Touching Tomorrow atPukyong National University



Location Hanmir bldg, Yongdang Campus
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The FAO World Fisheries University (herein after referred to as “FAO WFU”) aims to contribute to ending poverty and hunger by providing higher education to countries with less developed technological, economic or social conditions.

The FAO WFU will be committed to the following objectives (i) fostering fisheries professionals from FAO Member States and partners for them to build the capacity to lead the respective countries’ fisheries development, (ii) serving as a think-tank for fisheries policies to promote sustainable fisheries, thereby contributing to the attainment of FAO’s major goal of ending hunger and poverty and enhancing food security, (iii) promoting both South-South cooperation and the cooperation between developed and developing countries, (iv) providing education and training in line with the FAO’s projects relevant to the achievement of the objectives envisioned in the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code of Conduct) and the Blue Growth Initiative (BGI), (v) disseminating information on new resolutions and the Code of Conduct and (vi) providing a network connecting relevant individuals, organizations, institutes and initiatives to share expertise and best practices in the field of fisheries.

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The work towards the establishment of FAO WFU was initiated when the government of Republic of Korea submitted a concept note to FAO. It was formalized in October 2015 when the official proposal for the establishment of FAO WFU was submitted to FAO Council. In July 2016, FAO and the government of Republic of Korea agreed on a step-by-step approach of FAO WFU which included launching a FAO WFU Pilot Programme. The final decision on the establishment of FAO WFU is expected to be made at the FAO Conference in 2021 based on the outcome of the FAO WFU pilot programme.

We are planning to launch the FAO WFU Pilot Programme at Pukyong National University in March 2020. Unlike the first phase of Pilot Programme which was implemented independently by the government of Republic of Korea, the FAO WFU Pilot Programme will be a joint pilot programme with FAO through the MOU between FAO and the government of Republic or Korea concluded in June 2019. The conclusion of the MOU and successful implementation of the FAO WFU Pilot Programme will be a steppingstone to its formal establishment as an international organization.

The FAO WFU Pilot Programme will last for 18 months, delivering on a Master’s degree course of Fisheries Science during three semesters. The course consists of three majors: Aquaculture Technology, Fisheries Resources Management, Fisheries Social Science. A total of 30 students will be subject to this course, 10 of whom will be assigned respectively into each major considering their priority and other matters. Due to the small class size of the course (low student-to-faculty ratio) each student receives the maximum resources and attention of the faculty. Moreover, the student body is highly diverse with students coming from various countries, which will help the students experience multicultural environment and therefore build up a global human network.

We look forward to welcoming excellent students to contribute to national and international development and the goodness of the international community.


To create a world by securing human well-being and improving the welfare of poor and disadvantaged communities in developing countries, through providing overseas aid aimed at the development of human resources, especially in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.


To educate students from Member States to strengthen their managerial and technical capacities through the FAO WFU Graduate Pilot Programme.

We aim to make a significant contribution to facilitate international cooperation and to expand the networks of students who graduate from the FAO WFU Graduate School.


  • Academic duration: March 2, 2020 ~ August 31, 2021 (18 months)


The education provided by the Master’s degree program is in accordance with the international standard. This includes introducing advanced practices and knowledge in global fisheries and offering capacity building to gain a comprehensive understanding of and in response to international standards and key issues, such as acquiring fisheries and aquaculture technologies, training, policy making and management skills development, prevention of IUU fishing, etc. Courses cover not only specialized theoretical education, but also include field training and experiments to provide an in-depth perspective. The universities and research institutes in the field of fisheries will cooperate to allow students to utilize their scientific equipment.

  • Section of Units
    Section of Units
    Aquaculture Technology Fisheries Resource Management Fisheries Social Science
    Common course Aquaculture Systems and Management, Fisheries Stock Assessment, Fisheries Economics and Trade, Fisheries Management and Governance, Thesis Research Methodologies
    Compulsory courses infish Aquaculture Principles of Inland Fisheries Small Scale and Subsistence Fisheries
    Crustacean and Molluscan Aquaculture Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries Blue Growth and Economy
    Seafood Disease and Safety Fisheries Technology and Operations Thesis Research
    Thesis Research Thesis Research
    Compulsory courses Principles of Inland Fisheries Finfish Aquaculture Finfish Aquaculture
    Small Scale and Subsistence Fisheries Small Scale and Subsistence Fisheries Principles of Inland Fisheries
    Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries Crustacean and Molluscan Aquaculture Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries
    Fisheries Technology and Operations Seafood Disease and Safety Fisheries Technology and Operations
    Blue Growth and Economy Blue Growth and Economy Seafood Disease and Safety
    Crustacean and Molluscan Aquaculture
  • Faculty
    • FAO, the government of Republic of Korea, Busan Metropolitan City, and PKNU have undertaken extensive efforts to prepare and collaborate in developing the FAO WFU Graduate School Pilot Programme. The Graduate School’s faculty include a broad international network of external scholars and professionals

How to Apply

  • Admissions Process
    • Minimum Eligibility Requirements
      • A national of a developing country
        • Applicants’ parents must not be Korean nationals and have a double nationality including Korea.
      • A holder of a Bachelor’s Degree
      • High level of language competence in English enough to understand lectures delivered in English and write a dissertation in English
      • Computing competence at least MS ? Office
      • No blood relations with FAO staff and capability to adapt to a multicultural environment
    • Preferential Conditions
      • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
      • Working experiences in a related field or governmental official
      • A recommendation letter from a head of a related governmental organization
      • A score of internationally recognized English tests (TOEFL, IELTS)
      • A certificate of Microsoft Office specialist
        • Preferential conditions shall be taken into account by the screening committee for the final selection.
  • Required Documents
  • Admission Process
    Admission Process
    Step1. 2020 Application Period (September 9 ~ October 31, 2019)
    Step2. Document Screening (November 4 ~ November 15, 2019)
    Step3. Final Admission Notification (December 20, 2019)
    Step4. Traveling Support to Busan (January ~ February, 2020)
    Step5. Admission (March 2, 2020)
  • Application Submission
    • Postal address: Administration Office of Graduate School of FAO WFU, 604 Hanmir bldg, Pukyong National University, 365, Sinseon-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 48547, Republic of Korea
    • E-mail address:
    • Contact: +82-51-629-6683
    • Applicants should send the application forms and other documents both by e-mail (photocopies acceptable) and by post (original documents). The original documents should arrive by post no later than the deadline date, October 31, 2019.
    • Application forms and other related document forms can be downloaded at and
    • For further details, please go to the website:

Support Services

  • Travel to Korea
    • The Graduate School of WFU Programme arranges and pays for round-trip to and from Korea.
    • The participant is responsible for the issuance of the required ‘Study Abroad Visa [D-2].
  • Expenses for study and living

    The following expenses will be covered by MOF (Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries)-PKNU during the student’s stay in Korea.

    • Tuition fee
    • Accommodation (including two meals)
    • Monthly Living allowance: 618,000 won(about USD 550)
  • Insurance
    • The Graduate School of FAO WFU will cover insurance for cases of illness or accidents during the students’ stay in Korea.
    • The Graduate School of FAO WFU will cover insurance for cases of illness or accidents during the students’ stay in Korea.
    • Required documents for an imbursement: a prescription with a disease code, a receipt from both a hospital (detailed specification included) and a pharmacy
    • Students are required to submit the documents mentioned above to the administration office so that the office files a claim for the imbursement.