Chung-Ang University

Chung-Ang University
Chung-Ang University
Motto Live in Truth, Live for Justice
Established April, 1918
Type Private
President Kookshin Ahn
Academic staff 966[1]
Students 32,017[2]
Location Anseong, Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
Colors Blue
Nickname 중대 (Jungdae)
Mascot Blue Dragon
Website (English) (Korean)
Chung-Ang University
Hangul 중앙대학교
Revised Romanization Joong-ang Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Chung'ang Taehakgyo
a night view of Chung-Ang

The Chung-Ang University (CAU) is a private comprehensive institution in South Korea, located over two campuses in Seoul and Anseong. It was founded subsequent to liberation from Japanese colonial rule for the benefit of the nation and advancement of civilization, with the educational philosophy of Truth and Justice, under the direction of Dr. Young-Shin Yim. It was the first in South Korea to offer courses in Pharmacy, Business Management, Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, Photography, and Drama & Film Studies, and is renowned in the areas of Pharmacy, Media and the Arts. According to recent analysis, the School of Mass Communication in Chung-Ang University has produced the highest number of journalists in managerial positions in major media organizations, whilst the Department of Advertising & Public Relations has produced the highest number of advertising agents of all universities in the country. Postgraduate programmes offered by Chung-Ang University include those in MBA, Law School and Medical School. In 2008, the global corporation, Doosan, was incorporated as an educational institution, and CAU 2018+ was formulated under the new development plan, the objective of which is to cultivate world class knowledge and build academic capabilities to achieve a ranking within 100 of internationally renowned universities by 2018, commemorating Chung-Ang University’s Centennial Year.

As one of the country's most prestigious universities, Chung-Ang University is especially known for its schools in pharmacy, theater, film, design, and liberal arts.[3] Chung-Ang University is currently owned by Doosan Corporation.[4]



Establishment 1918-1932

The establishment of Chung-Ang University is tallied from the founding of Chung-Ang Kindergarten as an annex to the Chung-Ang Methodist Church situated in Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, in April 1918. Basing the establishment of Chung-Ang University on that of a kindergarten addresses its historical significance.

Whilst Korea had been stripped of its independence and sovereignty following the Japanese invasion in 1910, the Japanese Resistance Movement mainly involved armed activists. However, the armed activists were gradually overcome as the Japanese fabricated various legislations to aggressively reinforce exploitative enterprises. Many activists thus seeking a new direction to continue the Resistance Movement resolved to strive for long-term independence through education. In specifying a school built not by Christian missionaries, but within the faculty and resources of the people, and equipped with the greatest capability for propagation, the establishment of a kindergarten was considered to be most suitable. Nursery education would not only fulfil the primary objective of instilling national consciousness in children, but the message could also be transmitted to parents through the children.

Chung-Ang Kindergarten originated under such conditions as a branch of Jungdong Church in 1916 and gained its independence in 1918, manifesting a new strategy for national education. Accordingly, details of all activities and events held by the Chung-Ang Kindergarten were reported in national newspapers, such as Dong-A Daily and Maeil News, and sponsorship continually secured from assorted corners of society in support of the proceedings. It can thus be derived that, Chung-Ang was central to national education through national strength and potential. The opportunity to achieve national independence by cultivating talent through education, and in particular, at root level through nursery education, spread in consequence of the activities of the Chung-Ang Kindergarten.

To restrict the expansion, the Japanese effected legislations against kindergartens in 1922, but by 1924, further kindergartens including Susong, Kyungsung and Taewha, and kindergartens in Gaesung and Pyongyang were founded. Accordingly, supplying kindergarten teachers to continue the kindergarten movement became a critical dilemma.

Adversity 1933-1945

Despite the social conventions in the 1920s, making it difficult to recruit female students to establish and operate a Teacher Training Program, this caused a notable development in the modern history of teaching in Korea. Undeterred by the hostile conditions, graduates were generated and posted to kindergartens in cities including Hamhung, Hweryung, Busan, Masan, Jeonju, Anak, Cheonan, Sariwon, and Milyang. Thus, the Chung-Ang Kindergarten Teacher Training Program took on the role of a Professional Educational Institution. However, in terms of management, the situation was still difficult. Although on the surface, there was no choice other than to support its development, the school was not moved by the established affluent community, but maintained under the philosophy of self-reliant organic growth amongst the people.

By 1922, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training Program, in partnership with the Community Education Movement of various Japanese-Resistance organizations, was promoted to a Kindergarten Teacher Training School. Although its legal status was registered as a Miscellaneous School, its standing in social perception was considered equivalent to that of a Professional School with a 3-year degree course.

The reformed Chung-Ang Teacher Training School continued to face obstacles in management. With merely ten students, the school was forced to relocate to a private residence in 1932 owing to the financial and personal circumstances of the management, as the Japanese and accomplices continually plotted to divide the community.

In 1933, Dr. Young-Shin Yim took over the helm and was appointed as the principal at the age of 34. She was a graduate of Kijeon School for Women, and previously imprisoned for 6 months for leading the Samil Independence Movement at Jeonju. She later graduated from Kwangdoo High School in Japan and was further awarded her M.A in the United States. She infamously sent pictures of the Japanese massacring Koreans during the earthquake in Gwandong to Dr. Syngman Rhee, who was operating the Korean Independence Movement in the US. Modelling herself on Jean D’Arc, she was a thoroughly “Modern Woman” of her times.

Upon her return to Korea in January 1932, after nine year in the US, she determined to devote herself to the nation, which was still under Japanese rule. As she toured the country for her first role as the Director of the YWCA, she realized that she would need to start with education in order to save the people.

Finally, her entire savings of 30,000 dollars laboriously earned from farming, driving trucks, and vegetable wholesale in the US was used to purchase a site at Heukseok-dong on which to build a school, and take leadership over the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School. Through Dr. Young-Shin Yim, Chung-Ang began to envisage its development as the cradle of national education.

Despite its relocation to Heukseok-dong, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School lacked facilities. Thus, Dr. Young-Shin Yim rented the Pearson Bible School to hold classes. However, there was a limit to Dr. Young-Shin Yim’s personal finances, and as the Japanese had prohibited contributions, the development of the School continued to face financial difficulties.

Believing that the only solution was to raise funds from the US, Dr. Young-Shin Yim remarkably procured sufficient travel expenses, and worked tirelessly to promote donations in the US. As a result, she was able to return home having established the Pfeiffer Foundation in the US to financially support the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School.

Thus, the first stone building was erected on the grounds of Heukseok-dong in April 1937, to become Young-Shin Hall upon its completion in May 1938, which today, forms the heart of Chung-Ang.

Later, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School based in Heukseok-dong was central to the nation’s kindergarten teacher training and became the cradle for “Modern Woman”, researching and implementing the ideology for nursery education.

The students were to subsequently found the Chosun Kindergarten Education Society, and take charge of the social education plan through concerts, plays and literary activities.

During such times however, in 1937, the Japanese waged war against China, and by 1941, attacked Pearl Harbour, signalling the start of the Pacific Wars. Thereupon, Dong-A Daily and Chosun Daily were closed in 1940. Legislation for detention of political offenders was effected in 1941, and a conscription system established, and the law for wartime emergency procedures declared against education in 1943.

The Chung-Ang Teacher Training School was heavily targeted in view of the fact that Dr. Young-Shin Yim was educated in the US, and was a devout Christian.

The Communications Unit of the Japanese Army finally attempted to take siege of the School, but their efforts were blocked by the strong resistance of Dr. Young-Shin Yim. By the end of WW2, under the pressure of the Japanese forces, the School were no longer able to admit new students, and the School was closed in 1944.

Construction and Development of a Comprehensive University 1946-1955

In August 1945, as Japan was defeated and Korea liberated, the consequential task was to build a new democratic country. Dr. Yim reopened the doors to the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School on 28 September 1945, and established the School Motto, “Live in Truth, Live for Justice”. With the dawn of a new political era, the Chung-Ang philosophy no longer fostered the cultivation of talent for independence, but for the construction of a new republic.

On 1 October of the same year, the Chung-Ang Teacher Training School was re-organised under the name of Chung-Ang Professional School for Women, and the Admissions Ceremony held accordingly. The Foundation, Chung-Ang Culture Institute, was established in November 1946, and its legal registration completed by August of the following year to provide a framework for the school development.

Furthermore, in April 1947, the School was again reorganised into Chung-Ang College for Women, and then to Chung-Ang College in May 1948, establishing itself as a co-educational institution, to complete its preparations for cultivating talent for the construction of a new republic.

Whilst Dr. Yim served as a national diplomat in the United Nations, obtaining their endorsement to build a new country, she also continued her efforts in developing the College, and was appointed Dean and Chairman of the Board.

Although the College finally celebrated its first conferment of a Bachelor’s Degree in May 1950, it was again indefinitely closed due to the eruption of the 6.25 Korean War. Students were re-admitted subsequent to the 9.28 Reclaim of the country, but temporary offices relocated in Busan with the 1.4 Retreat of allied forces.

Upon Dr. Yim’s returned to the country in April 1951, having been stationed in the US in her diplomatic duties, lectures were held in Song-do, Busan, singularly by Chung-Ang College. Thus, a campus was also established in Seoul, and lectures continued.

Chung-Ang College continued to provide education during the war times in order fulfil its responsibility towards the people as an educational institution. As a result the second, third and fourth Bachelor Degree Conferment were held during the war years in Busan, in 1951, 1952 and 1953 respectively.

Chung-Ang College, which continued to provide education during the evacuation to Busan, was finally recognised as a comprehensive university in February 1953. Thus, with nine Departments under four component faculties including the College of Liberal Arts & Science, College of Law, College of Business, and College of Pharmacy, and a Graduate School, Dr. Yim was appointed as Chancellor of the University.

The teaching faculty returned from Busan to its original site in Heukseok-dong, Seoul in August, following the declaration of ceasefire in the Korean War in July of the same year. However, lectures had to be taught in temporary buildings as the site was still occupied by the US Army. The site was eventually recovered after one semester in April 1954, and the area reorganised for the development of the University.

The University continued to expand to the scale of 19 Departments under four faculties, and a population of 2,850, between 1955 and 1959.

To accommodate the increasing Departments and students, a four-storey building, Pfeiffer Hall, was constructed across approximately 2,500 pyeong in 1956, and the Chung-Ang Library constructed across approximately 3,800 pyeong in 1959.

Concurrently, the International Culture Research Institute was established to enhance research activities.

The course syllabus was continually revised to systemize education, and partnerships forged with Young-Shin Junior High School, Young-Shin Girls’ Junior High School, Nakyang Junior High School, Nakyang Technical High School, and affiliate the Kindergarten to provide a consistent approach to education.

Preparation for Takeoff 1956-1979

1960 saw the 4.19 Revolution, where the CAU students educated under the motto of “Truth and Justice” protested against the 3.15 Rigged Elections. Furthermore, despite the many challenges faced with the control policy affecting student-intake for the alleged qualitative improvement of universities, which was introduced in the wake of the 5.16 Military Coup in 1961, CAU was able to appoint Dr. Sung-Hee Yim as its second chancellor on 2 October 1961. However, as Dr. Young-Shin Yim was re-appointed as the third chancellor, she was able to continue ensuring the internal stability of the University.

In January 1965, the College of Liberal Arts & Science was segregated into the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science & Engineering and the College of Education, whilst the College of Law, College of Business, and College of Pharmacy were combined to form six colleges. Furthermore, the partnered Middle School and High School were renamed in affiliation with the College of Education, and an affiliate Elementary School newly established under the Foundation, allowing for the delivery of a coherent educational philosophy from Kindergarten to Graduate School.

In February 1967, the Graduate School of Social Development was established to train specialists and promote industrial links. In 1968, the University was again reorganised into the eight component faculties, including College of Liberal Art, the College of Science & Engineering, the College of Education, College of Law, the College of Political Science & Economics, the College of Business Administration, the College of Agriculture, and the College of Pharmacy, for the systemization of education impacting the affiliate organisations. The College of Medicine was installed in December 1971, and Sung Shim Hospital, based in Chung-gu, Seoul, was incorporated as an affiliate hospital to form a truly comprehensive university and promote internal stability.

The expansion and development of the university was proceeded in tandem with that of its facilities. July 1961 saw the construction of Jin Sun Hall across approximately 1,400 pyeong, and the University Theatre across 1,920 pyeong. In October of the same year, the Social Development Hall was constructed across 1,600 pyeong. To mark the 50th Anniversary in 1968, the archives were reorganised and the university’s historical direction re-examined. Furthermore, the Blue Dragon Monument was erected to safe-guard historically significant artefacts and documents for the next 100 years, and Seungdang Hall built at the same time. Bobst Hall, covering 3,200 pyeong, was built the following year, December 1969. Such progress, together with the newly affiliated Sung Shim Hospital of 1,395 pyeong, contributed to create a stable educational environment.

By this time, the founder of CAU, Dr. Young-Shin Yim, had advanced in years, exceeding the age of 70, and finding the heavy workload physically gruelling. Thus, she charged Dr. Chull Soon Yim to succeed her as the fourth chancellor of CAU, and cultivate the university into a world-class institution in accordance with the ideal philosophies for which had presently strived.

As international commerce became more frequent and society more diversified, it was important to develop the university to meet the requirements of the changing era. It was hence surmised that applied studies could not be expected to advance, if the foundational studies was lacking. Accordingly, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science & Engineering of CAU were restructured into the College of Liberal Arts & Science and the College of Engineering in 1972. In the field of art, Chung-Ang merged with Seorabol Art College, which was operated by the Seorabol Art Institute, in June 1972, and further reorganised the establishment under the College of Arts in 1974. Two affiliate schools were constructed in 1978, and the Graduate School of International Management and Graduate School of Education installed in January 1979 to support and improve the quality of professionals.

Development of facilities was again seen as an important step for a university preparing for the future. Therefore, Jin Sun Hall was extended in October 1972 for construction of 3,100 pyeong of Seorabol Hall, and 2,400 pyeong devoted to the construction of Natural Hall as part of the College of Medicine in 1974. The Students’ Union Building was constructed in December 1976 over 2,000 pyeong, and in June 1978, a new annex provided over 1,450 pyeong for the affiliate Sung Shim Hospital, based in Pil-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul.

Regrettably, February 1977 is also remembered as a tragic time with the passing of Dr. Young-Shin Yim, the founder of CAU who left behind a great legacy in education, politics and diplomacy amongst others.

The first step to launching the university amongst the world-class institutions was to construct the Anseong Campus. Thus, in March 1980, lecture halls, dormitories and a Students’ Union were built across 2,417 pyeong, 1,706 pyeong, and 597 pyeong of land respectively in Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do.

Adversity after Expansion 1980-1986

Following the end of his term as chancellor, Dr. Chull Soon Yim, was succeeded by the Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Suk-Hee Lee, as the fifth chancellor in May 1980.

The Graduate School of Journalism was established in November 1980 to provide specialised training for professional journalists, and Heukseok-dong equipped with educational facilities accordingly. In December, 0.9 acre annex was built for the benefit of the affiliate hospital to improve the educational environment in the College of Medicine.

The improvements to facilities were not only limited to the Seoul campus, but also notable in the Anseong campus.

In October 1981, faculties in Anseong were reorganised under the College of Foreign Languages, the College of Social Science, and the College of Home Economics. Gearing towards developing two campuses in a balanced manner, the Seoul site was listed as the university’s primary campus, and the Anseong site listed as its secondary campus. Also in October 1981, the Department of Music was segregated from the College of Arts to newly establish the College of Music. The College of Agriculture was reorganised as the College of Industrial Science, and the Graduate School of Construction Engineering added to its roster of faculties in September 1983. After the establishment of the College of Construction Engineering in the secondary campus in Anseong, in October 1984, the secondary campus boasted of a total of seven colleges.

In November 1982, the Professor Research Center was built over 636 pyeong, and 626 pyeong spared for the College of Agriculture experiment area, In December, the building for the College of Arts was built over 4,874 pyeong. Continuing the investments, 1,192 pyeong for the Music College lecture area, 714 pyeong for the assembly area, and 423 pyeong for the swimming pool was established in August 1983. In September, the Gymnasium was finished over 655 pyeong. In December 1984, the 1,145 pyeong building was erected for the College of Music, and finally, 5,068 pyeong given for the third faculty residence. By the end, the campus had a modern look.

However, the continued investments in infrastructure had a stressful impact on the university fianances, exposing the university to quite a number of problems. The excessive enterprising in extending educational facilities in the second campus led to the increase of liabilities owed by the foundation, and combined with the ineffective management of the companies under the university foundation, the university finance were in trouble. In the midst of such circumstances, Dr. Byoung Jip Moon succeeded to Dr. Suk Hee Lee as the 6th president in March 1985.

To streamline the managing of the university, Dr. Byoung Jip Moon began to reorganize the management operating system. The planning, budgeting, and financial systems were reorganized, and the various university regulations modified to institutionalise and the administration. Meanwhile, positions to deal with academic affairs and administration were also created, and the Office of Career Planning newly established. The management of the Chung-Ang Cultural Institute and the Medical Center were also modified. Furthermore, the departments of French Language & Literature and Japanese Language & Literature were reinstalled, and the Department of Industrial Information newly created. The construction of a Central Library in the second campus was also promoted. However, the liabilities of the university foundation continued to plague the university management.

Momentous Development 1987-1989

By 1987, the corporate body managing the university was unable to cope with the financial difficulties, and fact that the liabilities of the corporation and its affiliates had reached KRW 70 billion became known to the public. The corporation had thus lost the capacity to repay the debt, and the students and staff fearing the crisis in the university education were also unable to repay the debts. Although negotiations were held to persuade potential buyers to take over management, none were successful, since those corporations feared internal backlash.

It was then that businessman, Dr. Hee-Su Kim, agreed to take over the responsibilities of the university corporation, and duly organised a new Board of Directors and became its Chairman. Born in Changwon, Kyungnam, he was a boy of 13 when he travelled to Japan in 1937. After graduating from Tokyo Denki University, he founded a leading Japanese company, Kumjung, after having overcome racial discrimination. Moreover, in his concern for the future of Korea, he realized that the country would only become truly independent by educating its youth. He had already established educational institutions in Japan, but only now became involved in Korea. Although there had been other Korean-Japanese businessmen successfully founding companies in Korea, it was in fact, the first case of a Korean-Japanese participating in education work in Korea. In that respect, Dr. Hee-Su Kim’s appointment as Chairman is an historical event.

Dr. Kim could not have expected the difficulties he would face when he took responsibility for the university’s management. For one, he did not comprehend that the scale of the debt was so huge that no similar corporations were able to manage the risks, nor did he understand general custom in Korean society. However, he had a life philosophy of “Come empty, Go empty”, and the righteous intention of spending his life earnings for the benefit of his people. Of the most beneficial deeds, he believed that to spend money on education would allow his country and people to stand. Thus, he made the decision to donate his entire personal fortune to education, and through his determination, found himself responsible for the management of the university corporation.

Upon his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Kim settled all the debts and recruited Dr. Jae Chull Lee as the newest university president, and provided a lease of energy in the university’s development. Thus, the faculty office building and the Law Buildings are new constructed in the first campus, and the library, dormitories and student union halls completed in the second campus. At the same time, he divided /college Liberal Arts & Science into the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science, and separated the advertising and public relations from the College of Mass Communication to establish the College of Advertising and Public Relations. Also in the second campus, he added the Department of Russian Language and the Department of Bioengineering, the Graduate School of Industrial Technology Management, and the Graduate School of Public Administration to diligently expand the university.

Practice of Educational Philosophy 1990-2000

Social democratization also influenced the university, and the antiquated practices of dictatorial regimes characteristic of the old generation started to disappear. With the establishment of the Association of Professors and university labour union, members were able voice a variety of opinions, providing a positive groundwork. However, in considering that various development plans may have been recommended for personal gain, the lack of experience in democratically consolidating the suggestions for the benefit of the university hindered process of finding a direction to develop the university.

In this process Dr. Jae-Chull Lee stepped down as president owing to health reasons, and in February 1989, for the first time in the university history, Dr. Kyung Geun Ha was elected as the 8th president by popular vote of teaching staff. Thus, the working conditions were improved following the introduction of the 5-day week, and new admissions were students were received twice yearly, in order to attract higher quality talent. For balanced development of Campus 1 and Campus 2, new faculty residences and student dormitories were constructed in Campus 2, as well as the Office of General Affairs. The Language Institute and the Office of International Affairs were merged to form the International Education Center.

In February 1991, university foundation, Chung-Ang Culture Institute, was renamed the University Foundation Chung-Ang University, which continued to provide consistent support of the university, and accordingly introduced the super-computer to Campus 1, establishing the Technology Center, as well as constructing buildings to house the College of Law, the College of Business Administration, and the Graduate School. Furthermore, the Student Life Center, buildings for the College of Construction Engineering and the College of Industry, and Faculty Residences were additionally built in the second campus.

Nevertheless, in October 1991, despite the increase in the teaching faculty, and fact that the College of Engineering was newly established, it was officially judged that the educational conditions at the College of Engineering was poor, causing great criticism of the foundation and university.

Through student complaints and active participation of alumni in the midst of the administrative difficulties, the university realised the need for a long-term development plan. Thus, in March 1992, Committee of the University Development Plan was organised, composed of professors from the respective specialty fields. However, as administration offices were closed by the actions of the students during on-going internal conflict, in April 1992, the Cooperative Counsel for University Development was formed to look for ways of recovering stability.

To address the situation in the campus, the Board of Directors appointed Dr. Min-Ha Kim as acting president in June 1992, during the residual period of Dr. Kyung Geun Ha’s presidency.

Upon his inauguration, Dr. Min-Ha appealed to the Chung-Ang family for collaboration to rebuild the basis for stability and development through mutual trust, and further presented practical plans to put into action. Together with the Cooperative Counsel for University Development, the issues were thus slowly resolved. As the university recovered its stability and order, in October 1992, they successfully celebrated the '92 Pan-Chung-Ang Festival in Jamsil Sport Complex amongst 20,000 Chung-Ang family members, showing a united front and will in developing the university. The event was even heralded as the catalyst for the founding of the university fund raising movement.

Soon, more buildings were raised to house the College of Arts, College of Science, and the College of Medicine affiliated Pil-Dong Hospital.

In February 1993, reflected the opinions of students, faculty, and staff, Dr. Min-Ha Kim was inaugurated as the 9th president following the Presentation of Candidates for Chung-Ang President, who was acknowledged as having effectively addressed the most difficult challenge the school had ever faced since its establishment proposed the following Four Nourishment Indices and encouraged their implementation: a national university, a democratic university, an advanced university, and the creation of a new and healthy university culture.

In July 1993, a new building was constructed for the Student welfare Center in Campus 2, thus enhancing the student areas and welfare facilities.

Furthermore, in August, the Committee of the University Development Plan, without the use of contracted services or emulation of existing plans, through the sheer efforts of the members having painstakingly researched sources over 18 months, was the first private domestic institution to present the University Long/Short Term Development Plan (1993–2002), detailing the new model for developing the university in the 21st century.

In response to the increasing demand for professionals in the drug and food related industries following the liberalisation of international trading in November 1994, the university established the nation’s first Graduate School of Food and Drug Administration. The first students were admitted in 1995, and given the opportunity to carry out research with the assistance of the Colleges of Pharmacy, Food Engineering, and Food Nutrition.

The Surim Science Hall was constructed for the College of Natural Science in March 1995, enhancing the educational environment of the Sciences.

A female dormitory in April, and extended the Bobst Hall for the College of Engineering in August and the Computer Science and Technology Center in December.

Furthermore, in April, a dormitory equipped with all the main amenities such as restaurants on sub-level 1 and 6th floor, utilities room, shower rooms, changing rooms, and launderette was opened in Campus 1 to accommodate 150 girls.

Bobst Hall was constructed for the College of Engineering in August and the Computer Science and Technology Center constructed in December to accommodate the increasing student population affected by the government drive to rejuvenate the cutting-edge technology industry.

The Government, on announcing the “Revolution Plan for Establishment of New Education Strategy” on 31 May 1995, caused huge changes in the education industry, and universities were at risk of falling behind if they did not participate. Consequently, Chung-Ang University put together the “University Long/Short Term Development Plan & Education Revolution Self-Evaluating Committee” to integrate the government directives to the development plans of the university.

In October 1995, the division system was introduced that led to the classification of the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics under the Division of Natural Science; the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design under the School of Mechanical Engineering; the departments of Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Control & Instrumental Engineering under the School of Electrical Electronics & Control Engineering; the departments of Business Administration, International Trade, and Accounting in the College of Business Administration under the Faculty of Business Administration; and the departments of Business Administration, International Trade, and Accounting in the College of Social Science under the Faculty of Business & Commerce. Also, the College of Science was renamed the College of Natural Science, the Graduate School of Industrial Technology Management was renamed the Graduate School of Industrial Management, and the Graduate School of Art was established

In January 1996, the main gate of the second campus was built, as were the Student Welfare Hall in the first campus and the main administration building in the second campus in October, thus improving student facilities.

The Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Sanity & Manufacturing Pharmacy were combined into the Faculty of Pharmacy; the Department of Premedicine and the Department of Medicine, into the Faculty of Medicine; and the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Urban Engineering, into the School of Earth Environmental Systems Engineering in October 1996. Also, the Graduate School of Food & Drug Administration was renamed the Graduate School of Food & Drugs, and the Graduate School of International Studies was established.

February 1997, Dr. Jong Hoon Lee was appointed the 10th president of the university. Dr. Lee started the Neo-Renaissance Movement, to stay true to the purpose of the university, namely, education and research.

The College of Sports Science was established in the second campus in March 1998 to educate students on sports and leisure. Also, the College of Domestic Science was restructured to the College of Human Ecology, and the College of Industry, to the College of Industrial Science. The Graduate School of Advanced Imagining Science, Multimedia, & Film was established in accordance with the Government’s Brain Korea 21 Plan, which made the school eligible for the highest level of Financial Support for Excellence in Educational Reform for five successive years.

To improve the educational and research environments, Chung-Ang Kindergarten and Chung-Ang High School were relocated, and the Information & Communication Hall moved to the main administration building. The University Church and a sewage treatment plant were newly established, and the Chung-Ang Culture & Arts Hall was opened.

Meanwhile, as construction to the Medical Center with the capacity for 1,000 beds to replace the merging affiliate hospitals in Yongsan and Pil-dong, were delayed, medical students went on strike, refusing to attend classes. Fortunately however, a new site for the construction of the Medical Center was found in the affiliate High School, as the High School was being relocated to Dogok-dong, Kangnam, and the situation resolved in October 1997.

Founding of a New Chung-Ang 2001-2007

With the onset of the new millennium, Dr. Park Myoung Soo was inaugurated as the university’s 11th president in February 2001. With his inauguration, Dr. Park Myoung Soo decreed a “new vision” and a “new culture” and a “new action” to “create a new Chung-Ang through change and development”, and introduced the “DRAGON 2018”, a concept so very different from previous university development plans.

The phrase, “DRAGON 2018”, was borne from the amalgamation of the blue dragon, symbolising Chung-Ang University, and the university’s centennial year of 2018.

The idea of the plan was to radically improve the teaching, research, and study environments in line with the changing times in the 21st century. Accordingly, the goals to be achieved by the centennial year were detailed in a timetable with an index, starting as of October 2001, and systematically implemented as short-term and long-term projects.

The development plan, unlike its predecessors, was highly executable since attainment of targets could be quantified in years based on the MBO method. It also allowed for flexibility to amend and enhance plans in response to the changing environment. All members, including the foundation, university, the association of professors, labour union, student union and alumni participated in establishing the plan, which was revised and improved countless times, and finally announced 11 October 2002, on the day of the university’s 84th anniversary.

As the university proceeded to set the plan in motion, a new proactive atmosphere emerged.

Firstly, all markings having represented the establishment for the past 80 years were converted into digital format in line with the dawn of the digital era. The green color of the establishment was replaced with blue, and the buildings, logos, and flags updated in the new hue to create a wholly new image. Furthermore the territorial old school gates and fencing were dismantled and replaced with symbolic sculptures and open space to be shared with the local community. Chung-Ang was the first nationally to have an open campus.

Furthermore, the College of Korean Music and the Graduate School of Korean Music Education were established in March 2001 and October 2002 respectively.

As part of the DRAGON 2018, Chung-Ang Person Cultivation Plan and Chung-Ang Team Formation Plan were proceeded as key enterprises.

For the Chung-Ang Site Construction key enterprise, a medical campus was established on 60,000 ㎡, a Professor Research Center and Gymnasium established on 20,000 ㎡, and the university cinema remodelled into the Law Building, within Campus 1. In Campus 2, the College of Korean Music was built over 10,000 ㎡, the Student Life Center over 7,000, and single-room dormitories for Sports students in Campus 2. Hence, the university’s vision and strategy, teaching and research policy, administration method and infrastructures were being completely revamped in a revolutionary way. As a result, the image of the university was rapidly changing, acting as a catalyst for the Chung-Ang family to view the university in a new light with interest. The university was also able to accumulate a record-breaking KRW 330 billion in contributions towards the development fund over 4 years.

Furthermore, under the 11th president, the performance results of the university administration was published like white paper and distributed to the university board, fulfilling their fiscal responsibilities. Such results were utilised as an opportunity to further develop the university. The “11th President University White Paper (2001-2004)” was thus published. The publication of the White Paper is more than a simple record of 4 years, but is historical in reflecting the 4 years spent preparing for the centennial year in 2018.

It is a compilation of the notable administrative performances by the Office of the 11th president in relation to the university development plan, Dragon 2018, and provides a brief explanation on the overall management as well as the statistics. It also highlights the problems encountered whilst implementing plans and the areas to be improved, such that it may be referenced in developing the university further.

The White Paper, containing details of the Dragon 2018 project implementation and results, the Dean’s Report on the management strategy for modularised colleges, details of professors/staff/student activities, and the president’s activities during his 4-year term, is an invaluable asset of Chung-Ang University, which acts as a milestone towards the centennial year, 2018.

Realization of Vision 2008

-Preparations for Founding Centenary through “Creativity and Harmony”

Dr. Bum Hoon Park was inaugurated as the 12th University President in February 2005. Dr. Bum Hoon Park proposed 7 schemes to cultivate world class knowledge and build academic capabilities for the construction of a new “Creative and Integrative” Chung-Ang. As his First assignment upon election, he successfully oversaw the evaluation of the Korean Council for University Education, marketing of capital, BK21, establishment of the Professional Graduate School of Law, and other national enterprises.

Restructuring of the Education Science Technology Faculty, which had been the greatest pending issue, was so successful, it was nominated a leading university and awarded grant maintenance (KRW 9,100,000,000) comparable to that of major competitor universities, in spite of its 1-year probationary period. The strategy to merge analogous departments from Campus 1 and Campus 2, did not simply result in an arithmetic reduction of student population, but in the unique fusion of cultural art and science technology and a large scale restructuring revolution.

Furthermore, following the restructuring of the undergraduate programmes, recruiting of new admissions, registration of current students, financial situation and overall management records of the three professional schools and 11 specialised schools, were analysed to identify the areas for improvement and enhance teaching quality. Thus, 32 out of 42 staff from the professional schools and specialized schools were re-assigned to the general graduate school, and 10 positions reduced. The members re-assigned to the general graduate school have been resourced to serve as the primary models in forming the Research Priority Group (Staff), for the construction of a research-centric regime.

※DRAGON 2018※(2001–2004), which was the development plan devised under the 11th university president to carry the university towards the university target vision by the Centenary Anniversary, was re-branded as ※CAU2018+※(2005–2008). ※CAU2018+※ lists the valuation index for various industries and the source of expected revenue in detail, and is consequently also highly regarded by external parties. To accomplish the goals, ※CAU2018+※ was designed to be implemented in two stages.

For the first 4 years of Dr. Bum Hoon Park’s term in office, resources were heavily invested in education/research equipment, and the enterprise to improve the teaching environment. Thus, the nation’s largest Law Hall was constructed in February 2007, and a master plan drawn up for the construction of the Pharmacy and Natural Science R&D Centers around the Main Entrance in Campus 1, and an Engineering R&D Center by the Gymnasium,

In 2008, the Media Practice Section was established in the Law Halls, and 400 additional wards added installed in the affiliate hospital. Accordingly, the Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan, included in the ※CAU2018+※ Development Plan, to create the ideal teaching and research environment is currently in motion.

In November 2007, authorisation was obtained from Hannam-si, for developing a tertiary, Hannam Campus. Camp Colbern, which was previously a US Army instillation of 86,000 pyeong will be renovated for the purpose. A team will be banded per subject field to oversee the management and take on the challenge of working toward the university vision. This systematic and consecutive Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan will provide the framework for strengthening the university, not only as the center of research and development, but as a research-centric university.

Furthermore, 244 full-time teaching staff were recruited between 2005 and 2009, and in the first semester of 2009, 25 full-time and part-time staff were recruited to increase the university’s research capacity to provide ground-breaking improvements to the teaching and research environment.

A professional school system has been established, including for Law, Public Administration, and Medicine, to create world-class knowledge and academic capability, and build a research-centric university. Having established the Professional Schools of Law and Medicine in March 2009 to supplement the existing catalogue of Professional Schools of International Management, Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia and Film, Public Administration, the university has been able to launch itself as a leading academic institute in preparing for the rapidly changing world environment.

KRW 40 billion of development funds, KRW 166.3 billion of external research grant, and KRW 17.3 billion in government aid allocated as a government funded enterprise have been secured over the 4 years since Dr. Bum Hoon Park’s inauguration into office. The sum of KRW 223.6 billion is the largest amount secured financially in the history of the university.

Furthermore, it is the first domestic university to introduce a salary system based on meritocracy. Criteria for promoting teaching staff have been strengthened and the system for rehiring revised. A global index has been formulated to advance the university’s quality of research comparable to that of international recognised institutions.

- Chung-Ang University – From the Center of Korea To the World

In May 2008, the global corporation, Doosan Group, was incorporated as an educational institution, and Yong-Sung Park was elected as the 9th Chairman of the Boad.

The appointment of Chairman Park, who successfully negotiated the industry-shift of Doosan Group from consumer goods to heavy industry, symbolises the re-birth of Chung-Ang University. Within 80 days of taking office, a meeting was held with the entire teaching staff on 27 August 2008, where the ※CAU2018+※ Mid-Term Development Plans were announced along with the new strategy direction of “Choice and Concentrate, Strengthening of Executive Ability, Establishment of Virtuous Cycle Structure”. The university thus became the first in the nation to introduce an annual salary system to 100% of university employee in order to further achieve the university’s development vision in internal members. The aim of the idea was to improve the potential of each staff by basing income strictly on ones ability and accomplishments. Consequently, the administrative staff have been given the flexibility to actively cope with external circumstances after the conversion of the wage system from a class salary system to an annual salary system.

The Degree Management System has been strengthened to encourage students to study diligently, as in order to graduate, students have been made to attain a minimum level in compulsory subjects such as English and Accounting.

In order to the support this type of research, education and practice more effectively, an R&D Center for the College of Pharmacy and new Dormitories for students were constructed, the Central Library extensively renovated, and the hospital extended to fit 300 additional wards. Thus, the plans, which up to that point had only been kept as dreams, have now been put into action through the executive ability and capital of a corporation.

Research projects are also being supported by the Special Committee for Strengthening the Marketability of Research, who have the power to strategically select fields for specialized support.

Such changes have already resulted in the designation of 6 new companies in the second stages of the BK21 enterprise, and a budget of KRW 6 billion being allocated to the leading research team, thus implementing the “choice and concentrate” strategy.

Furthermore, to strengthen executive ability, the direct election system for presidency was abolished, and replaced by the appointment system. Consequently, the 12th President, Dr. Bum Hee Park, was re-appointed into office as the consecutive 13th president. This reflected the strong will of the Chairman to minimise energy loss resulting from hosting an election campaign during an important time of transition within the university.

The largest project being persevered by Dr. Bum Hee Park and the corporation, is the establishment of Hannam Campus. In 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged with Hannam, and thus preparation for the creation of Hannam Campus are currently underway.

President Park is regarded as the most suitable person to lead the enterprise in establishing a research-centric campus equipped with cutting edge research facilities, and an environmentally friendly green campus.

Through the legacy built over 90 years, Chung-Ang University, together with the global corporation, Doosan Group, is stretching its wings, to go forward from the “Center of Korea” to claim a place amongst the world’s greatest.

As of February 2009, Chung-Ang University, as a comprehensive institution, has produced one general graduate school, five professional graduate schools, 11 specialised graduate schools, 18 modularised colleges in the campuses across Seoul and Anseong, and issued a total of 147,196 Bachelor Degrees, 29,940 Masters Degrees, and 4,275 Doctorates.

Departments and majors

Chung-Ang University carried out a large-scale reorganisation fo its departments.[when?]

Undergraduate programmes

The existing departments have been reorganised into 5 faculties, 10 colleges and 48 faculties/departments following the re-organisation.

Classification Faculties Colleges
Undergraduate Programmes Humanities and Social Sciences Humanities, Social Sciences, Education
Natural Sciences and Engineering Natural Sciences, Engineering
Business and Economics Business and Economics
Medicine and Pharmacy Pharmacy, Medicine
Arts and Sports Sciences Arts, Sports

Undergraduate programme details

① Humanities and Social Sciences

College School/Department

• Department of Korean Language and Literature
• Department of English Language and Literature
• School of European Languages and Cultures

• German Language and Literature
• French Language and Literature
• Russian Language and Literature

• School of Asian Languages and Cultures

• Japanese Language and Literature
• Chinese Language and Literature
• Comparative Folklore

• Department of Philosophy
• Department of History

Social Sciences

• Department of Political Science & International Relations
• Faculty of Public Service
• Department of Psychology
• Department of Library and Information Science
• School of Social Welfare

• Social Welfare
• Child Welfare
• Youth Studies
• Family Welfare

• School of Mass Communication
• Department of Sociology
• Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate (Anseong)


• Department of Education
• Department of Early Childhood Education
• Department of English Education
• Department of Home Economics Education
• Department of Physical Education

② Natural Sciences and Engineering

College School/Department
Natural Sciences

• Department of Physics
• Department of Chemistry
• School of Biological Sciences

• Life Sciences
• Biomedical Sciences

• Department of Mathematics
• School of Bioresource and Biosceince (Anseong)

• Animal Science and Technology
• Integrative Plant Science

• School of Food Science and Technology (Anseong)

• Food Science and Technology
• Food and Nutrition

• School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Design and Studies

• Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Urban Design and Studies

• School of Architecture and Building Science
• School of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
• School of Mechanical Engineering
• School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
• School of Computer Science and Engineering
• School of Integrative Engineering

③ Management and Economics

College School/Department
Business and Economics

• School of Business Administration
• School of Economics
• Department of Applied Statistics
• Department of Advertising and Public Relations
• Department of International Logistics (Anseong)
• School of Knowledge-Based Management (Anseong)

④ Medicine and Pharmacy

College School/Department

• School of Pharmacy


• School of Medicine
•Department of Nursing

⑤ Arts and Sports Sciences

College School/Department

• School of Performance Film Creation

• Creative Writing (Anseong)
• Theatre
• Film Studies
• Photography and Related Media (Anseong)
• Dance (Anseong)
• Theatre and Film Design

• School of Art (Anseong)

• Korean Painting
• Painting
• Sculpture

• School of Design (Anseong)

• Visual Communication Design
• Industrial Design
• Fashion Design
• Housing and Interior Design
• Crafts

• School of Music (Anseong)

• Composition
• Voice
• Piano
• Orchestral Music

• School of Traditional Arts (Anseong)

• Korean Music
• Performing Arts

• School of Sports Science (Anseong)

Postgraduate programmes

The postgraduate programmes in Chung-Ang University are categorised between the General Graduate School, Professional Graduate School and Specialised Graduate School.

the graduate School of Chung-Ang Univ.
Classification Categegory Graduate School



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• Graduate School of International Studies
• Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia and Film
• Graduate School of International Management
• Graduate School of Medicine
• Graduate School of Law


• Graduate School of Social Development
• Graduate School of Education
• Graduate School of Mass Communication (Broadcasting)
• Graduate School of Construction Engineering
• Graduate School of Public Administration
• Graduate School of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Management
• Graduate School of Information Technology
• Graduate School of Food & Drug Administration
• Graduate School of Arts
• Graduate School of Korean Music Education
• Graduate School of Human Resource Development

Undergraduate joint honours programmes

Joint programmes allow students to pursue double majors covering two fields of academia.

Joint Programmes Supervising Dept. Participating Dept.
Food Service Industry Management Department of Food and Nutrition College of Social Science Business Administration ∙International Trade ∙ Accounting Major College of Human Ecology Department of Food and Nutrition ∙Dept. Housing Studies
Distribution Management Department of Industrial Technology College of Industrial Science Dept. Industrial Technology ∙Dept. Urban & Regional Planning College of Arts Dept. Industrial Design College of Social Sciences Business Administration∙ International Trade Major College of Human Ecology Dept. Food and Nutrition ∙Dept. Clothing and Textiles
Real Estate Asset Management Dept. Urban & Regional Planning College of Law Dept. Law College of Industrial Science Dept. Industrial Technology ∙ International Trade Major College of Human Ecology Dept. Food and Nutrition ∙ Dept. Clothing and Textiles
Public Enterprise Management Dept. Public Administration College of Law Dept. Law College of Education Dept. Economics ∙ Dept. Public Administration College of Business Administration Faculty of Business Administration College of Social Sciences Dept. Public Administration
International Commerce School of Business Administration College of Social Sciences School of Business Administration ∙ Dept. Economics ∙International Relations Students will have the option to network between colleges
Home Economics & Technology Department of Home Economics Education College of Engineering School of Architectural Engineering ∙ School of Mechanical Engineering College of Education Dept. Home Economics Education College of Industrial Science Dept. Applied Plant Technology
Games & Animation Department of Industrial Design College of Industrial Science Dept. Information Systems College of Arts Dept. Industrial Design Students will have the option to network between colleges

Department Admissions Ratio

The average admissions ratio at Chung-Ang University is 6.49% based on 2011 statistics. (2,730 applicants for 17,709 places)

Number of International Students and Exchange Students

The international student population in Chung-Ang University reaches approximately 2,000. Approximately 200 exchange students are admitted into Chung-Ang University per year.

Faculties Admissions Ratio(%)
College of the Humanities 7.11
College of Social Science 5.9
College of Natural Science 6
College of Engineering 7.02
College of Education 5.56
College of Business and Economics 5.89


Seoul Campus

the Central Library


-Chung-Ang University is home to two libraries: the Central Library and the Law Library.
-Renovation work to the Central Library was completed in August 2009, thereby stretching the site to fit 3,400 personal cubicles, study rooms, tutoring rooms, an E-Lounge, and the CAU-Garden, as well as offering access to electronics newspapers, notice boards and memo boards, over a breathtaking 14,258.2 ㎡ (4,320 pyeong) expanse of land. As the cradle of academia, the Central Library has played a central role in supporting staff and student alike in their research and studies over the past 60 years. Accordingly, the library has accumulated over a million books and articles, 2,500 publications, 80,000 electronic journals, 120 web data, all dissertations published by the university graduands, 27,000 original data, and 40,000 copies of E-books fit for service.
-The Law Library is situated on the first and second floors of the Law Building, and houses volumes, reference books, periodicals and all domestic and foreign data.

Main Administration Building & Emancipation Square

- Main Administration Building: The university headquarters can be seen upon passing the Middle Entrance. This white building is where the offices of the President, Student Affairs, and General Affairs and the Public Relations Department can be found.
- Emancipation Square: The square, situated in the center of the university, is sheltered by Seorabol Hall, the Central Library, the Student Union Hall. The area is enjoyed by students seeking relaxation, and also during festivities owing to its convenient location.
Blue Dragon Monument

Blue Dragon Monument & Blue Dragon Pond

-The Blue Dragon Monument and Blue Dragon Pond, which dwell by the Middle Entrance, were installed in 1968 to commemorate the university’s 50th anniversary. The Blue Dragon Monument depicts the moment of its ascension from its embrace of the Earth, with the blessing of seven miniature dragons, and is symbolic of the prosperity of Chung-Ang University.

Student Union Hall & Student Cultural Hall

-The Student Union Hall is inhabited by assorted student societies and eateries, including the cafeteria, “Seulkimaru”, and CAU Burger, stationery shops, travel agents and female restrooms amongst others. The Student Cultural Hall is home to the student newspaper, UBS Broadcasting Network, and Chung-Ang Culture.
Young-Shin Hall

Young-Shin Hall

-The building of Young-Shin Hall, situated by the Main Entrance, was completed in May 1938. Many hardships were experienced in the construction of Young-Shin Hall. During an oppressive time in Korean history, when Japanese colonialist had prohibited the collecting of financial aid locally, donations had to be amassed from the US. The Pfeiffer Foundation was thus born, allowing Young-Shin Hall to become the anchor of Chung-Ang University that it is today.

College Buildings

-College buildings are segregated by departments into the College of Law (Law Building), Seorabol Hall, Bobst Hall, Pfeiffer Hall, College of Natural Science (Natural Science Building), College of Medicine (Medical Building), College of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Building), and the Institute of Performing Arts.

Law Hall

-The College of Law Building, newly constructed in 2007, is shared by the School of Business Administration, College of Education and the College of Law. Facilities include student cafeterias and staff cafeterias, computer rooms, the Law Library, assembly hall and various postgraduate rooms.

Seorabol Hall

-The eight-storey building across from the College of Law is home to the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education.
Bobst Hall

Bobst Hall

-As the first of two Engineering Buildings, the space is mainly used by students of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The building is located behind the Student Cultural Hall, and is furnished with several libraries and study cubicles.
Medical Building

Engineering Building 2

-Supplementing the first Engineering Building, the space is mainly used by students of Computer Science and Engineering and Architectural Engineering, working in the many computer labs and design labs.

Natural Science Building

-The Natural Science Building constructed of distinctive red bricks is inhabited by the Department of Physics, Chemistry, Life Science and Math Statistics.
Chung-Ang Art & Culture Hall

Medical Building

-The Medical Building is dispersed over two sites in the vicinity of the Student Union Hall and the Central Library, and thus consists of Medical Building 1 and Medical Building 2.

Pfeiffer Hall and R&D Center

-The College of Pharmacy is located in Pfeiffer Hall, which boasts an array of laboratories. Currently, the R&D Center by the Main Entrance is under construction.

Chung-Ang Art & Culture Hall

-The building also known as the Media & Performance Theatre is stage to the School of Mass Communication and School of Drama and Film Studies. A variety of university functions and performances are set in its halls.
Blue Mir Hall

Blue Mir Hall

-The Blue Mir Hall was newly constructed in August 2010. It can accommodate 955 students, and has been equipped with restaurants, convenience stores, sports facilities and cafes.


-The Gymnasium is located by the Back Entrance together with the Professor Research Center, and is furnished with the latest collection of sports equipment. The grounds are also host to the Career Fair each term.

Anseong Campus

The Anseong Campus is another campus located in Daedeok-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do. The secondary campus was established in 1979, subsequent to the recognition of Chung-Ang as a university in 1948.

College of Arts Precinct

College of Arts Precinct

-The College of Arts Precinct consists of a total of four buildings, including the Modelling Hall, Theatre, Crafts Hall, and Sculpture Hall. The College of Arts is a comprehensive art institute ranging ten different genres from literature, sculpture and performance to visual and design. Not only are the lectures open to students cross-genre in Creative Writing, Korean Painting, Western Painting, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Dance, Sculpture, and Industrial Design,

but multimedia facilities are extensively incorporated to provide a multidimensional education.

College of Music Precinct

College of Music Precinct

-There are a total of three buildings in the College of Music Precinct: Music Building 1, Music Building 2, and a third named Young-Shin Music Hall. The College of Music is mainly frequented by students of Composition, Voice, Piano and Orchestral Instruments, who are given sufficient time to practice all that is taught based on creativity, theory and recitals.
Korean Music Building

Korean Music Building

-The elegantly styled Korean Music Building is a scenic stroll down the path lying between the Music Buildings and the Young-Shin Music Hall, towards the Water Surface Stage. The classical exterior is emblematic of the university’s distinction as the country’s first to establish a cultural music programme. The roof tiles featured cascading down the center of the building is reminiscent of traditional roofing. Following the stairwell inside however, the chic interior is in complete contrast. All areas of the Korean Music Building are open to the public. The theatre and lobby are on the second floor in a gallery formation, whilst private practice rooms are available to students on the third floor.
Water Surface Stage

Water Surface Stage

-A Stage has been erected in the middle of the pond, serveing as an open-air arena for Summer performances. The surrounding garden is adorned with trees and benches, making the scenery ideal for relaxing, and enhancing the landscape of the Anseong campus.

Student Activities

Classification List of Student Activities
Performing Arts M&M, 다씨사이드, Dance Sports, 새날지기, 영죽무대, 청룡합창단, 타박네, 가람터, 누리울림, 루바토, 멜로스, Muse, Blue Dragon, 피카통
Cultural Studies 만화두레, 문학동인회, Art Time, 반영, Photography, Calligraphy
Charity MRA, RCY, 사랑터, 손짓사랑, 푸름회
Social Studies 비꼼, 참역사배움터, 현상스케치, Humanism
Tradition/Custom/Heritage 민탈, 소래얼, 진달래, 한백사위
Religious CARP, Catholic Society, Buddhist Society, Jeungism Society, CAM, CBA, CCC, CUSCM, SCA, UBF, Navigators
Sports CABO, LOVE4T, Rendezvous, 리베로, American Football, Giants, 날파람, Body Building Society, 의혈검, Judo, Kendo, 라이너스, Mountain Hiking, Ski, Underwater Diving, Yachting, 하늘지기
Academic CECC, CECOM, COMP, HAM, TRC, 셈틀, Cosmos

Medical Center

Chung-Ang University Hospital in Heukseok-dong

The Chung-Ang University Hospital, newly acquired in Heukseok-dong on 18 January 2011, is managed by 82 medical lecturers, and facilitates 562 wards under 18,217 pyeong of floor space. The hospital benefits aspiring medics by providing access to on-site training, and services the health needs of local residents. Extensive renovation work is currently being carried out to on an annexing building to further enhance its resources.

  • Chung-Ang University Yongsan Hospital (Hangangro-3-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)

In July 1984, the Chuldo Hospital was merged to form Chung-Ang University Yongsan Hospital, with 70 medical lecturers and 440 wards, over 5,500 pyeong of land. However, the Yongsan Hospital is scheduled to be moved to the main building in Heukseok-dong in March 2011.



Seoul Campus

- Metro
① Line 7 Alight at Sangdo Stn. Exit 5 – 10 mins walking distance
② Line 9 Alight at Heukseok Stn. Exit 3,4 – 5 mins walking distance
③ Line 1 Change Noryangjin Stn - Minibus 01 - 5 mins walking distance
④ Line 4 Change at Sinyongsan Stn (or Line 1 Yongsan Stn) - Bus 151 – 10 mins walking distance
⑤ Line 4 Change at Dongjak Stn Exit 6 – Bus 5524 - 10 mins walking distance

- City Bus
① Chung-Ang University Main Entrance : 5511, Minibus (Dongjak 01, Dongjak 10)
② Chung-Ang University (by the Hospital) : 5524, 5517, 6411, 151
③ 명수대 Hyundai Apt. (near Heukseok Stn) : 360, 362, 363, 640, 642, 462

- Shuttle Bus
① Sangdo Stn / Noryangjin Stn Route
Main Entrance-Campus- Sangdo Stn - Noryangjin Stn - Sangdo Stn - Campus- Main Entrance (08:00~18:30)
② Heukseok Stn Route
Main Entrance - Heukseok Stn - Main Entrance - Campus - Main Entrance (08:00~10:00)


Reference Materials

- (2 Years since the affiliation with Doosan Inc, CAU at the center of university revolution. 'Ongoing transformation', 'Changing atmosphere')
('두산법인 2년' 중앙대, 대학 개혁 중심에 서다. 최첨단 캠퍼스 ‘변신 중’…‘공부할 맛 나네’)

- (2 Years since the affiliation with Doosan Inc, CAU at the center of university revolution. 'Can-do spirit')
('두산법인 2년' 중앙대, 대학 개혁 중심에 서다. “이제는 할 수 있다는 공감대 형성돼”)

- (2 years of Doosan involvement - CAU’s grades?)
(두산 참여 2년.. 중앙대의 성적표는?)

- (Seoul National Univ loses 5 BK 21 projects, CAU gains 6)
(BK21, 서울대 5개 탈락 중앙대는 6개 증가)


CAU 2018 builds on the accomplishments of Dragon 2018, and outlines the improved development plans for Chung-Ang University as achievable short-term targets, with the ultimate aim to be listed within 100 of internationally renowned universities by 2018, commemorating Chung-Ang University’s Centennial Year. The implementation will be segmented into the Chung-Ang Person Cultivation Plan, Chung-Ang Team Formation Plan and the Chung-Ang Site Construction Plan, for education, research and environment respectively. The university’s standing can be expected to heightened upon successful implementation of the detailed schedule.

See also


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