Two Dankook alumni from the Department of Literary Creative Writing were selected as finalists in this year’s spring literary contests, the annual literary contests hosted by local newspapers for new writers. Hui-seok Ryu, who graduated this February, was chosen as a finalist in the Seoul Shinmun’s spring literary contest. His poem titled ‘Random Box’ was praised as a “song of our times that could only be written by someone who has experienced both success and failure” and was viewed as “a reliable [piece of work] as it pushes forward with poetic thought and a critical mind from beginning to end.” Ryu, who started writing after reading a poetry book for the first time as a high school senior, became immersed in writing poetry during college, fascinated by the beauty of contrast between text and white space in poems. “University was a place where my creative desires were endlessly stimulated. It was like a second home to me where the people I met shared a common love for creative writing, supporting each other and where I was able to passionately write poems,” said Ryu, expressing affection towards his alma mater. He also encouraged current students to “interact with the people around [them] and spend time pondering for productive writing.” Min-hee Kang (class of 2006) was selected as a finalist in the critical writing category of the Gwangnam Ilbo spring literary contest. Her work titled ‘A Topos called Convenient Store’ talks about the role of convenience stores as a place that instills meaning in the lives of characters and functions as a literary subject that embraces social and moral qualities. Judges said that “the greatest virtue of the winning work was how it goes beyond interpreting individual texts and displays a broader perspective that projects the entire field of literary arts.” Kang, who received her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from Dankook University, currently serves as a full-time lecturer at the Daegu Haany University’s College of Culture and Information teaching students writing and creative writing. Meanwhile, DKU’s Department of Creative Writing is attracting attention for continuously nurturing finalists for best new writer awards and renowned literary contests including Yeji Choi(class of 2014), who is also a graduate of the Department of Creative Writing and was chosen as a finalist in the Maeil Daily’s spring literary contest in 2016.
On January 2nd, Dankook alumnus Il-moon Jung (entered the Department of Business Administration in 1982) took office as President of Korea Investment & Securities Company Ltd. (KIS), a leading financial investment firm in Korea’s capital market. Jung’s appointment made headlines as it bears meaning with him being the first publicly recruited employee to take the chief position of the company. Since graduating from DKU, Jung joined Dongwon Securities (predecessor of KIS) in 1988 and spent 27 of his 30 years there working in the IB department in charge of investment activities. He has been praised for playing a “leading role in shaping Korea Investment & Securities into a reputable investment bank” and has served as a key executive in the financial sector, holding posts such as the head of the retirement pension department and EVP/head of retail business. “I’m excited to be president of the company where I first started my career but I also feel responsibility and a sense of obligation to make the company grow,” said Jung in a media interview on January 7th. He added, “I will be more actively out in the field with the thinking that it is where the answer lies,” as he shared his ambitions of taking office. As the leading subsidiary of Korea Investment Holdings Co., Ltd., Korea Investment & Securities has an asset scale of 43 trillion KRW, 87 branches, 2531 employees, 7 overseas subsidiaries and 3 overseas branches as of the end of September 2018.
For the first time since the licensing exam for speech-language pathologists became a state examination in 2012, a Dankook University graduate passed the exam with the highest score. In the spotlight is Hye-mi Yoon who graduated from the speech-language pathology program offered through Dankook’s Specialized Graduate School in August 2017. Among the 857 applicants who took the level 1 exam for speech-language pathologists, Yoon topped the qualifying applicants with 117 points (out of 140). (Results were announced by the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute on December 27, 2018). National professional licenses (licensed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare) are issued for speech-language pathologists, more commonly known as speech therapists, who receive training in diagnosing and improving various speech impairments and treat people experiencing difficulty with communicating. While preparing for the national exam, Yoon has also been acquiring extensive field experience working at the Children’s Development Support Center within the Junggye Social Welfare Center since 2017. When asked about how she felt regarding her high scores, she started off by saying that she “wants to become a warm-hearted therapist who can help people with speech impairments and be by their sides.” Yoon went on to express her gratitude to Professor Mina Hwang who was always there for her with words of support and encouragement whenever Yoon was feeling physically or mentally tired from studying for the exam. After encountering various clinical studies through both theory and practice at graduate school, Yoon says she continued to take part in study groups where case studies were shared with fellow classmates. Yoon says she aspires to become a devoted speech therapist by bringing together the fields of psychology, cognitive science and Korean language studies.
As 2018 came to an end, efforts to give to those in need continued during the holiday season. On Monday, December 31 of last year, Byung-ryang Kim, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, visited Yongin’s city hall to donate 50 boxes of ramen, worth around 1 million KRW. Vice President Soo-bok Kim of the Cheonan Campus also delivered 100 boxes of ramen, worth approximately 2 million KRW, to Cheonan’s city hall the week before on December 24. The donations of instant noodles will be delivered to low income families based on demand surveys carried out by each respective city government. “The ramen donations were special orders given by DKU president Hosung Chang in order to practice the university’s educational direction of truth and services and share growth with local communities,” said Vice President Byung-ryang Kim who added that “[we] will strive to become a university that takes the initiative in being there for those in need and extending a helping hand.” In November, volunteer corps at Dankook’s two campuses also took part in preparing kimchi and delivering coal briquettes to basic livelihood security recipients and senior citizens living alone to help them get through the cold winter. On November 9, the Jukjeon volunteer corps and student council visited basic livelihood security recipients and the elderly living alone in Yongin city to deliver four thousand coal briquettes and 80 kg of rice to eight households. The Cheonan campus volunteer corps and student council spent November 23 making kimchi for the local community, completing one thousand heads of kimchi cabbage to share. The winter kimchi project has been ongoing for years with around 60 students and faculty members joining in this year. The kimchi made was donated along with two thousand kilograms of rice to the Cheonan Welfare Center for the Disabled, the Chungnam Welfare Center for the Visually Challenged, welfare centers ‘Beautiful House’ and ‘Warm Nest’, and the Kiun Up volunteer group and Dogwangsa temple which operate free meal stations. “I’m sure there was room for improvement, it being my first time making kimchi, but it was worthwhile thinking that the kimchi I made may be fulfilling for someone in need during the winter. I hope I can take part again next year,” said Yong-deck Kim (Industrial Engineering, Junior). On November 30, the Cheonan Campus faculty volunteer corps helped out at the ‘Beautiful House’ welfare center for the severely mentally challenged located in Buk-myeon, Cheonan city. They installed insulation material to windows and helped clean while also delivering cold weather goods to the residents. On December 5, the College of Dentistry held a ceremony for the Equal Opportunity Volunteer Corps and local children. The ‘Equal Opportunity Volunteer Corps’ was jointly planned by I-Dasan LINC+ Project Group’s Smart Society Partnership Center and the Department of Public Administration to expand the collaborative network between the university and the local community. It consists of around ten students who have engaged in volunteer work since 2017. As part of the activities of its 3rd session, volunteers offered counseling and education services to 12 students in upper elementary grades at Anseo, Shinbu and Shinan Elementary Schools. Talent donations by Dankook students included foreign language tutoring and counseling, not to mention various programs for first-hand experiences such as visiting labs at the College of Pharmacy and the university library, dental checkups at DKU’s Dental Hospital and training on how to brush their teeth.
The DKU Startup Support Foundation, headed by Ki-hoon Yum, signed an MOU on December 22 with Bizwell (CEO: Hyeong-taek Cho), a company that assists businesses entering overseas markets. Based on the agreement, the two parties will make joint efforts to help startups and incumbent students successfully settle into the Vietnamese local market. Bizwell, which specializes in marketing and consulting, opened ‘Bizwell Business Center’ in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to help corporate efforts lead to exports. It was also designated as an ‘overseas private network’ by the Small and Medium Business Corporation. According to the agreement, the Startup Support Foundation will select startups or students from the Startup Student Club to send to the newly founded Dankook University Vietnam Business Center where the two parties will train them on Vietnamese local commerce and real estate related legislation in advance to help them develop business markets. “Starting with Vietnam, we will also help entrepreneurs advance into the U.S., Japan, India, Malaysia and China,” said Yum who also emphasized that “[our] goal is to build a strong global network by having companies receiving support from the Startup Support Foundation enter markets all around the world.” Recently, Vietnam has emerged as Korea’s third largest trade partner following China and the U.S. and is seen as a land of opportunity for businesses with its high growth rates that are nearly double that of global figures. An increasing number of companies are also entering the South Asian country based on friendly ties formed thanks to the popularity of coach Hang-seo Park of the Vietnamese national soccer team.
Three diagnosis patents using 'biosensor combining optical fiber, gold nanoparticles.' Groundbreaking change expected in the field of cancer diagnosis Strong potential of commercialization with biosensor diagnosis technology that can be applied to various cancers in addition to prostate cancer A Dankook University research team is in the spotlight for its development of a biosensor that raises prostate cancer detection rates by more than a hundredfold compared to current levels. The team is led by Professor Seung-ki Lee and Professor Jae-hyoung Park along with researcher Hyeong-min Kim of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. The biosensor developed by Professor Lee’s team is made of a structure where gold nanoparticles are attached to the surface of optical fibers on top of which a microfluidic chip is added. Blood is dropped onto the biosensor where the prostate cancer antigens blend with antibodies on the surface of gold nanoparticles and send a specific optical signal which enables diagnosing whether cancer has occurred or not. According to the research team, the new biosensor is forecast to trigger innovation in the field of prostate cancer diagnosis as its ability to detect antigens is 100 times more effective than existing equipment, not to mention having a shorter testing time of only 5 minutes. The diagnosis error factor also drops from the current 10~15% to 4%. According to professor Lee, “the antigen reaction takes place along optical fibers with ultra-thin diameters of 250㎛ (micrometers), detecting 124fg [femtogram, 1fg refers to 10-15 g (10 to the power of negative 15, 1 in 1 quadrillion grams)] of antigens in 1ml, proving the excellence of the diagnosis technology.” In other words, optical technology comes together with biosensors and nano technology. Professor Lee explained that “while prostate cancer is the 5th most common cancer among Korean men, treatment becomes very expensive if not diagnosed early on,” and added that “the newly developed biosensor can be commercially produced at around 2~3,000 KRW, attracting the attention of domestic and foreign medical equipment players.” Currently, prostate cancer is diagnosed by 1) measuring prostate specific antigen (PSA) protein levels in blood·urine, 2) digital rectal examination (DRE), 3) prostate ultrasound, and 4) biopsy. Among them, the biosensor developed by Professor Lee’s team is based on the PSA protein measurement method. “This technology is reliable for clinical feasibility,” says Professor Lee who added that “the biosensor technology will be able to be used not only for diagnosing prostate cancer but also for detecting various other cancers that react to antibodies.” This study was carried out with the support of the National Research Foundation of Korea’s Promising Future Convergence Technology Pioneer Program and the Mid-career Researcher Support Program. In addition to developing the biosensor, the research team completed applications for and registered three patent licenses: a surface plasmon resonance sensor device and sensor unit manufacturing method using microfluidic channels, a surface plasmon resonance sensor signal correction method, and a surface plasmon resonance sensor testing method. The research outcome was published in the international academic journal Sensors and Actuators B on November 10.
A DKU freshman has attracted 100 million KRW in government grants supporting startups. The freshman is Jiwoo Kim (Department of Software Science, year 1) who entered Dankook University through the entrepreneurial talent admission program. The grant was handed out for a system he outlined that remarkably reduces the workload for farmers filing claims for crops damaged by natural disasters—a software analyzing crop damage caused by natural disasters. Kim was selected for the ‘2018 innovative technology startup support project’ hosted by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) under the Ministry of Science and ICT last October and will receive 100 million KRW in startup funds for the next ten months. “If you use your smartphone camera to capture shots of crops that were damaged by natural disasters, the damage or losses on each plot of land are automatically calculated to make preparing paper work for compensation for damages easier,” explained Kim as he spoke about the program. Kim was already interested in starting his own business when he was in high school. When his grandfather who cultivated raspberries in Gyeongju suffered major losses after his crops were hit hard by a typhoon, Kim witnessed how urgent an institutional framework was needed to help farmers impacted by natural calamities to receive compensation; this motivated him to develop the business concept. In order to develop the item into an actual product, Kim has received a total 10 million KRW in support funds—5 million KRW each respectively from the Dankook Startup Support Foundation and SW-oriented university project group. “(I) plan to build this item into a successful business and expand to the Philippines and Indonesia while also studying business administration whenever I have the time in between studying my major in order to build a strong company,” said Kim as he shared his aspirations for the future.
The ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary Concert’ held at the Nanpa Concert Hall on October 31 was a resounding success. Over 600 guests, including school representatives Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board and President Hosung Chang, around 100 diplomats from 34 countries, including the honorable Nozuko Gloria Bam, the South African ambassador to Korea, and many authorities from the field of education, not to mention numerous students, filled the concert hall. The concert paid tribute to Mr. Mandela through musical performances and honored his legacy of ‘forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.’ In his speech, President Hosung Chang noted, “President Mandela ended apartheid policies and was a politician and leader dedicated to the human rights movement to usher in equal opportunities for all,” and added that he “looks forward to the concert serving as a special opportunity to recall Mandela’s beliefs.” Ambassador Gloria Bam of South Africa expressed her thanks to “ Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board and President Hosung Chang for working with the South African Embassy for the past 8 months to prepare the concert,” and shared “wishes that Dankook University, which was founded based on the mottos of ‘national salvation, self-reliance, and independence,’ reaps success in nurturing talent who will contribute to humanity.” In order to shed new light on the life of Nelson Mandela, who demonstrated peace, unity and reconciliation throughout his entire life in order to deal with a painful history and eradicate racial discrimination, Verdi’s opera ‘Nabucco’ kicked off the concert. Nabucco (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), which sings about the painful history of Jews taken as slaves by Babylon, was performed to console Africa on the pain it underwent in the past and to emphasize racial harmony. Former Seoul National University professor and member of the Seoul Arts Center Council, Professor Docki Kim, conducted the performance by Dankook University’s College of Music orchestra and choir. It was followed by performances from Professor Sungeun Hong, the Dean of the College of Music, who played the Hungarian Rhapsody (cello), Professor Lanhee Kim who sang ‘Pining for Mt. Geumgang,’ and Professor Jooeun Ahn (Department of New Music) who performed ‘African Dream.’ Ambassador Gloria Bam also took the stage to reply to the orchestra’s performance by singing ‘A Wonderful day in October’ composed by Norwegian composer Rolf Lovland. Ambassador Bam thanked Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board for hosting the event and invited him to the stage where he performed ‘the Soft Wind’ and ‘Arirang’ to a standing ovation.
Dankook alumnus Green Sul (entered the Department of Law in 2007) took the glory of passing both the 2018 state exams that recruit for legislative officers and for senior civil servants with top honors. This is a first for our university with such precedent hard to find in Korea. Sul passed the 34th state exam for legislative branch civil servants in July 2018 with top honors for the ‘legislative officer’ position. The national exam to recruit level 5 public officers to work at the National Assembly Secretariat is known for selecting only a very small number of applicants compared to other state exams. This year there were only 15 successful applicants in total across the three areas of general administration, financial administration and legislation. The ‘legislation’ field, where Sul applied, only had three successful applicants and the difficulty of the exam was likened to the saying ‘it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.’ On October 29, Sul, who is currently staying at the Legislative Training Institute, heard the news that he had also passed the level 5 senior civil service state exam for ‘legal administration.’ He was calm at first but says he was overwhelmed when he heard he was first place among the eight successful applicants, knowing that his hard work had paid off. When he was a freshman, Sul says he was not interested in studying and his grades were not that good, either. It was only after returning from his military service that he started to think about his future seriously. “I started to gain confidence in studying law while taking courses related to my major. I want to thank the wonderful professors at the College of Law and professor Jaegeol Nam who led the Dankook prep class for senior civil service and foreign services state exams.” Sul had to study for school courses, the legislative state exam and the senior civil service exam, all at the same time but says that the effort actually generated synergy. “It was not easy to prepare for all three together, but the support from my family and the university was a great help,” said Sul who added that he “will do (his) utmost to serve as a public servant that contributes to advancing the nation.” Sul also left a message of encouragement to Dankook students. Sul said that “taking on challenges when you are young is amazing in itself. It is not easy to prepare for state exams, but you can compete on a level playing field so I hope many students will also take on the challenge.” Meanwhile, DKU alumni Hyojeong Kim (Department of Law 2014, legal administration) and Danbi Choi (Department of Public Administration 2012, general administration) also successfully passed the recruiting exams for level 5 senior civil servants in 2018. Dankook University offers ‘Seonhaengheon’ (Jukjeon Campus), a preparatory class for the state exams recruiting senior civil servants and for the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, and ‘Ilhyeonjae’ (Cheonan Campus), a preparatory class that offers designated seats to students and hosts professors from outside the university to speak at special lectures to help students prepare for state exams.
12180458Two doctoral candidates – Bonhee Koo(Doctorate program, East Asian History) and Seokjin Kim (Doctorate program, East Asian History) - studying with professor Jae-hoon Shim at Dankook’s department of history were selected for the Global PhD Fellowship Program. According to the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea on September 6, Bonhee Koo was selected as the finalist for the 2018 Global PhD Fellowship Program jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education and NRF. Koo will receive 30 million KRW in funding each year for three years from the NRF for her research on ‘Zhan Guo Ce (known in English as the Strategies of the Warring States) and the destruction of Chinese ancient history / Classification of Chinese Ancient history and its value as historic records.’ Koo’s research supplements the shortcomings of existing Zhan Guo Ce translations and plans to go on to validate its value in historic studies. Seok-jin Kim was also selected for the Global PhD Fellowship program for his 2016 study on ‘Historic descriptions delivered by unearthed literature of ancient China (Tsinghua Bamboo Slips “Xinian” translator notes and analysis of its historic meaning).’ Kim’s research was based on completing the Korean translation of “Xinian” stored at Tsinghua University and looked at what meaning it holds in the history of ancient China.
Amid record-breaking high temperatures this summer, around 410 foreign students with various nationalities made special memories at Dankook University. The students from 48 universities across 22 countries including the U.S., Canada, the UK, Hong Kong and Hungary took part in the 2018 DKU International Summer School. The DKU International Summer School (hereinafter DKU ISS), which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year after starting in 2009, is a short-term globalization program where students from abroad spend the summer at Dankook University along with DKU students. DKU ISS is composed of the Global Village, Academic Program and Korean Immersion Program. This year, 260 foreign and Dankook students attended the Global Village and Academic Program from June 19 to August 3. The Global Village, which kick started DKU ISS 2018, is a foreign language and cultural exchange program where one foreign student is grouped with three to five DKU students to learn from each other. DKU students choose a language they wish to learn and then are matched with native speaking students. They can choose from English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Portuguese or Arabic. The Academic Program is the most popular of the programs among foreign students. In addition to formal studies, the program takes students out of the classroom to give them the opportunity to get hands-on experience with Korean culture by experiencing a temple stay, attending the mud festival, visiting the Joint Security Area (JSA), making Korean pottery, or trying K-POP dance, Korean traditional dance and taekwondo. Meanwhile, 148 students from the U.S., China, Sweden, Hungary and Japan came and roamed the Dankook campus as they took part in the Korean Immersion Program (KIP) which kicked off on July 31. Students enjoyed various programs such as learning Korean language and traditional culture during their stay that lasted until August 23 and made many unforgettable and lasting memories. Dankook’s Office of International Affairs works closely with relevant academic departments and external institutions with a focus on Korean culture to offer a diverse program that includes musicals, pottery classes, temple stays, kimchi making classes and the mud festival to enhance foreign students’ understanding of Korean culture.
The most finalists in the nation again following 2016, when 19 successful applicants were from the College of Law. The College of Law provides support for students preparing for exams such as scholarships and special lectures. Twenty Dankook University students and alumni made the final list of successful applicants for the National Court Administration’s ‘2018 open recruit for level 9 (entry level) court officials,’ the most successful applicants from a single university in Korea. This is the second time Dankook set the record after generating the most successful applicants from a single university in 2016, with 19 making the final list. The successful applicants are Suhwan Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘97), Taehwan Oh (College of Law, entered in ‘04), Boyoon Lee (College of Law, entered in ‘05), Seungmo Kwon (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Heon Roh (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Yoonhee Park (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Joonhyeon Lee (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Hyundo Hwang (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Saeun Chang (College of Law, entered in ‘10), Soyoung Cho (College of Law, entered in ‘11), Euihyun Choi (College of Law, entered in ‘11), Minjeong Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Heewon Kang (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Kunhee Jin (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Minji Kang (College of Law, entered in ‘13), Jieun Park (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Haein Park (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Yoojin Shin (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Rankyung Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘12), and Sieun Kim (Dept. of Business Administration, entered in ‘13). Among the 20 finalists this year, 19 are from the College of Law. The College of Law’s special class for national entrance exams, which previously helped more than 160 students pass the Korean bar exam, was renewed last year to focus on students preparing for government exams for administrative public servants and court officials. The class and services offered by the College of Law supports students preparing for level 9 and level 5 court official positions, level 7 public officer positions (employment and labor, election administration, correctional officers, protection division officials, prosecution services, and immigrations services) and certified public labor attorneys with scholarships, special lectures and a variety of other complementary programs. Additional support is offered by securing exclusive seats for students in the national entrance exam preparation class and offering the use of the student dormitories in order to create an environment conducive to effective studying.
DKU has the most students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses and ranks second for most manpower dedicated to startups. Incubated ‘House Media,’ a startup with 2 billion in annual revenue. Selected as a leading university for startups for 5 consecutive years and reborn as the startup mecca of the Seoul metropolitan area. Dankook University received acclaim in the startup category of the ‘2018 Science and Engineering University Evaluation’ hosted by the Korea Economic Daily (Hankyung) and Global Research. Dankook, which has been selected as a leading university in startups by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for five consecutive years, offers extensive support to students and the public to make their startup efforts a success. As the numbers prove, with the second highest number of staff dedicated to startups, DKU is committed to incubating new ideas and businesses. Dankook currently operates approximately 40 student clubs related to startups, supporting them with as much as 5 million KRW. Even students who are nervous or overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a business can succeed with the help of the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation. All they need is a bright idea. The Foundation sponsors the entire process, from developing technology and prototyping to test production and finding potential sales routes. Students have responded to the efforts made by the university. With the ‘highest ratio of students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses,’ the passion for starting a business can be seen in how students have seized the opportunities open to them and transformed DKU into the startup mecca of the Seoul metropolitan area. The Korea Economic Daily covered Dankook’s efforts and achievements in supporting startups in an article in its July 27th issue. The article reported that ’House Media,’ the startup that made the ‘House’ app, which anyone interested in home interior design has used at least once, recorded revenues of 2 billion KRW last year. This startup was the winner of the startup contest hosted by the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation in 2017. The article went on to say that “the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation, which launched in 2014, has generated revenue worth 16 billion KRW and has created 210 jobs over the years with its systematic and practical operations.” In addition, “Dankook highlights its ‘startup-friendly campus’ where prototypes made through the Enterprise Support Foundation are applied across the campus. For example, a new concept for pedestrian traffic lights developed recently by one of the startup student clubs was installed around the campus for pilot operations.”
Under the leadership of Director, Sanghyun Lee, Dankook University’s Seismic Retrofitting Remodeling Research Center (SRRC ) is leaping forward as a professional research institute to lead earthquake-resistant remodeling projects to make Korea safer when faced with potential earthquakes. DKU’s SRRC was selected as a priority university research center in the science and engineering field as part of the project hosted by the National Research Foundation of Korea and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The SRRC will receive as much as 6.25 billion KRW over the course of nine years in financial support for its research. The center is scheduled to build a database of seismic performance records related to soil, structures and finishing materials in school buildings, support columns, public housing, etc. “Even for the same building structure, damage inflicted by earthquakes can differ depending on what kind of soil the building was constructed on or what type of finishing materials were used,” said Director Sanghyun Lee of the SRRC. He added that “the SRRC will build 3D data models on the soil, structure and finishing materials of existing buildings, develop self-diagnosis software to determine seismic performance and implement a seismic reinforcement system.” According to the research team, this project is different from previous studies as it is focused on the correlation between soil and finishing materials when it comes to earthquake-resistance, rather than concentrating on building structures alone. In addition, it will boost relevant industries by developing safe and economic seismic reinforcement technology and enhance economic efficiency through its compatibility with the soil intelligence system. Lee explained that “the center hopes to leap forward as the leading private research institute in the field of earthquake-resistant design and reinforcement leveraging ICT and will do our utmost to roll out outstanding engineers and strengthen our position as the center for seismic research and education to build a safe living environment for people in preparation against earthquakes.” Recently, the SRRC received support from the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for the ‘ICT Convergent High-rise Seismic Engineering Department’ to exert efforts in nurturing seismic engineering experts and specialists.
Dankook University is taking its first step toward nurturing talent in what some call the ‘next-generation internet revolution’ - the blockchain industry. On May 29, 2018, Dankook signed an agreement with the Korea Blockchain Industry Promotion Association (KBIPA, Chairman of the board Hyungjoo Kim) for an industry-academia partnership to foster talent in the blockchain industry, which is attracting attention as the technology that will drive the fourth industrial revolution. Blockchain, known as one of the core technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, is a decentralized data storage technology that records transactions transparently in ledgers accessible to everyone and copies and stores it on multiple computers. Multiple computers validate records which results in excellent security, which is the reason the technology is in the spotlight for improving system operations and increasing potential for creating new markets. In particular, the technology is being reviewed by various fields, thanks to its extensive scope and endless possibilities, for applicability in areas such as finance, insurance, distribution and trade in the food industry, and sharing hospital records, to name a few. “As connectivity becomes more widespread in the age of the fourth industrial revolution, hacking is expected to become a serious issue and blockchain technology is essential in addressing this,” said DKU President Hosung Chang. He added that “By cultivating professional talent to lead the domestic and overseas blockchain markets, Dankook University will also be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.” Chairman of the board Hyungjoo Kim of KBIPA commented that “blockchain technology can be used in various areas including smart contracts, digital currency, securities and voting systems and will enable efficient management of academic systems when applied to university administration. Through mutual cooperation with DKU, we look forward to fostering outstanding blockchain specialists.” DKU and KBIPA plan to work together through the MOU to build a relevant industry ecosystem and nurture technology specialists to spread the use of blockchain technology.