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Global CEO mentors gather at Dankook

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Eight multinational corporations including GM Korea and Pfizer Korea participated The ‘8th AMCHAM Innovation Camp’ was held at the Cheonan Campus International Conference Hall on April 28th to offer college students mentoring and advice on employment and entrepreneurship. Dignitaries at the event included Dankook University President Chang Hosung, parliamentarian Park Chanwoo, Cheonan City Mayor Koo Bonyoung and representatives of member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (“AMCHAM”). CEOs and executives from eight multinational corporations participated by providing lectures and mentoring sessions. Some notable speakers were AMCHAM Chairman James Kim (President & CEO of GM Korea, and chairman of the board), Chairman Jeffrey Jones of AMCHAM Partners for the Future Foundation, AMCHAM Korea President John Schuldt and Pfizer Korea President & CEO Dave (Dongwook) Oh. In the first session, AMCHAM President John Schuldt, Pfizer Korea CEO Dave Oh and GM Korea CEO James Kim took the stand. Not only did they offer advice to students on how to sharpen global competitiveness, but after the lecture they also held a Q&A session where students and the corporate leaders were able to freely communicate with each other. The following second session consisted of small group mentoring between students and the CEOs where each business leader sat down with around 20 students and shared insight on how to build careers, engaging in intensive discussions. AMCHAM, which was founded in 1953, is a non-profit organization that was established to expand and promote business and trade between Korea and the U.S. The organization plays an advisory role to Korea in devising policies for economic development, providing support for the unemployed and their families, and offering vocational training and internship programs.

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Selected as a “Start-up Leading University” for three consecutive years, strengthening Dankook’s pos

2016.05.30

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More than fifty start-ups developed in two years with eighty patents filed and registered, generating 4.1 billion KRW in revenues Dankook University was selected as a ‘general start-up leading university’ in the Small and Medium Business Administration’s (SMBA) ‘2016 Start-up Leading University Cultivation Project.’ Thus far, Dankook University has received a total 5.7 billion KRW (an average of 1.9 billion KRW annually) in government funds since being first selected for the project in 2014. During the past two years, Dankook University has helped found around fifty start-ups (including prospective start-ups), generating approximately 4.1 billion KRW in revenue. More than eighty patents have been filed and registered, as well as sixty new job opportunities created. Dankook currently offers the most courses related to start-ups in the nation, and has nurtured entrepreneurs through the ‘the Hall of Worthies (Jiphyeonjeon) Hackathon (start-up training and a start-up competition for prospective entrepreneurs)’ event. Start-ups which have attracted recent attention include interactive smart toy manufacturer Attocube (CEO Han Sangtaek) and fitness software player ‘Fit’ (CEO Hong Seokjae) both of which are businesses that were incubated at the ‘Hall of Worthies Hackathon.’

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Filming Begins for Channel A’s Entertainment Program “Back to School”

2016.04.29

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Korean celebrities Tak Jae-hoon, Jang Dong-min, Park Na-rae and Jang Do-yun become Dankook University freshmen in Spring 2016 to experience college life. The first episode aired at 11pm on Saturday, April 16, and will continue to bring campus life into homes every Saturday. Comprehensive programming channel Channel A’s newest entertainment program, “Back to School” started filming at Dankook University’s Jukjeon Campus on March 23rd. “Back to School” is a reality show where celebrities Tak Jae-hoon, Jang Dong-min, Park Na-rae and Jang Do-yun, who did not have the chance to participate in college life, become college freshmen to experience campus life--attending classes, club activities, and more! Tak Jae-hoon and Jang Dong-min join the College of Arts and Design’s Department of Ceramic Arts for one semester while Park Na-rae and Jang Do-yun join the College of Education’s Department of Physical Education. The cast shared their excitement for taking classes and meeting new friends as they visited Dankook University for the first time. “Back to School” will air every Saturday night starting with its premier on April 16, bringing the passion of college campus life into the homes of its viewers.

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Hippocratic Oath pledge and ‘White Coat Ceremony’ held for future physicians in Cheonan

2016.04.29

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Forty-five third-year medical school students put on their doctor coats and pledged their commitments to professionalism before starting clinical practices. Medical school professors and parents attend the ceremony to encourage the future physicians. The White Coat Ceremony was held in the main auditorium of the Cheonan Campus medical school on March 24th, 2016. Forty-five third-year medical school students attended along with the Assistant Director of Dankook University’s hospital, Jaeil Kim, the Dean of Dankook University Medical School, Sahng-june Kwak, as well as medical school professors and students’ parents. The ‘White Coat Ceremony (WCC)’ has become a ritual for third-year medical school students as they put on white doctor coats before starting their clinical practices. The ceremony signifies the students’ commitment to professionalism and their dedication to becoming the best doctors they can, pledging to always place the dignity of human life and the health of patients above all. In addition to the donning of the white coats, the ceremony also included a part where students were presented with stethoscopes. Students then took the Hippocratic Oath as student representative Kyung-won Yoo took the stand to read the ethical code of medical physicians. Sahng-June Kwak, Dean of Dankook University Medical School, encouraged students, saying he “looks forward to students striving to learn medical knowledge and skills while undergoing self-development to grow into capable physicians who will contribute to the advancement of healthcare and medical sciences.”

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Woori-pol launches a Partnership with Yongin Seobu Police Station

2016.04.29

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Dankook University and Yongin Seobu Police Station are cooperating with a joint initiative, a foreign student safety patrol volunteer group called “Woori-pol”, which was launched on March 24th. The joint cooperation will involve night patrolling around colleges in the Yongin area and crime prevention campaigns. Dankook University and Yongin Seobu Police Station are working together join forces and target crime prevention against foreign students. On March 24th, Dankook University held the inauguration ceremony for Woori-pol, the Dankook University Safety Patrol Volunteer Group for Foreign Students’ at the Yongin Seobu Police Station. Woori-pol will start patrolling to prevent crimes and to help foreign students settle into university life in Korea. More than 70 people attended the ceremony including Dankook University’s Vice President of External Affairs, Kang Daeshik, Commissioner Choi Byung-bu of the Yongin Seobu Police Station, Dean of External Affairs, Kim Yongbin, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, Chang Woohyeok, and head of the security department at Yongin Seobu Police Station, Koh Wonsik. Composed of 51 foreign students from various countries including China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Kazakhstan, Woori-pol plans to regularly carry out night patrols in college neighborhoods around Suji-gu, Yongin where many foreign students reside and to also conduct crime prevention campaigns. The head of the foreign student volunteer group, Feng Wusheng, a 3rd year student in the Dept of Polymer Science & Engineering, commented “we are committed to creating a safer environment for the foreign students, specifically by taking into account misunderstandings which may occur due to cultural and social differences. For example, we are beginning a campaign to prevent drinking in public places, which may be common in some cultures.”

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Professor Lan Chung’s research team wins 20.2 billion KRW in government research funds

2016.04.01

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Professor Lan Chung (Department of Architectural Engineering, Head of the Remodeling Research Institute) was selected for the ‘Super Tall Building R&BD Center project’ planned by the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) and sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). The research team led by Professor Chung will receive 20.2 billion KRW in research funds from December 2015 until June 2020 for 4 years and 6 months to develop domestic engineering technology for ultra-tall skyscrapers that meet world-class standards. Professor Chung’s team will head the ‘Project for the Development of Ultra-tall Building Design and Construction Technology to Lead the Global Market.’ With full support from the government, the project will endeavor to develop advanced technology to lead the world’s ultra-tall skyscraper industry by 2020. The research team will play a central role in developing design and progressive construction technology regarding ultra-tall buildings including ▲ the development of globally cutting-edge technology for ultra-tall buildings, ▲ the development of high value-adding source technology based on ICT convergence·automation, ▲ the development of core technology to support companies regarding ultra-tall buildings, ▲ the development of ultra-tall building core technology for entering overseas markets, and ▲ the development of a global support infrastructure model for ultra-tall buildings. Ultra-tall skyscrapers are a high value-adding industry resulting from the integrations of the most advanced architectural technologies. The Global R&BD Center project is a mid/long-term research project of MOLIT designed to support outstanding research groups with unparalleled competitiveness in the global market through more systematic assistance. The project is composed of two stages and will receive funding for 10 years. The second stage will begin after rigorous evaluation of the first 5 years of stage 1. Professor Chung and his team plan to concentrate on advancing ultra-tall skyscraper design and construction technology through this project, as well as strongly supporting the technology business of SMEs and medium-sized firms to enter overseas markets. In short, the project is tailored to support these smaller companies that have been at a disadvantage in entering overseas markets in the advanced skyscraper businesses. Professor Chung commented that “the Ultra-tall Skyscraper Global R&BD Center project has made it possible to not only enhance the position of Korea’s construction industry in the world, but also to develop the core technology-intensive skills needed for constructing ultra-tall buildings. It will support the technology independence of small and medium-sized firms in Korea while opening doors for them to enter overseas markets.”

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The College of Law’s preparation system draws attention as 11 students are accepted by law schools

2016.04.01

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Eleven current students and graduates of Dankook University’s College of Law succeeded in enrolling in law school programs in 2016. This is the largest number since the law school system was first introduced to Korea in 2009 and is the first time the number has recorded double digits. The College of Law has continuously produced successful candidates of the National Bar Exam while also striving to increase the number of students accepted by law schools. As law schools become the main route to entering legal professions, the College of Law recently set up a preparatory class to support students’ efforts to continue their studies at law school. As a result, the number of successful candidates which stood at only 2~4 in 2014 increased to more than double in 2015, accomplishing double digit success rates in a relatively short period of time. Following the news about this year’s successful candidates, Dankook’s systematic program, which manages and supports students from the moment they enter Dankook guiding them toward achieving their law school admission goals, is coming into the spotlight. This includes a quality curriculum allows students to graduate only when they have done their utmost in studying their major of law, as well as various mentoring systems that enable close communication between professors and students. In addition, regular networking meetings hosted by the College of Law allow opportunities for alumni currently serving in legal fields, students currently enrolled in law school and current students of the College of Law to meet and exchange knowhow and experiences with each other, a process which helps students with their studies and in establishing a sense of identity.

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Dankook’s pharmacy students notch a 100% pass rate in the National Exam for the second straight year

2016.04.01

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Dankook University’s College of Pharmacy achieved the remarkable feat of having all of its students who applied for the 2016 67th National Pharmacy Board Exam, pass the test. This marks the second year in a row as last year the School’s first graduates also recorded a 100% pass rate. At the 67th National Pharmacy Board Exam that was held on January 22nd, 1,772 (prospective) graduates of 6-year university pharmacy programs passed the exam, recording a 94.8% success rate. All 31 students enrolled in their 6th year at Dankook University’s pharmacy program were among the successful candidates. The College of Pharmacy, which opened its doors in March 2011, saw its first graduates last year and continues to excel at fostering outstanding and professional talent in the field of pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy along with the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, University Hospital and Dental Hospital, form a medical bio cluster which creates synergy through convergent research and education programs. Dankook’s College of Pharmacy is growing as a regional mecca in pharmacy education with a focus on nurturing industry and clinical pharmacists.

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Dankook University Hospital air ambulance service Doctor Helicopter flies ‘within the golden hour’

2016.02.15

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The fifth air ambulance in Korea hits the field following launching ceremony on January 27th Dankook University Hospital is starting operations of a ‘Doctor Helicopter’ emergency air ambulance service. The air ambulance will be assigned to remote areas using a system where doctors board the helicopter within 5 minutes of calls. The service is being provided by South Chungcheong Province and Dankook University Hospital, supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The launching ceremony was held at the 5th floor auditorium and rooftop of the hospital building at 1pm on January 27th. Members of the local community joined to celebrate the start of services and shared hopes for its safe operations. Doctor Helicopter is a cutting-edge emergency medical system consisting of various emergency medical equipment and carrying an emergency medicine physician and nurse (Level-1 emergency medical technician) to provide immediate emergency treatment to patients upon arriving at scenes until they are moved to an emergency medical institute. The South Chungcheong Province Doctor Helicopter is the 5th of its kind in Korea and will be positioned at Dankook University Hospital which has an emergency medical center and trauma center, as well as a helipad and tarmac to start official operations on January 28th. With Doctor Helicopter, Dankook University Hospital will be able to build a quick transport system for severe emergency patients in areas hard to reach, looking forward to reducing the death rate of patients suffering from the top 3 emergency symptoms; severe trauma, myocardial infarction (MI) and cerebrovascular diseases. In particular, the time needed to transport emergency patients from islands along the Western Sea is expected to be shortened significantly. For example, compared to the 4 hours it previously took from Oeyeondo Island in Boryeong (direct distance 120km) to Dankook University Hospital by sea and land, Doctor Helicopter will shorten the trip to 60 minutes.

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Lee June-hyoung sets new record in free skating and takes championship title

2016.02.15

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Rising star of Korean men’s figure skating, Lee June-hyoung (freshman, Department of International Sports Studies), received the highest score ever in the men’s single free skating program at the ‘70th Korean National Men and Women’s Figure Skating Championship’ held at the Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul from January 8th to 10th. As a result, he took the championship title for two years in a row. Lee stood at first place with 75.10 points during the short program on January 9th and went on to score 148.62 points the following day during the men’s single free skating program. With an overall total of 223.72 points, Lee excelled to grasp the men’s singles championship title, not only renewing his personal best score, but also reaching a record-high for the Korean men’s single free skating program. Ahead of the competition, Lee had difficulty practicing after suffering an injury which left him to receive 8 stitches in his right leg. The stitches were removed on January 4th, and Lee successfully overcame the hardships from his injury with his strong determination. Some points were deducted from his first triple axel jump due to an unstable landing, but all of his other jumps were clean allowing him to retain the championship title.

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Dankook Hospital receives Class 1 status in evaluation of quality of gastric cancer surgeries

2016.01.29

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Evaluated by HIRA as Class 1 in terms of quality of gastric cancer surgeries Also rated highly in terms of use of perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis and treatment of acute strokes and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases etc Dankook University Hospital was rated first-class by the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (hereinafter HIRA) in its first ‘evaluation on quality of gastric cancer surgeries.’ On January 6th, HIRA announced the results of its evaluation of 9,969 gastric cancer surgeries that were performed across 201 medical institutions nationwide. Surgeries were screened based on 19 categories including medical talent, surgical process and operative mortality rates etc, grouping the institutions into 5 different classes. Dankook University Hospital achieved a perfect score in 15 categories, resulting in a total 99.77 points which is higher than the average for other similar sized general hospitals (97.25), thus receiving a Class 1 grade. In particular, according to an article in the Joongang Daily based on data from HIRA, Dankook University Hospital was one of the leading ‘laparoscopic partial gastrectomy’ performers in Korea at the third lowest cost. The reason for low costs can be translated into shorter periods of hospitalization for patients and less unnecessary procedures. Prior to this announcement, HIRA’s evaluation on disease treatment also selected Dankook University as Class 1 in various areas. It received the highest level in the ‘evaluation of acute strokes,’ taking the honor as a ‘first-class hospital for acute strokes for 6 years in a row.’ With a total score of 100 points, Dankook not only obtained the highest Class 1 level, but was also selected as the most outstanding institution and received an additional monetary reward. Dankook also received Class 1 in the ‘evaluation on the use of perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis.’ This assessment is to identify how antibiotics are used during surgeries, as well as evaluate its abuse and misuse. Here, Dankook scored 98.6, exceeding the average of the top 20% of hospitals (97.2). Dankook was first-class in HIRA’s initial ‘evaluation on the quality of treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD)’, as well. It was the only hospital in South Chungcheong Province to obtain Class 1 status and scored 85.29 which was far higher than the overall average of 53.89.

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The ‘9th Joong-jae Bae National Elementary School Ski Competition’ opens

2016.01.29

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Held for 2 days from Jan 4~5 at Pyeongchang Alpensia Resort Taking the lead in nurturing prospective ski stars to shine during the 2018 Winter Olympics Elementary school skiers gathered at the Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang during winter break. Baby-faced but full of determination, these children came to participate in the 9th Joong-jae Bae National Elementary School ski competition that was held for two days from January 4th to 5th. This year, more than 200 young skiers took part in the competition to show off their hard work and long hours of practice. The Joong-jae Bae ski competition is known for contributing to strengthening the foundation of ski as a sport in Korea and identifying rising ski stars to prepare for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. There are 5 athletes currently on the national ski team that formerly competed in the Joong-jae Bae ski competition including Dongwoo Kim (Alpine, Korea National Sport University); Sohee Kim (Alpine, Dankook Univ); Eunhwa Cho (Alpine, Yonsei Univ); Youngseo Kang (Alpine, Sungil Girl’s High School) and Dongkwan Hong (Alpine, Dankook Univ). In addition, there are three reserve players on the national Alpine ski team (Seungpyo Lee, Jeonghyun Choi, Jinsol Roh) and one on the cross country team (Eunji Kim), as well. This year marks the 9th year of the Joong-jae Bae National Elementary School ski competition which started in 2008 by students wishing to commemorate Joong-jae Choongsik Chang (Chairman of the Dankook Foundation) who has consistently dedicated his life and made investments into advancing winter sports in Korea.

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Sports Officials of Asian Universities gather at Dankook University

2016.01.29

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The ‘2015 1st Asian University Sports Instructors Training Program’ opens Pursuing various exchanges to advance and set the direction for the future of sports at Asian Universities Sports officials from Asian Universities gathered together to discuss the future of sports at universities. From December 29th of last year to January 5th, Dankook University held the ‘2015 1st Asian University Sports Instructors Training Program’ at its Cheonan Campus. More than 70 sports officials from universities around Asia took part in the program that was hosted by the Asia University Sports Federation (AUSF) and held by the Korean University Sports Board (KUSB) and Dankook University. The 8-day program which covered a total 60 hours, offered various sports training and hands-on experiences to its participants. Dankook University president Ho-sung Chang who also serves as the vice chairman of the AUSF, FISU executive member Yoo Byung-jin (President of Myongji University), AUSF Secretary-General Kenny Chow and other representatives and executive members from Asian countries attended the opening ceremony that began at 8:30 in the morning of December 29th. The program was planned to promote human and academic exchanges, as well as create a venue for representatives from various areas related to university sports including athletes, sports administrators and sports instructors to come together to discuss sports education theory. The training program consisted of special lectures on the outlook for AUSF and held professional training and discussions on themes including international sports diplomacy, qualities of Asian University sports diplomats/administrators, legal issues surrounding varsity sports, sports management ethics, theory and practice of leadership, responding to controversial referee decisions and injury mechanism in sports etc. The program also offered special visits to the Korea National Training Center in Taeneung to see where national athletes train and opportunities to experience Korean culture by visiting historic and cultural heritage sites, not to mention learn Taekwondo and take ski lessons.

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DKU Expands its Global Network in Eastern Europe

2016.01.06

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DKU established cooperative partnerships with Hungarian institutions in various fields including Korean language and Taekwondo. Last October, DKU’s delegation led by President Hosung Chang visited the Republic of Hungary to promote international cooperation and exchanges in academic and cultural fields. DKU has been recently putting efforts to expand and diversify its international network to realize its vision of “Global Dankook.” Such endeavors have led to the establishment of partnerships with many renowned educational and cultural institutions in Kazakhstan, a powerhouse in Central Asia. And this time, DKU anchored in Hungary. The delegation’s vigorous promotion of international cooperation marked its beginning with the Dankook University Korean Language Speech Contest which took place at Eotvos Lorand University on October 28. After the preliminary stage of the contest, 17 students competed in the finals and 4 of them received awards for their distinguished performance. The various sophisticated speech topics included ‘the cultural interchanges between the two countries’ and ‘the comparison of folk tales of Korea and Hungary.’ The first place award was given to Németh Nikoletta, a second-year Korean language major student at Eotvos Lorand University, for his excellent speech on ‘the similarities between the cultures of Korea and Hungary by comparing both countries’ traditional medicine. In her speech, Ms. Nikoletta drew a comparison between the cultures of the two countries by analyzing the similarities in utilizing medical herb to strengthen the immune system shown in both countries. She supported her argument by making references to ‘Herbarium’, a Hungarian book written in 1578 and ‘Donguibogam: Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine,’ a Korean book compiled by the royal physician, Heo Jun in 1613. On the 29th, the delegation signed a bilateral cooperation agreement the Hungarian Taekwondo Association. At the signing ceremony held at the Korean Culture Center in Hungary, both parties agreed to cooperate in promoting cultural exchanges and nurturing talented young players, coaches and staff members. The ceremony also witnessed a Taekwondo demonstration performed by the Hungarian Taekwondo Association. Moreover, DKU signed a MOU with the University of Pécs, the first university established in Hungary which has a rich history of over 650 years. Dankook University and the University of Pécs agreed to facilitate student mobility across the two universities, starting with exchanging 5 students including 2 engineering major students from 2016.

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Supporting Young Startups to Settle in

2016.01.06

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Dankook University Startup Support Foundation held the 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day“ Dankook University Startup Support Foundation opened its 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day’ at the Concert Hall, Humanities Building on December 1, in order to help out young entrepreneurs to successfully settle in. The 2nd ‘DKU Demo Day’ was organized for infant startup companies to give demonstrations of their prototypes before they launch their complete products. The event was attended by 30 entrepreneurs and startup companies who were selected to participate in the foundation-led programs, the 2015 Startup Commercialization Program and the Follow-up Support Program. The various demonstrations displayed at the event included a security system technology that protects authentication certificate from theft, an IoT-based ventilation control system, coffee related materials and products presented by the winner of 2014 Barista Championship, and metal ceramic products displayed by a prolific patent owner who obtained three patents in one year. The DKU Startup Support Foundation helps these infant startups to successfully launch their products through providing them with professional mentoring service and matching appropriate investors. The foundation will have a presentation to announce the outcomes of the foundation-led programs and find improvements.

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