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A Mecca of Engineering Technology in Korea


Currently, the College of Engineering is comprised of six divisions and two departments and has about two-hundred full-time lecturers and more than a hundred experimental laboratory facilities.the department`s mandate is to cultivate professional scientific manpower equipped with basic theories for each area of specialization and the ability to apply that knowledge. Built on these facilities, the College of Engineering has achieved the top rank in national qualification examniations.

Educational Objectives

of the College of Engineering are the following:

1) to provide access to a wide range of engineering knowledge for obtaining basic engineering skills and to apply that ability in the desired major field;

2) and to educate and encourage the students to contribute their knowledge and skills for the betterment of society.

Inside Academics

By Eunkyoung Lee, Graduate Student Editor


What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ‘Hanyang University’? According to a survey conducted by Hanyang News in 2010, the College of Engineering, along with the lion mascot and its blue color, is recognized as the key representation of Hanyang University. As such, the College of Engineering has a legacy of excellence and a great symbolic meaning to students as well as to the general public. It is no wonder that the college is called a Mecca of engineering technology in Korea.


The College of Engineering at Hanyang University was founded in 1939 and has educated more than 50,000 bright talents so far. These graduates have long contributed to the industrial development in Korea as engineers, professors, and researchers. The college aims to nurture professional talents equipped with both theoretical foundation and ability to apply the knowledge to practice. The College of Engineering is currently comprised of eight divisions and nine departments, and has about two-hundred full-time faculty and more than a hundred experimental laboratory facilities.


School of Architecture / Division of Architectural Engineering

The history of the Architecture program is the history of the development of the College of Engineering and Hanyang University. One of the oldest and top-notch architecture/architectural engineering programs in Korea, the School of Architecture and Division of Architectural Engineering is all about studying planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience. The difference between the two departments is that architecture concentrates on the aesthetics and the functional/spatial layout of buildings, while architectural engineering emphasizes the engineering aspects of the building design and construction process.


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering is a field of study that is concerned with designing and building necessary infrastructure of a city. The academic subjects can be subcategorized as structural engineering, environmental engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering, which are all essential parts of people’s everyday life. While the architects design individual buildings, civil and environmental engineers design cities; they lay down the groundwork for water, electricity, and other necessities of the society to make a properly functioning city.


Department of Urban Planning and Engineering

Urban Planning deals with solving urban and suburban problems through optimal planning and design, including those of land, housing, transportation, and environment. Since Urban Planning incorporates diverse areas such as architecture, civil engineering, economics, geography, sociology, the Department of Urban Planning and Engineering puts great emphasis on creativity and adaptability, rather than simple knowledge itself. The department has six sub-fields, which are urban planning, urban designing, space measure analysis, environment and information, traffic, and urban & real estate development. Some of the latest researches conducted in the department are associated with U-Eco City (a combined word of ‘Ubiquitous’ and ‘Ecological city’), carrying capacity of an environment, and prediction model for housing demands in cities.


Department of Mineral, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering

Since its establishment in 1957 (then the Department of Geoenvironmental System Engineering), the Department of Mineral, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering has been involved in many national-level projects on natural energy development, ranging from mining to overseas natural resources development. The department endeavors to take educational leadership, providing field-centered, practical, and comprehensive curriculum for the students. The department’s curriculum copes with two main issues. One is about overseas natural resources development, such as petroleum and natural gas; how to exploit and use the resources. And the other deals with how to treat the environmental problems after the development, such as how to remove pollutant and restore the environment.



Division of Materials Science and Engineering

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering studies the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials. The division deals with properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering, and examines the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular levels and their macroscopic properties. In response to rapidly changing world, the Division of Materials Science and Engineering is currently offering various programs in association with other universities and companies on the globe. The division has already made agreements with North Carolina State University, Michigan University, and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science to develop foreign exchange programs.


Division of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

The Division of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering can be divided into the Major of Chemical Engineering and the Major of Bioengineering. The Major of Chemical Engineering involves applications of diverse disciplines; chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and biochemistry. Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University focuses especially on practical energy sources, such as solar power, new generation battery, bio-sensor/chip, green energy technology and so on. In 2005, the annual rate of SCI journals per professor was 9.1, which ranked the second top among other notable universities in the same field in Korea. The Major of Bioengineering focuses on the development of biomaterials, drug/gene delivery, and cell/tissue engineering. Bioengineering is the application of concepts and methods of biology (and secondarily of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science) to solve problems in life sciences. The curriculum includes designing bio-materials, generating new tissues and organs from cultured cells, and developing new delivery systems for classical drugs, protein and genes.


Department of Organic and Nano Engineering

Nanoengineering is one of the engineering disciplines which studies on the nanoscale. ‘Nano’ was originally derived from the nanometre, a unit of measurement equaling one billionth of a meter. The Department of Organic and Nano Engineering deal with diverse areas, ranging from investigating the structure/property relationship of polymers to developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale. The faculty carries out research projects on the national- and global-level, such as degradable fibers, new polymer synthesis, and aerospace composite materials. The Major has an array of facilities and advanced chemical, physical and mechanical laboratory equipment and techniques, such as fiber spinning, polymer synthesis.


Department of Energy Engineering

Energy Engineering is a field of study that researches methods for using energy efficiently by covering various topics ranging from the characteristics and uses of energy to environmental issues. The Department of Energy Engineering focuses on training professionals specialized in energy, and constructing a hub for active international joint research. The department aims to contribute to developing innovative energy technology strategy, securing future energy resources, and creating eco-friendly green energy technology. The Department of Energy Engineering was established in 2010 with the growing importance of the role of energy in the contemporary society.



Division of Mechanical Engineering

The Division of Mechanical Engineering is the largest single divisions in the College of Engineering, and has raised more than 10,000 competent mechanical engineers since its foundation. Mechanical engineering is derived from classical physics and especially from dynamics. The purpose of mechanical engineering is to apply the theories from physics to the real life and provide convenience to people. Mechanical engineers from the division have made great contributions to our modern advanced industrial society.


Department of Nuclear Engineering

The Department of Nuclear Engineering not only focuses on Nuclear Engineering itself, but also studies on how to prevent future disasters that may come with nuclear development. One of the special features of this department is that the curriculum puts much emphasis on studying Radiotechnology. The department teaches various subjects on Radiotechnology such as the effect radiation has on human bodies and environment, the detection of radiation and various uses of radiation. Having set a special interest in emphasizing Radiotechnology long before others started realizing its importance, this Department proudly presents the world’s best academic curriculum for Radiotechnology.


Department of Industrial Engineering

Established in 1958 as the first Industrial Engineering major in Korea, the Department of Industrial Engineering teaches the methodology and practical application of decision-making. Although the curricula of the Business Administration and Industrial Engineering seem similar, the former studies various technical factors to operate an entire company smoothly, while the latter learns the production, information and sometimes applied statistics and probability to provide a reasonable solution based on decision making for companies.


Department of Automotive Engineering

As the one and only Automotive Engineering major in Korea, the Department of Automotive Engineering at Hanyang University is planning to make itself into a worldly prestigious program for its excellent research and education. The department aims to cultivate global engineers who possess the core technology of future cars through its ‘Specialized educational courses’. The curriculum includes unique courses, such as ‘Kinetic Energy of Automobiles’, ‘Motor Application’, ‘Internal Control System’, and ‘In Vehicle Network’. The department is concentrating its research efforts mainly on ‘Zero emission’ and ‘Zero car accidents’.



The College of Engineering will continue to train the best engineers to impact our national and world economies. Building on the long tradition of excellence in education and research, Engineering at Hanyang is well situated to respond to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. And now let us take a closer look at the College of Engineering through interviews with the Dean and the Manager of the Administration Team.


A Conversation with the Dean of the College, Gwansoo Lee


By Juwha Pyun, Student Reporter

Photo By Yumi Jo, Student Photographer

Q. Could you introduce the College of Engineering?

A. Established in 1939 as Korea’s first private college of engineering, our department is rooted deeply into Korean society. In 74 years, we have produced about fifty thousand graduates, and made remarkable achievements in research and technology. I proudly say I believe it is the best private college of engineering in Korea. With 23 engineering departments, we support and foster thousands of engineering students and scholars to be the pillar of the field of engineering in the world.


Q. How would you evaluate the status quo of the department of Engineering?

A. As engineering takes a major part of today’s society, a department of engineering inevitably has become one of the most crucial fields of study in a university. It is not an exaggeration to say the status and reputation of the department of engineering determines the reputation of a university. Many universities, which had lacked curriculums of engineering and technology fields, had established engineering departments in the hope of improving the status of the schools. In that, we are very lucky to have firmly standing engineering department. There may be differences in rates or statistics, but I believe we have the best engineering curriculum and output among private colleges of engineering in Korea. But I regret the potential of the department is underrated in global charts. Our next goal is to prove the potential and competency of our department and enter the rating of 50th in the world chart of college of engineering.


Q. Many statistics show outstanding accomplishments from the number of CEO alumni to an exam acceptance rate. Could you elaborate on that?

A. According to the article by Korean Economic Daily in 2012, our Department of Mechanical Engineering ranked first in the number of CEO alumni. The second on the chart was a School of Pharmacy. Thus, we can see that among the fields of practical learning, our college of engineering has been producing outstanding outputs. Having alumni actively participating in the field in the society can be a great help and assistant to students. In that, one can say that our students in engineering have advantages. Also, in 2014, with 13 students passing the State Exam for Public Officials in engineering, our school ranked first in the numbers of students being accepted in the exam among universities in Korea. Also, one of the students from the Department of Electronic Engineering had placed the first on the exam and made us proud. I believe the preparatory class for State Exam for Public Officials had helped students develop and played out their best effort and competence on the exam.


Q. Would you introduce programs that are unique to the College of Engineering?

A. Run by the Ministry of Education, the Undergraduate Research Innovative Program (URIP) allows students to engage in practical researches on undergraduate level. In our URIP Research Center, professors and students are participating in creative researches, and scholarship given to students based on their performance sum up to be around two billion won. Also, our Consulting Alumni Company have the interaction between alumni, school, and the students active and effective. The school provides consultation service to the companies of our alumni, and alumni gives back to the school by giving students by investing into the school in variety of ways. Contributing to our motto “practical engineering,” the consultation service by professors help companies founded by Hanyang alumni adjust into the fast-changing engineering and technology fields nowadays. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities in and out of campus, and majority of students graduate from four-year curriculum with their career paths guaranteed. Lastly, Techno Business is a course that is very unique to the College of Engineering. It enables students to develop a business mind, which many engineers lack. We believe the field of engineering requires knowledge in engineering plus business mind. Through the program, students get to plan and practice business with fifty-thousand won, and a team with the best business plan and results is awarded with cash prize of one-million won. About a thousand students enroll in the course every year, and the budget for the project go up from ten-million won to a hundred million won all in the effort to develop students’ competence as leaders of engineering fields.


Q. Could you give a word of advice to students who are looking to attend the College of Engineering?

A. When pursuing higher education, the first and utmost important factor one should consider is the competence and potential of the institution. The College of Engineering in Hanyang University satisfies the criteria with its competent professors and student members. At the center of driving force of Korea is the College of Engineering, HYU.