Dean's Message

Eui Geum Oh, PhD, RN, FAAN


116 Years of Yonsei Nursing :
Pursuing Excellence, Expanding Horizons, Leading the Future

Welcome to Yonsei University College of Nursing (YUCON)! 

YUCON was founded in 1906 by Esther Lucas Shields, an American nursing missionary. The first graduate with a Bachelor`s degree in nursing entered the practice in 1910. It was also the first school in Korea to open a master's degree program in 1963, and a doctoral degree program in 1978. The school is a home to more than 5,100 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. Our alumni are contributing to the development of global healthcare with a Yonsei sprit in every corner of the global society.

Practicing Christian love, serving humans as holistic beings, and pursuing a state of well-being are the mottos of our school. A world-class faculty endeavors innovative education and research at YUCON. We are an active member of the worldwide network of nursing education together with major leading institutions in global society. 

In 2021, the school was awarded with a large amount of funding from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea. With this project, we equipped the ‘Esther L. Shields Simulation Center’ with state-of-the-art educational facilities to provide excellent nursing education for future. We hosted and organized 2021 Yonsei International Nursing Conference (YINC) with the theme of ‘Evolving Nursing Science towards Precision Healthcare’. A total of 550 scholars from 11 countries actively exchanged their insights at the global online conference. Despite of the challenging situation posed by the worldwide pandemic, we have become the top nursing program that received the largest amount of research grants in Korea. We will keep leaping forward to make world-class research performance in both quantitative and qualitative studies.

2022 is the ‘Year of the Black Tiger.’ With the 116 years of excellence in nursing education, we will transform ourselves to a world-leading school with stronger passion and agility like a tiger. I cordially invite you to connect with us and go forward together. Thank you.

In the first month of 2022

Eui Geum Oh, PhD, RN, FAAN

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