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School of Mechanical Engineering

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The School of Mechanical Engineering originated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, founded in 1966 and the Department of Machine Design, established in 1978. Both departments have produced over 7,000 mechanical engineers who have contributed to the national development of Korea and actively participated in industrial sites, the academic world, and research institutes, achieving excellent performances. Since the integration of the two departments as the School of Mechanical Engineering in 1996, it has continuously endeavored to develop institutions and educational conditions including education programs, educational environment, academic affairs management, departmental operation, and student management to the international level, through establishing its own development plans.

As a school with highly diverse faculty interests, we encourage innovation and creativity in multidisciplinary themes as well as core areas of mechanical engineering through our education and research programs. The school of mechanical engineering is committed to transmit and extend engineering knowledge for the betterment of the local society, the nation, and the global community.

Brief History of the School

2013. 09

BK21 Plus HRD Center for Human-Friendly Convergence System established

2013. 03

STP (Samsung Talent Program) initiated in association with Samsung Electronics

2010. 03

Secondary Battery Track with Samsung SDI and LG Chemical initiated

2008. 09

Digital Appliances Track and Digital Imaging Track initiated in association with Samsung Electronics

2007. 07

Aerospace Material Evaluation Lab designated as a National Research Lab

2006. 03

BK21 HRD Center for Convergence Mechanical System Design established

2005. 03

SKKU Advanced Institute of Nano Technology established

2004. 03

Curriculum revised to reflect ABEEK standards

2003. 03

Three research teams selected for the second phase of Brain Korea 21

2001. 05

• Smart Future Appliances Research Center established as a

   model of academic-industrial joint research center sponsored

   by Samsung Electronics Digital Appliances group

Microsystems Research Center established

2000. 09

High Efficiency Next Generation Energy Design Team and Mechanical Systems Research Team selected for the first phase of Brain Korea 21

Intelligent Microsystems Research Team designated for 21st Century Frontier Project supported by Ministry of Science and Technology

1998. 06

VISION 2010 for innovation of the school announced

1998. 03

ERC (SAFE) granted with support from National Science Foundation

1997. 06

Safety and Structural Integrity Research Center established

1996. 11

Samsung participated in administration of SKKU

1992. 03

DoME and DoMD merged to the School of Mechanical Engineering with a class size of 200 students


Research oriented education established

1983. 03

Graduate program concentrated into 3 large areas

1981. 03

Class size Increased to a total of 338 students DoME Ph.D. program established

1979. 03

Moved to Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon

1978. 03

Department of Machine Design (DoMD) established

1966. 12

Department of Mechanical Engineering (DoME) established

1946. 09

SKKU Foundation established


Contact Us
  • Location:
     #22313, 3F,
     Engineering Building I
  • Address:
    2066, Seobu-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (16419)
  • Telephone:
  • E-mail: barimom@skku.edu
  • Administration Contacts
School in Detail
1. Courses and Curriculums

With support of the world renowned SAMSUNG, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), has become a creative and innovative center of higher education. Our collaborative approach represents a paradigm shift focusing on pedagogical models that incorporate foundational knowledge, applied research, global society, and academic-industrial collaboration. We hope that as you plan your academic future, you will take time to look closely at the special opportunities SKKU has to offer. All mechanical engineering students receive demand-driven, student-centered and multidisciplinary education.


Graduate studies in our program involve academic courses and independent research to be prepared for careers as specialists, professionals and scholars in the field of mechanical engineering, as well as multidisciplinary research themes in bioengineering, information and nano/micro technology. Several research laboratories and groups including the Institute of Advanced Machinery and Technology (IAMT), SKKU Advanced Institute of Nano Technology(SAINT), Smart Future Appliances Research Center (SFARC), and Safety and Structural Integrity Research Center(SAFE), Creative Design & Intelligent Tutoring Systems Research Center (CREDITS), Robotics Engineering Research Center (REDC), have achieved international reputation of excellence.


Graduate curriculums includes multi-convergence design track, eco-energy track and smart system track, and each track has complementary, core, advanced and convergence courses and research project/co-op courses.

2. Divisions and Organizations

The School of Mechanical Engineering has the following three research divisions and ten major field areas covering various research areas of mechanical engineering:


Major field areas

Mechanics and Engineering Materials Division

Thermo-fluids Engineering Division

Manufacturing and System Engineering Division

Materials & Fracture

Solid Mechanics


Control Engineering

Production & Design Engineering

Thermal Engineering

Fluid Engineering

Energy & Power Engineering

Micro-Nano Engineering

Bio Engineering


Also, several research organizations have been established for multidisciplinary collaborations between divisions and with other departments within the University:


  •   • Institute of Advanced Machinery and Technology (IAMT)
  •   • Safety and Structural Integrity Research Center (SAFE)
  •   • Smart Future Appliances Research Center (SFARC)
  •   • SKKU Advanced Institute of Nano Technology (SAINT)
  •   • Creative Design & Intelligent Tutoring Systems Research Center (CREDITS)
  •   • Robotics Engineering Research Center (RERC)
3. Special Entry Requirements (for Undergraduate)

Admission Requirements

Language Requirements

Required Documents

• International students whose parents are  

   both foreign nationals

   (Non-Korean nationality)
 * Exception: For Taiwanese nationals, at

    least one parent must be a foreign


• International students who have graduated

   from high school, expected to graduate in

   February 2015, or have high school

   graduate equivalency approved by an 

   authorized organization




SKKU requires at least one of the following language assessments: (Language test scores must be valid from August 2013 or later)


  1. 1. TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in
  2.    Korean) level 3 or above
  3. 2. Completed Korean course
  4.     level 3 or above in SLI
  5.    (Sungkyun Language Institute)
  6.    or can prove Korean language
  7.    ability equivalent to this level


1. Application form

2. Personal statement

3. Letter of consent

4. High school diploma &

    transcript of all high school


5. Official language test score  

    (Korean or English)

6. Nationality Confirmation Documents


Why Choose Us?
1. Reputation

Our school was selected for government support programs, such as BK21 (Brain Korea 21) PLUS to enhance the technological competitiveness of industries in Korea. Above all, these research activities have contributed to educating excellent research professionals who will be responsible for the future of our country. Based on these researches, our department was ranked in the World’s Top 100 in the field of mechanical engineering by QS World University Rankings 2016.

2. Scholarships


1st semester: maximum 25% of tuition fee (including entrance fee

2nd semester: 10%~30% of tuition fee (according to the SKKU scholarship regulation)


A. Successful candidates (as a foreigner) - all majors

     1st semester: 25% - 30% of the tuition fee (according to the entrance test results)

     2nd semester: 30% - 50% of the tuition fee (according to the SKKU scholarship regulation)


B. Successful candidates (as a foreigner) - Natural Science, Engineering, Medicine (Basic)
※ Must be recommend by the professor of SKKU and must meet the SKKU scholarship regulation

     1st semester: 100% scholarship (Admission fee and tuition fee)

     2nd semester: 70% - 100% scholarship (according to the SKKU scholarship regulation)



3. Specialized Academic Programs (for Undergraduate)

  • Samsung Talent Program (in association with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology)

  • Digital Appliances Track (in association with Samsung Electronics)

  • Digital Imaging Track (in association with Samsung Electronics)

  • LG Chemical Batteries Track (in association with LG Chemical)

  • Samsung SDI Batteries Track (in association with Samsung SDI)

     - Available for 4th year undergraduate students who meet the requirements

     - Full scholarship provided by the companies during the undergraduate course

     - Job position guaranteed in the companies upon graduation


4. Research Activities


A national human resources development project initiated to produce creative, master’s and doctoral-level human resources that will lead the 'Creative Economy of Korea', and to promote creation of new knowledge and technology based on creativity. Our school has been selected as one of the BK21 (Brain Korea 21) PLUS programs to enhance the technological competitiveness of industries in Korea.


  • Research Projects
  •   • 100+ new research projects with total funding of $15+million every year


Research Publications in 2010-2012

  • 362 papers published on SCI(E) international journals

  • Over 1200 papers presented in international and domestic conferences


Selected Key Research Partners:

  • Governmental Bodies: Ministry of Education (Korea), Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (Korea),

     Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Korea), National Science Foundation (US)

   • National Research Institutes: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea Institute of Industrial

     Technology (KITECH), Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM)

  • Industry: Samsung Electronics, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), LG Electronics, Hyundai/KIA

     Motor Co., General Motors Korea, SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, Renault Samsung Motors, Doosan Heavy

     Industries & Construction