Introduction and History
"The world’s software research is led by the top faculty and students of the College of Informatics."
With the goal of enhancing software talent in graduates capable of creating new cultures and driving digital innovation in the 21st century, the College of Informatics at Korea University is the only software-oriented college among Korea’s renowned universities. By specializing in software, the college seeks to represent not only Korea University, but also science and engineering in Korea.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, under Korea University’s College of Informatics, was first established as the Department of Computer Science under the College of Science in March 1984, when personal computers first appeared and microprocessers were under active development.
With the development of IT and the growth of startups, Korea implemented a national policy to become an IT powerhouse. Against this backdrop, Korea University merged the Department of Computer Science under the College of Science and the Department of Radio Sciences and Engineering under the College of Engineering to form the College of Information & Communication.
In 2006, the two departments were merged to achieve synergy in software technology and communications technology, and the Divisions of Computer and Communication Engineering was reorganized into a college.
In 2014, Korea saw revolutionary changes in the national software policy. The Divisions of Computer and Communication Engineering merged with the Department of Computer Education under the College of Education to become the Department of Computer Science and Engineering under the College of Informatics.
In March 2021, the Department of Data Science was newly established to foster talent for the age of the fourth industrial revolution. Today, the College of Informatics is composed of two departments: the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Data Science.
Vision and Mission
Korea University’s College of Informatics aims to join the world’s top 50 in software by 2030 by enhancing software talent in critical thinkers who possess global competitiveness; providing differentiated IT education and interdisciplinary software research that meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution; and cultivating customized research personnel based on industry-immersed education.
The College of Informatics provides students with the latest knowledge in basic software as well as various computer applications. It has a solid, balanced curriculum that covers not only basic areas of computer science and engineering, but also core technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, such as artificial intelligence, big data processing, cloud computing, 3D games, computer security, HCI and digital content. About 50% of lectures are conducted in English, and the number of international students has consistently increased. Based on these efforts, the College of Informatics aims to become a world-class software-oriented college among the world’s top 50 in informatics by 2030.