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SKY is an acronym used to refer to the three most prestigious universities in South Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. The term is widely used in South Korea, both in media broadcast and by the universities themselves.
In South Korea, admission to one of the SKY universities is widely considered as determining one's career and social status. Many of South Korea's most influential politicians, lawyers, physicians, engineers, journalists, professors, and policymakers (bureaucrats) have graduated from one of the SKY universities.
|Institution||Type||Location||Established||Mascot||Undergraduate enrollment||Postgraduate enrollment||Motto|
|Seoul National University||National||Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul||1946||Gwanak Cranes||16,325 (2010)||10,616 (2010)||The truth is my light진리는 나의 빛|
|Korea University||Private||Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul||1905||Anam Tigers||27,272 (2013)||10,345 (2013)||Liberty, Justice, Truth자유, 정의, 진리|
|Yonsei University||Private||Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul||1885||Sinchon Eagles||18,588 (2009)||10,498 (2009)||The truth will make you free.|
(John 8:32, NRSV)
진리가 너희를 자유케 하리라
- 1895: The former institute of Seoul National University College of Law was established.
- 1905: Bosung College established
- 1924: Headquarters and a preparatory departments of Keijō Imperial University was founded by Japan. This university is the main predecessor to Seoul National University.
- 1926: Three Departments (Law, Medical Sciences, and Human Sciences) of Keijō Imperial University were opened by Japan. These were the first modern university classes in Korea. This university was the only university in Korea at the time due to oppression by Japan. The Japanese government did not approve the establishment of any university except Keijō Imperial University.
- 1946 August: Seoul National University founded by merging several Japanese institutions - including Keijō Imperial University - of higher education around Seoul
- 1946 August : Bosung College renamed Korea University
- 1946 August: Yonhi College renamed Yonhi University
- 1957 January: Severance Medical College and Hospital and Yonhi University merged into Yonsei University
In 2010, it was reported that 46.3% of high government officials and 50% of CEOs of major financial industries were graduates of SKY universities. Also, over 60% of the students who passed the 2010 Korean Bar examination were graduates of SKY universities. Being admitted in one of these universities typically requires students to be within 1% of the Korean College Scholastic Ability Test (the Korean equivalent to the SAT's) which means that these universities have acceptance rates as low as 2%.
- Yonsei–Korea (Korea-Yonsei) rivalry
- Imperial Universities A grouping of elite older universities in Japan
- Golden Triangle (English universities) A group of elite universities in the UK
- Ivy League A formal grouping of elite private universities in the United States
- Russell Group A formal grouping of elite universities in the UK
- C9 League The Chinese Ministry of Education's formal grouping of elite universities in China
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