Dr William Stewart Korea University

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Dr. William H. StewartAssociate Director, International Cooperation

William H. Stewart is from Chicago, IL, USA, and earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Linguistics, which led him to become a Spanish language instructor at a K-12 International School in Seoul in the Republic of Korea in 2008. This marked the start of a career in transnational and international education for the last two decades.

Given his experience in administration, expertise in higher education, international, and transnational education (coupled with proficiency in English, Spanish, and Korean), Dr. Stewart was recruited by Korea University’s Office of International Affairs. In his current role as the Associate Director of International Cooperation, he works to advance the university’s global initiatives.

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With a founding spirit of “national salvation through education” Korea University has grown and prospered for more than 100 years. From its foundation by the Korean royal household in 1905, through Japanese occupation, and into the modern period of rapid economic development, Korea University has been the driving force behind education and social change in Korea.

.Deeply rooted in Korean history, leaping towards the world in the 21st century with the Korean tradition cherished in heart

.Korea University was born as “Bosung College” in 1905. With a Royal grant from Emperor Gojong of the Korean Empire, Lee Yong-ik (Chungsukgong, 1854-1907), Treasurer of the Royal Household, established the school under the banner, “Education Saves the Country.” In the wake of the Korea-Japan Treaty in 1905, however, Lee Yong-ik sought asylum overseas to lead the resistance movement against Japan, which in turn posed a challenge to the management of Bosung College. Although Sohn Byung-hee (pen-name Uiam, 1861-1922), the leader of Cheondogyo, succeeded to the leadership vacated by Lee, Japanese imperial repression and the Great Depression aggravated the school’s financial predicament. Kim Seong-su(pen-name Inchon, 1891-1955) took over Bosung College and laid the foundation on which Korea University would arise. He aspired to build a genuine national university in response to the public schools, which the Japanese Empire manipulated to disseminate propaganda. In particular, the Main Hall (Historic Site 285), embodying the spirit of Inchon, and Main Library (Historic Site 286) were constructed through funding raised across the country and served as strong buttresses for the growth of the university. Following national liberation in 1945, the college was elevated to the status of a university in 1946 and renamed Korea University. Throughout the modern history of the Republic of Korea, Korea University has stood as a symbol of the spirit of resistance, manifesting the conscience of the nation and critical intelligence. This spirit led to a number of uprisings and protests by KU students calling for democracy, including one on April 18th, which triggered the April 19 Revolution in 1960.

Mission and vision

  • Founded in 1905 by the Treasurer of the Royal Household, Young-Ik Yi, who believed that educating the young generation was the only way to secure Korea's independence
  • KU is the country's first institution of higher learning funded and administered solely by Koreans
  • KU's mission is to continue to play a key role in shaping Korea socially, culturally and academically

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The university’s academic scope is extensive with its 18 undergraduate schools and colleges, and 23 graduate schools. KU is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine, and Business Administration.

In the 1990s, the Korean TechnoComplex was stablished to realize collaborative research by business, research institutes and university for the first time in Korea. Furthermore, Korea University established the School of Life Science and Biotechnology to foster professional human resources in the bioscience area, hosted the Seoul Center of the Korea Basic Science Institute, replete with cutting-edge research equipment, and opened the Graduate School of International Studies to nurture professionals in international and local studies. These endeavours paved the way for KU to join the ranks of leading global universities in science and other areas in the 21st century.

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