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Incheon National University
인천대학교 (仁川大學校)
MottoThe Creative Global Leader INU
EstablishedJanuary 10, 1979 as Incheon Technical College
October 29, 1988, chartered as a university
PresidentCho Dong-Sung
Academic staff
510 (2015)
Administrative staff
305 (2015)
Undergraduates15,000 (2015)
Postgraduates2,400 (2015)
12-1 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea, South Korea
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MascotLion (English)
Incheon National University
Revised RomanizationIncheon Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerInch'ŏn Taehakkyo

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[edit]

In 1979, as a part of Sunin Academy, Incheon Technical College was founded. In late 1979, the college expanded its size, expanding its departments. In 1984, a 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 February 2009, Incheon Institute for Korean Language Studies was opened. Also In 2009 Jul, construction of Sondgo campus (Main Campus) was completed. In 2010, the university merged with Incheon City College. As a result, many new departments were opened with larger student capacities. In February 2013, the university was nationalized. Also, the university was renamed Incheon National University.

Relocation and new campus[edit]

Previous Campus in Dohwa
New Songdo 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[edit]

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

Graduate schools[edit]

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

Haksan Library

Office of International Affairs and Korean Language Institute[edit]

The Office of International Affairs provides opportunities to learn through Student Exchange Program, Short-term language training programs globalizing the university through expanding sister relationships with the universities whole over the world. Web site of Office of International

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, including China, Mongolia, Thailand, Canada, and The United States, are currently registered for classes and are studying the Korean language.

Confucius Institute[edit]

Confucius Institute at UI
E-Business Center: The building holding 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[edit]

Miraegwan (R&D Center): The building for Industry Academy Cooperation Foundation
Side view of Miraegwan

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[edit]

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.

INU Holdings

Green Pioneer Co.[edit]

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.

Green Pioneer Co. A subsidiary company of INU Holdings

Notable people[edit]

Nearby transportation[edit]

Metropolitan Subway

  • On the Incheon Line 1, take the train towards the Songdo International Business District] to the Incheon National University Station, Exit No.2 (Walk 10 minutes towards the south or catch a bus)
  • To the Jemulpo Campus: Jemulpo Station on Korail(in the Gyeong-in Line)), Line No.1 of Metropolitan Subway towards Incheon Station, Exit No.2 (Walk 10 minutes or catch a school bus or taxi)

Cf) If you are coming from Seoul, take Line 1 on the Seoul Metropolitan Subway (Dark Blue line)

There are also express buses from downtown Seoul and Gangnam that end their lines at Incheon National University: M6405 from Gangnam. You can download Kakao Bus or Kakao Metro to help guide you there.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°22′31″N 126°37′59″E / 37.375294°N 126.63301°E / 37.375294; 126.63301