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  • 1945
    11.3

    Policy on founding the university presented

    President Kim Il Sung instructed to found the university first as a parent university of the country.
  • 1945
    11.18

    Preparatory Association organised

    Democrats and educational personnel organised the association for supporting the construction of the university with venerated President Kim Il Sung as its counselor.
  • 1946
    5.25

    Preparatory committee of founding university organized

    It had the director of education department of the North Korean Provisional People’s Committee as its chairman and involved the persons concerned with education.
  • 1946
    7.8

    Decision No. 40 of the North Korean Provisional People’s Committee

    Reflecting the unanimous desire of Korean people, the decision concluded that the university in Pyongyang should be named after President Kim Il Sung.
  • 1946
    9.1

    First lecture started

    At the beginning, the university had 7 faculties (Faculty of Literature, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Railway Engineering), 24 departments, 30 classes, 1500 students and 68 lecturers. In October 1947, some celebrations were held for 1st anniversary of founding of Kim Il Sung University were held and decided the founding anniversary of the university as Oct 1st.
  • 1946
    9.15

    Opening ceremony

    President Kim Il Sung delivered a historic speech on “Be Competent Workers Dedicated to the Building of a Democratic State”.
  • 1946
    10.

    Opening of the library

  • 1947
    4.

    Opening of the university farm

  • 1947
    5.

    Opening of the printing house of the university

  • 1947
    5.

    Opening of the postgraduate course

  • 1947
    7.

    First newspaper published

  • 1947
    9.

    Scholarship awarded

    Scholarship associated with the President's love was awarded to the students of Kim Il Sung University according to Decision No. 133 of the North Korean People's Committee.
  • 1947
    10.1

    1st founding anniversary celebrated

    President Kim Il Sung delivered a speech “Learn Diligently to Become Excellent Cadres of the new Korea”.
  • 1948
    9.

    Separation of some faculties

    The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Transport Engineering were separated into Pyongyang College of Industry (Kim Chaek University of Technology at present), the Faculty of Agronomy into Wonsan College of Agriculture and the Faculty of Medicine into Pyongyang College of Medicine. 5 faculties (the Faculty of Economy and Law, the Faculty of History and Literature, the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Biology) remained.
  • 1948
    10.10

    Inaugural ceremony of a new building

    President Kim Il Sung attended the ceremony.
  • 1949
    12.28

    1st graduation ceremony

    19 students(13 from the Department of Physics, 6 from the Department of Mathematics) graduated from the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. President Kim Il Sung attended the 1st graduation ceremony.
  • 1950
    6.30

    2nd graduation ceremony

    271 students graduated from the university.
  • 1951
    7.

    Education during the war

    The university moved to Jasong, Pyongyang, Jongju, Kusong and Sunchon to keep wartime education going on. The special preparatory course started in July, 1951 and teaching restarted from Nov, 1951.
  • 1952
    4.

    President's field guidance

    He visited Paekjon-ri(then), Jasan sub-county, Sunchon County, South Phyongan Province and delivered a historic speech “The Prospects of the Fatherland Liberation War and the Tasks of the University”.
  • 1952
    12.5

    3rd graduation ceremony

    253 students graduated from the university in Paeksong-ri.
  • 1954

    Education for exchange students begun

    Exchange students from some countries including China, Mongolia and Romania attended lectures in Korean History Department in the Faculty of Korean Language and Literature.
  • 1955
    7.1

    President's field guidance

    He emphasized that the university should train more cadres for the postwar reconstruction, conduct scientific research to settle the scientific and technical problems arising in socialist construction and that due attention should be paid to development of modern and basic science as befitting its global tendency.
  • 1956
    10.

    Aspicious celebration of the 10th founding anniversary

    The badges of graduation and student were newly decided on and the gathering of the first-term graduates was successfully held.
  • 1960
    9.1

    Revolutionary activity of Chairman Kim Jong Il started

    Kim Il Sung University was honored to become the alma mater of a peerless great man. In the period of his university days, he took part in production practice in Pyongyang Textile Machinery Factory (then), Wasandong-Ryongsong road expansion project and military camping in Oundong. He presented a graduation paper "The Status and Role of County in Socialist Construction" on Mar 18, 1964.
  • 1965
    10.

    Completion of Building No.1

  • 1966
    9.30

    20th founding anniversary meeting

    It was held in Pyongyang Grand Theater in the presence of President Kim Il Sung.
  • 1966
    6.

    Organization of Service Center

  • 1968
    9.

    Bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung erected

    The bronze statue of President Kim Il Sung was erected on Ryongnam Hill and the Revolutionary Museum of Kim Il Sung University was inaugurated.
  • 1970
    10.

    Science library built

    The science library was newly established with a collection of 2 million volumes.President Kim Il Sung gave field guidance to the science library on Oct 18, 1970.
  • 1972
    12.

    Building No. 2 completed

  • 1976
    9.30

    Celebration of the 30th founding anniversary

    President Kim Il Sung sent a congratulatory message to the university.
  • 1976
    11.

    President's field guidance

    President Kim Il Sung looked around newly built Natural History Museum, Factory with Gifted Machinery, Education and Science Exhibition, offices and lecture rooms in Building No.2. He made a speech "On Further Improving the Training of Our Cadres".
  • 1976
    12.

    Mankind evolution research institute established

  • 1981
    5.

    Several institutes established

    The catalyst research institute, computation research institute, electronic physics research institute, cytobiology and molecular biology research institute, electronic computation research institute, and atomic energy research institute were established.
  • 1985

    University sports team organized

  • 1989
    6.

    Gymnasium completed

    President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il gave field guidance to the gymnasium on June 21, 1989.
  • 1996
    10.1

    Celebration of the 50th founding anniversary

    Chairman Kim Jong Il sent a historic letter on “On Intensifying University Education as a Requisite for the Development of the Revolution”.
  • 1996
    12.7

    Chairman's field guidance

    He inspected several spots of the university and had a photo session and observed an artistic performance together with the lecturers in the April 25th Culture House.
  • 2001
    3.

    The Institutes of Social Sciences and Natural Sciences established

  • 2005
    3.30

    Diploma and graduation badge of the university newly decided

    The diploma with the portrait of President Kim Il Sung and graduation badge were newly decided on as instructed by Chairman Kim Jong Il and were bestowed on all the graduates.
  • 2009

    Field guidance to swimming complex

    Chairman Kim Jong Il gave field guidance to the newly built swimming complex in Mar, 2009 and later on Sep 30, 2009. Chairman Kim Jong Il and the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the swimming complex on Dec 11, 2009.
  • 2010
    4.

    Field guidance to E-library

    On April 12 2010, Chairman Kim Jong Il and the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un looked around several spots of the university including the e-library.
  • 2010
    5.

    Kim Il Sung University Council founded

  • 2012
    4.

    Student badge of the university decided

    The student badge bearing the images of smiling President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il was newly decided on as instructed by the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un.
  • 2013
    10.1

    Bronze statue of Chairman Kim Jong Il erected and Revolutionary Museum inaugurated

    The bronze statue of Chairman Kim Jong Il was erected with respect on Ryongnam Hill and the Revolutionary Museum was inaugurated as well.
  • 2013
    10.9

    Inauguration ceremony of the apartment buildings for the educators of Kim Il Sung University

    The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un attended the ceremony of the apartment buildings for the educators and had a photo session.
  • 2014
    1.

    Faculty of Distance Education established

  • 2016
    9.27

    Celebration of the 70th founding anniversary

    The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un sent a historic letter “On the Basic Tasks facing Kim Il Sung University in the New Era of the Juche Revolution”.
  • 2017
    4.

    New flats in Ryomyong Street distributed to educators

    The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un gave new houses in Ryomyong Street 1 700-odd houses to the lecturers and researchers of Kim Il Sung University.
  • 2017
    5-9.

    New university buildings and dormitories built

    Building No. 3, building No. 4, building of the Faculty of Chemistry, dormitories and a canteen were newly built.
  • 2019
    4.

    Nature Museum renovated

  • 2019
    10.

    Separation of colleges

    Pyongyang University of Medicine, Pyongyang University of Agriculture and Kye Ung Sang Sariwon University of Agriculture separated from Kim Il Sung University.
  • 2019
    11.28