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This is a Korean name; the family name is Chung.
Chung Un-chan

Assumed office 
29 September 2009
President Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Han Seung-soo

Born 29 February 1948 (1948-02-29) (age 61)
Gongju, Korea (now South Korea)
Political party None
Alma mater Seoul National University
Miami University
Princeton University
Profession Economist
Korean name
Hangul 정운찬
Revised Romanization Jeong Un-chan
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Unch'an

Chung Un-chan (born on February 29, 1946 in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea) is the current Prime Minister of South Korea. He was a professor of Seoul National University from 1978 to 2009, until he was designated to the Prime Minister, serving as the president of the university from July 2002 to July 2006.


Professional life

Academic career

Prior to his appointment as SNU president, Dr. Chung was Dean of the College of social sciences in the first half of 2002. From 1993 to 1994, he was Associate Dean at the College. Dr. Chung was a visiting associate professor at the University of Hawaii in 1983, a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics from 1986 to 1987, and a Visiting Professor at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (Germany) in 1999. Dr. Chung earned a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University in 1970, and an M.A. in Economics from Miami University (Ohio) in 1972. In 1978, Dr. Chung was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University. In October 2004, Dr. Chung was awarded an Honorary Degree in International Education at the Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia. Dr. Chung continues to write and conduct research in macroeconomics and financial markets. He has numerous publications in both Korean and English.

Public official and educational administrator

Dr. Chung has held senior positions in government commissions and private research institutions. In 2002, Dr. Chung was Chairman of the Committee on National Pension Development. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Chairman of the Financial Development Committee at the Ministry of Finance and Economy. Since 1996, Dr. Chung has served as Director of the Suam Educational and Cultural Foundation. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Chung was Director of the Korea Council of Economic and Social Research Institutes. And from 1998 to 1999, Dr. Chung was President of the Korean Money and Finance Association. In addition, Dr. Chung was a senior advisor for the Seoul Metropolitan Government's Policy Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997.

Dr. Chung began his academic career as a Business Associate and Assistant Professor at Columbia University from 1976 to 1978. After three years of teaching Money and Financial Markets at the University, Dr. Chung returned to Seoul National University in late 1978, where he has taught for 27 years on the Faculty of Economics.


Prime Minister

In 29 September 2009, He was appointed the Prime Minister of South Korea.

Private life

Chung is a big fan of baseball. He is a fan of Doosan Bears, a Korean baseball team, and New York Yankees.[1]


  1. ^ (Korean) 정운찬 총장은 야구狂

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Lee Ki-joon
President of Seoul National University
Succeeded by
Lee Jang-moo
Political offices
Preceded by
Han Seung-soo
Prime Minister of South Korea


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