University of Sciences North Korea

University of Sciences is a university located inside the region of the National Academy of Science in Pyongyang, North Korea. The university was previously called as “Institute of Natural Science”. UOS is geographically located in Pyongsong, South Pyong’an Province, North Korea. However, North Korean government appointed the area of science district to belong to Pyongyang for giving some privileges of Pyongyang citizens to scientists of NAS and students of UOS. As Kim Il Sung, a former leader of North Korea, emphasized the significance of education for gifted and talented students, UOS originally started as a branch of Kim Il Sung University on January 17, 1962. It was separated from Kim Il Sung University in 1985. In North Korea, this university is known as “Sujae Daehark (University for talented students)”. In South Korean mass media, this university is called “KAIST of North Korea”.

Top students of natural sciences or engineering in North Korea study at this university supported totally by North Korean government. Eighty percent of them is graduated from No.1 Middle Schools, which are science high schools for gifted and talented students in North Korea, and the rest twenty percent are medal winners in the National Science Olympiads (math, physics, chemistry, and biology) or national science quiz contests. Unlike other universities in North Korea, students entering UNS have age limit. Equal or younger than 17 people are eligible to take entrance exam for UOS.

Simply, UOS is the North Korean version of MIT.

It is known that many alums of this university are involved in projects for developing missiles and launching artificial earth satellites.[7]


There are six departments in UOS. Each department has five or six majors.


  • Theoretical Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Solid State Physics


  • Control Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry(material)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Laboratory of Applied Chemistry


Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Plasma and Hydrodynamics
  • Mechanical Dynamics
  • Solid Mechanics

Notable alumni

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  • Kim Ho (김호): Professor of Mathematics, University of Natural Science. He received his Doctoral degree in his twenties.
  • Kim Ha (김하): Professor of Physics, University of Natural Science,
  • Jang Hyekyung (장혜경): Professor of Mathematics, University of Natural Science
  • Kim Seo-in (김서인): A former head of department in Math Institute of the National Academy of Science of North Korea, the youngest PhD recipient of North Korea.
  • Kim Kwang-hyun (김광현): A scientist at Laser Institute of State Academy of Sciences of North Korea. He became a junior associate in the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in 2015.
  • Joseph Han: A North Korean defector and a physicist. He earned a PhD degree in nuclear physics from Texas A&M University. He is the first North Korean defector to receive a doctorate from a university in the United States.


Politics, Government and Public Service

  • Kim Seung-du (김승두): Chairman of National Education Commission, North Korea 
  • Lee Kwang-ho (리광호): Minister of Science Education Department, North Korea

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