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KNU Today

  • US News & World Report‘Best Global University’ranks KNU at 1st among national Universities, 10th among all universities in Korea
    - 1st in agricultural among Korean national universities studies, 2nd in Korea overall, and 116th worldwide
    - 1st in physics studies among Korean national universities, 4th in Korea overall, 169th worldwide Kyungpook National University (KNU) is ranked 1st among Korean National Universities, 10th overall in Korea, and 511th worldwide. US News & World Report, a renowned academic assessment agency in the US, announced the world top 1,000 universities on October 25th, 2016. In that report, 29 universities in Korea, including KNU, were included. The agency evaluated 12 categories including global joint research, global and local research reputation, standardized citation effect, number of top 1% and 10% cited papers, and ratio of top 1% and 10% cited papers. In the‘ global joint research’ category, KNU ranked 2nd in Korea, 1st among national universities, and 116th globally in the field of agricultural studies;KNU ranked 4th in Korea, 1st among national universities, and 169th globally in the field of physics. KNU also ranked 7th in Korea and 180th globally in the field of pharmacy, being proudly recognized world class research power.
  • Korean Ministry of Education provides 6.1 billion Korean won to KNU for 7 projects under CK-1(University for Creative Korea -Ⅰ)
    ‘Human Resource Education Center for Mathematically Converged Intelligent Machine’which is a project aiming to nurturing future talent in the fieldsof mechanical engineering and mathematics, has been newly selected at CK-1(University for Creative Korea -Ⅰ) by the Ministry of Education, bringing the number of projects KNU hosts to seven, with 6.124 billion won in funding, representing top-level output nationwide. The same project was selected as a best practice as well among 62 other projects.

    CK-1 is a representative federal funding project, with funding is given for five years, from 2014 to 2018, in special academic areas in universities. 2016 marked the third year of the project, and a re-selection process was done to provide opportunities for new projects and maintain best practice within existing projects. At the re-selection process, 89 projects out of 492 among 58 universities(62 new and 27 existing) were selected, marking a 5.5:1 competition rate. KNU has consistently received top evaluationssince 2014, including the interim evaluation in May 2016 and the re-selection process in last July. Among the re-selected projects are the ‘Smart Electronic Specialized Project’, ‘Future Industrial Material Project’, ‘Global Food Resources Agricultural Development Talent Nurturing Project’, ‘Horticultural Food Convergence “Glocal ”Talent Nurturing Project, “Glocal ” Culture Contents Creative Talents Project’, and ‘Basic Science Talent Nurturing Project’. KNU is planning to consistently develop and support specialized academic areas for more balanced development.
  • KNU selected for PRIME(Program for Industrial needs-Matched Education) project by Korean Ministry of Education
    KNU has been selected for the Program for Industrial needs-Matched Education (PRIME) project by the Korean Ministry of Education after being selected for CORE project last March. The PRIMEprogram will provide from fivebillion won to as much as 30 billion won to departments which merge with other departments or move students to academic areaswhich receive moredemand from industry. Out of 72 universities, 9 wereselected as participants in large-sizedprojects(social demand leading university) and 12 forsmall-sized projects (creativity-based leading university) including KNU. KNU is the only local flagship university selected for the program. KNU has a plan to move some100 students out of 225 in the humanities and social division the undeclared major category to the newly established Global SoftwareConvergence department. As rapid growth in the ICT industry is expected in the nextfive years, KNU will do its best to nurture talentin the IT area.
  • KNU selected for CORE(initiative for COllege of humanities Research and Education) project and receivesgovernment fundingof 8.4 billion KRW for three years
    CORE (an initiative for COllege of Humanities Research and Education) is a Ministry of Education funding program which aims to strengthenstudent capabilitiesin liberal arts as a fundamental academic area. Out of 46 applicants, 16 programs were selected, including one at KNU. In order to be selected, KNU formed three programmodels includinga “Global Local studies model”;a “Converged major model”focusingon liberal arts; and an “In-depth Basic Liberal Arts model”. These models centeron six major competencies including global competencies, convergence, creativity, supremacy, leadership, and commitment. 100% of faculty and staff members in KNU colleges related to liberal arts are to participate in the program, and all participating students will be required to take eight credits in basic liberal arts courses.
  • KNU Research Funding Ranked No. 1 among National Universities and No. 7 Nation-Wide
    KNU ranksnumber1 among national universities and number7 nation-wide in the amountof research funds obtained from outsidesources. According to the University Information Disclose System providedby the Korean Universities Education Committee and the Korean Ministry of Education, KNU obtained 146 billion woninresearch funds in 2015, ranking it number 7 among all Korean universities and number1 among national universities. This figure marks a 12.6% increase in funding from 130 billion won in 2014. KNU alsoranked highly (number 3 among all Korean universities and number 1 amongnational institutions) in the number of projectsobtaining research funds at around 2,848 projects in total.
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