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Yonsei University

Yonsei University
Motto The truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
진리가 너희를 자유케 하리라. (요한복음 8:32)
Established Hospital established in 1885 by royal support, college installed in 1915. The university was established on January 5, 1957 by merger of the two Christian institutions.[1]
Religious affiliation Christianity
President Jeong Kap-young Ph.D.
Academic staff 4,518
Admin. staff 6,788
Students 38,725
Undergraduates 19.227
Postgraduates 11,994
Location Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
Colours Royal blue     
Mascot Eagle
Yonsei University
Hangul 연세대학교
Hanja 延世大學校
Revised Romanization Yeonse Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Yŏnse Taehakkyo
Jejungwon (Gwanghyewon) inside Yonsei University campus, restored to its current form in 1980s

Yonsei University (연세대학교 (延世大學校) ) is a private research university located in Seoul, South Korea. As one of Korea's three "SKY" universities, Yonsei was established in 1885 and is one of the oldest universities in South Korea.

The student body consists of 38,725 students: 26,731 undergraduate students, 11,994 graduate students, 4,518 faculty members, 6,788 staff, and 257,931 alumni. Today, Yonsei operates its main campus in Seoul that have extensive programs in the Korean and English language.

The university was formally established in January, 1957 through the union of Yonhi College (연희전문학교; 延禧專門學校) and Severance Union Medical College (세브란스 의과대학; 세브란스 醫科大學). This was a result of a lasting bilateral cooperation between the two colleges that began in the 1920s. The institutions were new to Korea at the time of their inception — Yonhi College was one of the first modern colleges, founded originally as Chosun Christian College (조선기독교대학; 朝鮮基督教大學) in March, 1915, and Severance has its roots in the first modern medical center in Korea, Gwanghyewon (광혜원 廣惠院, House of Extended Grace), founded in April, 1885. As a tribute, the name 'Yonsei' was derived from the first syllables of the names of its two parent institutions, 'Yon; 연; 延' from Yonhi College and 'Sei; 세; 世' from Severance Union Medical College.


  • History 1
    • Beginnings (1885 - 1916) 1.1
    • Under Japanese Rule(I) (1917 - 1936) 1.2
    • Under Japanese Rule(II): The War Machine (1937 - 1945) 1.3
    • Resistance against Japanese rules 1.4
    • Liberation and the Korean War (1946–1952) 1.5
    • 1953–1959 1.6
  • Academics 2
    • Reputation 2.1
    • World Rankings 2.2
    • Colleges and programs 2.3
  • Culture 3
    • University shield 3.1
    • Christianity 3.2
  • Student Life 4
    • Clubs 4.1
    • The Yonsei Annals 4.2
    • Rivalry with Korea University 4.3
  • Campus 5
    • Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex 5.1
  • Notable alumni 6
    • Business 6.1
    • Literature & Arts 6.2
    • Politics, Government and Public Service 6.3
    • Academics 6.4
    • Sports 6.5
    • Entertainment 6.6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Beginnings (1885 - 1916)

The Yonsei University Medical School dates back to April 10, 1885, when the first modern hospital to practice western medicine in Korea, Gwanghyewon, was established.

The hospital was founded by Horace Newton Allen, the American protestant missionary appointed to Korea by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (from here on the Church). The hospital was renamed Jejungwon (제중원 濟衆院, House of Universal Helpfulness) on April 26.[2] As there appeared numerous difficulties, the Church appointed Oliver R. Avison to run Jejungwon on July 16, 1893. Initially, Gwanghyewon was financed by the Korean government, while the medical staff was provided by the Church. However, by 1894 when the First Sino-Japanese War and Gabo reforms (갑오개혁) took place, the government was not able to continue its financial support and thus, management of Jejungwon now came fully under the Church. In 1899 Avison returned to the U.S. and attended a conference of missionaries in New York where he elaborated on the medical project in Korea. Louis H. Severance, a businessman and philanthropist from Cleveland, Ohio, was present and deeply moved. He later paid for the major portion of the construction cost of new buildings for the medical facility. Jejungwon (제중원) was renamed Severance Hospital in his name.[3]

Jejungwon (later Severance Hospital) was primarily a hospital but it also performed medical education as an attachment. The hospital admitted its first class of 16 medical students selected through examinations in 1886, one year after its establishment. By 1899, Jejungwon Medical School was independently and officially recognized. Following the increase of diversity in missionary denominations in Korea, collaboration began to form — with time, Jejungwon began to receive medical staff, school faculty and financial support from the Union Council of Korean Missionaries (한국연합선교협의회; 韓國聯合宣敎協議會) in 1912. Accordingly, the medical school was renamed Severance Union Medical College in 1913.

The rest of Yonsei University traces its origins to Chosun Christian College, which was founded on March 5, 1915, by another American Protestant missionary sent by the Church, Horace Grant Underwood. Underwood became the first president, and Avison vice president. It was located at the YMCA. Courses began in April with 60 students and 18 faculty members.

Underwood died of illness on October 12, 1916, and Avison took over as president.

Under Japanese Rule(I) (1917 - 1936)

Statue of Underwood

On August 22, 1910, Japan annexed Korea with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty. The first Governor-General of Korea, Terauchi Masatake, introduced Ordinance on Chosun Education (조선교육령; 朝鮮敎育令) in 1911, and subsequently Regulations on Professional Schools (전문학교 규칙) and Revised Regulations on Private Schools (개정사립학교 규칙) in March, 1915. These were intended to stifle private education in Korea; any establishment of schools, any change in school regulations, location, its purpose, coursework or textbooks must all be reported to and authorized by the governor-general, and all courses must be in Japanese. Severance Union College struggled to meet these requirements; school regulations and coursework were altered, faculty evaluated and enlarged, its foundation and its board clarified. It received its recognition as a professional medical school on May 14, 1917.[4] In 1922 the governor-general Makoto Saito issued Revised Ordinance on Chosun Education (개정조선교육령). It called for more strict qualification of the faculty, and Severance reacted obediently and further recruited more members with degrees from credited institutions in North America and Europe. Japan did not completely ignore the competence of this institution; in 1923 Severance recovered its right to give medical license to its graduates without state examination, a right which had been lost since 1912. Moreover in March, 1934, Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture further recognized Severance in allowing its graduates the right to practice medicine anywhere within Japanese sovereignty.

Oh Geung Seon (오경선; 吳兢善) became the first Korean president of Severance in 1934.

Underwood Hall, which houses administrative offices
Ordinances in 1915 and 1922 also affected the fate of Chosun Christian College. First intended as a college, it was not legally recognized as such, since the Ordinance (1915) did not allow the establishment of Korean private colleges. Hence Chosun Christian College, now renamed Yonhi College, was formally accepted only as a professional school on April 17, 1917, then a joint project from diverse missionary denominations. However, Yonhi in reality had formed the organization and faculty becoming a university; it consisted 6 departments: humanities, agriculture, commerce, theology (this department did not open due to the differences among the founding denominations), mathematics & physics, and applied chemistry. The ordinances, furthermore, prohibited coursework in Korean history, its geography, or in the Bible outside the department of theology; council of missionaries reacted with A Resolution on the Revised Educational Ordinance (개정교육령에 관한 결의문)[5] which carefully pointed out that Japan did not apply such rigorous absurdities to its private schools in mainland Japan.

After March First Independence Movement swept the peninsula in 1919, Japan somewhat relaxed its grip on Korea, and this is reflected in the Ordinance (1922). It ceased the arbitrary control of governor-general over the coursework and the qualification of faculty members, and altered its stance on strict separation of religion from all education. It also recognized Yonhi as a professional school equal to its counterparts in Japan, and permitted the Christian programs and the Bible in its coursework. Nevertheless, Japanese literature became mandatory in turn.[6] Under Japanese intervention, Korean history was taught under the name Eastern History and Korean language was taught whenever possible.[7]

Department of agriculture was closed after 1922 when only its first graduates left Yonhi. There were efforts to revive this department, without much success. However, Yonhi installed a training center for agricultural leaders on campus, with impressive results.[8]

Yonhi was liberal in its admission of non-Christians. Its policy was to admit non-Christians relatively freely and allow the majority Christian students to gradually influence and assimilate them.

Under Japanese Rule(II): The War Machine (1937 - 1945)

In the late 1930s, Japan again shifted its policy towards Korea in order to incorporate it to its scheme of expansionism. In August, 1936, the new Japanese Governor-General Jirō Minami began the assimilation of Koreans, in order to exploit them for military purposes; Governor-General enforced Sōshi-kaimei and Shintoism on Koreans, and began to recruit Koreans for Japanese war efforts. In April,1938 the third Ordinance on Chosun Education ordered the acceptance of Shintoism, voluntary removal of Korean language in coursework and further intensification of Japanese and Japanese history education. However, Yonhi Professional School did not follow suit and opened courses on the study of Korean language in November, 1938. This was not tolerated for long and in March, 1940, Yonhi was forced to open courses on Japanese studies for each department and each year. From 1938, English also began to come under pressure following a deterioration of relations between Japan and United States; coursework in English was forbidden and texts of English writers were censored. In 1938, President H.H. Underwood accepted the practice of Shintoism to avoid the fate of Yonhi's termination. Governors-General pushed Yonhi to refuse financial support from United States and financial difficulties amounted.
On individual level, Yonhi faculty members and its students were apprehended or investigated during this period for their involvement in real and alleged resistance movements.[9]

In 1939, the United States government recalled all its citizens and missionaries in Korea; Underwood and some of the faculty refused to leave Korea until forced to in 1941-1942 following the outbreak of the pacific war. Japanese military officers were dispatched in Yonhi for military training of its students in 1940 and forced labor began in 1941. Scientific equipment, building parts, and even the Underwood statue were seized then the school yard was turned into drill ground. Due to their value in the time of war, medical students of Severance were not a target of "voluntary recruitment," but Severance also faced Sōshi-kaimei, military training, and constant surveillance by the Japanese authorities. Severance was coerced into changing its name to Asahi(旭) in 1942.

On August 17, 1942, the board was dismissed and Yonhi was designated as enemy property, and thus was appropriated and further managed directly by an appointee from the Governors-General. Yonhi ceased to be a place of education and was converted into a tool for assimilation of Koreans and exploitation of manpower. By October, 1943, students were practically being conscripted. In 1944 dormitories were converted into barracks and campus was occupied by the Japanese air force. Finally, on May 10, 1944, Governors-General closed Yonhi and replaced it with Kyungsung Industrial Management School (경성공업경영학교), the primary purpose of which was to train engineers required to continue the war.

Resistance against Japanese rules

Both Severance and Yonhi were closely involved in Korean independence movements. Many faculty members of Severance and Yonhi were directly involved in the March First Independence Movement, as were their students. Severance continued its contribution by printing The Independence in the basement of one of its buildings, and Yonhi was as active as any other school, so that by the end of the movement only 17 students were left. Yonhi students were active participants of Chosun Student Council for Scientific Research (조선학생과학연구회), which was one of the leading groups in the Mansei Movement of June 10, 1926. Yonhi Student Council and many faculty members belonging to the clandestine New Stem Association (신간회 新幹會) gave full support to the Gwangju Student Independence Movement (광주학생독립운동); in the aftermath, students were apprehended, and Shin Gan Society was exposed. Later on, students actively participated in V Narod (브나로드) and Student Enlightenment Movement (학생계몽운동) during 1929 - 1930.

The Yonhi School, under Japanese oppression in 1940s, still kept producing Korean patriots who fought for Korean independence. In 1942, the Japanese Colonial Government of Korea arrested 33 Korean scholars of Korean language including three faculty members of Yonhi and prominent Korean language scholars, Choi Hyun Bae (최현배; 崔鉉培), Lee Yun Jae (이윤재; 李允宰), and Kim Do Yeon (金度演; 김도연) and other graduates of the school including Jung Tae Jin (정태진; 丁泰鎭) and Kim Yoon Kyung (김윤경; 金允經) for organizing the Joseon Language Society (조선어학회; 朝鮮語學會; now Korean Language Society; 한글학회; 한글學會), studying Korean language, and attempting to publish a Korean language dictionary. Lee Yun Jae died in jail in 1942 from torture and harsh treatment, 11 were found guilty, and 5 including Choi Hyun Bae were imprisoned. The Japanese Colonial Court found them guilty because "behaviors such as publishing of a Korean language dictionary is a form of nationality movement to maintain the spirit of Joseon."[10] Also, Yun Dong-ju (윤동주; 尹東柱), a 1941 graduate of Yonhi School, joined the Korean independence movement, left many poems about patriotism and self-reflection, imprisoned by Japanese, and died from torture and harsh treatment in 1944.

As tributes to their efforts, Yonsei University has constructed a monument called 'Yonsei Hangultap' (A Monument for Korean Language by Yonsei; 연세 한글탑; 延世 한글塔), a monument for Yun Dong Ju (윤동주 시비; 尹東柱 詩碑), and bust statues of Choi Hyun Bae and Kim Yoon Kyung in its Seoul Campus.

Liberation and the Korean War (1946–1952)

Severance was approved as a college by the liberated Korean government in 1947. Since the majority of medical institutions in Korea was run by the Japanese, medical staff and faculty were in short supply after their departure. Thus many members of Severance staff and faculty left to assist other institutions. Severance also took up the role of student leadership and was outspoken against US-Soviet occupation. In 1950, during the outbreak of the Korean War, Severance functioned as a field hospital until Seoul was overrun. Severance fled hurriedly but some faculty members and students were unable to leave in time; some were killed and others were captured then exploited by the advancing North Koreans. Severance seniors joined the military as army surgeons. Although Severance returned to Seoul for a while after its recapture, it had to flee again in December on a LST in Incheon. When Severance arrived in Busan, its medical school joined the wartime college, a temporary body. Meanwhile, the Severance facility in Seoul received heavy damage, as it was in the center of the city near Seoul station. Severance Hospital again returned on April 1, 1952, and its medical college on June 12, 1952.

The U.S. military initially neglected the restitution Yonhi and held other plans to use it as a military hospital or judiciary training center. With time, nevertheless, Yonhi came to be viewed as a missionary institution that was dispossessed by the Governor-General.

Yonhi was able to open its doors again on January 21, 1946 and, on August 15, 1946, was recognized as a university. Baek Nak Jun became president. It was a period of transition, and Yonhi University faced numerous obstacles including financial ones; after 1947 things settled down. At the time, Korea lacked teachers and Yonhi was asked to provide education and training; the Temporary Training Center for Secondary School Teachers in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (임시 수물화학과 중등교원양성소) was established. In December 1948, plans for unification of Yonhi and Severance began to take form.[11] The Graduate School was formed in July 1950.

At this point, all progress came to a halt due to the Korean War. The university suspended all courses on June 27 and recruited student soldiers. The North Korean military advanced into the Yonhi campus and established its headquarters there. This was a cause of severe damage to the campus when the U.S. military recaptured Seoul in September. The university reopened following the recapture of Seoul, but it was once more on the run to Busan in December. In February 1951, Yonhi joined the wartime college; however, Yonhi kept an independent body and opened its own courses on October 3, 1951. On April 15, 1953 Yonhi began its work on restoration; Yonhi returned to its campus in the fall.


Lee Han Yeol Memorial

In 1957, Severance Medical College and Hospital and Yonhi University merged to form Yonsei University.

Sources: The sections Beginnings, Under Japanese Rule(I), Under Japanese Rule(II): The War Machine, Liberation and the Korean War are largely based on 연세대학교백년사 100 Years of Yonsei University History, Yonsei University Press.



University rankings
ARWU[12] 201-300
Times[13] 201-225
QS[14] 106

Yonsei is one of Korea's three "SKY" universities. These are the most prestigious universities in the country, with the other members being Seoul National University and Korea University. Admissions are extremely competitive. Inside Korea, admission to a SKY university is widely considered as determining one's career and social status.

World Rankings

In 2012, Yonsei University was ranked 112th overall, 81st in Arts and Humanities, 12th in Modern Languages and 69th in Management and Social Sciences in the world by QS World University Rankings.[15] The 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities placed Yonsei University at the 23-42 range in Asia/Pacific region, and 3rd in South Korea.[16] Yonsei was ranked 96th in the world according to an SCI paper published in 2007.[17]

Yonsei university is one of four Korean universities ranked in all three ARWU World University Ranking, QS World University Rankings, and The Times World University Ranking in 2010-13, along with Seoul National University, KAIST, and POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology).[18][19] Yonsei University was ranked 16th in Asia in 2012 and continues to rise rapidly in global rank: 112 in the world in 2012; 129 in 2011; 142 in 2010; 151 in 2009; 203 in 2008; and ranked globally 236 in 2007 by QS World University Rankings.[20][21] Yonsei was ranked the 1st Korean university to be in the Economist's 2011 Top 100 Full-time MBAs (#76); US News, 2011 World's Best Universities: Asia #18; and UK Financial Times’ 2011 Top 100 EMBA (#57).

Colleges and programs

Yonsei University Radio Observatory, part of the Korean VLBI Network
  • University Homepage
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Business and Economics
  • School of Business
  • College of Science
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Life Science and Biotechnology
  • College of Theology
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Music
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Science in Education
  • University College
  • International College
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Nursing
  • Open Major, University College
  • Underwood International College(UD freshman, ASD, TAD, ISSD, ISED)
  • College of Medicine(freshman)
  • College of Dentistry(freshman)
  • College of Pharmacy
  • School of Integrated Technology, College of Engineering
  • Global Program- Pre-Major Program
  • Graduate School
  • United Graduate School of Theology
  • Graduate School of International Studies
  • Graduate School of Information
  • Graduate School of Communication and Arts
  • Graduate School of Social Welfare
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Public Administration
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Human Environmental Sciences
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Government and Business
  • Graduate School of Health and Environment
  • Graduate School of Education

Medical Center

  • Severance Hospital (Sinchon)
  • Gangnam Severance Hospital
  • Severance Mental Health Hospital (Gwangju-si Gyeonggi-do)
  • Wonju Severance Christian Hospital
  • Yongin Severance Hospital


University shield

The "ㅇ" and "ㅅ" in the University shield derived from the first letters of each syllable in "연세" (Yonsei). The circle "ㅇ" represents the ideal of a complete and well-rounded person, while the "ㅅ" symbolizes the upward-looking striving for scholarly excellence. In addition, the "ㅇ" stands for Heaven (天), the "ㅡ" represents the horizon of the Earth (地), and "ㅅ" signifies Man (人) as expressed in the Chinese character. The open book stands for Truth, the torchlight signifies Freedom, and the shield protects these two core principles of the University.


Yonsei University is a school founded on Anglican Church of Korea (대한성공회).[24] In Korea and Japan, Christian schools founded by Christian organizations or individuals, especially by Western missionaries, such as Yonsei University, are commonly called mission schools.

A school's founding ideology and a student's freedom of religion has been debated in South Korean society for some time. As of 2009, a student does not have to be an active Christian to be admitted to Yonsei University.

Yonsei University recently entered an agreement with The United Methodist Church, in which the university will serve as the regional office for the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development.[25]

Student Life

UIC, ASP, and GSIS, located in Seoul and Songdo have tuition scholarships for international students.[26] Akaraka is the festival for students. It is usually held on May. During the show, many singers come and give performances.


There are more than 100 clubs at Yonsei University; the clubs listed here are not necessarily representative of clubs on campus.

  • Yonsei European Studies (YES) is the only and oldest ISSN-registered (2287-450X) Korean undergraduate journal founded by a law undergraduate at Yonsei Univ. (Siyoung Choi·class of 08). Funded by the European Commission via the Yonsei-SERI (Samsung Economic Research Institute) EU Centre, YES was originally named "Yonsei European Society or EU Society" and officially renamed as "Yonsei European Studies" shortly after. The bilingual (Korean and English) journal is published biannually and presented its first volume on August 2012. The journal is distributed to the National Library of Korea, Korea National Assembly Library, and selected libraries of US·UK universities and institutions. The JoongAng Daily (중앙일보) reported on YES September 30, 2014.[27]

(Official archive webpage: *public access allowed.

  • Yonsei International Affairs Review (YIAR) was the first (ISSN 2092-7649) Korean undergraduate review on a wide variety of topics ranging from international politics to economics, business, and law featuring abridged research papers, policy reviews, news analyses, columns, and book reviews authored by undergraduates as well as graduates interested in the fields. Funded by the Institute of East and West Studies at Yonsei University, the semi-annually published bilingual (Korean and English) review presented its first volume on June 2009. The review was discontinued as of March 2012.[28]

(Official homepage: *pubilc access allowed.

  • Global Management Track (GMT) is a track that is officially supported by the School of Business in order to systemically discover and train talented business major students. Since founded in 1996, with the goal of globalization and a motto of passion, it has addressed many diverse topics worldwide and has increased the business competency of each of its individual member. (Official homepage:
  • Business Innovation Track (BIT) is a track aiming to fostering innovative young generation regardless of the field in which they are studying (Official homepage:
  • Avenante is the only mixed choir in Yonsei University, composed of both music and non-music majors. Concerts are given twice a year. The club practices a variety of songs in many genres, from Missa Solemnis to pop songs to traditional Korean songs. (Official homepage:
  • International Yonsei Community (IYC) was founded in 1995 for global, multi-cultural exchange in the Yonsei society, including among the hundreds of students on campus from around the world. It upholds a universal idea of contributing to the worldwide foundation of wisdom and knowledge; overcoming cultural, racial and academic gaps; and promoting unity based on deep understanding. (Official homepage:
  • SIFE Yonsei University was the first "Students In Free Enterprise" team in the Republic of Korea. Since its launch in 2004, SIFE Yonsei University has been playing a key role in SIFE Republic of Korea. So far, Yonsei SIFE has worked on 16 projects that impacted thousands of people living in South Korea: from dislocated North Korean people to Vietnamese immigrant women. SIFE Yonsei University won the Korean national competition three times out of five. (Official homepage:
  • Major Assets and Development of Equity was founded in 2010 at Underwood International College. The main purpose and aim of M.A.D.E. is to promote and develop sustainable and diversified hands-on investment skills with actual funds among our members. This development fund is aimed at providing financial aid and annual scholarship opportunities for UIC students in financial need that exhibit good academic and merit-based standings. The club holds a monthly lecture series that hosts a wide variety of distinguished business leaders, policy makers, and government officials. (Official homepage:

The Yonsei Annals

The Yonsei Annals
Logo of The Yonsei Annals
Editor-in-chief Shin Soo-jung
Categories News magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Kap-young Jeong
Total circulation
First issue March 1, 1962 (1962-03-01)
Country Republic of Korea
Based in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Language English

The Yonsei Annals is the monthly English student magazine of Yonsei University, founded in 1962. It is one of the top rated English University monthly magazines in Korea and is run entirely by Yonsei University undergraduates. Many Annals alumni have gone on to careers in various fields including journalism, broadcasting, and politics. Annals alumni include Min Kyung-wook of the 25th Class who is the news anchor for KBS News 9 on KBS.

Currently, The Annals publishes an issue every month. Each issue includes one or more column from the five different divisions. These divisions are the Campus Reporting Division, World Affairs, Photo, Culture and Research.

The Annals is a nonprofit organization that is funded by the university. All decisions on the content and day-to-day operations of the newspaper are made by the directors composed by the Editor-in-Chief and the editors of each divisions. There has been some occasions where guest editors were brought in to help develop the magazine.

The Yonsei Annals started in 1962 as a branch under the Yonsei Chunchu, Yonsei University's official student-run weekly newspaper.

Rivalry with Korea University

Each claiming to be the best private university in South Korea, Yonsei University and Korea University have had a rivalry that is longer and more intense than any other rivalries between other universities in South Korea.

The rivalry is well-illustrated by famous annual sports matches between two universities. This event, starting from 1925, is called Ko Yon Jeon (고연전; 高延戰) in the years when Korea University hosts the matches, and called Yon Ko Jeon (연고전; 延高戰) when Yonsei University hosts the matches. The annual one-time matches include soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby, and ice hockey. Many students in each university come to this event to cheer for their teams, and the event has a significant meaning as many influential alumni of each school are very interested in the result for the sake of their school spirit.[29]

Until 2012, Yonsei recorded 18 winning seasons, 8 draws, 16 losings. In 2012, out of the five sports, Yonsei University lost three (baseball, basketball, soccer), won two (ice hockey, rugby).


Yonsei has a 250 acre campus with the "UIC" Underwood International College" and "GSIS" Graduate School of International Studies programs in Seoul, and a new 152 acre campus with the international "ASP" Asian Studies Program in Songdo, South Korea.

Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex

Originally agreed to on May 8, 2006 between the city of Incheon and Yonsei University, the Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex will be an anchor of the R&D aspect of the Songdo area and bolster the Korean education and research industries. Construction will be in two phases with the first phase including the Global Campus, Joint University Campus, R&D Campus, and the Global Academic Village. Phase one is expected to be complete in 2010 allowing phase two to begin the next year in 2011 with further expansion.[30]

The Joint University Campus aspect of the project is expected to be either an overseas campus of a major foreign research university or a joint campus created and managed between such a university and Yonsei University. This joint campus will be integrated and fully compatible with the Yonsei University program.[31]

The Construction of the Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex begins on 26, November, 2008.

From 2014, Yonsei University adopted Residential College(RC) Program in International Campus. Every freshmen(exclude college of music, sport and leisure studies) should reside in International Campus dormitory, and take RC courses.[32]

International Campus dormitory is composed of 12 houses. Until 2013, there were 8 houses: Avison, Yun, Dong-Joo, Muak, Yoongjae, Underwood, Baek Yang, Aristotle, and Allen In 2014, four more houses are founded: Evergreen, Wonchul, Chi Won, and Cheongsong.

  • Evergreen House
  • Wonchul House: followed the name of Lee Wonchul, alumnus of Yonsei University who is the first doctor of science in Korea.
  • Underwood House: followed the name of Horace Grant Underwood, the founder of Yonsei University.
  • Yun, Dong-Joo House: followed the name of famous poet, Yun, Dong-Joo, who also graduated Yonsei University.
  • Muak House: followed the place name near Shinchon campus.
  • Chi Won House: Chi Won is the name of oldest building in Yonsei University, which was built in 1918.
  • Yongjae House: followed the name of the first president of Yonsei University, Yongjae Baek Nak-jun.
  • Avison House: Avison was a missionary, who spread western medical knowledge for the first time while working in Jejungwon.
  • Baek Yang House
  • Cheongsong House: Cheongsong is a name of forest in Shinchon campus.
  • Allen International House: one of the houses for foreign students. Allen is a name of a doctor who founded Kwanghyewon, the first western style hospital in Korea.
  • Aristotle International House

Notable alumni

  • Yonsei has 257,931 alumni all bound by Korean culture to actively help new graduates. As Yonsei has been the premier private university in Korea for many decades, and due to the recent development of Korea, this provides new graduates with incredible opportunities for advancement and networking with senior executives within corporations, governments, and NGOs.


Literature & Arts

  • Kim Yun Kyung (김윤경): Scholar of Korean language and Korean independence movement activist
  • Chung In Seung (정인승): Scholar of Korean language and Korean independence movement activist
  • Yun Dong-ju (윤동주): Poet and Korean independence movement activist
  • Jung Hyun Jong (정현종): Poet
  • Kang Eun-gyo (강은교): Poet
  • Gi Hyung Do (기형도): Poet
  • Ma Gwang Su (마광수): Poet, novelist, and a current faculty member of Yonsei University
  • Gong Ji Young (공지영): Novelist
  • Cha Beom Seok (차범석): Playwright and director
  • Choi In ho (최인호): Novelist
  • Kim Young Ha (김영하): Novelist
  • Park Hyun Wook (박현욱): Novelist
  • Kim Dong Gyu (김동규): Classical singer(baritone)
  • Stephen Revere: Magazine editor and television personality
  • Eun Hee-kyung: Novelist
  • Kim Yoo-jung: Novelist

Politics, Government and Public Service

  • Kim Hak-Su (김학수): UN Under-Secretary-General
  • Lee Man Seoup (이만섭): Journalist and Former Chairman of National Assembly
  • Kang Young Woo (강영우): Member of National Council On Disability Status
  • Kim Jong Hoon (김종훈) : Korean minister for Trade
  • Han Seung-soo (한승수): Former President of 56th United Nations General Assembly and Prime Minister of South Korea
  • Kim Woo Sik (김우식): Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology of South Korea
  • Yun Kwan (윤관): Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Korea
  • Yoon Hye-Ran (윤혜란): Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient
  • Kim, Suk-soo (김석수): Former Prime Minister
  • Kim, Jung-Hyun (김중현): Vice Minister of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • Kim, Yoon-ki (김윤기) : Former Minister of Ministry of Construction & Transportation




See also


  1. ^ "History of Yonsei". Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  2. ^ The cradle of the Insular' take care of Poor Korean"'". Kookmin Ilbo (in Korean). 19 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Severance Hospital, What is Severance?". PRESSian (in Korean). 24 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Oshima (大島正健) was a Japanese Severance faculty member teaching ethics who made considerable contributions to this outcome. See Severance Bulletin No.12, 1929, S.U.M.C Catalogue 1917-18
  5. ^ H.H. Underwood, Modern Education in Korea, p. 202.
  6. ^ The Ordinance (1922) was commonly viewed to have an ulterior political motive, not as genuine effort to improve education. 동아일보사설 Donga Daily Editorial, February 10, 1922.
  7. ^ Faculty members that include Choi Hyun Bae, Lee Yun Jae, Jung In Seo, Yu Eok Kyum, and Baek Nak Jun contributed to this end.
  8. ^ 연세대학교백년사 One Hundred Years of Yonsei University History, Yonsei University Press, p.183
  9. ^ 백낙준, 이묘묵, 하경덕, 갈홍기, 조병옥, 김윤경, 이용설 and others in June, 1937; Three students and 이순탁, 백남운, 노동규 apprehended and 60 Yonhi alumni investigated in October, 1937; 유억겸, 이춘호, 최현배 in September, 1938; student study group members 임종배, 김창식, 김규상 in October, 1937 and 이순복, 김삼불, 송몽규 in 1938; 최현배 and others resigned after apprehension of linguists in 1942
  10. ^ [1] Doosan Encyclopedia
  11. ^ This originally included Ewha University. Ewha University fell out asserting its independent goal in the education of women.
  12. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "World University Rankings 2014-2015".  
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings (2014/15)". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ [2] 2012 QS World University Rankings
  16. ^ Korea. Academic rankings of world universities 2009 - South Korea. Among other comprehensive universities in South Korea, Seoul National University was ranked 17-22 in Asia/Pacific region, and 1st in South Korea. Korea University was ranked 43-67 in Asia/Pacific region, and 4-7 in South Korea
  17. ^ [3] 2010 University News Network article
  18. ^ 
  19. ^ 
  20. ^ 
  21. ^ [4] QS Asian University Rankings
  22. ^ [5] Vision and founding ideology of Yonsei University, from Yonsei University Web site
  23. ^ [6] Founding ideology of Yonsei University Board of Trustees, from Yonsei University Web site
  24. ^ 연세대학교 Korean WorldHeritage article
  25. ^ "New Formula for Distributing MEF Dollars". General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Retrieved 2007-06-30. Approved in principle a partnership agreement with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, similar to the COGEIME agreement. Under the agreement, the university will serve as the regional office for the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development in Asia. 
  26. ^ [7] 2013 Yonsei University Statistics
  27. ^ [8] 2014 YES in JoongAng Daily
  28. ^ [9] 2012 discontinuance of publication
  29. ^ [10] 2008 My Daily article
  30. ^ What is Yeonsei SGAC?
  31. ^ Chief Features of SGAC, Joint University Campus
  32. ^

External links

  • Home page
  • Yonsei University : Official Seoul City Tourism
  • "Yonsei's Songdo Campus Feared to Touch Off Property Speculation", The Korea Times, January 31, 2006.

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