The KU College of Engineering, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, aims to nurture leaders in the field of science and engineering, and to cultivate scientists who will strengthen national competitiveness. Established in 1962, the College has helped lay the foundation upon which Korea has developed into a highly industrialized country, by producing over 20,000 graduates to date. These alumni are actively involved in major organizations such as research institutes, universities and large corporations, helping the country to foster new growth engines.
In 1996, based on its conviction that the country's quality of engineering education was closely related to the success of its industries and research institutes, and to its overall national development, the College established the first large-scale research complex –named “KOREA TechnoComplex”– in the country. Since then, the complex has been used as a research hub for the development of cutting-edge scientific technologies by academic institutions and related companies. In addition to the research complex, the College has a total of seven departments, nine research institutes, and 10 centers of science education and research. Every year, approximately 1,000 students earn their bachelor’s degrees from the departments, where they have prepared themselves to become future scientists or professionals in the field of scientific technology.
To nurture a rounded intellectual who has expertise in various fields, the college offers a curriculum which not only focuses on major-related courses but also on a grounding in the humanities. To meet the demands of global competition and provide a cosmopolitan education, 30 percent of the lectures given in the College take place in English-mediated courses. As part of its future-oriented education system, the College has lowered the major requirements that students must meet in order to graduate, which allows students to focus on their double majors. In the 21st century, often called the era of globalization, there are no boundaries between countries and races. In this era, what a scientist is capable of has overarching influence on the development of the nation in which she lives, and even on the quality of life of mankind.
In an effort to create a cosmopolitan campus that can meet the challenge of globalization, the College has been active in attracting students from Europe, China and Southeast Asia. With the backdrop of its 50th anniversary, the college took a leap forward when it joined the list of the top 50 engineering universities in the world.
We look forward to your continued support for our efforts to assume a pivotal role in developing the science education of the country.
Jin Taek Chung
Dean, College of Engineering