Seoul National University

Seoul National University (SNU), colloquially known in Korean as Seoul-dae (???), is a national research university located in Seoul, ranked 24th in the world in publications in an analysis of data from the Science Citation Index and 47th in the world and 7th in Asia by THES-QS World University Rankings. Founded in 1946, Seoul National University was the first national university in South Korea, and served as a model for the many national and public universities in the country. Seoul National University has been recognized for its leading role in Korean academia, and entry into the university is viewed as a ticket to success. Recently, the Ecole des Mines de Paris – MINES Paris Tech reported that SNU is ranked 5th in the world in terms of the number of alumni currently holding CEO positions in Fortune 500 enterprises.

Throughout its history, Seoul National University has been regarded as the most eminent of all post-secondary educational institutions in South Korea. It is regarded as the most renowned university by the general public and recruits top-notch high school students. To join the international trend of learning, the university’s faculty includes more than 350 foreigners, which is about 10 per cent of the total. Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen and Fields Medal recipient Hironaka Heisuke are on the faculty roster.

Today Seoul National University comprises sixteen colleges and six professional schools, with a student body of about thirty-thousand. It has two campuses in Seoul: the main campus in Gwanak, and the medical campus (named Yeongeon Campus after its neighbourhood) in Jongno. SNU is notable for its “fleet-style”[citation needed] system, offering diplomas for virtually every academic field, from aerospace engineering to Western history.

Seoul National University
Latin: Universitas Nationalis Seulensis
Motto Veritas lux mea
(Latin, literal translation: “The truth is my light”. non-literal: “The truth enlightens me”.)
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Established 1946
Type National
Endowment KRW 134.2 billion
(USD 145.6 million)
President Lee Jang-Moo, Ph.D.
Faculty 2,064[3] (2008)
Staff 991[3] (2008)
Students 26,605 (2008)
Undergraduates 16,006
Postgraduates 10,559
Doctoral students 2,602
Location Gwanak, Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban, 1.4 km? (350 acres)
16.57 km?, including the arboretums and other campuses.
Colors Blue
Mascot Crane

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