For over 70 years, Yong In University has been nurturing genuine leaders of talent and strong character.
YIU visited by the globally distinguished: Commencement speech by former U.S. President Bill Clinton
YIU drawing world leaders: The world’s first honorary doctorate degree in Judo Studies conferred to President Vladimir Putin of Russia
YIU Museum: Sharing and preserving traditional culture
YIU Department of Cultural Properties: Leader in cultural property preservation science
YIU Sports Stars: Training numerous summer olympics medalists were born
YIU Alumni: Perpetually adventurous Hong Sung-taek becomes the world’s first to reach three polar points and two polar regions
YIU Alumna: Jeong Ji-eun becomes the first female member of Korea-U.S. “Elite Combat·Expert Infantry”
YIU Newly Established: Department of Applied Music nurturing global musicians
YIU Department of Film: Leading the Korean movie renaissance and a 40 million-viewed blockbuster!
YIU Department of Taekwondo: Innovating a human certered martial arts philosophy
YIU Department of Military Science: Working with the Korean Army, the first of its kind in the metro seoul area
YIU Department of Social Welfare: Fostering welfare experts needed in an aging society
YIU Department of Police Administration: Cultivating police officers boasting a High exam passing rate
Yong In University is an academy where world leaders visit. The U.S. former President Clinton participated in YIU’s commencement ceremony and delivered a congratulatory speech encouraging our graduates.
YIU students who are moving towards the world under the attention of global leaders are positioning themselves as the best global talents with exceptional pride.
Yong In University that conferred the world’s first honorary doctorate degree in Judo Studies to the Russian President Putin (in 2010 when he was Prime Minister) cooperates with renowned world leaders. Highly regarded as a university turning out Korea’s and the world’s best talents, YIU is growing as a preeminent university in the world.
YIU Museum, an open space where the students and the community members of the region can enjoy viewing cultural properties, promotes the significance of Korean culture to the world by biannually exhibiting cultural properties owned by Uhak Cultural Foundation. And the museum hosts special exhibitions and related academic seminars, reflecting on the precious value and meaning of cultural assets. The museum’s permanent collections include earthenware, pottery, painting, writings and more.
The Department of Cultural Property follows the Department of Cultural Property Preservation that was opened for the first time in Korea in 1997 to preserve cultural property and succeed tradition. This department aims to foster cultural property specialists by guiding students on cultural property theories, scientifically analysing cultural property and gaining cultural property preservation skills. Yong In University produced the largest number of experts working for cultural property preservation related organizations including National Museum of Korea and National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. With professors with ample hands-on experience and scientific educational facilities, the department runs a various range of curricula composed of preservation science, archaeology, art history and much more.
So far, YIU graduates and students won 49 Olympic medals. That means that out of 266 Olympic medals Korea won, two in 10 were won by Yong In members. This demonstrates how verified YIU is as a university specialized in sports. With systematic sports training programs and solid curricula, YIU is producing sports talents and uplifting Korea’s sports into world-class levels
As Korea’s mountaineer and adventurer, Yong In University’s alumnus Hong Sung-taek (Class of 1992) reached three polar points (north pole, south pole, and the everest) and two polar regions (traversing Greenland and crossing Bering Sea) for the first time in the world. Confidence and clear vision of Alumnus Hong Sung-taek who was designated Asia’s Adventurer in 2016 started with his passion for the world unknown. Hong is taking on the unchallenged and the most difficult course among the Himalayan peaks, the south face of Lhotse (8,516m), for the fifth time. He is indeed grabbing the attention of mountaineers across the world.
Yong In University alumna Jeong Ji-eun (Class of 2015) is the first female officer among both Korea and the U.S. military who passed the Elite Expert Infantry member qualification test hosted by KoreaU.S. Combined Forces Command after passing the Korea-U.S. Elite Combat member qualification test in 2015. These two qualification tests geared to screen warfighters armed with physical strength and combat skills are notorious even in the U.S., referred to as ‘hell test’. The efforts of alumna Jeong Ji-eun possessing Taekwondo third dan (level) certification and Judo third dan (level) certification show the Yong in leaders’ spirit of endlessly challenging themselves.
YIU Department of Applied Music was newly established with the goal of fostering creative talents communicating with the world through music and global musicians who can lead the global cultural market of the future. The department was designed to provide educational facilities conducive for applied music education while enabling solid acquisition of academic basics based on curricula as well as practical training in a systematic manner. Practicing applied discipline, the department focuses on nurturing artistic musical talents leading the way by inviting current practitioners in the Korean pop music scene to guide its students.
YIU Department of Film alumni are rewriting the history of Korean movies. Director Kang Hyung-chul (Class of 2003) garnered 20 million viewers with only three movies, “Scandal Makers”, “Sunny”, and “Tazza: The Hidden Card”. Director Jeong Yoon-cheol (Master Degree Class of 2001) was awarded Best New Director Award at the 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards with the movie “Marathon”. Producer Goh Young-jae (Master Degree Class of 2005) was lauded at Sundance Film Festival with the documentary masterpiece “Old Partner”. And Director Jang Geon-jae (Class of 2000) whose movie “A Midsummer’s Fantasia” was selected as the best independent art film in 2015 is also a proud alumnus of Yong In University! The university’s Department of Film is cultivating the protagonists of the future leading the renaissance of Korean movies with its best training environment and practical field-centered curriculum.
Traditional martial arts are being segmentalized and specialized into various fields today. Among martial arts, Taekwondo is a form of martial arts that can integrate humanity by being able to overcome philosophical division and even by going beyond globalization. The world’s first departments of Taekwondo at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Yong In University with the best faculty are contributing to its students and alumni continuously achieving excellent results at the Olympics and other international competitions through quality education with the spirit of virtue, wisdom and humanity. YIU Department of Taekwondo is home to numerous international students aspiring to be Taekwondo leaders. In particular, the department contributes to the globalization of Taekwondo by hosting YIU President’s Taekwondo Competition not only in Korea but also in the U.S. and China. And the Taekwondo instructors fostered by YIU are recognized for their leadership around the world.
YIU Department of Military Science was opened for the first time in South Korea’s metropolitan area in 2011 upon gaining approval from South Korea’s army headquarters in accordance with the Agreement on Military Science Development Cooperation. It is the only such department in South Korea’s metropolitan area where its students become South Korean Army full scholarship recipient upon entering the program. And students become commissioned army officers after graduation. Following YIU’s founding philosophy to ‘carry on the martialism spirit’, YIU has been making efforts to promote exchanges and academic development in the area of national defense by becoming a sister institution with educational institutions and major army units including South Korea’s third field army command and the Korea Military Academy. In particular, the department is making its best efforts to specialize YIU’s programs through making synergies with YIU Department of Security Service and the Department of Police Administration.
YIU Department of Social Welfare is devoted to research towards promoting and securing happiness among people. Social welfare is a practical discipline researching ways in which intervention on individual, family, group, community and national levels can take us to a welfare society. As such, the department aims to educate social welfare professionals with expertise and skills to intervene in order to solve and prevent social problems and to effectively deliver social welfare services. Students are granted a second-level social welfare certificate upon graduation and they can acquire the first-level certificate after passing an exam. Graduates work as social welfare specialists at welfare organizations including general social welfare centers; as medical and mental health social workers at general hospitals and mental health centers; as senior citizen welfare experts and aged-friendly consultants at senior welfare organizations; as members of a range of welfare foundations and corporate social contribution teams, as social workers at school, as social welfare administrative civil servants and more.
In Korea, the police service exam is very difficult to pass, so much so that it is likened to a bar exam. Yet, the high passing rate demonstrated by YIU Department of Police Administration has made this department yet another prestigious department of YIU thanks to its thoroughly-designed program and devoted professors. By providing separate facilities to fully support students focusing on the exams, the department cultivates many elites in the police force including top-level police officer candidates.