The name "Soonchunhyang" means "the peaceful hometown complying with the will of heaven." In 1978, Dr. Succ-Jo Suh, a renowned authority in neurology, established Soonchunhyang Medical College with fewer than one hundred students to educate aspiring doctors.
His philosophy of medical practice was, “It is not a doctor, but Heaven that cures a disease. A doctor helps only the curing process.” With this humble philosophy and beginnings, SCH set off and transformed itself into a highly respected institution of higher education and research.
The university currently has six colleges and six graduate schools with over 12,000 enrolled students and approximately 380 faculty members. In addition, it runs four general hospitals in four major cities in Korea, creating an up-to-date medical network.
The university offers a rich variety of courses in Medicine and Natural Sciences, as well as in Humanities, Business Administration, and Engineering. SCH has a strong department for medicine and medical sciences and has constantly strived to excel in both education and research. SCH’s reputation for quality education has been continually proven when the Ministry of Education has granted the "National Award for Educational Renovation" for three successive years.
The University was also selected to participate in many nationally funded projects, including the "Brain Korea 21 Project" for info-tech research and education. Recently, the university's strength in research and education was again proven when it awarded a grant of 25 million USD over five years period by the Ministry of Education to develop human resources specialized in the biopharmaceutical industry.
SCH pride itself not only in having creative and competitive programs but also in the educational philosophy "Love of Human Beings." Now, with eighty international instructors and five hundred international students, the SCH is becoming globalized. It also affiliates with 48 universities in 10 countries and actively pursues study abroad programs.