The University emblem represents the Founding Philosophy. The Symbol refers to the spirit and ideology that has flowed unceasingly from its foundation. The founding spirit, “Love in Truth and in Deed” at the top means that its main educational goal is to bring up academicians who set the highest standard of our educational spirit of diligence, honesty, modesty and devotion. It is composed of the following ingredients: the founding philosophy at the top; the name of Hanyang; the establishment year of 1939; the symbolic flower, forsythia; and its English name. Painted in deep blue the emblem shows Hanyangian's ideal and youth for making their aspiration and dreams come true.
Forsythia does not mind where it must set its roots whether in sandy, watery, or fertile soil, for it can rest peacefully and be satisfied anywhere. The blossoms of early spring will tell you before anything else that the warmer and hopeful world is at hand. The Forsythia is not gorgeous, but likes to grow and lives harmoniously with its neighbors, by which it tries to make the world a most beautiful and harmonious garden. Therefore, it is considered to most resemble the people who are diligent, voluntary, modest and devoted. Thus, it is the flower best fitted for the spirit of “Love in Truth and in Deed.”
A lion is strong, dignified and brave, but does not resort to force. It does not make light of the weak, making every effort to hunt the weakest rabbit. It does not kill animals when not necessary, which is the proof showing that true courage is closely connected with tolerance. In this way, it represents the people eligible and qualified for great work, and symbolizes the courageous Hanyangians who try to open up their own world.
A dove is a traditional symbol of love and order. It always lives in groups, teaching us the real meaning of peace. The bird hates war and does not try to rule others by force. Without strong talons and keen eyes, a dove shows stronger power and adaptability than eagles do. A dove symbolizes Hanyangians’ pure dignity, and will be the best school bird to fulfill our founding philosophy of “Love in Truth and in Deed.”