The Seoul and ERICA Campuses of Hanyang University(HYU) each achieved third and eighth place, respectively, in JoongAng Ilbo’s Korean University Rankings. Both HYU Campuses reached their highest records ever, and compared with last year’s results, the Seoul Campus increased four ranks while the ERICA Campus improved nine notches, the highest increase among any other universities in Korea.
JoongAng Ilbo is a media outlet that has been ranking universities since 1994. The universities were evaluated based on four categories: the quality of student education programs, faculty rankings, reputation, and the quality of dissertations. The category in which HYU received the highest score was “quality of student education programs,” where Seoul and ERICA Campuses ranked first and fourth. According to Yi Joon-soo, the General Manager of the Office of Planning& Budget Team, said, “Favorable characterization of our business and education methods played an important role in achieving high scores. More than 56 percent of Hanyangians are now participating in the program that supports entrepreneurs or had taken the class on entrepreneurship last year.”
However, some Hanyangians question the results. Son Ji-hyun, a Freshman in the Department of Industrial Management Engineering, said, “I think especially the Capstone Design and Cluster class, which operates with enterprises, might have affected the results, but I think the other evaluation criteria are not directly related to us.”