The Overseas Volunteer Corps from Dankook’s two campuses made visits to Nepal and Myanmar to provide social services during winter break and practice the university’s guiding principles of ‘Truth and Service.’ The 35 members of the Jukjeon volunteer corps (led by Dean Hyeong-soo Kim of the Jukjeon campus Office of Student Affairs) spent 16 days, from December 23 to January 7, in the Dhading district of Nepal to offer education programs for local students. The volunteer group prepared educational materials in science, math, music, art, and physical education and provided a fruitful program for the 200 students at Dhading’s Sunaulo Bhairabi secondary school. In addition to regular classes, the volunteer group performed Korean traditional dances, including the fan dance, K-POP dances, and cheerleading to promote Korean culture. They also stepped up to take part in maintenance work on outdated facilities, such as repairing the school building, creating wall murals, and installing a water tank to store drinking water. Meanwhile, 28 members of the Cheonan volunteer corps (led by Dean Ki-hong Kim of the Cheonan campus Office of Student Affairs) travelled to Yangon, Myanmar for 9 days, from January 4 to 12. At the No 5. Basic Education Primary School North Oakala, the volunteer group taught 250 primary school students subjects, such as Korean language, science, art, and physical education. They also helped paint the school walls and gate, not to mention fix broken facilities to create a more pleasant atmosphere for the children. Along with volunteer work, the group presented the 450 students studying at the school with gifts of school bags, lunch boxes, colored pencils, paint, scissors, glue and other school supplies and snacks. Dankook’s Volunteer Corps, which were founded in 2007, have since had over 2,200 students and faculty members take part in service trips on 46 occasions, including in Cambodia (14 occasions), Mongolia (11 occasions), Nepal (7 occasions), Myanmar (6 occasions), Laos (5 occasions), Vietnam (1 occasion), Uzbekistan (1 occasion), and Indonesia (1 occasion).
Suhui Bang (Department of Healthcare Administration) topped the state exam for certified hospital administrators, which is conducted by the Korean College of Hospital Administrators. Hospital administrators are recognized as professionals that handle the administrative work needed to run hospitals, such as patient affairs, staffing, planning, management, and financing. More than 3,000 applicants aspiring to serve in the field of hospital administration take the test each year. Thirty prospective graduates of Dankook’s Department of Healthcare Administration applied for the 22nd National Hospital Administrator Exam last November and 29 students, including Bang, successfully passed, recording a high success rate of 96.7% compared to the national average of 68.5%. “Above all, as I graduate from university, I have gained a lot of confidence in passing not only the exams for hospital administrators and health insurance officers but also the national exam for certified health information managers,” said Bang, who shared her dreams of “becoming an outstanding specialist, which would be expected of someone who passed the exam with the highest scores, in order to contribute to the advancement of healthcare administration in Korea.” Meanwhile, Dankook’s College of Health Sciences has also recorded high success rates in national exams for healthcare specialists, exceeding the national average.
For the first time a Korean university, Dankook University, signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) last October with BIFT (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology), a prestigious university in the field of fashion education in China. The effort was led by DKU’s Department of Fashion Merchandise Design and the Industry-Academia Cooperation Foundation to promote exchanges in fashion education and make inroads into the Chinese market for exports. BIFT, a university based in Beijing, was founded in 1959 and has over 6,000 undergraduate students and around 400 graduate school students. The six ‘BIFT PARKs,’ a platform that integrates the fashion industry with fashion education set up around China, now serve as a model for industry-academia partnerships in the field of fashion by pursuing international cooperation, hosting fashion design contests, nurturing new designers, and offering tours of China’s fashion industry. Dankook’s Department of Fashion Merchandise Design has been preparing for student, faculty and educational exchanges with BIFT since 2016. Last October, Soon-cheol An, Dankook’s Executive Vice President for External Affairs, was invited to the ‘International Fashion Education Leaders Forum’ in commemoration of BIFT’s 60th anniversary and delivered a keynote speech where he introduced Dankook’s fashion merchandise program and capabilities in partnering with industries. Following the event, an MOU was signed with BIFT Vice President, Liao Qing, promising close cooperation in areas such as joint studies with DKU’s Department of Fashion Merchandise Design, starting exchange programs for students and faculty beginning in the second semester of 2020 and taking part in the BIFT fashion show. “The Department of Fashion Merchandise Design, the Industry-Academia Cooperation Foundation, and the Office of International Affairs worked together to create this golden opportunity to share Dankook’s capabilities in K-culture fashion with China,” said Soon-cheol An, who also added that “as student exchanges will begin next year, we look forward to exchanges in education spreading to the industry going forward.”
Working with companies in Pangyo, to play the role as a platform for entering the U.S. market MOU with Naver Happybean On November 20, the ‘Global Startup Innovation Center’ was set up in the second Pangyo Techno Valley to support entrepreneurship in partnership with the local community and to target overseas markets. The center will train entrepreneurs on how to make pilot products and also provide assistance for tax accounting, an essential part of managing businesses, in addition to offering support for promoting and marketing products. The center also plans to actively host events for building networks to start businesses to contribute to forming a culture of active cooperation with influential companies. The Global Startup Innovation Center is located at suite 165 of the Enterprise Support Hub at the second Pangyo Techno Valley. The 360.15㎡ space will offer users offices, meeting rooms and lecture rooms. The opening ceremony was attended by Dankook University President, Soo-bok Kim, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jin-woo Eo, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Soon-cheol An, and Vice President for Industry-Academia Cooperation, Kyoung-hoan Na, 30 students from the Family Business·Startup student club, CEO of Naver Happybean, Inhyeok Choi, Vice President of the Lotte Future & Strategy Center, Gwang-cheol Shin, and Seong-min Ahn of the Korea Productivity Center. “Instead of universities and the business field offering education on entrepreneurship separately, we set up the Startup Innovation Center off university grounds to build a cluster for startups and industry-academia partnerships that build synergy between local communities and businesses,” explained DKU President, Soo-bok Kim, who also shared hopes of “carry[ing] out various projects, including support for corporate IR, developing sales routes, building platforms for technology transfers, and attracting corporate subsidiaries.” Dankook University plans to leverage the Global Startup Innovation Center as a base for entering the U.S. market (research, product development, market testing, and attracting investments). Therefore, there are also plans to build global startup platforms together with KOTRA centers in San Jose and Dallas. Following the opening ceremony, an MOU was signed with ‘Happybean,’ Naver’s donation portal, to pursue social and public value by developing startups and social enterprises, implementing joint programs to support such companies and to carry out education programs for fostering and utilizing talent.
The Dankook University History Museum that showcases the university’s history of 72 years opened on November 1st. Construction started in February of last year and was recently completed as a six story building (gross floor area 5,432㎡) consisting of multipurpose facilities such as the Dankook University History Museum, a convention hall, an MOU office, museum storage, an administrative office and conference room, a café, and a parking lot. Dankook University representatives shared the need to build a university history museum when the university commemorated its 70th anniversary in 2017, and conducted a major fundraising campaign where more than 1,300 people took part in a funding relay including Chairman Choong-sik Chang of the DKU Board, former DKU President Ho-sung Chang, current DKU President Soo-bok Kim, other alumni and faculty members. The ‘Dankook University History Museum’ on the second floor of the building is an exhibition of 72 iconic moments that show the timeline from when the university was founded as Korea’s first four-year full-time university (1947) to the Hannam-dong campus days, opening of the Cheonan Campus, and relocation to the Jukjeon Campus. Divided into three sections, documents, photos and relics are displayed for visitors to experience. The Dankook University History Museum does not stop at simply exhibiting the university’s history, it is also equipped with a convention hall that can accommodate around 200 people and an MOU Office (3rd floor) to be used for international conferences, academic seminars, various exhibitions and venues for signing ceremonies. A museum storage (4th floor) and an administrative office and conference room (5th and 6th floors) are also in the building. President Soo-bok Kim said “the History Museum will be where we can meet the entire Dankook family who have made hard-working efforts and dedications to shape Dankook into the university it is today. I look forward to that encounter guiding us so we can march forward together towards new milestones.” The Dankook University History Museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Groups of seven or more persons can request guided tours of the exhibition. Reservations should be made at least five days in advance.(Contact: Curatorial Reference Office +82-31-8005-2069)
LOI signed at the ASU campus… ”To build a university like ASU in Korea,” says DKU president Soo-bok Kim Dankook University joined hands with Arizona State University (ASU), which ranked first among the most innovative schools in the U.S. for four consecutive years (2016~2019), to cooperate in the field of ‘innovative education.’ Dankook University President Soo-bok Kim and the Innovative Education Exchange Group visited the U.S. and signed a letter of intent at the ASU Main Hall on October 29 (local time) to embark on a journey of active exchanges. The ceremony was attended by DKU President Soo-bok Kim, Associate Vice President for Planning, Se-won Chang, Executive Director of the Big Data Information Service, Eung-kyo Suh, and ASU Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stefanie Lindquist, and Managing Director, Julia Rosen. The two universities will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and further outline details in the near future, such as pursuing academic exchanges, joint research and partnership programs. This agreement is expected to play a key role in preparing an innovative plan for realizing President Soo-bok Kim’s vision for advancement of the university, which was shared when he was inaugurated as university president in August. The vision includes building a digital creative campus, reinventing education based on the Korean tradition, realizing humanitarian education, and pursuing bio and health fields. “I learned about ASU’s innovation through the University News Network and became interested in relevant programs starting around two years ago,” said DKU President Soo-bok Kim. He added that “[we] hope to create an opportunity to contribute to cultural advancement and guide higher education in a future-oriented direction through active exchanges between DKU and ASU.” “Korea is known for its energy that has led to many global technology innovations that have driven the country’s development,” explained ASU Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stefanie Lindquist, who also said that “[we] wish to learn many things from Dankook University that has been practicing innovation such as opening the first second campus in Korea, introducing designing thinking in education and setting up an artificial intelligence campus.” Founded in 1886, ASU is a state university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona with currently around 103,000 enrolled students. It was named the most innovative university in America by US News & World Report for four straight years (2016~2019), and is globally in the spotlight as an ‘innovative university,’ being covered by U.S. media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
At 10:30 am on September 26, Dankook University held a ceremony at the Nanpa Concert Hall on the Jukjeon campus for the outgoing and incoming university presidents. Following DKU’s 17th president, Ho-sung Chang, Soo-bok Kim was inaugurated as the 18th university president and the first-ever Dankook alumni to be appointed head of the university. Chairman Choong-sik Chang of the Dankook University Foundation and other university officials, as well as 500 participants representing political, educational and diplomatic circles, attended the ceremony. Dignitaries included parliamentarian Choun-sook Jung (Democratic Party), Yongin mayor Kun-ki Baek, Soongsil University President Jun-seong Hwang, Myongji University President Byong-jin You, Kongju National University President Sung-soo Won, Seoul Venture University President Ho-gun Park, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology President Nam-kyung Kim, Director Nam-seok Hong of the UCN President Summit and Ambassador Csoma Mozes of Hungary. The ceremony started with an introduction on the outgoing president and his achievements followed by his speech. Afterward, the new president and his achievements were introduced prior to a handover of the school banners and the incoming president’s inaugural address. Former president Ho-sung Chang expressed gratitude to members of the university community who dedicated themselves to the advancement of Dankook and asked for “members to unite around President Soo-bok Kim and continue to make endless efforts and demonstrate challenging spirits for the further advancement of the university.” President Soo-bok Kim also said “thank you to President Ho-sung Chang who displayed outstanding leadership to prepare the university for the fourth industrial revolution,” and added that “(I) will build on the innovative minds of Dankook’s founders and its 72 years of aspiring and pioneering spirit to build a digital creative campus, establish a smart education support center, and open the ‘Dankook Renaissance’ by developing the Eurasia road for international peace. Serving as university president for 11 years, former president Ho-sung Chang consolidated academic units based on future competitiveness, strengthened the Jukjeon campus and boosted industry and academia partnerships during his term. “New leadership and energy is needed as we face transformation triggered by the fourth industrial revolution,” said Chang when he resigned from his post last June with 8 months still remaining in his term and added that “it is necessary to open up the way for new leadership to come in and guide Dankook university and its history of 72 years.” President Soo-bok Kim graduated from Dankook University’s Department of Korean Language and Literature where he went on to receive his masters and doctoral degrees. Afterward, he was appointed professor in 1985 and served as the Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in Cheonan, Dean of the College of Arts, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Cheonan Campus. Outside the university, he served as President of the Society of Korean Literary Creative Writing, Senior Vice President of the Society of Korean Poets and is currently Chairman of the Board at the Catholic Literary Society of Korea. His term will be for four years, which started August 26, 2019.
Professor Jeong-hee Cho and professor Bo-eun Yoon were selected for programs sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). ◯ Professor Jeong-hee Cho’s research on personalized cancer treatment Professor Jeong-hee Cho (Department of Nanobio Medical Science) and his research team were selected for research in science and engineering programs sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Research Foundation and will embark on studies for personalized cancer treatment strategies. Professor Cho’s ‘cancer molecular targeted therapy resistance mutation control lab’ will be supported with 1.25 billion KRW by 2021. The research will focus on systematically identifying molecular genetic mechanisms where the effectiveness of molecular-targeted therapy for cancer, a widely used treatment in clinical environments, is lost due to resistance mutation. The results will be leveraged in order to build a new ‘genome-based molecular targeted cancer treatment strategy’ that can suppress such resistance. ◯ Professor Bo-eun Yoon selected for the neuroscience original technology development program Professor Bo-eun Yoon (Department of Molecular Biology) and her research team were selected for the ‘Neuroscience Original Technology Development program’ to study the “development of control technology by identifying gender-specific pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders.” In being selected for the program, the research team will be provided 1 billion 365 million KRW in sponsorship funds over the course of 5 years. Professor Yoon’s team will look at the differences between genders regarding incidence rates and attack rates of neurodevelopmental disorders to secure regulatory factors that trigger gender differences in brain functions and secure original technology for controlling the gender-specific elements.
The Dankook University Foundation (Chairman Choong-sik Chang) held a board meeting on August 23rd and appointed Professor Soo-bok Kim of the Department of Literary Creative Writing as the 18th president of Dankook University. Kim earned his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from Dankook’s Department of Korean Language and Literature. Since his appointment as professor in 1985, Kim has served in various posts including Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in Cheonan, Dean of the College of Arts and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Cheonan Campus. Externally, he has served as President of the Society of Korean Literary Creative Writing and Senior Vice President of the Society of Korean Poets and is currently Chairman of the Board at the Catholic Literary Society of Korea. His term as DKU President will be for four years, starting August 26, 2019. The Foundation revised its Articles of Incorporation last year, changing the way the university president is selected from the previous appointment system to an indirect election where a Presidential Candidate Nomination Committee (hereinafter ‘nomination committee’) nominates candidates to the Board, which makes the final decision for designation. The nomination committee, consisting of 13 members including professors, students, faculty members and social figures, posted a notice on the president recruitment process on the university website in early July. Afterwards, three qualified candidates presented their aspirations for the university before the nomination committee. Kim spoke highly of the achievements of his predecessor Hosung Chang’s campus specialization effort following Dankook’s campus move to Jukjeon. The efforts, focusing on the four fields of IT, CT, BT, and foreign language education, was viewed as having contributed to sharpening the university’s competitiveness and reputation. He stressed that it is now time to continue the momentum by recreating the innovative spirit of Dankook’s founder and fostering specialists who can become leaders of the reunification era. In addition, he shared his vision to build an academic community that aims to practice the values of life and opening “the Dankook renaissance” by reviving academics and arts like the House of Medici that inspired the Renaissance in medieval Europe. Kim plans to form a ‘Smart Creative Campus’ to spark innovation in the learning environment by setting up a Smart Education Support Center and to focus on nurturing ICT engineers as well as to create a ‘K-Culture Station’ to further promote Korean popular culture during his term. He also spoke about fostering experts for inter-Korean human and academic exchanges and setting up a new International Peace Graduate School to contribute to world peace through Korea-Eurasia academic studies. The new president also expressed his wishes to make the campus a venue for learning, not only for current students but also for foreign students, foreign workers, office workers and public servants and declared to place top priority on customer satisfaction. Kim hopes to build on the noblesse oblige mindset of Dankook’s founder and further advance this by integrating projects sponsoring the university and establishing a donors’ park to reduce dependency on student tuition. His development plans also include building a health community alongside the university hospital and relevant academic departments to serve as a strong support for the entire Dankook family.
Faulty products that were being thrown out after issues in the adhesion process when making flexible OLED display modules can now be recovered thanks to new reprocessing equipment. Professor Kwan-young Han’s (Department of Display Engineering) team and ZEUS, a company specializing in display semiconductors, successfully developed reprocessing equipment that uses OCA (Optically Clear Adhesive) to save defective products that would have otherwise been discarded in the high efficiency flexible OLED display module manufacturing process. Flexible OLED Display modules go through a process where OCA is used between panels and tempered glass. The development of the new reprocessing equipment is expected to bring innovation as defective products resulting from adhesive errors, such as design flaws, process variations, insertion of foreign substances, or air pockets have been discarded until now, triggering massive losses. Through two years of industry-academia joint research, the two organizations succeeded in securing optimal process conditions to separate defectively adhered products conveniently without damage and clean and reproduce tempered glass from the defective product by using the new equipment. Technology to reprocess the separated panel is also projected to be completed within six months. The equipment, made with 100% domestic technology, boasts outstanding productivity that processes individual units within 30 seconds. “The reprocessing equipment has made it possible to convert modules with adhesive defects into quality products instead of being discarded like in the past, contributing to significant improvement in production costs and yield,” said professor Han who added that “applications for 10 technology patents have been filed in relation to the new development.”
The finale of the ‘Grand March across the Korean Peninsula,’ held under the slogan ‘Centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement, walking through the independence trail,’ took place at 2pm on July 31 at the Independence Hall of Korea. 90 participants started from the Cheonan Campus on July 24th and marched through key points of the independence movement in South Chungcheong Province including Asan, Yesan, Hongseong and Sejong cities over a period of 8 days, completing a 230km course up to the Independence Hall in Mokcheon. On July 26th, Governor Seung-jo Yang of South Chungcheong Province met the students to encourage them during their journey at the Chungui-sa Shrine in Yecheon which serves as a memorial for independence activist Yun Bong-gil. The final ceremony was held at the Independence Hall to celebrate 100 years since the March 1st Movement. Participants gave three cheers and joined in on singing the Independence Military Song to recall the meaning of Korea’s independence. They also visited the monument park where they took a group photo in front of the monument of Dankook Founder BeomJeong, Chang Hyong and paid their respects. “I am sure our students were able to feel the sacrifices made by independence activists as well as their devotion by marching. I look forward to this experience laying the foundation for them to become Dankookites that can practice truth and services, the motto of our university, and become the nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” said acting DKU president Jin-woo Eo in his speech during the ceremony. Su-mok Cho (Junior, Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering) said “it was tough walking through storms and the heat, not to mention the never-healing blisters on the bottom of my feet, but fellow students in the group supported each other along the way and it feels great to have completed the march together.”
The Jukjeon and Cheonan Volunteer Corps, made up of current Dankook students, visited Cambodia and Mongolia over the summer to deliver a variety of social services. From June 22 to July 2, 33 people from the Jukjeon Volunteer Corps (led by Dean Hyeong-soo Kim of the Jukjeon campus Office of Student Affairs) visited Prey Primary School in Siem Reap, Cambodia and carried out various education programs in art, music, physical education, math and science for young children. After hearing about how students were having a hard time going to school because of not having a school gate, the Volunteer Corps worked together to build a new gate and also delivered uniforms to the entire student body. During their stay, Dankook students used their spare time to put on K-POP and traditional Korean hand drum dance performances, too. They also visited ‘Dail Community,’ an NGO, to volunteer at soup kitchens and lend a helping hand in cleaning up the local area. This marks the 11th year of the Jukjeon Volunteer Corps visiting Cambodia to take part in volunteer work. Meanwhile, 35 people from the Cheonan Volunteer Corps (led by Dean Ki-hong Kim of the Cheonan campus Office of Student Affairs) visited Ulaanbaatar from June 22 to July 1 to volunteer in Korean language, science, art and physical education programs for children while also repairing facilities at School 134 in the capital of Mongolia. It is also the 11th year of the Cheonan Volunteer Corps visiting Mongolia. Members of the Corps contributed to improving the learning environment at the school by fixing sports facilities, painting school walls and installing LED signboards. Additionally, school supplies, including notebooks and color pencils, were handed out to more than 500 students, along with a donation of 6 computers to the school to be used for student learning. Since its establishment in 2007, the Dankook University Volunteer Corps has gone on 44 service trips, including 11 times to Mongolia, 1 time to Vietnam, 6 times to Nepal, 5 times to Myanmar, 1 time to Uzbekistan, 14 times to Cambodia, 5 times to Laos and 1 time to Indonesia with more than 2,100 students and faculty members in total having joined the effort over the years.
‘Dankook ranks 6th in universities with the most graduates serving as CEOs of a top 100 business’ rated by the Korea Economic Daily Business Magazine (Hankyung Business) Three Dankook graduates were found to be serving as the chief executive officer (CEO) of a top 100 business in Korea. Among universities that have graduates in the CEO post of a top 100 company, Dankook ranked in 6th place. In the cover story of the 1,230th edition (Jun 24~30, 2019) of the Hankyung Business magazine, three CEOs among the leaders of the top 100 businesses in Korea were Dankook alumni – Han-woo Park (Department of Business Administration) at Kia Motors (8th), Do-jin Kim (Department of Economics) at IBK Bank (48th), and Il-moon Jung (Department of Business Administration) at Korea Investment & Securities (85th). Hankyung Business stated that the top 100 companies were selected based on revenue and net profits and introduced the profiles of each company’s CEO. While the named DKU graduates have frequently been in the media spotlight, most recently, IBK president Do-jin Kim became Chair of the ‘Department of Economics’ Scholarship Foundation’ and delivered 105.84 million KRW in scholarship funds to current students last May. Il-moon Jung, who was the first publicly recruited employee to become CEO of Korea Investment & Securities, has also recently been in the media often. FN Guide, which provides financial information services, reported that, following Jung’s appointment, Korea Investment & Securities is forecast to see a 20% increase in revenues compared to the previous year.
Professor Jin-ho Choy and his research team at the Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering have developed a bio-transplantation device that delivers drugs through near-infrared radiation without the use of needles. The outcome of the joint research with professor Young-bin Choy of Seoul National University was published in the global scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) on May 23, 2019. The device developed by professor Choy’s team is a transplantation device that enables the administration of drugs through an external application of near-infrared radiation to overcome the difficulties faced by patients who experience pain or a financial burden from repeated subcutaneous injections. The device implants several sealed drug reservoirs in the skin that release doses one at a time when near-infrared rays are directed at them. With a single implant, patients can administer the drugs whenever necessary by exposing the skin for a short period (around 5 seconds) to near-infrared radiation. It is small and does not require batteries or a separate power device, making it convenient for transplantation. The core technology in this research is the ‘responsive membrane that ruptures from near-infrared radiation’ which was developed by the Institute’s professor Go-eun Choi and researcher Hye-yeon Park. The key technology of the device in the limelight is a hybrid membrane made of graphene-based nanoparticles and special polymers. “It is a new concept medical device that can significantly ease the inconveniences undergone by patients suffering from chronic diseases who require repeated drug injections over long periods,” said professor Jin-ho Choy who went on to explain that “it will be a breakthrough for patients with short stature caused by deficiency in growth hormones or those suffering from type 1 diabetes.” The research was carried out with support from the Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Research Foundation’s NRF Special Cooperation Program and Basic Research Program (mid-career research program).