List of universities in North Korea

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There are more than 300 colleges and universities in North Korea.[1] Universities and colleges in North Korea are classified into central class and local colleges. Also, they can be classified into social, special, and military colleges. Special colleges were established with the purpose to raise top executives. Students who have just graduated from high school cannot enter special colleges without any experience in industrial or cooperative farm careers. In North Korea, there are only two universities such as Kim Il Sung University and Kim Chaek University of Technology. All the others are colleges.


Name Abbreviation Established Location Ref Classification
Chagang University of Agriculture 1970 Chagang Province [2] Local
Changsusan University 1969 South Hwanghae Province [2] Local
Ch'ŏngjin Medical University Ch'ŏngjin Local
Ch'ŏngjin Mine and Metal University Ch'ŏngjin Central
Ch'ŏngjin University of Pedagogy No.1 (Oh Joong-heup University) Ch'ŏngjin Local
Ch'ŏngjin University of Technology Ch'ŏngjin Local
Chong Jun-taek University of Economics [ko] 1960 Kangwon Province [2] Central
Chongsong University 1946 South Hamgyong Province [2] Local
Choson University of Physical Education 1958 Pyongyang [2] Central
Hambuk University 1970 North Hamgyong Province [2] Local
Hamhŭng University of Education Hamhŭng Local
Hamhŭng University of Chemical Technology 1947 Hamhŭng [2] Central
Hamhŭng University of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Hamhŭng Central
Huichon University of Telecommunications 1958 Huichon [2] Central
Inpung University 1969 Chagang Province [2]
Institute of Natural Science INS 1967 South Pyongan Province [3] Central
Kang Gong University 1971 North Hwanghae Province [2] Local
Karimchon University 1971 Ryanggang Province [2] Local
Kim Chaek University of Technology KUT 1948 Pyongyang [4][5] Central
Kim Chol-ju University of Education Pyongyang [6] Central
Kim Hyung-jik University of Pedagogy Central
Kim Jong-il University of the Arts Central
Kim Il-sung Military University Pyongyang Military
Kim Il-sung University KISU 1946 Pyongyang [5] Central
Kim Il-sung University of Politics [7] Special
Kim Je-won University 1960 South Hwanghae Province [2] Local
Koryo Songgyungwan University Kaesong Local
Kumya University 1958 South Hamgyong Province [2] Local
Kwangje University 1969 North Pyongan Province [2] Local
Kye Ung-sang University 1959 North Hwanghae Province [2] Central
Kyongsong University 1948 North Hamgyong Province [2] Local
Manpung University 1969 North Pyongan Province [2] Local
Nampo University 1967 Nampo [2] Local
Ponghwa University 1972 South Pyongan Province [2] Military
Pyongyang Jang Chol-gu University of Commerce [ko] 1970 Pyongyang [5] Central
Pyongyang Medical University 1948 Pyongyang [8] Central
Pyongyang University of Agriculture 1981 Pyongyang [5] Central
Pyongyang University of Architecture Pyongyang Central
Pyongyang University of Automation (formerly known as Mirim College) Pyongyang [9] Central
Pyongyang University of Cinematics 1953 Pyongyang [5] Central
Pyongyang University of Computer Science PUCS Pyongyang Central
Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies 1949 Pyongyang [2] Central
Han Duksu Pyongyang University of Light Industry 1959 Pyongyang [2] Central
Pyongyang University of Mechanical Engineering 1948 Pyongyang [2] Central
Pyongyang University of Medicine Teaching Hospital 1946 Pyongyang [2]
Pyongyang University of Music and Dance 1972 Pyongyang [10] Central
Pyongyang University of Printing Engineering 1984 Pyongyang [3] Central
Pyongyang University of Transport[11] 1959 Pyongyang [2] Central
Pyongyang University of Science and Technology PUST 2010 Pyongyang [12] Private
Rajin University of Marine Transport 1968 Rason [3] Central
Ryanggang University 1959 Ryanggang Province [2] Local
Sariwon Pharmaceutical College of Koryo 1968 Sariwon [2] Central
Sinuiju University of Light Industry 1982 Sinuiju [2] Local
Sohae University 1977 Nampo [2] Local
Songdowon University 1971 Kangwon Province [2] Local
Tonghae University 1959 Kangwon Province [2] Local
University of Asia 1951 Pyongyang Local
University of Coal Mining 1968 South Pyongan Province [2] Central
University of Construction and Building Materials 1959 Pyongyang [5] Central
University of Fine Arts 1947 Pyongyang [5] Central
University of Geology 1970 North Hwanghae Province [2] Central
University of Hydraulics and Dynamics 1959 South Hamgyong Province [2]
University of National Economy 1946 Pyongyang [5] Special
University of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry 1955 South Pyongan Province [3] Central
Wonsan Agricultural University 1948 Wonsan [3] Central
Wonsan University of Fisheries Wonsan [13]

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  1. ^ Library of Congress country study, see p. 7 for Education and Literacy (Archived March 31, 2013, at WebCite)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag World List of Universities 2016, p. 334.
  3. ^ a b c d e World List of Universities 2016, p. 335.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h World List of Universities 2016, p. 333.
  6. ^ Corfield, Justin (1 December 2014). Historical Dictionary of Pyongyang. Anthem Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-78308-341-1.
  7. ^ "13th Supreme People's Assembly election compilation". North Korean Economy Watch. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Pyongyang Medical University". Nuclear Threat Initiative. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  9. ^ Osborne, Charlie. "A glimpse into the world of North Korea's hacking elite". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Art Troupes and Institutions". Naenara. Archived from the original on 19 November 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  11. ^ 37 North Korean universities open departments focusing on IT, engineering: media
  12. ^ Corwin, Chris Rogers and Marshall (3 February 2014). "Inside North Korea's Western-funded university". BBC News. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Training Sci-tech Talents with Practical Ability". NK News. November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.

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