The most finalists in the nation again following 2016, when 19 successful applicants were from the College of Law. The College of Law provides support for students preparing for exams such as scholarships and special lectures. Twenty Dankook University students and alumni made the final list of successful applicants for the National Court Administration’s ‘2018 open recruit for level 9 (entry level) court officials,’ the most successful applicants from a single university in Korea. This is the second time Dankook set the record after generating the most successful applicants from a single university in 2016, with 19 making the final list. The successful applicants are Suhwan Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘97), Taehwan Oh (College of Law, entered in ‘04), Boyoon Lee (College of Law, entered in ‘05), Seungmo Kwon (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Heon Roh (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Yoonhee Park (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Joonhyeon Lee (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Hyundo Hwang (College of Law, entered in ‘09), Saeun Chang (College of Law, entered in ‘10), Soyoung Cho (College of Law, entered in ‘11), Euihyun Choi (College of Law, entered in ‘11), Minjeong Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Heewon Kang (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Kunhee Jin (College of Law, entered in ‘12), Minji Kang (College of Law, entered in ‘13), Jieun Park (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Haein Park (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Yoojin Shin (College of Law, entered in ‘14), Rankyung Kim (College of Law, entered in ‘12), and Sieun Kim (Dept. of Business Administration, entered in ‘13). Among the 20 finalists this year, 19 are from the College of Law. The College of Law’s special class for national entrance exams, which previously helped more than 160 students pass the Korean bar exam, was renewed last year to focus on students preparing for government exams for administrative public servants and court officials. The class and services offered by the College of Law supports students preparing for level 9 and level 5 court official positions, level 7 public officer positions (employment and labor, election administration, correctional officers, protection division officials, prosecution services, and immigrations services) and certified public labor attorneys with scholarships, special lectures and a variety of other complementary programs. Additional support is offered by securing exclusive seats for students in the national entrance exam preparation class and offering the use of the student dormitories in order to create an environment conducive to effective studying.
DKU has the most students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses and ranks second for most manpower dedicated to startups. Incubated ‘House Media,’ a startup with 2 billion in annual revenue. Selected as a leading university for startups for 5 consecutive years and reborn as the startup mecca of the Seoul metropolitan area. Dankook University received acclaim in the startup category of the ‘2018 Science and Engineering University Evaluation’ hosted by the Korea Economic Daily (Hankyung) and Global Research. Dankook, which has been selected as a leading university in startups by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for five consecutive years, offers extensive support to students and the public to make their startup efforts a success. As the numbers prove, with the second highest number of staff dedicated to startups, DKU is committed to incubating new ideas and businesses. Dankook currently operates approximately 40 student clubs related to startups, supporting them with as much as 5 million KRW. Even students who are nervous or overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a business can succeed with the help of the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation. All they need is a bright idea. The Foundation sponsors the entire process, from developing technology and prototyping to test production and finding potential sales routes. Students have responded to the efforts made by the university. With the ‘highest ratio of students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses,’ the passion for starting a business can be seen in how students have seized the opportunities open to them and transformed DKU into the startup mecca of the Seoul metropolitan area. The Korea Economic Daily covered Dankook’s efforts and achievements in supporting startups in an article in its July 27th issue. The article reported that ’House Media,’ the startup that made the ‘House’ app, which anyone interested in home interior design has used at least once, recorded revenues of 2 billion KRW last year. This startup was the winner of the startup contest hosted by the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation in 2017. The article went on to say that “the DKU Enterprise Support Foundation, which launched in 2014, has generated revenue worth 16 billion KRW and has created 210 jobs over the years with its systematic and practical operations.” In addition, “Dankook highlights its ‘startup-friendly campus’ where prototypes made through the Enterprise Support Foundation are applied across the campus. For example, a new concept for pedestrian traffic lights developed recently by one of the startup student clubs was installed around the campus for pilot operations.”
Under the leadership of Director, Sanghyun Lee, Dankook University’s Seismic Retrofitting Remodeling Research Center (SRRC ) is leaping forward as a professional research institute to lead earthquake-resistant remodeling projects to make Korea safer when faced with potential earthquakes. DKU’s SRRC was selected as a priority university research center in the science and engineering field as part of the project hosted by the National Research Foundation of Korea and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The SRRC will receive as much as 6.25 billion KRW over the course of nine years in financial support for its research. The center is scheduled to build a database of seismic performance records related to soil, structures and finishing materials in school buildings, support columns, public housing, etc. “Even for the same building structure, damage inflicted by earthquakes can differ depending on what kind of soil the building was constructed on or what type of finishing materials were used,” said Director Sanghyun Lee of the SRRC. He added that “the SRRC will build 3D data models on the soil, structure and finishing materials of existing buildings, develop self-diagnosis software to determine seismic performance and implement a seismic reinforcement system.” According to the research team, this project is different from previous studies as it is focused on the correlation between soil and finishing materials when it comes to earthquake-resistance, rather than concentrating on building structures alone. In addition, it will boost relevant industries by developing safe and economic seismic reinforcement technology and enhance economic efficiency through its compatibility with the soil intelligence system. Lee explained that “the center hopes to leap forward as the leading private research institute in the field of earthquake-resistant design and reinforcement leveraging ICT and will do our utmost to roll out outstanding engineers and strengthen our position as the center for seismic research and education to build a safe living environment for people in preparation against earthquakes.” Recently, the SRRC received support from the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for the ‘ICT Convergent High-rise Seismic Engineering Department’ to exert efforts in nurturing seismic engineering experts and specialists.
Dankook University is taking its first step toward nurturing talent in what some call the ‘next-generation internet revolution’ - the blockchain industry. On May 29, 2018, Dankook signed an agreement with the Korea Blockchain Industry Promotion Association (KBIPA, Chairman of the board Hyungjoo Kim) for an industry-academia partnership to foster talent in the blockchain industry, which is attracting attention as the technology that will drive the fourth industrial revolution. Blockchain, known as one of the core technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, is a decentralized data storage technology that records transactions transparently in ledgers accessible to everyone and copies and stores it on multiple computers. Multiple computers validate records which results in excellent security, which is the reason the technology is in the spotlight for improving system operations and increasing potential for creating new markets. In particular, the technology is being reviewed by various fields, thanks to its extensive scope and endless possibilities, for applicability in areas such as finance, insurance, distribution and trade in the food industry, and sharing hospital records, to name a few. “As connectivity becomes more widespread in the age of the fourth industrial revolution, hacking is expected to become a serious issue and blockchain technology is essential in addressing this,” said DKU President Hosung Chang. He added that “By cultivating professional talent to lead the domestic and overseas blockchain markets, Dankook University will also be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.” Chairman of the board Hyungjoo Kim of KBIPA commented that “blockchain technology can be used in various areas including smart contracts, digital currency, securities and voting systems and will enable efficient management of academic systems when applied to university administration. Through mutual cooperation with DKU, we look forward to fostering outstanding blockchain specialists.” DKU and KBIPA plan to work together through the MOU to build a relevant industry ecosystem and nurture technology specialists to spread the use of blockchain technology.
Seung-hwan Lee wins the ‘2017 Mister International’ pageant One of the most popular parts of the Cheonan campus festival on May 16 was the stage prepared by the Department of Sports Science’s body building student club. There was one student in particular that was especially popular on stage. It was Seung-hwan Lee (senior, Department of Recreation and Leisure Sports) who recently took first place at an international pageant. The pageant selects the best among the most handsome men gathered from around the world and Dankook’s very own Seung-hwan Lee was chosen as the winner of the ‘2017 Mister International Pageant.’ The competition was held at the National Theater of Yangon in Myanmar’s capital city on May 30th with contestants from more than 50 countries competing. Mister International is one of the three major male pageants along with Mister Global and Mister World. In addition to being distinctively handsome, contestants are evaluated on their intelligence and character through interviews. It has been especially exciting as this was the first time a Korean came in first place at a major international male or female beauty pageant. Lee was appointed to represent Korea after taking the winning position in the ‘2017 Mister International Korea’ competition, which searched for ‘Korea’s most handsome man’ last year. He was in the spotlight as he was chosen as the winner of the domestic competition out of 25 contestants who made it to the final rounds including physicians, announcers and researchers from major firms. Lee says that he was able to gain a lot of experience by taking part in domestic competitions after making his first attempt by coincidence. While preparing for the global stage, he not only worked on exercising and dieting but also sharpened his speaking skills. When asked how he felt about winning an international competition, Lee replied that, “it is an honor to be able to come in first place at both a domestic and an international competition and it was all possible thanks the strong support and help that many people extended to me. Professor Kim Ki-hong’s guidance and the self-discipline I learned from the student body building club all came together to create synergy.”
Student clubs and organizations set up booths and held performances amid a safety conscious environment from May 15~17. Celebrities attracted attention as they kept their promises with students; Psy held a free concert and Loco donated 10 million KRW to the university development fund. The 2018 university festival that brought Dankook together in the name of ‘youth’ has closed its curtains. For three days from May 15th to 17th, the Dankook University Festival was held at both campuses with various events including flea markets, busking performances, treasure hunts, and rides prepared for students to enjoy. Although there were some difficulties such as cancellations of some events due to heavy thunder storm, the Office of Students Affairs and Student Council on both campuses set up student club event booths and held performances amid a safety conscious environment. Meanwhile, students observed safety rules and showcased mature civic awareness throughout the three-day event. In line with the Ministry of Education’s ‘no liquor’ policy, the Jukjeon campus offered limited food stalls while colleges handed out free beverages to their students. The Cheonan campus had already been practicing the ‘no liquor’ concept and brought food trucks to provide a wide range of culinary options to students. This year, singers Psy and Loco who came to perform at the festival also attracted attention with their ‘good deed’ stories. Psy kept the promise he made last year to “give a free performance at the Jukjeon campus festival in 2018.” During his performance last year at the Jukjeon campus, there was an accident where a student collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. Psy paid for the student’s hospital bills and thankfully, the student quickly recovered. Psy was touched by the poise and order displayed by the fellow students in the process and said he would come back to perform for free. Rapper Loco who performed at the Cheonan campus last March when independent student organizations were launched said that he was unable to give a satisfying performance because of the condition of his voice at the time. He said that he “would make up for it if [Dankook] invites me back to the university festival to perform again.” The Cheonan campus invited Loco to its festival and he returned with a breathtaking performance, not to mention a 10 million KRW donation to the DKU development fund.
Operating a demand-oriented curriculum that actively incorporates input from leading industry fields High satisfaction regarding the outstanding curriculum that nurtures talent for the cosmetics industry Dankook University’s Department of Chemistry was selected as an outstanding academic department in the ‘2017 Industry Perspective University Evaluation,’ recognized as a best practice benchmark in building a demand-oriented educational environment. In the results of the Industry Perspective University Evaluation announced by the Korea Council for University Education on April 18th, Dankook’s chemistry department was named as the department delivering the most outstanding curriculum by the cosmetics industry. Reflecting demand in the cosmetics industry, DKU’s Department of Chemistry set up 8 new classes related to cosmetics and expanded its intensive curriculum in bio-based chemistry courses. The chemistry and bio convergence courses were made to nurture basic knowledge needed for the development and production of cosmetics while helping enhance understanding across the overall cosmetics industry. In addition to courses, such as ‘Understanding of the Cosmetics Industry’ and ‘Practice Analysis of Cosmetics,’ having an educational environment closely connected to the actual industry field is key; the department’s offerings of on-site training at cosmetics companies and promoting Capstone design were noted as good examples. A high level of satisfaction was expressed by industry executives and representatives from organizations such as the Korea Dermatology Research Institute and Bio Costech. This led to Dankook being selected as the university offering the most outstanding curriculum for fostering talent needed by the cosmetics industry.
※ UNITY (UNiversity-Industry cooperated infiniTY): Building capabilities related to the 4th industrial revolution throughout one’s lifetime through infinite cooperation between universities and industries While everyone talks about the need to prepare for the 4th industrial revolution, there is a university that has already started its engine for the new era. Artificial intelligence has been introduced to the academic system and all students enrolled at the university must take classes related to the 4th industrial revolution. Based on strong industry-university partnership knowhow, this university helps nurture future-oriented capabilities in students. The university is Dankook University and the UNITY program is at the heart of these efforts. Since being appointed as university president in 2008, DKU President Hosung Chang elevated Dankook University’s research achievements and its education environment from domestic levels to reach global standards to compete with renowned universities around the world. Last March, Dankook University was selected as a leading university in the 4th industrial revolution as part of the LINC+ program hosted by the Ministry of Education. Innovation in the learning environment and curriculum will be driven to foster the capabilities needed in students for the 4th industrial revolution (convergent knowledge – critical thinking – communication – creativity – collaboration). The new concept of ‘UNITY’ proposed by Dankook University brings industries and the university together through infinite cooperation to help students build the capabilities needed in the new era throughout their lifetime. The college education program develops determined spirits in freshmen students, communication and cooperation skills in sophomores and juniors and the drive to practice such competencies in seniors. The talent fostered through this process will advance into businesses and follow career paths that progress from engineers to developers to managers. ■ "No more worries about getting a job, thanks to DESP" DESP (Dankook Enterprise Simulation Program), Dankook University’s customized curriculum module to support employability, cultivates talent that can be immediately assigned to the workforce. DESP is an employment focused curriculum where specific companies participate in the end-to-end process from classes on theory to simulation workshops to internship opportunities. Unlike general internships that offer temporary opportunities to acquire job experience, companies are involved in the entire education process, which allows participating students to become ‘tailored talent’ needed by the given company upon completion of the program. ■ Korea’s first artificial intelligence campus Along with innovation in education and employment, Dankook University is also revolutionizing the learning environment for students. ‘DanAI,’ an AI chatbot, is being introduced across the entire academic system to create an atmosphere similar to something expected from ‘universities of the future.’ Implementation began in 2017 with services scheduled to open in the first semester of 2018. DanAI makes school life entirely different from what we know now. The chatbot has already acquired information on academic programs, courses and career designing options available at Dankook. Students can ask DanAI questions as if they were chatting with a friend without being limited by time or space; DanAI will provide optimized answers quickly and accurately.
On March 9, President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in political science at the Nanpa Music Concert Hall located on Dankook University’s Jukjeon campus. Bach made great contributions toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula and making the PyeongChang Olympics a success by supporting the participation of the North Korean national team in the Winter Olympics and a joint entrance with the South Korean team during the opening ceremonies. In addition, based on his seasoned experience with the International Olympic Committee, he has set a clear vision for the committee regarding its function, direction and the president’s role. Dankook University decided to present President Bach with an honorary doctorate degree in political science as his life and achievements dedicated to the advancement of global sports and peace are aligned with Dankook University’s educational direction of ‘truth and service.’ “Dankook University, which I can now call ‘our’ university, has made great contributions to sports, becoming a key area in Korean education throughout the past 70 years,” said Thomas Bach in his acceptance speech and added that “it is an honor to be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from a university that has close ties with the Olympics. I will continue to work hard to spread the value of sports around the world together with DKU.” Dankook University has strived to serve humanity through sports and enhance peace. DKU has nurtured numerous sports stars in less popular sport disciplines such as rugby, rowing, skiing and ice skating. Chairman Choongsik Chang of the DKU Board was the Korean Olympic Committee vice chairman at the Beijing Asian Games in 1990 and inspired the international sports arena by successfully forming a unified Korean team at the time and through nine inter-Korean sports talks.
Dankook University has been recognized by the government for its efforts and continuous innovations toward the fourth industrial revolution in areas such as AI campuses, Design Thinking education and being a software-oriented University. On March 27th, Dankook University was chosen as a leading innovative university for the 4th industrial revolution as part of the LINC+ program hosted by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation. A total 10 universities were selected by provinces nationwide; Dankook was proudly named to represent the metropolitan area. The leading innovative university program selects and supports universities that can foster talent to head prospective new industries in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. These universities foster educational environments and pursue innovations in their curriculum to cultivate ‘convergent knowledge’ and ‘4C’ (critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration) capabilities. Relevant organizations and academic departments at Dankook University worked together to push forward with this program. With the support of the I-Dasan LINC+ Project Group (led by Jinwoo Eo, Vice President for Industry-academia Cooperation), a new project group (led by Sunghan Rhim) was formed with the Department of Mechanical Engineering (lead department), the Department of Architectural Engineering (participating department) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (participating department). DKU President Hosung Chang leads the program as the chairman of the 4th Industrial Revolution Education Innovation Committee and the aforementioned departments will carry out the project with support from the I-Dasan LINC+ project group. Courses, such as ‘Design My Life’ and 'Design My Profession,' are being developed to provide students aspiring to become the talent needed for the fourth industrial revolution with the opportunity to explore various occupations of the future. “Universities must lead change instead of merely accommodating it,” said President Hosung Chang as he asked to “look forward to Dankook’s transformation in creating the future through educational innovation that nurtures talent to lead the future via industry-academia partnerships while defending the pride of universities raising the ivory tower.”
The Industry-Academia Cooperation Foundation at Dankook University’s Cheonan campus signed a technology transfer agreement with Genoss Co., Ltd. for the ‘development of medical devices for hard tissue regeneration using bioactive silica.’ The technology provided by Dankook to Genoss is a core technology in developing bioactive root canal sealers that significantly improve the regeneration ability of bone graft material used in dental implants. Genoss plans to leverage this technology to launch a new product over the next two years. To this end, two patented technologies and the technological knowhow jointly developed by professors Haewon Kim and Hae-Hyoung Lee, along with professor Jonathan Campbell Knowles of the University of London’s Eastman Dental Institute will be transferred to Genoss. In return, the company will pay 100 million KRW in royalties and 3% of its revenues annually following the introduction of the new product. Professor Kim said that “the technology is expected to be used in developing a dental regeneration material that responds more actively to our body and nervous system to accelerate the pace of safe tissue regeneration compared to existing bone grafting material.” Meanwhile, Dankook University and Genoss were selected for the ‘Project to establish and operate a joint research entity in the science belt functional district’ by the Ministry of Science and ICT. Through this project, Genoss and ITREN (Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering) will establish a joint research entity named ‘Gentren’ and embark on a joint industry-academia research project with the support of government funding worth approximately 1 billion KRW over the course of two years. Professor Haewon Kim, who is the chief director in charge of the technology development, says that “having the research outcome of our university, commercialized and used in products through technology transfer will serve as a meaningful example of industry-academia partnerships. We also look forward to the partner companies developing new products that can be differentiated from those of their competitors, develop new markets at home and abroad, and create new jobs and revenue growth.”
Dankook University is nurturing talent that can be immediately assigned to the workforce through ‘DESP,’ a customized employment support education curriculum module. DESP, which stands for the Dankook Enterprise Simulation Program, is an employment related curriculum, part of the Dankook University I-Dasan LINC+ project, that covers job theory, simulation workshops and internships in partnership with businesses. Unlike general internships that are offered temporarily to provide work experience, in the DESP model, partner companies are involved across the entire curriculum, which enables students to become ‘tailored talent’ needed by the given company. Students who received modular training will begin participating in a corporate simulation job workshop starting in January 2018. Dankook will offer training in real-world skills needed at Oracle, such as in HR, accounting, marketing, administration, production management, etc. Oracle employees and executives will serve as instructors during the workshops to share professional knowledge on mobile programming contents, utilizing cloud-based business data and other topics. Afterwards, the students will start internships at Oracle Korea’s head office. There, they will be assigned roles that go beyond mere administrative tasks; they will learn more about corporate culture, how to give presentations, and even plan and present their own projects during their practicum period. Companies are actively engaging in DKU’s modular education as it can narrow the gap between university education and practical work skills needed in the field, not to mention cutting down on retraining costs for those rehired later at the company. As much as companies are investing their time and effort to train students, more opportunities to work at partner companies will also be extended to the students upon completion of their internships. The DKU Graduate School’s department of data sciences already introduced a modular training internship in partnership with SAP two years ago. Some of its graduates are now working as full-time employees at the company. In addition, SAP plans to start a six-month, long-term internship program with Dankook University in 2018
Dankook University alumni Hyekyeong Lee (freshman class of 2000, College of Law) passed the 59th Korean Bar Exam with the highest scores. On November 7th, the Ministry of Justice announced 55 successful applicants for the Korean Bar Exam where Lee received 457.22 points in the second round and ended with a final average 60.96 points which is more than 5 points higher than the 55.09 point cutline. Lee’s success did not come easy but is rather the result of true perseverance and resilience, never giving up on her dreams and continuing to take challenges despite discouragements along the way. In fact, Lee took the first round of the bar exam four times since 2009, and the second round 8 times. Successful applicants of the first round are given two chances to take part in the second round, but Lee failed to pass every time until now. Lee said that “I was a typical so-called long-term ‘goshisaeng,’ having spent years preparing for the state exam. Naturally, there were many times when I wanted to give up. I was in and out of slumps, and it was tough when I did not make it even after spending more time studying. However, picking myself up time and again is what brought me to where I am today. Support from my family and boyfriend and finding my own way to overcome difficult times by reading are what helped me get through.” She commented that “this time when taking the exam, I was thinking it would be great to just pass even in last place, so I am overjoyed to have passed first. I have been low key while preparing for the exam yet I am thankful for the many congratulation calls I received.” Recalling the mock criminal trial at the Criminal Law Association as the most memorable from her college years, Lee also expressed her gratitude to Dankook and her undergraduate professors. “It has been a while since I graduated, but I am grateful to have learned from professors Yongwoo Kwon, Yangbin Park and Dongsoo Song.” In order to calm her excitement from passing the exam, Lee has already embarked on a new challenge. “I will be entering the Judicial Research and Training Institute this upcoming March which makes me nervous already thinking of all the eminent people who will be gathered there. That’s why I am preparing myself on how to study. I plan to continue studying as I have been doing in order to become a law clerk someday.” Last but not least, Lee shared words of encouragement for her DKU juniors. “Recently, many Dankook alumni have successfully entered law school, and I know the university has a lot of outstanding talent. I believe that it is important for legal professions to always remember what it was like for them at the beginning. There comes a time while studying when you forget and start to take things for granted, but I hope everyone can remember that even those little steps taken forward are invaluable.”
Dankook University professor Young Seok Song (department of fiber system) made a technology transfer worth 100 million KRW of his ‘tool temperature control technology using thin film heater’ to SM Tech Inc. Professor Song’s technology uses thin filters to rapidly raise or drop the temperature of desired spots on the surface of molds (a metal frame that is used to make shaped objects). Precise control of ‘tool (mold)’ temperature in injection molding (a process where plastic material melted by heat is put into a mold for configuration), one of the most well-known polymer processing procedures, is a key element in determining the quality of end products, so relevant industries have desperate needs for Professor Song’s technology. SM Tech, which received the technology transfer from Professor Song, was also in need of tool temperature control technology to create micro precision medicine and electronics polymer products. This technology is expected to be used to produce injection molding for skin implants going forward. Professor Song commented that “previous skin implants used thread, but now polymer processing can be used to make skin implants thanks to this technology transfer.” Meanwhile, this technology was developed with the support of Dankook University’s LINC+ project group and the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center (GRRC).
On September 12th, the ‘2017 Korea International Modern Dance Competition’ finals were held at the Main Hall of the Cheonan Arts Center. One of Dankook’s own students, Xu Mengxuan (徐梦璇), were among the winners at this event which is one of the most prestigious competitions in Korea. Xu Mengxuan, a Chinese student in Dankook’s Graduate School (PhD) program took 4th place and received a special award. Xu, who started majoring in Chinese traditional dance since she was 16, joined Dankook’s Graduate School program (master’s program) to switch to modern dance in 2015. As modern dance is not widespread in China yet, Xu decided to come to Korea and applied to Dankook University which boasts with leading faculty and a strong curriculum. Her decision was a success. Along with the university’s support and her own personal efforts, Xu placed her name on the list of winners in an international competition only 2 years after changing her major. Prior to the Korea International Modern Dance Competition, Xu also placed first in the ‘Czech Brno Conservatory Dance Competition’ and received a participation award at the ‘22nd Korean Modern Dance Competition,’ not to mention taking the special award at the Chugye School of Arts National Dance Competition on the 17th. Xu said that “it was tough at first as Chinese dance is about expressing external images while modern dance is more about expressing what is inside your heart” and added that “but, DKU’s department of dance offers a lot of opportunities to actually take the stage at places such as the Arts Center and Seoul Art Center which made it easier for me to learn quickly.” In addition, “professors Heajung Kim and Eunsun Lee taught me how to express myself through modern dance which helped me gain confidence, and I was touched by how professor Kim looked after me like her own daughter, even taking me to jjimjilbang, the Korean bathhouse, during the holidays knowing I was here in Korea alone without my family.” She also commented that not only the academic program, but also Dankook’s overall system such as dormitories, scholarship benefits and student services provided a convenient environment for foreign students studying overseas and made it possible for her to solely concentrate on practicing dance. Thanks to this, the number of foreign students in the department increased from four when Xu first entered the graduate program to currently around 20 students. Xu says that she would like to realize a greater dream through Dankook. “Based on what I learned and experienced here at Dankook, I want to promote the beauty of modern dance in China. Just like what I learned from my professors, I would like to be a warm and caring teacher to students of my own someday.”