Hanyang College of Engineering’s Dean Becoming the President of all Engineering Deans
Jung Sung-hoon (Engineering), President of Korean Engineering Deans’ Association
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Engineering education has been growing in importance in Korean society ever since the beginning. Now it is emphasized more than ever as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 has started to prevail in our lives. Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing, and cognitive computing.
This year, Hanyang University’s Dean from the College of Engineering, Jung Sung-hoon was elected as the president of Korean Engineering Deans’ Association. The association was founded in 1991 to promote and better the engineering education in Korea. News H visited Jung to congratulate him on his election and to hear more of his stories.
Q. Congratulations on your election! How do you feel?
A. Well, first of all, it is a big honor for me having this big position. And I am very thankful that I can hand this honor to Hanyang University, as HYU’s dean is the president of the Deans’ Association across the nation.
Q. What does the Korean Engineering Deans’ Association do exactly?
A. We collect opinions and discuss the current problems in the engineering education, and try to fix the problems through delivering our opinion to government bodies such as the Ministries of Trade, Industry, and Energy. I have a meeting with the vice vice-ministers from the Ministries of Trade, Industry, and Energy and the Ministry of Science and ICT.
Q. What do you aim to accomplish during your time in office?
A. There are about 160 colleges that are members of the Association, but only about 60 schools are actively participating now. I personally hope that I can bring more participation during my time, as engineering education is becoming more important these days. I feel sorry for the fact that not many schools are implementing new curriculums that can nurture competent students who are apt in this Industry 4.0 era.
Q. What do you think was the key to your election?
A. First of all, the Association appoints its president from Seoul and the other areas in turn, and this year was Seoul’s turn. And since Hanyang University is nearly the representative of the Korean engineering education,I was nominated as the candidate. It’s a bit embarrassing for me to say it out loud for myself, but I was elected unanimously. (laughter)
Jung and the word “engineering” are inseparable, as he graduated from HYU College of Engineering himself, came back as a professor, held the position of vice-dean and dean, and is now becoming the President of the Deans’ Association. “I would not have been able to come this far without love for engineering,” smiled Jung. He recalls that the three years of working in the textile factory right after graduation also helped him to gain profound insight into the industry. Jung mentioned that engineering is in the field rather than in books. That is why he still encourages his students to go work in the factory, even for months. “Students nowadays do not prefer working in the factories, but it really helps them understand and apply what they have learned in class. That will be the engine for their future careers, whatever they do,” said Jung, with a bitter smile.
Jung is in the office from the 1st of March 2018 to the end of February 2019. With the passion and enthusiasm that has led him so far, we expect him to bring about the betterment of engineering education in Korea too.
Kim So-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Choi Min-ju
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