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.
The research team led by professor Young Seok Song (Fiber Convergence Material Engineering major at the School of Polymer Science and Engineering) developed a technology that effectively converts thermal energy released during the change in state of matter to electric energy. The study was published online in the December volume of Applied Energy, the global academic journal for research in the field of energy engineering. The technology developed uses phase change material (PCM) that absorbs or releases heat in the process where material changes into solid or liquid form and the phenomenon where electrical charges are separated along with change in temperature (pyroelectric effect) to produce ecofriendly electric energy. Building on the fact that there is significant energy loss with existing technology that leverages PCM to produce electricity, the research team used porous material – in this case, graphene aerogel - and succeeded in effectively controlling unstable thermal energy, improving efficiency in the conversion to electric energy to levels as high as 69%. “[We] set forth a new model that can be used in the field for producing clean energy with waste thermal energy,” explained professor Song who also spoke of “plans to focus on studying material systems with energy density high enough for commercialization by absorbing solar energy and waste heat.” The study was sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Gyeonggi-do Regional Research Center (GRRC) with participation from Dr. Cheng-bin Yu and Professor Jae-ryoun Yoon of Seoul National University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
On December 13th, DKU’s Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation opened its ‘D★-Lab blog’ and commenced services for businesses and provincial governments in technology transfers and business development in the areas of 6 promising future technologies: 5G‧SW‧Security, Material Parts, Biomedicine, Treatment and Diagnostic Devices, Industry Bio, and Renewable Energy, in addition to the field of hydrogen energy. With the goal of offering tailored technology support to companies, D★-Lab is equipped with information on 920 of the latest patents acquired by Dankook University since 2015, technology transfer fields and processes, interviews with 30 select researchers, and has a corner for technology demand inquiries. Including core material technology related to hydrogen energy (KRW 1.8 billion), D★-Lab is expected to contribute to addressing difficulties faced by small-and-medium sized businesses by sharing technology transfer success stories and the specifics of the technology transfer processes. “We look forward to D★-Lab serving as a bridge in industry-academia cooperation by providing content including recent interviews with researchers on select cutting-edge technologies and entrepreneurial models that can be leveraged by venture startups,” said Dankook University President Soo-bok Kim. D★-Lab was set up as part of the Ministry of Education’s ‘sponsorship program for utilization of university creative assets.’
Dankook University, the leading university in the national ‘biohealth convergence and open sharing system’ project, has partnered with the Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization (KBIO) to foster talent in the field of biotechnology and to work together on new technologies. DKU President Soo-bok Kim, professor Se-won Chang (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Head of the Project Group), professor Jang-mook Kim (Project Group Leader), professor Jae-young Lee (Head of the Career Service Center), KBIO Chairman Han-sung Ko (CEO of Samsung Bioepis), Vice Chairman Seung-gyu Lee, and Vice President Ji-ho Sohn were among the participants from Dankook University and KBIO that attended the MOU signing ceremony on November 26th. In accordance with the MOU, the two organizations are expected to work together in various areas, including joint research and technical guidance for digital biohealth, talent development, education programs, internships, and technology transfers. Biohealth jobs and career design guidelines developed by KBIO will also be loaded to the DKU project platform to share information on specific job functions, careers, and field specialists with our students. Moreover, industry-academia partnership programs for building next generation education models and living lab projects will be developed. “Through the MOU with KBIO, which is at the heart of advancing the bio industry, Dankook will expand the ecosystem for relevant industries and closely cooperate with businesses to systematically develop talent needed in this field,” said DKU President Soo-bok Kim. DKU’s project group was the first to set up a curriculum/learning management system among the eight universities selected by the government for the project, with 4,473 students from seven universities currently enrolled in its courses.
Laying the groundwork to make another leap forward on the occasion of the College of Pharmacy’s 10th anniversary On November 25th, Dankook University’s College of Pharmacy, the only institution of higher education for pharmacy in South Chungcheong province, strengthened its commitment to advancement as it commemorated its 10th anniversary. In 2010, universities in the region competed fiercelyto establish a college for pharmaceutical education; only Dankook and Korea University (located in Sejong City) received approval from the Ministry of Education. DKU formed a bio-cluster campus based on our Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry and the Dankook University Hospital and Dental Hospital, which contributes to the advancement of healthcare services in the local community. Since the college was founded, 206 pharmacists have graduated. At the commemoration ceremony, College of Pharmacy alumni, professors, and corporate sponsors came together to raise development funds worth 146 million KRW, which were donated to the university. The development funds will be used to advance the pharmacy curriculum and support faculty research and student activities. In his commemoration speech, DKU President Soo-bok Kim called upon “our Dankook alumni pharmacists to contribute to various parts of society, especially in making advancements to the healthcare and medical ecosystem in South Chungcheong province.” Professor So-young Park, Dean of the College of Pharmacy who planned the event, said that “we will expand scholarships and advance the education program to shape our students into future talent who are prepared for the global stage.” The 10-year anniversary ceremony also included various events such as alumni mentoring and special performances by current students.
Due to government guidelines to protect the public during the pandemic, our university culture has undergone unexpected changes over the past two years. In particular, students in lower years only had online classes which made it difficult for them to get to know professors, not to mention having experiences of true campus life with lectures, club activities, and student gatherings all put off. In response, student teams from both Dankook campuses have provided a venue to promote communication between professors and students, offering various professor-pupil programs that are being widely acclaimed, instilling school spirit and offering a chance to enjoy extracurricular activities. The Teacher-Pupil Companion Program was started so professors and students could come together in advancing college life. The program was launched in 2015 and, after a hiatus last year, reopened this year. While 25 teams took part in the spring semester, 91 teams participated in the fall semester which recently concluded with enormous success. Teams were grouped based on their applications, with 18 teams working virtually and 73 teams being in person. In total, over 800 students and professors collaborated on various topics and built stronger teacher-pupil ties. The program consisted of various collaborations, including experiential activities, cultural activities, sports, volunteer work, online meetings, online counseling for college life, career counseling, and viewing videos on respective majors. “I always felt something was missing while taking online courses for so long. So it was an invaluable experience to be able to meet professors and fellow students in person to talk about our studies and the future, and also receive precious advice,” commented Da-hyeon Kim (Year 3, Dept. of Public Policy) who participated in the in-person part of the program. Professor Son Hee-rak (Dept. of Fine Arts) said that “serious topics such as studies and employment are important but it was especially worthwhile to just meet each other and get to know each other by sharing personal interests or simply talking about the pressures felt as young members of society.” The Teacher-Pupil Companion Program is being introduced for the first time this year at the Jukjeon campus on November 13th. Face-to-face programs have been prepared with applications received for teams consisting of 4~6 members. A total of 60 teams have been selected to enhance a sense of belonging, to build ties between professors and students, and to offer experiences in extracurricular activities for students for an opportunity to grow in new ways. Various programs are planned, including academic research site visits, career exploration, physical activities, cultural activities, sporting events, volunteer work, and other specialized activities for each major.
Dankook University’s 74th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony “Let’s march toward the future, building on the noble founding spirits of the university.” On November 2nd, Dankook University celebrated its 74th anniversary (founded on November 3, 1947) with a commemoration ceremony along with a joint memorial ceremony for the university founders Mr. Beomjeong Chang Hyong and Mrs. Hyedang Cho Huijae. The ceremonies were kept simple, adhering to the government’s COVID-19 protocols. Chairman Hosung Chang and Honorary Chairman Choongsik Chang of Dankook’s Board of Directors, DKU President Soo-bok Kim, other academic administrators, members of the university council, and family members attended the memorial for DKU’s founders held in the Convention Hall of the Dankook University History Museum to remember the principles upon which Dankook’s founders built the university. Following the memorial, the 74th Anniversary Ceremony was held at the Nanpa Concert Hall where the Dankook Foundation and university administrators participated along with this year’s award recipients to look back on the university’s achievements during the past year and renew our commitments for the future. In his commemoration speech, Chairman Hosung Chang expressed gratitude to “the hard-working efforts made by members that produced great achievements in various fields such as the University Basic Competency Diagnosis, R&D, and financial support projects despite the difficult conditions,” and added that “[we] should shape an advancing vision for the university as we face new challenges amid the fourth industrial revolution.” “It was Dankook’s founding spirits that drove the university to move forward, despite difficulties, and to overcome tough times,” said DKU President Soo-bok Kim. He expressed his determination to “develop higher education contents fit for a new digital environment in order to respond to the infinite competition awaiting us in the near future, so Dankook can build on its deep roots and spread its wings to soar past 80 years and beyond its centennial.” “Dankook is a proud university that has fostered intelligent minds for our nation and our people,” said Sang-bae Lee, President of the Dankook Alumni Association, who also stated that “the alumni association will be by the university’s side, serving as a driving engine that assists and supports Dankook as its partner in becoming a world-class university.” Former President of the Dankook Alumni Association, Eung-mo Ahn, received the Special Award of Distinction from the Chairman of the Board for contributions made to advancing the university and unity of alumni. Ahn served as the association’s president for 17 years from 1992 to 2009, leading the university’s advancement with loyalty to his alma mater and practicing the university’s educational direction of service. With affection toward the university he graduated from, Ahn also contributed to the unity and harmony of alumni members even after stepping down from his post as head of the alumni association.
Dankook University’s continuous efforts to improve student support programs and advance curricula have borne fruit. On September 3rd, DKU was selected for general financial support after its excellent performance in the 2021 University Basic Competency Diagnosis (third term) administered by the Ministry of Education and the Korean Educational Development Institute. Dankook has been improving the quality of its educational offerings by steadily recruiting tenure-track faculty members for years and has also increased the student tuition rebate rate, which contributed to a high score in this year’s evaluation. Moreover, to strengthen ties with the University Innovation Support Project, DKU has renewed its academic structure, overhauled classes and curricula, and implemented various programs to sharpen teaching capabilities to prepare for our future society. Dankook’s support for student employment and start-ups stood out in this year’s evaluation. Customized job training through ‘Youngwoong (Young熊) Story,’ which helps students design their own personalized portfolio, and ‘Dan.i,’ the artificial intelligence learning assistant, were highly acclaimed. DKU also poured efforts into extending its distinct entrepreneurial support program by expanding venues on and off campus for start-ups and fostering student CEOs, who registered KRW 1.4 billion in annual revenues this past year. Career counseling programs aimed to increase student participation by attracting attention with customized services such as career consulting, career personality and aptitude psychological testing, and personalized counseling based on the psychological exams that tailored guidance to individual student needs. Two other services that support learning were noted for excellence: ‘Dan Learning Club - an on/offline program for strengthening learning skills - and the university’s co-curriculum – a learning program that combines academic and extracurricular activities. “Thank you to all the professors, students, and university staff who helped bring about such a remarkable outcome this year,” said DKU president Soo-bok Kim. He added that “we will be able to offer better quality educational services to our students for the next 3 years starting from 2022 through the University Innovation Support Project. This will serve as a new growth driver for Dankook to complete our own vision for future education innovation.” The University Basic Competency Diagnosis is a policy assessment tool that evaluates universities every 3 years based on metrics such as class operations and curricula, student supports, learning conditions, education performance, accountability in university operations, and outcomes of development plans in the name of standardizing university education. It also aligns with directions to adjust the student body appropriately as the overall size of the nation’s student population shrinks. This year, 285 schools were subject to the diagnosis of which 233 were selected for general financial support. In addition to 2015 and 2018, this is the third time Dankook was selected for general financial support based on its outstanding scorecard. DKU will take part in the University Innovation Support Project, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, as well as government-funded special purpose projects, receive benefits such as state scholarships and student loan support, and push forward with autonomous innovation based on the university’s mid and long-term development plans.