Founding of the 'Department of Data Science', a Master's degree and joint operation with SAP On December 3, Dankook University made a business agreement with Gyeonggi Contents Agency, SAP Korea, and D-Korea Foundation to train talented individuals of big data. The event was held at Gyeonggi Culture and Creation Hub. Through this agreement, Dankook University aims to △develop programs and train students based on design-thinking methodology △provide assistance to business starters and create networks for collaboration and expansion △train manpower based on big data and help business starters △ assist in application and supply of the SAP HANA platform among cultural contents businesses within Gyeonggi-do. Dankook University has been a foothold for business starters in Gyeonggi-do, through Pankyo K Valley. Dankook University has created a Master's Course named 'Department of Data Science', which is related to big data. The course is going to be provided with the assistance from SAP, a global business software company. SAP will provide big data platforms as well as educational contents and instructors. With the cooperation of SAP, job offers will be provided to those with the Master's Degree by contacting global businesses and others related to data analysis.
The Dankook University Graduate School of Cinematic Contents (DGC) student films screened at the festival, including ‘End of Winter’, the New Currents Award winner at the 19th Busan International Film Festival The first ‘Dongho Kim Award for Best Actor’ was presented to Changgil Moon, Jonghwan Baek, and Hyerin Lee ‘DGC Film Festival, The Brilliant Choice of the year 2014’ ended in great success, screening DGC films that won many awards in various domestic and international film festivals. During the festival, held for two days from November 8 to November 9 at the 3rd theater of World Tower, Lotte Cinema, Jamsil, 7 films were screened including ‘End of Winter’, the New Currents Award winner at the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and ‘10 Minutes’, the winner of KNN Movie Award and FIPRESCI Award at the 18th BIFF. Nearly 1,000 audience members gathered to watch the art works of DGC students, the potential leaders of the next generation of the film industry in Korea, and each film drew a ripple of applause. After the closing film ‘End of Winter’ was played on the 9th, the festival concluded with the ceremony for the 1st ‘Dongho Kim Award for Best Actor’, which is named after Dongho Kim, the Director of Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment as well as the Dean of Graduate School of Cinematic Contents. Changgil Moon (End of Winter), Jonghwan Baek (10 Minutes), and Hyerin Lee (A new start) were honored with the awards for showing outstanding ability to express their character in each film. “As a result of enthusiastic efforts of the school, faculty, and students, Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Contents has become one of the finest film schools in the nation,” the director Dongho Kim said. “Through this film festival and the DGC films that are under the spotlight at home and abroad, I saw a spark in the bright future of the Korean film industry.”
Beat Ulsan University, 1-0, in the finals Dankook University's soccer team has become the champion of the 95th National Games University Division. At 11 am on November 3, the final match was held at Gangchanghak A Stadium, Seogwipo, Jeju. The winning goal was scored by Mingyu Kim five minutes before the end of the second half, beating Ulsan University by a score of 1-0. The game was very dramatic. Both teams played a close game until Mingyu Kim came on at the 80th minute. Mingyu Kim received a pass from Hoju Choi and scored the winning goal by shooting mid-range with his right foot, 20 meters away. Dankook University has won the trophy by defeating Catholic Kwandong University, Inchon University, Yongin University, Gwangju University, and Ulsan University. Dankook University has won the games in an overwhelming fashion, only allowing one goal during five matches. "I'm proud of the players for training harder than other teams," said Yeonho Shin, the team manager. "My goal is to turn Dankook University into a better team by taking further steps." Meanwhile, Dankook University has won U League in 2009 and took second place in the 2013 University Fall League. With the victory at the National Games, Dankook University was able to confirm its presence as the front runner of national university soccer.
To provide best medical services with expertise in scaling Dankook University Dental Hospital opened a new center that specializes in scaling, with a goal to improve dental health and the quality of professional medical services. The opening ceremony was held on November 5and the center is now in full operation. Dankook University Dental Hospital plans to open a medical center that specializes in scaling, to minimize the waiting time and provide medical service with expertise. In order to do so, four professional personnel were stationed on the hospital's 2nd floor, including doctors with expertise in scaling. The scaling center is expected to provide direct and indirect benefits to university members. Since scaling is usually required once a year, the center was established forgreater accessibility with its location within the campus grounds. It also provides specialized services and minimizes the waiting time for patients. "Patients will be able to prevent periodontal diseases through regular scaling,” Jungchul Park, the Head of the Scaling Center said. “We are going to do our best to promote the center to the local community and make sure more people receive benefits," he added.
Reflecting on 67 years of Dankook’s miraculous growth through change and innovation Hoping for Dankook University's leap toward the world as a national private university On the morning of October 31, the ceremony for Dankook University's 67th Anniversary was held at Nanpa Concert Hall, Jukjeon Campus. Nearly 600 professors and personnel attended the event, including Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, President Hosung Chang, and Seogki Yoon, the President of the Alumni Association. The event was to commemorate the 67th anniversary and hope for Dankook's big leap toward the world as a national private university. "I would like to thank the faculty for devoting themselves to education and fulfilling their duties selflessly," said Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, during his speech. "We were able to overcome difficulties and frustration, achieving incredible growth. I hope you learn from the lessons of the past and continue your devotion while humbly accepting criticism and advice," he added. President Hosung Chang told the audience that he is "very happy to witness the celebration of the 67th anniversary of Dankook University, founded as the first private university after liberation in 1947, as well as the 7th year after the relocation of the campus," He also mentioned "the government will revise university policies for the next 5 years and it is going to be a crucial moment for us. I hope the members stand together and make a better future for Dankook University." During the ceremony, the Chairman of the Board's Citations for Achievement as well as the President's Citations were given to the faculty who made contributions toward Dankook University's growth. The recipients consisted of the employees of the university, affiliated hospital and high schools. The Bumeun Academic Awards were also presented to the professors with outstanding research achievements and Citations were given out to those who gave years of service to the university. As part of the celebrations, Dankook University hosted a Korean dance performance named 'With Oneness Through Dance' for its 67th anniversary at Seongnam Art Center on November 5th. The Korean dance group, consisting of 80 students and graduates from Dankook University's Dance Department, performed in front of 1,500 people, displaying their refined, colorful dresses and lovely motions unique to its genre. The first part of the show began with 'Reign of Peace', celebrating the opening of the sky. It was then followed by 'Jindo Drum Dance' and 'Fan Dance', which is considered the world's most beautiful, glamorous dance. The second part of the show commenced with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Hungary. Dankook University has been part of frequent exchanges with Hungary since its partnership with Budapest University of Engineering began. It featured a special performance by renowned Hungarian violinist Mága Zoltán. Mága Zoltán played songs that the audiences are familiar with, such as Brahams' V. Magyar Tánc and Vittorio Monti's Csárdás. He also played Korea's national folk song, 'Arirang', for curtain call and received a standing ovation from the crowd. After the performance, President Hosung Chang appeared on stage to shake hands with Mága Zoltán and every member of the Korean dance group, showing appreciation for their wonderful performances.
Thirteen students from the department of Material Science and Engineering that Dankook University established at Yantai University finally matriculated at Dankook. Dankook will play its role as an educational institute that fosters students’ abilities in their field of study and their understanding of Korean culture. The dual degree program, a joint project promoted between Dankook of Korea and Yantai of China, is making progress toward its goal. Last August, the first group of thirteen students from the department of Material Science and Engineering that Dankook opened at Yantai set foot on Korean soil to study at Dankook University. There are other Korean universities which have opened Korean language departments in China but this was the first time for a Korean university to admit students by establishing a non-language related program and it created a big sensation in the nation. Starting with the orientation held on August 29, the exchange students took a step forward as Dankook family members. Li Jing Ying revealed her ambitions as a freshman and said “Everyone is so kind and the atmosphere around the university is very nice. We know that it is going to be tough to study our major in Korean but we encourage ourselves to overcome the difficulties.” Apart from the regular major classes, the Yantai students will receive supplementary lessons from designated faculty members out of consideration for their need for linguistic support; this gives them the opportunity to review their regular lessons. The university is also planning to open an additional intensive Korean language course for these students. Prof. Dong Hyun Lee, who teaches ‘An Introduction to High Polymer Engineering,’ commented, “The overall educational standard of the students is quite high. They might face some difficulties in taking the class conducted in Korean but I believe they will soon catch up with the class.”
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was held from October 2 through October 11, 2014. Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents (DGC), already widely recognized for its art works released in various domestic and international film festivals including BIFF, announced itself as the cradle for film professionals by winning awards and participating in a wide variety of activities during the festival. ▶ ‘End of Winter’ won the New Currents award at the Busan International Film Festival The feature film produced by second-term students of Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents, ‘End of Winter’ (directed by Kim Dae Hwan), won the New Currents Award by a unanimous vote at the 19th BIFF. The New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from works of new Asian directors. Given the clutch of the KNN Movie award and FIPRESCI award, earned by ‘10 Minutes,’ the previous feature from the school, Dankook University's Graduate School of Cinematic Contents was honored again this year, winning festival awards in two consecutive years. The story of ‘End of Winter’ begins as a high school teacher abruptly retires, prompting a modest ceremony which is attended by his immediate family. During the event, he announces that he intends to divorce his wife, which comes as a surprise to his brood. This family drama portrays concerns arise from the gap between being an individual and being a family member at the same time in the modern society. “‘End of Winter’ boasts strong performances and an admirably restrained yet intelligent mis-en-scene, and the director Kim demonstrated his ability to tell a family story in his unique style,” the judges evaluated the film. ▶ Chinese actress Tang Wei delivered an eloquent speech for the students of the Graduate School of Cinematic Contents During the film festival, Chinese superstar Tang Wei gave a special lecture to the students of Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents on the topic of acting and directing. This dreamlike lecture on October 3rd was realized by her husband, Tae Yong Kim, a full professor at Dankook’s Graduate School of Cinematic Contents, while Prof. Kim and his students were practicing a field exercise at the festival. Prof. Kim explained, “I arranged this lecture in response to Tang Wei’s interests in the school and its films.” “I’m so nervous because this is my first time talking about acting to a group of students,” Tang Wei said during the lecture. She expressed her attitude toward acting: “Once the filming is started, I don’t even meet my family and friends to fully concentrate on the character.” Tang Wei sincerely communicated with the students throughout the lecture and the students responded magnificently to her speech as well as the confectionery gifts that she brought from China.
The team hopes to discover an effective treatment for vascular injury using low-powered light sources and stem cells. Dankook University’s BLI-Korea Research Center (Director, Pil Sang Jung) is expected to gain momentum in finding a treatment for vascular diseases after it discovered a potential treatment that combines low-powered light and stem cells. According to the research team, when a 1mm sized third-dimensional mass of stem cells, produced using stem cells extracted from body fat, is transplanted into the injury site and the site is exposed to light of a red wavelength range, the stem cells will support recuperative powers in vivo generated by light and enhances the growth of new blood vessels; thus, tissue necrosis can be effectively treated. It is also evidenced by animal experiments that this form of treatment remarkably facilitates blood flow and prevents further tissue necrosis, in comparison with the previous treatment where injury sites are directly exposed to LED light. The research team claims that this study will be the base data to discover a treatment that can be widely used in curing skin necrosis caused by diabetes and various other vascular injuries. This research was published in the latest issue of ‘Biomaterials,’ a foreign medical magazine that is renowned in the field of biocompatible materials. Prof. Jin Cheol Ahn of the research team mentioned, “Our research is at the stage of investigating the possibilities through animal experiments. With continuous studies, we will take on a pioneering role in discovering a new stem cell therapy by developing effective and low-cost treatment technology.
Dankook ranked first in the category of manpower cultivation at the ‘2014 Best Practice Competition for Industry-Academic Cooperation.’ The Dankook LINC business group was awarded the Minister of Education Prize in the ‘2014 Best Practice Competition for Industry-Academic Cooperation’ as the best group in the category of manpower cultivation. Dankook University won the award for trying to cultivate manpower through the establishment of the industry-academic integrated educational program. The awards ceremony was hosted by the ‘2014 Industry-Academic EXPO’ held at the COEX on October 15th. Dankook introduced an industry-academic integrated talent cultivation program, in which many industrial companies were involved, that executes customized training education for students to be eligible to work immediately after graduation. DKU not only regularly integrates the results from surveys of industry and enrolled students into the curriculum of the training program, but also stimulates overseas internship programs to enhance students’ global competitiveness. As an exemplar, the so called ‘Seedbed talent cultivation program’ guarantees the quality of education through a customized training program in cooperation with some of the industrial companies.
More than 300 international students participated in the contest. The contest spread the love for Korean movies as well as Korean language. In celebration of Hangul Day, Dankook University held a ‘Movie Essay Contest for International Students’ on October 8th with the title of ‘A Korean Movie and Myself.’ The commemorative contest was held on the occasion of the 568th anniversary of Hangul Day to promote Korean movies to international students by giving them a memorable experience. The participants were asked to select a Korean movie and write about their impressions of it. Besides the essay contest, a variety of events including jigsaw puzzles and finger paintings were held to attract the attention of the participants. The first prize was awarded to Wu ZiaZia, a freshman of the department of Korean Literature, for writing about her impression of the movie ‘Marathon.’ She commented “I watched it on the recommendation of my friend and I was deeply touched by the mother’s deep love for her son. I had a tough job writing the essay in Korean, but I am very happy that I won first prize.”
More than 230 foreign students from 15 countries such as the U.S., Germany and China visited Dankook University for international exchanges Global Village builds foreign language proficiency and international mindsets in Dankook students School was out for the summer, but Dankook University was still busy and full of excitement with more than 230 international students roaming the campus. They were foreign university students from more than 15 countries including the U.S., Germany and China who had come to take part in the ‘DKU ISS (International Summer School)’ program. Started in 2009, this is the sixth year of DKU ISS hosting international students to study side by side with Korean students and learn Korean culture during summer break. This year, around 230 students from abroad stayed at Dankook dormitories to participate in DKU ISS from June 19th to August 24th. DKU ISS consists of three key programs; IKLCP (Intensive Korean Language and Culture Program), the Academic Program and Global Village. The Global Village, the highlight of DKU ISS, was the most popular among both Dankook students and their international counterparts. The Global Village matches one foreign student with 3~4 Dankook University students to form a small group for language and cultural exchanges. Dankook students were able to choose from students whose primary language was English, Spanish, German and Russian and engage in lessons with them to sharpen foreign language skills. It was a great experience for all students alike to learn not only language, but also different cultures. Jaedong Lee, the Dean of International Affairs, commented that “Dankook is strengthening its position as a leading educational institution in the world through DKU ISS” and added that “it is a wonderful chance for foreign students to experience Korean culture and Dankook students to strengthen their global skills.”
Dankook University’s overseas volunteer corps have shown an example of the school’s guiding principles of truth and service through their volunteer work in third world countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Mongolia. The group visited the Siem Reap province of Cambodia and Vientiane, Laos to help elementary school students there. They taught young children, offered free meals and worked on improving facilities and the housing environment in the areas. Meanwhile, the overseas volunteer corps from the Cheonan campus was in Mongolia and Myanmar spreading the warmth of Dankook with local residents, providing similar services such as teaching and doing maintenance work on facilities to create a better atmosphere. They delivered school supplies and held exhibitions in Myanmar, as well. In Mongolia, student volunteers worked with students at the Korean language department of the National University of Mongolia to teach at local elementary schools and enhance surrounding environments.
Dreams of turning Mongolia into a mobile leader are coming true. The ‘Dankook Mobile ICT Training Center,’ a center opened at the Mongolia University of Science and Technology (MUST) by Dankook University, and MUST hosted a joint workshop from June 22nd to July 12th for technology exchanges between Korea and Mongolia. The workshop was sponsored by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and held as part of the ‘MUST Mobile ICT Training Center support project’ which is a university-initiated development cooperation project. Dankook University and MUST students came together as a team during the workshop to develop practical mobile applications that can be used in everyday life. The applications developed at the workshop are currently registered on the app market and expected to be available to the public soon.
Dankook University’s basketball team beat Ulsan University to win the Men’s College Division of the 69th Korean Basketball Conference. At the competition that started on July 20th at the Sangju Stadium in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province, the Dankook basketball team conquered Konkuk University, Myungji University and Seongkyunkwan University one by one. Dankook went on to the finals against Ulsan University on July 31st where it slam dunked its opponents 73-43 and became undefeated during the competition with four straight wins. The team took home the victory cup once again after winning it three years ago in 2011. Head coach Bongkun Chang stated that “(we) were able to win thanks to the coaching staff and athletes who trained hard,” and went on to say that “this win will serve as an opportunity for the Dankook basketball team to advance even more.” The basketball team that started in 1955 has a strong track record coming in first at the Korean Basketball Conference in 2011; the runner-up at the 2007 University Basketball League of Korea; and the runner-up at the Korean Basketball Conference in 2008 and 2010, each respectively.
Dankook International Creative Writing Center holds ‘LA Literature Academy’ for Korean-Americans in the U.S. Plans to host regular courses to 'spread Korean literature across the world’ Dankook University held a series of literature lectures for Korean-Americans in Los Angeles, California. The Dankook International Creative Writing Center (headed by Siyoung Lee) hosted a special literature program titled ‘Understanding Korean literature through Creative Writing’ that was held at the DKU LA Literature Academy from July 18th to 29th for more than 90 Korean-Americans living in the U.S. Dankook University is the first Korean educational institution to regularly hold literature lectures overseas. This program was offered for free to embrace the joy and sorrow of Korean-Americans through Korean literature as they long for their home country. The program was welcomed by floods of Korean-Americans who rushed to sign up and fulfill their desire to write. In fact, there were so many people that the program had to limit its participants to a first come, first served basis. Siyoung Lee, the Director of Dankook International Creative Writing Center, was pleased to have offered the chance for Koreans abroad to encounter their homeland through Korean literature and said, “I look forward to Korean literature building on this opportunity to spread out wider across the world.”