Chosun University (Hangul: 조선대학교; Hanja: 朝鮮大學校; RR: Joseon Daehakgyo) is one of the oldest private universities in South Korea. Its campus is situated in Gwangju metropolitan city, in southwestern South Korea. The current president is Kang Dong-Wan. Around 33,000 students are enrolled.
Motto in English
Specific Education for Talented Students
|Established||September 9, 1946|
|President||Kang Dong-Wan (16th)|
Gwangju, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Joseon Daehakgyo|
Undergraduate courses are offered through the university's 16 Colleges: General Education ,Humanities, Natural Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Electronics and Information Engineering, Education, Foreign Studies, Physical Education, Art and Design, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Natural Medical Sciences. Graduate courses, which cover most of these same areas, are offered through the various departments of the Graduate School.
Chosun University was founded by the Chosun College Founders' Association. The Association was formed in May 1946, and rapidly gained members throughout Chungcheong, Jeolla, and Jeju provinces. According to the school website, "membership rose to more than 72,000 by the end of 1947." The first classes of the school, then called Kwangju Evening Academy, were held on September 29, 1946. It was renamed Chosun Academy shortly thereafter, and became a college in 1948. It became a university at the beginning of the 1953 school year, at which time the graduate school was also established.
Chosun University maintains sisterhood ties with a large number of institutions: 70 internationally, and 42 domestically. Countries involved include Australia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.