The history of Yonsei School of Business is full of pioneers who accepted the challenges of their time. It began in 1915 during the early days of Japanese rule that would leave Korea barren and gloomy when Missionary Horace Grant Underwood founded the first modern institution of higher education in Korea to teach commerce and business management, an academic discipline that was just beginning to surface in the Western world.
Mindful of its origins, Yonsei School of Business has always strived to be the best and to live up to its reputation of being the best as well as the first. Near the end of the Chosun Dynasty, Yonsei brought together various scholars from the United States and Japan for research and education and in the process created an academic tradition of confronting the demands of the times.
In 1919, Yonsei School of Business produced its first ten graduates. Since then, over 44,000 students have proudly received their diplomas. Our alumni have followed in the footsteps of the pioneers who built our school by taking the initiative to lead Korea during its era of modernization and industrialization as well as its democratization. Moreover, they have put Korea on the map by taking an active role not only domestically but also globally.
We celebrated 100 wonderful years of Yonsei School of Business in 2015 and at the same time we looked back on where we have come from, we also looked ahead to the beginning of another 100 years of making history. The status quo will not do. Twenty-first century business management must tackle the problems faced by humankind and produce graduates with the knowledge, discipline, and leadership required to produce and guide innovations that can change human life.
Yonsei School of Business aims through research and education to be at the forefront of answering the need to create and nurture startups and business innovations. Our vision is not only to create knowledge platforms that provide inspiration, knowledge, and networks required for Korean firms to become standouts in innovation but also to become the hub of startup and innovation knowledge platforms around the globe. In doing so, Yonsei School of Business will take the leading role in an era of rapid change as the global hub of the 21st century’s startup and innovation knowledge platforms.
Dean of Yonsei School of Business