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Who We Are
The Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) was launched in 2017 at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea to contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by integrating various missionary and volunteer activities within the University, directing intellectual and human resources to address social issues, and educating the next generation of global citizens. IGEE works within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What We Do

YONSEI UNIVERSITY Institute for Global Engagement igee


  • 1885
    Chejungwon Established
    (Later Renamed Severance Hospital)
  • 1915
    Yonhi College Founded
  • 1957
    Severance & Yonhi College Merge to Become Yonsei University
  • 2017
    IGEE Established
Horace G. Underwood, Dr. Horace Newton Allen, Dr. Oliver R. Avison
  • Horace G. Underwood
    Founder of Underwood School
  • Dr. Horace Newton Allen
    Founder of Chejungwon
  • Dr. Oliver R. Avison
    First Head of Chejungwon
    Founder of Severance Hospital

Since 1885
Past, Present and Future

The history of Yonsei University began in 1885 with Korea’s first modern hospital Chejungwon which was established by a medical missionary Horace N. Allen. Around that time, missionary Horace G. Underwood visited Korea and assisted in medical treatment at Chejungwon while starting his wok in education and missionary activities. The work of these two missionaries in Chejungwon has become the foundation of Yonsei.

Works related to medicine were institutionalized to become Severance Medical College. In education, what was initially known as Underwood School later became Yonhi College. In 1957, Yonhi College and Severance Medical College merged to become Yonsei University.

Committed to our founders’ core principles of Truth and Freedom, Yonsei has deeply engaged in the needs of our society. Now through IGEE, Yonsei will further serve and enrich our communities and humanity by promoting sustainable development.