The Inauguration Seminar of Hanyang University Faculty Council for Social Responsibility
Broadening the spectrum for actions of scoial responsiblity
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The Hanyang University Faculty Council for Social Responsibility (FCSR) had its inauguration seminar on the 30th of October, 2018. The FCSR is an association, consisting of around 50 professors and faculty members from Hanyang University, whose main focus is on the customized aid towards developing countries through the application of appropriate technology (the form of technology that takes the social infrastructure of a particular society into consideration and provides the adequate technical standards that can be sustainably developed and consumed within the society) as well as medical and health care services.
Divided into mainly three parts: the reception, the opening ceremony, and the special lecture by Professor Lee Gi-bum (Sookmyung Women’s Univeristy), the seminar was held at the Business School of Hanyang University. Various people were in attendance, including Kim Jong-ryang, the Chief Director of Hanyang University, Professor Kim Sung-hwan (Division of International Studies), the former Foreign Minister, the founding members of the association, and students from Hanyang University.
The ceremony started with an opening announcement and recital of the declaration of establishment by Professor Kang Ju-seob (College of Medicine) and Ahn Dong-kuen (Department of Media and Communication). With most of the founding members making their presence at the ceremony, Professor Kim Yong-soo (Department of Nuclear Engineering) was elected as the first director of FCSR. Also being elected as the president of the Scientists and Engineers without Borders (SEWB) last September, Kim already has a long track record of providing support in appropriate technology towards developing countries.
(A link to an article of Professor Kim Yong-soo and SEWB)
Words of encouragement were given by Kim Jong-ryang and Kim Sung-hwan, both placing an emphasis on how the novel association would help the university to conduct its deeds of love on a more international scale. The ceremony ended with a special lecture by Lee Gi-bum, the Chief Director of Okedongmu Children in Korea (OKCK), regarding the past and future relations between North and South Korea, given the fact that North Korea is also included as one of the developing nations that the association is showing support towards.
Already having various connections with organizations such as the Social Innovation Center, and being the first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in East Asia, Hanyang University has long conducted actions alongside its establishment philosophy of ‘Love in deed and truth.' The establishment of FCSR would broaden such actions, providing the opportunity for Hanyang University to once again perform actions that commit to being a school that serves social responsibility--not only in South Korea--but also abroad.
Choi Seo-yong firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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