postgraduates 1,224 (as of January 2017)
Address 123 Cheomdan-gwagiro (Oryong-dong), Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea South Korea
Korean name
Hangul 광주과학기술원
Hanja 光州科學技術院

The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) is a research-oriented university located in Gwangju, South Korea.


The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) was established by the South Korean government in 1993 as a research-oriented graduate school to train highly skilled scientists and researchers, to create a strong research base for further development of advanced science and technology, and to promote collaborative foreign and domestic research programs within industry and academia.[1] According to a 2012 news article in the Korea JoongAng Daily, "All classes are taught in English, and master’s and doctoral thesis are all written in English. Doctoral students only receive their degrees if they have published more than one work as the first author in scientific journals, encouraging them to be research leaders. And in 2001, GIST became the first Korean university to introduce a thesis quality certification [program], gaining attention from the science field and the media."[2]

Then in 2010, GIST College was established at GIST to offer Korea's first liberal arts oriented science curriculum for undergraduate students.[3] According to GIST College Professor Kyung-Deok Roh, "GIST College is the only university that pursues and practices the philosophy of liberal arts education in Korea. ... However, GIST College has unique traits that separate it from conventional liberal arts colleges. It is because GIST first started out as a research-oriented graduate school, and as such its undergraduate education can utilize and benefit from the knowledge, infrastructure, and expertise that the research institution already possesses. In other words, GIST College, while upholding liberal arts as the core of its undergraduate education, can also work closely with the graduate school for deeper-level education and research. This is a feature that makes GIST College all the more special."[4]

In the 2016/2017 QS World University Rankings® Result tables, GIST was ranked number 2 in the world in the category of citations per faculty.[5] In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015, GIST was ranked 96th in the world in the category of Engineering & Technology.[6]


August 5, 1993 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Act promulgated
October 11, 1993 Dr. Doo-Bong Ha inaugurated as first president
February 27, 1997 First master's degrees conferred
February 20, 2000 First doctorate degrees conferred
March 26, 2004 English acronym changed from KJIST to GIST, following Romanization change of the city name from Kwangju to Gwangju
February 25, 2014 First bachelor's degrees conferred
March 11, 2015 Dr. Seung Hyeon Moon inaugurated as seventh president


GIST College (bachelor's programs)[edit]

  • Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences (freshmen and sophomores)
  • Majors (juniors and seniors)
    • Physics Concentration
    • Chemistry Concentration
    • Life Science Concentration
    • Engineering and Applied Science Concentrations
      • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Concentration
      • Mechanical Engineering Concentration
      • Materials Science and Engineering Concentration
      • Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering Concentration

Graduate Schools (master's and doctoral programs)[edit]

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Coordinates: 35°13′35″N 126°50′24″E / 35.2265°N 126.8400°E / 35.2265; 126.8400