University of Seoul
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Motto in English
|Truth, Creation, Public Service|
|Established||May 1, 1918|
163 Seoulsiripdaero (90 Jeonnong-dong), Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-743 KOREA,
|Campus||Urban (66.87 acres)|
|Affiliations||Seoul Metropolitan Government, AALAU|
|University of Seoul|
|Revised Romanization||Seoul Sirip Daehakgyo|
|McCune–Reischauer||Sŏul Shirip Taehakkyo|
The University of Seoul (UOS) (Korean: 서울시립대학교) is a public university located in Seoul, South Korea. UOS is famous in South Korea for a large number of alumni working as national or municipal government officials. UOS is specialized in urban science and has top-tier programs environmental engineering, taxation, transportation engineering, urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and urban administration.
UOS is a public university funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Academic programs of UOS have been set to support necessities of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Hence, UOS functions as a think-tank in formulating and supporting the major policy goals of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, along with basic research and education. UOS has a goal of becoming an international center for the urban sciences.
The University of Seoul was founded as Gyeongseong Public Agricultural College in 1918 and renamed the University of Seoul in 1997. In 2012, the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, implemented a campaign promise, "Half-priced tuition" as soon as he started his term. The half-priced tuition was initiated in UOS first so that it would drive other universities to decrease their tuition. In 2013, UOS tuition per semester ranged from $915 to $1,441 (two semesters a year, 1,117.3 won/$ in 2013). Because of high quality of education and low tuition of UOS, admission process has been more competitive.
- 1918 Founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College
- 1924 Seoul national university was established by Japan as Japanese national university
- 1946 Seoul national university was re-organized by US implementation
- 1956 Promoted to four-year college and renamed Seoul Agricultural College
- 1975 Oversight committee transferred from the Seoul Board of Education to Seoul Metropolitan Government
- 1981 Renamed Seoul City University
- 1987 Renamed as University of Seoul and promoted to comprehensive university (4 colleges and 22 departments)
- 1993 Founded the Institute of Seoul Studies under the auspices of the Seoul Metropolitan Government
- 1996 Founded the College of Urban Sciences
- 1997 Established the university's unique identity as a Mecca for the Urban Sciences Designated as the Distinguished University in the Urban Sciences by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development
- 1998 Founded the Institute of Urban Sciences
- 2003 Launched Strategic Plan 2003–2007, "Upgrade University of Seoul"
- 2003, 2004 Redesignated as the Distinguished University centered on the Urban Sciences by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development
- 2005 Founded the Institute for International Cooperation and Education
- 2008 90th Anniversary of UOS
- 2009 Founded UOS Law School
- 2012 Beginning of half-price tuition for UOS students
- 2018 100th Anniversary of UOS
Faculty and students
Because the Seoul Metropolitan Government supported 70% of an annual budget, UOS is one of the best value public universities. UOS has the lowest student-faculty ratio, the highest financial investment per student, and the highest rate of scholarship recipients in South Korea. In addition, most administrative staff in UOS are affiliated in the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Many UOS students think that they take a lot of financial and educational benefits from the Seoul government, so they feel obligated to participate in social works. Number of social work volunteers in 2012 was 3,105 and is expected to increase.
Student satisfaction is relatively very high. In 2012, the registration rate of new students was very high (96%) and the withdrawal rate of students was extremely low (0.97%), compared with other universities in Seoul.
UOS has long been providing services for Seoul and citizens of Seoul. In particular, UOS provides a diverse range of training programs for the municipal officials, national government officials, and experts in the public sector. From 1997, UOS provides Seoul citizens with lifelong education in UOS Open University located near the [[Gwanghwa Gate]] in central Seoul. UOS Open University provides a broad range of education programs including languages, technologies, Seoul Study[clarification needed], and various cultural activities. UOS has vocational and educational programs for more than 5,000 Seoulites annually in the Continuing Education Center. The Social Welfare Center located in the main campus provides a wide range of social services for more than 100,000 senior citizens and disabled citizens a year.
College of Public affairs and Economics
College of Business Administration
College of Engineering
College of Humanities
College of Natural Science
College of Urban Science
College of Arts and Physical Education
School of Liberal Studies
Students who take this course can choose a major freely when becoming sophomore.
Division of Liberal Arts and Teacher's Education
This division offers liberal arts courses, which contains writing, debating, mathematics, natural science, physical education and so on. It also offers courses needed to be a teacher.
The Graduate School has 35 courses for master's degrees and 25 courses for doctoral degrees. In addition, there's specialized graduate schools as follows.
- Graduate School of Science in Taxation
- Graduate School of Design
- Graduate School of Urban Science
- International School of Urban Sciences
- Graduate School of Business Administration
- Graduate School of Engineering
- Graduate School of Education
- Law School
|Global – Overall|
|Regional – Overall|
In 2012, UOS was ranked as one of top three among universities that do not have a medical school. According to 2015 report from The Times Higher Education, UOS ranked 7th among all the Korean universities and 49th among all the Asian universities. In another survey, UOS ranked 14th in the Asian midsize universities. UOS was reported the best value public university in Korea, with high financial investment and scholarship amount per student. Students' affinity to the school was ranked in the first place and students' satisfaction is in the second place according to a 2010 survey.
- List of national universities in South Korea
- List of universities and colleges in South Korea
- Education in Korea
- "대학현황". University of Seoul Official website. University of Seoul. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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- "University of Seoul Ranking 2020-21 - Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)".
- QS World University Rankings 2022
- World University Rankings 2018
- QS Asian University Rankings 2019
- Asia University Rankings 2018
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