Ajou University (Korean: 아주대학교; Hanja: 亞洲大學校; lit. the Asian University) is a private research university in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Founded in 1973 by an agreement between the governments of France and the Republic of Korea.
Ajou University started as Ajou Engineering Junior College with the aim of exchanging technology and culture through education between France and the Republic of Korea. The name Ajou University contains the ideology of becoming the center of Asia in the 21st century, when Asia becomes the center of the world, and represents the Gyeonggi-do region.
Ajou is located on a single campus with all details, research-oriented university hospitals, Techno Valley, Samsung Electronics headquarters, CJ Blossom Park, administrative town( Gyeonggi Provincial Office, Gyeonggi Provincial Council, Education Office, Gyeonggi Representative Library), and legal town (Suwon High Court, Suwon High Prosecutor‘s Office). Gyeonggi-do Province, administrative towns, legal towns and pharmacies have signed MOUs with Ajou.Graduates are employed by leading Korean companies such as Samsung and SK. It produced representative personnel of HYBE, and increased its influence on the world.
Its business college is the only one in Korea that was authorized to host a financial engineering department as part of the world-class research-oriented university project of the Korean Ministry of Education and held a recruitment briefing session for the International Financial Organization. Its business college is a member of both the AACSB and EFMD certification bodies. The e-business department signed an education agreement with SAP Korea. Its information and communication technology college of information has signed an agreement with the Republic of Korea Air Force and established a Department of Defense Digital Convergence to train high-ranking Air Force ICT technology officers.
Ajou University Hospital, an affiliated hospital of the medical school and a base hospital in Gyeonggi-do, is opening Ajou University Intermediate Care Hospital, Ajou University Pyeongtaek Hospital, Ajou University Paju Hospital. It received a hospital brand fee from Jiya Yoon Hospital in China and is preparing to enter China. Ajou is striving for research development and has targeted the world’s top 100 universities in the long run. As a university in Asia, which is a latecomer, it is working hard to commercialize technology and aims to achieve 20 billion won per year in profits by 2028. It will also operate self-driving electric vehicles on campus until 2024. In 2020, Ajou established its branch campus in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in which concentrates on its strong engineering programs.
The Department of Space Electronics Information Engineering is studying satellite information and communication technology.