Dankook University Vice President Kim Wook (professor of life sciences) received a presidential citation at the ‘12th Korean Scientific Investigation Awards.’ First introduced in 2005, the Korean Scientific Investigation Awards recognizes those who have contributed to the advancement of scientific investigations and awards science in police work to lay the foundation for human rights protection of the Korean people. ▶ KimWook, Vice President DKU professor Kim Wook was selected as the recipient in the area of forensic sciences and received the presidential citation. Professor Kim Wook was honored for his service as the chairman of the Korean Society of Forensic Science, the Korean Society of DNA Investigation, advisor to the National Forensic Service and the National Police Agency, member of the DNA identity database management committee and other activities that have helped develop the field of forensic science in Korea. Professor Kim was appointed to Dankook University in 1988 and has carried out educational research on genetics and evolutionary biology. He has mainly focused on molecular biologic studies to gain a clear understanding on the origin of mankind and how the Korean people were formed. Kim also works on academic activities such as DNA typing based on DNA profiling and studies on genetic variations.
DKU performance group fascinates Chinese audience with a collaborative performance of tradition and K-Pop. On November 4th, Dankook University took part in the Korea-China Culture Festival in Wuxi, China, promoting Korean culture to the 2,600 audience gathered there. The spectacular performance which was fully sponsored by SK Hynix, including air fare, accommodation and all other expenses, mesmerized residents of Wuxi, China’s largest digital valley and a city with a population of 6 million, not to mention local tourists. SK Hynix invited Dankook University’s Korean Dance Team which has been an ambassador of Korean culture through performances around the world including in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and students of the departments of contemporary music and modern dance who are prospective stars of the Korean wave of the future. Forty four students from the Jukjeon and Cheonan campuses put their hearts and minds together to create an amazing collaborative performance. Professors and students practiced and worked with each other, going beyond different campuses and student- teacher relationships to unite in the name of Dankook. The four hour event included performances by Wuxi Institute of Technology (무석특수대학교) and Jiangnan University, followed by DKU’s performance that attracted the most attention as it put on the grand finale. The Korean traditional dance team performed the buchaechum fan dance, mudang chum shaman dance, mask dance and nongak folk dance. The audience held their breath in awe as they watched how the dancers twirled their fans to create beautiful flowers during the fan dance while experiencing the unique Korean marvel found in the shaman and mask dances. The lively nongak folk dance had the audience clapping along to the beat in no time with the pounding of traditional Korean drum instruments such as the janggu, sogo and buk. The modern Korean music performance in collaboration with K-POP was received with cheers thanks to the popularity of the Hallyu, Korean Wave. Students majoring in modern dance moved to the rhythm of popular K-POP songs by Big Bang, Miss-A, and others, while the students of contemporary music received thunderous applause for their creative musical performance. This performance not only helped spread Korean culture, but it also served as a remarkable opportunity to promote Dankook University to Chinese students. SK Hynix, the world’s second largest player in semiconductors, is also very popular among local Chinese students and admired as a ‘dream workplace.’ The Korean based semiconductor player prefers Chinese recruits who have studied in Korea, and, thanks to the performance, more Chinese students now want to study at Dankook University. Dankook University’s Office of International Affairs answered questions that Chinese students had on exchange student programs, studying overbroad and internships offered to actively attract students to DKU and further advance the industry-academia partnership between the university and Chinese businesses. Kang Daeshik, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, said that “it is even more meaningful as the output was made by joint efforts of professors and students from the Jukjeon and Cheonan campuses,” and added that “we hope this performance will help attract foreign students to our school, and we will encourage students to actively take part in fully sponsored and meaningful events to provide students with the opportunity to perform overseas and promote our university.”
Rounds of cheers and applause… helping spread Korean traditional arts Dankook University, a leader in international exchanges to promote Korean culture abroad, recently took its Korean traditional dance performance to Hungary and Sweden. The start of the Europe performance was held at the Korean Culture Festival in Budapest, Hungary on September 26th. Part 1 of the performance, ‘TaePyungSungDae (Peaceful Era)’ displayed palace life and royal costumes with a grand stage and magnificent music that captured the eyes and ears of the audience. The performances in Part 2, ‘Spring Scenery’ and a ‘Love Song,’ demonstrated traditional Korean lanterns (cheongsachorong) and the beautiful yet mysterious image of the traditional Korean scholar-class. The Nongak traditional folk dance with janggu (hourglass drum), sogo (handheld drums), and buk (barrel drum) etc went on stage and in an instant drew in the audience who were soon clapping along the beat. As soon as the performance ended, cheers and applause followed. Fascinating the Swedish audience at the Stockholm Concert Hall, home of the Nobel Prize Ceremony The Sweden performance was held during the Korean National Day event hosted by the Korean Embassy in Sweden on October 3rd to commemorate Korea’s National Foundation Day. Wanting to introduce the beautiful performance of DKU’s Korean dance group to the Swedish people, Ambassador Nam Gwan-pyo of Korea in Sweden directly contacted DKU President Chang Hosung to invite the dancers to the Scandinavian country. The performance mesmerized the audience of more than 900 people including ambassadors, government officials and Korean citizens in Sweden who gathered at the Stockholm Concert Hall where the Nobel prizes are handed out each year. Ambassador Nam said that “DKU is the first foreign performance group to give such a monumental and spectacular performance,” and expressed his gratitude as he said that “the ambassadors and representatives from different countries couldn’t stop marveling ‘excellent!’ DKU has contributed to enhancing the image of Korea.”
In celebration of Dankook University’s (DKU) 70th anniversary coming up in 2017, DKU sponsors gathered to share wishes for the university’s further advancement and make commitments for more donations Dankook University Development Advisory Committee hosted ‘Dankook, Dream 2016’ to express its appreciation to the university’s sponsors who extend strong support for DKU. More than 500 guests from inside and outside the university attended ‘Dankook, Dream 2016’ which was held at the Grand Hyatt’s Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, September 27th. Guests included Chairman Kim Dong-ho of the University Development Advisory Committee (Dean of the Graduate School of Cinematic Content), Chairman Chang Choong-sik of the Board of Trustees, President Chang Ho-sung of DKU, and sponsors, potential donators and alumni from the political, business and cultural arena who share the vision to foster talent and further develop the university. On behalf of the participants, chairman Kim Dong-ho delivered a total 9.358 billion KRW that was gathered for the university development fund from March this year up to the day of the event. In addition, Ms. Shin Dong-soon, wife of Chairman Chang Choong-sik, donated 100 million KRW at the event while CEO Choi Byoung-oh of fashion group Hyungji donated 110 million KRW, and CEO Kim Young-guk of Dongsung Precision LX donated 100 million KRW. The event was also full of performances to congratulate the occasion. Professor Kim Jung-taek of the College of Arts kicked off the evening with a piano performance followed by a musical performance from current Dankook University students and pop singer Wheesung. DKU alumni and pop singer Ali (Applied Music, 2003 Freshman) and freshman Song So-hee (Korean Traditional Music, 2016 Freshman) also took the stage to celebrate the evening. In reply to an unexpected request from the MC, Chairman Chang Choong-sik also gave a stunning singing performance before the audience. In his congratulatory remarks, President Chang Ho-sung extended his gratitude as he said, “thank you to the sponsors of the university and our students for your constant support and encouragement” and added that “we believe that the way we can give back (to our sponsors) is to nurture outstanding talent that fit the founding spirit of our University.”
The De La Salle Araneta University’s language center in the Philippines made a 100 million KRW donation to Dankook University’s development fund. The ceremony to deliver the donation took place on Thursday, August 25th at the Jukjeon Campus with Joseph Hyun (Hyun Jongkwang), the director of the center, handing over the agreement letter to DKU president Jang Hosung. Joseph Hyun, who leads the De La Salle Araneta University’s language center, entered Dankook University’s department of construction engineering in 1982. He took teaching courses during his college years and also served as a teacher before moving to the Philippines 16 years ago to work at the language center. Hyun said that “my alma mater Dankook University is like a home to me. When I was in college and taking teaching courses, the university Recruitment Team found a high school teaching position for me which led me to a profession in teaching. Since then, I have been busy focusing on my work, but I have never forgotten my appreciation for the school.” He went on to say that “I always wanted to give something back, and it is a great pleasure to be able to make at least a bit of a contribution. I want to support the development of the university and above all, help fellow Dankookians currently in school to advance as future leaders.”
The opening ceremony for the new Natural Science Hall 2 at the Cheonan Campus was held at 4pm on August 24th. The ceremony was attended by DKU president Jang Hosung and other university officials, not to mention former DKU president Cho Janghwan and representatives from the construction companies that carried out the project to expand educational research facilities on campus; Sunglim Construction and Bumhan Engineering & Construction. The second Natural Science Hall started construction in October 2014 and received approval of use earlier this year in May. Nine stories tall and covering 2,196 pyong (gross floor area 7,259.18 m2) in area, the new Natural Science Hall will offer an efficient environment for students and professors to carry out experiments and studies. It will be home to 34 lecture rooms and faculty offices and 58 lab rooms not only for each department of the College of Natural Science and College of Convergence Technology, but also for the Life Science Pharmaceutical Research Center and Institute of Basic Science to support experiments for both individual majors and various convergence researches. President Jang Hosung commented that “the opening of the second Natural Science Hall will offer a high quality education environment and venue for research and experiments as we look forward to it contributing to Dankook’s BT specialization efforts. In addition, we will continue to strive to improve education and research for our students and faculty.”
The 2016 fall commencement took place at the Jukjeon and Cheonan Campuses, each respectively, on Wednesday, August 24th. A total 1,604 (912 in Jukjeon, 692 in Cheonan) students received their bachelor’s degree while 184 (119 in Jukjeon, 65 in Cheonan) received their master’s and 97 (57 in Jukjeon, 40 in Cheonan) were awarded their doctorate degrees at the ceremony. During his speech at the graduation ceremony, Dankook University president Jang Hosung said that he “sincerely congratulates all of the graduates” and went on to say that “artificial intelligence is advancing at lightning speed as it has come under the spotlight once again after AlphaGo. The structure of industries as we know it is expected to change going forward. No longer will there be a concept of lifelong careers. We will need our own personal networks to handle everything from design to manufacturing, and planning to performance in the future. Amid such change, I look forward to you continuing your challenge to learn new things and contributing to society, the nation and humanity with your creative thinking as Dankook graduates.” Various acknowledgements such as the Honorary Achievement Award, summa cum laude and Bumjeong Academic Thesis Award were also presented during the commencement ceremony. In particular, parents that made special efforts in teaching their children were also recognized with the ‘Proud Parents’ award while foreign students who made remarkable achievements were given the ‘Global Frontier’ award. From the Jukjeon campus, Hyung Jae-sung, the father of Hyung Jung-hyun, a graduate of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering won the Proud Parents award while Kim Kyung-sook, mother of Kwon Doo-an, a graduate of the Department of Ceramics, was named the honorable recipient from the Cheonan Campus. The Global Frontier award was given to Ryeo Ki from the College of Arts and Design’s Department of Fashion Merchandise Design in Jukjeon and to Karina from the Department of Russian Language in Cheonan. ■ Jukjeon campus ■ Cheonan Campus
Dankook University’s School of Theater & Film’s ‘Jang Making Lorelei Day’ received the award for new musicals at the ‘10th Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF)’ held at the Daegu Opera House last July. At the ‘10th DIMF’ hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Dankook University School of Theater and Film producers for ‘Jang Making Lorelei Day’ were recognized for how they turned the story of how a Korean family producing jang, traditional Korean fermented condiments, for 100 years try to protect their tradition into a heartwarming and humorous tale. The cast and crew of ‘Jang Making Lorelei Day’ displayed originality and passion. During the 100 minutes including intermission, they brought tears and laughter to the audience, touching the hearts of viewers in a way that major large-scale musicals cannot. The stage set with traditional Korean tiled roofs, faded doorways, persimmon trees in the yard and jangdokdae (Korean traditional jars for condiments and sauces) may not be glamorous, but drew the audience into Korean sentiment and memories of the past. ‘Jang Making Lorelei Day’ is especially attracting attention as it was created during the ‘New musical production and practice’ class that was first set up for musical majors in the School of Theater and Film in 2012. The musical was the result of the hard-working efforts of the entire cast and crew, including producer Geum-jeong Yoon (class of 2014) and composer Jihyun Chung (class of 2015) to create a new musical that can be put on stages beyond the school campus.
Dankook receives donation of three interactive whiteboards worth 72 million KRW in total Dankook University signed an industry-academia partnership with Edge I&D, a company specializing in interactive flat touch displays (IFTD) and digital signage. The signing ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 21st at the Dankook University Jukjeon Campus Software Design Convergence Center with Sungwan Park (head of the Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation), professor Jinwoo Eo (dean of the College of Engineering) and Younghak Chu (CEO of Edge I&D) attending. Based on the agreement, Dankook University and Edge I&D will work closely together on ▲exchange of talent and knowledge for the industry-academia partnership, ▲joint participation in businesses and events, ▲sponsoring Dankook University students’ internship and field training at Edge I&D, and ▲joint technology development and project participation etc.. In addition, Edge I&D donated three IFTDs to Dankook University which are worth a total 72 million KRW. The interactive displays are scheduled to be installed in lecture rooms at the College of Engineering within Dankook University’s Jukjeon campus.
Sungsoo Kim, Yoosun Chung, Eunhye Ko and Kunseob Kim win silver, bronze and honorable mentions, each respectively. Four students from Dankook University’s Department of Communication Design (Sungsoo Kim – senior, Yoosun Chung – senior, Eunhye Ko – senior, Kunseob Kim – junior) were awarded with the silver, bronze and honorable mentions at the 9th IDA (International Design Awards) IDA is a design contest held by the Farmani Group in the U.S. that selects its winners in LA during the first half of every year. It is a highly reputable award that recognizes outstanding talent in architecture, interior and graphic design etc with entries submitted from scores of countries each year. Sungsoo Kim used the symbolic contrast of life and death to address water shortage issues and won the silver award. Kim said that “it is the most rewarding to know through the outcome that my intentions (behind my work) have been shared with others,” and added that he “wants to continue to create works that many people can relate to.” Yoosun Chung took the bronze for her decalcomania which portrayed GMO (genetically modified organisms) as OMG! (oh my god) to stress the danger of genetically modified organisms. Chung commented that “two years ago, I received an honorable mentioning at this competition, and it feels great to win the bronze this year. I wish to continue to use my talents to do work that can contribute to the world.” Meanwhile, Eunhye Ko and Kunseob Kim each respectively received honorable mentions for their work; Ko for a series that addressed global warming and Kim for work emphasizing the value of equity.
Article published in the June edition of the world-renowned materials science review journal ‘Progress in Materials Science’ (IF=27; SCI top 1%) Dankook University’s Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering (ITREN) research team issued a paper in the June edition of ‘Progress in Materials Science’ (IF=27; SCI top 1%), the prestigious global review journal for material sciences. Professor Roman A. Perez and PhD candidate Jungju Kim were among the authors of the paper titled ‘Biomaterials Control of Pluripotent Stem Cell Fate for Regenerative Therapy.’ The paper discusses how self-replication of pluripotent stem cells or differentiating into specific cells can be largely controlled by the micro environment of biomaterials. It has come into the limelight for also setting forth relevant issues in the field of regenerative medicine. ITREN’s recent efforts on the research of cell reprogramming or differentiation into muscles, nerves and bones etc through simulated body environment, have been highly recognized as its research findings are continuously published in international journals. Moreover, the Institute is working on the ‘Global Research Lab’ project designated by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, not to mention related joint studies with Columbia University and University College London.
MOU with IBM Korea for ‘special cloud-based cognitive computing technology program’ Dankook University and IBM Korea signed an MOU to apply IBM’s cloud development platform, Bluemix, and introduce a special program designed to innovate curriculum and academic systems leveraging cognitive computing. Dankook University and IBM Korea will cooperate with each other and leverage IBM Bluemix to 1) develop courses for cognitive computing education, 2) conduct challenge programs for students, faculty and the SW-Design Convergence Center, and 3) utilize cognitive computing toenhance administrative efficiency for academic programs. IBM Bluemix is a platform that provides cognitive computing technology such as IBM’s own AI system Watson, through modules (API) for students and developers alike to use in developing new applications. Building on the fact that Watson is currently developing and will launch aKorean language version starting next year, Dankook decided to apply the system to education reform tailored to the needs of students. Such cognitive technology will be used for processing basic student information and services with the ultimate goal of later applying more advanced artificial intelligence to support individual students with details on classes by major, designing student schedules and providing career guidance. In particular, voice services will be supported to allow students to access such services beyond traditional language, time and space constraints. The services will go on to be a part of student-oriented educational reform that offers customized majors for individual students.
Global reputation in the field of silk research for biomaterial and tissue regeneration Professor Subhas Kundu, who is a world-renowned scholar in the field of silk research regarding biomaterial and organ regeneration, has been appointed as a visiting professor Dankook University. Professor Kundu will be in charge of global research and education at the DKU Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering. A professor of biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), professor Kundu has opened a new horizon over the past 20 years research using silk as a medical material and for tissue regeneration. Professor Kundu was one of the founders of the department of biotechnology at IIT and is considered one of the leading figures in India in biomaterial and tissue regeneration research. In particular, he has helped advance the use of silk not only in pre-clinical basic research, but also as for practical purposes. He has built a global research network over the past three decades that spans the U.S., the UK, Germany, Austria, China and Australia, and is expected to contribute to the globalization of relevant research here at Dankook University.
The President of DKU’s College of Business & Economics Alumni association, Shin Yong-su, and nine other alumni visited the Jukjeon Campus on June 1st to deliver a donation of 220 million KRW to University President Chang Hosung for the university development fund. The development fund is expected to be used to support students selected by the College of Business & Economics alumni association. The College of Business & Economics alumni association made its first donation of 5 million KRW in 2013 followed by 4 million KRW in 2014, and another 5 million KRW in 2015. This year, the association carried out a campaign and came together to collect funds to help current students study in a better environment, significantly increasing the amount of funds donated. President Shin said “Dankook University’s College of Business & Economics has nurtured numerous male and female leaders in our society and in Korea,” and went on to explain the background of the donations as being used “to support various students at the College who are unable to fulfill their dreams due to financial difficulties, so they can focus on their studies and realize their potential to contribute to the future society.” In addition, he shared his hopes for “the donations of the College of Business & Economics to serve as a trigger that can start a donation boom among alumni of other colleges within the university, as well.”
Recognized for his 27 years of contribution to academic and cultural exchanges with Hungary and efforts in promoting the Korean language On Monday, May 9th, Dankook University President Hosung Chang received the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, which is the highest honor that can be presented to a foreign civilian by the Hungarian government. Dr. Hosung Chang went to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as a visiting professor in 2010. President Chang signed cooperative agreements with Hungary’s first national university, ELTE, and Semmelweis Medical School in 2011, as well as with the University of Pécs in 2015. He has played a key role in facilitating cultural exchanges between the two countries, for example when he led the Dankook University Traditional Dance team to perform at the Hungarian Palace of Arts in 2014. Dr. Chang has also taken the initiative to spread the Korean language. Some of his endeavors include going to ELTE University as a visiting professor in the department of Korean language in 2013, delivering Korean language textbooks prepared by Dankook University in 2014, and hosting the ‘Dankook University President Korean Language Speaking Contest’ in 2015. Upon receiving the merit, Dr. Chang commented that he “will work even harder in the future for practical exchanges between Korea and Hungary across various fields, including economics, politics, science, sports and culture, etc.”