Bizentro Co., LTD donated 50 copies of its ERP software ‘UNIERP 5.5,’ which is worth 200 million KRW, to Dankook University. A dedication ceremony was held on July 3rd at the Jukjeon campus with DKU Vice President for External Affairs Daeshik Kang, Dean Seungcheol Yoon of the College of Business, professor Seung-heui Sohn, Bizentro CEO Hong-keun Kim and the company’s Vice President Cheolhwan Bae attending. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), a system that integrates and manages all business activities that take place across the business enterprise starting from production and logistics to accounting and sales, is widely introduced by companies aiming to maximize productivity. Universities are also opening ERP courses mostly in business and economics departments as demand for ERP specialists increases from corporations. The donation is expected to contribute to sharpening the competitive edge of Dankook University’s School of Business. Providing hands-on practice to the ‘Enterprise Resource Management’ course in the business administration program will enable more systematic and professional education for students.
Undaunted by failure, successful entrepreneur shares his support for alma mater SLB Korea’s Ju-bak Chung donates 100 million KRW On June 27th, Dankook University alumni Ju-bak Chung (freshman class of ’78, Department of Korean Language and Literature), CEO of SLB Korea, presented an agreement to donate 100 million KRW at the DKU President’s office at the Jukjeon Campus. The donation will be made by adding 20 million KRW to the University Development Fund every year for 5 years. DKU officials including DKU President Hosung Chang, Executive Vice President for External Affairs Daeshik Kang, Dean Dong-seob Song of the DKU Business School and SLB Korea CEO Ju-bak Chung attended the Development Fund ceremony. The ceremony was modest and held in a comfortable atmosphere where Chung shared stories about his journey to becoming a successful businessman. Chung never gave up despite endless failures along the way. He started off selling fruit from a 1 ton pickup truck and then went into the grocery business, opened an accessory shop, gimbap store and even a bakery before finally entering the sandwich business in 1996. Endless efforts and research afterwards brought him to where he is today – the CEO of a well-known franchise with 2 brands, 15 merchants nationwide and a 2,500 pyong factory. Chung said that “there have been many hardships and suffering, but thanks to wonderful teachers, I was able to graduate from college and gain the strength to pursue my business,” and added that “it is truly worthwhile to be able to make a small contribution to my alma mater. If the opportunity is given, I would like to continuously provide support (to the university).”
Donation of 738 Chinese titles in humanities, social studies and law; DKU President Hosung Chang delivers a plaque of appreciation to ambassador Qiu Guohong (邱国洪) Ambassador Qiu expresses hopes “to contribute to the advancement and exchanges between Korea and China, as well as Dankook University’s high quality education” The Chinese Embassy in Korea donated 738 books to Dankook University as part of the Chinese government’s culture project which donates books to renowned universities and institutions in Korea. The Chinese Embassy stated its understanding of “the historic importance that Dankook University carries as the first four-year private college in Korea following the country’s liberalization,” and added that it has been “deeply impressed by DKU’s research in oriental studies and education for arts as Dankook University has contributed to the advance of high quality education and bilateral exchanges between Korea and China” to explain the purpose behind the donation. The humanities, social studies and law books in Chinese are currently housed at the DKU Toegye Memorial Library. On Wednesday, June 7th, Dankook University invited Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong to express gratitude and deliver an appreciation plaque for the book donation. DKU President Hosung Chang said that “Dankook University currently has exchanges with Yantai University and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China and would like to extend our areas of joint research to traditional arts and costume of our two countries.” In addition, he shared that “Peking University wishes to benchmark Dankook’s knowhow in industry-academia partnerships. There have been some difficulties due to deteriorating ties between Korea and China recently, but we believe active exchanges will be possible soon as relations are improving.” Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong said “(we) thank you for providing outstanding education to Chinese students studying in Korea and would like to continue to donate books to Dankook University going forward,” and went on to say that “if you request the titles the school needs, we will find the right book for donation.” Ambassador Qiu also expressed his expectations for restoring Korean-China relations saying, “Our bilateral relations are moving in a positive direction since the launch of the new administration in Korea. The education sector involving foreign students studying abroad are especially an area that can help us enhance our mutual understanding.”
‘The Seeds of Violence,’ a film from the graduate class of Dankook’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents (DGC), was awarded the grand prize in the Korean competition division of the 18th Jeonju International Film Festival. ‘The Seeds of Violence’ depicts a day in the life of the main character who is a victim of abuse within the military when he goes on leave with the rest of his platoon. It shows common violence found within military organizations and how the main character tries to deal with it. The film also draws attention to how violence can penetrate people’s minds and was praised for raising awareness that violence is not a matter that can be tackled by a single individual. This film holds special meaning, especially because it is the collaborative work of DGC students. Director Im Taegyu (5th graduate class), producer Park Hae-oh (5th graduate class) and screenwriter Moon Gwangbaek (5th graduate class) were in charge of the overall production of the film. DGC extended 50 million KRW to support film production costs while professors offered first-hand guidance starting from the screenplay development stages to extend full-support for students to express their artistic creativity through cinematic production. Director Im Taegyu explained that “being able to have students majoring in directing, producing and screenplay writing work together to produce a film is one of the unique features and advantages of DGC,” and added that “[we] were able to create a great production by complementing each other’s strengths and relying on each other with a shared purpose.”
■Selected for project which supports universities contributing to high school education, DKU scheduled to receive 1.21 billion KRW in financial support Dankook University has been selected for the ‘2017 support project for universities contributing to high school education.’ Dankook University has been among the participants of the project for four consecutive years since it kicked off in 2014 and will receive 1.21 billion KRW in support this year alone. DKU has received a total 5.17 billion KRW during the last four years, which is the fifth largest amount in support received among universities in Korea. The support project for universities contributing to high school education is a program where the Korean Council for University Education extends assistance to universities that operate college admissions focused on high school education and strengthen admission related capabilities such as increasing admissions officers. The Korean Council for University Education selected universities for this program last year and decided to support them for two years. Since the end of the program in 2016, a reassessment was carried out this year taking into account ▲current state of college admissions ▲conditions and improvement plans ▲alignment with middle and high school education, and ▲efforts to strengthen college admission programs. Despite the bottom 10 ranking universities, including some well-known universities, on the list from last year failed to make this year’s list, Dankook University performed well in the 2017 evaluation and will continue to carry out a stable high school education-oriented college admission program. ■Selected as a leading university for K-MOOC and to open outstanding courses online Dankook University has been selected for the ‘2017 Korean Massive Open Online Course (K-MOOC)’ program. The K-MOOC program hosted by the Ministry of Education and the National Institute for Lifelong Education opens outstanding university lectures on the internet to provide the general public with the opportunity to benefit from higher education. Dankook University will open 8 courses focused on the university’s specialization programs for IT (Information Technology), CT (Culture Technology) and BT (Bio Technology) starting this year until 2019. ‘Training insight through design thinking’ (professors Tae-hyung Kim and Eung-gyo Suh) and ‘A school that shares growth: Guidelines for supporting learning for those with disabilities’ (professors Gyeung-keun Han and Seung-suk Choi (Gangnam University)) are the courses that will be set up this year. In 2018~2019, a total eight courses including ‘VR/AR based interactive storytelling,’ ‘Understanding and using ICT convergent smart farms,’ ‘Understanding Korean traditional dress’ and ‘R programming’ will be offered to the public.
In the ‘2016 emergency medical services institution (EMS) evaluation’ results recently announced by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Dankook University Hospital (Director Park Woo-Seong) received the ‘most outstanding’ grade, ranking number one among 414 EMS centers including 18 district emergency centers reviewed. Dankook University Hospital received high scores for most criteria including ER patient satisfaction, appropriateness of assigned physicians, patient transfers, percentage of beds filled, credibility of information on hospital beds, and stance in disaster support to reach the leading position in the nation. The Dankook University Hospital District Emergency Center has worked closely with district trauma centers and doctor helicopter to provide professional treatment and systematic medical services to critical trauma and cardio-cerebrovascular patients by transferring them for treatment within the golden hour. An official of the Ministry of Health and Welfare said that “the top ranking medical institutions including Dankook University Hospital increased the rate of offering final treatment to severe emergency patients, boasted of strong cooperative systems between medical departments, and all have an excellent ER operation and management system to safely transfer emergency patients to other medical institutions, when necessary.”
Dankook University has been selected for the Leaders in Industry-university Cooperation+ (hereinafter LINC+) business led by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Participating in the LINC+ project is expected to serve as an opportunity for DKU to share the knowhow and skills it has acquired over the years in industry-academia partnerships with other businesses and communities, and cascade it across academic systems and the education sector in general. Under the vision for ‘Co-development of University ‧Businesses ‧Community through open industry-academia partnership 4.0,’ Dankook University has set the following four aspirations; ▶Cradle for fostering convergent talent fit for the 4th industrial revolution ▶World’s leading 4th industrial revolution cluster ▶Central engine for development of local industries and economy ▶Core platform for revival of local communities In order to achieve such goals, the SUN (‘線’, Society-University Network) platform will also be implemented. Specialized programs will be operated for across disciplines by building the Jeong Yakyong Park (Education), Edison Park (Startups), Family Park (Industry Partnerships) and Athens Park (Community Partnerships). The ‘Dasan Linc School,’ a college focused on industry-academia partnerships, will be established within the Jeong Yakyong Park while four industry partnership centers including the Wearables Industry Center will be set up within the Family Park to play the backbone role in industry-academia cooperation. In addition, advanced education programs such as field practice sessions, internships and capstone design will be operated while the university’s intellectual property, high-end equipment, labs and research rooms will be open to businesses and the local community to encourage synergy creation starting at the university. Last month, Dankook University was also selected for the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning’s ‘2017 SW-focused University project.’ In 2018, DKU will accordingly set up a ‘SW Convergence College’ in March 2018 and plans to open a ‘SW Convergence Division.’ The SW Convergence Division is scheduled to offer majors in ‘SW Convergence Bio,’ ‘SW Convergence Architecture IT,’ ‘SW Convergence Cinematic Contents,’ ‘SW Economy and Business Administration’ and ‘SW Convergence Autonomous Driving.’ A software convergence department will also be established in the graduate school to create an education and research foundation that connects undergraduate and graduate programs together. Efforts will also be made to attract outstanding SW talent. Beginning in the 2019 academic year, a new program for SW talent will be introduced to recruit 20% of the SW Convergence College student admission capacity. Six tailored scholarships such as the SW prospects scholarship, merit-based SW scholarship, SW convergence scholarship, industry-academia partnership scholarship, graduate school prospect scholarship and globalization scholarship, as well as a special international scholarship are planned to be offered. DKU President Chang Hosung said that “universities must take on the challenge of preparing for the fourth industrial revolution. (We) must build an academic system fit for the future that preserves the dignity of universities as an intellectual ivory tower while also reflecting current times,” and added that “the designation as a university for industry-academia partnerships and software focus will serve as a starting point for DKU to nurture talent with challenging spirits who can lead our future.”
Dankook University’s Academy of Asian Studies (Director and Professor Han Sijun) and Nankai University’s Korea Research Center hosted an international conference on ‘Studying the past and present of Sino-Korean relations’ on March 19th at the School of History at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. The academic conference was held to celebrate the opening of the Korea Research Center at Nankai University and promote active research exchanges between the two institutions in the form of meetings and research projects. Three presenters and two discussants representing Dankook University, and 11 presenters and six discussants from Nankai University participated in the conference which consisted of four sessions; ‘Sino-Korean Relations in Ancient History’, ‘Nationalism and Historical Studies’, ‘Sino-Korean Relations in Modern History’ and ‘Sino-Korean Relations in Literature.’ "Studying the past and present of Sino-Korean relations” is a topic in the limelight these days in order to improve deteriorating relations between the two countries caused by the THAAD deployment issue. As a timely topic, the conference looked back on the relationship between China and Korea while engaging in intensive discussions on the future outlook and initiatives to tackle going forward. Dankook University’s professor Kim Cheolwoong (School of General Education) focused especially on Taoism among the religious influences Goryo received from Song and Yuan Dynasties to interpret the history of interactions between Korea and China. Meanwhile, Professor Lee Jaeryoung (College of Humanities) set forth projections and tasks for the future looking at recent academic achievements by reviewing how Sino-Korean relations are seen by researchers of Chinese history in Korea. Research professor Yang Jisun (Academy of Asian Studies) looked at Arirang and how Korean independence activists during the Japanese colonial rule used the arts as part of their independence movement in China. Meanwhile, Nankai University’s professor Zhao Ji (趙季) gave a presentation analyzing Chinese characters in the Chinese poems of Lee Kawon (李家原), attracting attention as it is unique for a Chinese scholar to interpret the work of a modern Korean scholar of Chinese literature.
“Alumni help fund the University Museum, embodying Dankook’s founding spirit” as DKU senior vice president Kim Byungryang for academic affairs donates 100m KRW Alumni sponsorships for the 70th anniversary memorial project that Dankook University is preparing to commemorate its 70th birthday are increasing. As the University Museum will serve as a venue for displaying the founding philosophy of Dankook and the past footsteps of Dankookites, a consensus is being formed that active support from alumni is essential. In particular, DKU senior vice president for academic affairs, Kim Byungryang, recently made a donation of 100 million KRW in addition to extending 10 million KRW last year to the construction fund. On February 24th, Kim explained his intent as he delivered the funding agreement to President Chang Hosung. Kim said that “I received scholarship benefits starting from when I entered the university until I graduated and was able to study abroad during my studies in my master’s and doctorate programs thanks to support from then university president Chang Choong-sik.” He went on to explain that “my children also benefited from such grants after entering the school, so I have always thought that I should give back for what we received. I’m happy to be able to contribute at least a little bit toward the debt of gratitude I owe through this opportunity.” The funding agreement was delivered to Dankook president Chang Hosung who said that “knowing vice president Kim does not have the luxury, it is overwhelming to be faced with his determination,” and promised that “(I) will do my utmost to ensure a worthwhile University Museum that can be welcomed by all of our alumni is built.” Senior vice president Kim said that “many alumni who studied at the Seoul campus feel a sense of loss because the campus is no longer there,” and shared his hope for “a stage to be added to the University Museum where people can experience and recall what it was like back at the Hannam-dong campus, as well as a convention hall that can be used for large academic conferences or a venue for alumni wedding ceremonies, so the hall can bring together fellow students to relive memories and reunite friendships.” Meanwhile, the University Museum will start construction in September of this year and is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. The 6-story building that covers a total 3,300㎡ in area will become home to a memorial hall, lounge, exhibition hall and Dankook Honorary Hall of Fame to host major events such as ceremonies for domestic and international cooperative agreements and symposiums. In order to celebrate alumni who extended support for the construction of the University Museum, the names of all donators, regardless of amount of donation, will be engraved on the new building.
Choi Byung-oh, Chairman of Fashion Group Hyungji, made a donation of 110 million KRW to the Dankook University development fund. Chairman Choi delivered the donation to DKU President Chang Ho-sung at the Dankook Alumni New Year Gathering that was held at six thirty in the evening on February 9th at the Sejong Center in Seoul. Chairman Choi’s relationship with DKU started when he completed the Advanced Financial Management Program of the College of Business and Economics. Inspired by how Dankook has strived to nurture talent for the advancement of society and the nation since its founding, Chairman Choi also previously donated 100 million KRW in 2008 and 200 million KRW in 2011. But Choi’s support for DKU did not stop there. At the ‘Dankook, Dream 2016’ event in September of last year, he said that he would “contribute 110 million KRW to the DKU development fund to support Dankook’s determination and vision to advance as a global university as the university prepares to commemorate its 70th anniversary.” And on February 9th, he kept his word. After delivering the development fund donation, Choi said that “my connection with DKU started off small, but I have been indebted by its kindness. My wish was to be able to support DKU whenever I had the chance and I am extremely pleased to be able to deliver the development fund donation as the university celebrates its 70th anniversary,” and added that he “has no doubt that if DKU continues to strive forward as it has done for the past seventy years, it will continue to shine in the area of talent development and education research just as it does now.” Chairman Choi of Fashion Group Hyungji is a self-made entrepreneur who started his work as a small business owner in Dongdaemun Market 35 years ago and grew the business to a fashion powerhouse that carries a total of 20 brands including Crocodile Ladies, Yezac and Wild Rose, just to name a few. Holding his business skills and sense of service in high regard, Dankook University presented Chairman Choi with an honorary doctoral degree in business administration in 2011.
Three DKU alumni pass the Korean National Bar Exam and 17 go on to Law School - the most successful applicants yet! Dankook University’s efforts to foster outstanding talent to move into legal professions are bearing fruit. In fact, DKU alumni have been performing solidly in law school admissions, the Korean National Bar Exam and the certified public labor attorney exam. Seventeen DKU alumni were accepted into professional graduate schools for legal studies (law school) for the 2017 academic year (as of February 13, 2017). This sets a record for the most successful number of applicants since the law school system was first introduced in Korea in 2009. DKU’s College of Law has continuously presented successful candidates for the Korean National Bar Exam (judicial examination) and has also made efforts to increase acceptance into law schools. In particular, as law schools become the mainstream route to legal professions, the College of Law opened a law school preparation class to extend full-fledge support to students. Sophomore and junior students enrolled in the law school preparation class focus on managing their GPA, sharpening foreign language skills and strengthening reading and debating skills tailored to the LEET (Legal Education Eligibility Test). Lectures are designed to prepare students for aptitude tests when they reach their senior year; study groups and practice interviews where professors also participate are offered, as well. Advisors and all professors of the College of Law engage first-hand in consulting with students while preparing for such exams. As a result, the annual number of successful applicants went up from an average of two to four by 2014, to reach double digits with a record of 11 in 2016. In 2017, the number increased by six more with a total 17 students being accepted by law schools in Korea. In addition, three DKU alumni accomplished a remarkable achievement in passing the 59th Korean National Bar Exam held in 2016 and registering the best outcome during the past five years for DKU alumni taking the bar exam. It also placed Dankook among the top ten schools in terms of successful applicants in the bar exam. Six of our alumni also passed the 25th public labor attorney exam in 2016. Six alumni made the cut in 2012 followed by five in 2013, but then figures dropped to three in 2014 and zero in 2015. This year, DKU restored its reputation as six students successfully passed the exam. In 2016, most of the recruiting court officials were from DKU among all the representatives from other Korean universities. This shows how DKU alumni are playing an active role in all areas of legal practice such as the Korean Bar, law schools, public labor attorneys and court officials.
▶ Alumni Kim Dojin (Dept. of Economics, class of ‘83) Kim Dojin, Dankook University alumni (Department of Economics, class of ’83), was officially inaugurated as the 25th Chairman and CEO of the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) on December 28th. Kim entered Dankook University in 1979 and graduated in 1983. He joined IBK in 1985 and has served as the head of the Card Marketing Department, Strategic Planning Department, South Central District Division and Southern District Division. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the bank from 2014 until being appointed Chairman. The Financial Supervisory Commission said that “Kim Dojin is a seasoned financial expert that has acquired expertise from serving in various key positions within IBK” as they nominated Kim for the chairman position of IBK. In addition, the FSC added that “he is equipped with all the experience and skills needed in a bank CEO from sales and organization management to business strategy, just to name a few.” In a media interview, Kim said that he “will strengthen integration and communication within the organization and build on IBK’s unique organizational culture.” He also shared his determination to “start by making sacrifices to create a bank where the staff is happy and a place where people want to work.”
Poet Ko Un, Dankook University professor emeritus at the Department of Creative Writing, will receive the International Poet award from the Fondazione Roma, a foundation based in Italy, during its annual Ritratti di Poesia international poetry festival. The award ceremony will be held during the festival that will take place from February 1st to 4th at the Temple of Hadrian and the Piazza di Pietra. The award will be presented by Italy’s minister of culture and the Chairman of the foundation while professor Ko is expected to give a reception speech and poetry reading at the ceremony. Italy’s Fondazione Roma is a private organization that sponsors areas such as cultural arts, education and welfare. Its poetry festival has been held annually since 2006. The International Poet Award has been awarded since 2014, and professor Ko Un will be honored as the fourth laureate following Adam Zagajewski (Poland), Jacobo Cortines (Spain) and Carol Ann Duffy (UK). Professor Ko’s most recent work of poems was published in a new book last year while he plans to meet with readers in Europe after releasing a revised edition of ‘White Butterfly’ and ‘Maninbo’ in Sweden this coming April.
On January 9th, Gloria Arroyo, former President of the Philippines, visited Dankook University’s Jukjeon campus. Ms. Arroyo served as the President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010 and is currently an active member of its House of Representatives. Her visit was accompanied by a delegation of 15 people including the governor of her district, the Honorable Lilia Garcia Pineda of Pampanga. Former president Arroyo and her delegation made a courtesy visit to DKU President Hosung Chang to explain the purpose of their visit saying that “(we) plan to develop sports training and sports tourism facilities, major shopping and residential facilities in the Pampanga province,” and asked for “the city of Yongin and local public institutions including DKU to take interest in the development project.” In particular, Ms. Arroyo and her delegation emphasized that “Lubao in Pampanga is an open and vibrant city for golf and tourism, so it would offer many advantages for locating a high school affiliated with a renowned foreign university or operating a golf academy,” and added that “(we) would certainly welcome Dankook University.” DKU President Hosung Chang responded that “expanding academic and human exchanges with the world is essential for a university to advance,” and stressed that “pursuing a joint education project between DKU and Pampanga will be reviewed based on principles of reciprocity.” The two institutions agreed on a memorandum to work together on △academic exchanges based on Pampanga’s development plan △information exchanges on technology and industry trends △building a network for mutual knowledge and information exchanges and △human exchanges to provide employment and internship opportunities etc.
On December 14th, Dankook University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) School of Law regarding joint operations of an intellectual property professional degree program. Dankook University’s Graduate School of Information Technology and Intellectual Property (Dean Han Kyung-ho) and the UNH Law School will join together in nurturing global talent equipped with practical skills related to intellectual property. Through the MOU, the two schools discussed details on operating the joint degree program for the Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) that will start in 2017 including recognizing credits from courses of each other’s schools and how to run the overall curriculum. Therefore, any student enrolled in the MIP program that meets admission qualifications, can take online courses during the summer semester without having to go abroad and complete the program to earn a degree within a single year. In particular, students of DKU’s Graduate School of Information Technology and Intellectual Property can also enjoy deductions in their tuition. The DKU Graduate School of Information Technology recruited select students for its MIP program which starts this year. The master’s program will offer basic courses on intellectual property such as intellectual property laws, patent laws and design laws, as well as a multi-disciplinary, convergent curriculum with courses covering technology business development, design management and cultural contents legal agreements. Lee Chul-tae, director of the Intellectual Property Education Center, explained that “the MOU with the New Hampshire Law School for a joint degree program will focus on fostering global talent that can efficiently manage and protect intellectual property rights while also effectively responding to various disputes that may occur.” The UNH Law School is a part of the state university in New Hampshire, located along the East Coast of the U.S., specializing in intellectual property related legal studies.