The SGUC(Songdo Global University Campus) was established with the aim of producing next-generation global talent that will lead Korea's industries based on knowledge, culture and arts. The SGUC hosts a total of 10 world-leading universities to offer premium higher education to domestic and international students and attract outstanding students from abroad. This ensures cultural exchanges and information in addition to knowledge.
In today's education market where national boundaries are diminished and globalization flourishes, students at SGUC are given opportunities to expand beyond spatial limitations. The students will serve as the next-generation, knowledge-based engines of growth. Active exchange with enterprises and research institutes will also help enhance Korea's R&D capabilities beyond academic knowledge through success in international competition.
SGUC will become a forum for heralding a "new cosmopolitan civilization" where excellent talent from different cultures in the East and the West learn together, share each other's cultures and interact with each other.
The SGUC will play a leading role as an educational cluster and maintain its standing as the world's best education and R&D hub with quality education, unmatched educational infrastructure and proactive industry-university-research exchange.
To produce next-generation global talent and emerge as an acclaimed educational hub of Northeast Asia, the development of the SGUC has been progressing in phases since 2005. Construction of the campus began in earnest in October 2009 when final establishment agreements with three foreign universities were concluded. SUNY Korea officially launched in March of 2012. The undergraduate program of SUNY Korea and George Mason University and Utah are scheduled to open in 2013, and Ghent University of Belgium will begin operations in 2014.
|August 17, 2007||Decided to pursue the attraction of foreign educational and academic institutions within the Incheon Free Economic Zone (19th Free Economic Zone Committee meeting)|
|May 2008||Decided to provide the funding to promote the attraction of foreign educational institutions (Presidential Council on National Competitiveness)|
|July 25, 2008||Established the plan to develop the Songdo Global University Campus
- MOUs for joining the Songdo Global University Campus entered into with six prestigious American universities (four-year undergraduate programs)
- Final agreements for establishment signed by SUNY Stony Brook (December 2008), NCSU (March 2009) and UD (October 2009)
|February 2009||Developed the master plan|
|March 26, 2009||Establishment of a special-purpose company (SPC) named Songdo Global University Campus|
|March 27, 2009||Formulated the action plan for the Songdo Global University Campus development project|
|April 14, 2009||Approved the project plan (Incheon City Council)|
|May 20, 2009||Held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Songdo Global University Campus (with the participation of the Minister of Knowledge Economy and the Mayor of Incheon)|
|July 14, 2009||Submitted the development/execution plan approval (bills) to the Free Economic Zone Committee|
|July 31, 2009||Initiated Phase 1 construction in Zones 1 and 2|
|November 16, 2011||Gained temporary use approval on Phase 1 construction in Zone 1|
|February 23, 2012||Incorporated the Songdo Global University Foundation|
|March 3, 2012||Opened SUNY Korea|
|March 19, 2012||Held the opening ceremony for the Songdo Global University Campus-SUNY Korea|