Another 23 Posting in 'Korea news' Category

  1. 2016.05.18 SNU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Signs MoU with Gwanak District
  2. 2016.05.13 Korea University Holds the 111th Anniversary Ceremony and KU People’s Day
  3. 2016.05.13 What University Presidents of Korea, China, Japan, Nordic and Benelux Countries Are Saying about the Future of Education
  4. 2016.05.13 Launching the ‘Good Corps’ for North Korean Refugees
  5. 2016.05.13 IUFoST Elects Professor Hyun Jin Park as a New Fellow
  6. 2016.05.13 Learning to Live Together as a Community in a Loaf of Bread at KU Bakery
  7. 2016.05.13 New Technology Easily Identifies Fake Goods
  8. 2016.05.13 A research team led by Prof. Chang-Soo Han develops pressure sensors inspired by human skin and sensory organs.
  9. 2016.05.13 KOSAC President, Cheon-gu Heo Donates 1 Billion Won to His Alma Mater.
  10. 2016.05.13 Events held to mark the 56th Anniversary of the 4.18 Korea University
  11. 2016.05.13 Hyundai Heavy Industries Announces Competitiveness Enhancement Measures
  12. 2016.05.11 POSCO participates in Offshore Technology Conference 2016
  13. 2016.05.10 Jeju’s Oh Young-hoon appointed Minjoo vice floor leader
  14. 2016.05.10 “Group tourists from Busan and Chungbuk are flocking to Ulsan”… 1,400 people
  15. 2016.05.10 The Seoul Metropolitan Government will take heed to foreign residents’ difficulties
  16. 2016.05.10 Seoul, establishment of a ‘Rain water village’ district where they do not throw away precious rain water
  17. 2016.05.10 20th Seoul book discussion ‘ together’ Discussion on ‘how to co-exist with AI’ Author of Sapiens
  18. 2016.05.10 Free Outdoor Movie Screenings at Busan Cinema Center
  19. 2016.05.10 Exemption from a re-entry ban for voluntary departure
  20. 2016.05.10 Enhanced IT exchange between Daegu and Vietnam
  21. 2016.05.10 Nambu Swimming Stadium For Main Staidum Of 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships
  22. 2016.05.10 CNU’s May 18 Research Center to hold Symposium
  23. 2016.05.10 Gwangju City Sets Up Water Quality Alarming System

On April 29, SNU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gwanak district office, Seoul Veterinary Medicine Association and pet food company Mammi Dr.

The four organizations announced that they will cooperate to establish infrastructure in Gwanak district for animal protection, pet adoption and the prevention of animal abuse and pet abandonment. Furthermore, there will also be programs on animal rights to help establish a better understanding of pet culture. With over 10 million pets in South Korea, the recent agreement tries to tackle the issues that arise from the absence of an established pet culture and aims to make the district a more accommodating environment for animals and pet owners.

The recent announcement is not the first initiative by SNU VMTH to promote pet culture. The hospital has already seen positive response from the Gwanak community with its lectures on pet culture titled, “A Happy Life with Pets” taught by professors and animal experts from the hospital. The eight-week lecture series began on March 30, and is held at the Gwanak Life-long Learning Center. The recent announcement of the MOU is a continuation of the hospital’s efforts to establish pet culture in the district.

Starting from June, VMTH will further expand on its programs in Gwanak district with programs such as “Pet Culture Lecture” in town centers and classes in elementary schools on animal rights and protection.

Regarding the recent initiative on promoting pet culture, Gwanak district mayor Yoo Jong-pil stated, “The four organizations have a common goal in creating a positive environment for both people and pets. With the cooperation between the private and public sector, we will promote effective policies that will increase the quality of life for pet owners and district residents.”

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Presidents of overseas universities join to celebrate the school’s 111th anniversary

KU Pride Club Lounge for donors opens

On May 5th at 10:30 a.m., Korea University and the Korea University Alumni Association held the school’s 111th Anniversary Ceremony and KU People’s Day on the main lawn in front of Korea University’s Main Hall. Presidents of several distinguished overseas universities attended the celebration. President Liu Wei of Renmin University of China and Rector Rik Torfs of KU Leuven of Belgium delivered congratulatory remarks. About 30 interested persons from 12 different overseas universities in 9 countries including China, Japan, and countries in Benelux and Northern Europe also attended the ceremony.

President Liu Wei of Renmin University in his speech said, “Today, each and every country in the world is part of the global community, and universities, in such a global village of today, must nurture talented individuals, contribute to social renovation, carry out the important functions of international exchange, and serve as the basis for national and global development. Exchanges between universities allow different cultures, from diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, to meet and collide with each other, and from such collision, harmonization and amalgamation become possible. In other words, such exchanges enable societies to cooperate in resolving great challenges the world faces today.” He congratulated Korea University on its 111th anniversary by saying, “I anticipate that international exchange among universities will continue to flourish and contribute to the world and humanity. I also hope for the continuation of exchange and cooperation between Renmin University and Korea University.”

Rector Rik Torfs of KU Leuven, in celebration of Korea University’s 111th anniversary and hoping for a bright future that positive changes will bring, said, “As I mentioned at the meeting of the East Asia-Nordic/Benelux University Consortium established here yesterday, I look forward to witnessing unique potentialities and great synergistic effects. The amount of energy required to found a university must be huge to the extent that it is not possible to measure it clearly, but what is certain are the vision to the future, intellectual boldness and unimaginable hope.” 

Jaeho Kim, Chairman of the Korea University Foundation, emphasizing the importance of cooperation for the fulfillment of the goal, said, “Korea University has gained respect from the public for the sacrifices and contributions made by its graduates for the sake of the country and the people. And now, the school is asked to lead innovation and change which cannot be carried out by others. Korea University must emerge as a world-class university, serving not only the country, but the world and humanity as well. In order for this to happen, dedication and effort from all members of the Korea University are a must.” 

Jaeho Yeom, President of Korea University, went on to say, “The future always communicates with history through the medium of the present. However, universities in this country today no longer talk about hopes and dreams for the future, not being able to escape from the challenges of reality. They hesitate to adopt necessary changes because of various regulations and uncertainty about the future. Young people, on the other hand, are feeling despair, as they believe that their future cannot be changed through education. From now on, Korea University must play a leading role in taking up the challenges and moving forward for a better future with the spirit of ‘saving the nation through education’. As Korea University led educational reforms 111 years ago in an effort to facilitate the process of modernization in this country, it should again lead changes in university education for the future. We must not become complacent of our achievements, but rather strive to break new ground to create a better tomorrow.”

After mentioning various programs being implemented by Korea University for educational reform, President Yeom further stated, “As our pioneers led the Education to Save the Nation Movement 110 years ago in order to overcome a national crisis and prepare for their own future, we stand at this turning point in history, where, once again, we have to predict and prepare for the future. Let us embrace innovation and change the future of our education with our very own hands.”

Hak-Soo LEE, President of the Korea University Alumni Association, said, “We are here today, not just to celebrate the history of Korea University, but to strengthen the sense of duty and will it must embrace in order to become a world-renowned university. In this new, ever-changing era, Korea University must take the lead in introducing change and innovation. I hope that Korea University, which has been a symbol of higher education in Korea thus far, becomes a symbol of innovation in the movement of university reform in today’s global era.”

In commemoration of Korea University’s 111th anniversary, the ceremony also named the recipients of the following awards: ▲ the Crimson Award (Development Achievement Award), ▲ the Social Services Award, ▲ the Achievement Award, ▲ the Outstanding Lecture Award, ▲ the Employee Achievement Award, ▲ the KU Family Award, ▲ the Long-term Service Award, and ▲ the Role Model Award.

The Social Services Award was presented to Young-Hee Choi, CEO of Sungchang Industries Co., Ltd. (Political Science and International Relations, ’52). After working as a volunteer with the Korea National Red Cross in 1968, for the past 48 years, Ms. Choi has devoted herself to volunteering for organizations such as Yejiwon and Seongnam City Women’s Council, for adolescent heads of household and senior citizens who live alone, as well as for the poor and neglected in the community.

The Crimson Award, which recognizes the achievements of those who have consistently contributed to the school’s development, went to Yang-Hyun Kim, CEO of Samwon Industrial Co., Ltd.; Hwi-Seong Yoo, a graduate of Commercial Science; Yoon Kim, Chairman and CEO of Samyang Holdings Corporation; and Myung-Ho Seung, Chairman of Dongwha Group.

Yang-Hyung Kim (Public Administration, ’56) has continuously made donations to Korea University’s law students and has given generous support for the development of the Department of Public Administration. His donations were used to fund the construction of a building for students preparing for the Civil Service Examination.

Hwi-Seong Yoo (Commercial Science, ’58) expressed great joy in making donations by quoting a line in Sohak that good deeds will bring happiness. He has been making donations to support the living expenses of students with financial difficulties and to provide academic support and research funds for exchange students.

Myung-Ho Seung (International Trade, ’74) has donated funds for the construction of the Hyundai Motor Hall for the Korea University Business School. He has also made contributions to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in the university’s graduate school.

Yoon Kim (Business, ’72), who was unable to attend the awards ceremony, has continuously made donations to his alma mater and its students.

One the same day, in time for the school anniversary, the KU Pride Club Lounge (hereinafter the “Lounge”) was opened in Korea University’s Central Square.

The 78m2 Lounge was opened in commemoration of about 2,000 registered contributors of the KU Pride Club, Korea University’s micro-fundraising campaign introduced last year. This resting spot is equipped with a system that allows the contributors to find their name on the donors’ list. 

The KU Pride Club is Korea University’s micro-fundraising program aimed at building an improved future of Korea University. It was established on May 5, 2015 in celebration of the school’s 110th anniversary. Registered contributors of the KU Pride Club make donations each month, starting at KRW 10,000 and going up. As of today, a year after the launch of the campaign, a total of KRW 950 million has been donated by 1,997 contributors (7,134 registered accounts) is being used to fund various programs designed to support students who are enrolled in the school.

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Expectations to Generate Synergy and Unique Potential Ties between Europe and East Asia

Possibility of Merging University Diplomas into One

Under the slogan of Global KU 2.0, Korea University founded the East Asia-Nordic/Benelux University Consortium (hereafter referred to as ENUC) and hosted a commemorative conference. 

On Tuesday, May 4, presidents, officials, and researchers from 12 universities in 10 countries, including Korea, China, Japan, Nordic and Benelux countries attended the conference.

(* Korea University, Korea / Fudan University, Renmin University, China / Waseda University, University of Tsukuba, Japan / University of Copenhagen, Denmark / The University of Oslo, Norway / Lund University, Sweden / University of Helsinki, Finland / University of KU Leuven, Belgium / University of Amsterdam, Netherlands / University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

In his opening speech, Korea University (KU) President Jaeho Yeom said, “We need new horizons in education on the basis of academic integration and collaboration. I hope this conference brings us together to open new opportunities of cooperation and collaboration between Europe and East Asia. Let us move forward by creating great synergy with our unique potentials.”

Joon-sik Lee, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs and education minister, attended the conference to deliver his congratulatory message. Lee said, “An era that co-exists with artificial intelligence will come, which means that it is crucial for universities to be prepared to foster creative and talented intellectuals. Universities should be ready to meet the many demands of the new generation of university students, and therefore, put emphasis on the importance of dynamic networks. Today’s conference will be the foundation of this, and it is hoped that active academic exchanges will prosper for a constructive future.”

In his keynote speech, Jukka Kola, President of the University of Helsinki, congratulated KU on its 111th anniversary, and talked about the three “I’s” (Investment, International and Impact). Education investments at a university level lead to a better future. Universities produce numerous graduates; some stay and become researchers, while others enter the labor market and become workers who contribute to creating the future. They will attempt to make changes in a positive direction, which could generate a genuine influence upon society. In order to make that happen, we need to look deeply into the education methods. By hosting online mass international lectures and creating Internet education curricula universities will be able to offer various types of cooperation and collaboration opportunities. He also stated that there could be a possibility of merging university diplomas into one in the future.

Sunhyuk Kim, Vice President for International Affairs at KU, said, “Asian parents are still very devoted to their children’s education. This is because they believe that education guarantees their children’s bright future. Recently, however, there have been doubts on the roles that universities are playing. There have been intensified concerns on whether universities, as institutions of higher education, could guarantee students’ bright futures. Korean society needs diversity. The current Korean education methods follow the same as those of the days of the industrial revolution and we need to escape from them.” He continued to present what KU has been doing on education reformation over the past year.

KU introduced a flexible academic term system in order to allow students to spend their time on overseas studies, internships, and conducting domestic and foreign research. KU has also created the π-ville (Pioneer’s Village) which is an open space that operates 24/7, allowing students to come up with creative ideas. With regard to the scholarship program, instead of compensating and giving merits to those who receive high GPAs, scholarships will be used for those in need. The SK Future Hall, which is currently being constructed, will be reserved exclusively for discussions and for fostering students’ individual critical thinking in seeking knowledge and research. The College of the Future (tentative name) will be a division with a new concept that integrates IoT, big data, nanotechnology, and others, including the convergence of humanities and sociology. Representatives of each university who attended the conference sympathized with the direction of education reformation to a large extent.

At the Presidents’ Roundtable which was held afterwards, presidents and vice presidents from major universities got together to discuss the future of universities and higher education regarding the various challenges that all universities are facing.

KU President Yeom emphasized the importance of flexibility and fluidity in education. He also added that universities need to increase exchanges with industries and the government by mentioning the ties that universities and society have, and that business corporations are now facing an era in which they need to compete with universities in the R&D sector. President Yeom stated that, unlike the 20th century where professors were the sole providers in delivering information to students, we now have access to a variety of information via online sources. Therefore, we now have to create new information and build skills in providing solutions to problems by putting emphases on resolving new types of emerging problems. He explained that using intellectual energy generated through small group discussions in a new system would be a more efficient way. 

Rik Torfs, President of the University of KU Leuven in Belgium, said, “When we are to talk about the roles of future universities, we need to mention education, society, and research together by integrating the three instead of mentioning them separately in order to discuss various topics and issues. By doing so, universities can evaluate themselves and cross check each other on whether they are going on the right track. From a societal perspective, governments last for only 5 years. From a long-term perspective, however, the impact that universities can exercise is influential and more far-reaching.”

Jukka Kola, President of University of Helsinki, said, “There are various ways to collaborate between universities. The most important thing is not the method, but the quality. Students’ futures depend on the flexibility of a university. How to educate young intellectuals is of paramount importance. This is due to the fact that it is connected to the influence that has on the society. We are planning to set up a course related to entrepreneurship in all departments and I hope that many universities can join us in creating wonderful opportunities.” 

Wei Liu, President of Renmin University in China, stated, “There have been continuous discussions on the relationship between universities and government and universities and society. Universities have three types of influence, which are: influences on education, research, and society. Universities should never be isolated from society. Society expects many things from universities. One thing to note is that the freedom that universities have is relative. Universities need to keep a certain distance from the government and society, but, at the same time, they should not be isolated from them. Universities should not only contribute to the society, but also keep a certain distance to protect their freedom. In order to do so, universities need a lot of wisdom to maintain their independence.”

Shuji Hashimoto, Vice President of Waseda University, said, “In Japan, the pressure that society and the government are putting on universities is increasing. I believe that universities themselves should become more revolutionized. Of course, it is important for universities to progress in ways that society expects us to develop. However, the roles that universities play should not be limited to the society’s needs. We need to continuously think on how to overcome difficulties for future generations through education.”

Jun Ikeda, Vice President of University of Tsukuba in Japan, said, “The University of Tsukuba created a campus within a campus. Partner universities have opened their resources to us. In 1997, many airline companies created the world’s largest global alliance called Star Alliance, which enabled to them to increase travel stops through code sharing. Currently, the University of Tsukuba shares a system called the Course Jukebox with three other universities, which allow us to share over 150 lectures. Instead of being satisfied with being a good university, I believe we could make progress in advancing our universities by sharing resources.”

Dongmei Yin, Vice President of Fudan University in China, said, “Reformation begins with intellectuals, and therefore, the roles that universities take are crucial. The Chinese government is also promoting reformation and this will bring development opportunities for universities, as well as the Chinese economy. We need to enhance the education quality and students need to creatively change their way of thinking and acting. Since 2005, Fudan University has changed its education policy. It changed its curricula and opened new lectures to foster creativity and entrepreneur mindsets. Moreover, it encouraged students to cultivate convergent knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach and created a college of creativity. In order to move forward, students should develop and seek their individual interests. It is hoped that other universities could also generate opportunities in setting up education in which students could foster their creativeness together.”

Bringing the roundtable to an end, KU President Yeom stated that this opportunity enabled the representatives to come together and share common issues, challenges, and vision from participating universities and suggested a few plans that could possibly become the foundation of ENUC’s distinguished values and continued success in the future. ▲KU has over 1,700 professors and researchers, and by organizing and putting the research fields and research achievements of all professors and researchers from respective departments on a one page, the Research Portfolio, KU can share this with other universities in order to promote joint research. ▲For international joint research, universities can get together to make the most out of utilizing respective resources with global research funds offered by their respective governments and industries. ▲ Taking turns in preparing and hosting joint programs, such as International Summer Schools, will allow students to engage in broad networking and promote opportunities to share their respective universities’ innovative education systems. By suggesting cooperation for future education, the roundtable came to an end.

In the afternoon, under the theme “Potentials, Great Synergies,” group sessions were carried out, which were divided into: 1) Informatics/Computer Science & Information Systems, 2) Biomedical & Life Sciences, 3) Welfare Systems/Policy & Social Change. In each session, researchers representing their respective universities took time introducing what studies were being conducted in their universities that were pertinent to each subject and spent time searching for possible future collaboration in various aspects, including research, education, and administration, through intensive networking.

A session related to Welfare Systems/Policy & Social Change took place in a group presentation room located on the 2nd floor of the KU Centennial Memorial Hall. During the conference, which started at 2:30 pm and lasted for an hour and a half, seven professors (KU Professor Hyeok Yong Kwon, Professor Danny Pieters from the University of KU Leuven, Professor Heikki Tuomas Hiilamo from the University of Helsinki, Professor Ann-Katrin Backlund from Lund University, Professor Keyoung Dong from Renmin University, Professor Troels Ostergaard Sorensen from the University of Copenhagen, and Professor Lizhu Fan from Fudan University) participated and gave their presentations. 

KU Professor Hyeok Yong Kwon first presented on “Duplicity of the Labor Market and Korea’s Insider-Outsider Policy.” In his presentation, he mentioned the importance of the Insider-Outsider policy in the fields of comparative political economy and comparative social policy. He said, “Although it seems like there is a decrease when observing nonstandard employment patterns and trends, the nonstandard employment rate itself is, in fact, actually very high. Foreigners in the labor market are not under the protection of the social insurance plan and the very low rate of labor unions among the nonstandard employees is exacerbating this issue.”

The second presenter was Professor Danny Pieters from the University of KU Leuven who dealt with “Research and Teaching in Social Welfare System /Policy & Social Change.” With regard to teaching, he covered “Master Europe and Social Security and “The ELSS Researchers’ Forum, EFESE’s Plans Regarding Hybrid Education in the US”. Under the heading of research, he mentioned “Future Social Protection System in Comparison to Reality” and “Understanding of Mutual Social Protection.”

The third presentation, led by Professor Heikki Tuomas Hiilamo from the University of Helsinki, was titled “Towards a Society of Fairness and Equality.” He began his presentation by saying, “A nation has the responsibility to help its people pursue happy lives, and global justice carries the meaning of showing equal respect to every human.” He also said, “In order to create a society of justice and equality, setting up welfare principles that can be applied universally is the goal of global justice.”

The fourth presentation carried out by Professor Ann-Katrin Backlund from Lund University and was titled “Research on Welfare Systems/Policy & Social Change.” She provided an outline of welfare policy of social change and its response and said, “Scandinavian society, especially Sweden, is a well-known country for publicly establishing a welfare system. The North European society is still obviously called a welfare-state. However, its welfare system has been under strong political and economic pressure for the past 10 years.” She continued her talk on the tension that lies between sustainability and welfare.

The fifth presentation by Professor Keyoung Dong from Renmin University was about “Chinese Social Welfare System and Its Duty.” Topics on “The Structure of Chinese Social Welfare System,” “Two Main Social Welfare Systems,” and “Definition of Pension and Health Insurance” were summarized and dealt with in the presentation.

The sixth presenter was Professor Troels Ostergaard Sorensen from the University of Copenhagen who presented on “Recent Research and Education Activities in the Department of Social Science at the University of Copenhagen.” He said, “This will be an example of current and forthcoming research plans of the Department of Social Science. Moreover, I will talk about two things regarding the education plans for international students in the department of social science.” By saying so, he further mentioned the risk management of the social welfare system and global growth. 

As for the final presentation, Professor Lizhu Fan from Fudan University presented on “Social Science Regarding the Research on the Chinese Society in Fudan University.” He said, “The social welfare sector in China is engaged in an alliance of world class academic institutions along with scholar exchanges and it is functioning as one of the most prominent social welfare education and research institutions. Social development and public policy already have wide-ranging collaborative connections with many major research universities.”

In the meantime, a conference on Biomedical and Life Science took place in Cukoo Hall, in the LG-POSCO Hall, attended by professors from seven universities: Ji Hoon Ahn and Ho-Sung Son from Korea University, Professor Olov Sterner of Lund University, Svein Stølen from the University of Oslo in Norway, Tomi Pekka Mäkelä of the University of Helsinki, Mitsuyasu Kato from the University of Tsukuba, Lene Juel Rasmussen from the University of Copenhagen, and Zhexue Quan of Fudan University.

In his opening remark, Professor Sterner, who led the conference, said, “Biomedicine and life science are deeply intertwined with other fields of science, and biomedicine and life science indeed account for a substantial portion of the research projects of all universities.” Following the opening remarks, each of the participants introduced their research projects on biomedicine and life science from his or her university.

Professor Son first took the podium, introducing the guests to the history of the Korea University College of Medicine and its commitment to research and development. “The College of Medicine started as the Joseon Women’s Medical Training Institute founded in the early 1900’s by an American doctor, R. S. Hall,” he explained. He also noted that the college places a significance emphasis on research, thanks to which “Korea University’s Anam and Guro Hospitals have been selected as Research-Driven Hospitals by the government. Korea University is planning to establish the Future High-Tech Convergence Medical Center in order to boost interdisciplinary studies for biomedicine and life science.” He added, “It primarily focuses on biomedical engineering.”

The next speaker, Professor Stølen, said, “Life science is one of the top priorities for the University of Oslo, which seeks new solutions to health and environment-related problems by making investments to the field.” He also emphasized the importance of “interdisciplinary approaches in research,” for “thinking beyond the borders of each discipline enables us to solve problems that a single discipline alone cannot.” The University of Oslo plans to establish the Life Science Center in the Colleges of Science and Engineering, and of Medicine, as well as the university hospital, and to host the annual Oslo Life Science Conference starting this year, where people of all social standings can meet and interact.

Professor Mäkelä said, “Life science is one of the main research areas for the University of Helsinki,” which “has special focuses on the cancers, healthy-aging, brain science, reproduction, application of plants, food, microbial synecology, and has employed well-trained researchers for the research.” He also added, “The University of Helsinki will found the HiLIFE (Helsinki Institute of Life Science) in order to promote its research in life science and to facilitate its cooperative relations with the Health Capital Helsinki Life Science Hub.”

Professor Kato said, “Tsukuba city, where the University of Tsukuba is, has a research complex that has been systematically designed and built by the national government, and it now has over 50 research centers. Tsukuba is a highly globalized city, where roughly 5% of its residents are foreigners, and my team has researchers from 9 different countries.” He then introduced his current project to look for “a method to pick out carcinogenic cells selectively, drawing on the fact that they and other normal cells grow differently as the environment changes.”

Professor Åkesson said, “Lund University takes a perspective of humanities to look at issues in natural science in order to find solutions to the problems of medicine and health. Lund University is actively supporting the interdisciplinary studies of humanities and science. Linguists, for example, are now studying the question “What does happen in our brain when we speak?” with the help of bioengineering.”

Professor Rasmussen introduced the University of Copenhagen’s CEHA (The Center for Healthy Aging). She noted, “Denmark is one of the most rapidly aging countries in the world. The CEHA studies the question “How can the elderly have a healthy life?” in preparation of an even more aged society. She added, the CEHA is “a network, consisting of independent research teams on humanities, sociology, medicine, etc.” with the aim of “interdisciplinary studies to look for another set of new solutions”

Professor Quan was the last speaker. “Fudan University has 250 professors in a variety of departments who study life science and medicine. Fudan’s primary research area covers functional genomics and developmental physiology, and it also has two government-supported laboratories for nuero-biology and genetic engineering.”

As each sub-session reached its end, all the participants gathered at the Global Conference Hall’s Centennial Digital Library at 4:30 p.m. to have a wrap-up discussion, in which they shared what they had discussed in the sub-sessions. Professors from Korea University, who had taken notes of the discussions in each session, gave presentations in the wrap-up discussion, followed by a Q&A session.

Jounghyun Kim, Professor of Computer Science, made the first presentation on “Session 1: Informatics/Computer Science & Information Systems.” “Each of us introduced his or her research, and commented on it,” he said, “Although only parts of our research could be discussed due to time limitations, it was a great opportunity to get the big picture of what researchers from other universities do.” In his concluding remark, he said, “This session, hopefully, will bridge experts in this field. For example, Korea University might introduce Norwegian scientists to Korean companies. To build up, the network requires, of course, to base our research on a systematic and firm ground, and that is the challenge that lies ahead of us.”

The second presenter was Ji Hoon Ahn, Professor of Molecular Biology, who summarized “Session 2: Biomedical & Life Science.” “I have studied at Korea University for the last 15 years, and now I have this great opportunity and honor to introduce our past research achievements and future paths, where we can cooperate with one another.” He then proceeded to give brief and detailed summaries of seven participants’ talks. He first talked about the issues in medicine and bio-technology each university is focusing on, and noted that “although each had their own specialties, there were three research areas that interest all: cancers, brain and internal cell networks, and healthy aging.” This, Ahn diagnosed, “signals that all participants acknowledged that the essence of our research lies in the concern for humanity.”

Finally, Woojin Lee, Professor of Economics, summarized “Session 3: Welfare Systems/Policy & Social Change.” “Some introduced their own research projects, some suggested new research topics and questions, and some discussed the areas of the common research interests,” he said, and then summarized each participant’s talk. He also added, “Each speaker was given 10 minutes, but Professor Peter (KU Leuven) who served as the chair did a good job in leading the session, by adjusting the time allocation so that we could have more time for deeper discussions afterwards.” He ended the presentation, summarizing the topics covered in the session as “issues that befall many countries such as aging, population mobility and low birth rate, and big data analysis for social sciences.”

Following the summary presentations, Vice President for International Affairs, Sunhyuk Kim, added, “There are two seemingly contradicting proverbs in Korea: “The beginning is the half of the whole” and “One first spoon of rice never makes you full.” These sayings, I believe, explain the reason why we are here. Today, we all had the opportunity to get to know each other. Although I have only a limited understanding of others’ projects, we will endeavor to seek a better understanding. The most important thing to remember is that this conference should not be the end. Our distinguished guests, you have all made significant contributions to the conference, which is the beginning. I hope this forum will promote regional and global cooperation for future research projects – if we could do so, the time and efforts that we have spent here at KU would be a price worth paying.” Kim then ended his speech, expressing sincere gratitude to all the guests.

In the Q&A session that followed, participants asked questions about the institutionalization of the conference, for which the participants actively discussed the methodologies, topics, and scopes of their prospective collective research projects. Having agreed on the synergy effects of interactions in the academia, they then decided where to have the next conference, and the participants concluded the wrap-up discussion.

Korea University plans to host and organize 2016 ENUC in order to promote collective research projects, develop collective education programs, and fulfill collective social responsibilities of major universities in the East Asia–Northern Europe-Benelux region, with the aim of building a cooperative network, adapting to the waves of globalization, and fostering “pioneering intellectuals” who will lead the world in the future.

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Agreement ceremony held between Korea University and Korea Hana Foundation

Program is a part of efforts to prepare for a unified Korea by helping to improve perceptions toward North Korean refugees and to aid in the settlement process

▲ Kwang Joo Son, the chairman of the board of the Korea Hana Foundation (left) and Jaeho Yeom, the President of Korea University (right) pose for a commemorative photograph at the agreement ceremony. 

The ‘Good Corps’ aims to improve social perceptions about North Korean refugees and to ensure their stable settlement in South Korean society.   

On Tuesday May 3rd, in Korea University’s Main Hall, KU held an agreement ceremony with the Korea Hana Foundation regarding Good Corps programs for North Korean refugees.

Jaeho Yeom, the President of Korea University, and Kwang Joo Son, the chairman of the board of the Foundation for North Korean refugees attended the ceremony in order to launch the Corps.

The purpose of the joint endeavor is to ensure the stable social settlement of North Korean refugees and to improve social perceptions toward them. In the program, volunteers will collaborate with Korea University’s existing social volunteer group in a variety of education and volunteer activities. 

Korea University and the Ministry of Unification (the Foundation to Support North Korean Refugees) are collaborating on this project in order to support the settlement of North Korean refugees in South Korean society. The various activities stemming from the agreement include volunteer program development, consultations, volunteer management, education and training, and the reporting of corps activities through the production of the ‘Good White Paper’. 

The ‘Good Corps’ activities aim to go beyond one-shot events, encompassing a framework for consistent volunteer activities. Each of the Corps’ eleven teams will comprise North Korean refugees and three Korea University students for extra support. 

The teams will visit those in need of social support, such as senior citizens living alone, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged people living in areas under redevelopment. 

The Good Corps adds to Korea University’s efforts to support North Korean refugees. Since last year, KU has been operating the ‘Venture Academy’ for North Korean refugees. Refugees selected via strict document examination and interviews complete a primary-to-tertiary work training and attend theory classes and workshops with professional venture consultants. Recently, the Academy’s first cohort of twenty-three graduates completed the program.

Korea University President Jaeho Yeom stated, “Universities must work to resolve social problems. Training related to venture opportunities and to aid in finding employment will be provided for those North Korean refugees who are having a difficult time in getting a job.” The university aims to add to its roster of social responsibilities in order to prepare for a unified Korea and ensure the stable settlement of North Korean refugees in South Korean society.  

In pursuit of its numerous values and through its responsibility to foster a harmonious environment of diversity, Korea University will continue to take an active part in programs for those in need of support, including North Korean refugees and others in need. 

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IUFoST Elects Professor Hyun Jin Park as a New Fellow

▲ Professor Hyun Jin Park, Department of Biotechnology, Graduate School, Korea University

Professor Hyun Jin Park of the Department of Biotechnology, Graduate School (Department of Food Science & Technology) became a new Fellow of The International Academy of Food Science and Technology of the 2016 International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST).  

The IUFoST explained that Professor Park was elected into the Academy for his achievements in the field of food science and nanotechnology.   

He is currently a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and was designated as an Institute of Food Technologists Fellow in 2015. He is elected to serve as president of the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology starting in 2017.    

IUFoST is an international society that publishes journals and newsletters. The Food Expo and the biennial annual conference organized by IUFoST bring in over 300,000 participants from all over the world. Every year, they elect individuals with outstanding global impact and contributions to research in food sciences as Fellows.

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KU is the first university to employ developmentally disabled persons for its bakery. 

It may take longer for service, but expect great taste and sincerity

KU is the first university to open a bakery employing people with developmental disabilities. 

KU offers a wide range of opportunities for students to share diverse values. For example, North Korean defectors have a chance to realize their entrepreneurial ideas with the help of professional consulting through the KU Startup support program. Students can also experience the meaning of community life at the KU Bakery, managed by the disabled.  

The Korea University Bakery, managed by five developmentally disabled employees hired directly by KU, opened on May 2nd. It is located in the 2nd floor lobby of the KU International Studies Hall, which has decent foot traffic. Due to its accessibility, more students now have the opportunity to communicate with disabled employees. 

Hiring people with disability is a part of the “Employment Promotion of Disabled Persons” effort, a pledge made by President Jaeho Yeom. He said, “I hope KU students experience and share the diverse values that exist on this campus. There are students with disabilities at KU, and I want them to feel confident that they can become leaders when they join our society after graduation, and become progressive talents transforming our society.” 

The individuals with developmental disabilities became KU employees as bakers and salespersons. Four out of the five employed will be making coffee and selling products at the KU Bakery #3 store and the other person, who is a baker, will make bread at the production line. Two of the employees working in the store are licensed baristas. The service speed may be 1.5 times slower than other cafes, but the taste of their coffees does not lack a single thing compared to those made by other baristas. 

One of the new hires is a KU student. Dongjoon Lee is a 3rd year business student with Level 3 physical disability. He applied for the position, overcoming his severe condition, and was hired. He stated, “I want to show other students that people with disabilities are no different from them.” He hopes to continue participating in activities related to protecting the rights and improving the public perception of the disabled while studying and working.  

KU will actively support the store to invigorate its operation by placing orders for refreshments for school events and meetings. Profits from the store will be used as salaries for the disabled employees and any amount exceeding that expense will go to various program-based scholarships dedicated to disabled students.  

* Program based scholarship: Supports students to build their own vision instead of traditional grade-based scholarships. 

KU has built close ties with the social enterprise Bear Better, which hires people with developmental disabilities, sharing its philosophy and providing more job opportunities. Bear Better is already successfully operating social enterprises with developmentally disabled persons and was able to provide their experience on managing the KU Bakery.  

KU will continue to do its best to fulfill its social responsibility for the marginalized through not only support projects for the disabled, but also, startup support for North Korean defectors and child welfare for multicultural families.

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New Technology Easily Identifies Fake Goods

Professor Heon Lee’s team develops anti-counterfeiting technology using nanoimprint

▲ Heon Lee, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The research team led by Professor Heon Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering announced the development of anti-counterfeiting technology using nanoimprint.

The team’s anti-counterfeiting technology using nanoimprint enables users to easily distinguish between authentic and counterfeit goods, which are continuously evolving. 

This technology applies a laser on the surface of goods in order to determine their authenticity based on the characteristics of the transmitted or reflected light. Light travels in a straight line in a medium with a constant refractive index, and it is diffracted at the boundary of the two mediums with different refractive indices. The anti-counterfeiting optical diffraction pattern converts the transmitted or reflected light into desired shapes. Phase differences occur within the light passing through the anti-counterfeiting pattern, and the destructive/constructive interference leads to a diffractive image formation. 

If a resist with a different diffractive index is flattened at the top of the anti-counterfeiting optical diffraction pattern, relative phase differences of the transmitted or reflected light are maintained even though the surface may appear flat and identical to the naked eye. Professor Lee’s team used this property to produce an anti-counterfeiting film that is impossible to duplicate. With this technology, it is very easy and affordable to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit goods. 

Nanoimprint technology and a functional resist with dispersed nanoparticles are used to produce the anti-counterfeiting film with optical diffraction patterns. Using a common transparent polymer material such as PC and PET and a functional resist containing nanoparticles, the team succeeded in the low-cost production of an anti-counterfeiting film that is impossible to duplicate.  

The anti-counterfeiting pattern is made from transparent polymer and a functional resist with a different diffraction index is used to flatten the pattern. The anti-counterfeiting film is highly secure as internal patterns of the functional resist cannot be analyzed when decomposed by physical or chemical means.

The anti-counterfeiting film, inserted with an optical diffraction pattern, can be applied to various fields such as money, electronic products, branded goods, and liquor. When applied to packaging, the film can protect the reputation of the brand by preventing counterfeits and adding higher added-value to such goods. 

The optical diffraction pattern can be applied to ID cards, lenses, and bank notes. By experimenting with various materials, the team found that the smile and KU patterns could be clearly observed. An advantage of this technology is that various diffraction patterns can be contained in a small area.  

Since any image is possible, brands can choose to insert their brand name, logo, or even QR codes. The technology is more affordable than the existing techniques and has a high market value due to its wide range of applications. 

While most counterfeits involve branded consumer goods, the counterfeit market has recently expanded to electronic products, cosmetics, and various components. This has caused significant damage to many brands as counterfeits have become so advanced that they are often difficult to distinguish from the authentic products. Most counterfeits follow the design of authentic goods while placing different logos on the item; however, some use the same logo. In the case of electronic products containing lithium batteries, the use of fake batteries can not only weaken performance, but also lead to overheating or explosion. As such, the development of anti-counterfeiting technology is highly desirable and necessary.

Professor Lee said, “The anti-counterfeiting film has a flattened surface and the information is encrypted with an inverse pattern, making it very difficult to duplicate. The technology is expected to have a huge economic impact as it is cost-efficient, suited for mass production, and applicable to all kinds of materials.”

▲ Diffracted image produced from reflected laser. 

This implies that the technology can be applied to all products, regardless of their transparency.

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A research team led by Prof. Chang-Soo Han develops pressure sensors inspired by human skin and sensory organs.

The findings are expected to be used for various industrial applications.

▲ A research team led by Chang-Soo Han from the Department of Mechanical Engineering

A research team led by Chang-Soo Han from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering developed highly sensitive and patchable pressure sensors inspired by living cells of human skin and sensory organs. The sensors are operable with a low power supply or even without power.

▲ Ion channel pressure sensor (left); Detection of pulse and a sensor without power supply (right)

The ion channel* sensor, the centerpiece of this technology, is an artificial sensor mimicking the mechanism of living cells in human sensory organs. By using the kinetic energy of ion liquid, these wearable pressure sensors consume less energy (low or no power supply) and last semi-permanently; they require only a small number of electric devices such as an electronic circuit and amplifier and, as a flexible material, can detect the pressure of curved areas or various shapes of the human body.

* Ion channel: Pore-forming membrane proteins whose functions include gating the flow of ions or water molecules across cell membranes. Human sensory organs are composed of receptors and ion channels, and the brain detects the signals the ions in ion channels transmit through the nerves. 

The Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) and research team members stressed, “The research will lead to the development of a whole new sensor that can be applied to various industrial areas, including IoT, machinery, electronics, energy and environment. These areas are energy intensive sectors. The findings will become a core technology for creating different sensors such as the one mimicking the sensory organs of animals.”

Prof. Han’s research team (Korea University) was sponsored by the Center for Advanced Soft Electronics under the MSIP’s Global Frontier Project. The research findings were published on ACS Nano online on April 12.

* Article title: Highly Sensitive and Patchable Pressure Sensors Mimicking Ion Channel-Engaged Sensory Organs

* Author information: Prof. Chang-Soo Han (corresponding author, KU), Prof. Kyoung-Yong Chun (co-first author, KU), and Young Jun Son (co-author, KU doctoral student) 


1. ACS Nano 

○ A prestigious science journal, ACS Nano has published since 2007. NPG Asia Material is also published by the Nature Publishing Group. Its impact factor stands at 12.881, or 3.85% of multidisciplinary materials science journals across the world, according to the combination of impact and influence metrics provided by Thomson JCR.

2. Ion Channel

○ Pore-forming membrane proteins whose functions include gating the flow of ions or water molecules across cell membranes. Human sensory organs are composed of receptors and ion channels, and the brain detects the signals the ions in ion channels transmit through the nerves.

3. Receptor

○ A structure that receives and responds to external stimuli to open or activate ion channels physically and/or chemically. Various kinds (chemical, physical and mechanical) of such receptors exist in the human body.

4. Electrolyte

○ A substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in a polar solvent, such as water. In this research, three electrolytes were used to show different features of pressure sensors.

5. Pressure sensor 

○ A sensor measures the pressure transmitted by external physical contact with a unit of Pascal (Pa). In this research, pressure sensors detected motions using a low power supply in a low-pressure range (<1 kPa) and without power in a constant pressure range (10-20 kPa).


Figure 1

▲ The design and mechanism of pressure sensors mimicking ion channel-engaged sensory organs (A) Biological ion channels and the mimetic diagram of a bioinspired sensor (B) The manufacturing process of ion channel pressure sensors (C) A diagram of current responses to external forces over time (D) The surface of a high-molecular membrane with pores used as ion channels (E) Picture of a manufactured ion channel device (scale bar: 1 micrometer)

Figure 2

▲ Features of the electrochemical responses of ion channel sensors (A) The structure of experimental devices of ion-channel pressure sensors (B) The relative changes in current responses to each pressure (C) The pulse shapes of current changes to different pressures (D) Elapsed time in 715 Pa (0.5 Hz) (E) Current changes to multiple applied voltages (F) The stability of ion channel sensors at 10,000 cycles (G) Current changes to voltages for three different electrolytes (H) A comparison to other literature according to sensitivity, elapsed time, and sensing scope 

Figure 3

▲ The features of ion channel sensors with different variables (A) Current changes in the range of 0.5, 1 and 2 Hz (B) Current changes to pressure with different pore sizes of multiple ion channels (C) Current changes in ion channel sensors at different temperatures (D) Current changes in ion channel sensors at different humidity levels

Figure 4

▲ The detection of blood pressure/pulse in humans and the pulse of powerless sensors (A) Wearing the device to detect blood pressure (B) The blood pressure pulses of three persons with different ages (C) A comparison of blood pressure pulses (D) A diagram and picture of non-powered pressure sensors (E) The voltage curve for pressing (F) The voltage curve for folding

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KOSAC President, Cheon-gu Heo Donates 1 Billion Won to His Alma Mater.

With his 70-year-old belief in the power of virtue, Heo gives financial support to students in need. 

While he had made anonymous donations in the past, he now reveals himself for a bigger reason.

▲ After the donation ceremony, KOSAC President Cheon-gu Heo and KU President Jaeho Yeom pose in front of a piece of calligraphy. 

Cheon-gu Heo, President of KOSAC (Korea Soda Ash Corporation), donated 1 billion won to his alma mater, Korea University.

At the donation ceremony, President Heo (Commerce, ’59) talked about the purpose of his donation. “I want to help those with a good personality but who are in difficult circumstances and those who put aside their self-interest and understand the importance of social contribution.” He also expressed how excited he was to be visiting his alma mater after a long time. “I am very glad that I can feel the passion and energy of KU students. As a kid, I had to go through the aftermath of Korean Liberation and the Korean War. When I entered university, the April 19 Revolution broke out. All those hard times made me naturally be drawn to those in need, especially students.” He added that although his donation cannot be compared to what he received from the university and from fellow classmates, he wanted to repay what he owed to them. 

Using his donation, KU established a charitable fund named after him. From the second semester of this year, the fund will grant full tuition scholarships to five to six students every semester will. For transparency, the university will report details of the fund management and awardees. To select scholarship recipients, the university will abide by the donator’s philosophy of donation.

Speaking of his philosophy of donation, Heo learned the power of virtue from his grandfather who raised him. His father passed away when he was only three years old. It was his grandfather, a Confucian scholar, who took care of him and taught him a four-character Chinese idiom, ‘Yeo-Deok-Wi-Lin,’ which became the foundation of his philosophy of life. The Chinese idiom is about the power of virtue, literally meaning that if you get along virtuously with your neighbors then we will all become friends. Not only did his grandfather teach him with words, but he also lived up to his principle. In fact, his grandfather lent some of his land to poor neighbors at no cost. Positively influenced by the family tradition, young Heo always thought about sharing and giving. 

The donation ceremony was held on April 25 at Korea University’s Main Hall. During his speech at the ceremony, Heo explained why he decided to reveal himself. “Until recently, I have helped others anonymously. What made me disclose myself was my hope to encourage as many people as possible to participate in donation.” He continued, “My donation will not stop as long as I have something to share with others. I want to return what has made me successful. In this sense, I feel obligated to give my full support in nurturing future generations of our society and the nation. I truly hope that my donation will lead others into a virtuous cycle of donation.”

Born in Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do Province, Heo has anonymously made donations for local communities in the province, amounting to approximately 1.5 billion won. Among students in Chuncheon High School, his alma mater, he helped those in need by paying full tuitions for their first semester of college. After donating 1 billion won to the Community Chest of Korea last December, he and his wife, Min-jeong Kim, joined the club of large givers, Honor Society. It was his first time to reveal himself as a donator. 

In response to the donator’s speech, KU President Jaeho Yeom expressed his gratitude. “We will ensure that your donation is used to help well-conducted students to grow as people who can contribute to the development of our society. Including yours, support from alumni members are truly helpful to us.” As a token of thanks, President Yeom presented a calligraphy piece of ‘Yeo-Deok-Wi-Lin’ to President Heo. 

Graduating from Korea University as a Commerce major in 1965, Cheon-gu Heo is currently President of KOSAC (Korea Soda Ash Corporation), importer and supplier of American soda ash. He has been an entrepreneur for over 50 years, including several years at Sammi Group as a board member and several years as one of the founders of Goryeo Logistics and Asia Cold Storage.

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Events held to mark the 56th Anniversary of the 4.18 Korea University Student Movement: 

4.18 Marathon, National Salvation (Gugukdaejangjung) March, and 4.18 Monument Floral Tribute Ceremony 

Marking the April 18 (Monday) 4.18 Student Movement’s 56th anniversary, Korea University hosted commemorative events, including the 4.18 Marathon, 4.18 National Salvation March, and Floral Tribute Ceremony.  

The 4.18 Korea University Student Movement refers to April 18, 1960, when more than 3,000 Korea University students peacefully assembled in front of the National Assembly to protest the Rhee Syngman government’s fraudulent election. This in turn became the fuse that ignited the Democratization Revolution the following day. On that day, upon finishing their protest at the National Assembly, returning Korea University students were attacked by thugs of the anticommunist Young Men’s Association. The next day, after news of this spread through the media, enraged students and civilians took to the streets in nationwide protests that flared into the 4.19 Democratization Revolution. 

Korea University annually hosts various events to commemorate the 4.18 Movement that became the fuse for the 4.19 Democratization Revolution, On this morning at 9:30, the 4.18 Marathon, which was open not only to Korea University students but to the public as well, commenced, followed at 1:00 PM by the 4.18 commemorative National Salvation March with over 5,000 enrolled students participating. Participants started from the Korea University Central Square and, after paying respects at the National 4.19 Democratic Cemetery, returned to Korea University.   

At 10:30 AM there was a floral tribute ceremony in front of the Korea University 4.18 Monument. Flowers were laid by representatives, including Korea University President Jaeho Yeom, KU Alumni Association President Hak Soo Lee, 4.18 Democratization Movement Commemorative Business President Myun Joong Kim, Sukju (KU Student President’s Association) President Byung Sun Lee, Faculty Council Vice President Chang Sub Shin (standing in for President Jung Goo Lee), Staff Labor Union President Sang Jo Lee, and KU Student Union President Se Hoon Park. Alumni who participated in the actual 4.18 Korea University Student Movement stood together in remembrance of the significance of the 4.18 Student Movement 

“The 4.18 Student Movement was an event that clearly displayed students imbued with the spirit of liberty, justice, and truth coming together as one and thrusting through the front gate and beyond to demonstrate the duty and role Korea University students must assume and perform in the Republic of Korea,” KU President Yeom said, adding that “the brave stance to go up against injustice, denounce corruption, and forbid deceit is even more necessary in today’s uncertain times.” Concluding, he emphasized, “Korea University, which has stood at the forefront of liberty, justice, and truth, will continue to fulfill our historic calling and responsibilities beyond today and continue onwards far into the future. 

KU Alumni Association President Hak Soo Lee extolled, “The 4.19 Revolution, the first democratic revolution in our post-independence history, was sparked by the 4.18 Korea University Student Movement and burst into irrepressible flames. Through the 4.18 Movement, Korea’s democratization advanced and the stature of Korea University heightened even more within Korean society.” He also stated that “with the 56th Anniversary of the 4.18 Movement, my hope is that once again the April spirit vibrates within the heart of each and every Korea University member and that the stature of Korea University rises ever higher.  

The 4.18 Democratization Movement Commemorative Business President Myun Joong Kim, observed that the Daegu 2.28 Movement, Daejeon 3.8 Movement, and Gwangju Masan 3.15 Student Protest were the origins for the 4.18 Movement. In turn, the 4.18 Movement became the detonator and fuse for the 4.19 Revolution the next day. He continued by saying that “by launching the Democratization Movement Commemorative Business at this time, I wanted to invite the 4.19 comrades from all over the country to collaborate with those involved to develop the 4.18 Movement into a pan-4.19 event.” 

Byung Sun Lee, President of the Sukju Club, a gathering of all past Student Government Association presidents, noted that “56 years ago and throughout the many years that followed, many senior alumni before us had to shed blood and sweat to justly erect democracy. Thanks to those historic sacrifices we are now enjoying the privileges of a time where power and authority is judged by a democratic process termed election. Democracy is in no way provided freely. History teaches us that it must be cultivated with earnest dedication.” He added, “On this 56th anniversary of the 4.18 Student Movement I wish to share this lesson with all those present.”    

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced today that it will spur the efforts to enhance its competitiveness by implementing intense management reform plans including the voluntary retirement of manager-level employees.


An HHI officer said, “Along with the 25 percent cut of senior managers last month, the voluntary retirement plan we announced today is essential for our management rationalization measures in preparation for rapidly decreasing orders.”



In the face of shrinking shipbuilding work at its yards, HHI management proposed to the union to set up a management-labor joint emergency committee to improve the operation of human resource. Last week, HHI also implemented an organizational reshuffle by slimming down the number of departments from 391 to 305 by 22%.



At the same time, HHI started reviewing the efficiency of dry dock operations in a way to brace for the prolonged sluggish new orders. HHI set up a policy to gradually close docks which operate at the lower efficiency rate if low new orders trend persists.



HHI’s management rationalization plans also include the sell-off of non-core assets such as recreational facilities. HHI continues to make efforts to lower costs through the effective assignment of employees’ working hours and holidays.



HHI officer said, “With new orders drastically shrinking, we are now making our utmost efforts to steer our company toward new reforming measures that will address the current crisis. However, HHI’s business portfolio is well diversified with various businesses such as engine and machinery, electro electric systems and construction equipment. As our shipbuilding and offshore plant businesses accounts for less than 50 percent of our entire revenue, HHI is less exposed to risks related to the shipbuilding business. Moreover, since we have a stronger financial soundness compared to our shipbuilding competitors, we hope that the government and creditor banks will review our management rationalization plans from a more objective perspective.”

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- POSCO sets up an integrated booth specialized in WP products with clients 

- POSCO strengthens its marketing base by targeting the global steel market for energy industry 

Between May 2 and 5, POSCO partook in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2016 which was held in Houston, Texas, U.S. 

OTC is the biggest international conference for offshore operation technology, including technology seminars and exhibitions in relation to offshore plants and equipment. 

Since 2008, POSCO has been participating in the OTC for 9 consecutive years. This year, in particular, POSCO maximized its promotional effectiveness by setting up an exhibition booth with domestic offshore equipment manufacturers to promote finished solutions that ranged from World Premium (WP) products to equipment. POSCO and offshore equipment manufacturers have actively ventured to discover new clients together by holding technology meetings with Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies. 

POSCO configured the OTC exhibition booth, which focuses on technology solutions for thick plate and high manganese steel, and showcased various products and technologies to visitors, including four types of high manganese steel and 13 types of utilization technologies and component solutions. 

In addition, POSCO promoted technology agreements with material certificate authorities, ordering bodies, EPC companies and manufacturers in order to stimulate new orders for high manganese steel by strengthening networks according to the entire value chain of steel for energy industry. 

- Participating in Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which was held in Houston, U.S., from May 2 to 5, POSCO promoted steel products for major oil companies and global EPC companies and strengthened marketing networks with them. 

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Jeju’s Oh Young-hoon appointed Minjoo vice floor leader

Boost expected for Jeju-related bills

Minjoo Party lawmaker Oh Young-hoon, who was elected in Jeju last month, has been appointed vice floor leader for the 20th National Assembly, which officially begins its term on May 30th.

Floor leader Woo Sang-ho announced the party’s 11 vice floor leaders Sunday.

Oh’s appointment is expected to add momentum to the passage of Jeju-related bills, including revisions to the Jeju Special Law and the Jeju April 3rd Special Law.

As vice floor leader, Oh will take part in weekly meetings between floor representatives and discuss pending national issues during the 20th National Assembly.



Police suspect Chinese woman was murdered by another Chinese

Body discovered mid-April in Seogwipo

Police say they have reason to believe the Chinese woman found murdered April 13th in Seogwipo was killed by another Chinese national.

The woman entered Korea through Jeju’s visa-free system last October. Based on an analysis of statements made by people connected to the case, Seogwipo police say she limited her social interactions mainly to other Chinese here on the island. She reportedly stayed past the point of her mandatory departure date, until all official contact with her was lost in December.

The police have expanded their investigation to include all Chinese residing on the island, and they are continuing to analyze her financial and communication records.

Police are also inspecting departure records as there is a possibility the killer may have already left the country.



2nd phase opening of new JTO duty-free shop

More choices for shoppers beginning May 30

The Jeju Tourism Organization will begin selling more brands at the end of the month as it opens the second phase of its new duty-free shop in Jungmun.

The JTO announced earlier this year it would open its new shop in three phases. The first so-called “trial” opening period began in February, and the upcoming “pre” opening period kicks off on May 30th, after which it will be selling some 130 brands of projects ranging from cosmetics to fashion watches to home appliances. The final, or “grand” opening is slated for November.

The duty-free shop is reportedly 75 percent complete, with the fashion and boutique section still in the works.

All sections will open by the third phase opening this November.



13 groups awarded for oreum improvement plans

Part of province’s ‘one group, one oreum’ initiative

Jeju has awarded 13 groups for coming up with outstanding ideas to help improve the island’s oreum.

This is part of the province’s “one group, one oreum” drive to encourage organizations to come up with ways to make better use of the parasitic volcanoes.

The top prize went to an environmental group that enacted a number of plans to protect nature, like installing an environmentally-friendly wooden ladder at the entrance to its oreum.

The “one group, one oreum” campaign began in 2011 and so far some 140 groups have participated.



JNU women's track and field team brings home 10 medals, Two freshmen won a combined 6 medals

Jeju National University’s women's track and field team won an impressive 10 medals at the most recent university-level national competition, which was in the city of Moon-gyeong City in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.

The team won three gold, four silver, and three bronze medals at the national competition last week.

In particular, freshman Choe Su-mi managed to bring home three golds in what was her first entry in a national-level competition.

Another first year student, Im Ga-hee, demonstrated her promise as an athlete by winning bronze medals in the 400 meter, the 400 meter hurdles, and the 400 meter relay events.



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Busan – Apr. 24 (600 tourists), May 12 (400 tourists)

Chungbuk – May 8 (400 tourists)… Taehwagang Simnidaesup (Bamboo Grove), Onggi Village



The City of Ulsan announced that it has successfully attracted a total of 1,400 tourists from Busan (April 24: 600, May 12: 400) and Chungbuk (May 8: 400).


The 600 tourists from Busan visiting Ulsan on April 24 would depart from Busan at 09:00 using 13 chartered buses and arrive at Simnidaesup (bamboo grove) in Taehwagang Grand Park. They would experience ‘Healing Grove’ and have a lunch there. Then, they will visit Onggi Village and Onggi Museum.  


On May 12, 400 people would also depart from Busan using chartered businesses and arrive at Simnidaesup. They will have a pleasant walk and enjoy beautiful spring flowers in Osan Plaza and tour around Taehwagang Grand Park.


In addition, about 400 tourists from Chungbuk are slated to get on the train which passes through Osong Station at Jeungpyeong Station on May 8 and get off at Namchang Station. They will tour around Oegosan Onggi Village and visit Ganjeolgot Cape.


An official from Ulsan City said, “We anticipate that a lot of tourists would visit Ulsan during the Spring Tour Week (May 1 thru 4).” He added, “We are going to develop various tourist products by investigating these group tourists’ preferences and evolve into ‘Tourist City – Ulsan’ in celebration of the Year to Visit Ulsan 2017.”

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- A Seoul Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th with about 100 residents from Thailand (Thailand Ambassador to Korea as well as the community) at the Seoul Global Center

– Mayor Won-soon Park will listen directly to the difficulties and opinions of foreign residents from Thailand and reflect them on policy making

– The 26th Seoul Town Meeting since 2000, it serves as a channel to communicate with foreign residents

– First come, first served registration to join via email ( and via the Seoul Global website starting Monday, April 25.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will hold a “Seoul Town Meeting” where Mayor Won-soon Park and foreign residents from Thailand will participate in the Global Conference Room on the 9th floor of the Seoul Global Center at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10th.

This Seoul Town Meeting will serve as a forum to come up with tasks and directions on how to make Seoul ‘A city more favorable towards foreign residents’ by listening to the daily life experiences of foreign residents from Thailand. Thailand and Seoul have a close relationship through various cultural exchanges and friendship programs, such as the ‘Global Sharing Event’ or ‘Chenggyecheon Festival’.

As of January 1st, about 457,000 foreign residents dwell in Seoul, and approximately 1,500 of them are Thai.

Thai people are usually workers and foreign brides, and do not only live in Seoul, but also in highly industrial areas of Gyeonggi, such as Hwaseong or Pocheon.

Among professional life, labor, and human rights consultations given to Thai residents at the Seoul Global Center, employment, insurance, and salary-related labor issues took up the largest share, which means that Thai employees are suffering from harsh working environments.

The Seoul Town Meeting will be a place where such difficulties can be heard and reflected in policies, and where practical support will be provided, through Thai residents sharing a variety of information, and moreover, by having an opportunity to form a global community in Seoul.

The title of the meeting is ‘Hearing the difficulties and forming policy suggestions for foreign residents from Thailand who live in Seoul’ and will start with a report on the status of foreign residents from Thailand, and then move on to a free discussion, and will end with a wrap-up speech by the Seoul Mayor.

The meeting will be aired real-time via Live Seoul (, and foreign residents who want to participate can contact the Seoul Global Center phone number (Korean: 2075-4107, Thai: 2075-4142) or apply via email ( and on the Seoul Global website ( The application will be on a first come, first served basis, starting Monday, April 25th.

Meanwhile, Seoul Town Meetings, which began in 2000 and will hold its 26th meeting, has been a practical communication channel where challenges that foreign residents face have been heard.

Major policies which reflect the content of the Seoul Town Meetings include a capacity-building project to support Korean-Chinese, a meeting place for foreign-resident communities, and a foreign-resident Seoul correspondent project.

“Through the coming Seoul Town Meeting, we plan to listen to the challenges and difficulties facing foreign residents from Thailand who live in Seoul. We will also gather ideas about how to develop more effective policies for Seoul. In the future, we hope that the town meetings with foreign residents will contribute to creating a more global Seoul, where global citizens can lead their lives more happily,” said Gyusook Uhm, the Director of the Women and Family Policy Department of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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Seoul, establishing citizen participated first in country, 10 rain water village districts by next year

3 districts for this year to be selected upon a public contest by local governments and citizens applications will close by 20th May

Business information session will be held on 29th April (Fri), 4:30PM in front of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building

Through the rain water village district, to better the cities’ water circulation to revitalize the community

Seoul, will establish 10 rain water village districts where they do not throw away rain water which is our precious resource to alleviate cities’ water circulation, planning for 3 places this year with a budget of 1.5 billion won (KRW).

Rain water village district is an eco-friendly district where through rain water usage facilities sending rain water back into the ground instead of letting rain water to be thrown away through sewage systems

The advantages are that when watering vegetable or flower gardens or cleaning the yard, you could use the rain water and save water, lessen the water thrown to sewage and avoid floods. It could also revitalize the communities by having water saving as a common theme

This year, as an example 3 places will be selected through a public contest. The chosen places will have a work shop with the residents and experts and come up with plans and based on these plans construction will commence. The cost will be fully funded by Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Business application for rain water village district is open to all as long as you are a resident of the district. Application is to be submitted during 1st May (Sun) to 20th May (Fri) at the applicable local government water circulation safety division, persons in charge by hand or by email. Inquiries regarding applications should be made to Seoul Water Circulation Policy Division (☎2133-3761)

For further details of the business, Seoul metropolitan government is holding a business information session on 29th April (Fri) 4:30PM in front of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building block 1, 8th floor.

Business information session is planned to cover the objective of the business, how to fill the application form, procedures of the business etc.

Director-General of Water Circulation Safety for Seoul, Kwon Gi Uk says “Seoul is actively proceeding to tackle the water problems with water circulation policies created by climate changes and urbanization. And hopes that the establishment of citizen participated rain water village district can become an opportunity to expanding water circulation city”

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-Author of Sapiens Yuval Harari book discussion with Mayor of Seoul Park Won-Soon in Seoul (4.29)

-Discussion on overcoming of the isolation of humankind with science advancement on the subject of ‘how to co-exist with AI’

-20th Seoul book club ‘ together’ exhibition of books of discussion

Seoul, book discussion club run by the mayor himself and discussed with staff ‘Together’ is having a 20th meeting, inviting Professor Yuval Harari, the author of international best seller Sapiens on April 29th at the city hall main building multi-purpose hall with the attendance around 500 including of management and staff of Seoul Metropolitan Government and citizens etc.

With the subject ‘how to co-exist with AI’, the discussion will be about what Seoul Metropolitan Government’ policy direction should be to overcome the alienation and inequality of labor, the alienation of human beings with the advancement of science. The main theme will be started off by professor Harari’s keynote presentation, followed by Mayor Park Won Soon and professor Harari’s special talks and discussion, ending with a book signing session with the author.

Professor Harari has studied World History, medieval history and military history at Oxford University and currently teaching history at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. The author of the well-received best seller was translated in 30 language across the globe, published in 2011 with a bold and unique view, he has won the fame of the world. In Korea was published in November 2015 sold 120 thousand copies making it a best seller in Korea as well, an event that caught readers interest was also because of the Go game with Lee Se Dol and Alpha go in Seoul.

Book discussion club ‘Together’ consist of Seoul Metropolitans’ management and staff with the objective of ‘Finding a direction in the books we read together’ started in March 2012, selected books by administrative policies and invited relevant authors for discussion contributing to the culture of reading.

Coming to the 20th anniversary 500 members of Seoul metropolitan book club through Seoul library was invited to the event, and exhibition of the books that has been discussed will also be exhibited in ‘Sengak Maru’ exhibition area from 3rd May to 29th May

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○Period: Designated Wednesday May 4 – September 21, 2016, 8p.m.

○Venue: Busan Cinema Center

○Free admission

○For more info.: (051) 780-6000, 780-6080


Beginning in the summer of 2012, ‘Free Outdoor Movie Screenings have been held at the Busan Cinema Center’. We invite all of you again this year to enjoy special evenings at the Busan Cinema Center.


‘2016 Free Outdoor Movie Screenings at Busan Cinema Center’ will be held weekly every Wednesday from May to September at 8 pm at the outdoor theater of the Busan Cinema Center. 


The outdoor theater, where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival are held, has 4,000 seats under a giant roof which has become a symbol of the Busan Cinema Center. 


Monthly themed movies will be screened at the 2016 Free Outdoor Movie Screenings at Busan Cinema Center’.


In addition, Children’s films will be screened during the Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival 2016 from July 19-24, 2016. The schedule of movie screenings will be posted soon. (Website:


The schedule of movie screenings is listed below: 

< Family>

May 4: 赤毛のアン グリーンゲーブルズへの道

May 11: Lifting Kingkong

May 18: Like Father, Like Son




Sat. June 4: Midnight Diner

Sun. June 5: Burnt


<Hong Kong Hero>

June 8: A Better Tomorrow

June 15: A Better Tomorrow II

Jung 29: A Better Tomorrow III



July 6: The Face of Love

July 13: Last Vegas

July 27: Le Week-End


<Fantasy Action>

August 10: The Hunger Games

August 17: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

August 31


<Movie Screening with Performance>

September 7: Sunnyside + A Day’s Pleasure

September 21: The Idle Class+Pay Day


This schedule is subject to change.

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Exemption from a re-entry ban for voluntary departure

Duration: April 1 - September 30, 2016

Place: Immigration offices at all ports of entry 

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On April 20 at 2 pm, two representatives from Vietnam—one of which was Director Pham Hung Vinh of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment—visited Daegu City Hall to discuss strengthening the information exchange between Vietnam and Daegu in the IT sector.

A delegation sent by the Vietnamese government, which has shown a keen in Daegu’s informatization urban disaster management, met with Kim Seung-su, Daegu Vice Mayor for Administrative Affairs, to discuss Daegu’s outstanding local e-government system. During a briefing on Daegu’s IT status, the delegation learned more about how the city is utilizing IT in urban management and disaster management. The delegation also made a visit to the National Information Society Agency.

The cities of Daegu in Korea and Danang in Vietnam signed an MOU on e-government in September 2014, an agreement through which automatic dispensers for civil complaint registration were provided to Danang. The city of Danang continues to offer automatic civil complaint registration services through these dispensers.

During the meeting, Daegu representatives gave presentations to the delegates from Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Development on the city’s informatization techniques in a variety of areas, focusing on its industrial complex disaster response system (e.g. urban disaster informatization, perception of leaks of harmful chemical substances) and cyber security policy. Daegu representatives also shared the city’s future plans for an integrated urban disaster response system.

Through its visit with the delegation, Daegu Metropolitan City hopes to create a strong foundation for local companies in connection with the project currently underway in Danang on the informatization of e-government in the urban sector (Danang Smart Urban Disaster Management System). Daegu also has plans to actively participate in exchange projects with other foreign governments. The most recent visit by the Vietnamese delegation was conducted based on an invitation by a local company. The delegation, which was in Korea from April 20-22, visited several local companies during their stay along with the Yeungnam College of Science & Technology.

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The delegation of FINA, led by the executive director Cornel Marculescu, visited Gwangju on May 9th to check the progress of the competition preparation after meeting with mayor Yoon Jang Hyeon. Reportedly, Nambu Swimming Stadium has been designated as the main stadium of the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.


Gwangju city has also said that the delegation required installation of an additional 8000 seats at the main stadium to make it able to accommodate at least 11,000 spectators.


Meanwhile, the water polo stadium will be built at the tennis court in Jinwol-dong, Namgu. Other major games including diving and synchronized swimming will also be held at the Nambu University Swimming Stadium.

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Chonnam National University will hold a symposium on the 13th commemorating the 36th anniversary of May 18th Democratic Uprising.


The symposium, which will be supervised by the university’s May 18 Research Center and May 18 Memorial Foundation, will be held under the theme of “Politics of May 18 and its History.”


In the two-day-long symposium, there will be various programs such as presentations and debates on the historical distortion of the May 18 Democratic Uprising, denial of the truth of the May 18 Democratic Uprising and a March for the Beloved.

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Gwangju Metropolitan City Waterworks has stated on the 9th that an improved tap water supply system that could guarantee safe tap-water quality has been set up.


 An official from the waterworks office said if the water quality goes lower than the appropriate water quality standard, an alarming text will be sent right away to the 108 waterworks employees and engineers including the director. 3 important standards for the safe water, hydrogen ion concentration, turbidity and residual chlorine will be strictly checked 24/7 in real-time. Reportedly, this system will be put into effect sometime this month.


Yoo Yong Bin, the director of Gwangju Metropolitan Waterworks said this is the first advanced alarm system in the whole nation and that he will make an all-out effort to provide tap water with better quality to the citizens of Gwangju.

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