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Korea Maritime and Ocean University  
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Korea Maritime University is the very first national university since the establishment of the Korean government. It was first constructed in the name of ‘Jinhae Higher Merchant Marine College’ in 1945, preserving the longest history and tradition in this University. The school was founded in the light of high education aspiration and by ardent patriotism of few pioneers who had concerned that it was eminent to secure maritime manpower in order to advance the country as one of the powerful countries.  For the last 65 years, the university successfully nurtured numerous maritime specialists which was the driven power of the current growth of Korea's marine transportation and also has helped to position itself as a country of marine transportation marking 5th rank in the world. With such contribution, the school is now recognized as a privilege university in the marine transportation field. While Korea has limited natural resources, the national economy has a special structural trait of high dependency on international trading. The maritime industry has high technology intensity and faces fearful international competition which is difficult industry to promise a stable development without strong support of professional manpower with varieties of professional knowledge.


Hence, the KMU is studying and educating knowledge and techniques required for professional manpower in maritime who will be the cardinal point in advancing the maritime management administration of the maritime science industry in Korea.

“3 Ocean KMU 21”will become a motto that helps to decide dreams and futures of the 21st Century’s University culture.


“Good Morning Ocean”

Whenever you see the blue ocean, say “Good Morning Ocean!”

KMU is preeminent on the ocean!

KMU, a leader in ocean affairs, will guide you to ‘the world and to the future’.

KMU, specializing in maritime sciences, is a world class University leading the way into the new maritime era of the 21st Century.

For over six decades, KMU has played a vital role in advancing Korea’s global competiveness in the maritime and shipping industries by producing experts in maritime affairs! KMU is committed to being a cornerstone of our strong seafaring nation by cultivating marine experts.


“Ocean Korea”

Korea, the Number 1 country in shipping and shipbuilding!

The sea : another, Bigger Korea!

Korea Maritime University rules the sea!

A University can perform its best when it cooperates with community and the nation. KMU is located in Busan, a world leader in marine trade, and has grown along the city. As a center for maritime studies and education serving the Pacific Rim, KMU will continue to contribute to the growth of Busan and Korea through its support of business incubators and cooperation between in the industrial and university research sectors. In fact, KMU has come close to designation as an independent national university by being chosen for 3 tasks from the NURI (New University for Regional Innovation) nproject of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources.


“Ocean Power”

Who conquers the sea conquers the world!

KMU graduates have 80% employment rate which confirms it as an impeccable place for the maritime specialists. KMU boasters the highest employment rate nationwide. Today’s young people are very concerned about getting a job. In order to help them, KMU has created a variety of job-related programs. As a result, about 80% of graduates are successfully placed in the job market. This is the highest rate among all the Universities in Korea. You will have the satisfaction of transitioning directly into a career right after graduation.


Brief History

1919. Sept 15    Founded ‘Jinhae Merchant Marine College”-the Matrix of Korea Maritime University

1945. Nov 05  Founded under the name of ‘Jinhae Higher Merchant Marine College’

1956. July 14  Changed the name to ‘Korea Maritime College’

1974. June 1   Moved to new campus at current location

1991. Oct 22   Reorganized as a General University- “Korea Maritime University”

2002. Mar 01  Reorganized as the current Faculty and System

2003. Sept 08    Established AMFUF (Asia Maritime & Fisheries Universities Forum), and located the Secretariat office in KMU

2005. Nov 05     Celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its foundation.

2006. May         Established IAMU Asia LNGC Education & Training Center (ALETC)

2010. Oct           Hosted 11th IAMU Annual General Assembly

2011. Present     4 Colleges (Maritime Science, Ocean Science & Technology, Engineering and International Studies) – 13 Divisions (28 majors) and 18 Departments. 4 Graduate schools (38 majors in Masters and 26 majors in PhD degree)

There are no boundaries or obstacles which KMOU cannot overcome as we live in the ocean. Over Korea to the world! KMOU plays a central role in helping Korea navigate through the five oceans and six continents. KMOU, based on Jinhae Marine Officer School established in 1919, was developed in 1945 by Dr. Lee Si-Hyeong who pursued Korea’s development through the sea. The footprint made by KMOU for the past 90 years is just the history of Korea’s development and growth in the sea.

Structure of Institution

KMU academic structure has College system, Divisions (consists of couple of majors) and Departments (one major)


1. Colleges

College of Maritime Sciences (MET Institution)- 4 Divisions & 2 Departments

Division of Maritime Transportation Science (Deck)

Majors(3): Maritime Management Science, Maritime Law & Policy, Marine Insurance

Division of Marine System Engineering (Engine)

Majors(3): Power machinery system, Marine mechanical & energy system, Electrical-Electronics & control engineering

Division of Navigation Science (Deck)

Majors(3): Ship operation management, Maritime safety policy, Maritime traffic information

Division of Marine Engineering (Engine)

Majors(3): Mechanical fusion, Green ship and Marine automatic technology

Department of Coast Guard Studies (Deck + Engine)

Department of Offshore Plant Management (Deck + Engine)


College of Ocean Science & Technology - 2 Divisions & 4 Departments

Division of Naval Architecture & Ocean Systems Engineering

Division of Marine Environment & Bioscience

Department of Architecture & Ocean Space

Department of Ocean Engineering

Department of Energy & Resources Engineering

Department of Ocean Physical Education


College of Engineering - 4 Divisions & 7 Departments

Division of Mechanical & Information Engineering

Division of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Division of IT Engineering

Division of Marine Equipment Engineering

Department of Logistics

Department of Radio Communication Engineering

Department of Electronics & Communications Engineering

Department of Data Information

Department of Nano Semiconductor Engineering

Department of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering


College of International Studies - 3 Divisions & 5 Departments

Division of Shipping Management

Division of Maritime Law

Division of International Trade & Economics

Department of International Commerce

Department of Maritime Administration

Department of English Language & Literature

Department of East Asian Studies

Department of European Studies


2. Graduate Schools (4)

Graduate School: Master Course (27 Majors), PhD Course (26 Majors)

Graduate School of Maritime Industry: Master course (10 Majors)

Graduate School of Maritime Management Technology: Master Course (4 Majors)

Graduate School of Education: Master Course (7 Majors)


3. Basic and Auxiliary Facilities

University Library

Information & Computer Center

Ship Operation & Training Center

Student Dormitories

Machinery Training Unit (Workshops)


4. Research Facilities

Research Institute of Maritime Industry

Research Institute of Industrial Technology

Research Institute of Marine Science & Technology

Research Institute of International Maritime Affairs

Underwater Vehicle Research Center

Center for Marine Biotechnology


5. Attached Facilities

Maritime Museum

Institute of Continuing Education

Center for International Exchange and Education

Marine Simulation Center

Business Incubator Center





Korea Maritime University has 2 diesel powered Training ships, which is built for special purpose of cadet sea training; Hanbada & Hannara



Ship’s Particular

Builder/built year : STX Shipbuilding, Korea / Dec 2005

LOA/Breath/Draft : 117.2m / 17.8m / 5.9m

Gross Tonnage : 6,686 tons

Max speed/Service speed : 19.0kts / 17.5 kts

Main Engine : MAN B&W 6L42MC/ME x 1 set

            MCR: 8,130 BHP x 176 rpm, NCR: 6,910 BHP x 166.7 rpm

Complement : Cadet 204, Lecturers 9, Officer 12, Crew 21 persons


Figure 1  HANBADA

The Features of T/S HANBADA

The largest scale of the Training ship constructed with pure domestic techniques

Bridge of the most advanced system

The first Dual Engine in the world (ME & MC)

Classification UMA3 (Unattended Machinery Automation System 3)

The separate Bridge and Engine control room for efficient training

4 Lecture rooms equipped with multimedia system

Equipment system of the simultaneous interpretation and the satellite video conference

Hull stress monitoring system, M.I.P, Ship performance system, Emission analyzer



Ship’s Particular

Builder/built year : Daesun Shipyard, Busan, Korea / Dec 1993

LOA/Breath/Depth : 102.7m / 14.5m / 7.0m

Gross Tonnage : 3,640 tons

Max speed/Service speed : 17.0kts / 15.0 kts

Main Engine : MAN B&W 6L42MC/ME x 1 set

Complement : Cadet 152, Crew 50, Total 202 persons


The Features of T/S HANNARA

Bridge of the most advanced system

Classification UMA2 (Unattended Machinery Automation System 2)

The separate Training Bridge and Engine control room for efficient training

4 Lecture rooms equipped with multimedia system

Figure 2  HANNARA


Structure of Program
On-Board Trainig Scheme