Pukyong National University

Pukyong National University
Motto Touching Tomorrow at Pukyong National University
Type National
Established 1924[1]
President Kim young-seup, Ph.D
Academic staff
Students 27,954(Undergraduate 25,341, Post-graduate 2,613)
Location Busan, South Korea
Campus Urban 2 campuses(Daeyeon Campus, Yongdang Campus)
Website http://www.pknu.ac.kr/index.do
Pukyong National University
Hangul 부경대학교
Hanja 釜慶大學校
Revised Romanization Bugyeong Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Pugyŏng Taehakkyo

Pukyong National University is a national university located in Busan, South Korea. The 2nd largest city of Korea, which is the location of Busan Port, Gwangan Grand Bridge, Haeundae Beach, Oruk Islet, and Jagalchi. The university has two campuses - Daeyeon-dong and Yongdang-dong. These campuses are situated near coastal district of Nam-gu. The location itself suggests that Pukyong University has a strong traditional focus on fisheries sciences and other maritime fields. The University has excellent facilities for Marine and Technology studies.

The University has been taking the lead in the marine products industry since the initiation of deep-sea fisheries in Korea, on the basis of scientific achievements in the study of oceanography with the object of making the best use of present marine resources while maintaining a rich repository of natural resources for the future. Pukyong National University has one of the highest graduate employment rates among national universities in Korea. Furthermore, Pukyong has cultivated 170,000 top-notch graduates who currently make invaluable contributions to national industries and to the prosperity of the world. Recently the University has established new departments of international affairs and information engineering. Faculty members have published numerous intellectual research papers in academic journals to meet the needs of national and regional developments in present-day Korean society.

Pukyong National University is an active and creative national university which was formed in 1996 from the merger of two national universities with long histories, the National Fisheries University of Busan which was established in 1941 and the Busan National University of Technology which was established in 1924. It serves as an exemplary university, standing as a model institution for other national university to emulate with regards to educational and research achievements in Korean

Historically, the Daeyeon-dong area was a small fishing village which was populated by anchovy fishermen. In the early years of the 20th century these fishermen found their products in high demand and amassed a fairly sizable amount of wealth. With this money they purchased what is now the Daeyeon-dong campus land and donated it to the national government under the condition that it be used to establish training for their industry. During the Korean War, the Daeyeon campus was used as an airfield by the U.S. Air Force. Local residents constructed a large Dol-Jip "stone house" for the commanding officers and pilots. Today this building still stands and is used as a student cafeteria.

At present, there are some 26,000 students and 544 professors on both campuses which cover 673,899 m2. Three large libraries (two are in Daeyeon Dong and one is in Yong Dong campus) are there. The old library is open to students 24 hours a day. A network of shuttle buses runs every 15 minutes. The two campuses are separated by about 4 km distance. The bus takes 10–15 minutes and is free for students.

Although primarily a fisheries university, PKNU has 6 colleges including a large humanities and social sciences department, 4 graduate programs with master's courses in 60 departments in 15 interdisciplinary programs and doctoral courses in 56 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs. In addition there are 8 research institutes.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Korean Language and Literature
Department of English Language and Literature
Division of Japanese Language and Literature
Department of History
Division of Economics
Department of Law
Department of Public Administration
Division of International and Area Studies
Department of Mass Communication
Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
Department of Early Childhood Education
Department of Visual Communications Design
Department of Industrial Design
Department of Fashion Design

College of Natural Sciences

Department of Applied Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Microbiology
Department of Marine Sports
Department of Statistics
Department of Nursing

College of Business Administration

Division of Business Administration
Division of International Commerce

College of Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering
Department of Electronic Engineering
Department of Information and Communications Engineering
Department of Computer Engineering
Department of IT Convergence and Application Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Automotive Engineering
Department of Mechanical System Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Industrial Chemistry
Department of Polymer Engineering
Department of Graphic Arts Information Engineering
Department of Image Science & Engineering
Division of Systems Management and Engineering
Department of Safety Engineering
Department of Materials System Engineering
Department of Metallurgical Engineering Department of Architecture
Department of Civil Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Architectural Engineering
Department of Fire Protection Engineering

College of Fishery Sciences

Department of Food Science & Technology
Department of Marine Bio-materials and Aquaculture
Division of Marine Production System Management
Department of Marine Business and Economics
Department of Fisheries Education
Department of Marine Biology
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
Department of Biotechnology
Department of Aquatic Life Medicine


PKNU museum is located on the first and second floor of Cheongun Building. It has displayed the greatest number of the materials in the field of fisheries and marine among the other universities in the country. There are 2,278 exhibits including 1,262 cultural properties, 374 marine organisms, 287 fishing gears and fishing boats, 55 vessels, 283 PKNU’s historical materials, and 17 folk materials. Also, there are many exhibits which have historical value including a chanfron of the old Gaya period which was considered that it is the earliest chanfron, and armor which was only excavated from Dugok Historical Site in Gimhae. In addition, there are many interesting and invaluable stuffed marine lives including coelacanth which is called living fossil, and there are the only 2 in Korea. Moreover, there are bone of the southern right whale, giant clam, various sharks, fish which habitat was the coastal waters and the ocean, crustacean, and the sea animals.

Pukyongsaurus Millenniumi lived in the Korean Peninsula about 140 million years ago, and it is the first dinosaur to have Korean name. It has displayed on the lobby of the Cheongun Building.Its fossil of the bone was discovered in the small rocky island located on the coast of Galsa-ri, Geumseong-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, and restored by PKNU professor Baek In Seong’s team.Because Pukyongsaurus Millenniumi is plant-eating dinosaur, it has 4 legs and long neck. Moreover, it is estimated to live in Korean Peninsula in the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era. It is also estimated to be between 20 and 25 meters long from head to tail.

Busan Radiological Monitoring Station

It is one of 12 supervisory organizations in the country which have been operated by Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) to observe the level of radiation in the atmosphere since 1967. It is providing the needed information to prepare the appropriate countermeasures and to prevent the atomic accidents in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do.

Research achievements

Marine Bioprocess Research Center (the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) Managing marine sample collection Exploring and commercializing new marine materials Developing bioprocesses for mass-production of new materials Government Grant : ₩6,000,000,000 (U$4,610,000)

Busan Environmental Research Center (the Ministry of the Environment) Renewable Energy & Relevant Parts Materials Government Grant : ₩10,000,000,000 (U$7,690,000)

Development of Leading Industry for a Wide Area Economic Bloc (the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) Parts and Materials for the safety of transportation machinery Global competitiveness enhancement, network building for leading human resources Government Grant : ₩25,000,000,000 (U$19,230,800)

Center for Atmospheric Science and Earthquake Research (Korea Meteorological Administration) Government Grant : ₩ 7,000,000,000 (U$5,380,000) until 2011

ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES ENGINEERING PROGRAM Selected as "Specialized University for Energy & Mineral Resources Development" (the Ministry of Knowledge Economy) Government Grant : ₩4,000,000,000 (U$3,640,000) until 2013

Major Programs Support for human resources development Invitation of new faculty members Special lectures by invited experts Establishment of educational infrastructure

Notable people and alumni

Kim Dong-woon, founder of Dong-woon Group

Total B.A. – 74,055 M.A. – 9,152 PH.D. – 1,263 Alumni

Foreign students

Around 1000 foreign students are studying in PKNU, so it has topology as the global university as many foreign students visit PKNU to participate in various and meaningful internationalized programs.

Recent News

The 6th President

Kim Young Seop, professor of Pukyong National University in Busan, was formally appointed as the sixth president. On September 2, the Ministry of Education announced that they had appointed professor Kim Young Seop as the sixth president through the appointment process of national university's president. His four-year term will be over on 1 September 2020.

World Fisheries University(FAO)

Pukyong National University has been nominated as World Fisheries University (FAO)'s location. Several Marine Fisheries related organizations in Busan have been associated with Pukyong National University to seal on the decision.

Selected for Core Education Business in Korea

Pukyong National University has been selected for the core education business in Korea. The core education business is to intensify the social science and Humanity parts in the domestic universities. The business expense is expected 60Billions Won(5 million USD) and it will be acted for next 3 years.

The 2nd on-campus accommodation

Pukyong National University has built a new on-campus accommodation that accommodates 1,011 more students. The expected accommodation ratio is 24.2% which is way higher than the former ratio(16.5%).

Pukyong Kindergarten

Pukyong National University has built a kindergarten for the employees' convenience. It is located in Pukyong National University's campus and can only accept the children of their employees.

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Coordinates: 35°08′03″N 129°06′13″E / 35.13417°N 129.10361°E / 35.13417; 129.10361

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