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Over all boundaries

There are no boundaries or obstacles which KMOU cannot overcome as we live in the ocean. Over Korea to the world! KMOU plays a central role in helping Korea navigate through the five oceans and six continents. KMOU, based on Jinhae Marine Officer School established in 1919, was developed in 1945 by Dr. Lee Si-Hyeong who pursued Korea’s development through the sea. The footprint made by KMOU for the past 90 years is just the history of Korea’s development and growth in the sea.

2010 ~

history since 2010
2017. 5. 2.
  • Selected as a university for Project of national university for INnovation and Trust (PoINT)(May,2017 ~ February, 2018)
2017. 4. 20.
  • Selected as a university for Leaders in INdistry-university(college) Cooperation + (LINC+)(April,2017 ~ February, 2022)
2017. 2. 17.
  • Selected as an International Education Quality Assurance System (IEQAS) certified university(March, 2017~ February, 2020)
2016. 12. 20
  • 2nd place in “2016 total evaluation of transparency among national and public universities” carried out by the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission of Korea
2016. 11. 04
  • Completion of the 70th Anniversary Memorial Hall (Museum)
2016. 10. 31
  • Selected as a participant in the ‘Campus Asia’ Project propelled jointly by the governments of Korea, China and Japan (2016~2021)
2016. 09. 23
  • Selected as a participant in the Project for Supporting Innovation of National Universities (PoINT) 2016 (~2017.4)
2016. 08. 16
  • Dr. Park, Han-il, took office as the seventh president of the university
2015. 11. 20
  • Selected as a participant in the Project for Supporting Innovation of National Universities (PoINT) 2015 (~2016.4)
2015. 11. 05
  • Celebrated the 70th Anniversary of foundation (Published the history of 70 years, lecture given by invited Nobel Prize winner, etc.)
2015. 09. 01
  • Opening of City Campus (3F, Gukje Officetel, Choryang-dong, Don-gu, Busan)
2015. 05. 28
  • Selected as a participant in the Idea Factory Project sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (2015~2018) 07. 20 Selected as a participant in the Project for Establishing Convergence Area between Industry and University sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (2015~2018)
2015. 04. 01
  • Selected as a participant in the Global Logistics Professionals Cultivation Project sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (2015~2019)
2015. 02. 15
  • Certification of ‘Excellent College’ in Attracting and ManagingForeign Students by Ministry of Education
2014. 12. 22
  • Selected to participate in two projects “2014 Marine Energy Personnel Training” sponsored by Korea Institute of Marine Science & Technology Promotion (from 2015 to 2019)
2014. 12. 18
  • 1st grade in “2014 total evaluation of transparency among national and public universities” and 2nd place across the nation according to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission of Korea
2014. 10. 14
  • Increased the quota for the College of Maritime Sciences to 90 students
2014. 08. 28
  • Completed construction of the “Renaissance Gate”
2014. 05. 08
  • Selected as a college for the project of Level 2 LINC (Leaders in Industry-university (college cooperation) project under the auspice of Ministry of Education (from 2014 to 2016)
2014. 03. 03
  • Selected as a participant college in the project of training human resources in local industry under the auspice of Ministry of Employment and Labor
2013. 12. 05
  • Increased the quota of students for the College of Maritime Sciences to 30
2013. 10. 31
  • Selected as a school for Brain Korea (BK) 21, Project for training human resources specializing in the designated fields (from 2013 to 219) under the auspice of Ministry of Education
2013. 09. 01
  • Changed its name, in English, from KMU to KMOU
2013. 07. 11
  • Selected as a participant of the capability strengthening project under the auspice of Ministry of Education for six consecutive years
2013. 04. 03
  • Applied for the project to support universities specializing in marine plants under the management of Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (from 2013 to 2018)
2012.07.01
  • President Park, Han-Il took office at Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) as first president.
2012.05.09
  • President Lee Myung Bak visited KMOU (to participate in 121st Emergency Economic Planning Meeting).
2012.04.13
  • Selected by Ministry of Educations, Science and Technology as the university for Education Capability Strengthening Project for five consecutive years. Achieved first place in the education performance index among the nationwide universities and colleges for two years in a row (and first place among the four-year national andpublic universities for four years in a row.)
2012.03.28
  • KMOU was selected by the Ministry of Educations, Science and Technology as the university for Leaders in Industry-Academic Cooperation project
2012.03.06
  • Dr. Park, Han- Il, the sixth president took office.
2012.03.01
  • Established the College of Marine Military
2011.10.10
  • Completed Chemical Tanker Training Center (CPTS)
2010.11.04
  • Completed Maritime Simulation Center
2010.10.12
  • Held the AGA11 (Annual General Assembly 11) of IAMU
2010.08.13
  • Opened Consortium Group for the Military, Government, Industries, Academy and Research Center
2010.04.17
  • President of KMOU took office as the IAMU chairman
2010.02.10
  • Opened Joint KMI-KMOU International Logistics Research Center

1971 ~ 2009

history since 2010
2009.03.01
  • Split the Div. of Marine Development Engineering into the Dept. of Ocean Engineering and Dept. of Energy and Resources Engineering
  • Split the Div. of Nano Data Systems into the Dept. of Data Information and Dept. of Nano Semiconductor Engineering
  • Split the Division of International Commerce & Administration divided into the Dept. of International Commerce and Dept. of Maritime Administration
  • Changed the Division of Law to the Division of Maritime Law
2008.05.19
  • Chosen as the center for the NRL project of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology
2008.05.01
  • Chosen for the 2008 Youngnam SeaGrant Project of the Ministry of Land, transport, and Maritime Affairs
2008.03.06
  • Inaugurated the 5th president, Dr. Oh Keo-don
2008.02.04
  • Assigned 2 tasks from the 2008 Next(reinforcement of educational competence in the IT field) project of the Ministry of Information and Communication
2007.03.01
  • Established the Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Split the Div. of Mathematical Information and Semiconductor Physics into the Div. of Nano Data Systems and the Div. of IT Engineering
  • Renamed the Div. of Radio & Information Communication Engineering to the Dept. of Radio Communication Engineering within the Div. of Computer, Control and Electronic Communications Engineering
2007.01.29
  • Established the Industrial-Academic Cooperation Support Center
2006.05.24
  • Established the Education & training Center for IAMU Asia LNG
2006.02.17
  • The training ship Hanbada begins service
2005.12.08
  • Initiated construction of the training ship Hanbada
2005.09.01
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of European Studies and Dept. of Maritime Logistics
2005.03.01
  • Began offering doctor’s courses in the Dept. of Maritime Architecture Engineering, Dept. of Mechatronics Engineering, Dept. of Maritime Life and Environment, and Dept. of International Commerce & Maritime Administration
  • Renamed the Div. of Ship Operating Systems to the Div. of Navigation Systems Engineering, the Div. of Ocean Sciences to the Div. of Maritime Life and Environment, and the Div. of Civil Environmental Systems Engineering to the Div. of Construction and Environmental Engineering
2004.12.09
  • Chosen as an experimental university for the SeaGrant project of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.
2004.10.03
  • Approval to establish the Graduate School of Education
2004.09.13
  • Established an Accreditation Board for Engineering Education attached to the College of Engineering
2004.07.29
  • Commencement of construction of the training ship, Hanbada
2004.07.01
  • Established the Office of International Exchange
2004.03.16
  • Establish the Center for Industry-Academy Cooperation
2004.03.06
  • Inaugurated the 4th president, Dr. Kim Soon-gap
2004.03.05
  • Opened the Research Center for Specialized Underwater Vehicles sponsored by the Ministry of National Defense
2004.03.02
  • Established the Innovative Green and Comfortable Technology Research Center
2004.03.01
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Mechatronics Engineering and Dept. of International Commerce & Maritime Administration
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Applied Science
  • Changed Class term of Div. of Architecture and Ocean Space from 4 to 5 years
  • Separated the Div. of IT Engineering from Div. of Mechanical Information Engineering
  • Established the Innovative Science & Technology Research Center for Teenagers
2003.11.20
  • Established the Maritime Environmental & Life Engineering Center.
2003.09.08
  • Established the standing secretariat of the Asia Maritime & Fisheries Universities Forum (AMFUF)
2003.03.01
  • Established the Korean Language Education Center
2003.03.01
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Maritime Life Environment
2003.02.06
  • Organized the Industry-Academy Collaboration Consortium
2002.11.09
  • Established the Northeast Asia Maritime transportation Logistics Research Center
2002.06.04
  • Opened the dormitory, Nurisa
2001.05.28
  • Established the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute
2001.05.28
  • Opening ceremony of the headquarter building
2001.05.01
  • Established a branch office of Busan Techno Park
2001.03.01
  • Established the Business Incubation Center
2000.08.10
  • Renamed the Social Education Institute to the Institute of Continuing Education
2000.05.18
  • Established the Institute of International Maritime Affairs
  • Established the International Maritime Information Center
2000.04.01
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of East Asian Studies
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Navigation Systems Engineering
2000.03.01
  • Inaugurated the 3rd president, Dr. Park Yong-sup
  • Renamed the College of Science and Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Studies to the College of Ocean Science and Technology and College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Science to the College of International Studies
  • Began offering master's courses in the Div. of Mechatronics Engineering, Dept. of transportation and Mechanical Engineering, Dept. of English, and Dept. of Architecture Engineering
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Refrigeration and A/C Engineering, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Dept. of Computer Engineering
1999.11.02
  • Approval to establish the Graduate School of Maritime Management Technology
1999.03.18
  • Established the Marine Simulation Center
1999.03.01
  • Began offering master's courses in the Div. of Maritime Police Science
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Electrical and Radio Communication Engineering
  • Established the Div. of Ocean Sciences
1998.11.10
  • Established the Social Education Institute
1998.03.30
  • Established the Institute of Maritime Police Education
1998.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Applied Physics, Dept. of Maritime Physical Education, Dept. of European Studies, and Div. of Shipping Management
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Maritime Environment Engineering and Dept. of Computer Engineering
1997.07.01
  • Established the language Institute (replaced the former language research center)
1997.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Maritime Energy and Resource Engineering and Dept. of East Asian Studies
  • Began offering master's courses in the Depts. of Refrigeration and A/C Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Radio Communication Engineering
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Materials Engineering and Dept. of trade
1996.03.01
  • Inaugurated the 2nd president, Mr. Cho Kyung-Sik
  • Renamed the College of Social Science to the College of Humanities and Social Science
  • Established the Dept. of Architecture Engineering and Dept. of English
1995.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of International Commerce and Dept. of Maritime Civil Engineering
  • Began offering master’s courses in the Dept. Applied Mathematics
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Port and Logistics Engineering and Dept. of Control and Measurement Engineering
1994.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Maritime Environmental Engineering, Dept. of Computer Engineering, and Dept. of Maritime Safety Management
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Materials Engineering
1993.03.09
  • Launching ceremony of the training ship, Hannara.
1993.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Radio Communication Engineering and Dept. of Electric Engineering
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Control and Measurement Engineering
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Maritime Engineering
1992.09.05
  • Opened the Advanced Management Program
1992.03.01
  • Inaugurated the 1st president, Dr. Jeon Hyo-Joong
  • Established three colleges: Maritime College, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Social Science
  • Established the Dept. of Ship and Navigation, and Dept. of Refrigeration & A/C Engineering
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Port and Shipping Engineering
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Maritime Law
1991.10.22
  • Approval to upgrade Korea Maritime College to Korea Maritime and Ocean University
1991.07.01
  • Built the Audio-Visual Hall
  • Established the Research Institute of Ocean Science and Technology.
1991.03.22
  • Built the dormitory, A-chisa
1991.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Applied Mathematics
  • Began offering master’s courses in the Dept. of Maritime Engineering
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Ship Engineering and Dept. of Electronic Communication Engineering
  • Established the Research Institute of Industrial Technology
1990.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Maritime Materials Engineering
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Marine trade
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Shipping Management
  • Established the Research Institute of Maritime Industry
1989.12.21
  • Built the library
1989.08.23
  • Inaugurated the 18th rector, Dr. Ha Joo-Sik
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Maritime Engineering and Dept. of Maritime Management
1989.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Control and Measurement Engineering
  • Approval to establish the Graduate School of Maritime Industry
  • Began offering the Naval ROTC program to regular students
1988.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Port and Shipping Engineering
  • Began offering master's courses in the Dept. of Ship Engineering and Electronic Communication Engineering.
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Marine Mechanical Engineering
1987.11.17
  • Established the KMC Research Foundation
1986.10.11
  • Renamed the dormitory to the Onboard Life training Building
1986.03.01
  • Renamed the 1001 Students Military Education Organization to the KMC Students Military Education Organization
1985.11.20
  • Established the Center for Electronic Calculation
1985.07.25
  • Inaugurated the 17th rector, Dr. Yang Si-Kwon
1985.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Maritime Engineering
  • Began offering master’s courses in the Dept. of Maritime Law
1984.03.01
  • Began offering master’s courses in the Dept. of Marine Mechanical Engineering and Dept. of Maritime Management
1983.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Maritime trade
1982.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Ship Engineering and Dept. of Electronics Communication Engineering
1981.07.25
  • Inaugurated the 16th rector, Dr. Sin Min-Kyo
1980.03.01
  • Established the Dept. of Marine Mechanics Engineering, Dept. of Maritime Management, and Dept. of Maritime Law
1980.01.01
  • Inaugurated the 15th rector, Dr. Hong Yong-Pyo
1978.02.28
  • Closed the Affiliated Maritime Special School
1977.03.01
  • Increased departments’ quota from 175 to 200
1976.03.01
  • Increased departments’ quota from 150 to 175
1976.01.22
  • Began offering doctoral courses in the Dept. of Navigation
1976.01.01
  • Inaugurated the 14th rector, Dr. Hong Yong-Pyo
1975.11.15
  • Maiden voyage of the training ship, Hanbada
1975.08.26
  • Launching ceremony of the training ship, Hanbada
1975.03.01
  • Increased departments’ quota from 100 to 150
1974.06.01
  • Relocated to 1, Dongsam-Dong, Yeongdo-Gu, Busan
1973.03.01
  • Approval to establish the Affiliated Maritime Special School (Quota by department: 100 for the Dept. of Navigation, 100 for the Dept. of Marine Engineering)
  • Renamed the Student’s Military Education Organization to the 1001 Students Military Education Organization
1972.03.06
  • Increased Haegiwon’s quota from 50 to 100
1972.01.01
  • Inaugurated the 13th rector, Dr. Lee June-Soo

1941 ~ 1970

history since 2010
1970.08.12
  • Initiated construction of university at 1, Dongsam-Dong, Yeongdo-Gu, Busan.
1969.02.04
  • Approval to open master’s courses in the Dept. of Navigation
1968.01.01
  • Dr. Lee Jun-Soo inaugurated as the 12th rector
  • Increased departments’ quota from 50 to 100
1966.08.01
  • Renamed the Military Education Organization to the Student’s Military Education Organization
1965.11.24
  • Established Haegiwon, a short-term training center (Quotas of 50 for the Dept. of Navigation and 50 for the Dept. of Marine Engineering)
1965.06.14
  • Began consignment education for the training Center for general crew of the Maritime transportation Bureau
1964.02.24
  • Began consignment education for the Fisheries Development Corporation
1963.09.16
  • Inaugurated the 11th rector, Dr. Son Tae-Hyun
1962.12.31
  • Inaugurated the 10th rector, Commodore Lee Jong-Chul
1960.12.14
  • Naming ceremony of the training ship, Bando
1960.08.04
  • Inaugurated the 9th rector, Dr. Yun Sang-Song
1960.04.16
  • Approval to open master’s and doctoral courses in the Dept. of Marine Engineering
1959.03.11
  • Approval to provide military education
1958.10.17
  • Promulgated Naval Preliminary Decree (Issue No. 1935, the Presidential decree)
1956.11.28
  • Inaugurated the 8th rector, Mr. Sin Sung-Mo
1956.07.14
  • Changed jurisdiction from the Ministry of Commerce to the Ministry of Education
  • Renamed as Korea Maritime College
1955.11.25
  • Relocated to 618 Dongsam-Dong, Yeongdo-Gu, Busan by UNKRA funds
1955.07.12
  • Inaugurated the 7th rector, Dr. Lee Si-hyun
1955.02.17
  • Changed the government jurisdiction from the Ministry of transportation to Ministry of Commerce.
1953.10.05
  • Relocated from Geunsan to 664 Geojae-Dong, Busan
1953.07.01
  • Inaugurated the 6th rector, Mr. Hwang Bu-Gil
1952.03.20
  • Closed the Dept. of Shipbuilding
1951.08.03
  • Inaugurated the 5th rector, Dr. Lee Si-Hyung
1950.05.04
  • Inaugurated the 4th rector, Mr. Hwang Bu-Gil
1949.03.05
  • Inaugurated the 3rd rector, Dr. Lee Si-Hyung
1949.02.15
  • Changed jurisdiction from the Ministry of National Defense to the Ministry of transportation
1947.09.20
  • Established the Dept. of Shipbuilding
1947.06.03
  • Inaugurated the 2nd rector, Dr. Hwang In-sik
1947.05.05
  • Relocated from Incheon to Guensan
1947.01.30
  • Relocated from Jinhae to Incheon
  • Renamed as National Maritime College
  • Merged with Incheon Maritime College
1946.08.15
  • Renamed as Jinhae Maritime College
1946.01.05
  • 100 students Enrolled (50 for the Dept. of Navigation and 50 for the Dept. of Marine Engineering)
  • Merged with Tongyeong Merchant Ship Academy
1945.11.05
  • Established Jinhae Merchant Ship Academy
  • Inaugurated the 1st rector, Dr. Lee Si-Hyung
1919.
  • Founded Jinhae Maritime Academy – predecessor of KMOU