The University of Seoul
The University of Seoul is a public university funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. It has been the fundamental source for urban theory applied (but not limited) to the development of the city of Seoul since its inception in 1918. Augmenting its research initiatives for analyzing and solving issues of a diverse and modern urban society, the University of Seoul aims to provide leadership in the enhancement of urban centers in the 21st century.
In an effort to firmly establish itself as a Mecca for urban science research, the University created the new College of Urban Sciences. The focal point of this unique college is the mega-city, which allows it to develop a more scientific and specialized methodology for resolving complex issues that major cities face. By integrating an existing auxiliary research institute focused on urban sciences, it established the Institute of Urban Sciences which aims to foster new research in urban policy in order to furnish Seoul and its affiliated public organizations with the latest in modern urban technology.
The College of Urban Sciences
The College of Urban Sciences provides education and research to practically address the complex urban phenomena in the age of globalization. Since its establishment in 1997, the College has been recognized as a “Mecca” of urban sciences and has played a role of major think tank for solving metropolitan problems. It conducts applied research using an inter-disciplinary approach covering urbansociology, administration, planning, design, science and technology. Considering the importance of history and tradition in urban phenomena, the College is oriented towards developing Korea-specific paradigm in urban sciences. In parallel with the inter-disciplinary research, it inspires students to have dedication and commitment to the community, the nation, and the world.
The Institute of Urban Sciences
The Institute of Urban Sciences provides intellectual services to the Seoul Metropolitan Government and its citizens, as well as providing urban research findings for all Korean cities. Since Globalization and IT development demand innovation, the University’s best think-tank aims to transform into a competitive and productive intellectual organization in the post-modern age, ready to meet the challenges facing Seoul and other major cities in Asia.
The President, Research Director and Operations Committee work closely to integrate city government and industry with its fourteen independent research centers.