Pukyong National University

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Pukyong National University
Motto Touching Tomorrow at Pukyong National University
Type National
Established 1924[1]
President Kim young-seup, Ph.D
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 27,954(Undergraduate 25,341, Post-graduate 2,613)
Location ,
Campus Urban 2 campuses(Daeyeon Campus, Yongdang Campus)
Website http://www.pknu.ac.kr/index.do
Pukyong National University
Revised Romanization Bugyeong Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Pugyŏng Taehakkyo

Pukyong National University is a national university located in Busan, South Korea. The 2nd largest city of Korea, which is the location of Busan Port, Gwangan Grand Bridge, Haeundae Beach, Oruk Islet, and Jagalchi. The university has two campuses - Daeyeon-dong and Yongdang-dong. These campuses are situated near coastal district of Nam-gu. The location itself suggests that Pukyong University has a strong traditional focus on fisheries sciences and other maritime fields. The University has excellent facilities for Marine and Technology studies.

Pukyong National University was formed in 1996 from the merger of two national universities with long histories, the National Fisheries University of Busan which was established in 1941 and the Busan National University of Technology which was established in 1924.

Historically, the Daeyeon-dong area was a small fishing village which was populated by anchovy fishermen. In the early years of the 20th century these fishermen found their products in high demand and amassed a fairly sizable amount of wealth. With this money they purchased what is now the Daeyeon-dong campus land and donated it to the national government under the condition that it be used to establish training for their industry. During the Korean War, the Daeyeon campus was used as an airfield by the U.S. Air Force. Local residents constructed a large Dol-Jip "stone house" for the commanding officers and pilots. Today this building still stands and is used as a student cafeteria.

At present, there are some 26,000 students and 544 professors on both campuses which cover 673,899 m2. Three large libraries (two are in Daeyeon Dong and one is in Yong Dong campus) are there. The old library is open to students 24 hours a day. A network of shuttle buses runs every 15 minutes. The two campuses are separated by about 4 km distance. The bus takes 10–15 minutes and is free for students.

Although primarily a fisheries university, PKNU has 6 colleges including a large humanities and social sciences department, 4 graduate programs with master's courses in 60 departments in 15 interdisciplinary programs and doctoral courses in 56 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs. In addition there are 8 research institutes.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Korean Language and Literature
Department of English Language and Literature
Division of Japanese Language and Literature
Department of History
Division of Economics
Department of Law
Department of Public Administration
Division of International and Area Studies
Department of Mass Communication
Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
Department of Early Childhood Education
Department of Visual Communications Design
Department of Industrial Design
Department of Fashion Design

College of Natural Sciences

Department of Applied Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Microbiology
Department of Marine Sports
Department of Statistics
Department of Nursing

College of Business Administration

Division of Business Administration
Division of International Commerce

College of Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering
Department of Electronic Engineering
Department of Information and Communications Engineering
Department of Computer Engineering
Department of IT Convergence and Application Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Automotive Engineering
Department of Mechanical System Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Industrial Chemistry
Department of Polymer Engineering
Department of Graphic Arts Information Engineering
Department of Image Science & Engineering
Division of Systems Management and Engineering
Department of Safety Engineering
Department of Materials System Engineering
Department of Metallurgical Engineering Department of Architecture
Department of Civil Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Architectural Engineering
Department of Fire Protection Engineering

College of Fishery Sciences

Department of Food Science & Technology
Department of Marine Bio-materials and Aquaculture
Division of Marine Production System Management
Department of Marine Business and Economics
Department of Fisheries Education
Department of Marine Biology
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Aquatic Life Medicine


PKNU museum is located on the first and second floor of Cheongun Building. It has displayed the greatest number of the materials in the field of fisheries and marine among the other universities in the country. There are 2,278 exhibits including 1,262 cultural properties, 374 marine organisms, 287 fishing gears and fishing boats, 55 vessels, 283 PKNU’s historical materials, and 17 folk materials. Also, there are many exhibits which have historical value including a chanfron of the old Gaya period which was considered that it is the earliest chanfron, and armor which was only excavated from Dugok Historical Site in Gimhae. In addition, there are many interesting and invaluable stuffed marine lives including coelacanth which is called living fossil, and there are the only 2 in Korea. Moreover, there are bone of the southern right whale, giant clam, various sharks, fish which habitat was the coastal waters and the ocean, crustacean, and the sea animals.

Pukyongsaurus Millenniumi lived in the Korean Peninsula about 140 million years ago, and it is the first dinosaur to have Korean name. It has displayed on the lobby of the Cheongun Building.Its fossil of the bone was discovered in the small rocky island located on the coast of Galsa-ri, Geumseong-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, and restored by PKNU professor Baek In Seong’s team.Because Pukyongsaurus Millenniumi is plant-eating dinosaur, it has 4 legs and long neck. Moreover, it is estimated to live in Korean Peninsula in the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era. It is also estimated to be between 20 and 25 meters long from head to tail.

Busan Radiological Monitoring Station

It is one of 12 supervisory organizations in the country which have been operated by Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) to observe the level of radiation in the atmosphere since 1967. It is providing the needed information to prepare the appropriate countermeasures and to prevent the atomic accidents in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do.

Research achievements

Marine Bioprocess Research Center (the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) Managing marine sample collection Exploring and commercializing new marine materials Developing bioprocesses for mass-production of new materials Government Grant : ₩6,000,000,000 (U$4,610,000)

Busan Environmental Research Center (the Ministry of the Environment) Renewable Energy & Relevant Parts Materials Government Grant : ₩10,000,000,000 (U$7,690,000)

Development of Leading Industry for a Wide Area Economic Bloc (the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) Parts and Materials for the safety of transportation machinery Global competitiveness enhancement, network building for leading human resources Government Grant : ₩25,000,000,000 (U$19,230,800)

Center for Atmospheric Science and Earthquake Research (Korea Meteorological Administration) Government Grant : ₩ 7,000,000,000 (U$5,380,000) until 2011

ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES ENGINEERING PROGRAM Selected as "Specialized University for Energy & Mineral Resources Development" (the Ministry of Knowledge Economy) Government Grant : ₩4,000,000,000 (U$3,640,000) until 2013

Major Programs Support for human resources development Invitation of new faculty members Special lectures by invited experts Establishment of educational infrastructure

Notable people and alumni

  • Heize, singer
  • Jea-Chul Kim, founder of Dong-won Group

Foreign students

Around 1000 foreign students are studying in PKNU, so it has topology as the global university as many foreign students visit PKNU to participate in various and meaningful internationalized programs.

Recent News

New Technology in Super-tig of welding.

Jo-Sangmyeong of professor in Pukyong National University made a new technology of super tig that lower the cost of welding by using LNG fuel tube and tank. it was recognized by International Institute of Welding and DNV GL in Norway.

LINK and Pukyon National university have worked together from 2017.

"LINK" is such a business which industries and universities work together to cultivate human resources and make sustainable local economic development. 398 professors of 45 majors and 12,470 students in Pukyong National university have worked with LINK from 2017 and made contracts of technology transfer with 80 companies.

PKNU became as Training Center to cultivate human resources in the field of transporter of energy.

Pukyong National University was selected as training center for the development of material and system to transfer energy by MTI(Ministry of Trade and Industry). PKNU will have been supported financially as much as 2.3 billion won by 2023. The definition of Transporter of Energy is a material to produce, save, and transfer energy.

Pukyong National University is the number one university nationwide in managing and organizing materials of public institution.

It has been ranked the highest for maintaining materials of public institution in appraisal of Nation Archives of Korea. the archive of Pukyong National university has been opened since 2015. It has been nominated for organizing the system of maintaining them.

Pukyong National University has R-WeSET, the business of forster Female engineering students from South East Asia

It has been nominated for good managing department in Southeast area to promote advance and application of female outstanding students who has natural science and engineering major. The program supporting the scientific technique department for outstanding female students will be given 2.1 billion won till 2021.

Alumnus of Pukyong National University

Kang Joon-Seok, started his undergrad in '80 with Fishery management major, was elected as vice-minister of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. He has worked in that field for 30 years.

Cho Hyun-Bae who started his undergrad in '79 with department of engineering major was selected as the director of police in Busan.

The 6th President

Kim Young Seop, professor of Pukyong National University in Busan, was formally appointed as the sixth president. On September 2, the Ministry of Education announced that they had appointed professor Kim Young Seop as the sixth president through the appointment process of national university's president. His four-year term will be over on 1 September 2020.

World Fisheries University(FAO)

Pukyong National University has been nominated as World Fisheries University (FAO)'s location. Several Marine Fisheries related organizations in Busan have been associated with Pukyong National University to seal on the decision.

Selected for Core Education Business in Korea

Pukyong National University has been selected for the core education business in Korea. The core education business is to intensify the social science and Humanity parts in the domestic universities. The business expense is expected 60Billions Won(5 million USD) and it will be acted for next 3 years.

The 2nd on-campus accommodation

Pukyong National University has built a new on-campus accommodation that accommodates 1,011 more students. The expected accommodation ratio is 24.2% which is way higher than the former ratio(16.5%).

Pukyong Kindergarten

Pukyong National University has built a kindergarten for the employees' convenience. It is located in Pukyong National University's campus and can only accept the children of their employees.

Pukyong National University is going to fully transfer to Daeyeon-Campus in 2018

Pukyong National University will transfer the engineering colleges from Yongdang campus to DaeYeon campus in 2018. In order to strengthen our university's competitiveness, Pukyong University plans to specialize DaeYeon Campus as an educational and researchcentered campus , and Yongdang Campus as an industrial and academical innovation campus. When the transfer of all departments will be completed, the Yongdang Campus Engineering College, which started in 1986, ends in 32 years. Instead, Pukyong University will open up a space of 330,605 square meters of massive Yongdang campus to enterprises from Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongnam for industrial cooperation and starting up new business.

UN World Fisheries University in Pukyong University

Busan City and Pukyong National University succeeded in attracting UN World Fisheries University (WFU). The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MFA) decided that Busan (Pukyong National University) will be the final destination after examining three areas, including Busan, Chungnam and Jeju, which competed in the contest for the location of the World Fisheries College under the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Announced on the 19th. In the future, the World Fisheries University will open in the Pukyong National University, Dae Yeon campus in 2018 after establishing of the special law for operational support and the decision of the FAO General Meeting in July 2017. Currently, the UN universities include Sweden's World Maritime University (WMU) and United Nations University (UNU) in Japan. The World Fisheries University is the first UN-affiliated University.

Selected as a base-type of leading start-up university

Pukyong National University was selected as a leading venture company by the Small and Medium Business Administration in 2016. Pukyongdae was selected as a leader in general business start-up in last year, and it will be selected as a leading business start-up university within a year. It will receive up to 17.5 billion won for 5 years by 2020. It is about 5 billion won more than general business start-up university project. This year, three universities were selected from the nationwide universities including Pukyung University, Chungbuk University.

Plans for building the new training ship(Ship Baekyong, will be completed in 2020)

Pukyong National University is planning to complete the building of a new training ship as a substitution for Ship Gaya by December of 2020. It will start its trainings aboard and oceanic research with Ship Nara, built in 2015, by traveling the littoral and deep-seas.

Walker House of Pukyong National University

During the Korean Civil War, the command center of the 8th US army’s headquarter was today’s Walker House in Pukyong National University. It was named after the Commander Walker. The command center of the Allies is now a students’ cafeteria.

An amity match of rowing between Pukyong National University and Korea Maritime and Ocean

An amity match of rowing was held between Pukyong National University and Korea Maritime and Ocean University on June 9th.

See also


  1. ^ University, Pukyong National. "History . www.pknu.ac.kr.
  2. ^ University, Pukyong National. "Research Achievements . www.pknu.ac.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-12-09.

External links

  • Pukyong National University (Korean)
  • Pukyong National University (English)

Coordinates: 35°08′03″N 129°06′13″E / 35.13417°N 129.10361°E / 35.13417; 129.10361

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