Stunningly successful industry-university partnership in South Korea: SKKU university

November 7, 2019

Last week, a VinUni team travelled to South Korea to visit six universities: some of the best in South Korea, and rapidly rising in international rankings on many dimensions. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), a private comprehensive research university founded in 1398 has a long history and royal origins, which gives it a unique historical charm! However history can only carry a university so far! What has truly propelled SKKU to the number one private research university in South Korea in the U.S. News & World Ranking, 95th in the (QS) world university rankings 2020, 82nd in the Times Higher Education 2019 world university rankings, and in the top-50 most innovative universities in the world (, is its deep, extensive and multi-dimensional partnership with Samsung, including scholarships, internships, real project based and experiential learning, immersive learning in Samsung labs, facilities, projects and teams, and it’s very high graduate employment rate. SKKU’s School of Medicine, which is affiliated with Samsung Medical Center, the top research hospital in Korea, is generally recognized as one of the top medical schools in South Korea.

Dr. Le Mai Lan, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup and President of VinUniversity Project and Prof. Rohit Verma, the Founding Provost of VinUniversity with Prof. Jae Ha Lee, Dean and Professor of Finance at SKK Graduate School of Business and other senior leaders of SKKU

As technology gets more complex and evolves ever more rapidly, the demand for talented human resources who graduate with “job-ready” skills can be hard to meet in a traditional university setting, especially one that doesn’t have the luxury of having 100+ years of history and legacy. Indeed, to make the type of progress in education, research, innovation, talent development that SKKU has made in recent years, a strong, mutually beneficial and sustaining partnership with industry can be the “special sauce” that does the magic!
At VinUniversity, we are building an equally sustaining, enriching and strategic and tactical partnership with VinGroup, the sponsor and driving force behind VinUniversity.

Vingroup/VinUniversity leaders visited SKKU campus – the longest history university campus in Korea

Congratulations SKKU on your continued successes! It was our pleasure to learn from your efforts and experiences!