Operating a demand-oriented curriculum that actively incorporates input from leading industry fields High satisfaction regarding the outstanding curriculum that nurtures talent for the cosmetics industry Dankook University’s Department of Chemistry was selected as an outstanding academic department in the ‘2017 Industry Perspective University Evaluation,’ recognized as a best practice benchmark in building a demand-oriented educational environment. In the results of the Industry Perspective University Evaluation announced by the Korea Council for University Education on April 18th, Dankook’s chemistry department was named as the department delivering the most outstanding curriculum by the cosmetics industry. Reflecting demand in the cosmetics industry, DKU’s Department of Chemistry set up 8 new classes related to cosmetics and expanded its intensive curriculum in bio-based chemistry courses. The chemistry and bio convergence courses were made to nurture basic knowledge needed for the development and production of cosmetics while helping enhance understanding across the overall cosmetics industry. In addition to courses, such as ‘Understanding of the Cosmetics Industry’ and ‘Practice Analysis of Cosmetics,’ having an educational environment closely connected to the actual industry field is key; the department’s offerings of on-site training at cosmetics companies and promoting Capstone design were noted as good examples. A high level of satisfaction was expressed by industry executives and representatives from organizations such as the Korea Dermatology Research Institute and Bio Costech. This led to Dankook being selected as the university offering the most outstanding curriculum for fostering talent needed by the cosmetics industry.
※ UNITY (UNiversity-Industry cooperated infiniTY): Building capabilities related to the 4th industrial revolution throughout one’s lifetime through infinite cooperation between universities and industries While everyone talks about the need to prepare for the 4th industrial revolution, there is a university that has already started its engine for the new era. Artificial intelligence has been introduced to the academic system and all students enrolled at the university must take classes related to the 4th industrial revolution. Based on strong industry-university partnership knowhow, this university helps nurture future-oriented capabilities in students. The university is Dankook University and the UNITY program is at the heart of these efforts. Since being appointed as university president in 2008, DKU President Hosung Chang elevated Dankook University’s research achievements and its education environment from domestic levels to reach global standards to compete with renowned universities around the world. Last March, Dankook University was selected as a leading university in the 4th industrial revolution as part of the LINC+ program hosted by the Ministry of Education. Innovation in the learning environment and curriculum will be driven to foster the capabilities needed in students for the 4th industrial revolution (convergent knowledge – critical thinking – communication – creativity – collaboration). The new concept of ‘UNITY’ proposed by Dankook University brings industries and the university together through infinite cooperation to help students build the capabilities needed in the new era throughout their lifetime. The college education program develops determined spirits in freshmen students, communication and cooperation skills in sophomores and juniors and the drive to practice such competencies in seniors. The talent fostered through this process will advance into businesses and follow career paths that progress from engineers to developers to managers. ■ "No more worries about getting a job, thanks to DESP" DESP (Dankook Enterprise Simulation Program), Dankook University’s customized curriculum module to support employability, cultivates talent that can be immediately assigned to the workforce. DESP is an employment focused curriculum where specific companies participate in the end-to-end process from classes on theory to simulation workshops to internship opportunities. Unlike general internships that offer temporary opportunities to acquire job experience, companies are involved in the entire education process, which allows participating students to become ‘tailored talent’ needed by the given company upon completion of the program. ■ Korea’s first artificial intelligence campus Along with innovation in education and employment, Dankook University is also revolutionizing the learning environment for students. ‘DanAI,’ an AI chatbot, is being introduced across the entire academic system to create an atmosphere similar to something expected from ‘universities of the future.’ Implementation began in 2017 with services scheduled to open in the first semester of 2018. DanAI makes school life entirely different from what we know now. The chatbot has already acquired information on academic programs, courses and career designing options available at Dankook. Students can ask DanAI questions as if they were chatting with a friend without being limited by time or space; DanAI will provide optimized answers quickly and accurately.
On March 9, President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in political science at the Nanpa Music Concert Hall located on Dankook University’s Jukjeon campus. Bach made great contributions toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula and making the PyeongChang Olympics a success by supporting the participation of the North Korean national team in the Winter Olympics and a joint entrance with the South Korean team during the opening ceremonies. In addition, based on his seasoned experience with the International Olympic Committee, he has set a clear vision for the committee regarding its function, direction and the president’s role. Dankook University decided to present President Bach with an honorary doctorate degree in political science as his life and achievements dedicated to the advancement of global sports and peace are aligned with Dankook University’s educational direction of ‘truth and service.’ “Dankook University, which I can now call ‘our’ university, has made great contributions to sports, becoming a key area in Korean education throughout the past 70 years,” said Thomas Bach in his acceptance speech and added that “it is an honor to be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from a university that has close ties with the Olympics. I will continue to work hard to spread the value of sports around the world together with DKU.” Dankook University has strived to serve humanity through sports and enhance peace. DKU has nurtured numerous sports stars in less popular sport disciplines such as rugby, rowing, skiing and ice skating. Chairman Choongsik Chang of the DKU Board was the Korean Olympic Committee vice chairman at the Beijing Asian Games in 1990 and inspired the international sports arena by successfully forming a unified Korean team at the time and through nine inter-Korean sports talks.
Dankook University has been recognized by the government for its efforts and continuous innovations toward the fourth industrial revolution in areas such as AI campuses, Design Thinking education and being a software-oriented University. On March 27th, Dankook University was chosen as a leading innovative university for the 4th industrial revolution as part of the LINC+ program hosted by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation. A total 10 universities were selected by provinces nationwide; Dankook was proudly named to represent the metropolitan area. The leading innovative university program selects and supports universities that can foster talent to head prospective new industries in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. These universities foster educational environments and pursue innovations in their curriculum to cultivate ‘convergent knowledge’ and ‘4C’ (critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration) capabilities. Relevant organizations and academic departments at Dankook University worked together to push forward with this program. With the support of the I-Dasan LINC+ Project Group (led by Jinwoo Eo, Vice President for Industry-academia Cooperation), a new project group (led by Sunghan Rhim) was formed with the Department of Mechanical Engineering (lead department), the Department of Architectural Engineering (participating department) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (participating department). DKU President Hosung Chang leads the program as the chairman of the 4th Industrial Revolution Education Innovation Committee and the aforementioned departments will carry out the project with support from the I-Dasan LINC+ project group. Courses, such as ‘Design My Life’ and 'Design My Profession,' are being developed to provide students aspiring to become the talent needed for the fourth industrial revolution with the opportunity to explore various occupations of the future. “Universities must lead change instead of merely accommodating it,” said President Hosung Chang as he asked to “look forward to Dankook’s transformation in creating the future through educational innovation that nurtures talent to lead the future via industry-academia partnerships while defending the pride of universities raising the ivory tower.”
The Industry-Academia Cooperation Foundation at Dankook University’s Cheonan campus signed a technology transfer agreement with Genoss Co., Ltd. for the ‘development of medical devices for hard tissue regeneration using bioactive silica.’ The technology provided by Dankook to Genoss is a core technology in developing bioactive root canal sealers that significantly improve the regeneration ability of bone graft material used in dental implants. Genoss plans to leverage this technology to launch a new product over the next two years. To this end, two patented technologies and the technological knowhow jointly developed by professors Haewon Kim and Hae-Hyoung Lee, along with professor Jonathan Campbell Knowles of the University of London’s Eastman Dental Institute will be transferred to Genoss. In return, the company will pay 100 million KRW in royalties and 3% of its revenues annually following the introduction of the new product. Professor Kim said that “the technology is expected to be used in developing a dental regeneration material that responds more actively to our body and nervous system to accelerate the pace of safe tissue regeneration compared to existing bone grafting material.” Meanwhile, Dankook University and Genoss were selected for the ‘Project to establish and operate a joint research entity in the science belt functional district’ by the Ministry of Science and ICT. Through this project, Genoss and ITREN (Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering) will establish a joint research entity named ‘Gentren’ and embark on a joint industry-academia research project with the support of government funding worth approximately 1 billion KRW over the course of two years. Professor Haewon Kim, who is the chief director in charge of the technology development, says that “having the research outcome of our university, commercialized and used in products through technology transfer will serve as a meaningful example of industry-academia partnerships. We also look forward to the partner companies developing new products that can be differentiated from those of their competitors, develop new markets at home and abroad, and create new jobs and revenue growth.”
Dankook University is nurturing talent that can be immediately assigned to the workforce through ‘DESP,’ a customized employment support education curriculum module. DESP, which stands for the Dankook Enterprise Simulation Program, is an employment related curriculum, part of the Dankook University I-Dasan LINC+ project, that covers job theory, simulation workshops and internships in partnership with businesses. Unlike general internships that are offered temporarily to provide work experience, in the DESP model, partner companies are involved across the entire curriculum, which enables students to become ‘tailored talent’ needed by the given company. Students who received modular training will begin participating in a corporate simulation job workshop starting in January 2018. Dankook will offer training in real-world skills needed at Oracle, such as in HR, accounting, marketing, administration, production management, etc. Oracle employees and executives will serve as instructors during the workshops to share professional knowledge on mobile programming contents, utilizing cloud-based business data and other topics. Afterwards, the students will start internships at Oracle Korea’s head office. There, they will be assigned roles that go beyond mere administrative tasks; they will learn more about corporate culture, how to give presentations, and even plan and present their own projects during their practicum period. Companies are actively engaging in DKU’s modular education as it can narrow the gap between university education and practical work skills needed in the field, not to mention cutting down on retraining costs for those rehired later at the company. As much as companies are investing their time and effort to train students, more opportunities to work at partner companies will also be extended to the students upon completion of their internships. The DKU Graduate School’s department of data sciences already introduced a modular training internship in partnership with SAP two years ago. Some of its graduates are now working as full-time employees at the company. In addition, SAP plans to start a six-month, long-term internship program with Dankook University in 2018
Dankook University alumni Hyekyeong Lee (freshman class of 2000, College of Law) passed the 59th Korean Bar Exam with the highest scores. On November 7th, the Ministry of Justice announced 55 successful applicants for the Korean Bar Exam where Lee received 457.22 points in the second round and ended with a final average 60.96 points which is more than 5 points higher than the 55.09 point cutline. Lee’s success did not come easy but is rather the result of true perseverance and resilience, never giving up on her dreams and continuing to take challenges despite discouragements along the way. In fact, Lee took the first round of the bar exam four times since 2009, and the second round 8 times. Successful applicants of the first round are given two chances to take part in the second round, but Lee failed to pass every time until now. Lee said that “I was a typical so-called long-term ‘goshisaeng,’ having spent years preparing for the state exam. Naturally, there were many times when I wanted to give up. I was in and out of slumps, and it was tough when I did not make it even after spending more time studying. However, picking myself up time and again is what brought me to where I am today. Support from my family and boyfriend and finding my own way to overcome difficult times by reading are what helped me get through.” She commented that “this time when taking the exam, I was thinking it would be great to just pass even in last place, so I am overjoyed to have passed first. I have been low key while preparing for the exam yet I am thankful for the many congratulation calls I received.” Recalling the mock criminal trial at the Criminal Law Association as the most memorable from her college years, Lee also expressed her gratitude to Dankook and her undergraduate professors. “It has been a while since I graduated, but I am grateful to have learned from professors Yongwoo Kwon, Yangbin Park and Dongsoo Song.” In order to calm her excitement from passing the exam, Lee has already embarked on a new challenge. “I will be entering the Judicial Research and Training Institute this upcoming March which makes me nervous already thinking of all the eminent people who will be gathered there. That’s why I am preparing myself on how to study. I plan to continue studying as I have been doing in order to become a law clerk someday.” Last but not least, Lee shared words of encouragement for her DKU juniors. “Recently, many Dankook alumni have successfully entered law school, and I know the university has a lot of outstanding talent. I believe that it is important for legal professions to always remember what it was like for them at the beginning. There comes a time while studying when you forget and start to take things for granted, but I hope everyone can remember that even those little steps taken forward are invaluable.”
Dankook University professor Young Seok Song (department of fiber system) made a technology transfer worth 100 million KRW of his ‘tool temperature control technology using thin film heater’ to SM Tech Inc. Professor Song’s technology uses thin filters to rapidly raise or drop the temperature of desired spots on the surface of molds (a metal frame that is used to make shaped objects). Precise control of ‘tool (mold)’ temperature in injection molding (a process where plastic material melted by heat is put into a mold for configuration), one of the most well-known polymer processing procedures, is a key element in determining the quality of end products, so relevant industries have desperate needs for Professor Song’s technology. SM Tech, which received the technology transfer from Professor Song, was also in need of tool temperature control technology to create micro precision medicine and electronics polymer products. This technology is expected to be used to produce injection molding for skin implants going forward. Professor Song commented that “previous skin implants used thread, but now polymer processing can be used to make skin implants thanks to this technology transfer.” Meanwhile, this technology was developed with the support of Dankook University’s LINC+ project group and the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center (GRRC).
On September 12th, the ‘2017 Korea International Modern Dance Competition’ finals were held at the Main Hall of the Cheonan Arts Center. One of Dankook’s own students, Xu Mengxuan (徐梦璇), were among the winners at this event which is one of the most prestigious competitions in Korea. Xu Mengxuan, a Chinese student in Dankook’s Graduate School (PhD) program took 4th place and received a special award. Xu, who started majoring in Chinese traditional dance since she was 16, joined Dankook’s Graduate School program (master’s program) to switch to modern dance in 2015. As modern dance is not widespread in China yet, Xu decided to come to Korea and applied to Dankook University which boasts with leading faculty and a strong curriculum. Her decision was a success. Along with the university’s support and her own personal efforts, Xu placed her name on the list of winners in an international competition only 2 years after changing her major. Prior to the Korea International Modern Dance Competition, Xu also placed first in the ‘Czech Brno Conservatory Dance Competition’ and received a participation award at the ‘22nd Korean Modern Dance Competition,’ not to mention taking the special award at the Chugye School of Arts National Dance Competition on the 17th. Xu said that “it was tough at first as Chinese dance is about expressing external images while modern dance is more about expressing what is inside your heart” and added that “but, DKU’s department of dance offers a lot of opportunities to actually take the stage at places such as the Arts Center and Seoul Art Center which made it easier for me to learn quickly.” In addition, “professors Heajung Kim and Eunsun Lee taught me how to express myself through modern dance which helped me gain confidence, and I was touched by how professor Kim looked after me like her own daughter, even taking me to jjimjilbang, the Korean bathhouse, during the holidays knowing I was here in Korea alone without my family.” She also commented that not only the academic program, but also Dankook’s overall system such as dormitories, scholarship benefits and student services provided a convenient environment for foreign students studying overseas and made it possible for her to solely concentrate on practicing dance. Thanks to this, the number of foreign students in the department increased from four when Xu first entered the graduate program to currently around 20 students. Xu says that she would like to realize a greater dream through Dankook. “Based on what I learned and experienced here at Dankook, I want to promote the beauty of modern dance in China. Just like what I learned from my professors, I would like to be a warm and caring teacher to students of my own someday.”
Chinese students who completed their doctorate program at Dankook University are returning to their home country in glory, having been appointed as professors to universities in China. >> Mr. Liu Wenchoa (left) and Ms. Lan Ruixia (right) Mr. Liu Wenchao and Ms. Lan Ruixia, who graduated from the Department of Animal Resource Science’s doctorate program last August, were appointed as assistant professors to China’s Guangdong Ocean University. After receiving their master’s degrees from China’s Sichuan Agricultural University back in 2015, the two now Dankook alumni chose to come to Korea to study and work along the research team of Prof. Inho Kim who is a world renowned scholar in the field of animal resources science. While working as a part of Prof. Kim’s team, the two Chinese students displayed passion for their studies as they actively took part in the university’s industry-academia joint research initiatives and had 10 or more papers published in international academic journals, each respectively. In particular, Dankook University supported the students studying overseas by extending scholarships for their 2-year tuition and living expenses. Mr. Liu and Ms. Lan made great research progress throughout the 30 months at Dankook to graduate and both be appointed as professors at Guangdong Ocean University in China. >> Prof. Inho Kim Mr. Liu Wenchao said that “(I) had no difficulty in researching and studying at Dankook thanks to the outstanding research infrastructure and active industry-academia partnerships. As I return to my home country, I will focus on teaching students at university and continue to make exchange opportunities with DKU.”
The ‘7th DKU Edu Fair’ hosted by Dankook University’s Office of Admissions was held amid strong support from prospective students and parents. The fair was held at the DKU Jukjeon Campus gymnasium on Saturday, August 19th under the theme ‘Spread your Wings of Dreams’ with 28 universities from around the nation including Ajou University, Inha University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies also participating. The fair contributed to lowering private consulting fees by offering ‘admissions counseling’ tailored to individual students, as well as providing information on the different admissions programs by university. In addition, details on how to prepare for student record screening admissions and other strategies were shared through consultation with admissions officers and officials. Students from Dankook University’s departments of journalism, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering set up an ‘experience booth’ for visitors to experience activities related to each respective major. At the Cheonan Campus, the fair was held earlier on August 10th with a total 74 universities and 11 colleges from around the country attending including Chung-Ang University and the University of Seoul. The university and college section offered PR material on each school and admissions counseling while at the consultation section, 50 professional college admission counselors met one-on-one with students and parents to provide guidance on the rolling admissions program and potential career paths. The special lecture section held various lectures on topics such as ‘successful strategy for writing essays’ and ‘rolling admissions strategy for the metropolitan and Chungcheong province’ aimed at students, parents and teachers. Thirteen departments from Dankook University including the departments of psychotherapy, healthcare administration and Marine Corps military studies, and four major programs from Konyang University including its Military Science and Police Administration College and department of cyber security engineering offered career experience programs filled with lectures and opportunities to get an upfront look at different majors.
The 2017 Danmoon scholarship awards ceremony was held at the Jukjeon Campus on August 24th. Marking its 27th year, a total 20 million KRW was handed out to 20 students who received 1 million KRW in scholarships, each respectively. The Danmoon scholarship was formed by the Dankook Alumni Association to encourage studies and foster the next generation of Dankook students who embody the Dankook spirit of challenge and creativity. DKU and the Danmoon Scholarship Foundation select exemplary students as recipients. Starting with 12 million KRW in 1991, approximately 650 million KRW has been given to 770 students throughout the years. Chairman Seokki Yoon of the Danmoon Scholarship Foundation expressed his sincere congratulations to the students who received the scholarship and shared his hopes for them to become “talent who will go on to make remarkable achievements with pride as Dankookians in the age of the fourth industrial revolution.”
Dankook University students who took part in a ‘Grand March across the Korean Peninsula’ to commemorate the university’s 70th anniversary, completed the 400km journey without even a single member dropping out from the 9-day walk (July 6-14). Under the slogan ‘Trail of reunification, the trail of independence,’ members of the grand march followed the footsteps of independence activist Bumjeong Jang Hyung, who founded Dankook University during Japanese colonial rule, and his fellow patriots in order to relive the true meaning of loving one’s country. A kickoff ceremony was held on July 6th at the DKU Cheonan Campus where the 140 participants gathered to respectively take buses to travel to the two starting locations of Imjingak in Paju, Gyeonggi Province and Busan. The march started in straight lines with members holding specially made flags in their hands, guarded by ambulances and safety patrols to ensure safety. Spirits were high as students felt pride in following the trail of Dankook’s founder who took part in Korea’s independence movement. However, it was not an easy journey. What started off with a couple of raindrops soon became a downpour of 40mm per hour that held the groups back from moving forward, and scorching temperatures peaking at 37 degrees Celsius at times placed greater weight on their shoulders. As blisters got wet due to the rain, students having difficulty putting their shoes on continuously appeared, but they encouraged each other and supported each other to go on. On July 13th, one day before the final day of the march, Professor Sijun Han (Department of History, Director of the Academy of Asian Studies) gave a lecture on ‘the independence movement and Dankook University’ at the DKU Cheonan Campus. Professor Han said that “there are not many universities in Korea that can proudly present their history,” and added that “the founder’s noble thinking that following liberation, the purpose of education is to build the nation and complete the thinking of our people has been deeply instilled in Dankook University.” On July 14th, the final day of the march, the Imjingak team and Busan team met at the Independence Hall of Korea (located in Mokcheon-eup, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan) after their 9-day journey. The Imjingak team walked a total 193km passing through Paju, Seoul, Yongin and Ansung while the Busan team marched a total 200km across Busan, Gimcheon, Daejeon and Cheongju. In order to encourage the members of the Grand March and support them, 60 faculty members including DKU President Hosung Chang, the university’s vice presidents, administrators, professors and employees also joined in on the march. Finally, both teams arrived at the Independence Hall at 2pm, overwhelmed and cheering as they announced the end of their march by throwing their caps up into the air. President Hosung Chang said that “it was a long and tough journey, but even the notorious heat wave couldn’t stop the passion of our students who handed in their summer break to take this challenge,” and went on to say that “as a Korean private university that was concerned for Korea’s independence during Japanese colonial rule, I hope this will serve as another opportunity to promote the purpose of Dankook University’s founding.”
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).”