Dankook University

Dankook University (commonly referred to as Dankook), abbreviated as DU or DKU, is a private research university in Yongin and Cheonan, South Korea. The university was established in 1947. It was the first university established after the National Liberation Day of Korea, and its original location was in Jongno District and Yongsan District (after Jongno), Seoul.

Dankook University
단국대학교 (檀國大學校)
Dankook University emblem.svg
Motto in English
National salvation
TypePrivate university
EstablishedNovember 3, 1947
PresidentHo-sung Chang
UndergraduatesJukjeon Campus: 10,466
Cheonan Campus: 11,686
PostgraduatesJukjeon Campus: 3,648
Cheonan Campus: 3,987
Jukjeon Campus: Yongin
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Logotype for Dankook University.svg
Dankook University
Revised RomanizationDan'guk Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerTan'guk Taehakkyo

Dankook University was ranked 148th in Asia by QS Asian Universities Ranking in 2010.[2]


Dankook University has a global affiliate network of universities and institutes.

  • Study abroad programs at sister universities allow students to improve their language skills. Dankook University gives financial support and several academic credits.
  • Short-term visiting programs provide faculty, staff and students with opportunities to expose themselves to global standards.
  • International summer/winter schools are designed to welcome students from sister universities and non-affiliated institutions.
  • Global Talent Network is a student organization that consists of Korean and international students. It seeks to promote mutual cooperation.

There is an extension campus in Cheonan, a city in South Chungcheong province. The Cheonan campus includes the largest hospital in the region and one of Korea's top dental programs, as well as the only four-year Mongolian Language and Literature Department in Korea.

The university hosts a student body of about 20,000 and employs an instructional faculty of about 630.

Global Dankook and mascotEdit

Jukjeon Campus has a bronze bear statue, Yongin

Dankook University's mascot is the bear. Each campus has a bronze bear statue.[1]

As mentioned above, Dankook University was the first private university established after Korea gained independence in 1947. The university now features 20 undergraduate colleges and 10 professional graduate schools divided between its new Jukjeon campus, constructed in 2007, and its Cheonan campus.

Both campuses have international exchange programs and are home to foreign students and faculty from countries such as the United States, China and the United Kingdom.

The international presence at Dankook continues to grow thanks to its collaborative relationships with more than 90 universities from 30 countries, including Stockholm University in Sweden; California State University and Ohio Northern University in the USA; and La Trobe University in Australia. These relationships have fostered international summer schools programs, student exchanges, and short-term visits.


Established at Dankook University (3 November 1947), Seoul Jongro Nakwon 282 Street

The foundation of Dankook University was approved on November 1, 1947, its opening taking place at Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, on November 3. In 1967 the Seok Juseon museum opened based on a donation of over 3,000 items by Seok Ju-Seon. The museum curates and conserves Korean costumes.[3]


The university holds international symposiums, publishes academic journals, and manages 22 research bodies such as the Oriental Study Research Institute, the Information Display Research Institute, the Buried Cultural Property Research Institute, the Special Education Research Institute, the Medical Laser Research Institute etc. It has 20 affiliates and affiliated education organizations such as the Seokjuseon Museum and the Information and Communication Center.

DU was selected as the best institute in 10 fields for the general university evaluations of 1999.

Jukjeon CampusEdit

Prospectus in front of the main building Beomjeonggwan, Jukjeon

Cheonan CampusEdit

The graduate schools were opened in 1958. Twelve graduate schools are managed in 65 departments for the master's course and 51 departments for the doctor's course and the Business Graduate School, the Juridical Affairs and Administration Graduate School, the Education Graduate School, the Design Graduate School, the Information and Communication Graduate School, the Special Education Graduate School, the Mass Culture and Art Graduate School, the TESOL Graduate School, the Real EstateㆍConstruction Graduate School, and the Policy Management Graduate School, the Sports Science Graduate School and the Health and Welfare Graduate School, on Jukjeon Campus.

Notable alumniEdit

Dankook University HospitalEdit

Dankook University Hospital (DKUH) opened in April 1994 to improve regional health. It has 1300 medical and other staff.

DKUH is the largest general hospital in Chung Nam Province, South Korea, with 900 patient beds and 33 specialty clinics including Internal medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and Diagnostic Radiology. DKUH is active in medical research with the Medical Laser Research Center, Life Science Research Institute, Gastrointestinal Research Unit and Biotechnology Research Institute.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dankook University Brochure, undated, quote: "Dankook University’s school mascot is the bear, the animal from the Korean ‘Dan-kun’ myth related to the creation of Korea." Retrieved 15 October 2015
  2. ^ "QS Asian Universities Ranking". Quacquarelli Symonds.
  3. ^ "Seok Juseon Memorial Museum, Dankook University - Google Arts & Culture". Google Cultural Institute. Retrieved 2017-06-02.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 37°19′19″N 127°7′34″E / 37.32194°N 127.12611°E / 37.32194; 127.12611