Korea University

Korea University

Infobox University
name = Korea University
native_name = _ko. 고려대학교

image_size = 150px
motto = _ko. 자유·정의·진리
_la. Libertas, Justitia, Veritas
(Liberty, Justice, Truth)
established = 1905
type = Private
endowment =
staff =
faculty = 3,570 (2008)
president = Lee Gi-soo
students = 28,568 (2008)
undergrad = 19,454 (2008)
postgrad = 9,114 (2008)
doctoral =
profess =
city = Seoul
country = South Korea
campus = Urban
free_label =
free =
colors = Crimson color box|#DC143C
mascot = Tiger
nickname = _ko. 고대 (Godae), KU
affiliations =
website = [http://www.korea.ac.kr/ www.korea.ac.kr] (Korean), [http://www.korea.edu/ www.korea.edu] (English)

publictransit = see below
Infobox Korean name
hangul = 고려대학교
hanja = 高麗大學校
rr = Goryeo Daehakgyo
mr = Koryŏ Taehakkyo

Korea University is a major private university located in Seoul, South Korea with a secondary campus in Jochiwon, and is regarded as one of the top three universities in South Korea. [ [http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/GK30Dg01.html Asia Times Online, Nov 30, 2005, Life and death exams in South Korea, James Card] ] The university was founded in 1905 as a modern higher education institute. It currently consists of 81 academic departments in 15 colleges and 75 research institutes, and has over 30,000 students at undergraduate and graduate levels. As a part of efforts for globalization in Korea University, the educational exchange program in KU has been concluded with foreign universities, listed in the reference, worldwide. [ [http://www.korea.edu/inter/inter_01_01_04.php ::: Korea University ::: ] ]


Korea University was founded in 1905 as Bosung College during the final years of the Kingdom of Joseon when Korea was compulsively annexed by Japan. Bosung College was the first modern institution for higher education in Korea. Mr. Hae-Uoung Shin was the first College President. As an academic institution of nationalistic origin, it was regarded as a symbol of national pride during colonial period(1910-1945). In 1932,Sung-su Kim undertook the college faced with financial crisis due to relentless interference by Japanese colonial government, and established Jung Ang Academy foundation to fund the college. The name changed in 1946 to 'Korea University' when three more colleges were founded and the institution became formalised as a university. The first president of the current university was Sang-Yoon Hyun.

During the current Sixth Republic of South Korea under the influence of civilian presidents, the university has begun reaching out to other academic institutions around the world. A programme to modernise and expand the university has been initiated, involving the construction of Central Plaza in 2002, the largest underground parking facility in South Korea.

The current president is Dr. Ki-Soo Lee.



Korea University is the first-level private university and one of the so-called "SKY" universities in Korea. The acronym is formed from the first initials of the three most prestigious and highly selective universities in Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. Korea University is particularly well-known for its nationalistic origin in the colonial age. It is also famous for its excellent quality of legal education. In 2003, the number of graduates and undergraduates from the College of Law of Korea University only who passed the annual bar exam accounted for 151 out of a total passer number of 905. [http://news.lec.co.kr/gisaView/detailView.html?menu_code=10&gisaCode=L001002002660016&tblName=tblNews&menuName=&pressNum=481&photoYN=Y] Admissions into the universities are highly competitive because a degree from one of the SKY universities is regarded as a ticket to success and honor in Korean society currently. [ [http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/GK30Dg01.html Asia Times Online :: Korea News and Korean Business and Economy, Pyongyang News ] ] In 2007, the Korean Ministry of Education, after assessing domestic MBA programs, named Korea University as the top MBA program in Korea [ [http://www.newdaily.co.kr/_ezarticle/?im=artView&artid=2208035300 뉴데일리 - 자유민주·시장경제의 파수꾼 ] ] .


Korea University was ranked 150th in the world in October 2006 in a survey by "The Times Higher Education Supplement", [ [http://www.paked.net/higher_education/rankings/times_rankings.htm Paked.net: THES World University Rankings 2007 - The World's Top 200 Universities ] ] an improvement on the ranking of 184th place in 2005, when the Social Sciences department ranked 66th, and Liberal Arts ranked 89th.

The Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development announced that Korea university ranked 153rd in the world and 4th in Korea, based on the number of published papers in Science Citation Index journals [ [http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?sfrm=1&n=200802130132 최근 12년간 대학-연구소 SCI 논문 25만여 편 분석해보니] ] , [ [http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2007/06/27/2007062700896.html 한국 SCI 논문수 세계 11위로 한단계 상승 - 1등 인터넷뉴스 조선닷컴 ] ] . According to the "Academic Ranking of World Universities" by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, Korea University ranked in the range of 301-400th [ [http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2006/ARWU2006_301-400.htm Top 500 World Universities (301-400) ] ] . The business programs at Korea University also obtained international recognition by acquiring Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) certifications in both undergraduate- and graduate levels and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) for the first time in Korea, qualifying for what are considered to be two of the world's highest regarded certifications for business educational assessment. [ [http://www.koreamba.net/friend/home/?cmd=forum_introduce&code=H :::고려대학교 경영대학원 MBA광장::: ] ]

Euh Yoon-dae, the then president of the university, started a scheme in 2003, named the "Global KU Project", which intends to put KU in the world’s top 100 universities. The project involves utilising student exchanges, increasing the amount of courses taught in English to 30%, and building the International Summer Campus. [ [http://www.korea.ac.kr/webzine/KF4S01T01F00-view.jsp?idx=204427 고려대학교 ] ] .


In 2003, Korea University was recognised for outstanding achievement in internationalisation. This evaluation of 121 domestic universities was conducted by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and included a competitive application process and strict on-site inspections. KU received high marks for its emphasis on the standardisation of English through expansion of English-mediated courses and innovative projects for globalisation. In 2006, Joongang Ilbo which is one of the major Korean newspapers put Korea University to the 2nd rank in the most globalised Korean universities, only behind KAIST. [ [http://news.jknews.co.kr/article/news/20060904/5138539.htm <인터뷰> 글로벌 고대의 기수 어윤대 총장 :: 한국재경신문 ] ] [http://news.joins.com/edit/univ_2006/2/0.htm]


The rivalry of Korea University and Yonsei University, the top two private institutions in the nation, is nationally renowned. These private universities are proud of and renowned for their spirit, traditions, and the gold balance of academics and athletics. So intense is the rivalry between them that the crimson-attired supporters of Korea University identify the league as the “Ko-Yon Games,” while Yonsei members in blue transpose the two syllables as "Yon-Ko". Five events: (baseball, basketball, hockey, rugby union, and soccer) are held every year. [ [http://www.korea.ac.kr/english04/2005/aboutus/bbs_notice-view.jsp?idx=3664&page=1&search1=&search2= ::: Korea University ::: ] ]



* College of Law

* College of Business Administration : Korea University Business School

* College of Liberal Arts

* College of Life sciences and Biotechnology - Life Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering

* College of Political Science and Economics - Political Science and International Relations, Public Administration, Economics, Statistics

* College of Science - Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Science

* College of Engineering - Electronic and Electric Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanics, Architectural and Civil Engineering, Architecture

* College of Medical Science

* College of Education

* College of Nursing

* College of Art and Design

* College of Information and Communications

* Division of Journalism and Mass Communication

* Division of International Studies

* College of Health Sciences

* College of Humanities

* College of Business and Economics

* College of Science and Technologies

* Division of Public Administration

Notable alumni

* Lee Myung Bak: current President of the Republic of Korea ;former mayor of Seoul
* Oh Se Hoon: the current mayor of Seoul
* Choi Tae-won: Chairman of SK Corporation
* No Hwe Chan: former member of the National Assembly(Gukhoe). a member of KDLP
* Kim Seung Yoo: Chairman of Hana Financial Group
* Young-Kee Kim: Deputy Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), winner of Ho-Am Prize.
* Lee Hak Soo: Vice-chairman of Samsung Group
* Hwang Young-Cho: Gold medalist in marathon, Summer Olympics in Barcelona (1992)
* Chang Ha Sung: Pioneer of small shareholder activism in Korea and founder of Korea Corporate Governance Fund or "Chang Ha Sung" Fund
* Gil-Sung Park: sociology professor
* Hong Myung-Bo: FIFA World Cup 2002 Bronze Ball Winner
* Cha Bum-Kun: MVP of the Bundesliga in 85~86 season
* Chung Eui-sun: President of Kia Motors
* Kim Yong-ok, philosopher
* Sung Si Kyung, singer
* Kim Suk Ki: Founder, President & CEO of Silicomtech, current professor in the College of Engineering.
* Hong, Junepyo : a representative of Congress
* Shin, Jun Kyu : risk consultant and co-founder of "Beating the Market"


The Anam Campus of the University is located at the following bearings: coord|37|35|30|N|127|1|45|E|type:edu, which, when entered into Google Earth and viewed from a height of 2000m, will show the campus in its entirety.
* Two stations on Line 6 of the Seoul Subway, Korea University Station (고려대역/Goryeodaeyeok) and Anam Station (안암역), serve Korea University.
* Korea University Anam Campus is served by these buses:
** 100, 144, 163, 273, 1017, 1111, 7211, Seongbuk 20, Seongbuk 21 (Anam campus main gate)
** 100, 144, 163, 273, 1111, 1212, Seongbuk 04 (Colleage of science, Korea University Anam Hospital)



See also

*List of Korea University people
*Education in South Korea
*List of colleges and universities in South Korea
*List of Korea-related topics

External links

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