Sungkyunkwan University was founded at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is a private comprehensive research university in South Korea that has existed for more than six centuries Contemporary SKKU has embraced globalization and emerged as a leading university in Asia and the world. In fact, SKKU actively encourages international collaboration through exchange of faculty and students, and the development of cutting-edge research and educational programs with its global partners.
It has since greatly expanded its course offerings and reputation, which is attributed to its numerous influential graduates, strong research output, and close partnership with Samsung.The university spends heavily on research and development, mostly funded by its primary sponsor tech-giant Samsung, Hyundai and other government funding agencies, producing high-end research scientists.
Professor Park Nam-Gyu of Chemical engineering, one of the prominent research professors,was nominated as one of the potential Chemistry Nobel laureates in 2017 by Clarivate Analytics. Professor Lee Young-hee, director of the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics in the Institute for Basic Science, currently active in research at this university, frequently comes into the spotlight in Nature.
Sungkyunkwan Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology
Sungkyunkwan Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology(SAINT) was opened in March 2005 as one of the four core programs of Sungkyunkwan University’s VISION2010+ plan to be ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. With the financial support from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), its goal is to become one of the world's top 5 nanotechnology-related institutes. The current director of SAINT is Michael Grätzel.
N-center is the home of the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics in the Institute for Basic Science. Professor Lee Young-hee is the director of the center, who is an internationally renowned physicist engaged in research related to nanotechnology.Additionally, Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research (CNIR) is also located here.
Sungkyun Language Institute
Sungkyun Language Institute (SLI) is a semi-autonomous division of Sungkyunkwan University. English, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean are taught, though Mandarin is not taught at the Suwon campus. Korean is taught at six levels from beginner to advanced. Credit and non-credit classes are taught. The English credit courses are chiefly in academic writing and academic presentation. There are also ESP (English for Specific Purposes) classes in business English, English for scientific purposes, English Literature and current English at the Suwon campus. Non-credit classes are less specialised and are, therefore, more typical of ESL environments. These are open to people who are not registered as students at Sungkyunkwan University. It is not uncommon for members of staff or local residents to attend such classes. For the main courses (academic writing and presentations), SLI produces its own books, which are published by Sungkyunkwan University Press and which have thus far been revised yearly. SLI is managed separately from the university and the management follows different systems of organisation on the two campuses, yet they both fall under an umbrella level of administrative management.
Sungkyunkwan University has a high number of international students, making up over 10% of the total undergraduate student body. SKKU maintains partnerships with over 653 universities in over 73 countries around the world, and has agreements with 21 overseas institutions to offer dual-degree programs.
International Summer Semester
A majority of SKKU's international students attend the International Summer Semester (ISS) program which started in 2008, usually held from late June to late July. It has grown to over 1,500 students from over 65 universities in over 25 countries.
Winter International Student Experience
SKKU's Winter International Student Experience (WISE) is newer than its ISS program. It started in 2015 and occurs every January for just under four weeks. Around 200 students from 26 universities and 16 nations each year from warmer regions including Southeast Asia, South America, and Australia experience winter life in Korea.
Graduate School of Business
The Graduate School of Business (GSB) was established in 2004 with the launching of the Global MBA program.The Global MBA program was the nation's first MBA program to be fully taught in English and was set up in collaboration with MIT's Sloan School of Management and Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, both in the United States. The SKK GSB Global MBA has also been ranked by the Financial Times as the #1 MBA in Korea, Top 11 in Asia and 59th worldwide.
In addition to the MBA program, other subspecialized master's degree programs and dual masters programs are also offered. Its partner institutions include the Sloan School of Management, the Kelley School of Business and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in the United States and the EDHEC Business School in France.
MGB Program: SKKU is also offering a program called the Master Of Global Business. This program is in partnership with the University of Victoria (Canada) and Montpellier Business School (France).
Sungkyunkwan University's Department of English Language and Literature is the birthplace and home of the Korean affiliate of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE-Korea or ASLE-K). ASLE-Korea hosts two conferences a year (Spring and Fall) and publishes Literature and Environment (문학과환경),a journal dedicated to extending ecocritical scholarship, with articles written primarily in Korean and English.
The university's main campus, the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, is in the heart of central Seoul on the same hill as Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung (two of the royal palaces of Joseon).
The Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon is in walking distance from Sungkyunkwan University Station, in the northwest of the city. The Natural Sciences Campus was established in 1978.
Each campus's major is divided according to the distinction between liberal arts and science departments.
Under the College of Sports Science, several student sports clubs at Sungkyunkwan University are active including baseball club, floorball club, tennis club, basketball club, soccer club, Volleyball club, and cricket club. Full-size soccer field, basketball playground and baseball fields are located inside the campus.
The library is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital media room where students can partake in recreational activities like watching movies, several CD player stations for amusements, open cafe and sleeping arena.
SKKU Learning Factory has been established by the Fusion Based Creative Informatics Human Resources Development Team. It is a student facility at Natural Sciences campus in Suwon where creative ideas can be made into a prototype product using 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, and Arduino. It serves as a place where students can realize their ideas and build human connections.
Sungkyunkwan University offers on-campus dormitories to its students in the campuses which are known as SKKU dorms. The Humanities and Social Sciences campus at Seoul offers ten dormitories and housing facilities. The Natural Sciences campus at Suwon offers five dormitories.
Dorm culture of the university is vibrant owing to frequent recreational events such as free pizza parties, outdoor trips, painting competitions, yoga class and so on targeting its international students. Routine fire-safety and earth-quake safety simulations in the dorms are performed every semester to ensure safety of the students.
Each dormitory is equipped with CCTV and free wifi. Vending machines, printers and ATM machines are available at the entrance of every dorm. Having a significantly large international student community, SKKU dorms offer kitchen facilities for all of its students.
Reputation & Rankings
Sungkyunkwan University is ranked nationally as the 3rd best university in South Korea after SNU and KAIST. SKKU has been consistently maintaining its reputation internationally as well. It was featured in Nature Index in 2017 as one of the premier universities in South Korea. QS World University Rankings 2020 ranks it 95th,while Times Higher Education puts SKKU in 82nd place worldwide.
QS National Ranking - 4th
ARWU National Ranking - 2nd
USNWR National Ranking - 2nd
QS Asia (Asian Ranking version) - 15th
THE Asia Ranking- 10th
USNWR Asia Ranking- 22nd
THE World Ranking- 89th
QS World Ranking - 95th
USNWR World Ranking -188th