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 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, simply referred to as UNIST (Hangul: 울산과학기술대학교;hanja: 울산과기대; MR: Ulsan Gwahak Gisul Daehakgyo), is the first independent national university established as anational research university in Ulsan, South Korea. UNIST was founded in 2007 in response to growing demand for higher education in the Korean industrial capital of Ulsan,[2] where world-renowned automotive (Hyundai Motor), shipbuilding (Hyundai Heavy Industries), petrochemical (SK Energy), and secondary cells industries are clustered. The vision of UNIST is to become a world-leading university to advance science and technology for the prosperity of humankind. With strong support from central and local governments, UNIST aims to rank in the top 10 of globally competitive universities emphasizing science and technology by the year 2030.[3] The strategies for reaching this goal include creative, interdisciplinary and global education and research.



UNIST was established by the UNIST bill that was passed in 2007 by the request of the people and city of Ulsan. Ulsan is one of Korea's metropolitan cities with a population of over 1.1 million people.



April 6, 2007 The UNIST establishing bill was passed by Korean parliament
September 1, 2007 The first president, Dr. Cho Mu Je, was appointed
October 10, 2007 The first board of directors meeting was held
March 2, 2009 The first undergraduate students were accepted
June , 2010 UNIST Supercomputing center opened
September 1, 2011 President Cho started a second term
October 20, 2011 Announcement of Vision 2030 (to aim for the world's top 10 university by 2030)
October 7, 2012 The first IBS (Institute of Basic Science) lab opened.
October 18, 2012 The stem cell research building opened
February 26, 2013 The first graduation ceremony took place
February 27, 2013 The 5th class entrance ceremony was held
July 1, 2014 The Genomics Institute opened


Affiliated Institutes and Centers



  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Almost all students are living in a dormitory.
  • All the undergraduate students receive scholarships from the university.


  1. Jump up to:a b c d "UNIST Facts & Figures"UNIST Official Website. UNIST. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  2. Jump up^ ""Manufacturing Capital of Korea" Ulsan Takes No. 1 Position in Per-capita Income"The Korea Economic Dailey. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. Jump up^ "UNIST Vision". UNIST Official Website. Retrieved 21 March 2014.

Coordinates35.573°N 129.190°E

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