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History of 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.



Major Accomplishments in Recent Years
   
 
1996
Ranked No.1 in the National Evaluation for University Information Systems and declared as an Outstanding University by the Korean Council for University Education..
1997
Evaluated as an Outstanding University by the Ministry of Education in the area of Education System Reforms.
1998
Evaluated as an Outstanding University by the Ministry of Education in the area of Academic Management Improvements.
1999
The Graduate School of Automotive Engineering and the Graduate School of Design were selected as recipients of the Brain Korea 21 Project funded by the Korean Government.
2000
The College of Law was listed among the Most Distinguished Law Schools. The School of Architecture, the School of Advanced Material Engineering, and the School of Electrical Engineering were listed as "outstanding schools" by the Korean Council for University Education.
2001
Kookmin University was listed among the Most Distinguished Universities in the field of Design and in the field of Cultural Studies Education. Kookmin University was also listed among the More Outstanding Schools by the Korean Council for University Education.
Kookmin University was selected by the Ministry of Information and Communication to participate in the India IT education program.
2002
Kookmin University was selected as a More Outstanding University for promoting educational reforms by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development.
2003
Kookmin University was listed among the Most Distinguished Universities in the field of teaching, for its program, the Course of Study for the Teaching Profession by the Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development.
2004
Kookmin University was chosen to be sponsored as a University with a Specialized program by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development.
2005
Kookmin University was listed among Universities with Newly Established Distinguished Research Institutes by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Kookmin University was selected to be sponsored by the Fundamental Studies Support Program, by the Korea Research Foundation.
Kookmin University was chosen to participate in the Educational-Industrial Collaboration Project, sponsored by the city of Seoul.
Kookmin University was nominated as one of the main research institutes participating in the Leading Technology Development Project by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
2006
Named one of the most outstanding universities in the National Evaluation for Universities by the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE)
Selected to be funded by the Project for Diversification & the Development of the Unique Characteristics of Metropolitan Area Universities by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development
Selected as an 'Excellent University for Undergraduate and Graduate School' in the overall evaluation by the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE)
2007
Received the Best University Award from the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE)
Selected as a 'Specialization of Universities in the Capital Area Program' institution by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Selected as an 'Excellent University in the fields of Chemistry and International Trade and Mathematics' in the scholastic evaluation by the
Korean Council for University Education (KCUE)
2008
Selected as a 'Core Research Institutes Program' institution by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology
Selected as an 'Excellent University for the Course Evaluation of Professional Academic Standards' of the General Undergraduate School by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Acquired the 'Certification of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education in Korea (ABEEK)' for the 4 intensive undergraduate programs in the field of Engineering
2009
Selected as a 'Cultivation of University IT Centers Program' institution by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy
Selected as a 'Liberal Arts of Korea Program' institution by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Acquired 'Certification of the Accreditation Board for Engineering in Korea (ABEEKK)' for the College of Administration (Department of Business Administration), College of Business (Department of Business IT)
2010
Signed Educational and Research Cooperation Agreement with the Secretariat of the National Assembly
Acquired '5-Year Architectural Accreditation' from the Korea Architectural Accrediting Board (KAAB) for the School of Architecture
Selected as the Best BK 21 Program in the Nation based on the Government Evaluation for three consecutive years
2011
School of Architecture won the grand prize at the 2011 Seoul Architecture Awards
Received a splendid 2-year achievement for university evaluation by the Korean Joong Ang Daily
Opened the Korean Law-Related Education Center at the National University of Mongolia
Won the 11th Adobe Design Achievement Awards
2012
Won the overall prize of '2012 KSAE Baja & Formula' championship, awarded by The Ministry of Knowledge Economy
Signed the first-in-the-nation Education & Research Exchange Agreement with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information
Dr. Yu Ji Soo inaugurated as 10th President of Kookmin University
2013
Kookmin University, concluded an industry/academic agreement with Microsoft Korea
Kookmin University, selected in the BK21 PLUS (Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students) for three pro
Kookmin University, selected for BK21 Plus(Brain Korea 21 Plus Program) Project of the Ministry of Education
Kim Chae Kyum inaugurated as 21st chairman of the board of Kookmin University
2014
Selected as LINC (Leaders in Industry/University Cooperation Program) for industry/academic cooperation
Kookmin University, the most number of project groups selected for universities for Creative Korea- (CK-II)
Kookmin University, selected for Support Project for University Contributing to Normalization of High School Education
School of Computer Science of Kookmin University, selected for SW Specialized University Project
Intellectual Property Education System of Kookmin University
College of Automotive Engineering established
Kookmin University, acquired the Certification of Superior Institute for Educational Donation
2015
Graduate School of Global Entrepreneurship established
Selected as a managing organization of University Start-up Business Support Program
Graduate School of Global Entrepreneurship established
Earned A Grade on MoE University Restructuring Assessment
Selected as the Korea Student Aid Foundations Project for Employment Prospects of University Graduates (part of the National Work-Study Scholarship Program)
2016
Dr. Yu Ji Soo inaugurated as 11th President of Kookmin University
Kim Ji Yong inaugurated as 22st chairman of the board of Kookmin University