Sungkyunkwan University, Kaesong

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Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU or simply Seongdae, hangul: 성균관대학교; hanja: 成均館大學校) is a private comprehensive research university in South Korea. The institution traces its origins to the historical Sungkyunkwan founded in 1398 by the Joseon Dynasty located in the heart of central Seoul. As the foremost educational institution of the Joseon Kingdom, it was governed by the great code of the state administration with royal assent. It was restructured into a university in the late nineteenth century, and has since greatly expanded its course offerings and reputation, which is attributed to its numerous influential graduates, strong research output, and close partnership with Samsung.

The university spends heavily on research and development, mostly funded by its primary sponsor tech-giant Samsung, Hyundai and other government funding agencies, producing high-end research scientists. Among the internationally notable research scientists of the university, professor Park Nam-Gyu of Chemical engineering, who was nominated as one of the potential Chemistry Nobel laureates in 2017 by Clarivate Analytics, and professor Lee Young-hee, director of the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics in the Institute for Basic Science, are currently active in research at this university, frequently coming into spotlight in Nature.
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  • All of the tours of the DMZ zone seem to include a trip here on the same day. It’s a lovely looking area with interesting historical buildings but it only requires a 5 minute look around to be...  more »
  • I think for all the tours to DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) at Panmunjom, they also take tourists to this site. Since Kaesong City is located just around the corner from DMZ, this place is naturally...  more »
  • I want to study there to see BTS and BLACKPINK .💜
  • Nice campus. The dorms are also nice and clean. Full of trees. Love it.
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