Sookmyung Women's University

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Sookmyung Women's University
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Motto Modesty, Wisdom, and Justice
정숙•현명•정대 (貞淑•賢明•正大)
Type Private
Established May 22, 1906 as Myeongshin Girls' School, renamed to Sookmyung Women's College on December 1, 1909, re-established as a university on May 22, 1948
President Prof. Hwang, Sun-Hye Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students 15,803
Location Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea South Korea
Campus Urban
Mascot Nunsong-i (Snowflake)
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Sookmyung Women's University
Revised Romanization Sukmyeong Yeoja Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Suk'myǒng Yǒja Taehakkyo

Sookmyung Women’s University (Korean: 숙명여자대학교(淑明女子大學校)) is a private university in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1906, Sookmyung is Korea’s first royal private educational institution for women. It has long history of educating female leaders in history.[1] [2] Sookmyung Women's University has strong ROTC program as well as culinary major.The Defense Ministry has chosen Sookmyung Women's University as Korea's first university to operate the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program for women. [3] In addition, Sookmyung's ROTC program has been regarded as first in evaluation since the 2012 national military training exercises.[4] Sookmyung Hospitality Business School has been recognized by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology since 2007. Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality MBA Course which has a partnership with Le Cordon Bleu, a leading brand in international hospitality, specializes in training future service leaders in major hospitality industries such as Hotel/Restaurant (H1), Travel/ Transportation (H2), Culture/Entertainment/Sports/Hospital (H3), and Service Management (H4). [5] Sookmyung's name come from ancient characters with meaning "elegant" and "bright".


  • 1906 Established 'Myungshin Girl's School' sponsored by Empress Sunheon
  • 1948 Re-established as ‘Sookmyung Women's College'.
  • 1955 Raised to 'University' status.
  • 1995 Establishment of General Development Plan for 2006, the 100th anniversary of the school's foundation, and the second founding of the school.
  • 1996~2002 Selected for six consecutive years as an outstanding university for its efforts in education reform
  • 1998 Received the Presidential Award for the Best Educational Institution in information
  • 1999~2001 Selected for three consecutive years as the best university in the survey of Nation's Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI)
  • 2000 The first Korean university to receive ISO 14001
  • 2003 Completion of the Renaissance Plaza and the Second Foundation Campus.
  • 2004 Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum inaugurated
  • 2004~2005 Chosen by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development in the University Specialization Supporting Program in 2004 and 2005
  • 2005 Sookmyung Women's Disease Research Center was designated as a new Superior Research Center (SRC) by the Ministry of Science Technology
  • 2006 Established "Le Cordon Blue Hospitality MBA"
            The 100th anniversary of Sookmyung's foundation
  • 2007 'S Leadership Program' is born.
  • 2008 Selected as an outstanding university for its performance in IT Capacity-Building Project of Computer Science major by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • 2009 Won the 'Management Innovation Awards'
            Selected as the major university leading admission officer system by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • 2010 Won the 'Chosun Daily News Advertisement Awards'


Sookmyung Women's University consists of a Main Campus and a Second Foundation Campus. The Main Campus is in a beautiful setting in harmony with nature. The Second Foundation Campus, constructed upon the second founding and declaration of the university, is the cultural center of the university and home to the 'S Leadership Program'. The Renaissance Plaza, which has become a landmark, symbol and hub of Sookmyung Women's University, especially features a variety of cultural attractions and activities.

Sookmyung Women's University has been traditionally known as one of Korea's leading universities. In 1998, Sookmyung started to operate Wireless LAN.

Education at Sookmyung Women's University[edit]

General Education for Leadership[edit]

First-year students of Sookmyung Women's University automatically belong to the Division of General Education for Leadership. By receiving integrated practical education that enhances problem-solving skills and creative thinking, they are able to specifically enhance their leadership capabilities within their respective fields. In addition, special leadership training and education at the Global Leadership Institute completes Sookmyung's leadership training agenda. Sookmyung Women's university has global cooperation department. Within the department there are global cooperation major and entrepreneurship major. All class within the department are taught in English. Sookmyung Women's University initiated first entrepreneurship major in Korea. Currently it is coordinating with the governmental body SBA(Small and medium Business Administration) to foster young female business leaders. According to the government report [6] only six top schools were selected to operate entrepreneurship center and those include, Seoul National University, POSTECH, KAIST, Hanyang University and Inha University. Sookmyung University was the only girl's school in the list.

Mentor program[edit]

A reinvigorated mentoring program helps facilitate successful career launches for graduates and prepares them with core job-related abilities for various professional job categories. In addition, Sookmyung's wide-ranging and practical education system provides broad industry-academic cooperation that offers students diverse career choices and on-the-job training opportunities.

Dual degree program[edit]

Sookmyung Women's University is the first Korean university to offer a dual degree program that allows students to earn degrees from two institutions. Students are exposed to more comprehensive and integrative approaches to their majors by studying four semesters at each school.

Academic rank[edit]

According to 2014 JoongAng Daily rankings, Sookmyung Women's University is number 2 Women's university existing in Korea.(The number one is Ewha Womans University located in Sinchon area) [7] Admission to Sookmyung Women's University is selective. General scores for Korean SAT for admission is two level 1 and one level 2 in language, mathematics and Foreign Language criteria and two level 1 in rest.[8] Sookmyung is rival school to Ewha Womans university and often competes one another with admissions level, admissions rate and employment rate after graduation.

SNOW 2.0 Internet-based open knowledge platform[edit]

SNOW (Sookmyung Network to Open World) is an open knowledge platform for sharing higher intellectual contents. In February 2010, preparing for an official launch in March, SNOW provides its users a variety of intellectual movie clips, including regular lectures of MIT, Wharton School, Stanford, UC Berkeley and other higher education institutes. From lectures on Humanities, Science, Design to great address given by global leaders, SNOW offers Korean scripts and introduction on those academic data and encourages its users to participate as volunteers. They can help the new intellectual sharing movement with translation, distribution and donation of credits gained by their activities. SNOW is open to common users as volunteers to share and translate; it is now planning more services and improvements. 2,310 higher education contents are accessible. SNOW contains overall 240 Korean-script-supported lectures including 145 from TED 95 by users’ voluntary translations.

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University[edit]

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University is an exhibition, educational, and research facility dedicated to advancing the knowledge and appreciation of embroidery and textile arts. Inaugurated in May 2004, the museum houses an extensive collection of embroidered and woven textiles representing various periods and regions.

The museum’s permanent collection, primarily focused on East Asian costume and decorative arts, is among the most comprehensive of its kind in Asia. Its wide scope illuminates the cross-cultural dialogues in technique and style that have enriched textile arts. Through exhibition and education efforts, the museum seeks to highlight the technical and artistic achievement of embroiderers across time and place; expand understanding of the social and cultural roles that textiles have fulfilled globally; and establish the art of embroidery as a significant contribution to world culture. Housed in a new building that includes exhibition galleries, an information center, a library, conservation studios, classrooms, and a 300-seat auditorium equipped with earphones for simultaneous translation, the museum aims to become a leading center for scholarship in embroidery and other textile arts.

The collection[edit]

The permanent collection of the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum includes votive textiles, ecclesiastical robes, military uniforms, folding screens, wedding garments, chair and table coverings, rank insignia, and various types of clothing, costume accessories, and household furnishings used by all social classes. The collection encompasses a broad range of examples from around the world as well as replicas of extant ancient artifacts. The museum seeks to encourage the examination of embroidered textiles as primary documents of the technological, social, and cultural environments that produced them as well as to emphasize embroidery’s position as an important cultural inheritance and an expressive, dynamic, and continually evolving art form.

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