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.
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.
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.
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.
Dankook turned out successful candidates in national exams, 1 in the bar exam, 1 in the civil service exam and 4 in the patent attorney exam, respectively. Building a structured supporting system helps students pass the national exams while they are in college. DKU is overjoyed at hearing the news of DKU students’ success in national exams including the bar exam and civil service exam. Ms. Hanna Dong, a law graduate of Dankook passed the 57th National Bar Exam in 2015. The second-round of the bar exam administered by the Ministry of Justice was taken by 712 applicants this year and 152 passed the exam, recording a competition ratio of 1.46:1. According to the announcement by the Ministry of Personnel Management on October 17, Mr. Jooyoung Jang, a senior majoring in public administration passed this year’s national civil service exam. Also, DKU turned out 4 successful candidates who passed the 52nd patent attorney examination administered by Human Resources Development Service of Korea. The successful candidates are Ms. Yeomyung Lee, a senior in molecular biology, Mr. Taekyu Lee, a senior in information and statistics, Mr. Soojun Ha, a senior in electronic engineering and Ms. Ko Choi, a graduate in chemistry. The total number of applicants in the second-round of the 52nd patent attorney examination was 1131 for 216 positions, recording a competition ratio of 19.3:1. DKU has established an affiliated academy under its Human Resources Development Center for students and graduates who prepare national examinations. The university assigned a full-time academic advisor to make a constant effort to build a structured supporting system for students to concentrate on their preparations.
Laying foundation stone to overcome challenges wisely and leap forward as a global university The ceremony for Dankook University’s 68th founding anniversary was held on November 2 at Nanpa Concert Hall, Jukjeon Campus. The ceremony was attended by nearly 600 professors, staff members and personnel including Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, President Hosung Chang and Seogki Yoon, the President of the Alumni Association. The entire attendance commemorated the university’s rich history and affirmed a new commitment towards the future. "I would like extend my gratitude to the founders for establishing a foothold that allows our wisdom and talent to serve the nation and mankind. I would also thank the faculty for devoting themselves to the miraculous growth of the university,” said Choongsik Chang, Chairman of the Board, during his commemorative speech. ”Our 68th founding anniversary shall provide us a driving force for the future of the university and affirm our resolve and commitment to fulfilling our duties with a sense of unity, and realize the importance of our divine vocation to human society,” he added. President Hosung Chang told the audience that “Dankook University has achieved remarkable development for the past 68 years. Nearly 180,000 graduates are playing their roles and duties creditably around the planet even at this moment, contributing to the advancement of the nation, society and mankind.” “With the competition among universities becoming larger and stronger along with the government’s restructuring plan, I believe all members will stand together to overcome these difficulties and challenges wisely and make a better future for Dankook University," he mentioned.
Launch of a joint program that enables Dankook students to earn master’s degree at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute after they complete three years of undergraduate study at Dankook. On the 15th of October, Dankook University signed a unique cooperation agreement with Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, which is located in Jingdezhen, China, the world’s capital of porcelain. Dankook University’s Department of Ceramics signed a general MOU with Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute at department level in 2008 and a student exchange agreement in 2012. The fruitful educational and cultural exchanges promoted between the institutions for the past several years have resulted in the launch of a ‘3+1+2 joint program’ on October 15. The joint program allows Dankook’s ceramics students to complete three years of undergraduate study at Dankook, then one year of undergraduate study followed by two years of Master’s study at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute. Both institutions are also putting efforts to develop a new exchange program that will allow participants of the ‘3+1+2 program’ to continue their study to the doctoral level. Established in 1958, Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute is the only ceramic institution of higher education in China. More than 15,000 students are enrolled in academic departments including its Department of Silicate Materials Engineering.
A training session on ‘Colombo Plan: International Trade and WTO’ was held from October 18 to November 7 Passing on the know-hows of Korea’s international trade to senior officials of Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The Department of International Trade opened a training session on ‘Colombo Plan: International Trade and WTO’ that hands down Korea’s excellent foreign trade promotion policy to twelve senior officials of the four Western Asian countries, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan. As part of the government’s grant-type technical cooperation program for developing countries, this training session was organized by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to give foreign aid in the form of official development assistance (ODA). Dankook University was designated as the host institution for the session by the Korea International Cooperation Agency in September this year. The twelve participants are high-ranking officials in trade relations and tariff in each country. The training session aims at handing down Korea’s successful policy and practice on international trade to Western Asian countries. The session includes extension of export, tariff and export system, cultivating foreign trade specialists and attracting foreign investments. The lectures will consist of the economic growth and trade policy of Korea, WTO and the trend of international trade, status and strategy of e-trade in Korea, Korea’s promotion strategy for FTA and foreign investment promotion. Moreover, the participants are scheduled to go on field trips to trade promotion agencies including Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Customs Service and Korea World Trade Center.
Dankook University will serve as the center of smart wearable software technology based on IoT(Internet of Things) framework. With the opening ceremony of the Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) held on Tuesday, September 8 at the International Hall of Jukjeon Campus, Dankook University gave an impetus to the development of smart wearable software technology. This was promoted as part of the Development Project for University ICT Research Centers which is overseen by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and Dankook University is only university in Gyeonggi Province selected as a participating institution of the project. Totalling 3.63 billion won of government funding and private capital will be injected to this large-scale project from this year to 2018. Dankook University was designated as the host institution to lead this project with Seoul National University, KAIST, Korea University, UNIST, the University of Seoul and Kookmin University as participating universities. Through research, Dankook University will focus on developing a software structure which is harmless to human body and consumes less battery, designing an optimized UI/UX for different types of services, and developing a software technology that transmits, analyzes and secures IoT wearable data. Dankook University aims at securing source technology and setting up a global standardization in the field of smart wearable technology, and cultivating more than a hundred IoT experts. Dankook University will also cooperate with companies in the related field in manufacturing prototypes and commercialition of smart wearable technology. Participating companies include Neofact, Inbody, YBrain and 3llabs, and SK Telecom will provide kids education robots as materials for research.
Dankook University held a culture festival for international students ahead of Thanksgiving Day. The DKU Thanksgiving Day Festival for International Students was held on 23rd of September at the Jukjeon campus and the 24th at the Cheonan campus respectively. The festival was designed to celebrate and provide a better understanding of Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Day, and showcase its various cultural and traditional events. Nearly 500 international students participated in the festival at both campuses and enjoyed traditional culture activities that includes having a memorial ceremony for ancestors, experience of wearing of Hanbok, and cooking Korean traditional food such as Pajeon, Kimchijeon and Makgeolli.
The Global Internship Exhibition for the 2015 fall semester was held on Tuesday, September 15 at the Student Union Building, Jukjeon Campus. The exhibition aims at broadening students’ understanding of global internship programs and improving their competence and capability to apply for such programs through one-on-one customized personal counseling. The exhibition was organized by the Office of International Affairs to meet the growing demands of students for overseas internship and employment. The Office of International Affairs carefully scanned dozens of overseas internship agencies and had meetings with them prior to the exhibition, of which seven qualified agencies were invited in the exhibition. The seven agencies including ICN Group, GIC and Hotel Intern.com provided one-on-one customized counseling service to students who seek overseas internship and employment throughout the exhibition.
■ 1,622 Bachelors, 607 Masters, 94 PhDs Receive Degree The 2015 Fall Graduation Ceremony was held on August 25th, 10am and 3pm at the Student Union Building of each campus. 1,622 Bachelors (Jukjeon 928, Cheonan 694), 607 Masters (Jukjeon 458, Cheonan 149), 94 PhDs (Jukjeon 56, Cheonan 38) had the honor of receiving their diploma. President Hosung Chang expressed his congratulations, “You are now taking the first steps in building up your career after 4 years of higher education. Your heart is already conscious of what you want to do and what you want to be. You are responsible for your own life and regardless of success or failure I hope you do not give up in pursuing your dreams.” ■ Rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree Dankook University also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy to Aiman Mussakhajayeva, rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts. Aiman Mussakhajayeva is a People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a world renowned violinist. She is the prizewinner of prestigious international competitions such as the 1976 ‘Belgrade International Competition (Yugoslavia)’, the ‘Paganini International Competition (Genoa, Italy)’, and the 1986 ‘8th Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, Russia)’. Aiman Mussakhajayeva has devoted her life to cultivating musicians at the Moscow, Almaty, and Bishkek Music Conservatories. In 1998, her efforts for world peace through music were acknowledged and she received an honorary title “Artist for Peace” from UNESCO. In the same year, her passion for music and education led her to found the Kazakh National Academy of Music. In 2009, the Academy gained a new status as a state organization, “Kazakh National University of Arts” for which she is serving as rector until this day.
Dankook University was chosen as a "model university" for Industry Professional Practice (IPP) by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea as Dankook developed a notable model related to IPP. The institutions participating in the "Leaders in Industry-University Cooperation" project and schools focusing on fieldwork were evaluated to select the "Model University for IPP" through which exemplary operation models will be developed. A total of 5 schools were chosen nation-wide and Dankook was selected for the Chungcheong area. Dankook's students have made use of their field experience and sought employment at the company where they did their field work and this has been selected as a best practice. Dankook's efforts include proposing an employment plan when searching for companies and close supervision throughout the whole process and as a result over 80% of the students who participated in this experience were employed. Dankook also saw an increase in number of students seeking employment at these companies from 65.4% in 2012 to 82.5% in 2014. As Dankook was selected as a "model university," it is now focusing on continuously developing outstanding operation models based on experience managing IPP and performance analysis. Also, through cooperation with the Industry-University Cooperation Mediation Center, Dankook should put in efforts to spread models to other institution within the area. Dankook is planning to create an ecosystem in which universities and communities can co-develop and improve employment rate through 'employment plans and industry practice.' In addition, Dankook will introduce interdisciplinary fieldwork and promote substantiality by making fieldwork a regular course. Moreover, Dankook plans to increase the number of beneficiaries through subsidies from businesses and establish a global system through partnerships with family companies overseas.
Dankook has constructed a bridge in cooperative relations with the Eurasia region through close ties with Kazakh National University of Arts. President Hosung Chang recently visited the power nation of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, and met with the leaders of education and culture to promote cooperative projects. He was also successful in advancing a government funded foreign student program. The foundation of this visit was built on continuous exchange between Dankook University and Kazakh National University of Arts after the signing of an agreement in 2012. During the week-long visit from July 14th, President Chang and Aiman Mussakhajayeva, rector of Kazakh National University of Arts, agreed to develop a student exchange program and a training program between the two schools. Under this agreement, Dankook will utilize the dance and music of Europe from Kazakh National University of Arts as an educational asset and has laid a foundation to promote studying abroad for Central Asia students who are interested in Korean culture. During the luncheon with the Minister of Culture and Sports, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and Rector Mussakhajayeva, President Chang agreed to participate in the Bolashak program. The Bolashak Program is a government scholarship introduced in 1993, awarded to high-performing students from Kazakhstan to study overseas. Every year, more than 2,000 Kazakhstan students are chosen to study at prestigious universities all around the world. Until now, only 4 schools from Korea participated in the Boloshak Program, Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Yonsei University, and Korea University. Moreover, the Bolashak Program usually funded students studying Social Sciences or Natural Sciences/Engineering, but considering that Korean Pop Culture is gaining worldwide attention, it was agreed to open the doors wider to cultivate professionals in culture contents.