About SKKU: 'A Truly, Global Leading University'
Sungkyunkwan is synonymous with both tradition and innovation in education. The literal meaning of the university’s name is, “An institution for building a harmonious society of perfected human beings.” The founding philosophy of Sungkyunkwan was needed then as much as it is needed in today’s technologically advanced society. The university’s full time faculty of more than 1,300 is committed to quality teaching and research, offering students a challenging environment for intellectual and personal growth.
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is a world-class center of higher education with over 600 years of history. Since its founding at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), SKKU has demonstrated strong academic leadership. Contemporary SKKU has embraced globalization and emerged as a leading university in Asia and the world. In fact, in all core disciplines, SKKU actively encourages global research and collaboration through academic exchange of faculty and students, and the development of innovative educational and research programs with our global partners.
As the oldest university in East Asia, it has fostered leaders of our society for over 600 years. SKKU's main ideology, “ (Su-Gi-Chi-In)”, teaches that SKKU students should strive to perfect themselves as leaders and contribute to our society. This ideology is the fundamental principle by which SKKU brought up leaders of our society for over 600 years, thus contributing to the evolution of our society. SKKU aims to educate future global leaders equipped with this ideology so that it will further contribute to international society. Sungkyunkwan University continuously pursues integration of its founding philosophy with modern technology in order to cultivate global talents who will lead the 21st century.
History of Sungkyunkwan: 618 Years of Academic Excellence
Sungkyunkwan was founded over 600 years ago by royal decree to promote Confucian scholarship. As the nation’s highest educational institution, Sungkyunkwan went through vicissitudes with the country it served over the centuries. It would be misleading, however, to view the university merely in the context of its premodern history. What the university has achieved in the past 50 years meets and exceeds that of the 500 years preceding our current century. After liberation from Japanese occupation, with the emergence of the Republic of Korea, Sungkyunkwan underwent a renaissance as a private university. As Korea modernized and underwent social and economic reforms, the university grew rapidly to address the diverse demands of the advancing country. Though a long history alone cannot guarantee the excellence of an institution, the rich culture which exudes from this ancient heritage is surely a unique and valuable asset. In addition, we take pride in the university’s innovative spirit. As a result of the long efforts to place natural sciences on an equal footing with our strong foundation in humanities, we now operate two campuses: the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul and the Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon. Based on a highly successful partnership with Samsung which has generously funded several core initiatives, the university has been rapidly developing and prospering since 1996.
New Challenge Project for VISION 2020
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is currently carrying out its “New Challenge Project” based on convergence education, global alliances, academic-industrial cooperation, and management innovation in order to lead global issues and create positive change in society. The name “New Challenge Project” suggests the specific plans of action for SKKU’s Vision 2020, the purpose of which is entering into the top 10 ranked universities in Asia and the top 50 ranked universities in the world.
Global Leading University, SKKU
The results of Sungkyunkwan University’s innovation and effort can be checked in several objective indexes. The number of students per full-time professor and the percentage of full-time professors are each 21.3 and 101.14%, which is the highest among the main private universities in Korea. Furthermore, the university has achieved a 231.2% total educational restitution rate which exceeded the nation’s average of 116.6%. SKKU had the highest employment rate among the 4-year universities of Korea with a rate of 68.3% in 2015.
SKKU’s international SCI thesis performance has also doubled from 2,782 in 2010 to 4,865 in 2015. The university was ranked number one in Korea in terms of SCI publications with an average of 0.8 per professor. The amount of paper citations per international thesis was 8.53 and there were 317 paper citations in the top 1% of theses which means that they were not only quantitatively high but also showed high qualitative results. SKKU earned high acclaim as an ‘outstanding’ institution, which is the highest ranking among the 85 universities in the 2015 Leaders in INdustry-university Cooperation (LINC) evaluation. The income generated by technological transfer was 2.5 billion won in 2010 which increased to 3.7 billion won in 2015.
Global SKKU with SAMSUNG
SKKU-Samsung Customized Partnership
Since Samsung Group rejoined the university’s foundation, remarkable progress has been made thanks to Samsung-style management know-how. Such close cooperation between the university and an industry partner has allowed for significant developments aided by Samsung’s generous support. Samsung has thus been able to steadily acquire qualified personnel while SKKU has made every effort to create a leading model of industry-university cooperation that will help attract talented students as well as develop further academic-industrial cooperation in Korea. Now SKKU and Samsung manage 110 joint research projects, allowing students the chance to work for the world's top electronics company.
SKKU has created an academic-industrial foundation by expanding and reorganizing the research institutes within the school and building an academic-industrial cooperation system based on strong research abilities. In addition, the Sungkyun Advanced Institute of Nano Technology (SAINT) and the Sungkyun Interfaculty Collaboration Center were recently established for convergence education between departments and promoting research. For this purpose, many research and education teams such as Future Nano Science Education and ICT Convergence Facility Administrative Education are receiving funding that reaches nearly 6,840,000 USD. Also, the Faculty of Engineering is running a business team for nurturing specialists that have a deep understanding and practical abilities in materials.
To strengthen academic-industrial engagement, SKKU has recruited former executives who worked at companies as professors exclusively appointed for industry-university cooperation. The assessment of professors was also changed from quantitative evaluation to a differentiated assessment method such as technology transfer and job creation. As a result, Sungkyunkwan University has attained 329.4 billion won in research funding which has increased significantly since 2010 when it was at 219.9 billion won.
Sungkyunkwan University is also reinforcing industry-university links. SKKU recently opened a Grand ICT Research Center in Pangyo Techno Valley where 80,000 venture entrepreneurs are gathered. The Grand ICT Research Center will be running consortiums in various research areas such as intelligent ICT convergence and convergence SW development with the university as well as enterprises by operating the Pangyo SW Graduate school of Convergence. Through this, Sungkyunkwan University is creating a hub to handle the development of new technologies, transfer of technology, and creation of patents which are all directly connected to business ventures.
As one of Korea’s most prestigious centers of higher education, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) discovered the importance of a global presence early on. Sungkyunkwan University is reinforcing the links between overseas universities to foster global creative leaders in the era of internationalization. SKKU has academic exchange programs with overseas institutions and partnerships with 653 universities in 73 countries worldwide. To offer various opportunities to our students and to establish a global curriculum, SKKU is expanding its dual degree program with many prestigious universities all around the world. Currently, SKKU is running 33 dual degree programs with partners including MIT’s Schools of Engineering and Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Fudan University, Peking University, and the University of Birmingham.