Kyungpook National University (KNU) was founded in the spirit of truth, pride, and service: pursuing truth through academic study; developing pride as a member of the University and future leader; and inspiring service towards the modernization and development of society based on the skills acquired through university life.
The primary aims of the University are to offer education for those who desire to make significant contributions to society, provide them with knowledge in their major fields, and encourage them in independent thinking and research. The University also seeks to nurture in all students a deeper understanding of humanity and nature, a broader perspective regarding social phenomena, and a creative and imaginative outlook on life.
As of October 2004, the University has 15 colleges and 10 graduate schools with 17,299 students enrolled on bachelor programs, 4,291 on master programs, and 1,107 studying for Ph.D.s, plus 895 professors and 596 administrative staff. To foster an educational and research environment, the University also supports 27 auxiliary educational facilities and 54 research institutes.