Seoul National University (SNU) honours the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth. At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment. As South Korea’s first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula. Graduates serve as public servants in key positions of the Korean government. In teaching, research and public service SNU continues to set the standard of excellence. The mission of SNU in the 21st century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange and promoting research in all fields of knowledge.