Established in 1947, Chonbuk National University (CBNU) is a research university situated in Jeonju, South Korea. Jeonju is the capital of the North Jeolla Province and is a city of both urban and rural features due to the proximity of the surrounding Wanju County. The name Jeonju translates to mean ‘Perfect Area’.
With 10 flagship national universities in the country, CBNU is considered to be the flagship university for North Jeolla Province.
CBNU was established with five colleges and 16 departments, but now consists of 22 faculties with 36 departments in 14 colleges, including: Nursing; Engineering; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Law; Education; Social Sciences; Commerce; Human Ecology; Veterinary Medicine; Arts; Medicine; Humanities; Natural Sciences; Dentistry; Environmental and Bioresource Sciences; Public Service; and the Jimmy Carter School of International Studies.
Across the university, there is a wide range of research organisations in various fields as well as a host of supporting facilities for staff and students, including libraries and a museum. CBNU is home to Korea’s first, and the world’s fifth, enthalpy plasma research centre. It has collaborations with over 300 universities from around 50 countries.
Among Korea’s other national universities, CBNU sends high numbers of students overseas on exchange programmes and accepts large numbers of inbound exchange students in return. Through the Feeling Korean programme, incoming international students are given the chance to learn the language and experience Korean culture during their time there.
CBNU serves roughly 17,000 undergraduate students and 5,500 graduate students. It was recently awarded the title of ‘best teaching university’ by the South Korean government.
The university’s motto and guiding philosophy is: ‘liberty, justice, creativity’. Its official colours are maroon, blue and light blue, and its mascot is the leopard.
In 2012, the city of Jeonju was chosen as a Creative Cities for Gastronomy by UNESCO, reflective of its tradition of home cooking passed down over thousands of years.