Kookmin University

Introduction

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!

Globalization

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 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.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master in Automotive Engineering

Campus Full time March 2017 South Korea Seoul

The Department of Automotive Engineering is part of Korea's high-technology development strategy to reinforce the international competitiveness of our auto industry. The Department of Automotive Engineering was established in 1992 as a special department, and it is one of the departments in auto engineering established in three renowned engineering colleges in Korea. Since the integration of the Department of Mechanical and Automotive... [+]

Master in Automotive Engineering The Department of Automotive Engineering is part of Korea's high-technology development strategy to reinforce the international competitiveness of our auto industry. The Department of Automotive Engineering was established in 1992 as a special department, and it is one of the departments in auto engineering established in three renowned engineering colleges in Korea. Since the integration of the Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering in 1997 owing to the initiation of the faculty system, the Department of Automotive Engineering was reorganized. However, the college has since reverted to the original system with a separate Department of Automotive Engineering and School of Mechanical Engineering. Aside from having the best research facilities, our department also has the best teaching staff in the field of auto mechanics and high-technology education. Furthermore, we offer a specialized educational program with the Graduate School of Automotive Engineering, the only graduate school specializing in auto engineering in Korea, which boasts various research and education industry accomplishments, including in the BK (Brain Korea) industry. The program is designed to provide systemic education in the entire field of auto engineering by offering lectures concerning the key theories and training in practical applications. In particular, we are providing education in the high technology required for actualizing environment-friendly, high-safety, and intelligent automobiles that utilize alternative energy. We are exerting our utmost efforts to nurture forward-looking and creative auto engineers. Furthermore, this department actively promotes interaction with the domestic and international auto industries and other specialized universities. Our students have won in various automobile-related competitions including the Formula SAE. After graduating from this department, our students have started bright careers in various industries as well as research institutes related to the domestic automobile industries. The College of Engineering The College of Engineering is divided into 4 schools with similar characteristics: the School of Advanced Materials Engineering, the School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, the Department of Automotive Engineering, and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The most advanced courses in each major are taught by professors with the highest academic achievements and most research experience. The College of Engineering has produced numerous engineers and researchers of the highest expertise. They have in turn had substantial influence on the development of technology and on the growth of Korea. The college will continue to expand its academic and research capabilities by hiring professors of extraordinary ability. By continuously updating our state-of- the-art facilities, students have the high-tech equipment necessary for a top-quality engineering education. [-]

Master of Computer Science

Campus Full time March 2017 South Korea Seoul

Due to the ubiquity of computers and the remarkable development of communication systems, there is a rapidly increasing social need for various kinds of information and its applications. The School of Computer Science offers the academic and research program for core knowledge needed to understand and to utilize computer hardware and software. The School of Computer Science has established an educational system conforming to the... [+]

Master of Computer Science With the goal of nurturing global IT specialties, students in the Computer Science major systematically study the basic theories of computer science in the introductory courses. Then they apply the basic theories in computer science applications in the junior and senior years. The curricula culminates in the Project I and II courses in which students choose a specialized topic, conduct research, and develop their graduation portfolio. This procedure helps students see the big picture of computer systems, deepens their knowledge on a selected topic, and gives practice in project management skills. In addition to the major courses, students must take the required courses in math, basic science, and liberal arts courses in order to acquire necessary basic knowledge and elements of culture. The Educational Goal Due to the ubiquity of computers and the remarkable development of communication systems, there is a rapidly increasing social need for various kinds of information and its applications. The School of Computer Science offers the academic and research program for core knowledge needed to understand and to utilize computer hardware and software. The School of Computer Science has established an educational system conforming to the global standard and guaranteeing the competitiveness of the program. Our goal is to nurture IT specialists who can creatively adapt to continuous advancement of technologies with their internationally recognized strength in both core knowledge of the field and practical ability. The Educational Objectives To nurture global leaders in computer science, the School of Computer Science sets the following objectives: Students have a systematic understanding of the layered architecture of the computer system. Students can apply technologies in various areas. Students nurture the project management skills for success in the field. Students have the communication skills needed to be global IT leaders. [-]

Master of Economics

Campus Full time 4 years March 2017 South Korea Seoul

The economics courses aim to develop students' analytical power and frame of mind for making proper choices in the alternative uses of limited resources with these two primary criteria: efficiency and equity. In their junior year, students majoring in Economics gain advanced knowledge in economics and study the essential tools of economic analysis, which will enhance their ability to understand economic phenomena and to evaluate economic... [+]

Master of Economics The economics courses aim to develop students' analytical power and frame of mind for making proper choices in the alternative uses of limited resources with these two primary criteria: efficiency and equity. In their junior year, students majoring in Economics gain advanced knowledge in economics and study the essential tools of economic analysis, which will enhance their ability to understand economic phenomena and to evaluate economic policies. By graduation, students acquire a proper perspective on the economy as well as skills to analyze economic phenomena with logical and economic reasoning. This training will prepare graduates to work in any worthy profession in the public or business sector or to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics, Management or other social sciences. Curriculum 1st Year: Principles of Economics I, II, Introduction to Statistics, Mathematics for Economic Analysis 2nd Year: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic History, Money and Banking, Economics of the Public Sector, History of Economic Thoughts, Contemporary Issues in Economics (Lecture in English) 3rd and 4th Years: International Economics, Industrial Organization, Strategy and Decision, Employment and Earnings, Political Economy, Macroeconomic Change and Growth, Information Economics, Financial Economics, Economic Data Analysis and Forecasting, Law and Economics, Education in Social Studies, Texts and Teaching Methodology in Social Studies, Macroeconomic and Financial Policy, Economics of Art and Culture, Economic Institutions, Economic Environment and Financial Systems, Theory and Practice in Economics (Lecture in English), Korean Economy, Innovation and Competitiveness, Personnel Economics, Seminar in Economics. The College of Economics and Commerce is one of the oldest institutions of Kookmin University. The origin of the college stems from the Department of Economics that opened at the time of the foundation of Kookmin College in 1946, just one year after the liberation of the nation from the yoke of the Japanese occupation. The College of Economics and Commerce consists of two departments, the Department of Economics and the Department of Commerce and Finance, and is devoted to the study of the national and international economies in various aspects. Since we offer excellent curriculum and our faculty is very passionate and well qualified, we have always been able to cultivate our students to become excellent economists equipped with the ability to think and analyze conomically. Our students have advanced in various fields such as the financial and trade business, the manufacturing industry, and the government sector after graduation, and have achieved very successful careers in each field. Due to the continued exceptional research of the professors in our two departments, we have received outstanding results in nation-wide scientific performance evaluations. Through time, as our advantage in research and teaching strengthens further, we are extremely confident that our prospects will remain very bright. We hope you come and develop with us and become part of our successful future. [-]

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