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).”
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.”