Yonsei University is celebrating the 127th anniversary of its foundation today, after more than a century of raising leaders to serve the nation and humanity in the Christian spirit of truth and freedom.
As the cradle of the Chosun Dynasty's modernization, Yonsei was the first modern higher education institution in Korea. In 1885, the “First Founding” of Yonsei University was marked by the establishment of Jejungwon, followed by the creation of Severance Hospital and Yonhi College. The "Second Founding" came with the merger of Yonhi University and Severance Medical School in 1957. By later constructing a campus in Wonju, Yonsei led the advancement of Korean society as the most prestigious private university in Korea. With the opening of an international campus in Incheon in 2010, Yonsei initiated its "Third Founding".
Yonsei has been entrusted with a historical mission to develop a new paradigm for Korean universities, whilst taking a leap toward becoming a world-class university by pioneering change in our global era. Hence, Yonsei is proclaiming our vision of the "Third Founding" to bring forth the next prominent period of history-making by fostering the knowledge and talents of all Yonseians. (Yonsei, Where we make history!)
Yonsei University will nurture holistic leaders with communication and convergence skills, as well as creativity, cultural diversity and Christian leadership, by establishing an educational institution of global stature.
Yonsei University will promote world-class research by implementing an innovative reform of its research infrastructure, while expanding convergence research and industry-academic cooperation.
Yonsei University will advance its campus infrastructure by ensuring a sound financial base and administrative system, in addition to renovating the campus environment.
Yonsei University will strengthen its social leadership role by spreading an open community culture based upon active on and off campus communication, and demonstrating servant leadership through teaching and volunteering to fulfill its duties to society.
Yonsei University will nurture the distinctive characteristics of its campuses by enabling autonomy and convergence through a multi-campus structure, while creating synergy in all aspects of education, research and facilities infrastructure.
By fulfilling this vision, Yonsei University will reaffirm the excellence and dignity that have been cherished since its founding in order to become a sanctuary of teaching and research that can lead the world in the 21st century.
May 12, 2012