Founding Principle and History

  • GSES Timeline
  • 1968 Establishment of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the GSPA
    1970 First nine graduates with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
    1973 Establishment of the GSES with the newly created Department of Landscape Architecture
    1974 First Issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies
    1980 Inauguration of the Environmental Planning Institute
    1981 Doctorate Course in the Department of the Urban and Regional Planning
    1990 Doctorate Course in the Interdisciplinary Program of Landscape Architecture Major
    1995 Special Program for Urban, Regional and Environmental Policies (SPUR P)
    2001 Reorganization of the SPUR P
    2008 Commemorative Symposium of the 40th Anniversary of the GSES
    2010 GSES Annex Building
    2010 Commemorative Symposium of the 30th Anniversary of the Environmental Planning Institute

SNU Graduate School of Environmental Studies (GSES) is an education and research organization focused on the environmental aspects of human settlements. Recognizing that pleasant, comfortable and sustainable environments are not freely given, public intervention and planning often become unavoidable in urban and regional planning, national territory, transportation, environment, landscape architecture. Addressing this reality, GSES is committed to the preservation and amelioration of the human settlement environment.

The inception of GSES can be traced to the establishment of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, at the Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA) in 1968. GSES was officially launched on January 25, 1973 through the merger of the existing Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the newly founded Department of Landscape Architecture. In 1975, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning was renamed the Department of Environmental Planning. GSES has been offering doctorate courses in the Department of the Urban and Regional Planning program since 1980, and in the Interdisciplinary Program of Landscape Architecture Major since 1990. In1997, the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Design was established.

In addition to regular degree courses, GSES offers a special program for enlightened public leaders of public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. This program aims to provide an integrated view necessary for rational decision making and business management concerning urban and environmental problems. Conceived in 1995 as the Special Program for Urban, Regional, and Environmental Policies (SPUR P), the program was reorganized into the CEO Environmental Management Forum and the Chief Specialist Program in Urban Environmental Design in 2001.