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Established in 1955 as the first department researching public administration in Korea, KUPA has raised numerous talented graduates in the public sector.

KUPA has held the highest ratings among all public administration departments in Korea from the major rating agencies.
In 2015, KUPA celebrated its 60th anniversary and was chosen as a team in the largest national research project, Brain Korea 21 Plus. As of 2016, 18 members of the faculty and about 700 students are striving to concentrate on their research and education of public administration in KUPA

Chronolgy of KUPA

1955 Established as the first department researching public administration in Korea

1960 Set up the Institute for Public Affairs

1981 Changed its affiliation from the College of Law to the College of Political Science and Economics

1984 Completed the building of College of Political Science and Economics

1988 Expanded and reorganized the Institute for Public Affairs

1993 Published the academic journal named <Public Administration and Policy>

1998 Reorganized the institute for Public Affairs as the Institute of Governmental Studies

1999 Changed the name of the journal as <Governmental Studies>

2005 Celebrated the 50th anniversary

2006 Participated in the 2nd phase of Brain Korea 21 project

2009 Ranked as the highest institution in Brain Korea 21 project

2012 Reshuffled the affiliated research centers in the Institute of Governmental Studies

2015 Professor Jae ho, Yeom elected as the 19th president of Korea University

         Celebrated 60th anniversary

          Participated in Brain Korea 21 PLUS project

2016 MOU for academic exchange with Sol Price School of USC

         Established the Global Center for Public Talent