Duksung Women's University Founder Ms. Cha Mirisa(1880-1955), a precursor of national educational movement of modern Korea, thought that to restore the independence of Korea, the independence movement through education is in need in the first place, especially the education for woman in desperate needs. Accordingly, Ms. Cha, following the resolutions for the independence in 3.1 independence movement, organized 'Joseon Society for Women's Education' in 1920 with a view to providing the educational opportunities to the women in Korea, lending a small chapel on 19th of April of the year to start to run a small night class to teach the alienated women out of education. In Oct. of 1921, she established "Geunhwa Women's School" with the contributions collected from some lectures, assuming the office as a schoolmistress. She frequently held the lectures, the musical concerts, the plays, and the bazaars to raise a fund to maintain and develop further the school with no supports from Joseon Government-general or the foreign missionaries. In Feb. of 1934, she established a foundation named Geunhwa School, inaugurated as a chief director. And from the thought that a woman has to have some occupation to lead her life independently, she expanded and developed further "Geunhwa Woman's School" into "Geunhwa Woman's Vocational School."
After this, due to the insistence of the Japanese imperialists that Geunhwa represents Korea's national flower of an althea, the name of the school had to be changed into "Duksung School." As the nation restored its independency in 1945, she moved forward with the plan to establish a higher educational institution for woman she had in mind for a long period of time, eventually establishing "Duksung Woman's Junior college"(presently "Duksung Woman's University). As mentioned above, she devoted herself to the education of and the right extension of the women who were alienated socially and economically. Ms. Cha Mirisa was conferred posthumous honors as a Meritorious Person for National Independence (the Order of Merit for National Foundation, National Medal) in 2002, the year of 57th anniversary of the restoration of national independency.
The social responsibilities assigned to a university will remain unchanged ever although the way and the subjects of education are changing corresponding to the changes in the conditions surrounding the university. That is to say, its responsibility is to produce competent individuals who afford to enjoy their lives independently and at the same time contribute to the society they belong by building up the sound and wholesome personality, higher standards of intellectual ability and professional knowledge. So, hereunder or accordingly, we, Duksung University, pursue to foster the creative intellectuals with noble minds as our fundamental and eventual educational philosophy.
A creative intellectual with noble minds refers to a whole human-being, possessing the capability of creative thinking and a moral sense, as well as qualified as a global citizen. Educational Object - Fostering creativeness - Implanting the proper sense of values and living up to these - Building up a competence as a global citizen Educational Goals - Building up a substantial educational foundation - Extension of the general application capability - Cultivation of the communication skills - Cultivation of the valuation capability - Fostering the sound citizenship - Cultivation of the power of execution - Understanding the national cultural heritages - Enhancement of the ability understanding the various kinds of cultures - Fostering the peace spirits of the humanities