Introduction and History
Located in North Gyeongsan, in South Korea, Yeungnam University is a private university. It came into existence as a result of a merger between Taegu College and Chunggu College.
President Park Chung-hee in 1967 oversaw the merger that led to the creation of Yeungnam University. Originally it consisted of 6 colleges, which included Liberal Arts, Engineering, Law & Political Science, Commerce & Economics, Pharmacy, and Evening Programs.
Yeungnam University grew rapidly; by 1969 the construction of its main Campus in Gyeongsan had begun. Several other colleges with new facilities were also built a year later.
The twenty-one-story library/faculty office and the main administration building were constructed in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s further development led to the introduction of the Hospital of Yeungnam University, Museum, and a foreign language Institute.
The Yeungnam University was then subsequently recognised as a centre of excellence for undergraduate and graduate studies in 1996. In the same year, the Korean University Education Committee voted Yeungnam University as the Best University in the field of business and international trade.
The university was then included a year later as one of the country’s education institutions, which would have a government-sponsored program in the sciences.
Yeungnam University Rankings
In its quest to be a hub for academic excellence, Yeungnam University has continued to feature prominently within the various academic rankings. For instance, the 2016 Web Rankings it was ranked 21 in Korea and its standing in the Asian University Rankings was 128.
With regards to its world ranking, Yeungnam University position is 853.
In terms of individual subjects, Yeungnam University rankings range from 251 to 300 in Mathematics while its Engineering and Technology Faculty rank is 385.
Number of Students
The student population is roughly a total of 35,623. There are 32,033 undergraduates, and 3,590 are graduates and Professionals. The number of international students at Yeungnam University is about 1,000.
Faculties and Disciplines Offered
Students can choose from a wide range of colleges and departments at Yeungnam University.
The College of Liberal Arts, for instance, encompasses languages ranging from Korean, English, German, and Japanese to name a few.
The College of Science consists of subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Statistics. Similarly, the College of Engineering is made up of the Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil & Environmental, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Urban Planning, and Materials Science and Engineering departments.
Other colleges include; Law, Political Science & Public Administration, Commerce & Economics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Natural Resources, Ecology & Kinesiology, Education, music, Art& Design, and Basic Studies.
Additionally, Yeungnam University also provides the Schools of Textiles, Architecture, Biotechnology, and Chinese Language& Culture.
Yeungnam University has continued to undertake various research projects. For instance, the Brain Korea 21 Program (BK21), which is the responsibility of the Research Manpower Development Centre for Mechanical Part Industry, is instrumental in enhancing the university’s research capacity for the region’s graduate schools, and attempts to research and develop personnel clusters in the local industry and regionally.
The NURI program known as the New University for Regional Innovation is tasked with the training of specialists in technology while taking part in contributing to the region’s economics.
Yeungnam University has various research institutes, which aids it in its various research advancements. Among these research institutes are a number of Institutes such as the Institute of Humanities, Industrial Technology, Sports Science, Legal Studies, Biotechnology, Disaster Prevention, Korean Culture, Gerontology, Architecture, Materials Technology just to mention but a few.
Note: Yeungnam University research funding comes from different sectors of the university, as well as from Central Government, Local Government among others.
Statistically, the numbers of patents applications and registrations both domestically and internationally, have increased steadily over the past few years due to the university’s emphasis on its Research and Innovation activities.
The number of faculties ensures that the faculty-student ratio is maintained at an optimum level to serve the students’ needs effectively. The University provides a myriad of sporting activities – from track events, soccer, baseball, and basketball, to indoor activities like badminton and table tennis. Other sporting events include cycling and swimming.
Yeungnam University also hosts events such as the Foundation-Day and the CHUNMA Festival that students can attend. The Festivals involve interdepartmental contests.
SAE Mini Baja Korea is a platform aimed at giving students the opportunity to apply their lecture rooms’ knowledge, to the design and production of automobiles.
The university newspaper and the broadcasting organisation also play a pivotal role in helping students who might want to get into the industry. It gives them the opportunity to horn their journalistic and broadcasting skills.
The opportunities for international students to learn a new language and make new friends are tremendous at Yeungnam University.
In terms of Job opportunities, contracts, internships, freelancing, permanent and even voluntary work is available if you look at the right places. Laowai Career, for instance, is a good site to search for jobs.
The wide range of faculty and programs on offer at Yeungnam University gives students the flexibility to choose to work in environments which suit their career goals, interests and strengths the best.