Kyungpook National University

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Kyungpook National University
Motto 진리, 긍지, 봉사
"Truth, Pride, Service"
Established 1946 (founded 1907)
Type National
President Hamm In-suk
Academic staff
Full-time 1,129
Part-time 1,660 (2010)
Students 26,237 (2007)[1]
Undergraduates 20,063
Postgraduates 4,989
Location Daegu
Sangju, Gyeongbuk
, South Korea
Campus Urban
Colors KNU Red     
Nickname Kyungdae (경대;慶大)
Kyungpook National University
Revised Romanization Gyeongbuk Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngbuk Taehakkyo

Kyungpook National University (경북대학교, abbreviated as KNU or Kyungdae, 경대) is a national university representing the Gyeongbuk Province in South Korea . It is located in the Daegu Metropolitan City, which is the capital city of the Gyeongbuk Province, South Korea. (Kyungpook in the university's name represents an old romanization of the province's name, now most commonly spelled Gyeongbuk.)

The University was originally founded as the Daegu Dong-in Hospital in 1907, and officially established in September 1946, merging and succeeding the former three colleges of Daegu Teacher's College, Daegu Agricultural College, and Daegu Medical College, although its history dates back to 1906. In 2008, KNU acquired Sangju National University as a new campus of the KNU system, which is now designated as "KNU Sangju", becoming one of the largest campus universities in South Korea. In 2012, KNU opened the KNU Global Plaza for a professional engagement, such as knowledge / technology exchange between KNU and industry, and for domestic and international events / conferences. It has 17 floors, and its office rooms and facilities on 8 to 15th floors are currently occupied by more than 50 research institutes and centres.


  • 1907 Daegu Dong-in Hospital founded.
  • 1910 Renamed as Daegu Jahae Hospital.
  • 1912 Renamed as Kyungsangpook-do Provincial Daegu Hospital.
  • 1933 Daego Prefectural Medical school established. < march 8 >
      Meaning  Under the Han River, The 1st  Prefectural Medical school founded.   
  • 1945 National College established in 1946 with College of Education, College of Medicine, and College of Agriculture.
  • 1946 Establishment of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Law and Political Science. The name was changed to Kyungpook National University (KNU) in 1951. Dr. Ko, Byung-Gan assumed office as first president of KNU (1952). The Graduate School was established in 1953.
  • 1960s Main administration building built in 1960 and Graduate School of Education established in 1969.
  • 1970s Establishment of College of Engineering (1970), College of Economics and Commerce (1972), and College of Dentistry (1973). First overseas academic cooperative relationship initiated with State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973.
  • 1980s Establishment of Graduate School of Public Administration (1980), Graduate School of Business Administration (1981), Graduate School of Public Health (1981), College of Music & Visual Arts (1982), Graduate School of Industry (1985), and College of Veterinary Medicine (1988). College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is divided into College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Natural Sciences (1981). College of Humanities and Social Sciences is divided into College of Humanities and College of Social Sciences (1982). College of Law and Political Science is renamed as College of Law (1982).
  • 1990s Establishment of Graduate School of Agricultural Development, College of Human Ecology (1992), Graduate School of International Studies (1996), and Graduate School of Policy and Information (1999).
  • 2000s Establishment of Undeclared Majors (2000), School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (2001), Graduate School of Forensic & Investigative Science (2003) and College of Pharmacy (2011).


Colleges and schools[edit]

KNU medical school
KNU University Hospital
Administration building

Facilities and institutes[edit]


Kyungpook National University has the second largest library collection among university libraries in Korea(3rd place among all libraries in Korea). The library collections include 3.05 million volumes covering nearly every academic field. The Central Library is the primary library of the main campus and it has 2.6 million volumes. Branch libraries of the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, College of Law and Sangju Campus are also included in KNU libraries.



  • Park Chung-hee (박정희), graduated from Taegu Teacher's College (1937), a former military general & pioneer of modernization of South Korea, President of South Korea (1961~1979), the most famous and respected former president in South Korea
  • Kim Yoon Hwan (김윤환), former Minister of State for Political Affairs, vice chairman of Grand National Party of South Korea
  • Lee Kang Cheol (이강철), former chief presidential secretary for social affairs
  • Song Young Sun (송영선), 17th-18th member of National Assembly of South Korea
  • Lee Cheol Woo (이철우), 18th member of National Assembly of South Korea
  • Kwak Jung Hwan (곽정환), president of Korean Professional Football League (K-League), former chairman of Peace United Family Party of South Korea

Arts and entertainment[edit]

  • Kim Ch'un-su (김춘수), poet
  • Lee Chang-dong (이창동), film director who won the Director's Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival, former minister of Culture and Tourism
  • Nana Keum (금나나), 2002 Miss Korea 'Jin' - attended and dropped out of KNU School of Medicine, only to later graduate from both Harvard and Columbia University in BioChemistry and Nutritional Science
  • Uhm Ji-won (엄지원), actress
  • Lee Sang Mi (이상미), singer (the First Award from 2005 MBC Campus Song Festival), actress


  • Lee Jin Suk (이진숙), public relations director of MBC, the first war correspondent in Korea
  • Choi Seung Ho (최승호), chief producer at MBC
  • Wang Jong Geun (왕종근), former announcer at KBS
  • So Won Young (소원영), CEO of Ulsan MBC
  • Wang Hyeon Cheol (왕현철), chief of KBS Gangneung
  • Lim Oh Jin (임오진), chief of KBS Pohang
  • Ryu Hee-lim (류희림), director of Planning and Management of YTN
  • Yoon Doo Hyeon (윤두현), vice director of Newsroom of YTN
  • Lee Eung Jin (이응진), director of TV drama production of KBS
  • Kang Dong Gyun (강동균), director of Radio 2CP of MBC
  • Kim Yoon Gon (김윤곤), reporter at The Chosun Ilbo, former chief of the Korea Copy Editors Association
  • Kim Deok Jae (김덕재), producer at KBS, former chief of the Korea Producers&Directors Association



  • Kim Soon-kwon (김순권), better known in Korea as "Dr. Corn" or in Africa as "Green Revolutionary", was nominated to Nobel Prize in 1992, 1993 and 1996
  • Park Chan-suk (박찬석), former president of Kyungpook National University, 17th the member of National Assembly of South Korea
  • Kim Young-ho (김영호), president of Yuhan University, former the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy
  • Kim Sung-soo (김성수), president of Kosin University
  • Sohn Seok-rak (손석락), president of Daegu National University of Education
  • Jung Hong-sub (정홍섭), president of Silla University, former the chief of Presidential Committee on Education Innovation
  • Lee Sang-gyu (이상규), former Director General of The National Academy of the Korean Language

See also[edit]


  1. ^ KNU Statistics, students include one doctoral-postgraduate combination student

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Coordinates: 35°53′29″N 128°36′38″E / 35.89139°N 128.61056°E / 35.89139; 128.61056