With a founding vision to advance the development of the nation and pursue the betterment of humanity, POSTECH first opened its doors in December 1986 as the first research-oriented university in Korea. After 28 years of its short history, POSTECH today has established itself as one of the top research universities in Asia with global competitiveness and prominent growth potential. POSTECH was ranked 28th among universities in the world in 2012 and no. 1 in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014.
The global academic community has been astounded by the rapid rise of this young, private university established in a rural area of a non-English speaking country. POSTECH defied the odds by blazing new trails in higher education and research by placing a strong focus on student-centered learning, excellent research, and well-oiled academia-industry collaboration.
POSTECH has strategically maintained its small size and excellence in quality by admitting only 320 top-notch students each year to the undergraduate programs through a highly selective process. It is currently home to about 1,400 undergraduate students and 2,100 graduate students. POSTECH provides customized education for the selected few and nurture them to become well-rounded future global leaders who can find solutions to grand challenges and drive humanity’s sustainable development. The University offers academic and research programs in four departments of science, seven departments of engineering, and interdisciplinary programs in related academic fields.
As a pioneering research oriented university in Korea, POSTECH has consistently strived to raise the bar higher for advanced research. Home to more than 70 research institutes, POSTECH offers many state-of-art research facilities, including the nation’s only synchrotron radiation facility. In 2016, Pohang Accelerator Laboratory will start operation of the 4th generation light source, which produces lights 10 billion times brighter than the existing 3rd generation light source. POSTECH is a stronghold of cutting-edge research where graduate students, researchers, and faculty members are driven to conduct groundbreaking research.
As POSTECH students and faculty come from all corners of the nation and world, all academic members are guaranteed on-campus housing, making the campus the best environment for intensive education and research that continues day and night. On POSTECH’s bilingual campus, not only instruction in academic degree programs is given in English, but also all official university meetings, events, activities, documents, and announcements are in both English and Korean. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office closely assists foreign members from their pre-arrival to departure.
POSTECH will continue to be a trailblazer exploring uncharted territories in higher education and research and prepare to take its next leap forward as a world-class institution of higher learning.