Sahmyook University

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Sahmyook University
Sahmyook University logo (round).jpg
Servants of Truth and Love
Former names
Euimyung College (1906-1951)
Motto prudentia, animus, corpus corporis (Latin)
지(知), 영(靈), 체(體)
Motto in English
Mind, Spirit, Body
Type Private
Established 1906
Religious affiliation
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Chancellor Chun Gwang Hwang
President Sung Ik Kim
Location Seoul, South Korea
37°38′36″N 127°06′21″E / 37.6434°N 127.1058°E / 37.6434; 127.1058Coordinates: 37°38′36″N 127°06′21″E / 37.6434°N 127.1058°E / 37.6434; 127.1058
Campus Urban, 302 ha (3 km²)
Colors Royal Blue     
Website or (English)
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Korean name
Revised Romanization Samyuk Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Samyuk Taehakkyo

Sahmyook University (Korean: 삼육대학교, Chinese character: 三育大學校) is a private, Christian, coeducational university located in Metropolitan Seoul, South Korea. Sahmyook University is part of a worldwide network of Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education providing an environment for learning that emphasises individual commitment to Christ, personal integrity, intellectual development, and community service.

The school was founded in 1906 as Euimyung College in Sunahn, Pyeongan-namdo in what would become today's North Korea. It was the first higher education facility started in Korea,[1] and is today the largest university owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[2]

In 2016, the university had 6 colleges, including the College of Theology, Humanities & Social Science and Health Science & Social Welfare in addition to 4 graduate schools.


Establishment of a mission college[edit]

Sahmyook University was founded in 1906 as a small, Seventh-day Adventist school called "Euimyung College" by American Seventh-day Adventist missionaries, with the objective to improve the education of church workers in Korea.[1]

However, while under the rule of Japanese imperialism, the missionaries stopped managing the whole school system due to Shinto worship being enforced by the Japanese rulers.[1] Thus, the school remained closed by the end of the Second World War. After Korea gained its independence from Japan in 1945, the school moved from Sunan and joined with the church headquarters Hoegi, Seoul; The move was completed in 1949.[1]

On the June 25, 1950, the Korean War forced the school to close again. After Seoul was won back in November 1951, the school was relocated to its current location at Gongdeok, Yangjoo, Gyeonggi (later renamed Seoul) and reopened. The school was also renamed Sahmyook College, and the minister James Lee was inaugurated as the first president.


Each January over 10,000 students apply at Sahmyook University. Only about 10 percent, or 1,242, of them (mostly non-Adventists) are accepted as new students. Non-Adventists have a higher ratio of successful applications compared with Adventist students. The number of Adventist students annually accepted is around 200, or about 1 in 6.[2]

Institutes and Research Centres[edit]

The university has the following research institutes:

  • Geoscience Research Institute
  • Korean Institute for HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Life Science Research Institute
  • Mission and Society Research Institute
  • The Korean Institute of Alcohol Problems
  • Theological Research Institute
  • Uimyung Research Institute for Neuroscience

Study abroad opportunities[edit]

100th Anniversary Memorial Hall

Sahmyook University co-sponsors Adventist Colleges Abroad, a program in which qualified students study overseas while completing requirements for graduation at Sahmyook University. Undergraduate students may also study abroad. Affiliation and Extension Programs are offered in Puerto Rico, South Africa, Mexico, England, Jamaica, Canada, Romania, India, Russia, Thailand, Italy, Ukraine, Bolivia and the United States. (For the full list of sister universities, go to ▶[1])

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty members[edit]

  • Kim, Sung Ik, current president of Sahmyook University
  • Ko, Wonbae, current professor of Chemistry at Sahmyook University
  • Seo, Kwangsoo, former president of Sahmyook University
  • Han, Sangkyung, manager of "The Garden of Morning Calm" (아침고요수목원); current professor of Holticulture.
  • Lee, Gangseong, secretary of the president, the Division of Employment-Industrial Relations at the Blue House
  • Yim, Dongsul, current professor of Pharmacy of Sahmyook University
  • Kim, Kyungje, current professor at Pharmacy of Sahmyook University
  • Cheong, Jayhoon, current professor at Pharmacy of Sahmyook University

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Sahmyook University Introduction Archived 4 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Sahmyook University. Retrieved 2009-06-19
  2. ^ a b "Fishing for Souls". Adventist World. Retrieved 19 July 2009

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