Keimyung University

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Group.png Keimyung University  
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HeadquartersDaegu, South Korea
Providing Koreans with higher education firmly anchored in Christianity

Keimyung University (계명대학교, Gyemyeong Daehakgyo), abbreviated as KMU or Keimyung (啓明), is a private university with high research output[1] located in Daegu, the fourth largest city in South Korea. The university takes roots from Jejungwon founded in 1899.[2] The higher education started in 1954 with the support of the leaders of the Northern Presbyterian Church of the U.S. as a Christian university. KMU is composed of three campuses in the city of Daegu, South Korea. They are named for their locations within the city; Daemyeong, which is near the downtown area, Seongseo, which is in the western part of the city, and also Dongsan campus which includes Dongsan Medical Center. The university's Seongseo campus is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in South Korea.[3][4]

Keimyung University has relationships with more than 400 research and educational organizations worldwide as well as one of the largest communities of international professors in South Korea.[5]


Keimyung University originated from Keimyung Christian College, which was founded in 1954, by Reverend Edward Adams, an American missionary of the Northern Presbyterian Church of the U.S., and by Reverends Choi Jaehwa and Kang Ingu, two local Presbyterian Church leaders. The founding principle guiding their concerted efforts was to provide Koreans with higher education firmly anchored in Christianity. 1978, the year of Keimyung's elevation to the status of a university, marked the beginning of a new period of rapid development. In October 1980, the university merged with the Dongsan Presbyterian Hospital, a prestigious local hospital with 81-year history of service, and re-opened it as Keimyung University Medical Center. The development of Keimyung acquired a new dimension in the early 1980s when it added a new campus built on 550,000 pyeong (181,500 sq. meters) at Seongseo in Sindang-dong, Dalseo-gu, to its existing Daemyeong and Dongsan campuses.



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Former Faculty Members

  • Hoesung Lee, a South Korean economist and current chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations.
  • Sem Vermeersch, an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Seoul National University.
  • Kevin Kester, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, Seoul National University.

Current Professors

  • Sergey Tarasov, Russian pianist. He was awarded 2nd prizes at the 1995 Ferruccio Busoni and Arthur Rubinstein competitions before winning the 1996 Sydney International Piano Competition. In 1988 he also won the 7th Prague Spring International Piano Competition. He subsequently obtained the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition's 4th prize, and won the 1999 Premio Jaén.


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