About us

Handong Global University

Handong Global University(HGU) is a world-changing global university, established with the slogan of “Why Not Change the World?” HGU educates honest and competent global leaders.

We prepare international leaders through holistic education by combining moral and academic training geared for today's global and information era. Our goal is to educate honest global servants to serve communities, nations, and the world through their professionalism and ethics.
Since its founding, Handong Global University has been actively involved in various international initiatives and foreign exchange student programmes in order to create a more global educational environment. As of 2019 Fall semester, we had 270 exchange students for both incoming and outgoing per academic year and 306 international students on campus. For domestic students, more than 40% of lectures are provided in English in order to support their academic language skill sets.

In addition, HGU has participated in international development cooperation involved with various developing countries. In light of such efforts, HGU was chosen to be the very first host of UNESCO-UNITWIN in 2007 among other domestic universities, and since then, 242 universities have partnered with HGU from 64 countries.

UNESCO-UNITWIN Host Unviersity

To strengthen educational capacity-building for sustainable development, UNESCO links universities through the University Twinning and Networking(UNITWIN) Programme. UNITWIN Network projects have proven useful in establishing new teaching programmes, generating new ideas through research and reflection, and facilitating the enrichment of existing university programmes while respecting cultural diversity. Handong Global University, as Korea's first UNESCO UNITWIN host university, has been conducting various higher education programs with universities in developing countries, such as entrepreneurship training, joint education program, and so forth. UNITWIN projects have received recognition for its excellent achievements from the Korean government, the United Nations, and UNESCO for over 10 years.

UNAI Member/UN Hub University

The United Nations Academic Impact(UNAI) is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education, scholars and research with the UN in order to address priority issues with which our world is faced. UNAI is an initiative of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, officially established in 2010 at the UN headquarters in New York by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to align institutions of higher education and research with the United Nations.

UNAI is supported by higher education institutions around the world through education and research to combat poverty in developing countries, along with the UN's three main goals: world peace, economic development, and human rights growth. The purpose of UNAI is to promote a new global culture of intellectual and social responsibility based on the freedom of expression, education for all, global citizenship education, sustainability, and intercultural dialogue.

Currently around 1,400 universities and institutions around the world are participating. It has established 10 provisions of strategic principles to encourage participating organizations worldwide to make at least one or more substantial contributions towards these provisions. 10 Hub universities and about 1,000 member institutions are united under the ten basic principles of UNAI. It is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent as well as research organizations.

Furthermore, a global hub institution is designated for each provision for the effective implementation of each principle. HGU is designated as one of only 10 UNAI Hub Universities, which serves as global centers for capacity building in higher education systems in 2011. HGU has been notified by the UN of its continued global hub status for more than a decade.

UNAI Ban Ki-moon Institute for Global Education(IGE)

In May 2019, the ‘Ban Ki-moon Institute for Global Education(IGE)’ was opened with support of United Nations Academic Impact(UNAI) Korea. UNAI Ban Ki-moon Institute for Global Education(IGE) was established at HGU in response to calls by the United Nations and the international community to implement Global Citizenship Education(GCED) as a new educational paradigm, a paradigm for providing sustainable solutions for transforming the world in the era of the SDGs. Founded and administered through cooperation between HGU and UNAI Korea, IGE will offer such education at its Globally Responsible and Advanced Citizenship Education(GRACE) School. GRACE School will incorporate essential subject areas and the essence of GCED into 6 core courses and offer it to students as part of a program leading to a Certificate in Holistic Global Citizenship.

OECD Internship Programme

Handong Global University and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) signed on a Memorandum of Agreement to initiate an official internship programme. The internship agreement with the OECD was the first of its kind for any university in Korea. Pursuant to the agreement, HGU has sent student interns to the OECD every year since 2008.