Ajou University
  • Основан :1973 год
  • Тип вуза : Государственный
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  • Всего студентов: 14000
  • Язык обучения: Английский
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Ajou University, established in 1973 under the motto of "Asia's best university for the 21st century", is a leading research university with 11 colleges in Korea. Located in Suwon, about 30km south of Seoul, Ajou has 14,000 students (9,700 undergraduate, 3,700 graduate, and 500 in other courses).

The strength in Ajou's academic programs and research lies in Engineering, IT, BT, NT, Medical Science, Business and International Studies. Ajou is widely recognized for its innovative international programs and strong support for international students and has collaborative partnership with over 322 universities in 65 countries. There is a wide range of international programs at Ajou including student and faculty exchanges, international summer school, Korean language program, etc. International students are taking courses offered in English by various majors. Today Ajou is welcoming about 750 international students a year.

Foundation

In 1971, when modernization and industrialization were under way in Korea, Korea and France entered into an agreement for the establishment of Korea-France Technology Junior College in order to exchange technology and culture through education. According to the agreement, Ajou Engineering Junior College, the forerunner of Ajou University, was founded in March 1973 by Yusin Institute established by Park, Chagn-won, the chairman of Yusin Express Tourism Co., Ltd.

Starting as Ajou Engineering Junior College, Ajou College recruited 280 students during its first year from four depart- ments, including Electronics, Precision Mechanical

Engineering, Fermentation Chemical Engineering, and Industrial Management. The school was promoted to Ajou Engineering College a year later and produced its first graduates in 1997. In 1997, Kim, Woo-jung, the chairman of Daewoo International, contributed his personal wealth to establish Daewoo Institute and took over Ajou University.

Mr. Kim established Daewoo Institute to return corporate profit to the society through educational business and to nurture high-quality human resources required by the society. Mr. Kim held on to his principle of support without intervention right from the beginning to guarantee the autonomy of the university. Thanks to the principles of its founder, Ajou University became a model university with its fair and honest management that was uncommon for private schools in Korea.

Ajou set a goal in the late 1970s to become the ‘MIT of Asia’ that would nurture engineers and leaders with language kills. In order to achieve that goal, Ajou newly established humanities and social science departments such as business administration, French language, and English language on top of the existing engineering departments. In addition, it introduced a ‘special scholarship system’ for the first time in Korea to bring promising youth together and educate them. As a result, the number of graduates admitted to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) marked the second largest to Seoul National University in the year that the scholarship beneficiaries graduated. In 1978, nine scholarship students of Ajou were sent to France as part of the Korea-France Culture Agreement.

Development and Growth

In 1981, Ajou Engineering College was raised to university status as Ajou University with three colleges, including Engineering, Business Administration and Humanities, and ten departments. A graduate school was set up during that same year together with three master’s programs in mechanical engineering, electronics, and chemical engineering. Doctoral programs were also created in the same departments a year later.

At the 10th anniversary of the University in 1983, Ajou Univer- sity established a ‘ten-year development plan’. This was the first general development plan envisaging a future

image of Ajou University. According to the plan, the College of Social Sciences was founded in 1985, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences were separated into two independent colleges in 1987, and College of Medicine was founded in 1988. These provided a steppingstone for the harmonious development of fundamental studies and applied sciences, which served as a growth engine for Ajou University.

In addition, Sungho Hall, Central Library, Songjae Hall, and the Institute of Industrial Education were also built to complete the appearance of a university. Special graduate schools, such as the Graduate School of Industry and the Graduate School of Business Administration, en- larged the university’s role and commitment to life-long education

Leaps & Bounds

Ajou University opened Ajou University Hospital in 1994. Thanks to the opening of the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of International Studies in 1996, and the College of Information and Communication in 1997, today Ajou has seven colleges, one graduate school, one graduate school for professionals, and eight special graduate school. Additionally, Paldal Hall Academy of University, Dasan Hall, two student dormitories, campus plaza and a gymnasium were constructed.

In 1997, Ajou implemented comprehensive reforms in organi- zation, academic systems, administration and finance.

The University also introduced an undeclared major system under which the existing 33 depart- ments were divided into eleven divisions. As Ajou launched these systems, implemented for the first time in Korea, such as professor achievement evaluation, class evaluation, a one- stop administration system, and campus digitalization.

Ajou became a benchmark for many other universities in Korea. At that time, Ajou University emerged as a new leading private university in the 100-year university history of Korea through a variety of evaluations by the government and media corporations. In particular, Ajou’s trust fund for research exceeded 10 billion won for the first time in the school’s history as research activities were activated thanks to large-scale national research assignments and industrial-educational cooperation.

Leader of Global Asia

Ajou University set out a new vision of becoming a world-class university in commemoration of its 30th anniversary in 2003.

In order to achieve the new vision, it plans to implement eight specific missions: improving education quality and conditions, providing support for faculty research activities; improving working conditions of staff members; expanding support for students' activities and cultural events hosted by the university; promoting the efficient management of each college, medical center, affiliated institution; upgrading admission requirements and recruiting students with higher

Academic performance by improving the university's performance in external evaluations; conforming to regulations and establishing order; establishing a channel with which members can efficiently suggest their opinions to the university.

To this end, Ajou University formulated its innovation strategies which include enhancing decentralization and autonomy, and introducing new evaluation criteria. Firstly, in an effort to enhance the decentralization and autonomy, the university will empower each college, graduate school, research institute and supporting institution to handle its own administrative process ranging from the establishment of strategies and management of human and financial resources to the implementation of evaluations. Secondly, it will fully adopt the new evaluation criteria as a means to facilitate and assess the implementation of decentralization and autonomy.

In conclusion, Ajou University will continue to exert all efforts to create new growth engines while being fully engaged in the main tasks of a university, research and education. In this way, it will nurture talented individuals who can play a leading role in the world and make a contribution to the community, country, and peace and welfare of the humanity in the end.

AGA (Ajou Global Ambassador) 

Ajou Global Ambassador students help international students adjust to their new environment and support their stay in Korea through various social activities and program jointly arranged by the Office of International Affairs. From their arrival at the airport and throughout their stay in Korea, AGA will support international students and get to learn foreign culture from students.

Student Associations and Clubs 

Ajou students are strongly encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that enrich campus life. About 60 extracurricular associations cover every field: arts, science and technology, volunteer social work, religion, Martial Arts, and many others. There are also about 130 academic clubs where students with the same academic interests get together under faculty advising. Ajou University holds an annual "Student Club of the Year" contest. International students are also strongly encouraged to join the student clubs.

Ajou University Central Library was founded on March 15th, 1973 to fulfill our education objectives clearly stated in our school regulations. Our goal is to contribute to the students' and faculty's studies and research by collecting, arranging and providing academic information.

At the beginning the total floor space of the library was only 876㎡ and there was a total of 120 seats in the reading room. We initiated our service on April 2nd, 1973 with 1272 books and 1 librarian.

Ajou University Central Library was reformed as the school grew to university status. With the donation of 5 billion won from Kim Woo Joong, the former-Chairman of Daewoo group. It has Lending and Reading Room, Newly-Published Material Room, Reference Room, Reserve Book Room, Digital Library Develop Room, Multimedia Information Room and Information Support Room on the 1st floor, Periodicals Room on the 2nd floor, Liberal Arts/Social Science Room and Linguistics/Natural Science Room on the 3rd floor, and National Tests Information Room on the 4th floor with a floor space of 13,310㎡. There are 5 General Reading Rooms on each floor. Now we have approximately 880,000 books and 2,000 seats in the reading rooms.

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