Strengthening the foundation for spreading the Korean Wave and global education infrastructure Dankook University President Soobok Kim recently visited sister universities in Spain and Hungary to expand cooperation in international exchanges and strengthen the foundation for sharing Korean language and culture in Europe by hosting various events, including a Korean Speech Contest. Discussing exchanges and cooperation in medicine and semiconductors with Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) On October 3rd, President Kim visited UCM where an agreement was reached to further discussions for comprehensive cooperation, including academic exchanges in fields of strength for the two universities, as well as carry out student exchanges. “We delivered our vision to share DKU’s strengths in medicine and semiconductors with UCM while building a win-win model for both universities through active international exchanges,” said Kim. Student Exchange Agreement for graduate school exchanges with the University of Salamanca and special lecture and poetry readings On October 6th, President Kim made a courtesy visit to President Ricardo Rivero Ortega of the University of Salamanca, DKU’s sister university in Spain, to sign an agreement to expand the existing undergraduate exchange program to include graduate school students. Following the agreement signing, a special lecture and poetry reading were held under the theme ‘Language as a Guiding Light’ to commemorate the university’s Korean Culture Week. President Kim recited a poem he wrote himself that embodies his perspective on the world using implicit expressions on communing with nature. A special lecture was also held with renowned Spanish poet, Antonio Colinas. ‘Dankook University Korean Speech Contest’ held at ELTE On October 10th, the ‘2022 Korean Speech Contest at ELTE with Dankook University’ was held at DKU’s sister university in Hungary, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Over 70 students from ELTE’s Department of Korean Studies and Sejong Institute participated in the contest where 14 went on to the final round to compete under the theme ‘Korea that makes my heart flutter.’ Prizes included benefits linked to studying at Dankook University, such as opportunities to take part in the International Summer School or regular semester studies, dormitory stays, airline tickets, etc. “This visit to Europe has served as a chance to strengthen our relationships with sister universities while expanding the Korean Wave and Korean language in Spain and Hungary, so Dankook can take the lead in building a global education infrastructure,” said President Kim.
Dankook University’s Professor Hee-seok Yang (Department of Nanobiomedical Science) and his research team have succeeded in developing a ‘scaffold for enhancing bone formation’ for the effective regeneration of damaged bone tissue using protein (casein) extracted from milk. Damaged bones usually need a scaffold to form an appropriate environment for immune cell and stem cell uptake and differentiation, but there have been frequent side effects from existing scaffolds such as undermining the effect of drugs. Professor Yang’s team derived protein (casein) from milk and developed a scaffold that enhances bone formation for bone grafting needed in affected areas. Bone regeneration with the newly developed scaffold showed over 20% more bone mass and 6-times more bone density in the mouse calvarial defect orthotopic model and ectopic bone formation experiments compared to the control group. This research paper was published in the June 2022 edition of Bioactive Materials (IF=16.874), a renowned peer-reviewed scientific journal similar to SCIE in the field of bioactive materials. The title of the paper is “Rationally designed bioactive milk-derived protein scaffolds enhanced new bone formation”.
The Dasan LINC 3.0 project group joined hands with the animal feed and livestock company CJ Feed&Care to foster talent and promote cooperation in animal biotechnology. The project group visited CJ VINA AGRI, CJ Feed&Care’s local subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on August 19th. There, the two parties signed an MOU to build programs for tailored talent cultivation and corporate cooperation. They will also offer internships for Dankook students and capstone design planning to strengthen industry-academia partnerships in the area of animal biotechnology. As a result of the MOU, students at the College of Science & Technology and College of Biotechnology will be able to apply to the global internship program at CJ VINA AGRI. Along with the internship program, both parties will deliver capstone design programs and carry out joint technology development initiatives with more than KRW 50 million each year to help address difficulties faced by businesses in the field.
Representing universities from around the country selected for the STAR-Academy project (Science and Technology Acceleration for Region + Academy), Dankook University held a launch ceremony at the SW ICT Hall on the Jukjeon campus on September 7th. This launch marks the beginning of a journey to nurture professionals with master’s and doctoral degrees to accelerate commercialization of science and technology. Being selected for the project, DKU set up the Department of Science & Technology Policy Convergence at the Dankook Graduate School and has started working on utilizing and sharing local science and technology achievements. The new department will operate as a ‘Practical Science & Technology Graduate School’ designated by the Ministry of Science & ICT, receiving KRW 6.8 billion in government subsidies by 2027. It will foster talent in over 40 professionals each year with master’s and doctoral degrees taking the lead in putting technology to practical use in the fields of digital healthcare and cutting-edge machinery driven by artificial intelligence. Professor Sunghan Lim, head of the STAR-Academy project team (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Innovation Institute for Future Education), shared the blueprint for the project, saying that “[we] will set up and deliver a curriculum for over ten thousand people including those currently in the field, as well as future entrepreneurs, to provide graduate school education and help drive the commercialization of science and technology at both public (specialized research institutes) and private institutions.”
The Office of International Affair’s 2022 International Summer School, held from June 21 to August 18, has ended in success. The program was held for the first time in three years and attracted more than 160 foreign students and 600 Dankook students this year. The 2022 International Summer School consisted of three main programs: the Global Village, where foreign students and Dankook students form teams to study various foreign languages together; the Academic Program, where professors from Korea and abroad teach major courses in English and cultural experiences are provided; and the Korea Immersion Program (KIP), made up of Korean language and culture courses for foreign students. Foreign students taking part in the Academic Program not only attended lectures, but also enjoyed Korean cultural activities such as pottery making, K-POP demonstrations, Taekwondo, a temple stay, and the Boryeong Mud Festival. “I was worried about taking classes with fellow students from all around the world, but it was amazing to see how we all became friends,” said Jordan Cohen, one of the participating students from Southern Oregon University (USA), who added that “I want to thank all of the students and staff who made it possible for me to have a more memorable time and experience in Korea than I ever expected.” Associate Vice President Jaeil Kim who heads the Office of International Affairs said that “the program was packed full of enriching activities and was successful thanks to the active participation from our overseas partner universities, as well as Dankook students. We will strive to create an even better program and hope to see more foreign students take part in the International Summer School in the years to come.”
Project teams in the fields of future automotives, semiconductors, and intellectual property (IP) at Dankook University were selected for the government’s ‘Talent Cultivation Program for Emerging Industries and Cutting-edge Industries.’ Accordingly, a total KRW 3.6 billion in state grants will be extended over the course of three years to nurture talent in these fields. Dankook will deliver curriculums tailored to the needs of these high-tech industries while receiving government support for scholarships, personnel costs, facilities, and equipment. The selected areas are the Future Car Technology Convergence Innovative Talent Cultivation Program, the Semiconductor Track Program, and the IP Convergence Talent Cultivation Program. To nurture professional talent needed in developing and producing future cars, the Future Car Technology Convergence Innovative Talent Cultivation Program will offer consulting on curriculum design to meet the needs of industries and build short-term professional courses that include setting up cutting-edge equipment such as Nvidia hardware, simulators, and electrode-making devices for batteries for a hands-on experience. Meanwhile, the Semiconductor Track Program plans to establish a system to develop professional talent for semiconductor engineering in line with the new Convergence Semiconductor major being offer at DKU in 2022 and the Convergence Semiconductor Engineering Department, which is scheduled to launch in 2024. The program focuses on building a learning environment tailored to industry demands as well as developing and delivering a curriculum fit for the field to upgrade performance while going on to engage in follow-up specialization projects. The project for nurturing IP convergence talent will invest KRW 960 million in fostering future experts by bringing on board the technical expertise of professors in IP related capabilities in convergence semiconductors with Professor Seung-ki Lee, cutting-edge new material with Professor Kayoung Kim, and biohealth with Professor Jong-hwa Jang. The lead research professors will help cultivate research talent for these new industries while extending comprehensive support in IP courses, professor training, content development, and scholarship assistance to develop skilled talent in these areas
Dankook University is joining hands with LegoChem Biosciences, Inc., a KOSDAQ listed company, to open the ‘DKU-LCB Innovative Anti-Cancer Drug Research Center’ and to conduct joint studies on next-generation anticancer drugs to fight mutant cancer. On July 21, DKU President Soo-bok Kim and LegoChem Biosciences CEO Yong-zu Kim signed an MOU at the Industry-Academia Partnership Hall on Dankook’s Cheonan Campus. The agreement includes details on the two parties collaborating in △discovering and developing anticancer new drugs, △commissioned research and mutual technology guidance, △joint development and operations of a talent cultivation program, and △joint use of test analysis facilities and equipment to expedite the discovery of new anticancer drugs. According to the agreement, the ‘DKU-LCB Innovative Anti-Cancer Drug Research Lab (Director Jeong-hee Cho)’ will be set up at the Cheonan Campus Industry-Academia Partnership Hall where the cancer research of Professor Jeong-hee Cho’s (Department of Medical Biotechnology) team will come together with LegoChem Biosciences’ antibody drug conjugate (ADC) technology for joint research on next-generation new drugs to fight cancer with gene mutations.
Dankook University was selected for phase three of the Leaders in INdustry-University Cooperation initiative (LINC 3.0) led by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. DKU was specifically chosen for the ‘Customized Growth’ area, which focuses on development of talent and cooperation with industry to meet the demands of businesses and future society. As part of the initiative, the university will receive 4 billion KRW each year in government funding until 2027 (estimated total of 24 billion KRW). In addition to being selected for phases one and two, Dankook strengthened its position as a true leading university in industry-academia cooperation by being picked for a third time. Based on its success in phase one (2012~2016, 23 billion KRW) and phase two (2017~2021, 20 billion KRW), DKU has created a solid industry-academia cooperation model across the Seoul metropolitan area all the way down to the Chungcheong provinces, which is part of what led to being selected to take part in the third phase. In particular, Dankook was chosen as an excellent example of building a sharing and cooperative governance system, strengthening relationships with hub institutions, setting up a sharing system for patents, equipment, and information, supporting late-starter universities, and promoting contribution with local communities to renew and expand its system as a leading university in sharing and collaborating with industries. In addition to government funding, Dankook University plans to invest 10 billion KRW in matched funds and 1 billion KRW in start-up funding during the project period to drive comprehensive cooperation with businesses. Building on the spirit of the great thinker Jeong Yak-yong of seeking truth from facts (實事求是) and applying morality to practical affairs (經世致用), DKU plans to build and operate a leading model for industry-academia partnerships by constructing five parks for the five areas of talent development, start-ups, technology transfers, corporate partnerships, and sharing and collaboration.
Dankook University Hospital’s Center for Cancer opened on April 29 and has started providing patient services. A total 84 billion KRW was invested in the Center for Cancer which covers a 30,393.5㎡ space in a ten-story building, that includes 2 basement floors, with a total of 250 beds. It is the largest in South Chungcheong province in terms of both infrastructure and medical professionals. The Center for Cancer added around 20 medical specialists in addition to existing medical staff to offer multidisciplinary care. In particular, it provides one-stop services for initial visits for cancer patients supported through coordinators who specialize in different types of cancer. It also provides customized treatment plans for patients through ‘next-generation sequencing (NGS)’ for the analysis of genome variants to lower the psychological burden on cancer patients and offers accurate diagnoses with optimal treatments.
Dankook University’s Graduate School is launching a program for Foundry Engineering - recruiting students starting this fall - to nurture system semiconductor specialists needed in various fields, including autonomous driving systems, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge IT devices. The Graduate School offers masters, dual masters and doctorates, and PhD programs for professional education and research related to semiconductor manufacturing tracks (front-end/back-end processes). Practical skills for overall semiconductor manufacturing will be taught with the front-end (or foundry) track targeting processes, process consolidation, equipment, and thin-film evaluation while the back-end (OST) track will focus on packaging material, packaging processes, understanding semiconductor IC features, reliability tests, and quality engineering. Science and technology graduates (or graduands) can apply with a concentration program available for new students who did not study semiconductors to focus on basic courses such as physical electronics, semiconductor devices, circuit theory, and electronic circuits in their first semester. This will be followed with intensive courses and various programs that enhance semiconductor research capabilities to build stronger research and practical skills.
Dankook University was selected for the ‘2022 Intellectual Property Creation & Utilization Promotion Program’ hosted by the Korean Intellectual Property Organization (KIPO). The program starts this year and lasts for 5 years until 2026, during which the university will be provided grant funding for a total KRW 500 million in state funds, receiving KRW 100 million each year. The program offers comprehensive support for the creation and utilization of intellectual property. It is divided into categories, such as IP business development and patent-based start-ups. DKU was selected for the ‘Creation of Valuable Patents’ category. As a participant in the program, Dankook plans to strengthen its position as a leading university in the business development of high-demand technology by conducting various projects that cover topics including securing outstanding intellectual property rights, early technology transfers, and acquiring overseas patent rights. More specifically, programs such as the Invention Interview Program, a two-step patent application examination system that engages external experts, and the Dr. DAN program that helps match researchers with technologies the university has identified as being in high demand, are scheduled to be implemented. In addition, DKU plans to introduce the Patent Prosecution Highway to accelerate examination of patent applications and build an integrated business support system that includes training and consulting for inventors.
In its second-year report card for the National Research Foundation’s BRIDGE+ (Beyond Research Innovation and Development for Good Enterprises+) Project, Dankook University received an overall grade of “A” for excellence in organization of programs, performance management, and strategy for putting the university’s creative assets to practical use. BRIDGE+ is a project that supports universities to play leading roles in creating new growth drivers for the nation by transferring its research outcomes, such as intellectual property and knowhow, to enterprises. DKU was selected for the project in 2020, receiving over KRW 3 billion in project funds over the course of three years to assist with technology transfer and business development efforts. As a result, technology transfers were successfully made through systematic support for programs such as the D*-Lab (D-Star Lab) development program across six strategic fields and the Dc-Lab program. In addition, the Technology Commercialization Center was renewed as a CTO (Chief Technology Officer)-led organization, recruiting seven new experts such as patent attorneys from relevant fields to strengthen the organization dedicated to commercializing technology transfers. As a result, profits from technology transfers grew from KRW 1.69 billion in 2020 to KRW 2.22 billion in 2021, and mid/large-scale contracts also increased including Dankook Professor Chang-hyun Lee of the Department of Energy Engineering securing a key contract in hydrogen core technology (worth KRW 1.8 billion).
Dankook University is making extensive efforts to foster talent demanded by the biohealth industry. On March 4, Dankook University signed an MOU with KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) to set up a talent development and training course for foreign-invested enterprises in the biohealth field as part of its involvement in the national ‘Biohealth Convergence Open Sharing University’ project. In line with the agreement, the two organizations will work closely together on developing and utilizing talent, setting up supporting curriculum, discussing use of infrastructure, cooperating on recruitment support programs including job consultation sessions, and promoting industry-academic cooperation in the field of biohealth.
Garam Kim and Dongeun Kim (Department of Political Science and International Relations, Master’s Program) were chosen for the top award at the 10th KNDA Academic Thesis Competition in December 2021, held by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) for graduate students in order to raise national awareness on foreign affairs and national security. Their paper, titled ‘A study on the possibility of change in the North Korean Regime in line with the emerging security crisis: Focusing on the cases of the Arab Spring and the Arduous March’ looks into the anti-government protests in the Arab world that started in 2010 and the Arduous March in North Korea in the mid-1990s based on the premise that non-traditional factors such as food crises are newly entering the security realm and triggering a widespread global discourse. The thesis sheds light on how the two events resulted in ‘two different political system fluctuations’ and recommends that Korea ‘should establish a global governance system preemptively in shaping its internal and external policies considering its ‘unique geopolitical position and possible emerging security crises.’ Garam Kim’s team won the first prize along with a KRW 3 million cash award after a close competition with teams from Seoul National University and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
As metaverse technology expands across various fields, joint technology development between Dankook University and the KOSDAQ firm Shinwha Intertek is creating buzz. The I-Dasan LINC+ Educational Development Institute (Director Seung Jun Chang) announced its blueprint to start developing technology for the metaverse platform after selecting Shinwha Intertek Corp. as the first partner company to set up an office on the Jukjeon campus. At the ‘META-REAL Lab’ on the 6th floor of the Glocal Industry-Academia Cooperation Building, research will be carried out on areas applying metaverse technology to displays such as futuristic car displays, XR glasses that embrace augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and foldable source material. “Dankook will spare no effort in extending both manpower and physical support to drive growth in various fields, including developing the local economy, creating jobs for youth, and opening future markets,” said DKU President Soo-bok Kim at the opening ceremony held on January 12th.