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 policy makers(bureaucrats) have graduated from one of the SKY universities.

Members[edit]

Institution Type Location Established Nickname 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] Veritas lux mea
The truth is my light
진리는 나의 빛
Korea University Private Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 1905 Anam Tigers 27,272 (2013)[7] 10,345 (2013)[7] Libertas, Justitia, Veritas
Freedom, Justice, Truth
자유, 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)

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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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