Welcome to Yonsei University.
Yonsei University has persevered through the waves of modern Korean history, leading the country’s industrialization, democratization, and informatization eras. Now, Yonsei will pioneer into the Fourth Industrial Revolution to face new challenges and lead innovation in higher education.
Nations around the world are currently at a crossroads where they must make many choices and advances as they face a time of great civilizational transition for humankind. We now face a new civilization where the explosive development of science and technology completely surpasses human biology, and democracy must meet expectations to benefit people’s lives and the community. Each individual yearns to enjoy the age of peace while keeping his or her dignity and identity.
Yonsei University aims to ultimately contribute to the peace and development of humankind. On a smaller scale, it will provide a platform for solidarity and innovation where the many youths who come to Yonsei University can pursue dreams and build their future. Yonsei will bring light to the world by fostering in-depth academic research, inspirational education, and the spirit of community service.
As President of Yonsei University, I will prioritize efforts in providing education to nurture “innovative leaders with a communal self.” I will lead discourse throughout the University to instill the mindset that self-interest is not the driving force of economic and social development, but that common prosperity is the direction we must pursue together.
To that end, Yonsei University will take on a multi-dimensional approach to innovating education by utilizing cutting-edge technology and learning systems. We will also reform supporting administration, campus space, and university policies to initiate more innovative knowledge and technology on campus.
I am well aware that a university is a place that produces public goods. Since its founding, Yonsei University has strived to realize its vision of truth and freedom based on the spirit of Christian love. Missionaries Horace Grant Underwood and Horace Newton Allen were both only 26 years old when they ended their long voyage at sea and first laid foot on Korean soil. Yonsei University is thus forever destined to be a pioneer, sustaining the youthful spirit and vision of its founders.
As I assume my duties as the nineteenth President of Yonsei University effective February 1, 2020, I will lead this ship towards the future. I sincerely hope you will join me on my journey of challenge and exploration towards a new Yonsei University. Thank you.
19th President of Yonsei University Seoung-Hwan Suh
- 1981. 9. ~ 1985. 6. Princeton University, Ph.D. in Economics
- 1979. 3. ~ 1981. 2. Yonsei University, M.A. in Economics
- 1975. 3. ~ 1979. 2. Yonsei University, B.A. in Economics
- 2020. 2. ~ 19th President, Yonsei University
- 2012. 2. ~ 2012. 7. Vice President, International Campus, Yonsei University
- 2006. 2. ~ 2012. 1. Vice President of University Planning & Development of International Campus
- 1996. 3. ~ Present Professor, School of Economics, Yonsei University
- 2013. 3. ~ 2015. 3. Minister, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport