Sungshin Women's University

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Sungshin Women’s University
Sungshin emblem.PNG
MottoSincerity, Intelligence, Independence
PresidentShim Hwa-jin, Ph.D.
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Sungshin Women's University
Revised RomanizationSeongsin Yeoja Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerSŏngsin Yŏja Taehakkyo

Sungshin Women's University (Korean: 성신여자대학교) (officially trading as Sungshin University after January 2018).[1][2] is a private women's university located in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in 1936 by Dr. Sook-Chong Lee. During the 1960s and 70s, Sungshin was a Teachers College in South Korea. Then, in the 1980s, the college was promoted to the status of a comprehensive university. Today, the university comprises ten colleges and five graduate schools with total enrollment of about 12,000 students. In 2006, the university rebuilt the Sungshin Hall to mark the university's 70th anniversary. Also, Sungshin Women's University has succeeded to annex the nursing college of a national hospital, the first event of its kind to happen in South Korea.


Sungshin Women's University
  • 1936.04.28 Sungshin Girls' School is established by Dr. Lee Sook Chong
  • 1965.01.13 Sungshin Women's Teachers College is established
  • 1972.01.28 The Graduate School is established
  • 1979.10.18 The name is changed to Sungshin Women's College.
  • 1979.12.05 The Graduate School of Information and Industries is established.
  • 1981.07.31 The college is promoted to the status of university.
  • 1981.10.20 New establishment and reorganization of courses, new establishment of the colleges of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education, and Arts.
  • 1982.10.05 The College of Natural Sciences divided and reorganized into the College of Family Sciences (College of Human Ecology)
  • 1983.10.29 The Graduate School of Education is established
  • 1988.08.30 Dedication of the Woonjung Building.
  • 1988.10.29 The College of Arts was divided into the College of Music and College of Fine Arts
  • 1994.10.21 The Graduate School of Industry was divided into the Graduate School of Plastic Industry (Graduate School of Arts and Design) and the Graduate School of Information Industry (Graduate School of Cultural Industry)
  • 1995.01.10 Dedication of the Soo-Jung Building
  • 1995.03.01 The Continuing Education Center is established.
  • 1997.10.25 The Graduate School of Human Resource Management is established.
  • 1999.02.12 The Ministry of Education's Overall University Evaluation ranked Sungshin's undergraduate program as "excellent" and its graduate program as "most excellent"
  • 1995.01.10 Dedication of the Nan-Hyang Building
  • 2003.09.21 Dedication of the Media Information Center
  • 2003.12.24 Awarded "The ISO 9001:2000 Certification for Academic and Business Administration System"
  • 2004.09.18 Selected by the Ministry of Human Resources and Education in 2004 as a "University of Excellence with a Distinctive Project."
  • 2005.01.20 The opening of the Family Health & Welfare Center
  • 2005.06.30 Selected by the Ministry of Human Resources and Education for two consecutive years as a "University of Excellence with a Distinctive Project."
  • 2006.02.20 The Ministry of Education's Overall University Evaluation ranked Sungshin's undergraduate program as "excellent" and its graduate program as "excellent."
  • 2006.07.25 Selected by the Ministry of Human Resources and Education for three consecutive years as a "University of Excellence with a Distinctive Project."
  • 2006.11.30 Dedication of the Sungshin Building
  • 2007.03.01 Establishment of the College of Nursing
  • 2007.08.11 Inauguration of the eighth university president, Dr. Shim Hwa-jin
  • 2008.04.15 Proclamation of a Vision — Construction of Sungshin Woonjung Campus (SSWU Second Campus)
  • 2017.02.07 President Shim Hwa-jin is convicted by a Seoul court of embezzling school funds and is subsequently imprisoned.[3]
  • 2018.01.23 President Kim Ho-syung announces plans to discuss making the university co-educational and using trading name Sungshin University without women's in their English name for preparing co-educational system.[4]


Sungshin Women's University comprises ten colleges (45 departments) and five graduate schools.

Undergraduate Colleges[edit]

  • College of Humanities
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Education
  • College of Arts
  • College of Music
  • College of Convergence Culture and Arts

Second Campus (Woonjung Green Campus)[edit]

Sungshin has established a second campus in Seoul. The 54,200㎡ Woonjung Green Campus is within 5 kilometers of the Soojung Campus and makes Sungshin the only university with two campuses in Seoul.

The Woonjung Green Campus, with three college buildings and one shared facilities building opened in March 2010 and houses four colleges: College of Natural Sciences, College of Human Ecology, College of Nursing, and College of Convergence Culture and Arts. Woonjung Green Campus.

Public Transit Access[edit]

Sungshin Women's University is located at a transportation hub, with both campuses near major subway stations. The north-running Ui-Sinseol Rapid Transit Light metro line opened in 2017 and connected to Seoul Metro Line 4.svg Sungshin Women's University Station.[5]

Seoul Metro Line 4.svg Sungshin Women's University Station (Soojung Campus); Seoul Metro Line 4.svg Mia Station (Woonjung Green Campus)

Special Programs[edit]

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Sungshin Women's University has run a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programme for women who want to be recruited as soldiers by the Ministry of National Defense since 2011.[6] Similar programmes are run by Sookmyung Women's University and Ewha Womans University; these three women's universities saw a total of 90 students join the programme in 2016.[7]

Improvement in Academic Affairs[edit]

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English Competency and Graduation Requirements[edit]

Each department or major program will establish its own mandatory list of major courses to improve the competency level of its graduates. The number of major courses required for graduation will be increased and the same standard will be applied for the double major program. In addition, certification programs will be introduced for graduation and for English competency.

Comprehensive Academic Advisory System[edit]

The university has employed a new, comprehensive academic advisory system to help in academic and career advising. One faculty advisor will be assigned to about 15 first-year students. Also, 15 best faculty advisors will be assigned to 10 Open Major Division students each.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program[edit]

The university established a combined bachelor's/master's degree program so that students can receive both the bachelor's and the master's degree in just five years: seven semesters for Bachelor's and three for Master's.


Shim Hwa-jin, the granddaughter of founder Li Suk-jong, served as the university's president from 2007 for two terms. When she was once more elected as president for a third term, which would extend her incumbency to 2019, four members of the university's student association raised concerns that Shim had embezzled funds from the school, which led to their suspension in January 2016. The students successfully pursued a court case to have the suspension overturned, and it was struck down in October.[8] Meanwhile, investigative journalists found that a prominent individual's daughter had been admitted to Sungshin after cheating in the assessment,[9] while one of Shim's relatives had also been appointed as a tenure-track lecturer using a plagiarised dissertation.[10]

Charges of embezzlement were brought against Shim and, on 7 February 2017, the Seoul Northern District Court returned a guilty verdict, concluding that Shim had embezzled 378 million won from school funds.[3] She was demoted from her position as president and served nine days in prison before posting bail of 50 million won on 20 February.[11] She was succeeded as president of Sungshin Women's University by Kim Ho-sung.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sungshin University". Sungshin University. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Study in Korea Sungshin University". The Ministry of Education, Korea. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Park, Si-soo (8 February 2017). "Sungshin Women's Univ. president jailed for embezzlement". Korea Times. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kim, Hyun-bin (23 January 2018). "Sungshin students protest school's co-ed plan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Ui-Sinseol Light Rapid Transit line opens in Seoul". Metro Report International. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ Kim, Da-sol (8 April 2016). "Military at crossroads on female soldiers". Korea Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  7. ^ Chun, Su-jin; Park, Seong-hun (5 November 2016). "Defector becomes first North Korean to join ROTC". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ "'총장 비리의혹 제기' 성신여대 학생들, 징계 무효소송 승소" [Sungshin Women's students who raised 'suspicion of misconduct by the president' win disciplinary action]. Yeonhap News (in Korean). 30 October 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ Hwang, Il-song (17 March 2016). "나경원 의원 딸, 대학 부정 입학 의혹" [Na Kyeong-won's daughter suspected of having cheated in college admission]. Korea Centre for Investigative Journalism (in Korean). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ Jo, Hyeon-mi (17 March 2016). "성신여대 총장, '표절의혹' 친인척 교수 채용" [President of Sungshin Women's University hires relative 'suspected of plagiarism']. Korea Centre for Investigative Journalism (in Korean). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ Park, Si-soo (21 February 2017). "Sungshin Women's University chief out on bail". Korea Times. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 37°35′29″N 127°01′20″E / 37.5913°N 127.0221°E / 37.5913; 127.0221