Dankook University Startup Support Foundation held the 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day“ Dankook University Startup Support Foundation opened its 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day’ at the Concert Hall, Humanities Building on December 1, in order to help out young entrepreneurs to successfully settle in. The 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day’ was organized for infant startup companies to give demonstrations of their prototypes before they launch their complete products. The event was attended by 30 entrepreneurs and startup companies who were selected to participate in the foundation-led programs, the 2015 Startup Commercialization Program and the Follow-up Support Program. The various demonstrations displayed at the event included a security system technology that protects authentication certificate from theft, an IoT-based ventilation control system, coffee related materials and products presented by the winner of 2014 Barista Championship, and metal ceramic products displayed by a prolific patent owner who obtained three patents in one year. The DKU Startup Support Foundation helps these infant startups to successfully launch their products through providing them with professional mentoring service and matching appropriate investors. The foundation will have a presentation to announce the outcomes of the foundation-led programs and find improvements.
Dankook turned out successful candidates in national exams, 1 in the bar exam, 1 in the civil service exam and 4 in the patent attorney exam, respectively. Building a structured supporting system helps students pass the national exams while they are in college. DKU is overjoyed at hearing the news of DKU students’ success in national exams including the bar exam and civil service exam. Ms. Hanna Dong, a law graduate of Dankook passed the 57th National Bar Exam in 2015. The second-round of the bar exam administered by the Ministry of Justice was taken by 712 applicants this year and 152 passed the exam, recording a competition ratio of 1.46:1. According to the announcement by the Ministry of Personnel Management on October 17, Mr. Jooyoung Jang, a senior majoring in public administration passed this year’s national civil service exam. Also, DKU turned out 4 successful candidates who passed the 52nd patent attorney examination administered by Human Resources Development Service of Korea. The successful candidates are Ms. Yeomyung Lee, a senior in molecular biology, Mr. Taekyu Lee, a senior in information and statistics, Mr. Soojun Ha, a senior in electronic engineering and Ms. Ko Choi, a graduate in chemistry. The total number of applicants in the second-round of the 52nd patent attorney examination was 1131 for 216 positions, recording a competition ratio of 19.3:1. DKU has established an affiliated academy under its Human Resources Development Center for students and graduates who prepare national examinations. The university assigned a full-time academic advisor to make a constant effort to build a structured supporting system for students to concentrate on their preparations.
Laying foundation stone to overcome challenges wisely and leap forward as a global university The ceremony for Dankook University’s 68th founding anniversary was held on November 2 at Nanpa Concert Hall, Jukjeon Campus. The ceremony was attended by nearly 600 professors, staff members and personnel including Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, President Hosung Chang and Seogki Yoon, the President of the Alumni Association. The entire attendance commemorated the university’s rich history and affirmed a new commitment towards the future. "I would like extend my gratitude to the founders for establishing a foothold that allows our wisdom and talent to serve the nation and mankind. I would also thank the faculty for devoting themselves to the miraculous growth of the university,” said Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, during his commemorative speech. ”Our 68th founding anniversary shall provide us a driving force for the future of the university and affirm our resolve and commitment to fulfilling our duties with a sense of unity, and realize the importance of our divine vocation to human society,” he added. President Hosung Chang told the audience that “Dankook University has achieved remarkable development for the past 68 years. Nearly 180,000 graduates are playing their roles and duties creditably around the planet even at this moment, contributing to the advancement of the nation, society and mankind.” “With the competition among universities becoming larger and stronger along with the government’s restructuring plan, I believe all members will stand together to overcome these difficulties and challenges wisely and make a better future for Dankook University," he mentioned.
Launch of a joint program that enables Dankook students to earn master’s degree at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute after they complete three years of undergraduate study at Dankook. On the 15th of October, Dankook University signed a unique cooperation agreement with Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, which is located in Jingdezhen, China, the world’s capital of porcelain. Dankook University’s Department of Ceramics signed a general MOU with Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute at department level in 2008 and a student exchange agreement in 2012. The fruitful educational and cultural exchanges promoted between the institutions for the past several years have resulted in the launch of a ‘3+1+2 joint program’ on October 15. The joint program allows Dankook’s ceramics students to complete three years of undergraduate study at Dankook, then one year of undergraduate study followed by two years of Master’s study at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute. Both institutions are also putting efforts to develop a new exchange program that will allow participants of the ‘3+1+2 program’ to continue their study to the doctoral level. Established in 1958, Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute is the only ceramic institution of higher education in China. More than 15,000 students are enrolled in academic departments including its Department of Silicate Materials Engineering.
A training session on ‘Colombo Plan: International Trade and WTO’ was held from October 18 to November 7 Passing on the know-hows of Korea’s international trade to senior officials of Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The Department of International Trade opened a training session on ‘Colombo Plan: International Trade and WTO’ that hands down Korea’s excellent foreign trade promotion policy to twelve senior officials of the four Western Asian countries, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan. As part of the government’s grant-type technical cooperation program for developing countries, this training session was organized by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to give foreign aid in the form of official development assistance (ODA). Dankook University was designated as the host institution for the session by the Korea International Cooperation Agency in September this year. The twelve participants are high-ranking officials in trade relations and tariff in each country. The training session aims at handing down Korea’s successful policy and practice on international trade to Western Asian countries. The session includes extension of export, tariff and export system, cultivating foreign trade specialists and attracting foreign investments. The lectures will consist of the economic growth and trade policy of Korea, WTO and the trend of international trade, status and strategy of e-trade in Korea, Korea’s promotion strategy for FTA and foreign investment promotion. Moreover, the participants are scheduled to go on field trips to trade promotion agencies including Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Customs Service and Korea World Trade Center.
Dankook University will serve as the center of smart wearable software technology based on IoT(Internet of Things) framework. With the opening ceremony of the Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) held on Tuesday, September 8 at the International Hall of Jukjeon Campus, Dankook University gave an impetus to the development of smart wearable software technology. This was promoted as part of the Development Project for University ICT Research Centers which is overseen by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and Dankook University is only university in Gyeonggi Province selected as a participating institution of the project. Totalling 3.63 billion won of government funding and private capital will be injected to this large-scale project from this year to 2018. Dankook University was designated as the host institution to lead this project with Seoul National University, KAIST, Korea University, UNIST, the University of Seoul and Kookmin University as participating universities. Through research, Dankook University will focus on developing a software structure which is harmless to human body and consumes less battery, designing an optimized UI/UX for different types of services, and developing a software technology that transmits, analyzes and secures IoT wearable data. Dankook University aims at securing source technology and setting up a global standardization in the field of smart wearable technology, and cultivating more than a hundred IoT experts. Dankook University will also cooperate with companies in the related field in manufacturing prototypes and commercialition of smart wearable technology. Participating companies include Neofact, Inbody, YBrain and 3llabs, and SK Telecom will provide kids education robots as materials for research.
Dankook University held a culture festival for international students ahead of Thanksgiving Day. The DKU Thanksgiving Day Festival for International Students was held on 23rd of September at the Jukjeon campus and the 24th at the Cheonan campus respectively. The festival was designed to celebrate and provide a better understanding of Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Day, and showcase its various cultural and traditional events. Nearly 500 international students participated in the festival at both campuses and enjoyed traditional culture activities that includes having a memorial ceremony for ancestors, experience of wearing of Hanbok, and cooking Korean traditional food such as Pajeon, Kimchijeon and Makgeolli.
The Global Internship Exhibition for the 2015 fall semester was held on Tuesday, September 15 at the Student Union Building, Jukjeon Campus. The exhibition aims at broadening students’ understanding of global internship programs and improving their competence and capability to apply for such programs through one-on-one customized personal counseling. The exhibition was organized by the Office of International Affairs to meet the growing demands of students for overseas internship and employment. The Office of International Affairs carefully scanned dozens of overseas internship agencies and had meetings with them prior to the exhibition, of which seven qualified agencies were invited in the exhibition. The seven agencies including ICN Group, GIC and Hotel Intern.com provided one-on-one customized counseling service to students who seek overseas internship and employment throughout the exhibition.
■ 1,622 Bachelors, 607 Masters, 94 PhDs Receive Degree The 2015 Fall Graduation Ceremony was held on August 25th, 10am and 3pm at the Student Union Building of each campus. 1,622 Bachelors (Jukjeon 928, Cheonan 694), 607 Masters (Jukjeon 458, Cheonan 149), 94 PhDs (Jukjeon 56, Cheonan 38) had the honor of receiving their diploma. President Hosung Chang expressed his congratulations, “You are now taking the first steps in building up your career after 4 years of higher education. Your heart is already conscious of what you want to do and what you want to be. You are responsible for your own life and regardless of success or failure I hope you do not give up in pursuing your dreams.” ■ Rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree Dankook University also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy to Aiman Mussakhajayeva, rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts. Aiman Mussakhajayeva is a People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a world renowned violinist. She is the prizewinner of prestigious international competitions such as the 1976 ‘Belgrade International Competition (Yugoslavia)’, the ‘Paganini International Competition (Genoa, Italy)’, and the 1986 ‘8th Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, Russia)’. Aiman Mussakhajayeva has devoted her life to cultivating musicians at the Moscow, Almaty, and Bishkek Music Conservatories. In 1998, her efforts for world peace through music were acknowledged and she received an honorary title “Artist for Peace” from UNESCO. In the same year, her passion for music and education led her to found the Kazakh National Academy of Music. In 2009, the Academy gained a new status as a state organization, “Kazakh National University of Arts” for which she is serving as rector until this day.
Dankook University was chosen as a "model university" for Industry Professional Practice (IPP) by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea as Dankook developed a notable model related to IPP. The institutions participating in the "Leaders in Industry-University Cooperation" project and schools focusing on fieldwork were evaluated to select the "Model University for IPP" through which exemplary operation models will be developed. A total of 5 schools were chosen nation-wide and Dankook was selected for the Chungcheong area. Dankook's students have made use of their field experience and sought employment at the company where they did their field work and this has been selected as a best practice. Dankook's efforts include proposing an employment plan when searching for companies and close supervision throughout the whole process and as a result over 80% of the students who participated in this experience were employed. Dankook also saw an increase in number of students seeking employment at these companies from 65.4% in 2012 to 82.5% in 2014. As Dankook was selected as a "model university," it is now focusing on continuously developing outstanding operation models based on experience managing IPP and performance analysis. Also, through cooperation with the Industry-University Cooperation Mediation Center, Dankook should put in efforts to spread models to other institution within the area. Dankook is planning to create an ecosystem in which universities and communities can co-develop and improve employment rate through 'employment plans and industry practice.' In addition, Dankook will introduce interdisciplinary fieldwork and promote substantiality by making fieldwork a regular course. Moreover, Dankook plans to increase the number of beneficiaries through subsidies from businesses and establish a global system through partnerships with family companies overseas.
Dankook has constructed a bridge in cooperative relations with the Eurasia region through close ties with Kazakh National University of Arts. President Hosung Chang recently visited the power nation of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, and met with the leaders of education and culture to promote cooperative projects. He was also successful in advancing a government funded foreign student program. The foundation of this visit was built on continuous exchange between Dankook University and Kazakh National University of Arts after the signing of an agreement in 2012. During the week-long visit from July 14th, President Chang and Aiman Mussakhajayeva, rector of Kazakh National University of Arts, agreed to develop a student exchange program and a training program between the two schools. Under this agreement, Dankook will utilize the dance and music of Europe from Kazakh National University of Arts as an educational asset and has laid a foundation to promote studying abroad for Central Asia students who are interested in Korean culture. During the luncheon with the Minister of Culture and Sports, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and Rector Mussakhajayeva, President Chang agreed to participate in the Bolashak program. The Bolashak Program is a government scholarship introduced in 1993, awarded to high-performing students from Kazakhstan to study overseas. Every year, more than 2,000 Kazakhstan students are chosen to study at prestigious universities all around the world. Until now, only 4 schools from Korea participated in the Boloshak Program, Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Yonsei University, and Korea University. Moreover, the Bolashak Program usually funded students studying Social Sciences or Natural Sciences/Engineering, but considering that Korean Pop Culture is gaining worldwide attention, it was agreed to open the doors wider to cultivate professionals in culture contents.
More than 150 foreign students from 16 countries and 650 DKU students took part in the DKU ISS program which led to forming of a little ‘global village.’ DKU ISS gains huge popularity worldwide for promoting cultural exchanges between foreign and domestic students. Marking its 7th year, the various programs offered in the DKU ISS satisfied both foreign and domestic participants. Summer is special at Dankook. The foreign students from 16 countries such as the U.S., Spain, Mexico and Taiwan built the ‘Dankook Global Village’ with DKU students. This is the seventh year of the DKU ISS hosting international students to study side by side with Korean students and to learn Korean language and culture during summer break. The DKU ISS consists of various programs such as the Global Village, the Academic Program and a special program for science and engineering students from ASEAN countries. The popularity of the DKU ISS has been increasing year after year for its language exchange program between foreign and domestic students as well as its Korean cultural experience program for foreign students. Paul Kenedy, a 22-year old Irish student who took part in the ceramic arts class, said “One of my friends who participated in the DKU ISS recommended it to me very highly.” “I am so glad that I could make some Korean friends and have a firsthand experience of Korean culture such as ceramic arts,” he added. DKU ISS teaches mobile computing techniques to science and engineering students from ASEAN countries A notable feature of this year’s DKU ISS is that science and engineering students from ASEAN countries had come to take part in the program, together with other regular foreign participants. Last April, Dankook University was designated as one of the host universities for the ‘2015 GKS for ASEAN countries’ Science and Engineering students’ project which was organized by the National Institute for International Education of the Ministry of Education. Dankook University received the highest score among the universities around the capital area for its qualified management system for international students and high standard of infrastructure. Consequently, 20 selected students from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia took mobile systems engineering classes at Dankook University from July 16 to August 14. The classes offered were Fundamental of Mobile Computing and Introduction of Mobile Technology and Trends.
DKU student volunteers carried out service activities in Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Uzbekistan during the summer break. DKU has planted the seeds of Dankook’s guiding principles of truth and service. DKU’s overseas volunteer corps carried out voluntary activities in Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Uzbekistan for their summer vacation. In the spirit of the university’s guiding principles of truth and service, DKU’s continued overseas volunteer work receives a fervent response from local communities. DKU’s overseas volunteering activities, which are not just one off events but continuous work, has contributed to elevating the nation’s reputation. The overseas volunteer corps from the Jukjeon campus visited Cambodia for 10 days from June 24. The corps provided services for 470 Tatok elementary school students and 200 Frei elementary school students in the Siem Reap region, such as teaching and doing maintenance work on school facilities to create a better atmosphere. The Laos division carried out voluntary activities for 100 Napasuk elementary school students and 100 Tanag elementary school students in Vientiane for 10 days from July 14. The volunteers taught local students science, arts, mathematics and physical education and also worked on improving school facilities. The volunteer group from the Cheonan campus went to Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia and Tashkent of Uzbekistan and delivered the warmth of Dankook. The Mongolia division of the overseas volunteer corps went to the Takhilt area in Ulaanbaatar for 11 days from June 17. Their work included the remodeling of school facilities, painting walls and teaching 200 students in the region. The Uzbekistan division visited Tashkent and did their voluntary work for the people in the Ahmad Yassabi Siongo Children’s Hall and Arirang Nursing Home. The volunteer corps taught Korean language, science, arts, music and physical education to children between age 5 and 13 for 11 days. Moreover, the group visited the Goryeo village and shared warmth by cleaning up the environment and painting murals.
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Liberation Day, the long march took place along the 290 kilometer route that the university’s founder walked for his independence movement. Damkook University organized the long march through national lands which combines history and education. Marking the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese rule, Dankook University organized a 290 kilometer long march for 10 days starting August 1 to provide students with an opportunity to foster the spirit of independence and patriotism. This program consisted of 10 days of the long march and 7 days of history education on the independence movements. The participants received 2 credits after completion. The participants of the long march walked the path that Beomjeong Chang Hyung, the founder of Dankook University, traveled for his independence movement. The participant students experienced various field trips which included history lectures and lessons on the patriotism campaign. The 290 kilometer long march began in Gwangju and was scheduled to progress to the Independence Hall in Cheonan via Jeongeup, Iksan, Nonsan and DaeJeon. The participants walked 30 kilometers every day visiting historical sites and also had a special history lecture offered by history professor Sijun Han, who is recognized as an authority on the independence movements. The program was also funded by the Independence Commemoration Association and included various events such as performing a flash mob, making user-created contents and giving of the national flag to the public.
The museum’s special exhibition called “Hyeeumwon, a temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty,” and the Google Art project featuring artifacts of Princess Deok-on, the last princess of the Joseon dynasty, are now in the spotlight. The museum’s decade-long efforts to excavate the temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty and spread the beauty of Hanbok through historical research and reinterpretation of Korean traditional clothing are finally paying off. ■ The museum’s 150 pieces of traditional Korean costumes are participating in the Google Art Project. About 150 pieces of traditional Korean costumes are exhibited to the world through the Google Art Project. This includes the ceremonial robe, known as Wonsam, of Princess Deok-on, the last princess of the Joseon dynasty. The wonsam of Princess Deok-on, which was displayed at the museum’s special exhibition in 2012, is one of the major artifacts exhibited through the Google Art Project, Google’s exhibition project that aims to provide access to cultural heritage for everyone. The image of wonsam can be viewed at 7 billion pixel resolution, which provides subscribers with very close observation, even closer than seeing it in the actual museum. The Google Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to allow people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Currently, more than 700 institutions in 60 different countries are participating in this project. ■ Special exhibition: Hyeeumwon, a temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty The university museum holds a special exhibition ‘Hyeeumwon, a temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty’ through July 31. Hyeeumwon is the only temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty discovered in South Korea up to present day. The kings stopped by and stayed overnight at the palace when they left for Seoul from Gaesung, the ancient capital of Goryeo. The palace is located near Paju in Gyeonggi Province. Hyeeumwon is a royal palace where the kings of the Goryeo dynasty stayed during their long journey. This exhibition shows the dignity of the temporary palace of the Goryeo dynasty, displaying various remains such as Goryeo celadon made in the 12th century, roof tile emblazoned with “Hyeeumwon“ and lacquer-ware plate coated with cotton. The lacquer ware plate takes center stage since it proves the fact that cotton was used long before Ik-Jeom Moon brought in cottonseed from Yuan China in the 14th century. “This exhibition is very significant in terms of the fact that Hyeeumwon is the only temporary palace discovered in South Korea, describing the scale and arrangement of the palace in the Goryeo dynasty,” the Director Kyungsik Park said.