Since its foundation, Ajou has pursued the following three virtues as guiding principles:

“Respect for Humans”, “Seeking Truth from Fact”, and “One World, One Family”.

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Ajou University

  • Respect for Humans
  • Seeking Truth from Fact
  • One World, One Family

Toward the best university in Asia in the 21st century

Respect for Humans

This means high self-esteem with the respect for others. It is the first principle that Ajou pursues through its research, education, and public service. It teaches us to connect ourselves to our neighborhoods, nation and to the world through respect and understanding, regarding a human being not as a tool, but as an ultimate goal or a value.

Seeking Truth from Fact

Seeking truth from fact conveys the meaning that academic results should be useful in practice. It is Ajou’s most fundamental philosophy that seeking truth and academic research must be based on facts and their results should contribute to people’s welfare.

One World, One Family

This is a spirit that emphasizes that the entire world should move in harmony. We must break through the small barrier of the Korean Peninsula and advance to the world, and at the same time accept what’s coming from the outside. This is Ajou’s foremost principle in educating the youth.