Sungkyunkwan University is a private research university with campuses in Seoul and Suwon. Originally, it was founded in 1398 by the Joseon Dynasty located in the heart of central Seoul. It was authorized as Sungkyunkwan, the foremost educational institution of Joseon, by the great code of the state administration pertaining to the royal assent.
Today, the university has two campuses: the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul, and the Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon. Twelve schools and four colleges offer degrees at the bachelor’s level; twelve graduate schools confer various degrees at both the masters and doctoral levels. SKKU offers Korea’s first fully English-taught Global MBA program, which has gained tremendous international recognition. SKKU also has one of the best medical schools in South Korea, which is affiliated with the world-famous Samsung Medical Center. Samsung partnered with SKKU in 1965-1977 and took up its partnership again in 1996. Recent years have seen a trend of SKKU rising in university rankings, consistently placing in the top 3 nationally.
- SKKU stands out in the Asian University Rankings, carried out by the UK’s well-known QS University Rankings and the Chosun Ilbo
- It is the oldest university in East Asia which is the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea
- Has partnered with institutions around the world including Cambridge University, MIT, Fordham Law School, Peking University and Maastricht Univeristy