Chonnam National University is a South Korean university located in the metropolitan city of Gwangju which lies in the middle of South Jeolla or Jeonnam (Chonnam) province, for which the school is named in the Southwest of the country. The university was formally established in January, 1952 through the union of Gwangju Medical College, Gwangju Agricultural College, Mokpo Commerce College, and Daeseong College.
It currently consists of 59 academic departments in 19 colleges and 11 graduate programs. University attached facilities are the University Library, Museum, Health Service Center, Agro-Bioindustry Technical Support Center, Animal Hospital, Language Education Center, School of Lifelong Education, and University Computing Center. In March 2006, Yeosu National University merged with Chonnam National University to become a satellite campus.