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College of Maritime Sciences

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Korea Maritime and Ocean University / Future of the World?�s Oceans!

  • Name of the college : College of Maritime Sciences

  • Tel No : 82-51-410-4182~3, 4176

    Fax No : 82-51-410-4182~3, 4176

  • Webpage : http://maritime.kmou.ac.kr Go to Url

  • The office location : The Maritime Sciences building, 2 F

  • Webpage Person in charge (e-mail) : carriers@naver.com

Korea College of Maritime Sciences, the very first national university established by the Korean government, is the principal College of Maritime Sciences of Korea. It was first established as the Higher Merchant Ship School in 1945. The school founding was prompted by the patriotism and aspirations for higher education of a few pioneers who realized the need to secure maritime manpower in order to advance the country's development. Since then, the school has overcome a great number of obstacles to become we are today. For the past half century, the school has successfully educated numerous maritime specialists who were the driving force behind Korea's growth in marine transportation and has helped Korea to become the world's 10th ranked country in the field. With such contributions, the school is now recognized as one of the top universities in the marine transportation field.

With Korea's limited natural resources and its high dependence on International trade, Korea's national economy has a special structure. Given that 95% of Korea's trading volume depends on marine transportation, the maritime industry of Korea not only supports the stability of the national economy, the improvement of the International trade balance, and the expansion of employment opportunities, but it is also a constant force in economic development, thus it is protected and nurtured at the national level. The maritime industry is highly technology intensive and faces stiff International competition, which does not allow stable development without the strong support of professional manpower with a variety of skills. Therefore, the College of Maritime Sciences is training and educating the professional manpower needed to advance the maritime industry in Korea. We especially focus on nurturing maritime professionals to have excellent adaptability to the situation and strong leadership skills by providing a basic curriculum that includes a 1-year on-board practical course.

To realize its mission, the College of Maritime Sciences encompasses 4 divisions and 1 department including the Div. of Transportation Science, Div. of Marine System Engineering, Div. of Maritime Law, Div. of Mechatronics Engineering and Dept. of Maritime Police Science. Students who have passed the national exam for the Marine Officer's License while attending the school are eligible acquire the license at the time of graduating from Korea College of Maritime Sciences and the students may advance into various careers in the maritime industry according to their actual experience on the sea and obtained professional knowledge. The College of Maritime Sciences used to admit male students only but since 1991, the school has extended admission to female and foreign students as well. It converted the N.R.O.T.C. system to an optional system and relaxed the physical requirements for admission to be the same as that for seamen. All students of the College of Maritime Sciences are eligible to live in the school dormitory for 4 years, receiving room and board, including the required uniforms and even some exemption of tuition and admissions fees.

A message from Dean

Korea Maritime and Ocean University

he College of Maritime Sciences is waiting for all of you who wish to make your dreams come true via the sea. Building on the 'Jinhae Higher Seamen's Training School' established in 1919, Korea College of Maritime Sciences was founded in November 5 of 1945 on a barren patch of ground after the liberation, at a time when there was not single national ship. However, thanks to some visionary pioneers, it has been succeeding for 60 years as a national university with its specialty in marine and maritime studies. The Korean shipping industry is one of the five most important, along with the semiconductor, automobile, steel, and shipbuilding industries. Yet, despite its importance and closeness to our life in transporting 99.7% of import and export goods, people are not fully aware of the importance and contribution of the shipping industry because the import and export of goods are being conducted beyond people's range of vision.

However, it is promising that with the effect of economic growth of many developing countries and the favorable conditions resulting from the Olympics in China, Korea's shipping industry has rapidly advanced(ranked 6th in the world) and the revenue ($27.7 billion) of the shipping industry is no less than the amount of export in such counterparts as automobiles, semiconductors, and shipbuilding. The shipping industry not only contributes to the improvement of the International trade balance in a struggle to combat the lasting trade deficit, but it is also a strategic industry that may play a role as a fourth branch of the military along with the Army, Navy, and Air forces in the only divided country in the world.

The College of Maritime Sciences of KMOU has pioneered and developed the shipping industry of Korea as well as braced it as its stay. And as a cradle of educating men of ability who can further advance the industry, we are earnestly preparing ourselves for a great leap towards a wider world of the shipping industry. Come to the ocean!

The ocean is our province and a promising blue world that guarantees a bountiful future. The College of Maritime Sciences of KMOU will guide and lead all of you who will steer the future of Korean people in the right direction.


  • 1919.

    Founded Jinhae Higher Mariner Training School- The predecessor of KMOU.
  • 1945.

    ?�Janhae Higher Merchant Ship School ?�opened.
    Dr. Lee Si-hyong, inaugurated as the 1st dean.
  • 1946.

    Total 100 students enrolled, 50 students in Dept. of Navigation systems engineering. 50 students in Dept. of Marine engine engineering. Annexation with Tongyeong Merchant Ship School
    The school upgraded and changed the name to "Jinhae Maritime College "
  • 1947.

    Relocated to Incheon from Jinhae. Annexation to Incheon Maritime College and renamed ?�National Maritime College?? Jurisdiction transferred to the National Defense Bureau from the Ministry of Transportation.
    Relocated to Geunsan from Incheon.
    Dr. Hwang In-sik, inaugurated as the 2nd dean.
    Newly established Dept. of Naval Architecture.
  • 1949.

    Jurisdiction transferred to the Ministry of Transportation from the National Defense Bureau.
  • 1945.

    Dr. Lee Si-hyong, inaugurated as the 3rd dean.
  • 1950.

    Mr. Hwang Bu-gil, inaugurated as the 4h dean.
  • 1951.

    Dr. Lee Si-hyong, inaugurated as the 5th dean.
  • 1952.

    Abolition of the Dept. of Naval Architecture.
  • 1953.

    Mr. Hwang Bu-gil, inaugurated as the 6th dean.
    Relocated to 664 Geojae-dong, Busan city from Geunsan.
  • 1955.

    Jurisdiction transferred to the Ministry of Commerce from the Ministry of Transportation.
    Dr. Lee Si-hyong, inaugurated as the 7th dean.
    Relocated to newly constructed location (The UNKRA fund); 618 Dongsam-dong, Yongdo-gu, Busan City.
  • 1956.

    Jurisdiction transferred to the Ministry of Education from the Ministry of Commerce, and name changed to "Korea College of Maritime Sciences".
    Dr. Sin Sung-mo, inaugurated as the 8th dean.
  • 1958.

    Promulgation of the Naval Preliminary Decree (Issue No. 1935, the Presidential decree)
  • 1960.

    Approval to establish the Graduate School.
    New Dept. established with master's and doctor's courses (Dept. of Marine Engineering)
    Dr. Yune Sang-song, inaugurated as the 9th dean.
    Celebration of naming the training ship 'Bandoho'.
  • 1962.

    Commodore Lee Jong-chul, inaugurated as the 10th dean.
  • 1963.

    Dr. Son Tae-hyon, inaugurated as the 11th dean.
  • 1965.

    Begin commissioned education the Shipping Bureau's regular mariner training center.
    Organized a short-term mariner training center.
    (Quota: 50 from Dept. of Navigation, 50 from Dept. of Marine Engine Engineering, total 100 students)
  • 1968.

    Dr. Lee June-soo, inaugurated as the 12th dean.
    The number of graduates for each Dept. increased to 100, 50 each.
  • 1969.

    Newly established master's course in the Dept. of Navigation.
  • 1970.

    Commenced a new faculty building in No.1, Dongsam-dong, Yongdo-gu, Busan.
  • 1972.

    Dr. Lee June-soo, inaugurated as the 13th dean.
    Increased the number of graduates of Haegi short-term training center from 50 to 100, 50 more for each department.
  • 1973.

    Approval of establishing an affiliated maritime college.
    (Graduates quota: 100 in Dept. of Navigation, 100 in Dept. of Engine, total 200)
  • 1974.

    Commenced a new faculty building in No.1, Dongsam-dong, Yongdo-gu, Busan (the current location).
  • 1975.

    Graduates quota increased to 150 from 100, 50 more for each dept.
    The training ship "Hanbada" launched.
    Launching of the training ship "Hanbada".
  • 1976.

    Dr. Hong Yong-pyo, inaugurated as the 14th dean.
    Approval of the doctoral course in the Dept. of Navigation.
    Increased the number of graduates from 150 to 175.
  • 1977.

    Increased the number of graduates from 175 to 200.
  • 1978.

    Abolition of the affiliated Maritime College
  • 1980.

    Dr. Hong Yong-pyo, inaugurated as the 15th dean.
  • 1981.

    Dr. Sin Min-gyo, inaugurated as the 16th dean.
  • 1985.

    Dr. Yang Si-gwon, inaugurated as the 17th dean.
  • 1986.

    Changed dormitory name to Boarding Life Building.
  • 1989.

    Dr. Ha Ju-sik, inaugurated as the 18th dean.
  • 1991.

    Approval of the reorganizing of a university("Maritime College of Korea" -> "Korea College of Maritime Sciences")
  • 1992.

    Organized three colleges (Maritime College, College of Science and Engineering, College of Social Science)
    Dept. newly established (Dept. of Ship Operating)
  • 1993.

    Naming & launching celebration for the training ship 'Hannara'
  • 1998.

    Opening of Institute of Maritime Police Education
  • 1999.

    Established new master's course in the Div. of Maritime Police and Science.
    Establish the Marine Simulation Center
  • 2000.

    New establishment (Div. of Mechatronics Engineering)
    New doctoral course in the Dept. of Refrigeration and A/C Engineering.
    New doctoral course in Maritime Law.
  • 2004.

    New master's course in Mechatronics Engineering.
    Celebrate new construction of the training ship 'Hanbada'.
  • 2005.

    Name of division changed (Div. of Ship Operating System "Div. of Navigation System Engineering
    Delivery of the newly built training ship 'Hanbada'.
  • 2006.

    Established IAMU Asia LNG Education Training Center