Dean's Message

Eui Geum Oh, PhD, RN, FAAN


117 Years of Excellence : Expanding Horizons, Leading the Future

Since its founding in 1906 by Esther Lucas Shields, an American nursing missionary, Yonsei University College of Nursing has been dedicated to fulfilling the mission of nursing to create a healthy society for the past 117 years. Starting with the graduation of the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Korea in 1910, YUCON has played a significant role in the modernization of nursing education in our country. YUCON opened a Master's degree program in nursing in 1963 becoming the first college of nursing in Korea in 1968, and established the first doctoral program in nursing in Korea in 1978. With our history and tradition, YUCON proudly stands as a leading institution in nursing education. As of 2023, the school is home to more than 5,250 undergraduate alumni, 1,850 RN-BSNs, and 1,850 post-graduate alumni. YUCON has relentlessly pursued the mission of making society healthy through nursing for the past 115 years. Yonsei nursing alumni, through servant leadership, have been contributing to the global society by exemplifying the values of care and a spirit of a strong community in various settings.

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Yonsei University College of Nursing has demonstrated agility through student-centered innovative education, practical research to solve social challenges, and pioneering leadership in the nursing industry. As a result, in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2023, the college ranked 1st in the nursing field in Korea and 49th globally. In the 2022 THE World University Rankings, specifically in the field of Clinical & Health, the college ranked 1st in Korea and 32nd worldwide. These achievements are the fruit of the combined efforts of excellent faculty members, dedicated and diligent students, and devoted staff, as well as the unwavering support from our esteemed alumni for the advancement of our alma mater. In the coming year, we will continue to engage in various activities with innovative and excellent education, research, and a spirit of challenge and pioneering leadership to fulfill our university's mission of contributing to the advancement of nursing and human health.

2023 is the ‘Year of the Black Rabbit’. With the 116 years of wisdom in nursing education, we will continue to prosper as a world-leading school with agility and cleverness just as the ‘Year of Black Rabbit’ signifies. I cordially invite you to connect with us and go forward together. Thank you.


Eui Geum Oh, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor
College of Nursing, Graduate School of Nursing
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea