Gangwon State University

Gangwon State University
Motto 진리, 창조, 봉사
"Truth, Creativity, Service"
Type Public
Established 1998
President Song Seung-cheol
Location Gangneung, Gangwon-do
Campus Urban
Gangwon State University
Hangul 강원도립대학
Hanja 江原道立大學
Revised Romanization Gangwon dorip daehak
McCune–Reischauer Kangwŏn torip taehak

Gangwon State University (Hangul: 강원도립대학) is a public college in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea.[1] Unlike most public tertiary institutions in South Korea, it is administered directly by the provincial government of Gangwon-do. The college is well known as a research and educational institute with modern facilities.


The college is located in Jumunjin-eup, north of Gangneung's city center. It lies close to the Yeongdong Expressway. Situated between the Taebaek mountain range and the eastern coastline, the campus enjoys easy access to the waters of the East Sea (Sea of Japan) as well as Jumunjin Harbor. There have been several additions to the campus in recent years, including a professional turf soccer field as well as an outdoor performance theater.


Permission to establish the college was granted in 1995, and construction began in 1997. The first students were admitted in March 1998. In 2015, an evaluation by the Ministry of Education rated the college in the lowest E group, resulting in the Ministry halting its monetary support and barring the college from all state-funded programs.[2][3]


The president of GPU reports directly to the governor of Gangwon Province. The president oversees the college's four divisions: Natural Science, Engineering, Human and Social Science, and Physical Education. Under these four divisions, there are a total of 13 departments.

Students and faculty

As of February 2010, the school has about 1,400 students, 33 full-time professors, 13 adjunct professors and over 90 part-time lecturers. A total of about 3,500 students had graduated from the school, as of 2010.

Cooperation with local community

GPC has, since its inception, worked together with the local community. The campus itself is open to the general public, and the school’s departments have closely linked with local industries. For example, the college has a leading role in establishing a ‘Jumunjin Brand Squid’, whose name ‘Jumunjingeo’ combines the name of the town as well as the Korean word for fish. In Jumunjin, the most well known marine animal is squid.


  1. (2010-01-20) 강원지역 대학들, 등록금 동결선언 '도미노' (in Korean) Maeil Gyeongje
  2. Yoon Min-sik (2015-08-31). "Ministry to reduce funding for 66 colleges". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. 이재준 (2015-08-31). "66개 대학 '재정지원 제한'…'퇴출위기' 몰려". 중앙일보. Retrieved 2015-09-01.

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