Kyungnam University

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Kyungnam University
경남대학교 慶南大學校
Motto Truth, Freedom, and Creation
Type Private
Established 1946
President Park Jae-kyu
Academic staff
Students 17,000
Undergraduates 15,000
Postgraduates 2,000
Location Changwon, South Korea
Campus Urban
Nickname Kyung Dae
Mascot Horse called "HANMA"
Kyungnam University
Hangul 대학교
Hanja 大學校
Revised Romanization Gyeongnam Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngnam Taehakkyo

Kyungnam University(경남대학교; 慶南大學校) is a private university located in Changwon (Masan), the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, South Gyeongsang or Gyeongnam (Kyungnam) province, in Southeastern South Korea. Kyungnam University has six colleges (Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Education, Economics and Commerce, Law and Politics, and Engineering). Its 15 research institutions (including the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul) work to facilitate not only individual research but also cooperative partnership activities with academia, industry, and government. The university also has 65 sister universities in 19 different countries. The university specializes in globalization and localization under the university's motto of 'truth, freedom, and creation'.


Founded in 1946 as Kookmin College in Seoul, the tumultuous Korean War years created a situation in which it was more advantageous to move south than to stay in the Seoul area. In 1952 Kookmin College was rechristened Haein College and then in 1956 the college was packed up and shifted to Korea’s southern coast and has been in the city of Masan since that time. In 1961 the institution was renamed yet again with the new geo-specific moniker of Masan College.

In 1970, the Hanma foundation took over the college and in 1971 decided to rename the college yet again, so the signs were changed to read “Kyungnam College.” In 1982 the institution attained university status and the name was officially altered one more time. Since 1982 it has remained “Kyungnam University.”

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Faculty, staff, students[edit]

Kyungnam University maintains a teaching staff of over 900 professors, lecturers, adjuncts, and instructors. Student enrollment currently stands at more than 15,000.

The university comprises six colleges with 4 undergraduate divisions and 46 departments offering degrees at the bachelor’s level, whereas six graduate schools confer a variety of degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.


"Kyungnam University Stands Out among Private Universities in Korea." The Korea Post, vol. 26, no. 11 (November 2013), pp. 26–31. Available at (Accessed January 15, 2015).

"Students Proud of KU's Illustrious History." The Korea Post, vol. 24, no. 5 (May 2011), p. 34.

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