The Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering adopts a macroscopic view to the understanding of the environment, teaching ecological concepts on resources and energy flow to support the co-existence of humankind and nature. Environmental problems in modern society should be overcome through global recognition and interdisciplinary collaboration. To create a sustainable society and maximize land use, there should be educational and research convergence, including the integration of humanities in the preservation, planning, management and restoration of the environment and ecosystem.
Korea University’s Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering was established in 2001 to satisfy the demands of society. The division commenced from four core majors: bioresource & ecology, water & soil environment, biomaterial science & technology, and environmental planning & landscape architecture. Environmental restoration was added as a major in 2008, and a faculty of 17 professors are training experts and participating in world-class research. The BK21 Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering Research Team receives funding from the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development while the Graduate School of Climate Change is supported by the Ministry of Education.
Under the vision of ‘Green Korea,’ the Ministry of Environment has recently announced new objectives, including developing ecosystems for the co-existence of humankind and nature, fulfilling citizens’ environmental demands, fostering environmental industry into a new growth engine, and making use of climate change as a new opportunity. These objectives are in accordance with the educational and research philosophy of Korea University’s Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, which will serve as a spearhead in producing young leaders in the field of environment and ecology.