Dongguk University

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Dongguk University
동국대학교 (東國大學校)
Motto攝心, 信實, 慈愛, 度世(hanja)
Motto in EnglishSteady one's clean mind, Behave truly and reliably, Love people with benevolence, Save mankind from agony
EstablishedMay 8, 1906
TypePrivate
PresidentKim, Hee-Ok
Undergraduates17,189 (2009)[1]
LocationSeoul, South Korea
CampusUrban
Former namesMyungjin School (1906-1940)
Hyehwa Professional College (1940-1946)
Dongguk College (1946-1953)
MascotElephant, Lotus
AffiliationsMahayana Buddhism
WebsiteEnglish website
Korean website
 
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Dongguk University
동국대학교 (東國大學校)
Motto攝心, 信實, 慈愛, 度世(hanja)
Motto in EnglishSteady one's clean mind, Behave truly and reliably, Love people with benevolence, Save mankind from agony
EstablishedMay 8, 1906
TypePrivate
PresidentKim, Hee-Ok
Undergraduates17,189 (2009)[1]
LocationSeoul, South Korea
CampusUrban
Former namesMyungjin School (1906-1940)
Hyehwa Professional College (1940-1946)
Dongguk College (1946-1953)
MascotElephant, Lotus
AffiliationsMahayana Buddhism
WebsiteEnglish website
Korean website
Dongguk University
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationDongguk Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerTong'guk Taehakkyo

Dongguk University(Korean: 동국대학교, Hanja: 東國大學校) is a private, coeducational university in South Korea. It operates campuses in Seoul, Gyeongju City, North Gyeongsang province, and Los Angeles, United States. It operates two affiliated hospitals of Western medicine, and four of Oriental medicine, a generic term which includes Traditional Korean medicine studies.

Location[edit]

Dongguk University is located in Jung-gu, Seoul just north of Namsan. The upper buildings of the campus are directly connected into the trails of Namsan park.

The Seoul campus' main entrance is at Dongguk University Station the intersection of Seoul Subway Line 3 and 4. While Chungmuro Station is near the rear entrance.[2]

History[edit]

Founded in 1906 by Korea's ecumenically minded Jogye Order, Dongguk remains one of the few Buddhist affiliated universities in the world.

The university began as Myeongjin School (명진학교) on May 8, 1906. It was closed by the Japanese Occupation Government from 1922 to 1928, after the Samil Undong uprising, and again in 1944. It was one of the first institutions in the Republic of Korea to gain university status, in the western sense, being designated a university in 1953. The postgraduate school opened simultaneously.

During the Korean War, classes were held in Busan, but were moved back to Seoul in 1953. In 1959, the Dongguk University Broadcasting system was initiated. The College of Education was launched in 1968 with four courses, adding Education of Physical Education a year later.[3] In 1978, the Gyeongju Campus was established.

Symbol[edit]

Elephant[edit]

Dongguk's symbol animal is an elephant which is considered a holy animal with wisdom and fortune. It intends to describe modern, progressive and active characteristics, and it also expresses university students of the new generation who are wise, brave, bright and friendly.[4]

Lotus[edit]

Dongguk's flower is a lotus blossom which is the emblem of Buddhist truth.

Rankings and Reputation[edit]

Dongguk University was ranked 13th in JoongAng Ilbo's Korean university rankings in 2012. Dongguk University was ranked 128th among the Asian universities in 2012 QS World University Rankings.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Literature and arts[edit]

Business[edit]

Politics, government and public service[edit]

Sports[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Academics[edit]

Undergraduate colleges[edit]

Seoul campus[edit]

Gyeongju campus[edit]

Los Angeles, USA Campus[edit]

Graduate schools[edit]

Seoul campus[edit]

Gyeongju campus[edit]

Los Angeles, USA campus[edit]

Seoul campus of Dongguk University
The university 
Winter 
Spring 
Meongjin-hall 
Spring 
Night 
Winter 1 
Winter 2 
Winter 3 
Winter 4 
Winter 5 
 
 
 
 
 
Library 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
College of Law 
College of Art 
 
Library 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
Gyeongju campus of Dongguk University
Main Square 
Main Square in front of the Main Building
Medical School 
University Medical School
University Hospital. 
University Hospital
Auditorium. 
One of the auditoriums in the University
Students' square in front of the Humanities building. 
Students' square in front of the Humanities building
Dormitory. 
University Dormitory
Natural Sciences Building. 
Natural Sciences Building
University Symbol statues on campus. 
University Symbol statues on Campus
Student area 
One of the many students areas
Library. 

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Coordinates: 37°33′57″N 126°56′19″E / 37.56583°N 126.93861°E / 37.56583; 126.93861