The year 2012 was, in many respects, a year in which the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) saw its status rise.
The school ranked 34th in the category of modern languages in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject 2012 published on June 28, 2012. The 2012 rankings by subject, which are performed in 29 different subject areas, is the result of an evaluation of three indicators, which are academic peer review, citations per faculty, and recruiter review. By assuming 34th place, HUFS reinforced its position as one of the world’s three best foreign language universities with its 45 foreign language programs.
In the QS World University Rankings 2012 published last September, HUFS was ranked 354th in the world (10th in Korea). In the area of graduate quality, which is tracked by recruiter review, HUFS moved up significantly to take the world’s 106th position.
This outcome is thought to be a positive result of the school’s continued efforts to raise its global status and the visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to HUFS in March 2011.
In the 2012 Chosun-QS Asia University Rankings, which was published prior to the QS World University Rankings, HUFS was ranked the 6th best university without a medical school in Asia and the top such school in Korea. In the overall rankings, HUFS was ranked at 69th place in Asia.
The achievement accomplished in 2012 will serve as a foundation from which the school can mark a leap forward in 2013 in its competition with leading universities in the world.