Ajou University opened its doors as an engineering college in 1973, and became a comprehensive university in 1981. Today Ajou University has 11 schools and colleges including engineering, medicine, law and business, and recognized as a leading research university in Korea. Ajou University Medical Center is one of the prominent hospitals in the nation.
Despite its short history, Ajou University has led educational advancement and innovative changes in Korea. Ajou is the first Korean university introducing the concept of student-oriented university, one-stop administration services, faculty evaluation system, IT-friendly campus and a double degree program with an overseas institution.
Most recent initiatives of Ajou University include “Paran (Blue) Semester” which inspires students to design their own curriculum to pursue their vision and goals, and “After You” Program that aims at enhancing social mobility by giving students with financial needs the opportunities to study and experience abroad.
Ajou University has strong international programs based on collaborative partnership with about 300 universities in about 65 countries. Ajou University is ranked 22nd in Asia’s Most Innovative Universities – 2016 by Reuters.
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Dong Yeon Kim
Dong Yeon Kim is the 15th President of Ajou University, one of the dynamic and leading private universities in Korea. Since his inauguration, Dr. Kim has brought welcome changes in the higher education of Korea through new educational initiatives such as “Paran (Blue) Semester” which inspires students to design their own curriculum to pursue their vision and goals, and “After You” Program that aims at enhancing social mobility by giving students with financial needs the opportunities to study and experience abroad.
Previously, Dr. Kim was the Minister of Prime Minister’s Office, taking charge of coordination and management of state affairs in Korea as a whole. He, as State Minister, also engaged in the control of the affairs arising out of all the ministries of the Korean government. Over 30 years of his public service, Dr. Kim showed exceptional leadership in the area of public finance as Vice Minister at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and of national budget formulation as Head of Budget Office. He also served as Senior Secretary to the President for Economy and Finance at the Office of the President and led successful initiatives aimed at countering the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.
From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Kim was a project manager and public sector specialist at the World Bank Institute, organizing and directing the Bank’s projects for knowledge sharing, training and policy consultation. He also served as Fulbright Visiting Scholar to SAIS at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Dr. Kim earned Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A., under the Fulbright Scholarship.