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Students from Penn State University Visit DKU’s Start-up Program

2024.04.08

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On March 8, a student delegation from Penn State University in the U.S. visited Dankook’s Jukjeon campus to explore the DKU start-up program. Twelve undergraduate students, including Charlotte Patterson from Penn State University’s College of Engineering, kicked off their stay by observing professor Hyojung Koo’s (Department of International Business Administration) ‘IT and Business Administration’ class in the morning. Following that, students attended a special lecture presented by Sangho Lee who founded Mand.ro, a prosthetic solutions company, with assistance from DKU’s Startup Support Foundation. After listening to Lee’s story behind establishing the company and learning about its product development process, students tested Mand.ro’s robotic finger prosthesis which recently won the Best Innovation Award at CES 2024. The delegation also stopped by the Seok Juseon Memorial Museum to enjoy the extraordinary aspects of Korean culture through folk costumes and artifacts. They were greeted by five student ambassadors who volunteered as ‘buddies’ to introduce the visiting students to Korean campus life, not to mention the tasty Korean-style braised chicken called jjimdak. “It was a memorable time, talking with fellow students who share similar interests in studies, hobbies, and college life while also learning about each other’s cultures,” said Daekeon Yoo (Senior, School of Communications), President of DKU’s Global Ambassadors. Meanwhile, DKU President SoonCheol An met with professors Ted Graef and Brad Groznik of Penn State’s College of Engineering to discuss how students from Penn State can participate in Dankook’s International Summer School program while also exploring an agreement between the two universities for international exchanges. The discussions were also joined by Assistant Vice President Jisuk Chang of DKU’s Office of International Affairs and professors David Kelleher and Hyojung Koo.

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DKU Volunteer Corps shares warmth in Cambodia and Vietnam

2024.02.19

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Taking advantage of the winter break, the volunteer corps from Dankook University’s two campuses traveled overseas to volunteer in Cambodia and Vietnam. On January 6th, thirty-one members of the Jukjeon campus Overseas Volunteer Corps, led by Professor Sung-soon Park, departed for a 12-day trip to visit and volunteer at the Tatok School in Siem Reap, Cambodia. After serving meals through Dail Community’s Babfor Services, volunteers taught students math, science, Korean culture, and art, and painted a mural at the school. They also made a donation to fund a parking area where students could store their bicycles, which will create a better learning environment. On the same day, thirty members from the Cheonan campus Overseas Volunteer Corps, led by Professor Byeong-gu Song, also embarked on a ten-day journey to volunteer at the Trương Văn Hai Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Volunteers taught children Korean language, science, art, and physical education, helped paint school facilities in addition to a mural. It was even more meaningful with students majoring in Korean language and culture at nearby Van Lang University joining the group to extend a helping hand as interpreters. After volunteering at the primary school, the DKU delegation visited Van Lang University where they had the opportunity to engage in further cultural exchanges. “I went [on this trip] to give, but I received so much love in return from the children there,” said Heeju Yun, a senior majoring in communications who was in charge of the art class in Cambodia. She added that “[I] would like to continue taking part in sharing with others through volunteering and making donations, even after graduating.” Hyowon Kim, a senior majoring in English who volunteered in Vietnam commented, “we stayed up all night getting the programming ready, but it was worthwhile seeing how the children enjoyed what we had prepared,” and went on to say, “volunteering in Vietnam was a priceless experience that made me realize the power of education and the importance of communication between different cultures.” The Dankook University volunteer corps were founded in 2007 and have been actively conducting volunteer work both at home and abroad ever since. Over the years, more than 2,500 students and faculty members have traveled overseas to practice Dankook’s guiding principles of ‘truth and service’ in other countries, including Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and Laos.

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The Korean Trombone Symposium 2024 ends in success, sparking global friendships through trombones

2024.02.01

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On January 8, the Korean Trombone Symposium 2024 ended after a six-day journey at DKU’s School of Music where people from different cultures, who speak different languages, were brought together through the language of music. Dankook University’s professor Gunyong Lee (School of Music, Instrumental Music Major) planned the symposium and invited world-famous trombonists to create a venue for young performers to learn and interact with fellow artists. With the age and nationalities of participating students varying widely, more than 100 students, including 20 from Columbus State University in the U.S., and universities in Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and China, took part in the event. Globally distinguished trombonists also joined from around the world, including Colin Williams, Bradley Palmer, Jose Milton Vieira, Brian Hecht, Zachary Bond, Jongse Park, and Gunyong Lee. “Practicing hard together for six days, I became close with my Korean friends. It has been musically inspiring for all of us,” said Christopher Bassett, a bass trombonist from Columbus State University who took part in the symposium. Meanwhile, Minchang Cheong from Dankook’s School of Music commented that “it was an honor to meet world-famous trombonists that I had only seen on YouTube. The symposium definitely helped me grow by performing and playing with others.” Based on the new friendships formed, the symposium provided a stage for students to then perform together in the 2024 Trombone Contest, the Columbus State University Concert, Concerto Night from the Korean Trombone Choir, a musical ensemble, and a New Year’s concert.

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[2024 New Year’s Message] Advancing towards Dankook’s future with a ‘Mago Soyang (麻姑搔痒)’ mindset

2024.01.31

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As we usher in the year of the dragon, we wish everyone in the Dankook family health and happiness in 2024. With this year being the ‘year of the blue dragon,’ which represents abundance and prosperity, we share with you these new year’s messages from Chairman Hosung Chang of the DKU Foundation, DKU President SoonCheol An, and President Sang-bae Lee of the Dankook Alumni Association Mago Soyang (麻姑搔痒), opening the road to innovation and unity Chairman Hosung Chang of the Dankook Foundation chose Mago Soyang (麻姑搔痒) as the phrase to embody hopes for the new year. The literal translation of Mago Soyang is that an angel with long nails comes and scratches where it itches, implying that you will be able to satisfy your needs and things will turn out as desired. Chairman Chang encouraged Dankookites to support each other, extend a helping hand amid difficulties faced in higher education such as the shrinking school-age population and a freeze on tuition. He shared his hopes to make this the year for building a top-notch education and research system based on the Dankook spirit of challenge and creation. Breakout year for innovation and challenge, marching toward Dankook’s centennial Dankook University President SoonCheol An announced the ‘Vision for Dankook Innovation 5.0,’ which aims to drive leading innovation in educational research, establish DKU’s position as a global university, pursue sustainable development for the university, and strengthen our financial base. He shared that innovation is inevitable and no longer a matter of choice to realize the goal of ‘Proud Dankook, Strong Dankook.’ President An said this year, which commemorates the university’s 77th anniversary, shall be the year we embark on the grand journey of innovation and facing any challenges as we march toward 100 years of Dankook. Along with 240 thousand Dankook alumni, he shared hopes for DKU to advance as a prestigious global university in 2024. May Dankookites soar higher and reach farther, like the blue dragon President Sang-bae Lee of the Dankook Alumni Association relayed his wishes for all members of the Dankook community to soar higher like the blue dragon and reach farther toward their aspirations. He also shared his commitment to do his utmost to provide support in various areas for the 240 thousand DKU alumni to take pride in being a part of the Dankook family.

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The Office of International Affairs hosts special lecture by Zhong Hong-nuo, the Chinese Consul General of China to Korea

2023.12.28

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On November 29, Dr. HanSeung Cho, Associate Vice President for International Affairs, and the Office of International Affairs invited Mr. Zhong Hong-nuo, the Chinese Consul General of China to Korea, to give a special lecture on ‘voice phishing scam prevention’ for Chinese students at DKU. Over 250 Chinese students studying at Dankook attended the special lecture that covered topics such as the various types of voice phishing scams recently targeting Chinese students in Korea, examples of voice phishing claiming to be the Chinese Embassy in Korea, and prevention against drug-related crimes. Consul Zhong also introduced useful information for students such as the Consulate-General’s help center and details on possible job opportunities. “This lecture was prepared in hopes that the Chinese students in Korea complete their studies successfully. I sincerely look forward to you enjoying your time at Dankook University,” said Consul Zhong. Currently, there are a total 1,145 Chinese students enrolled at Dankook with 619 in undergraduate programs and 526 studying at our Graduate School. The Office of International Affairs offers international students various programs including an early adaptation program in partnership with the Ministry of Justice’s Migration Research and Training Center, foreign language (English, Chinese) support at the Dankook Counseling and Mediation Center, Crime Prevention Training in cooperation with the Gyeonggi Seobu Provincial Police, and special lectures on employment opportunities tailored to foreign students in Korea. International students with outstanding Korean proficiency are also awarded various scholarships. In addition, the office helps them adjust to studying in Korea by assigning global PD professors and mentors to international students to support them and provide tutoring in each of their majors.

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Led by Professor Suhan Choi, Dankook becomes the first Korean university to join Avanci’s 5G standard essential patent pool

2023.12.28

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A 5G telecommunications technology patent developed by Professor Suhan Choi (Department of Mobile Systems Engineering) has joined the 5G standard essential patent (SEP) pool of Avanci, a global company that manages SEPs in the area of information and telecommunications. SEPs are patents that must be used when manufacturing products in line with 3GPP (The 3rd Generation Partnership Project), an international telecommunications standard development organization. This is the first time any Korean university has listed a telecommunications SEP in a certified patent pool. Dr. Choi’s SEP is a data repeat transmission technology for 5G Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC). Repeatedly transmitting critical data that must be delivered rapidly, it is a core technology in realizing 1ms ultra-low latency in wireless communications which is required for 5G. The 5G networks where Dr. Choi’s technology is applied can shorten delays in data transmission to one tenth the level of LTE. Supporting stable data transmission and reception allows it to be used in a wide range of industries, including autonomous driving vehicles, remote surgeries, remote control, unmanned aerial vehicles, smartphones, medical devices, IT·electronic devices, robots, and smart factories. The technology was recognized in the global market by being included in the Avanci 5G pool through UUCOM, a company that specializes in business development for patents. Avanci’s 5G pool includes participation from licensors such as Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, Sony, Nokia, and Huawei and licensees such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai Motor Group. “As the scope of 5G high-speed telecommunication network applications is spreading globally to various industries, this change will offer Korea the opportunity to strengthen our telecommunications technology and sharpen the competitiveness of our intellectual property in the global market,” explained Dr. Choi. He went on to say that “the Industry-University Cooperation Foundation identifies prospective technologies for securing SEPs to increase the share of patent applications overseas. It works with the Korean Intellectual Property Office’s Standard Essential Patent Generation Support Project carried out by KISTA (the Korea Intellectual property Strategy Agency) to support analysis of trends in technology standards and build profit generation models with the help of patent specialists and patent lawyers.” “Avanci has many telecommunications technology patents that are essential in future automotives, requiring OEMs to pay royalty fees for the SEPs that go into producing a connected car,” explained Professor Wan-je Cho, head of the Industry-University Cooperation Foundation, who added that “when connected cars become more widespread, Professor Choi’s patents are projected to bring significant returns to DKU.”

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Ceremony Held to Celebrate Dankook University’s 76th Anniversary and Pay Tribute to Dankook’s Founders

2023.11.27

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On November 2nd, a ceremony was held on Dankook University’s Jukjeon campus to mark the university’s 76th anniversary. The ceremony aligned with the 59th memorial of DKU founder Beomjeong Chang Hyong and the 76th memorial of founder Hyedang Cho Huijae. Joint Memorial Service for the 59th anniversary of Beomjeong Chang Hyong’s passing and the 76th anniversary of Hyedang Cho Huijae’s passing A joint memorial service for DKU’s founders was held at the Dankook University History Museum’s convention center. Dankook Foundation Chairman Hosung Chang and Honorary Chairman Choongsik Chang were among the attendees along with DKU President Soon-cheol An, faculty members, family members of the founders, and student representatives who all gathered to pay tribute and reflect on the noble cause for which the university was established. As part of the ceremony, participants placed flowers in front of Chang Hyong’s portrait while listening to a recording of his voice from when he was alive. DKU 76th Anniversary Ceremony held to “look back on the university’s proud history…and strengthen commitment toward realizing 100 years of Dankook” Following the memorial service, the university’s 76th anniversary ceremony was held at the Nanpa Concert Hall with more than 600 participants attending, including members from the Dankook Foundation, school officials, and recipients of a special award given in celebration of the university’s anniversary. Attendees looked back on the university’s proud history of 76 years and renewed their commitment to leap forward toward ‘100 years of Dankook.’ “Seeking truth and honing wisdom to establish a foundation for restoring true talent to contribute to this world” [Dankook University Mission Statement] “As we proudly celebrate Dankook’s 76th anniversary, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all members of the Dankook family, including our faculty, staff, alumni, and sponsors who have helped the university overcome many obstacles -big and small- throughout the years and nurture exceptional talent,” said DKU Foundation Chairman Hosung Chang in his commemoration remarks. He went on to say, “I applaud everyone for your hard work that, despite difficult conditions, has allowed us to continuously attain major government-funded projects such as the Campus Innovation Park and Convergence and Open Sharing System (COSS). Your efforts have helped us sharpen our research capabilities and promote industry-academia partnerships to create the best learning environment for our students.” Meanwhile, DKU President Soon-cheol An said, “based on remarkable accomplishments in industry-academia partnerships in next-generation industries such as semiconductors, future automotive, biomedicals, and hydrogen energy, Dankook University attracted a total KRW 100 billion in external research grants as of the end of October,” and went on to ask “all members of the university and the 230,000 Dankook alumni to come together as we march toward Dankook’s centennial.” DKU Alumni Association President Sang-bae Lee also shared his hopes saying, “it is an honor to have graduated from this prestigious private university that contributes to the nation and its people by cultivating outstanding talent. Witnessing my alma mater start a new chapter in its history, I will also do my utmost along with our alumni association to realize the university’s vision of becoming a first-class university.” To celebrate the university’s 76th anniversary, the Dankook University History Museum (Director Jong Su Lee) published The Iron Birch’s Dream. The e-book depicts the life of DKU founder Beomjeong Chang Hyong as an independence activist and covers the history of our university, which is the only private college that was founded with domestic capital during Korea’s colonial period. The book touches on Chang Hyong’s inspiring spirit of ‘suppressing the strong and helping the weak (抑强扶弱)’ which deeply resonates with all Dankookites. The e-book, which can be found on the Dankook University History Museum’s website, is an easy and informative read for all audiences from middle and high school students to adults who wish to learn about Dankook’s history. In addition, faculty and staff members who have continuously served the university were awarded with recognition during the ceremony.

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Establishing Asia’s first 3D Printing R&D Center with Stratasys, the global leader in 3D printing

2023.11.27

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“To grow as an innovative R&D hub in 3D printing, connecting Korea to global markets” Stratasys to inject KRW 5.125 billion into the Jukjeon campus to open the DKU-SSYS Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Convergence Research Center in December Dankook University is embarking on a project to establish Asia’s first 3D printing R&D Center together with the global leader in the field, Stratasys. On October 11th, a signing ceremony was held in Pangyo where the two organizations signed an MOU to foster cutting-edge manufacturing talent and to work together to nurture 3D printing engineers who will take the lead in the fourth industrial revolution. Dankook University President Soon-cheol An, Stratasys Vice President Yann Rageul, Stratasys Korea GM Brian Moon, DKU Vice President for Industry-academia Cooperation Joa-sub Oh, and representatives from the two parties took part in the ceremony. From the MOU, the two organizations will establish Asia’s first ‘Cutting-edge Manufacturing Innovation Convergence R&D Center’ for 3D printing at the Jukjeon campus in December. Stratasys will extend a total of KRW 5.125 billion in cutting-edge 3D printing equipment and provide remodeling and training programs. The new R&D center will be housed in the Main Laboratory Building and cover a 264㎡ area, equipped with the latest SLA, SAF, and FDM 3D printers. A 50㎡ space for corporate collaboration is also planned to be set up to support manufacturers. With a vision to advance the research center as an innovation hub in 3D printing and serve as a bridge between Korea and the global market, the two organizations will boost research for next-generation high precision 3D printers by operating joint R&D equipment, conducting co-studies on 3D printing material and devices, and delivering various training and research programs to cultivate necessary talent for the field. “We look forward to this partnership serving as a stepping stone for DKU, which is at the forefront of fostering professional talent and conducting research in cutting-edge fields, such as future automotives, robotics, semiconductors, and digital healthcare, and to grow as an R&D hub for high-tech manufacturing industries in Korea,” said DKU President Soon-cheol An. Stratasys was founded in 1989 and is the global leader in 3D printing, offering 3D printing technologies and solutions across all industries, including aerospace, automotive, industrial machinery, and medicine.

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Farewell Ceremony for DKU President Soobok Kim and Inauguration Ceremony for President Soon-Cheol An

2023.10.05

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Dankook’s 18th University President, Soobok Kim, expressed “gratitude to the Dankook family,” while the incoming 19th President, Soon-Cheol An, shared his “commitment to increasing university finances and improving the university’s reputation […] and [asked the community] to join in writing Dankook’s history of innovation.” On September 7th, a special ceremony was held at the Dankook University’s Nanpa Concert Hall on the Jukjeon campus to bid farewell to Dankook’s 18th University President, Soobok Kim, and to welcome the University’s 19th President, Soon-Cheol An. Many guests attended the ceremony, including the Dankook Foundation’s Honorary Chairman Choong-sik Chang, incumbent Chairman Hosung Chang, DKU Alumni Association President Sang-bae Lee, Saeeden Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor Kang-suk So, Pai Chai University President Wook Kim, parliamentarian Choun-sook Jung (Democratic Party of Korea), and university officials. The guests applauded the new president’s blueprint for the university while paying respect to his predecessor for his hardworking efforts. Former DKU President, Soobok Kim looks forward to “the new president being at the center of leadership for the university’s future” Stepping down from the university president position, former DKU President Soobok Kim said in his departure speech that “it has been an honor to be the first Dankook alumnus to serve as university president throughout the 72-year history of Dankook. I will always be proud and grateful for being a part of Dankook’s history.” Kim, who was known for placing importance on communication, also looked back on his 4-year term and commented that “despite hardships, such as COVID-19 and the grim reality of declining school-age population faced by higher education, we were able to overcome many impediments thanks to the passion all Dankookites demonstrated toward the university.” During his term, President Soobok Kim rapidly responded to the global pandemic by setting up an emergency committee, acting as a strong backdrop for the university, and making it possible to maintain steady university operations and a stable research foundation. He also contributed to boosting industry-academia partnerships and strengthening the university’s research capabilities by continuously winning government grant projects, including the Campus Innovation Park project, the Convergence and Open Sharing System (COSS) project, and the Humanities-Utmost Sharing System (HUSS) project. Incoming President An “to open the age of Dankook Innovation 5.0 for Dankook University” Meanwhile, in his inaugural address, incoming President Soon-Cheol An said, “it is an honor to be given the role as President of Dankook University which boasts a rich history and tradition of 76 years,” and added, “I am aware of the responsibilities and mission bestowed upon me. I will strive to realize an innovative Dankook along with Dankook Foundation’s Honorary Chairman Choong-sik Chang, Chairman Hosung Chang, professors and faculty members at the forefront of education, the 230 thousand Dankook alumni, and our wonderful students.” During his speech, President An expressed his aspirations to “open the age of ‘Dankook Innovation 5.0’ leveraging the university’s innovation DNA in the face of higher education’s crisis triggered by a declining school-age population, deteriorating university finances, hierarchical ranking of universities, and excessive regulations.” He promised to “carry out [his] role as university president, building on the philosophy of Honorary Chairman Choong-sik Chang, to develop new visions and reach for higher goals when crises arise rather than relying on makeshift measures.” Dankook’s new President, Soon-Cheol An, said he will continue to promote the key values of ‘Dynamic Dankook 2027,’ which was led by Dankook Foundation Chairman Hosung Chang when he was the university’s president, to realize ‘Dankook Innovation 5.0.’ An stressed that he will implement seven key initiatives under the two main strategies of increasing the university’s financial base and securing global competitiveness. To increase university finances, An shared his commitment to secure more government sponsored projects, set up a ‘Dankook Partnership Quad’ that connects industry, academia, government, and research parties, lead regional innovation projects, grow the university development fund, and promote technology holding companies and school-based enterprises. In addition, An will also strive to strengthen Dankook’s reputation by building a digital education infrastructure based on artificial intelligence and metaverses, establish a Dankook International College, and set up a new department for majoring in Korean Studies. President Soon-Cheol An also shared his determination to “run the university based on best practices and common sense, to reinforce principles and rationality, and to set an example of fair management where people who work hard are rewarded appropriately.” He went on to say that “[I] will strive to protect the tradition and values of Dankook University that reflect our founding spirit and strengthen the university’s base by interpreting the university’s founding philosophy to fit modern society and take the lead for the future.” Dankook Foundation Chairman Hosung Chang expressed “appreciation to the former president for [his] efforts in advancing educational innovation for the future,” and asked “the incoming president to open a new chapter for the university with remarkable insight and leadership.” Meanwhile, Dankook Foundation Chairman Hosung Chang also took the podium and said, “[I] express my heartfelt appreciation to former DKU President Soobok Kim for his efforts and strong responsibility showcased as he took on his role as captain of the Dankook ship over the past four years,” and went on to add “[I] also look forward to DKU’s new President Soon-Cheol An in opening a new chapter for the university with his remarkable insight and leadership to launch Dankook toward a future full of hope.” Honorary Chairman of the Dankook Foundation, Dr. Choong-sik Chang also congratulated President An on his inauguration.

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Professor Soon-Cheol An appointed as DKU’s 19th President

2023.08.17

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“Open the age of DKU Innovation 5.0” Sharing his blueprint to ‘increase university finances and enhance its reputation.’ The Dankook University Foundation, led by Chairman Hosung Chang, convened its Board of Directors meeting on July 21st and appointed professor Soon-Cheol An from the Department of Political Science and International Affairs as the nineteenth President of Dankook University. President An graduated from Dankook University’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs and received his PhD from the University of Missouri before returning in 1997 to teach at his alma mater. Since then, he has served as head of the Office of Planning, head of the Secretarial Team, Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Dean of the Graduate School, and Executive Vice President of External Affairs. In these roles, he made extensive gains across various fields for the growth of the university. He also contributed to the advancement of the Korean Political Science Association as its Vice Chair. His term as DKU President will be for four years, beginning on August 26, 2023. The University President Nomination Committee consisting of 13 members, including professors (honorary and incumbent), students, faculty, alumni, and social leaders, opened nominations for the university’s president on the DKU website last March. After reviewing candidates’ educational philosophies, vision, and commitment to overall university management, professor An was named President. The University Board introduced indirect elections for appointing the university president beginning with the 18th president in order to discover new leadership who can build on the university’s founding principles and also drive change for the future. Indirect elections were adopted to support democracy in university operations and make the electoral process more transparent. The newly appointed President, Soon-Cheol An, summarized the history of Dankook University by dividing it into different stages of innovation. He referred to the first stage as version 1.0 when it became the first 4-year private college in Korea after liberation from Japanese colonial rule, followed by its upgrade to university status as 2.0. Then the opening of the Cheonan campus as 3.0 and the relocation to the Jukjeon campus as 4.0. Now, he said, the university is ready for DKU Innovation 5.0 to lead the fourth industrial revolution. Accordingly, he announced his plans to “open the age of Dankook University 5.0 to respond to our changing times” by implementing two key strategies of increasing university finances and enhancing the university’s reputation. To realize DKU Innovation 5.0, the incoming President stressed his plans to strengthen the university’s reputation and competitiveness by increasing the university’s finances by attracting more government research grants and university development funds, investing in technology commercialization and technology holding company subsidiaries, and establishing school-based enterprises. Moreover, An emphasized plans to sharpen the university’s competitive edge by building a sustainable research platform for global studies. Based on the university’s mid-to-long-term development strategy of Dynamic Dankook 2027, incoming president An shared his vision to implement the two key strategies while pursuing initiatives for future growth across the seven key areas of education, research, students, industry-academia partnerships, globalization, administration, and finance. Twenty-four specific initiatives were set forth under these areas to achieve DKU Innovation 5.0. In education, initiatives will be implemented for an innovative education infrastructure and securing top-notch educational competitiveness. In research, plans will be implemented to build a sustainable research platform, advance internationally distinguished research, and improve QS ranking. For students, the university will form a user-centric learning environment and university culture, while for industry-academia partnerships, a glocal ecosystem will be set up to boost entrepreneurial collaborations. Furthermore, the university will establish a university education system that meets the standards of global institutions (globalization), strengthens accountability in administration through system innovation while improving working conditions for faculty members (administration), and secures stable finances along with efficient fund operations (finance). Upon his appointment, An said, “[I] will strive endlessly to nurture Dankookites to lead in the age of the fourth industrial revolution by building on the university’s history and tradition while deeply connecting with each member of the university.”

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Volunteering in Cambodia and Mongolia

2023.08.03

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Dankook’s Overseas Volunteer Corps have returned from volunteering in Cambodia and Mongolia. Thirty-five members of the Jukjeon campus Overseas Volunteer Corps, led by Moon-seok Seo, visited the Tatok School in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 11 days starting June 24th to volunteer. During this time, the group taught students math, science, and art, helped prepare meals, and helped with the maintenance of school facilities. Volunteers also held performances, demonstrating traditional Korean dance, taekwondo, and K-Pop dance to spread awareness of K-culture. The act of volunteering and sharing was especially meaningful for DKU graduate school student Ket Chanthon in giving back to the Cambodian community. Meanwhile, thirty members of the Cheonan campus Overseas Volunteer Corps, led by Ki-hong Kim, also took part in volunteer work at School #9 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for 9 days starting June 24th. School #9 is a large school in Mongolia where more than 3,000 students from elementary, middle, and high school study. The volunteer corps took part in projects, such as teaching Korean language, science, art, and physical education, as well as building maintenance and painting murals. They also offered health education information while visiting the University of Mongolia and engaged in cultural exchanges. “This trip made me thankful for what I have while instilling perseverance in me that I believe will give me the strength to not give up when faced with hardships,” said Min-ji Lee (Senior, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) who was a part of the delegation to Cambodia. “I can still see the excited faces on the children who were learning science for the first time with us,” said Su-rin Cho (Junior, Department of Materials Science and Engineering) who volunteered in Mongolia. “Working together with other volunteers in various areas has been the driving force behind my own personal growth.” Dankook University has carried out domestic and overseas volunteer work since the volunteer corps was first founded in 2007. Since then, over 2,400 students and faculty members have taken part in volunteering overseas in countries such as Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and Laos in line with the university’s guiding principles in education to practice ‘Truth and Service.’

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‘KRW 1,000 breakfast’ starts from May

2023.05.15

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From May 1, Dankook University will start its ‘KRW 1,000 breakfast’ program. The university was selected for the ‘KRW 1,000 breakfast’ program hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), and the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion & Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (EPIS). With this program, affordable breakfasts will be provided to Dankook’s 13,400 student body for seven months starting from May 1 to November 30, excluding public holidays and summer break. The program was created to increase rice consumption and offer healthy breakfasts to students who often skip their morning meal. Students will pay KRW 1,000 with KRW 1,000 support from MAFRA and KRW 2,000 from the university to relieve the financial burden experienced by students in the age of surging food prices. At the Jukjeon Campus Hyedang Hall student cafeteria, 100 meals will be prepared on a first come first serve basis from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning from Monday to Friday. The catering company at the cafeteria has agreed to also take part, contributing an additional KRW 1,000 per meal as the program is for a good cause. At the Cheonan Campus, the student cafeteria on the third floor of the Student Hall will prepare 70 meals each day from 7 to 9:30 in the morning from Tuesday to Thursday, each week.

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Donating over KRW 28 million to Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief

2023.05.15

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Dankook University (Chairman Hosung Chang) delivered KRW 28,484,950 in donations to Korea’s Red Cross on April 24th to support victims of the devastating series of earthquakes that shook Turkey and Syria in February. Chairman Hosung Chang of the Dankook Board, DKU President Soo-bok Kim, and over 1,340 employees from the university and its hospital and dental hospital took part in the donation campaign. The funds will be used to provide emergency relief and support reconstruction work in the areas hit by the earthquake. “I express my deepest condolences to the people of Turkey and Syria who have suffered greatly from the earthquakes and hope that this donation can extend some help to restoring their homes and comfort those who have lost much in their daily lives,” said Hosung Chang. Dankook has continuously made donations to emergency relief areas at home and abroad, including the forest fires in Uljin and Gangwon, as well as for the war in Ukraine to practice the university’s guiding principles of truth and service by carrying out its social responsibility.

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Chosen for the Campus Innovation Park project

2023.05.15

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Injecting KRW 53.6bn to form an Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Hub in South Chungcheong Province To house 124 bio-healthcare and high-tech components & materials companies Generating one thousand jobs and KRW 200bn in revenue Dankook University overcame stiff competition from nearly nine other proposals to be selected as the ‘4th Campus Innovation Park University.’ Accordingly, DKU will partner with South Chungcheong Province and the city of Cheonan to form a new industrial complex. The Campus Innovation Park is a joint project carried out by three government ministries (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT), and the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (MSS)) to strengthen the government’s initiatives for industry, academia, and research cooperation and corporate capability building by taking idle land on university campuses and turning them into high-tech urban industrial complexes that include spaces for businesses to operate (Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Hub) and create an ecosystem for innovation. Selected for the project, DKU will extend integrated support for companies in the areas of bio-healthcare and high-tech components and materials. The Campus Innovation Park project will be initially funded until December 2027 with a total of over KRW 53.6bn, composed of KRW 19.05 in state funds, KRW 17.57bn in advanced investments from LH Corp, KRW 11bn in provincial funds from South Chungcheong Province and the city of Cheonan, as well as KRW 6bn in matched funds from the university. Dankook will work with public institutions on administrative procedures needed to build the industrial complex plan until 2025. Construction of the Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Hub facilities is slated for completion by 2027. During this time, plans are to attract 124 relevant businesses and research institutes to generate KRW 200bn in annual revenue and over 1,000 jobs. The Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Hub, the heart of the Campus Innovation Park, will be located on 21,453㎡ of Dankook’s land near the Cheonho Lake, which has recently emerged as a popular destination in Cheonan. Standing 12 stories tall, the hub will cover 19,997㎡ gross floor area and serve as home to a joint lab (analysis lab) and work space for high-tech components and materials and bio-healthcare stakeholders, startups and Post BI (post-business incubator) players, innovation institutes and startup accelerators, institutions that offer assistance in starting businesses and provide administrative support, and corporate research centers. After building the Industry-Academia-Research Innovation Hub (high-tech and startup zone), Dankook plans to create an Open Space Zone - Startup Incubator Center and Open Space Hall - and a Bio Healthcare Zone - Smart Medical Demo Complex- both to be newly built, in line with the university’s mid to long-term development plans.

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Dankook Ssireum Team Wins a National Korean Wrestling (Ssireum) Championship Contest for Second Year in a Row

2023.04.24

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On April 3rd, defending champions, Dankook University, repeated their victory, taking the top spot at the 20th Haksan Kim Seong-ryul National Jangsa Ssireum Contest held in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. Competing teams hailed from 13 universities. Dankook defeated Inje University and Inha University to go on to the finals where the team took the winning trophy after beating Kyungnam University 4:3. Ssireum team captain, Ji-yul Kim (Dept. of International Sports, Senior), received a thunderous applause from the audience after demonstrating his fighting spirit and ending a close match in success, despite an injury. In the individual rounds, Yeong-chan Song (Dept. of International Sports, Sophomore) won the Yeoksa class (105 kg amateur weight class) again after also taking first place at the 53rd Presidential Cup National Ssireum Championship. Coach Doo-sik Joo, who received the Best Coach Award, said that “Yeong-chan and Ji-yul played key roles in the win, despite personal injuries,” and expressed his gratitude to the team saying, “I would like to thank all the athletes who displayed their mental strength and fighting spirits and to all members of the Ssireum team who united in the name of Dankook.”

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