Asia / Pacific  
National System of the Education and MET

Academic MET

1.Korea Maritime and Ocean University

College of Maritime Sciences

Korea College of Maritime Sciences, the very first national university established by the Korean government, is the principal College of Maritime Sciences of Korea. It was first established as the Higher Merchant Ship School in 1945. The school founding was prompted by the patriotism and aspirations for higher education of a few pioneers who realized the need to secure maritime manpower in order to advance the country's development. Since then, the school has overcome a great number of obstacles to become we are today. For the past half century, the school has successfully educated numerous maritime specialists who were the driving force behind Korea's growth in marine transportation and has helped Korea to become the world's 10th ranked country in the field. With such contributions, the school is now recognized as one of the top universities in the marine transportation field.

With Korea's limited natural resources and its high dependence on International trade, Korea's national economy has a special structure. Given that 95% of Korea's trading volume depends on marine transportation, the maritime industry of Korea not only supports the stability of the national economy, the improvement of the International trade balance, and the expansion of employment opportunities, but it is also a constant force in economic development, thus it is protected and nurtured at the national level. The maritime industry is highly technology intensive and faces stiff International competition, which does not allow stable development without the strong support of professional manpower with a variety of skills. Therefore, the College of Maritime Sciences is training and educating the professional manpower needed to advance the maritime industry in Korea. We especially focus on nurturing maritime professionals to have excellent adaptability to the situation and strong leadership skills by providing a basic curriculum that includes a 1-year on-board practical course.

To realize its mission, the College of Maritime Sciences encompasses 4 divisions and 1 department including the Div. of Transportation Science, Div. of Marine System Engineering, Div. of Maritime Law, Div. of Mechatronics Engineering and Dept. of Maritime Police Science. Students who have passed the national exam for the Marine Officer's License while attending the school are eligible acquire the license at the time of graduating from Korea College of Maritime Sciences and the students may advance into various careers in the maritime industry according to their actual experience on the sea and obtained professional knowledge. The College of Maritime Sciences used to admit male students only but since 1991, the school has extended admission to female and foreign students as well. It converted the N.R.O.T.C. system to an optional system and relaxed the physical requirements for admission to be the same as that for seamen. All students of the College of Maritime Sciences are eligible to live in the school dormitory for 4 years, receiving room and board, including the required uniforms and even some exemption of tuition and admissions fees.


College of Ocean Science and Technology

The ocean is the last frontier on earth that has the potential to advance human society. Many countries lay claim to exclusive economic zones and do their best to preserve and make effective use of the ocean. In an effort to join other developed countries in the field of ocean science and technology, Korea founded the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In addition, the Korean government selected marine technology as the one of nation's key technologies and planned to invest over 10% of the national research budget by 2013.

During the last 60 years, Korea Maritime and Ocean University has greatly contributed to the national economic development by educating potential scholars, scientists, and engineers. In order to further enhance the education and to intensify the university's specialization in the ocean and nurture professionals in overall maritime industry, the College of Ocean Science and Technology was founded in 1999.

The College of Ocean Science and Technology consists of the Division of Naval Architecture and Ocean Systems Engineering (Major in Naval Architectural Engineering), Division of Marine Environment and Bioscience (Majors in Public Maritime Administration and Major of Marine Biotechnology), Division of Architecture and Ocean Space (Majors in Architectural Engineering and Major of Architectural Design), Department of Ocean Engineering, Department of Energy & Resources Engineering, and Department of Maritime Physical Education. The college offers many fields of advanced technology and has nurtured promising experts through its master's and doctoral programs.

In addition, the College of Ocean Science and Technology conducts research projects that are supported by the government, and has also received a considerable amount of funds and support from other organizations. Some of the projects include the Central Research Institute Support Project supported by the Korea Research Foundation of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, the Underwater Vehicle Research Center Project by the Ministry of National Defense, a model center for Sea Grant Project by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and NURI (New University for Regional Innovation) Project by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

The college educates people to lead future marine industries, develops essential technologies in the field of ocean science and technology, and helps the government in establishing advanced marine policies. We are making enormous efforts to help the college become one of the three leading colleges in Asia and one of the ten top colleges in the world in the field of ocean science and technology.


College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at KMOU, a leader of the 21st century information society, is a center for advanced study of naval architectural engineering and information technology. It is producing professionals who have International compatibility, but are focused on contributing to the local community and the nation.

The foundations of the college began in 1980 with the creation of the Dept. of Marine Mechanics Engineering to provide training for industries related to ships and harbors. Since then, it has been joined by other related academic departments, which were eventually collected and reorganized in March 2000 as the College of Engineering.

The College of Engineering has a young faculty with an enthusiastic approach to education and research. It supports students with sound scholarship and provides opportunities to study language overseas for those who demonstrate excellent academic capability. It also secures innovative technology for experiment and practice through national projects such as NURI (New University for Regional Innovation) and the NEXT project. With the introduction of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK), the college is increasing focus on producing graduates with the outlook and technical skills to meet the current needs of industry. It also vigorously supports development in local communities and instills with the vision and assurance to become leaders of 21st century engineering. The College of Engineering is determined to make utmost effort to grow its reputation at home and abroad.

For those with the interest, the College of Engineering is committed to providing enthusiastic encouragement on the road to success.


College of International Studies

To respond to the new oceanic age of the 21st century, KMOU aims to train professionals with qualifications and abilities in the field of ocean expertise, International relations, information and communication, and shipbuilding and who can contribute to such fields as International economy, Commerce, shipping management, maritime law, International relations, and foreign languages.

The college aims to produce marine shipping management professionals and International experts. Studying a wide range of subjects and studies, our students are uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex modern world.

The Divisions of Shipping Management and International Trade and Economy have participated in educating professionals who will deal with shipping management and International trade. Another specialized field is maritime law and Commerce & administration, which is for professionals who wish to work in the field of maritime law, International Commerce, and maritime administration.

The Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of East Asia Studies, and the Department of European Studies are making efforts to produce professionals with International sensibility in the field of marine culture and tourism.

Currently, the college is comprised of three divisions and five departments. There are three divisions: The Division of Shipping Management (Shipping management major, Shipping Management and Management Information Systems major), the Division of International Trade and Economy (International Trade major, Economics major), the Division of Maritime Law (Law major, Maritime Law major) and the Departments: English, East Asian Studies, European Studies, International Trade & Commerce, and Maritime Administration.


2.  Mokpo National Maritime University





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There are two tracks of MET in the Republic of Korea, i.e. University level training and High School level training.

1.  Academic level (University)

Korea Maritime University (KMU)

Mokpo Maritime University (MMU)


2.  Vocational level (High school)

Busan Maritime High School (Busan)

Incheon Maritime High (Incheon)


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