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Cycling is a form of great exercise, and a mode of green transportation that takes people along far greater distances compared with walking. With certain problems affiliated with owning a bicycle, whether it be the cost or the fear of getting the bike stolen, there is no longer any need to worry- with Seoul Bikes being provided around the city. Currently, 450 stations with 5,600 bikes are available all around Seoul and is estimated to increase in number, up to 20,000 bikes, with 1,300 stations to be built by the end of this year. Seoul Bike Two types of tickets are available for Seoul Bikes: seasonal vouchers, and one-day membership vouchers. The price of a one-day voucher is 1,000 won, but in order to ride the bike for the whole day, it has to be returned to any station within one hour since its rental time and additional charges would be applied if the bicycle is not returned within the original rental time. In other words, the bike rental service itself is available for the whole day under the premise that bicycles are returned to any station in Seoul every hour. Procedures for renting Seoul Bikes. (Photo courtesy of Seoul Bike) Most stations exist where a lot of people visit or pass through, which makes it easier to access the bikes. Since mobile applications are also available, there is no need to worry whether a certain station has all of its bikes rented out or not. The app's services come with the locations of bike stations and how many bikes are available in real-time. Additionally, useful features such as the distance travelled, riding hours, calorie consumption, and CO2 reduction make the bicycle ride more worthwhile. Riding along the bike roads will lead to Han River. Courses around Hanyang University Some of the best bike courses are provided around Hanyang University following the Jung-rang stream. The courses lead to Seoul Forest, Cheong-gye stream and as far as Han river as well. In addition, since there are quite a lot of Seoul Bike stations on the way, which makes the check-in and out processes much easier. Road signs are available, and places to rest on the way are also offered. Great views on the way to Seoul Forest. As the weather gets warmer, it would be quite nice to travel around Seoul on a bike. It's great exercise as well as it being an opportunity to contribute to CO2 reduction compared to riding cars or buses. Kim Seung-jun email@example.com Photos by Kim Seung-jun
Foreign students at Hanyang University participated in a farm experience event in Muwol Village, Damyang-gun, South Jeolla Province on June 19. Hanyang University Office of International Affairs organized a field trip event to provide foreign students with opportunities to experience rural culture in Korea and help revitalize rural areas. About 40 foreign students attending the event were mainly from the US, Germany, France, Kazakhstan, and China. In addition to making the rice glue balls, they also enjoyed making rice cakes and experiencing natural dyeing. ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience ▲ Foreign students at Hanayang participating in farm experience
2017-03 21 Important News
Rheumatology is a rather unexplored branch in the medical field, and its causes and cures have not yet been fully prepared. However, Professor Bae Sang-cheol of the College of Medicine at Hanyang University stands as one of the pioneers to define and research the causal factors of rheumatology and discover better remedies. In his research “Update on the genetic architecture of rheumatoid arthritis”, Bae clearly defines the factors of rheumatoid arthritis with regards to human genetics, and predicts the possibility for precision medicine. Bae is one of the pioneers in Korea to research and advance cures rheumatoid arthritis. In his paper, Bae has organized the causes and possible remedies for rheumatology researched in the last five years- collecting all data with advanced medical technology. Rheumatism hasn't been explored completely yet, so its causes are only speculated to be genetic and environmental factors. “Rheumatism is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the causes tend not to be external factors. It's assumed that 60% of the causes is the immune system attacking upon itself, acting out of misconception,” said Bae. Human genetic studies into rheumatoid arthritis have uncovered more than 100 genetic loci associated with susceptibility to the disease. This means that the majority of factors are highly shared across multiple ancestral populations. Bae and his fellow researchers organized the data on impaired immune processes and disease phenotypes for rheumatism. “The ultimate goal of this research paper was to enhance the possibility of finding the repurposed drug for each rheumatoid arthritis patient,” mentioned Bae. Since 2005, medical technology developed rapidly, especially in the genome field. For about a decade, a significant amount of the data was collected on genome structures that are likely to influence the rheumatoid diseases. “The grand development in this area is that now, technology can examine the whole genetic variants, instead of individual ones, using the whole genome analysis technique,” said Bae. Rheumatology-related genetics directly affect gene expression and protein function, and also influence cell signaling pathways. According to the cumulated data, this process causes the immune function to be disordered, and spawns diseases in patients. “Proteins that are encoded by rheumatoid risk variants have the potential to help the development of targeting drugs,” Bae explained. Two years were spent in total on the production of this paper, and each process was intricate. First, Bae was invited to co-write with rheumatology experts to analyze the causes and possibilities of advancing repositioning drugs. Then, he had to edit and peer review the analysis and consult with graphic designers to obtain desired pictures of rheumatoid figures. “All these processes took a long time, but interacting with peer reviewers was particularly helpful in advancing this article,” said Bae. Bae stresses the importance of enhancing research on drug repositioning. Drug repurposing, also called as drug repositioning, is applying and utilizing existing medicine to develop into rheumatoid remedies. This technique significantly curtails the cost and time to invent new drugs that target rheumatoid diseases, because existing drugs have already been approved for its pharmacodynamics. Also, the development of precision medicine, which therapeutically targets for personalized rheumatoid state, is being accelerated. “Rheumatoid arthritis does not signal the body in a unique way- it feels more like a cold in the beginning. But alerting oneself to get regular health checks may help to prevent the threatening disease." Bae's ultimate goal is to develop and contribute to organic and personalized rheumatoid arthritis drug invention. His efforts to contribute to the field of rheumatology are prominent, just like his favorite poem, 'The Road Not Taken', by Robert Frost. “Reminding yourself of the original attitude and always trying your best will undoubtedly lead you to success,” advised Bae. Kim Ju-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Choi Min-ju
Hanyang University ranked 34th in the world rankings of universities that publish the highest proportions of research output in collaboration with industry as announced by the Times Higher Education (THE). The UK's Times Higher Education announced the rankings of universities that publish the highest proportions of research output in collaboration with industry from the recent article entitled "South Korean universities lead way on industry collaboration." According to the article, Hanyang University has published 4.06 percent of its total 22,424 publications via collaboration with industry. <The rakings of unversities that show the highest proportions of research output in collaboration with industry (Korean universities)> Ranking (World rankings) University The proportions of collaboration with industry (the number of total publications) 1(1) POSTECH 22.98(13,545) 2(8) Sungkyunkwan University (SSKU) 8.84(30,406) 3(11) KAIST 6.05(20,768) 4(32) GIST 4.11(5,833) 5(34) Hanyang University 4.06(22,424) 6(37) Seoul National University 4(61,449) Among Korean universities, POSTECH was selected as the top university to publish the highest proportions of their research output in collaboration with industry with 22.9 percent of its total 13,545 publications via such links. It was followed by SKKU with 8.84 percent of its total 406 publications, KAIST with 6.058 percent of 20,768, GIST with 4.11 percent of 5,833, Hanyang University with 4.06 percent of 22,424, and Seoul National University with 4 percent of 61,449. UK's Times Higher Education is an university evaluation agency which announces THE world university rankings every year. Unlike world university rankings, Asian University rankings, small universitiy rankings, and emerging university rankings, which are announced by the agency every year, the rankings of universities in collaboration with industry were announced this year for the first time based on data from 2007 to 2016.
Hanyang University Institute of Euro African Studies will host an investment seminar with African experts at Seoul Campus College of Social Sciences Building on the 21st. This seminar, hosted by the National Research Foundation of Korea, and sponsored by IBK, is an exploration of the economic and political situation and investment methods of Algeria and other African nations. Mohammed EI Amine Derragui, the Algerian ambassador to Korea, and Mustafa Khiati, a professor at the University of Algiers, will explain the current status of Algeria. Subsequently, Shin Hyeong-seob, a Hanyang University professor, and Choi Dong-ju, a professor at Sookmyung Women's University, will present the current status quo of other African countries. Kim Sung-soo, a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies said, "Korea needs to focus on emerging markets in Africa to diversify its export markets." He also pointed out that acquiring accurate knowledge of the current situation in Africa is of primary importance.
2017-03 14 Important News
Professor Lee Chang-won of School of Business is an expert in the field of healthcare management. From his years at graduate school in the United States, Lee became interested in telemedicine, so-called ubiquitous healthcare (u-healthcare) that can provide healthcare service and treatments to its patients regardless of time and location. After coming back to Korea, Lee started to study more deeply about healthcare management and also wrote a paper on how to effectively and efficiently allocate hospital resources. One of his most recent paper, “Improving healthcare quality: A technological and managerial innovation perspective,” specifically researched on quality characteristics of u-healthcare services for a health care service that influences users’ (hospital staffs) usage intentions. Prof.Lee is an expert in the field of healthcare management. The background of u-healthcare system starts with the aging society, a society with more than 7 percent of people who are older than 65 in a whole population. Such social changes have become a serious problem in many countries. In Korea as well, due to the increasing life expectancies and lowering birth rate, there are increasing number of elderlies. Societal aging influence on nearly every factor that affect an individual’s life quality, from economic growth, labor markets, housing, and health. To be more specific, it leads to reduction of productive workforce, while the costs of healthcare for the elderly greatly increases. Thus, it became crucial for the Korean government’s policy makers to initiate an innovative IT-based healthcare system to help people get access to qualified, but more affordable healthcare services. “In the case of patients who need regular medicine subscription or examination, it is unnecessary for them to visit hospitals every time. I think the u-healthcare system will be useful for both patients who requires long-term care and who lives far away from hospitals,” said Professor Lee. “There are various identified quality characteristics of u-health care. It includes, connectivity, compatibility, complexity, perceived benefit, and perceived trust. It was our purpose of the study to research on how such characteristics actually influence on the usage attention of hospital staffs,” explained Professor Lee. Thus, it is crucial for Korea’s policy makers to understand usage intentions of its stakeholders to later plan and implement the system better. To do so, Prof. Lee and his team did an empirical research on the 142 staff (physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff) of hospitals in Korea. They used multiple survey methods via both online and offline to collect the needed data. The survey included about 3-4 pages of questions to understand their wiliness for new u-healthcare. The graph shows the overall framework of the research done in the paper. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Lee) The result showed several interesting connection or relevance between the characteristics of u-healthcare and usage intention of hospital staffs. First, it showed positive relationships with connectivity, compatibility and performance expectancy. It explained how an individual expects themselves to perform better with u-healthcare system when one has an ability to connect with u-healthcare system anytime anywhere. On the other hand, complexity and performance expectancy showed negative responses from the staffs. If a system is complex and difficult, taking more time to handle easily, it showed that their expectancy of performance is likely to reduce. “There were also quite high conservative responses from some of the staffs from the concern that u-healthcare is more accessible and affordable to patients,” said Prof Lee. “However, this study identifies benefits of u-healthcare system. Thus, it is a new task for us to suggest a new solution for people who are reluctant to adopt and use new technologies,” added Prof. Lee. Last but not least, Prof. Lee shared some more thoughts about the future of healthcare industry or management. “I feel that there are still misconceptions about “managing” healthcare and hospitals, people easily think that those two concepts of hospital and management cannot go along since management is all about seeking a private interest of a business organization. I think we definitely need a change of recognition,” said Prof. Lee. According to him, healthcare business or management should be more comprehensively compromised on consensus made among key players of healthcare ecosystem. “Managing an organization is not about promoting an interest of a certain group of people, but it is about considering the purpose (or mission) of every individual organization resulting in making a better society,” concluded Prof. Lee. Prof. Lee will continuously strive to develop better hospital ecosystem in Korea. Yun Ji-hyun email@example.com Photos by Kim Yoon-soo
The QS announced the 2017 World University Rankings By Subject in 46 different subject areas on March 8th on www.topuniversities.com. Hanyang University ranked within the top 200 in 20 different subjects areas including 5 more subjects than last year. Hanyang University has shown a large improvement this year. 12 out of 20 subject areas within the top 200 climbed its rank. Civil and Structural Engineering, in particular, has ranked within the top 50 (43rd) for the first time. Social Policy and Administration, previously outside the 200 ranking, has climbed 3 ranks to the 51~100 range, and Linguistics moved up 2 ranks to the 51~100 range showing a strong upward trend. In addition, Computer Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, Business and Management, Communication & Media Studies, Politics & International Studies, and Sociology moved up a rank. . Hanyang’s ranking are as follows: Civil and Structural Engineering (total 1 subject) ranked within 1~50 range; Architecture, Linguistic, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechanical·Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Social Policy & Administration, and Sports-Related Subjects (total 9 subjects) ranked within top 51~100; Computer Science, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Environmental Science, Business and Management, and Politics & International Studies (total 5 subjects) ranked within the top 101~150; Physics & Astronomy, Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies, Law, and Sociology (total 5 subjects) ranked within the top 151~200. Four new subjects were included in the QS World University Rankings By Subject to the 42 existing ones making 46 subjects in total. The subject rankings were classified into four categories: ① academic evaluation ② alumni reputation ③ paper quotation ④ H index. The evaluation method was the same as last year. 1-50 are ranked individually, but rankings after 50 are grouped by a 50 ranking range. The Chosun Ilbo reported that 14 departments in Korean universities were ranked in the top 20, twice as high as last year, but not in the top 10, meaning that they did not succeed in entering the top level. The article stated: “Korean universities stand out when it comes to engineering...Hanyang University has entered the top 50 ranks for Civil and Structural Engineering (43rd)”. ▶The QS World University Rankings homepage- Rankings by subjects: www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2017
Francesca Barbieri, the student from Humanitas University, the private university at Italy dedicated to the medical sciences, participated Hanyang summer program for her medical training. She shared her remarkable experiences and memories here at Hanyang University. Prescription For Growing: Learn Skills But Especially Make Friends I would have never imagined to realize such a big project in such a short time. I found myself on the other side of the world just after a few months I started thinking about it. As I knew about the possibility of obtaining a travel grant, I applied and was then accepted by the cardiology Professor Kyung -Soo KIM. Humanitas therefore gave me the opportunity to spend more than 40 days at the Hanyang University Medical Centre, in Seoul. There, I attended the cardiology wards, outpatient visits and the cardiology research laboratory. To tell the truth, the difficulties of such an experience can be many and discouraging. But everything becomes so pleasant and worthy when you meet the right group of people. Professor Kim and his group of physicians, residents, laboratory members and students accepted me as if I had always been one of them. My family and friends were definitely far away, but I found myself in an environment in which I never felt alone, I could ask anything I needed and was given all the possible help. Trying to follow them during the working day was though, with no doubt. I used to spend between 12 and 13 hours per day in the hospital, some in the clinic, some in the laboratories. As a second year student, I felt to have a solid theoretical knowledge but it was the first time for me to approach the practical clinical environment or research designs and laboratory protocols. I arrived as a very worried student, concerned about what to expect. I came out after 40 days with a basic knowledge of the main heart diseases, how to use the laboratory equipment, how to follow an experimental research design. This was achieved thanks to the constant, careful and personal tutoring I was provided, I always had at least one physician or one researcher on my side. I came out as part of a group of friends, and this was the most surprising and precious aspect. The attention they paid to the success and profit of my experience was invaluable. As invaluable is what I have learnt. Sometimes it is unbelievable how much we can grow in such a short time. * Original article at Hunimed.edu (link)
2017-03 06 Important News
Physics is an indispensable domain to invest in as it generates fundamental knowledge for technological infrastructure and future advancements. Accentuating the importance of the field, Professor Sin Sang-jin (Department of Physics) puts strenuous effort into enlightening unresolved physical phenomena. In his paper "Character Of Matter in Holography: Spin-orbit Interaction," Sin elaborated the relationship between holographic theory and spin-orbit interaction using graphite to decode the enigma. String theory and spin-orbit interaction Physical phenomena relating to the notion of gravity can be explained through Einstein’s general theory of relativity at a macroscopic level. However, narrowing down the matter and studying at a microscopic level, the so-called quantum gravity theory must enter the picture. Among other quantum gravity theories, the prime candidate that is attracting much interest is string theory, which states that the smallest particle of matter is not a point molecule but a vibrating string, which cannot be decomposed further. String theory focuses on holographic duality (also known as gauge/gravity duality) as a novel method of approaching and connecting a range of subjects, including quantum gravity. The movement and interaction between the electronic system are not holistically mastered by physicists, rendering the strongly correlated electronic system cryptic. By employing the holographic theory, which states that the description volume of space could be encoded on a lower-dimensional boundary to the region, can explain not only electron-to-electron interaction but also lattice-electron interaction. Of the interactions of electrons, spin-orbit interaction is what Sin sheds light on. Sin describes the complexity of the relationships between several theories. Spin-orbit interaction is a type of particle interation which causes shifts in an electron’s energy level caused by the electromagnetic interaction between the electron’s spin and the magnetic field. This field is generated by the electron’s orbit around the nucleus. The big question here was to figure out how to fit this interaction into the holographic theory, which connects to another phenomenon called anomalous hall effect. This effect is the traversing of electric current in the magnetic field perpendicular to the current, with no electromagnetic force applied. What is peculiar is the aberration; perpendicular traversing would happen only when electromagnetic force is applied. To find the answer to this puzzle, Sin applied the magnetization curve of graphite to the spin-orbit interaction, which fitted suitably. This was because the magnetization curve of graphite was well-depicted by the strong interaction between electrons. Uncountable layers of graphene make up graphite, corresponding to the strongly interacting temperature and density. The ultimate goal of Sin’s research is to construct a solid theory of physics for novel materials. In the process, string theory and holographic theory are incorporated to the core concept. “This particular research paper at hand merely managed to link the notion with spin-orbit interaction, which could be compared to just one tree out of an entire forest. I aim to theorize the strongly-correlated electronic system,” noted Sin. “Many say there aren't any phenomena which can’t be explained with theories formed 100 years ago. This isn't true in my view. Physicists today still cannot explain matters with the strongly correlated electronic system. There is no end to physics and its exploration,” added Sin. Sin asserts that physics is the base of all phenomena. Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Choi Min-ju
Hanyang University held an opening ceremony of Student Residence Hall V, which can accommodate 400 students at the Seoul Campus to secure students' housing problems. In this dorm, the university decided to prioritize freshmen who are unfamiliar with college life and students from low-income class with housing cost burdens. The dormitory, which has a total construction cost of 170 billion won, has a total area of 9,561m² and a total floor space of 12 floors, totaling 197 rooms and accommodating 398 people. Most of the students live in a double room. Accordingly, the opening ceremony was held on February 24th in Seoul Campus and Kim Hye-chun, the chief director of Korea Foundation for the Promotion of Private(&Public) School, Kim Chong-yang, the chairman of Hanyang Foundation, and Lee Young-moo, the president of Hanyang University attended the ceremony. ▲At the opening ceremony of Student Residence Hall V held at Seoul Campus on 24th, Lee Young-moo, Hanyang University President is delivering his speech. ▲ At the opening ceremony of Student Residence Hall V held at Seoul Campus on 24th, the attendees are participating in tape cutting ceremony.
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