Originally, it was founded in 1398 by the Joseon Dynasty located in the heart of central Seoul. Uniquely it was authorized as Sungkyunkwan, the foremost educational institution, by the great code of state administration pertaining to the royal assent.
Today, the university has two campuses: the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul, and the Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon. Eighteen schools and three colleges offer degrees at the bachelor’s level, and twelve graduate schools confer various degrees at both the masters and doctoral levels. SKKU offers Korea’s first fully English-taught Global MBA program, which has gained tremendous international recognition. SKKU also has one of the best medical schools in South Korea, which is affiliated with the world’s famous Samsung Medical Center. Samsung partnered with SKKU in the period of 1965-1977 and took up its partnership in 1996. Recent years have seen a trend of SKKU rising in university rankings, consistently placing in the top 5 nationally.