SKY (universities)

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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.[1] The term is widely used in South Korea, both in media broadcast and by the universities themselves.[2][3]

In South Korea, admission to one of the SKY universities is widely considered as determining one's career and social status.[4][5] Many of South Korea's most influential politicians, lawyers, physicians, engineers, journalists, professors, and policymakers (bureaucrats) have graduated from one of the SKY universities.

Members[edit]

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)[6] 10,616 (2010)[6] The truth is my light진리는 나의 빛
Korea University Private Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 1905 Anam Tigers 27,272 (2013)[7] 10,345 (2013)[7] Liberty, Justice, Truth자유, 정의, 진리
Yonsei University Private Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 1885 Sinchon Eagles 18,588 (2009)[8] 10,498 (2009)[8] The truth will make you free.
(John 8:32, NRSV)
진리가 너희를 자유케 하리라
(요한복음 8:32)

History[edit]

National recognition[edit]

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.[9] Also, over 60% of the students who passed the 2010 Korean Bar examination were graduates of SKY universities.[10] 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%.

Concerns[edit]

There have been a number of SKY university students who have dropped out of school to protest against South Korea's overheated academic elitism.[11]

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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asia Times Online :: Korea News and Korean Business and Economy, Pyongyang News
  2. ^ [1], [2], "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2007-10-18. , [3], [4][permanent dead link],[5]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-09. , [6], [7], [8], [9] (articles in English)
  4. ^ New York Times, "A Taste of Failure Fuels an Appetite for Success at South Korea’s Cram Schools" [10]
  5. ^ *"Life and death exams in South Korea" by James Card, Asia Times Online, November 30, 2005, retrieved December 18, 2005.
  6. ^ a b "Seoul National University Facts" (in Korean). Seoul National University. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  9. ^ http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=101&oid=013&aid=0002007480
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  11. ^ Kim (김), Gyeong-su (경수) (2011-11-17). 명문대 줄잇는 ‘공개 자퇴’ 왜?. 파이낸셜뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-11-20.