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PNU Ranked 4th-8th Nationally (2009-09-30)
Pusan National University ranked 8th nationally in the “2009 Asian college review” carried out by Chosun-ilbo and British rating agency QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). Notably, in the 'Peer Review' category evaluated by professors and researchers worldwide, it ranked 4th, following Seoul University, Yonsei University, and Korea University. In the “academic assessment” area, Pusan National University is on an equal footing with POSTECH, ranking 6th in natural science, engineering IT, biological science and medicine, and social science. Its high evaluation in the area of research is considered to be the result of a number of its own efforts, such as its steady investment in research promotion and the introduction of bold incentives. Ben Sowter, the general manager of QS for the assessment, clarified that “Korean regional universities, including PNU, showed excellence in their research accomplishments.” Carried out by Chosun-ilbo and QS together, this assessment is an analysis of 463 universities in 11 Asian countries, including 106 Korean universities. QS is a global university evaluation agency that has carried out university evaluations worldwide since 2003, for the influential British daily newspaper “The Times.” [source]
Five PNU Students Selected for Global Ph.D. Fellowship (2011-08-23)
Five students from doctorate programs at PNU were selected for the Global Ph.D. Fellowship Program operated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. The Global Ph.D. Fellowship Program aims to improve the academic and research capabilities of students and help them grow into world-class researchers during the doctorate courses. The maximum monthly scholarship amount is KRW 2.5 million, and a student can maintain the scholarship for up to three years. This year marks the first year of operation for the program, and students with high potential rather than successful academic or research achievements are selected. Selected students will be given academic and research support by a professional consulting team consisting of some of the leading scholars in Korea and the world, and the Global Ph.D. fellowship will be awarded by the President. [source]
PNU Ranked 4th for Number of Alumni Promoted to Executives in 2012 in Top Four Domestic Corporate Groups (2012-05-17)
Pusan National University ranked 4th for the number of alumni executives promoted in 2012 in Korea’s top four domestic corporate groups (Hyundai Motors, LG, SK and Samsung). According to an analysis by Maeil Business Newspaper of the 1,111 executives promoted in 2012 at Hyundai Motors, LG, SK and Samsung, PNU alumni ranked 4th, with 88 being promoted to executive positions at those companies in 2012, following Seoul National University (154 alumni), Korea University (111 alumni) and Yonsei University (96 alumni). PNU ranked 1st for the number of alumni executives promoted at Hyundai Motors and LG, and ranked 5th and 6th in SK and Samsung. PNU had 45 alumni executives promoted at Hyundai Motors, which was the largest number of alumni, beating Seoul National University (44 alumni), Korea University (38 alumni) and Hanyang University (38 alumni), and also had 12 alumni executives among the 110 executives promoted in LG, outperforming Seoul National University, Yonsei University and Hanyang University. [source]
Average University Tuition in Korea is W6.67 Million Yearly (2013-04-26)
The Education Ministry unveiled Thursday on a government web portal (http://www.academyinfo.go.kr) key data for this year on 173 four-year universities across the nation, including tuition, the number of students per class and average grades. The average tuition at four-year universities in Korea stands at W6.67 million (US$1=W1,113) per year, down 0.46 percent from last year. Tuition at state-run universities was W4.09 million, and the figure for private institutions stood at W7.33 million. The most expensive was Eulji University in Daejeon (W8.25 million), followed by Yonsei University (W8.5 million), Korea Aerospace University (W8.47 million), Ewha Womans University (W8.4 million) and Chugye University for the Arts (W8.38 million). The average tuition at universities in the Seoul metropolitan area was W7.59 million compared to W6.21 million for universities outside of capital. [source]
2013 Employment and Labor Policy in Korea
The Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor Policy published recently an English version of the “Employment and Labor Policy in Korea” document. This report covers the major policy tasks that the government has pursued, and also includes a description of the rights that employees have in Korea.
First national university to host the IBS Center for Climate Physics
Pusan Nation University, now in its 71st year, has become the first national university and regional university to host the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), one of the research teams of the IBS (Institute for Basic Science), a government-funded research institute aimed at funding world-class basic science research on Jan. 4.
Noted climate physicist Professor Axel Timmermann of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii in the United States has been recruited to head the ICCP.
The IBS Center for Climate Physics will occupy a research facility within the Pusan National University campus, permanently manned by more than 50 researchers and with special laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) and supercomputing facilities with a capacity of more than 800TFlops. This is expected to reinforce the basic science research infrastructure of Pusan National University and the Busan region in general, improving Busan's position as a host of nationally-funded R&D projects.
Pusan National University's hosting of the IBS research team is greatly significant in that it gives the city the potential and impetus toward becoming a future global mecca for climate physical research.
Director Axel Timmermann, who will be heading Pusan National University's IBS Center for Climate Physics, completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics at the University of Marburg in Germany, and engaged in climate model development research at the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology. After completing his doctoral studies at the University of Hamburg, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute and Universitaet Kiel, then as a full professor at the University of Hawaii. He will begin his career at Pusan National University from January 1, 2017, where he will engage in research to answer the most challenging climatology problems.
President of Pusan National University Ho-Hwan Chun commented, “This is the result of Pusan National University taking the position of being a university capable of carrying out elite researches of basic science and continuing the support for a consistent research direction,” and also added, “We will continue our enthusiastic support of basic science research so that the city of Busan may develop into a global mecca for basic science research with the ICCP at its core, and to stimulate our research efforts aimed at winning the Nobel Prize in science.”
Director Timmermann remarked, “I am very happy to begin research in Korea, especially in this beautiful city of Busan, as head of the climate change research team this year in 2017,” and added, “The ICCP will lead the way for Busan to become a global mecca for climate research, and we have high expectations as global scholars from places like the United States and Europe will be visiting us at Pusan National University to engage in joint research.”
http://english.pusan.ac.kr/uPNU_homepag ... _no=952687
Korean University with the highest number of papers published per faculty member: PNU
In 2013, PNU published the highest number of papers per faculty member of any four-year university in Korea with more than 1,000 full-time professors. According to a recent report from the National Research Foundation of Korea on the 2013 analysis of Korean universities’ research activities, PNU published 1.36 papers per faulty member, which is the highest number of any large university. PNU took third place in terms of the total number of papers published by the university. The number of papers per faculty member is calculated by dividing the total number of papers published in domestic academic journals, international academic journals and international general journals by the number of full-time professors. PNU published 1,760.7 papers including 1,077.5 papers published in domestic academic journals, 639.6 papers published in international academic journals and 43.6 papers published in international general journals. Accordingly, the 1,290 full-time professors of PNU produced 1.36 papers each on average. PNU published the highest number of papers in domestic academic journals of any university. (1,077.5 papers representing 2.6%)
http://english.pusan.ac.kr/uPNU_homepag ... o=10020601
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