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1995-2010 Globalization

Korean government initiated social reform upholding the motto of Segyehwa (globalization), which included supporting plan to make SNU to become a truly global and research-centered institution. Members of SNU community changed their interests from politics to global economy and knowledge-based society. Student community was depoliticized with democratization of Korean society, and started building diverse culture.

  • May 31, 1995 The government announced Plan for Education Reform in Preparation of Globalization and Digitalization Age, dubbed the May 31st Education Reform. Following the plan, SNU abolished its own undergraduate exams (Korean, English, and Math) from 1997.
  • June 15, 1995 An academic exchange agreement with the University of Helsinki signed
  • July 6, 1995 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, President of South Africa (1994-1999) awarded SNU honorary doctorate
  • Sept. 1, 1995 City bus #413 (currently 5512) offered a route inside of campus
  • Oct. 10, 1995 Departments of Economics and International Economics merged as the Department of Economics
  • Nov. 26, 1995 Voter participation at the SNU Student Council was lower than 50% due to students' decreasing interest in political issues
  • Feb. 2, 1996 Graduation requirement lowered from 140 to 130 credits
  • Aug. 28, 1996 Gwanak family dormitory constructed (200 units)
  • Sept. 20, 1996 New buildings of College of Engineering completed on the mountain hill side, expanding the campus
  • Oct. 15, 1996 50th anniversary of the founding of Seoul National University
  • Oct. 15, 1996 Honorary degrees awarded to 17 SNU student who participated and died in the Korean War
  • Dec. 18, 1996 Centennial Building of the College of Law constructed
  • Feb. 17, 1997 Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, affiliated to the College of Veterinary Medicine, opened on Gwanak campus
  • Feb. 24, 1997 Agreement on student exchanges among national universities signed
  • Feb. 27, 1997 College of Home Economics renamed as College of Human Ecology
  • May 31, 1997 Department of Mass Communication in the College of Social Sciences renamed as Department of Communications
  • July 24, 1998 Early Admissions by Principals' Recommendation first introduced
  • Oct. 9, 1997 International Vaccine Institute (IVI) established
  • June 24, 1998 An academic exchange agreement with National Taiwan University signed
  • June 25, 1998 An academic exchange agreement with Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) signed
  • Nov. 2, 1998 A list of the ten most cited papers for the last 17 years written by Korean authors was announced. Four articles were written by SNU professors: Professor KIM JihnEui (article published in Physics Report, 1987), Professor PARK Jae Gahb (Cancer Research, 1993), Professor LEE Ho Wang (Science, 1985), and Professor CHUNG Myung-Hee (PNAS, 1991)
  • Jan. 24, 1999 College of Medicine held 100th anniversary event
  • Jan. 31, 1999 English version of SNU website online for the first time
  • Jan. 31, 1999 TEPS (Test of English Proficiency by Seoul National University) implemented
  • Mar. 1, 1999 Interdisciplinary Programs in Gender Studies, Special Education, and Environment Education opened
  • Mar. 11, 1999 The government launched 5-Year Plan for Educational Development toward the Knowledge-based Society, which included “Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project", a 140 billion KRW plan to enhance the global competitiveness of Korean research universities.
    The government made it mandatory for universities to reduce the number of undergraduate students to apply for the BK21 grant. SNU decided to reduce the undergraduate quota by 600 every year for the next seven years.
    Thirty SNU research teams were selected for the project on Aug. 31, 1999.
  • Mar. 29, 1999 Institute of Advanced Aerospace Technology established
  • May 25, 1999 Departments of Craft Design and Industrial Design merged as Department of Design
  • Sept. 1999 A decree on educational officials appointment was revised to increase the diversity among faculty: appointment of foreign faculty allowed, and more than 1/3 of faculty members of a department should be someone who finished his/her undergraduate degree outside the department.
  • Oct. 1999 Professors with foreign nationality appointed for the first time
  • Dec. 3. 1999 A student with no political orientation was elected as the president of SNU student council. The council had been the main political platform for SNU students since 1984
  • Jan. 2000 International Vaccine Institute received 40 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jan. 18, 2000 An academic exchange agreement with Cairo University signed
  • Feb. 2000 Macrogen. Inc., a venture of SNU, listed on KOSDAQ
  • Mar. 1, 2000 Departments of Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology merged to become the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Apr. 2000 SNU Life (, an online community of SNU people, launched by 10 member. The community rapidly expanded to become largest online community of SNU. The number of the community was 35,000 in 2004.
  • May 29, 2000 An academic exchange agreement with Lomonosov Moscow State University signed
  • Sept. 8, 2000 Student Support Center opened at Dure Cultural Center
  • Dec. 22, 2000 Center for Sexual Harassment and Violence Counseling opened
  • Dec. 2000 Integrated master's/doctoral program implemented
  • Jan. 17, 2001 Special admissions opened for students from rural and fishing villages (100 places) and students with disabilities (20)
  • Feb. 1, 2001 POSCO Sports Complex constructed
  • Mar. 8, 2001 Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) established
  • Mar. 22, 2001 Fall admissions first opened for graduate applicants
  • May 24, 2001 University Archives established
  • July 1, 2001 Dr. Damien Mugavin appointed as professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture as the first foreign professor with no ethnic Korean background
  • July 6, 2001 Offices of Admissions and International Affairs established
  • July 12, 2001 An academic exchange agreement with Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne signed
  • Sept. 1, 2001 Center for Campus Life and Counseling opened
  • Dec. 17, 2001 Blue Ribbon Panel (Oct. 8, 2000 - Dec. 17, 2001), an advisory board consisting of renowned international scholars, released the final paper, Elevating Seoul National University to a World-Class Research University - Findings and Recommendations from the Panel on Educational Excellence.
    The panel consisted of Henry Rosovsky (Panel Chairman), Michael Cowan, Shiguehiko Hasumi, Donald P. Jacobs, Ronald Oxburgh, and Hugo Sonnenshein.
  • Jan. 2002 General education curriculum reformed: Courses classified as Academic Foundation, Core Courses, and General Education Electives.
    - Academic Foundation: Mandatory basic courses classified as Critical Thinking and Writing, Foreign Languages, Mathematical Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Computer and Information Science
    - Core Courses: Taking three or more courses from different fields became mandatory (Language and Literature, Culture and Art, history and Philosophy, Politics and Economy, Humans and Society, Nature and Technology, and Life and Environment)
    - General Education Electives: Physical Education, Art Practice, College Life and Leadership, Creativity and Convergence, and Korea in the World (English taught courses)
  • Feb. 26, 2002 Four research institutions established: Institute of Humanities, Institute of Gender Research, Institute of Social Development and Policy Research, and Research Institute of Agriculture Science
  • Mar. 1, 2002 Interdisciplinary Program for Undergraduates launched four programs - Computational Sciences, Biological Engineering, Korean Studies, Information and Culture Technology Studies, and Technology Management.
  • Mar. 19, 2002 University administration expelled a student for course failures for the first time in its history
  • Apr. 19, 2002 Memorial Park for the April 19th Revolution created near the main gate, moving the old memorial tower in the park
  • June 7, 2002 Faculty of Liberal Education established
  • Aug. 6, 2002 SNU's information portal service launched (
  • Sept. 11, 2002 College of Business Administration acquired AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation
  • Oct. 24, 2002 An academic exchange agreement with National University of Mongolia signed
  • Feb. 12, 2003 College of Veterinary Medicine relocated from Suwon campus to Gwanak campus
  • Feb. 17, 2003 Center for Teaching and Learning opened Writing Clinic
  • Mar. 1, 2003 Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) established
    Bio-Max Institute established
  • Apr. 4, 2003 Undergraduate admission policy changed: Early admission policies changed to ensure regional balance, and Early Admissions for Students with Special Talents to be implemented from 2005.
  • Apr. 13 - 15, 2003 University festival held in a new set-up separated from the student council as a cultural event. The festival had been a political event for a long time.
  • May 2, 2003 Faculty members protested against the dismissal of Professor KIM Minsoo, whose contract had not been renewed allegedly due to political reason.
  • June 2003 Center for Disabled Students established
  • July 2003 Job and Career Center established
  • Aug. 23, 2003 The roles of the SNU Senate changed by law: from being a mainly deliberative to become more directly involved in decision-making process. The senate consisted of 50-100 faculty members, and made final decisions on important matters including the presidential election
  • Sept. 8, 2003 Education for prevention of sexual harassment given to all faculty and students
  • Sept. 23, 2003 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences relocated from Suwon campus to Gwanak campus
  • Oct. 26, 2003 Affirmative Action for Women in Public Universities implemented
    Number of Female Faculty on Tenure-track
    2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
    Number 107 125 150 171 184
    Percentage 7.2% 8.6% 8.9% 9.9% 10.6%
  • Nov. 1, 2003 SNU Senate re-established
  • 2004-2006 University administration reduced the number of admitted students
    Year 2004 2005 2006
    Reduced student number 102 12 705
  • 2004 Non-tenure track full-time faculty positions introduced:
    Feb. 24, 2004 Full-time Lecturer positions introduced. Full-time lecturers are committed to teaching general education courses such as Reading & Writing, College English, and Basic Math
    Oct. 28, 2004 Full-time Research Fellow positions introduced. Full-time research fellows are committed to their own research projects/centers.
  • Jan. 17, 2004 An academic exchange agreement with University of Malaya signed
  • Jan. 29 -30, 2004 Academic exchange agreements with Vietnam National University in Hanoi and Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh signed
  • Mar. 2004 Percentage of female students exceeded 40% (42.6%) for the first time in SNU's history
  • Mar. 1, 2004 Doctoral program established in arts majors
  • Apr. 1, 2004 Faculty-student ratio: 1: 19
  • Apr. 27, 2004 SNU Research and Development Foundation established
  • June 25, 2004 An academic exchange agreement with University of Chile signed
  • Sept. 13-14, 2004 Job fair held on SNU campus for the first time
  • Sept. 23, 2004 100th honorary doctorate awarded to Neal L. Gault. Jr., MD.
  • Oct. 30, 2004 Placed 118th in the first World University Rankings in 2004 by Times Higher Education
  • Nov. 30, 2004 Jeong Hwa, a student in the Department of Korean Language and Literature, elected as the first female president of SNU student council
  • Dec. 3, 2004 A North Korean defector admitted to SNU for the first time
  • Dec. 28, 2004 Signed MoU with Pyeongchang-gun to create ‘SNU Green-bio Research Complex' in Pyeongchang-gun, Kangwon Province
  • Jan. 13, 2005 Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources established
  • Jan. 27, 2005 An academic exchange agreement with Technical University of Denmark signed
  • Jan. 28, 2005 An academic exchange agreement with Leiden University (Netherlands) signed
  • Feb. 4 - 15, 2005 Academic exchange agreements signed with Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong
  • Mar. 1, 2005 School of Dentistry opened as a professional school, closing the College of Dentistry
  • Mar. 2, 2005 Dr. Sasaki Takeshi, president of the University of Tokyo, awarded an honorary doctorate for establishing Division of Korean Culture in Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo
  • Apr. 2005 Special Admissions for Overseas Koreans, which allowed Korean applicants who studied overseas for a few years to be exempt from regular entrance exams, was planned to be abolished from 2008. Overseas Koreans could apply for special international admissions only when they received all of their primary and secondary education outside of Korea
  • Apr. 6, 2005 An academic exchange agreement with University of Vienna signed
  • Apr. 22, 2005 Kyujanggak Archives building expansion completed
  • Apr. 24, 2005 World's first cloned dog SNUPPY created
  • June 20, 2005 University Computer Center adopted a supercomputer (5.148 Teraflops)
  • Aug. 24, 2005 Graduate School of Business established as a one-year professional training course
  • Apr. 29, 2005 Chinese name of SNU officially designated as 國立首爾大學
  • Oct. 24, 2005 An academic exchange agreement with Uppsala University (Sweden) signed
  • Oct. 25, 2005 Opening ceremony of the SNU's Promenade, an eco-friendly walkway paved with bricks between the College of Business and Jahayeon pond.
  • Oct. 27, 2005 Placed among the top 100 universities according to THE-QS World University Rankings
  • Nov. 30, 2005 The Faculty Council conducted a survey of 1,577 faculty members (823 responded) on SNU's incorporation: very positive 8.3%, conditionally positive 41.6%, negative 39.6%, very negative 8.7%
  • Dec. 16, 2005 SNU Investigation Committee organized to examine Professor HWANG Woo-suk's human-embryonic stem cell research
  • Dec. 29, 2005 SNU's first venture firm ViroMed Co., Ltd listed on KOSDAQ
  • Jan. 9, 2006 An academic exchange agreement with University of Sao Paulo signed
  • Jan. 10, 2006 SNU Investigation Committee announced the Final Report on Professor HWANG Woo Suk's Research Allegations
  • Feb. 1, 2006 Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies established, integrating Kyujanggak Archives and Institute for Korean Studies
  • Feb. 2006 SNU Award for Distinguished Teaching established
  • Mar. 1, 2006 Number of female faculty reached 10%
  • Mar. 15, 2006 Faculty Code of Ethics announced by SNU president
  • Mar. 2006 Job and Career Center expanded and renamed as Career Development Center
  • Mar. 10, 2006 Administrative staff members involved in the 24th presidential election by having votes counted as 0.1% per person, while the faculty members have one vote per person as before
  • Apr. 12, 2006 Institute for Peace and Unification Studies established
  • Apr. 14, 2006 International Studies Library, a branch of the University Library, opened
  • Apr. 28, 2006 College of Engineering celebrated the 1,000th female graduate
  • June 8, 2006 SNU Museum of Art (MoA) opened
  • June 12, 2006 HWANG Rayeol, who had been elected as the president of SNU student council in April 2006 with 45.75% votes, impeached for fabricating information on his CV.
  • July 2006 SNU's first public fundraising campaign began under the slogan VISION 2025
  • July 10, 2006 Office of International Affairs, an organization providing foreign students with administrative service, moved to a newly constructed building CJ International Center
  • July 14, 2006 Odaesan Edition of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty (Joseon Wangjo Silok), a national treasure stored in Japan under colonial rule, returned to SNU. In commemoration of SNU's 60th anniversary, the University of Tokyo returned the books after 93 years
  • Aug. 2, 2006 University Identity (UI) including emblems and other symbols re-designed
  • Sept. 2006 e-Teaching and Learning (eTL) system opened
  • Oct. 15, 2006 60th anniversary of the founding of Seoul National University
  • Mar. 2007 Incentive policy to increase the number of English-taught courses introduced: professors and lecturers who teach in English given additional fund
  • June 25, 2007 1st International Summer Institute classes began
  • July 3, 2007 Act on the Establishment and Management of Professional Law Schools legislated, effectively closing the undergraduate program of College of Law, and establishing School of Law as a professional graduate school
  • Oct. 29. 2007 Long-term Plan for the Development of Seoul National University (2007-2025) announced
  • July 3, 2008 UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon (class of 70, international studies) awarded SNU's 106th honorary doctorate
  • Aug. 13, 2008 22 foreign faculty appointed to tenure-track positions
  • Oct. 17, 2008 An academic exchange agreement with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem signed
  • Dec. 4, 2008 Tuition frozen for 2009
  • Feb. 3, 2009 SNU Asia Center ( opened
  • Feb. 12, 2009 An academic exchange agreement with the University of Oslo signed
  • Feb. 24, 2009 Asian Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability ( established
  • Mar. 1, 2009 College of Liberal Studies, School of Law, and Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology opened
  • Mar. 27, 2009 Less than 50% (the lowest percentage in SNU's history) of associate professors granted tenure due to strict tenure review. 45.9% in 1st semester of 2009 (28 tenured among 61), and 38.6% in the 2nd semester (27 among 70)
    Tenure reviews rigidified (1992-2009)
    Year 1992-1994 2006 2007 2008 2009
    Tenured 100% 72.8% 63.9% 53.8% 42%
  • Apr. 10, 2009 SNU Institute for Research in Finance and Economics opened
  • May 14, 2009 SNU in America, SNU's first overseas administrative office opened in LA
  • Sept. 11, 2009 World Class University program launched by government
  • Oct. 9, 2009 SNU joined the world top 50 universities according to THE-QS World University Rankings
  • Oct. 27, 2009 An academic exchange agreement with Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) signed
  • Nov. 17, 2009 Path of Democracy created on Gwanak campus in memory of 19 SNU students who died in the struggle for democracy from the 1960s to 1990s
  • Feb. 1, 2010 Professors HYEON Taeghwan and KIM V. Narry designated as SNU Distinguished Professors for their outstanding research achievements in nanotechnology (Hyeon) and microRNA (Kim)
  • Feb. 2010 Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) moved from Yeongeon campus to Gwanak campus
  • Mar. 4, 2010 An academic exchange agreement with Kathmandu University (Nepal) signed
  • Apr. 2010 Placed 20th in the world in terms of SCI paper publications according to the analysis by Ministry of Education
  • May 18, 2010 Brain Fusion Program introduced to foster inter-disciplinary research, and 32 inter-college teams selected
  • June 2010 The Department of Political Science and the Department of International Relations merged into the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • July 15, 2010 An academic exchange agreement with the University of Zambia signed
  • July 26, 2010 An academic exchange agreement with National University of Laos signed
  • July 23, 2010 Professor PARK Myung-Jin in the Department of Communications appointed as the first female vice president of SNU. She served as vice president for two years until July 20, 2012.
  • Sept. 1, 2010 SNU Extension College first opened
  • Sept. 13, 2010 SNUi, online education service launched
  • Oct. 25, 2010 An academic exchange agreement with King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) signed
  • Mar. 2011 Financial aid program for students reformed; need-based aid in place of merit-based scholarship
  • Mar. 30, 2011 SNU repository library made in Suwon
  • May 26, 2011 SNU Award for Social Contribution implemented to promote social activities among faculty members. Professors AHN Curie (Dept. of Medicine) and HAN Mooyoung (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) selected as the first awardees for providing free medical service to illegal immigrant workers and developing water-saving technology, respectively.
  • Aug. 17, 2011 The late Dr. LEE Jong-wook, former director of the World Health Organization (WHO), awarded 109th SNU honorary doctorate
  • Aug. 19, 2011 SNU in China, SNU's second overseas administrative office opened in Beijing
  • Aug. 29, 2011 Fall commencement ceremony, previously held in each college, held as a joint-university event similar to spring commencement in February.
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