The University of Seoul (UOS) (Korean: ) is a public university located in Seoul, Korea. It was founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College in 1918 and renamed the University of Seoul in 1997. UOS is one of top 3 universities without medical school in Korea in 2012.〔(2012 아시아 대학평가 의대없는 대학 醫大없는 대학, 서강대·한국외대·서울시립대 등 강세 )〕 According to 2015 report from The Times Higher Education, UOS ranked 7th among the all Korean universities and 49th among all the Asian universities.〔(성균관대·서울시립대·이대…아시아 대학 순위 '껑충' )〕〔(아시아 100대 대학, 서울대 4위...14개 한국 대학 입성! )〕 In another survey, UOS ranked 14th in the Asian midsize universities.〔(2014 아시아 대학평가 醫大 없는 '强小大' 포스텍·서강대·한국외대 강세 )〕 UOS was reported the best value public university in Korea,〔(2010 대학지속가능지수 학업·소통·성장·교류’ 대학생활 만족도 평균 48.6점 그쳐 )〕 with high financial investment and scholarship amount per student. Students' affinity to the school was ranked in the first place and students' satisfaction is in the second according to a 2010 survey.〔(2010 대학지속가능지수 ) 서울대생은 외로워]〕 UOS is famous for a large number of alumni working as national or municipal government officials. UOS is specialized in College of Urban Science and has top-tier programs of environmental engineering, science in taxation, transportation engineering, urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and urban administration.
In 2012, the mayor of Seoul, PARK Won-Soon, implemented a campaign promise, "Half-priced tuition" as soon as he started his term. The half-priced tuition was initiated in UOS first so that it would drive other universities to decrease their tuition. In 2013, UOS tuition per semester ranged from $915 to $1,441 (two semesters a year, 1,117.3 won/$ in 2013).〔('반값등록금' 서울시립대, 2013년도 등록금 동결 )〕 Because of high quality of education and low tuition of UOS, admission process has been more competitive.〔(서울시립대 수리논술 응시자 평균 31점 “논술 경쟁률 100대 1 … 어려워야 변별력" )〕 And student's satisfaction is still very high. In 2012, the registration rate of new students was very high (96%) and the withdrawal rate of students was extremely low (0.97%), compared with other universities in Seoul.〔(대학등록률 서울은 상승, 지방은 저조 )〕
Because UOS students think that they take a lot of financial and educational benefits from the Seoul government, most of them participate in social works. Number of social work volunteers in 2012 was 3,105 and is expected to increase.〔(서울시립대 반값 등록금 시행 1년… 학생 사회봉사 갑절로 늘었다 )〕〔(해비타트/봉사동아리/서울시립대 )〕
*Of Seoul, for Seoul
UOS is a public university funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Seoul is the economic, political, and cultural center of Korea for about 600 years. Academic programs of UOS have been set to support necessities of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Hence, UOS functions as a think-tank in formulating and supporting the major policy goals of the Seoul Metropolitan Governmant, along with basic research and education. UOS has a goal of becoming an international center for the urban sciences. UOS has a specialized college, (College of Urban Science ).
*Faculty and Students
Because the Seoul Metropolitan Government supported 70% of an annual budget, UOS is one of the best value public universities. UOS has the lowest student-faculty ratio, the highest financial investment per student, and the highest rate of scholarship recipients in South Korea. In addition, most administrative staff in UOS are affiliated in the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
UOS has long been providing services for Seoul and Seoul citizens. In particular, UOS provides a diverse range of training programs for the municipal officials, national government officials, and experts in the public sector. From 1997, UOS provides Seoul citizens with lifelong education in ''UOS Open University'' located in the central Seoul, Kwanghwa-mun. ''UOS Open University'' provides a broad range of education programs including languages, technologies, ''Seoul Study'', and various cultural activities. UOS has vocational and educational programs for more than 5,000 Seoulites annually in Continuing Education Center. ''The Social Welfare Center'' located in the main campus provides a wide range of social services for more than 100,000 senior citizens and disabled citizens a year.
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