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Sookmyung Women's University

Founded as a private institution under the Chosun Dynasty in 1906, Sookmyung University is a pillar in the history of Korea’s private universities. Sookmyung graduates have been a driving force in Korea’s modern history. Since its elevation to university status in 1955, Sookmyung University has continued to develop and foster countless number of talented women. In 2010, the Blue Ribbon Project was initiated with the vision of developing creative leadership. With this goal, strategies for specialization and empowerment were implemented to foster visionary intellect. These creative talents are defined as global leaders equipped with a noble character and extensive knowledge, which come from an understanding of different cultures and humanistic values that contribute to society. It was to cultivate such leaders that Sookmyung instituted its humanities-based curriculum and leadership courses. Our University’s strength lies in its innovative teaching methods. Examples include Problem-Based Learning (PBL), an approach based on group discussion that promotes integrative thought, Ubiquitous-Based Learning (UBL), a method that aims to enhance lecture quality by enabling access to information at any time or place, OCW (Open Course Ware) and SNOW (Sookmyung Network for Open World). Sookmyung’s transnational interest is evident from its international exchanges with 216 schools in 33 countries. Its globalization strategy is threefold: 1) Globalization tailored to specialization; inward globalization that results from learning about different cultures and outward globalization accomplished by educating other nations about our culture; and globalization of the campus through initiatives based on knowledge-sharing like UBL and SNOW. Sookmyung’s outward globalization initiative intends to develop global female leaders. Currently, Sookmyung is establishing Sookmyung Culture Centers in China and Vietnam to promote the understanding of Korean culture and cultivate talent to lead cultural exchange. To cultivate global women of talent, Sookmyung has established a cultural infrastructure that includes: Korean Cultural Center as the hub of Asian cultural interchanges; the Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra, showcasing Korean music of the past and the present; Korean Food Institute, promoting the art and science of Korean food; and Le Cordon Bleu-Sookmyung Academy. In addition, Moon Shin Museum and Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum feature cultural treasures unique to Sookmyung. Sookmyung is the past, present and future of women’s private higher education; it continues as a cultural leader in its tradition of fostering talented leaders in a globalized world. Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality Management Sookmyung Signs Agreements with Missouri S&T and Other Overseas Universities Sookmyung’s Expansion into China Sookmyung Cell Fate Control Medical Research Center 105 Years of Sookmyung’s History at a Glance Work to build the History Hall began on September 9, 2009 under the broad motif, “Dream of the Imperial Family, the Spirit of the Nation, the Power of Sookmyung.” The blueprint for the History Hall’s construction was approved in February 2011 through consultation with the university’s president and faculty. The History Hall finally held its grand opening on September 5, 2011. Sookmyung’s College of Pharmacy established the Sookmyung Medical Research Center (MRC) on December 14, 2011 The MRC also aims to develop researchers with the capacity for new drug development. The government will provide 7 billion won in support for the MRC, with Sookmyung University matching that amount, while AnC Bio will invest 1.4 billion won in research funds. The establishment of the new MRC is expected to strengthen Sookmyung’s R&D capabilities by providing the university with a longterm and stable research and development base.