Strategic Networks

International Alliances

The Association of Pacific Universities (APRU)

Yonsei University is a member of the Association for Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Founded in 1997, APRU is a network of premier research universities from throughout the Pacific Rim region. Currently comprising of 50 member institutions, APRU strives to foster increased cooperation in education and research between the universities, while representing their collective interests and providing forums for the universities to meet and discuss issues concerning the Pacific Rim community. APRU vision is as followed "As the only network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century."

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  • The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU)

    Yonsei proudly joined AEARU in 2014. Through this network, Yonsei hopes to engage in the development of the East Asian region’s research and leadership. Sharing resources and academic goals, this growing network of East Asian universities seek to promote regional social, cultural, and economic progress. Since 1996, AEARU members have rotated roles hosting symposia, student camps, workshops, and competitions in order to broaden higher education opportunities in the region.

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  • Strategic Partnerships

    Keio University

    Keio University and Yonsei University have established a close partnership that has evolved successfully over more than four decades. The first formal agreement between the two universities dates back to 1970 and the history of bilateral exchanges goes even further back to 1960. Through the years, relations between the two universities have developed to become a vibrant, multi-faceted friendship and areas of collaboration include student and faculty exchange, dual degree programs, overseas offices, joint forums and seminars, and long distance programs. The two universities signed a "New Strategic Partnership" MOU on May 24, 2012.

    University of Geneva

    UNIGE and Yonsei have been partners since 2007, and students regularly exchange between both institutions. UNIGE students from fields as diverse as International Relations, Business or Asian and Korean Studies have spent a semester or year at Yonsei.

    The UNIGE-Yonsei partnership has taken on new dimensions since the visit of Rector Jean-Dominique Vassalli to Yonsei in July 2013, in the framework of an official visit with Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. During the visit, Yonsei and UNIGE signed a "Strategic Partnership Agreement" to further promote student and faculty exchange, conduct joint research projects and open joint centers. Recently, the two universities created the Geneva-Yonsei Co-Fund to facilitate seed funding of collaborative research projects.

    University Offices

    Yonsei University is home to a number of overseas offices of partner universities and institutions, including the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) Seoul Study Center, the Council for International Education and Exchange (CIEE) Study Center in Seoul, the Keio Seoul Office, and the University of Geneva (UNIGE)-Yonsei Center. The offices help facilitate student and faculty exchange, identify synergies in education and research, and reinforce links between Yonsei and its partners.