Kookmin University, the first private university after Korea’s independence, was established by Mr. Shin, Ik Hee and other main members of the Shanghai interim government of Korea. Deeply rooted in the four founding principles, humanism, nationalism, culturalism, and industrialism that Mr. Kim, Sung Gon emphasized, Kookmin University has grown into a fixture of the academia of Korea with 23,000 students enrolled. In the midst of the ever-changing academic climate and social changes, with selfless dedication from all members of KMU, we strive to become a globally recognized institute by making a world of academia unique to none other than KMU as well as being bold to the changes and challenges ahead. The brand of development KMU thrives for starts from change; a change is a chance and a chance is a challenge. We need to actively deal with changes that we must go through in the process of growth by renovating and challenging ourselves to be prepared for any crises. Now universities of a knowledge base society have entered into a competition that is more severe than ever before. KMU is trying to solidify its educational foundation to maintain its role as a leading player by employing three operative goals such as attracting outside funding, establishing the standards of reasonable distribution of resources, and building an efficient structural system. Your dream does not have to stay a dream because your dream can turn into a reality when it is shared with others. KMU will dream with you. KMU will go through changes, create opportunities, and face challenges with you. There is nothing impossible if you are with KMU. We will make KMU a type of university people want to be part of, graduates are proud of, and that values hard work and quality education rather than what is just shown on the surface. Today I urge you to be part of supporting KMU as she goes through each new challenge and turns it into an opportunity!
We have established official sisterhood relationships with 244 universities in 41 different countries: with each of these we exchange students and faculty members, hold academic symposiums, conduct joint research, and share information and materials. We support our faculty members’ involvement in international academic activities, including research projects, presentations, attendance of symposiums and seminars, and the publishing of research papers in foreign journals. For our students, we provide opportunities to visit foreign countries to study language and culture, participate in professional training programs, and compete in international competitions. In addition, every student is required to take an English course from native speaking lecturers in their freshman year. We have welcomed visiting professors and students from our sister universities in the fields of international studies, economics, Chinese language and literature, fashion design, ceramic art, visual communication design, music, and performing arts.
Introduction to Kookmin University
- As soon as Korea gained its independence from Japanese imperialism in 1945, the cabinet members of the Shanghai Provisional Government established Kookmin University in 1946 with the aim of training leaders to rebuild the nation. Meeting that need has been the longstanding vision of Kookmin University. Mr. Shin, Ik Hee, who was one of the founding members of the University, became the first President of Kookmin. He later went on to serve as the first House Speaker of the National Assembly.
- In 1959, Mr. Kim, Sung Gon, founder of the Ssangyong Corporation, took over the Kookmin Foundation and led remarkable developments of the university. His educational philosophy was to bring up leaders who can contribute to the modernization of Korea. Since then, Kookmin University has endeavored to achieve this goal.
- Surrounded by the Bukhansan National Park, Kookmin University boasts a clean and green environment complimented by the most up-to-date educational facilities. Currently, Kookmin University consists of 24,000 students, 700 faculty, and 300 staff members with 13 colleges and 13 graduate schools.
- While preserving the traditional values that have yielded success, Kookmin University strives to educate its students to be creative, open-minded, and principled professionals who can serve not only our nation but also the global community.