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Korean Council for University Education-Our History

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Our History

The Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) was established during a period of social turbulence in the 1980s as it became widely recognized that the country needed a privately-led,
cooperative university organization rather than government-led university regulation.


The Council was thus founded in 1982 as a mechanism to facilitate government-university dialogue and inter-university cooperation.

The Council was then legally consolidated in April 1984 through the Korean Council for University Education Act.

The Council has gradually expanded in scale and function since its founding; key points in the development of our organization including the following:
1988: Center for Higher Education Research established to develop and recommend higher education policies to the government.
1995: Higher Education Training Service (currently located in separate facilities in Daegu, Korea) launched to augment the expertise of leaders, faculty, and staff at member universities
1995: University Admissions Information Center (now Office of Admissions Support) opened as government began transferring responsibility for services related to university admissions to the KCUE.
2008: Office relocated from Yeouido, Seoul to expanded office in Mapo-gu Sangam-dong, Seoul to accommodate growth of organization.
2009: Admissions Counseling Center established to provide public telephone consultation services, publish materials, and develop public informational programs related to admissions in member universities.
2010: Office relocated from Mapo-gu Sangam-dong to Seocho-gu Yeomgok-dong.
2011: Higher Education Transparency Service opened to provide publicly available information on member universities.