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Chung-Ang University is now aiming to become one of the leading education institutions in the world by 2018, its centennial year. It has already set an innovative pace in internationalizing its campus.

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CAU university identity (UI)

CAU university identity (UI)

01. CAU UI

To confirm CAU’s university identity (UI) and enhance its progressive image, the University presented its new UI during its celebration of its 84th anniversary on Oct. 11, 2002. As a means of communicating with the globalizing world, the newly-desinged UI incorporates several innovative symbols.

CAU, written in fine calligraphic strokes, represents the English initials of Chung-Ang University, which expresses Chung-Ang's vigorous aspiration and dynamic advancement. Producing a strong visual impact and a modern touch, the red square symbolizes a window to Chung-Ang's prosperous future in pursuit of justice.

The blue color of the UI signifies the azure Han River and its boundless movement, and articulates Chung-Ang’s will to advance into the world as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. CAU’s unique logotype was specially designed. Its simple yet solid logotype symbolizes Chung-Ang's reliability and professionalism. Overall, CAU's UI demonstrates strong consistency and balance between symbols.

School Tree | Elm Tree

Elm Tree

02. Elm Tree

The history of the elm tree’s designation as CAU’s school tree goes back to 1937. When the Young-Shin Hall (Hall of Eternal Faith) was completed as the first building of CAU at its Heukseok-Dong campus, , Dr. Louise Yim, the founder of the University, planted scores of elm trees around the building with other members of the faculty.

As time passed by, the growth of the elm trees came to symbolize the historical development of CAU. Meanwhile, the elm was chosen and reported as the school tree in accordance with the official instruction of the Ministry of Education to designate school symbols in the 1970s. Unfortunately, however, many of these elms were damaged in the process of building campus roads and facilities. Today, only a handful of those antique elm trees remain at places near Young-Shin Hall.

School symbol | Blue Dragon Monument

Blue Dragon Monument

03. Blue Dragon Monument -

When Dr. Louise Yim purchased the school lot at its present location, she dreamed of a blue dragon, which later became the school’s symbol. This meaningful and representative monument of our school, the Blue Dragon Monument, was funded by the school’s alumni.

The Blue Dragon Monument represents a dragon that rises up to heaven while coiling around the earth and receiving blessings from seven small dragons below. It signifies a philosophical view of the universe.

The blue dragon, a symbol of sanctity, dignity, and prosperity, stands for the sacredness, authority, freedom, and eternal prosperity of the University. Also, each segment of the monument expresses the grand idea of pioneering the universe, the quest for truth, and the source of the development and prosperity of the school.

During the alumni association’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the school, the Alumni not only decided on the erection of the Blue Dragon Monument, but also covered its full cost while the Executive Committee of the University took care of production and other related issues. The Blue Dragon Monument, situated in the middle of the Blue Dragon Pond, is 9 meters tall and approximately 50 tons heavy. The dragon is 16 meters long, and the diameter of the globe is 3.3 meters and of the body of the dragon, 0.9 meters. The small dragons weigh 10 tons. (Already stated in previous paragraphs) As much as 1,737 kwan--1 kwan is equal to 3.75 kilograms--was spent on the production of the monument. The construction of the monument began on December 15, 1967 and ended on October 10, 1968, on the 50th anniversary of the university. It took 5,000 workers to manufacture the monument at a total cost of 4,114,000 won, which consisted of 794,000 won for the prototype, 1,823,800 won for the materials, 1,132,000 won for the structure, and 364,200 won for the pedestal and the concrete globe molding. This total cost covered, however, only the production of the Blue Dragon Monument and did not include the cost of the pond or the fountain

The Blue Dragon Monument was produced by Prof. Jeong-Hwa Mun of the Seorabol Art College. He is the maker of such masterpieces as the bronze statues of Byeong-Hui Son and Eok Namgung. He put his lifetime energy into making this monument.

The Blue Dragon, (Already stated in previous paragraphs) represents CAU as a sacred sanctuary of learning and a domain of authority and freedom that does not surrender to any other outer influences, which means it will prosper eternally. The blue dragon symbolizes CAU's goal of pioneering a new universe of the moon and celestial bodies. The seven-step stones underneath the dragon signify the Big Dipper, and the water that shoots up between cracks in the rock denotes the blue dragon’s ascending to heaven after a lengthy practice of asceticism, which stands for CAU’s quest for justice and pursuit of knowledge. The granite line that is shaped as a jar of blessings and that points toward Seung-Dang Hall symbolizes the development and prosperity of the school. Finally, the fountain that soars up and spouts out mist lends an image of vitality to the dragon.

Before the ceremony for the completion of the Blue Dragon Monument, President Yim thanked the alumni association for its efforts and placed the historical records of the school, the documents that specified the current scale of the university and its development plans for the future, a classical costume of Korean women, her favorite fountain pen, and other historical materials that she believed would be valuable after a millennium in the globe of the monument.


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