Kyungnam University

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Kyungnam University
경남대학교 慶南大學校
Motto Truth, Freedom, and Creation
Type Private
Established 1946 (1946)
President Park Jae-kyu
Academic staff
900 (2013)
Students 17,000
Undergraduates 15,000
Postgraduates 2,000
Location , ,
Campus Urban
Colors Sky blue
Nickname Kyung Dae
Mascot Horse called "HANMA"
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gyeongnam Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏngnam Taehakkyo

Kyungnam University (경남대학교; 慶南大學校) is a private university located in Changwon (Masan), the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, South Gyeongsang or Gyeongnam (Kyungnam) province, in Southeastern South Korea. Kyungnam University has six colleges (Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Education, Economics and Commerce, Law and Politics, and Engineering). Its 15 research institutions (including the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul) work to facilitate not only individual research but also cooperative partnership activities with academia, industry, and government. The university also has 65 sister universities in 19 different countries. The university specializes in globalization and localization under the university's motto of 'truth, freedom, and creation'.


Founded in 1946 as Kookmin College in Seoul, the tumultuous Korean War years created a situation in which it was more advantageous to move south than to stay in the Seoul area.[1] In 1952 Kookmin College was rechristened Haein College[2] and then in 1956 the college relocated to Korea’s southern coast and has been in the city of Masan since that time. In 1961 the institution was renamed Masan College.

In 1970, the Hanma foundation took over the college and in 1971 decided to rename the college again, so the signs were changed to read “Kyungnam College.” In 1982 the institution attained university status and the name was officially changed to “Kyungnam University.”

Notable alumni

Faculty, staff, students

Kyungnam University maintains a teaching staff of over 900 professors, lecturers, adjuncts, and instructors. Student enrollment currently stands at more than 15,000.

The university comprises six colleges with 4 undergraduate divisions and 46 departments offering degrees at the bachelor’s level, whereas six graduate schools confer a variety of degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.

Further reading

  • "Kyungnam University Stands Out among Private Universities in Korea." The Korea Post, vol. 26, no. 11 (November 2013), pp. 26–31. Available at (Accessed January 15, 2015).


  1. ^ Study in Korea. Korea Research Foundation. 2008. p. 168.
  2. ^ International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture. International Association for Buddhist Thought & Culture. 2008. p. 76.

External links

  • Kyungnam University Official website (English)
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