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2017 QS Subject Rankings (Announced on March 8, 2017)


Korea University placed eight out of a total of 46 specific subjects in the top 50, resulting in the best performance among the private universities in Korea. Compared to the last year’s survey, Korea University added six more subjects to its entries by subject. Just as in the previous year, the university stayed within the top 50 in the Social Policy & Administration and the Modern Languages subject rankings. It is notable that the university ranked in the top 50 in the Law subject ranking which was assessed for the first time by the rating agency.

KU stands among the
top 50 universities in 8
out of 46 subject areas

24 In 46 subject areas,
KU stands among the
top 100 universities

8 In 46 subject areas,
KU stands among
the top 50 universities

2016 QS World University Rankings(Announced on September 6, 2016)


According to the 2016 World University Rankings conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (hereafter QS), a British university evaluation institution, Korea University (hereafter KU) ranked 98th in the world, its highest ranking ever. For the first since KU began being evaluated by the QS World University Rankings in 2004, the school was able to break into the Top 100, making it the first private university in Korea to do so. This year’s QS World University Rankings assessed more than 4,300 institutions worldwide in four different areas (research, education, alumni, and internationalization) based on six key performance indicators. Among the indicators, the Academic Reputation from Global Survey’ section made up 40% of the overall assessment. A total of 74,651 world academics participated in the assessment survey.

The First Private University in Korea to Enter the Top 100

98 The highest ranking in domestic private universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (released on August 15, 2016)


KU was ranked 188 in the Shanghai Ranking. Major factors behind the climb were high performance indices regarding the number of highly-cited researchers (+5.8) and the number of articles published in SCIE/SSCI journals (+1.5).

The highest ranking among private universities in Korea

188 Climbed 32 places from last year’s ranking

QS University Rankings:Asia 2016(Announced on June 14, 2016)


The rating agency assessed the performances of 517 universities from 17 Asian countries including Korea, China, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Among the nine criteria of performance assessment, KU demonstrated a sharp improvement in the following three areas: citations per paper (8 places higher than the last survey), faculty/student ratio (8 places higher), and proportion of international faculty (7 places higher).

Among Korean private universities, KU took the top place on the list

16 Compared to the previous year, the university ranked three places higher on the Asian universities list and two places higher among Korean universities

Evaluation Team
Tel: 02-3290-2724 E-mail: eval@korea.ac.kr Fax: 02-928-9120 Update : 2017-03-16