Kyung Hee University

Kyung Hee University
Motto Democratization of School, Ideas, and Living[1]
Toward a New Civilization
A Civilized World[2]
Type Private
Established 1949
President Cho In-Won
Academic staff
2,976 (2011)
Students 31,453 (2011)
Undergraduates 24,569 (2011)
Postgraduates 6,884 (2011)
1,605 (2012)
Location Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
245 acres (99 ha) (Seoul campus)
510 acres (210 ha) (Global campus)
12 acres (4.9 ha) (Gwangneung campus)[1]
Colors Crimson      
Nickname Lion with Graceful Smile
Mascot Lion
Kyung Hee University
Revised Romanization Gyeonghui Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏnghŭi Taehakkyo
Kyung Hee Seoul campus

Kyung Hee University is a private, research university encompassing an educational system from kindergarten to graduate school[1] with campuses in Seoul, Suwon, and Gwangneung (on the outskirts of Namyangju city), South Korea.[3] Kyung Hee has 24 colleges, 71 departments and majors, 65 master's and 63 doctorate programs, 18 professional and special graduate schools, and 43 auxiliary research institutions. The university counts Slavoj Žižek, Jason Barker and Emanuel Pastreich among its renowned international professors.[4][5]

The university celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2009. In 1993 Kyung Hee received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.[6][7]:p. 53 In 2006, Kyung Hee and the University of Pennsylvania initiated the Penn-Kyung Hee Collaborative Summer Program[8]:p. 458[9] and two years later a formal Global Collaborative with Peking, Ritsumeikan, and Moscow State universities; the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO).[10] Kyung Hee's interdisciplinary bio-medical cluster maintains one of the world's leading research programs for the study of oriental medicine and its application to contemporary medical treatment in tandem with Western approaches, including the world's first successful drug-free acupunctural anesthesia demonstration in 1972.[11][12] As of 2011 Kyung Hee University maintains sister relationships with 402 universities in 68 countries.[8]:p. 457

Kyung Hee was founded in 1949 by Dr. Young Seek Choue, whose founding philosophy was "Toward a New Civilization." The university hosted the 1968 conference of the International Association of University Presidents,[13] first proposed in 1981 the UN International Day of Peace,[14] organized the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs,[15] held the 2009 World Civic Forum,[16] ran the 2011 UNAI-Kyung Hee International Symposium,[14] and has spearheaded the Global Common Society movement.[17][18]



Grand Auditorium
University Administration Building (Seoul campus)
Central Library and Museum (Seoul campus)

Common Faculty

Classification. Location Faculty
Campus Seoul

Graduate programs

Departments and programs

  • Korean Language and Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Physics (Seoul Campus)
  • Physics (Global Campus)
  • Chemistry (Seoul Campus)
  • Chemistry (Global Campus)
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Information Display
  • Astronomy and Space-Science
  • Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Applied Korean Medicine
  • Oriental Medicine
  • Oriental Medical Philosophy
  • Oriental Medical History
  • Oriental Medicinal Materials and Processing
  • Oriental Pharmaceutical Science
  • Human Informatics of Oriental Medicine
  • Study for Biological Sciences of Oriental Medicine
  • East-West Medicine
  • Age-related and Brain Diseases
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Journalism and Communication
  • Law School
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • International Management
  • Information Display Technology Business Administration
  • Technology Management
  • Business Administration
  • Food Science and Biotechnology
  • Culinary Science and Food Service Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Child, Family and Housing Studies
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Environmental Applied Science
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Ecosystems Engineering
  • Dance
  • Fine Art
  • Music
  • Ceramic Arts
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Polymer and Fiber Materials
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Industrial & Management Systems Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Radio Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Industrial Design
  • Physical Education

Professional programs

Special programs


Korean Medicine

Founded in 1948 as Dongyang College and reorganized in 1965 into the Kyung Hee College of Korean Medicine (KHKM), KHKM is one of eleven Korean medical colleges in the country, dedicated to the study of traditional medical practice. In 1972 its researchers demonstrated a drug-free acupunctural anesthesia.[11] In 1998 Kyung Hee established the International Studies of Korean Medicine to broaden its reach to international scholars. The following year it established the Graduate School of East-West Medicine Science (GSM) in order to blend Eastern and Western diagnostic methods. The College of Korean Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine have integrated the two traditions within the Kyung Hee Medical Center and active collaboration occurs between the college and the biomedical engineering department on acupuncture therapy, chronic medical conditions, palsy, and geriatric diseases.[12]

The medical center is divided into the General Hospital, Dental Hospital, Korean Medicine Hospital, East-West Medical Center, and the Medical Science Research Institute.[19] In a 1999 study, the Kyung Hee Korean medicine curriculum consisted of 60 percent Eastern and 40 percent Western research and practice.[11] The college had an intake of 780 students and 54 professors, 13 East-West integrated clinics, and 10 basic and 10 clinical departments.

The traditional medicine department has formal ties with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University in Taiwan, Hong Kong Baptist University, Meiji University, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Global Collaborative

The Global Collaborative is a summer program that allows international students to attend classes led by scholars and engage in discussions about global governance and sustainability. The Global Collaborative is co-run by the University of Pennsylvania, Peking University, Ritsumeikan University and Moscow State University with the cooperation of the United Nations and the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO). Through research, education and modules on global governance, or sustainability and the environment, international students collaborate on research projects.

The curriculum underscores the environment and human society for future leadership. The Global Collaborative offers two strands of each four weeks: "Global Governance & East Asian Civilization" and "Sustainable Development for a Greener Planet."

World Civic Forum

Run as a join initiative with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Civic Forum (WCF) is a global institution that brings together academic institutions, international organizations, civil society, governments, the business sector and the media to create programs in education, research and practice related to the challenges of making the world a better place to live.

World Civic Youth Forum

Held concurrently with the World Civic Forum, the World Civic Youth Forum strand focuses youth on contemporary global issues, civic values, engagement, and action.

Global Service Corps

The Global Service Corps emphasizes peace studies in new forms of public service. Launched in September 2010, effort is placed on volunteering, social responsibility, social services, and regional and global engagement in areas such as rural farming communities, environment protection, and medical treatment of the disadvantaged. The program aims to seek means to address institutional engagement in global problems through research, education and practice, and media. Collaborations are with the United Nations, international NGOs, corporations, and other organizations.

Global Studio Network

The Global Student Network links by the internet diverse institutes and individuals around the world to overcome communication beyond barriers of language and culture. The network works with both local and international organization to encourage discussion. Previous strands have included environmental issues and conflict resolution with the United Nations and UNESCO.[20]

Global Academy for Future Civilizations

The Global Academy for Future Civilizations is a set of international research organizations dedicated to creating a more humane civilization in the 21st century. The program works with the United Nations and other organizations.

United Nations Academic Impact

The university and the United Nations Academic Impact program seek to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting the principles of the UN in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. The Academic Impact also asks each participating college or university to demonstrate support of at least one of those principles each year.

Research institutes

Seoul campus

Global campus

Medical Center


In the latest league tables, the university was ranked 7th in the country (2011),[21] 35th in Asia (2013),[22] and 270th in the world (2012) by the QS World University rankings.[23]

Notable alumni

Politics, government and public service


Literature and arts





Hoegi Station

 Gyeongui–Jungang  Hoegi Station

Go out through Exit 1 of Hoegi Station and ride the Local Bus #1 or walk straight for ten minutes.

Parking facilities are available. Parking fee is free for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, KRW 500 is charged for every 10 minutes.[24]

See also


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  2. "Motto". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  3. "Campus Tour". Kyung Hee University. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  6. "UNESCO Prize for Peace Education - Laureates". UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  7. "UNESCO Prize for Peace Education: 2008" (PDF). UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  8. 1 2 "Kyung Hee University Bulletin: 2011-2012" (PDF). Kyung Hee University Office of Academic Affairs at Global Campus. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  9. "Global Collaborative: Global Governance and East Asian Civilization". Kyung Hee University Office of International Affairs. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  10. "Globalization Programs". Kyung Hee University. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  11. 1 2 3 Shim, Bung-Sang; Koh, Byung-Hee; Ahn, Kyoo-seok (November 2004). "Education in Oriental Medicine in Kyung Hee University". Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 1 (3). doi:10.1093/ecam/neh050. PMC 538521Freely accessible. PMID 15841268.
  12. 1 2 Kim, Sung-mi (February 1, 2012). "Traditional Korean Medical History of Oriental Medicine Dept. at Kyung-Hee Univ.". Korea IT Times. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  13. The International Association of University Presidents second conference, June 18-20, 1968 hosted by Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. June 18–20, 1968. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  14. 1 2 "UNAI-Kyung Hee International Symposium". September 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  15. "In Seoul, a global conference of NGOs focuses on forging deeper partnerships". One Country: The International Newsletter of the Baha'i International Community. December 1999. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  16. "World Civic Forum" (PDF). May 2009. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  17. Choue, Young Seek (1998). "Magna Carta of Global Common Society: A Grand Vision of Human Society Toward the New Millennium; Remarks from the Fourth Annual Global Citizen Awards Ceremony (1998)". Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  18. Cho, Yŏng-sik (2001). Toward a Global Common Society Through Dialogue Among Civilizations. Institute of Civil Society and New Governance, Kyung Hee University. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  19. "The Biomedical Field at Kyung Hee University (3)". Kyung Hee University. November 2, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  20. "Kyung Hee Global Service Corps". May 16, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  21. "Rankings". Kyung Hee University. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  22. "QS University Rankings: Asia 2013". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  23. "QS World University Rankings: Overall in 2012". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  24. "Kyung Hee University." Destinations by Region. Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2014-03-18.

Coordinates: 37°35′48.3″N 127°3′6.8″E / 37.596750°N 127.051889°E / 37.596750; 127.051889

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