Educational boundaries between disciplines and traditional major areas of study are merging to meet the multidisciplinary and multicultural needs of life in a global society. And global information networks are gradually tearing down technological boundaries that once separated the rich nations from the poor. Dramatic changes in the educational landscape are spurring greater cooperation and competition among universities than ever before, to the ultimate benefit of students and scholars everywhere.
Korea University embraces the challenges of the 21st Century by building new bridges across old boundaries. These bridges include new educational programs that stress multiple majors and interdisciplinary studies; strategic partnerships with private and public R&D centers that pool resources and promote innovative research; and new international relationships that bring Korea University students together with students, faculty and programs of other leading universities around the world. Aggressive investments in new research facilities, information systems and infrastructure give these bridges the strength and flexibility to extend far into the next century.
All of these bridges point to a single destination - achieving the University mission of educating "intellectuals in action." By "intellectuals in action" I mean men and women imbued with superior knowledge and the moral courage to put their intellectual skills to work in the search for lasting solutions to real problems. In a world of constant change, no institution can thrive by simply maintaining the status quo. Our efforts to move beyond the already strong reputation of our University reflects a 95-year tradition of ceaseless endeavor and reinvention.
Korea University's environment is rapidly changing amidst globalization as university education has become of high national interest amidst reinforced national competitiveness. With such in mind, KU and Tokyo Universities, through the UT-KU Forum, will discuss university education under globalization as they lead the process of university globalization in Korea and Japan and simultaneously cultivate university talent. The forum will discuss the nature of the reforms the two universities will be pursuing concerning the future vision of Korea's higher education.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the center of a number of significant research projects undertaken on behalf of various government agencies. The list of projects includes development and construction of a new high-speed railway, subways, waste-management systems, and environmental systems.
The Department offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate-level courses. The curriculum covers: applied and structural mechanics; elementary and applied hydraulics; design of hydraulic structures; experimental hydraulics laboratory; environmental engineering labs; civil engineering planning and design; coast, harbor and transportation engineering; wastewater disposal and treatment; water resources planning and management; design of steel and prestressed concrete structures; and urban planning.
Faculty research papers on topics ranging from treatment of wastewater to the seismic sensitivities of various bridge designs to the stability of gravity platforms in the North Sea have appeared in such influential scientific journals as the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, the Water Resources Bulletin (U.S.), the International Journal of Sediment Research (China), and the Korea Journal of Hydrosciences.