Ajou University

Ajou University South Korea

Ajou University Details

  • Country : South Korea
  • City : Suweon
  • Acronym : AU
  • Founded : 1973
  • Students (approx.) : 11000
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The history of Ajou University has been filled with new challenges: it has not only opened new frontiers in Korea’s higher education by introducing the double-degree system with foreign universities for the first time among Korean universities, but has grown as one of the leading universities in only about forty years since its establishment.
Now, Ajou is poised to take on yet another challenge. It is dreaming of its “Second Establishment” in order to lay the foundation for its one hundredth year as a leading university and to become the cradle of the true leaders of our society.
Through quantitative growth and a qualitative leap, we are committed to opening the era of “Ajou Premium” and changing the world in the name of Ajou as follows:
First, Ajou University will produce excellent talents, who impress both the students themselves and the entire society.
Ajou University will instill students with the “ability for survival” in our competitive society with basic knowledge and a solid education in their majors, the “ability of taking the initiative” so that they can find what they want and solve problems on their own, and the “ability of harmonious living” with which they are considerate of others and respect diversity.
Second, Ajou University will strengthen our research leadership and lead the way for both academia and industry.
Ajou University will pursue “evolutional research” via creativity and convergence based on core competencies and “excellent research” through sound competition and an innovative incentive system, and we will generate “effective research”results via collaboration among industries, academia, research institutions, and public organizations.
Third, Ajou University will fulfill our role and responsibilities for changing society and opening a new era.
We will focus our capabilities on “building social capital” for harmonious living, “improving social mobility” which allows for individuals to move upward based on their own efforts, and “preparing for the unification of the Koreas” in addition to extending our global reach.
In order to realize this vision, the people of Ajou University will begin three “Pleasant Innovations.” 
Innovation is the expression of our strong determination to overcome and change the current reality, creating the future that we hope for. It is neither repeating what we have done in the past nor following the way others have taken only faster. It is opening new paths on our own with enthusiasm.
It is innovation of the environment in order to creatively overcome the challenges facing us; innovation of ourselves, breaking away from and changing our previous ways of thinking and working, and other systems for ourselves; and social innovation for developing our society in a sound manner amid conflicts and divisions.
These are Pleasant and Enjoyable Innovations because we are happy to do them, rather than being told to by others.
These pleasant innovations by Ajou people will lead to pleasant innovations throughout the entire society of the Republic of Korea.
If Ajou changes, our society will change as well. With this confidence, there is no limitation in our courage to confront the challenges that face us, and the enthusiasm for realizing our dreams is endless.
Please support the courage of and join forces for the Pleasant Innovations by Ajou people.

Ajou University, established in 1973 under the motto of “Asia’s best university for the 21st century”, is a leading research university with 10 colleges in Korea. Located in Suwon, about 30km south of Seoul, Ajou has 14,000 students (9,000 undergraduate, 3,500 graduate, and 1,500 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 200 universities in 58 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.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Technology
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • School of Business
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Division of International Studies
  • University College


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 departments, 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.

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