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Incheon National University

Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea
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Incheon National University (INU), previously also known as University of Incheon (UI), is a national university operated by the legal entity (법인, 法人) established by the government of Republic of Korea (South Korea).

INU was first founded as a private college known as the Incheon Technical College in January 1979. Later, it was renamed Incheon College in December 1979 before getting promoted to a comprehensive university in 1988. In 1994, the university was renamed once again to University of Incheon, which was a city council funded university. In addition to these changes, INU also relocated from Dohwa-dong in Nam-gu to a new location in 2009. Now, INU stands in the new and young international city of Songdo which is also known as the New Songdo City, located in IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone). A year later, in 2010, INU merged with Incheon City College to expand capacity and open more curricula. The university now operates two campuses at Songdo, main campus, and also at Dohwa-dong, satellite campus. From January 2013, the university was rechartered as one of Flagship Korean National Universities (지방거점국립대학교, 地方據點國立大學校) in South Korea, representing Gyeonggi Province and Incheon city. The central and municipal government plan to fund the university more than US $70M per year to continue to expand education and research. The official name of the university also has been changed to 'Incheon National University (INU)'.

Brief history

In 1979, as a part of Sunin Academy, Incheon Technical College was founded. In the late 1979, the college expanded its size, expanding its departments. In 1984, graduate school was founded. And then, in 1988, the college was promoted to a comprehensive university. Yet due to so many corruptions of Sunin Academy, the university was renamed University of Incheon. Also, ownership of the university was changed from Sunin Academy to the city. In 2009 Feb, Incheon Institute for Korean Language Studies was opended. Also In 2009 Jul, construction of Sondgo campus(Main Campus) was compeleted. In 2010, the university merged with Incheon City College. As a result, many new departments are opened with larger student capacities. In 2013 Feb, the university is nationalized. Also, the name of university was renamed Incheon National University.

Relocation and new campus

UI relocated from Dohwa-dong in Namgu to new location in 2009. Now, UI stands in the new and young international city of Songdo, the core sector and the most anticipated investment of IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone).

It has further plans for a new campus to hold R&D centers and branches of international universities such as Ghent in Belgium, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US, St. Petersburg in Russia and Plymouth in the UK. The city council plans for Songdo, the core sector of Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), to hold branches of many Korean universities and of foreign universities in the Global Campus facility.


Undergraduate schools

UI's 65 academic departments and programs are organized into 11 colleges and schools.

Graduate schools

Established on November 27, 1984, the Graduate School currently includes 35 masters and 28 doctoral degree programs.

Incheon Institute for Korean Language Studies

The Korean language program was founded for the purpose of teaching the Korean language to foreigners and Korean students from overseas. The Incheon Institute for Korean Language Studies focuses on the lingusitic abilities of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and offers opportunities to experience a taste of Korean history, culture, and society together with the Korean language. The institute consists of certified teachers with graduate school education and vital experience teaching. Students from over the world China, Mongolia, Thailand, Canada, United States, and elsewhere are currently registered for classes and are studying the Korean language.

Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute at Incheon National University is supported by the Chinese government. The Chinese government has been supporting language institutes around the world for the spread of the Chinese language and culture. In Korea, the Chinese government has selected Incheon National University and has given support in the established of a Confucius Institute. The educated curriculum receives academic guidance of the Chinese Education Ministry.


Industry-Academy Cooperation Foundation

The Industry-Academy Cooperation Foundation (IACF) of Incheon National University was established in May 2004 as a special corporation. Its purpose is to collaborate with industry in cultivation human resources with creative minds, promoting industry-oriented education and to develop new knowledge and technology for the improvement of industry, and with the profits from intellectual property to provide financial assistance for education and research.

INU Holdings

INU Holdings is a technology holdings company which deals with technologies developed by students and professors of Incheon National University. So far, INU Holdings is the 6th technology holdings company of a university in Korea. It was opened last year and so far has established 3 subsidiary companies. It has strong cooperation with the IACF.

Green Pioneer Co.

Green Pioneer started as a spin-off company established by a professor of biology in UI with the support from school. Now, it is a subsidiary company of INU Holdings. Its key business facets are distribution of photosynthesis assessment instruments (PAM) and biokits. It also obtains an ISO listed technology in the field of toxicology.

Nearby transportation

Metropolitan Subway

  • Songdo Campus(Main Campus): Incheon National University Station, Incheon Metro Line No.1, Exit No.2 (Walk 10 minutes or catch a bus)
  • Jemulpo Campus: Jemulpo Station(management Department: Korail(in the Gyeong-in Line)), Line No.1 of Metropolitan Subway in Seoul(Management Department: Korail & Seoul Metro), Exit No.2(Walk 10(Ten) minutes or Catch a School bus or Taxi)

Cf) Line no.1 of Metropolitan Subway in Seoul management Department

1 Underground Seoul Station(Line No.1)~Underground Cheongnyangni Station(Line No 1.) : Seoul Metro

2 Other(Gyeong-Bu and Jang-Hang Line(~Sinchang Station),Gyeong-in Line(~Incheon Station),Gyeong-Won Line(~Soyo-san(Mountain) Station)) : Korail

But, Two subway operating agencies, each operating segment regardless of the companies all the same operation, but a Seoul Metro trains, the maximum endpoint Gyeong-won Line the Uijeongbu Station, gyeong-in Line the Incheon Station, the Gyeong-bu Line the SeoDongTan station. Korail operating between Seoul Metro Station, far from the train station by running Cheongnyangni Seoul Subway Line 1 is operated between bulbs.

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