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History History

  • Foundation of chung-Ang Kindergarten
  • Chung-Ang as a Professional Education Institution
  • Dr. Louise Vim and Dreams of Chung-Ang
  • Development and Oppression
  • Korean Uberation and the Roles of Chung-Ang
  • Chung-Ang as a University
  • Improving the Quality of the University
  • Paving Stones for the Future
  • Expansion of the Second Campus and the Years of Throe
  • Chung-Ang’s New Era with the Chairman Dr. Hee-Su Kim
  • Byproducts of Democratization and the Confusion in the University
  • Paving Stones for the Realization of the School’s Educational Philosophy
  • Establishment of Dragon 2018 and Its Accomplishment through MBO Method
  • Constructing the New Chung-Ang through Creation and Integration
  • Chung-Ang University, From the Center of Korea To the World

Paving Stones for the Realization of the School’s Educational Philosophy

A pro-democracy social movement not only made the school less authoritarian but also allowed the movement’s members to organize groups such as the Association of the University Professors and the University Labor Union to exchange diverse opinions. These various opinions were often focused, however, on a certain individual or group, so that they could not be sufficiently taken as valid views of the school’s development. It was indeed difficult to set a direction for the growth of the school.

In the meantime, President Jae-Chul Rhi resigned due to health reasons, and for the first time, the faculty and staff voted Dr. Kyong Kun Har the 8th president of Chung-Ang University. He introduced a five-day work week system to improve the working conditions of the staff and admitted students twice a year to attract better students. On the other hand, for the balanced development of the two campuses, Dr. Kyong added the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of General Affairs to the two campuses, and the Office of International Education, into which the Language Institute and the Office of International Affairs were combined.

In February 1991, the university foundation Chung-Ang Culture Institute, was renamed the university foundation Chung-Ang University. At the same time, Dr. Rhi introduced a super computer, founded the Computer Science and Technology Center, and added buildings to house the College of Law, the College of Business Administration, and the Graduate school in the first campus, and the Student Life Center and the Faculty Residence in the second campus. Also, buildings for the College of Construction Engineering and the College of Industry were established, which improved the education conditions in the University

Nevertheless, in October 1991, the official report that evaluated the College of Engineering as having poor education conditions caused a great disturbance in the campus. As a result, the school organized the Commit-tee of the University Development Plan composed of professors in March 1992, and the Cooperative Counsel for University Development in April.
The cooperative work of the committee, the counsel, the alumni association, and the foundation entailed looking for ways to recover the stability and order of the school. To address the situation in the campus, the university foundation appointed Dr. Min-Ha Kim acting president during the residual period of Dr. Kyong Kun Har's presidency.

Upon his inauguration, Dr. Min-Ha Kim sent a letter to the Chung-Ang family to present practical plans and to appeal for collaboration to rebuild the basis for stability and development through mutual trust. Thanks to the family’s active participation, Chung-Ang University gradually regained public confidence in its plan to restore its stability. The University celebrated the '92 Pan-Chung-Ang Festival in October 1992, which gathered 20,000 men and women from Chung-Ang at the Jamshil Sports Complex. Moreover, the school added more buildings to its College of Arts, College of Science, and the Pil-Dong Hospital annex to the College of Medicine.

In February 1993, Dr. Min-Ha Kim was inaugurated as the 9th president of Chung-Ang University after the Presentation of Candidates for Chung-Ang President, which reflected the opinions of students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Kim, who was acknowledged as having effectively addressed the most difficult challenge the school has ever faced since its establishment, announced the following Four Nourishment Indices for the school: its positioning as a national university, a democratic university, and an advanced university, and the creation of a new and healthy culture for the University.

In response to the increasing demand for professionals in the drug- and food-related fields, the University established the Graduate School of Food and Drug Administration in November 1994, founded the Su-rim Science Hall for the College of Natural Science in March 1995 and a female dormitory in April, and extended the Bobst Hall for the College of Engineering in August and the Computer Science and Technology Center in December. In October 1995, the division system was introduced that led to the classification of the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics under the Division of Natural Science; the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design under the School of Mechanical Engineering; the departments of Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Control & Instrumental Engineering under the School of Electrical Electronics & Control Engineering; the departments of Business Administration, International Trade, and Accounting in the College of Business Administration under the Faculty of Business Administration; and the departments of Business Administration, International Trade, and Accounting in the College of Social Science under the Faculty of Business & Commerce. Also, the College of Science was renamed the College of Natural Science, the Graduate School of Industrial Technology Management was renamed the Graduate School of Industrial Management, and the Graduate School of Art was established.

In January 1996, the main gate of the second campus was built, as were the Student Welfare Hall in the first campus and the main administration building in the second campus in October. The Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Sanity & Manufacturing Pharmacy were combined into the Faculty of Pharmacy; the Department of Premedicine and the Department of Medicine, into the Faculty of Medicine; and the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Urban Engineering, into the School of Earth Environmental Systems Engineering in October 1996. Also, the Graduate School of Food & Drug Administration was renamed the Graduate School of Food & Drugs, and the Graduate School of International Studies was established.

In February 1997, Dr. Jong Hun Lee was appointed the 10th president of Chung-Ang University. Dr. Lee started the Neo-Renaissance Movement that reminded people of the original purposes of the school, which were focused on education and research. The College of Sports Science was established in the second campus in March 1998 to educate students on sports and leisure. Also, the College of Domes tic Science was changed to the College of Human Ecology, and the College of Industry, to the College of Industrial Science. According to the Government’s Brain Korea 21 plan, the Graduate School of Advanced Imagining Science, Multimedia, & Film was established, which made the school eligible for the highest level of Financial Support for Excellence in Educational Re form for five successive years. In addition, Chung-Ang Kindergarten and Chung-Ang High School were relocated to improve their education and research conditions; the Information & Communication Hall at the main administration building, the University Church, and a sewage treatment plant were established; and the Chung-Ang Culture & Arts Hall, which published the historic document "80 Years of Chung-Ang University," was opened. Meanwhile, the delayed construction of the Medical Center with 1,000 beds, which was announced during the inauguration of Dr. Hee-Su Kim as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, caused great disturbance, including strikes and refusal to attend classes. Fortunately, these problems were resolved as the foundation and the school agreed to build the Medical Center at the site of Chung-Ang High School, which was scheduled to be moved to Dogok-Dong.

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