Kwangwoon University

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Kwangwoon university
KWU UI.jpg
Motto Su-Pride(Super, Success, Surprise, 秀 + Pride)
Established 1934 (1934)
Type Private
Chairman Cho Mu-Sung
President Chun Jang-ho
Academic staff 326 (full-time Professor)
108 (adjunct Professor)
368 (Lecturer)[1]
Admin. staff 237 (2013)
Students 10,387 (2013)
Undergraduates 9,077 (2013)
Postgraduates 1,310 (2013)
Location Seoul, South Korea
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gwang-un Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kwangun Taehakkyo

Kwangwoon University (or Kwang-Woon or KW) is a private research university in Seoul (Wolgye Dong, Nowon Gu), South Korea. Kwangwoon University has been recognized for its academic reputation in engineering and IT fields. In particular, Kwangwoon's College of Electronics & Information Engineering is one of the best Electronics and Information Engineering schools in Korea.

Among its alumni are Jongkyun Shin (Samsung Electronics CEO and Mobile Communication Business President), Jae Ryung Lee (LG-Ericsson CEO) and professional golfer Inbee Park.



It was founded in 1934 as Chosun Radio Training Centre (Global Telecommunication Network Center today) established to promote the advancement of radio technical knowledge and understanding, independent of government and free of Japan. It was renamed in 1940 as the Chosun Institute of Radio Engineering.

In 1963 (first Dong-guk, but renamed in 1964), the school became four-year degree-granting Kwangwoon Institute of Technology


In 1988, with the effort of Musung Cho (the first president Kwangwoon University and currently the 14th Chairman of Kwangwoon Foundation) and many faculties and students, the school became a comprehensive university. Until 1995, the university was ranked top 10 overall and top 3 in the engineering field in South Korea.

Hwado building


  • Born in 1899 and having lived during the period of Japanese colony, Hwado (nickname) Cho, Kwangwoon was involved in the Korean independent movement in Shanghai, China during his teen age. The independent movement leader recognized that Cho, Kwangwoon's talent lay in the academia and decided to train the boy so that he could contribute to the Korean education field, which was a move away from the Japanese enforcement of Japanese culture and writings teachings. The boy was sent to Japan and enrolled in Waseda University, at the time the only private university in Japan.

Kwangwoon became a businessman. He first worked as a rice-bag carrying worker, then taxi driver, and then general manager at a rich Japanese family. While working for his master, he invested part of his earnings on stocks (electronics):the stock price shot up so high that he became a millionaire when only 16 years old.

Kwangwoon imports from Japan the incandescent light bulbs to Korea for the first time in Korean history since Thomas Edison invented it in 1879; in the early 1900s Korea's main source of light was the lantern. Kwangwoon later imported Japanese raw electronic products and established assembly factories and dominates the electronics trading districts from southern part of Korea all the way up to Manchuria of China today.

Kwangwoon Cho in his 20s was already running multi-million dollar businesses. Later in his business career, he wanted to do something more meaningful with his money and he listened to the advices from one of his closest friends, Konosuke Matsushita (founder of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., today Panasonic to enter the education business in Korea. Thereafter, Kwangwoon establishes a university starting as Chosun Radio Training Centre in 1934, in 1963 Kwangwoon Institute of Technology was established. Kwangwoon became a 4-year degree granting university in 1988 as Musung Cho, the second son of Kwangwoon and the first president of Kwangwoon University was the main person to lead the way.

Today there are eight colleges in Kwangwoon University: College of Electronics & Information Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, Division of Korean Language and Literature, College of Social Sciences, College of Law, College of Business, and College of Northeast Asia. Located in Wolgye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Kwangwoon University carries out international exchanges and cooperation programs with 83 universities worldwide in the areas of education and research.

Kwangwoon campus


Beginning with the construction of the Hwado Building (main building) named after the pen name of the founder in 1972, the amphitheater, student union building (now Okui Building), Bima Building, and central library were completed one after the other.

After the university was upgraded to general university status, the second master plan was established in 1988 to build the Bokji Building (Welfare Building), extend the Okui Building, construct Korea’s first international standard indoor ice rink, and complete the 2,500-seater Donghae Culture & Art Center. Afterwards, other buildings were constructed (Yeongu (research) building, Chambit building, Hanwool Building, Nuri Hall)

Subsidiary organizations[edit]

Kwangwoon Hanlimwon (Institute for Advanced study)

Kwangwoon Institute for Advanced study was established to enhance academic research at Kwangwoon University. Activities conducted at Kwangwoon Institute for Advanced study include research on interdisciplinary and fusion studies, academic exchanges with domestic and foreign educational and research institutes, collection, organization, and compilation of research materials.

Teaching & Learning Center The Teaching & Learning Center provides support in teaching learning methods, media, and e-learning.

Kwangwoon University newspaper

Established in 1967 with the motto of “Straight viewpoint and sound argument,” Kwangwoon University newspaper is published biweekly with the editing guideline of horizontal writing and all-Korean writing. It is distributed to students, faculty, and staff of the university as well as alumni, all high schools nationwide, universities's press, and companies.

Kwangwoon Image Broadcasting Center

As part of the media in Kwangwoon University, Kwangwoon Image Broadcasting Center was established for the production and airing of broadcasting-related contents. Through “Media Kwangwoon” (, the center broadcasts programs such as “Kwangwoon News,” “Our Visible World,” and “Visible Radio.” Production is done by undergraduate students. The center is used for the training of professional broadcasting manpower such as announcer, anchor, and broadcasting reporter.

Educational Broadcasting Station

A subsidiary organization of Kwangwoon University opened in 1967 for the purpose of announcing notices, reporting events, refining education, and promoting orderly life, the Educational Broadcasting Station involves students in the work as one of their extracurricular activities.

Global Capability Reinforcement System[edit]

Kwangwoon University introduced the English certification system, and gives lectures in English in 33% of the classes of major subjects as of 2011. Since 2011, freshmen have to achieve a degree of proficiency in a second foreign language (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or Russian) before graduation. In addition, exchange agreements have been signed with universities worldwide.

  • Operating student exchange programs with 83 universities and 2 education consortia in 15 nations including the US, Japan, and China.
  • Signed an agreement with University of Arkansas in the US for unlimited student exchanges.
  • Established a joint course with Qingdao Science & Technology University, China, to train in architecture.

Rankings and reputation[edit]

  • Kwangwoon University ranked in the top 10 universities of Korea in 2013 by Dong-A Ilbo,[2][3]
  • Kwangwoon University ranked 28th out of the nation’s universities in the 2011 by JoongAng Ilbo. Remarkly,
    • 1.Research sector ranked 14th out of universities in Korea (2011)
    • 2.Number of SCI papers per professors in science and technology field ranked 15th (2011)
    • 3.Employment rate of graduates ranked 15th (2011)
    • 4.Affiliated average of individual research funds per professor ranked 4th (2011)
    • 5.Average of outside research fund per professor ranked 6th (2011)
    • 6.Rate of English lectures ranked 10th (2011)
  • Kwangwoon University has shown its power in research. The number of publications in international journals (SCI papers) and domestic papers per professors ranked 2nd among universities in Korea for three consecutive years (2010-2012).,.[4][5]

Graduate Schools[edit]

  • Graduate School
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Information Contents
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Environment Studies
  • Graduate School of Counseling, Welfare and Policy
  • Graduate School of information and Communication

Research Institutes and Centers[edit]


Education & Policy Research Centers (IT Convergence Research)[edit]

Institutes of Priority Research[edit]

  • Institute of Basic-Convergence and Science
  • Institute of Green Technology
  • Institute of Robot Design
  • Institute of Defense Programs
  • Institute of Cultures of Global Industries

Institutes and centers of General Research[edit]

Centers and Institutions[edit]

  • IDEC(Center for Regional Semi-Conductor Design Education)
  • Nano IP/SoC Design Technological Innovation Institute
  • Center for Small Enterprise Industry-University Collaboration
  • Center for Next-Generation 3D Display
  • Center for HAEDONG IT System
  • Microwave Integrated-Circuit Research Center(RFIC)
  • ITSoC Regional Academy Campus
  • Ubiquitous Home-Network Center
  • Next-Generation PDP [disambiguation needed] Joint-Research Support Center
  • Institute of EARTH Research
  • Source of Renewable Energy Center
  • Plasma Bio-Science Research Center
  • Polysaccharides Bio-Medical Institute
  • KW Environmental Technology Development Center
  • Institute of OpenR&D
  • KW-Univ. National Human resources Development Center
Kwangwoon campus

Schools and Divisions[edit]

College of Electronics & Information Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Electronics Engineering
  • Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Department of Electronic Convergence Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
  • School of Robotics

College of Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Architecture (5 Years)
  • Department of Architectural Engineering (4 Years)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Environmental Engineering

College of Natural Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Electrical and Biological Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Sport and Leisure Studies
  • Department of Cyber Security

College of Social Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Industrial Psychology
  • School of Communication

College of Law[edit]

  • Department of Science and Technology Law
  • Department of General Law
  • Department of International Law

College of Business Administration[edit]

  • Division of Business Administration
    • Business administration

College of Northeast Asia[edit]

  • NorthEast Asia Commerce Division
    • Korea-Japan Commerce
    • Korea-China Commerce
  • NorthEast Asia Cultural Industries Division
    • Cultural Exchange
    • Cultural Content Development
  • International Cooperation Division
    • International Relations

College of Humanities[edit]

  • Department of Korean Language and Literature
  • Department of English Language and Literature

School of Liberal Arts[edit]

  • Varieties of choices including 9 different musical instruments
Kwangwoon University campus

Student activities and awards[edit]


Student activities[edit]

  • Kwangwoon University Global Challengers
  • Kwangwoon University Global Volunteers in countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Lao, Mongolia and Nepal.



  • Robot team won championship at the 1st Robo-1 University League, 2005
  • ROBOT Team (ROBIT)won the championship of the Super Robot Grand Prix (SRGP) sponsored KT Corporation (Korea Telecom), 2007
  • ROBIT won the championship of the 3rd Asia Robo-one in Korea, 2007.
  • ROBIT won 2nd prize of 2008 RoboGames in United States of America
  • ROBIT won championship in humanoid in 2008 International Robot contest, Korea
  • ROBIT won the championship of the 15th Robo-One in Japan, 2009
  • The team HOMERUN won the 1st prize in Imagine Cup 2011 for Window Phone held by Microsoft, United States of America
  • Robot Team (BARAM) won the grand prize in 2013 Korea Intelligent Robot Contest, Korea [6]
  • Robot Team (ROBIT) won the 1st prize in Humanoid in 2013 International Robot Contest (IRC), Korea [7]; [8]
  • Kwangwoon University team won the champion of the Korean Shakespeare Festival for two consecutive years 2012 and 2013


  • Kwangwoon University soccer team won the championship of the 2007 Fall Season of KBSN University Soccer Match
  • Kwangwoon University soccer team won the second prize of the 2009 Fall Season of the National University Soccer Games

Alumni and faculty[edit]


There are more than 50,000 Kwangwoon alumni worldwide. Notable alumni include

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 37°37′12″N 127°03′22″E / 37.6201°N 127.056°E / 37.6201; 127.056