Set up at the same time as the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1910, the South Korean capital’s third largest university has been reorganised several times as Gyeongseong Public Industrial School, then Gyeonggi Technical College, and then Gyeonggi Open Industrial University, before being renamed the Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech) in 2010, to celebrate its centenary year.
Specialising in technology, engineering and design, it has remained a leading light in these fields since it was conceived, and also boasts stellar business and education programs, as well as a globally distinguished ceramics program. Alongside Seoul National University, it is the only four-year national general university in the Seoul metropolitan area.
The urban campus, located in the North East Tereung area of Seoul, is about 40 minutes by subway from central Seoul and comprises six colleges; engineering, information communications, bioenergy, design, humanities and social sciences and management technology. There are also seven graduate teaching institutions.
Facilities include a state-of-the-art library (housing over 600,000 volumes), a press and broadcasting centre and an Institute for Language Education and Research, operated by 20 native-speaking English teachers.
Collaboration with Korea Electric Power Corporation and Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences resulted in an industrial on-campus cluster called Seoul Technopolis. It is home to 60 tech companies and many industry-academic projects, with a focus on nurturing talent and spearheading research activity.
Some 154 foreign universities spread over 40 countries are involved in the research exchange network with SeoulTech and approximately 50 per cent of students are afforded through the KGSP (Korea Government Scholarship Program), provided by National Institute for International Education since 2011.