The Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University was established in 1987 as a pioneer of professional studies programs in Korea. The founding motivation of Yonsei GSIS was to meet the growing global demand for international academic institutions and to train individuals to become global experts. The Yonsei GSIS is Korea's leading professional graduate school of international studies. The dynamic and rigorous curriculum equips students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to excel globally, in the private and public sectors. The Yonsei GSIS earned the distinction of being a "university to produce international leaders" by the Ministry of Education, and was awarded the status of "official professional school" in November, 1999 in recognition of its global competitiveness and establishment o renowned doctoral programs. The Yonsei GSIS continues to maintain its prestige and capability in providing high-quality international education, in conjunction with promoting efforts towards fostering competent individuals in various areas of international studies.