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The First in Korea
Soongsil University's root trace back to 1897, when Dr. W. M. Baird, an American missionary started teaching from his residence in Pyong Yang and was then given the title of the first university in Korea. Later during the Japanese occupation and Korea lost its sovereignty, Soongsil University made national liberalization its top priority and took the lead in the national independence movement. In 1938, the school even decided to close down in protest against forced worship at Japanese shrines. Even throughout Korea's tumultuous history, Soongsil has always striven to be the first.
Student Oriented University
Soongsil's foundation is its students. They are its life and every employee is there to facilitate this development. Educational curriculum is based on current business practices and students' needs and satisfaction.
Our main goal is to produce global talents and well respected leaders, who can understand and participate in the growing global community. Soongsil is a gateway to the world and upon completing their education students not only leave with a degree but also with a lifelong personal and professional network.
Global Competitive Power through Specialization
Soongsil University is pursuing global competitive power through the specialization. The highly qualified faculty and unique educational programs are customized for each department and with alliances between businesses and other universities worldwide, Soongsil is able to meet its goal of producing much needed global talents. It nurtures men and women of faith and competence by building on its long standing strengths, and is making a giant leap towards a brighter future.
The First University
Since its founding, Soongsil University has been passing down its ancestor's spirit and faith constantly following its mission. At the Sang-do campus, there are over 15,000 students enrolled and 600 faculty members following our founder's philosophy of "Truth and Service," working on preserving and establishing itself as a top institution of higher learning in the 21st century. Soongsil University is not only the first university in Korea but is working on becoming number one.