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Kyung Hee University

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Academic staff
2,976 (2011)

24,569 (2011)

Total enrollment
24,966 (2014)

Cho In-won


31,453 (2011)

+82 2-961-0114

May 1949

Democratization of School, Ideas, and LivingToward a New CivilizationA Civilized World

26 Kyungheedae-ro, Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea

Notable alumni
Gong Yoo, Cho Kyuhyun, Daesung, Kim Yeonji, Kim Sun‑a

Chung‑Ang University, Sungkyunkwan University, Yonsei University, Hanyang University, Korea University


Kyung hee university

Kyung Hee University is a private, research university encompassing an educational system from kindergarten to graduate school with campuses in Seoul, Suwon, and Gwangneung (on the outskirts of Namyangju city), South Korea. 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 international professors.


The university celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2009. In 1993 Kyung Hee received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. In 2006, Kyung Hee and the University of Pennsylvania initiated the Penn-Kyung Hee Collaborative Summer Program 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). 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. As of 2011 Kyung Hee University maintains sister relationships with 402 universities in 68 countries.

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, first proposed in 1981 the UN International Day of Peace, organized the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs, held the 2009 World Civic Forum, ran the 2011 UNAI-Kyung Hee International Symposium, and has spearheaded the Global Common Society movement.

Korean university campus in autumn kyung hee university


Common Faculty

  • Humanitas College Faculty of General Education
  • College of Humanities
  • 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
  • Physical Education

    The Dept. of Physical Education at KHU was set up as the Dept. of Physical Education in Korea in 1949, and became a stepping stone to play a pivotal role in Korean Physical education. It was promoted to the college of Physical education upon completing the construction of the largest gym in Asia in 1955. The doctoral program was opened in 1980 for the first ever time in Korea. Currently, five departments are operated within the college of Physical education: Physical Edu, Sports medicine, coaching, Golf management and Taekwondo.

    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. 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.

    The medical center is divided into the General Hospital, Dental Hospital, Korean Medicine Hospital, East-West Medical Center, and the Medical Science Research Institute. In a 1999 study, the Kyung Hee Korean medicine curriculum consisted of 60 percent Eastern and 40 percent Western research and practice. 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.

    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.

    Medical Center

  • Kyung Hee Medical Center (Medical Hospital, Dental Hospital, Korean Medicine Hospital)
  • Kyung Hee University Medical Center at Gangdong
  • Kangnam Korean Hospital
  • Ranking

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

    Politics, government and public service

  • Choue Chungwon - President of the World Taekwondo Federation(WTF)
  • Rep. Park Young-Sun - D-Guro 2nd
  • Rep. Moon Jae-in - D-Sasang, Democratic Party's nominee for 2012 Presidential Election
  • Business

  • Park Chan-bup - former chairman of Kumho Asiana Group
  • Literature and arts

  • Han Su-san - author
  • Cho Hae-il - author
  • Jeong Ho-seung - poet
  • Ryu Si-hwa - author, poet
  • Won Tae-yeon - poet
  • Kwak Jae-yong - film director, screenwriter
  • Choi Il-gu - journalist, television personality
  • Academics

  • Yoon Moo-boo - ornithologist
  • Maurits van den Noort - cognitive neuroscientist
  • Sports

  • Yeo Hong-Chul - gymnast, Olympic silver medalist
  • Yun Mi-Jin - archer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Lee Ho-Suk - Short Track speedskater, Olympic gold medalist
  • Young Il Kong- Taekwondo Grand Master - 9th Dan.
  • Moon Dai-won - Korean Mexican martial artist, known as the "Father of Mexican Taekwondo"
  • Park Jong-Hwan - former manager of South Korean national football team
  • Lee Woon-Jae - football goalkeeper, former member of South Korean national football team
  • Park Kun-Ha - former football player, coach of South Korea national under-23 football team
  • Lee Jung-Soo - football player
  • Lee Ho - football player
  • Yoon Kyung-shin - handball player
  • Seo Gyo Sun - Taekwondo Master - 7th Dan
  • Lee Jae Bok - badminton coach, former South Korean national team coach,former British Olympic team coach, former English national team coach
  • Entertainment

  • Kim Inseong - singer, member of SF9
  • Transportation

    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.


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