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The Ministry of Education and the Korean Council for University Education announced the results of the "June 2018 University Information Disclosure" on June 29th. The Ministry of Education and the Korean Council for University Education disclosed information on all 418 universities in the areas of △ the status of industry-university cooperation, △ the result of selecting incoming students, △wage for lecturers, as well as the results of the analysis of 185 universities. Major analytical results of each disclosure item are as follows. First, for the status of industry-university cooperation, the Seoul campus of Hanyang University had the largest number of start-up companies and founders. Last year, the Seoul campus ranked 1st place for opening 18 companies on campus, and 35 companies outside of campus for a total of 53 companies with 61 founders. This was followed by 42 founders at Korea University and 40 at Yeungnam University. The ERICA campus was ranked #11 with 23 founders, and also ranked #49 with 9 companies (5 on the campus and 4 outside). In the case of technology transfer and transfer income, the Seoul campus recorded the fifth highest technology transfer fee, with the import of about 2.9 billion won for the transfer of 47 technologies last year. ERICA campus ranked 25th with about 800 million won (32 technology transfers). The university that recorded the most technology transfer fees was Seoul National University (about 4.2 billion won for 72 technology transfers). They were followed by Korea University with about 3.7 billion won (107 cases) and Sungkyunkwan University with about 3.6 billion won (156 cases). In addition, last year, the number of patent registrations was the highest at Seoul National University with 764 (615 in Korea and 149 overseas). They were followed by 720 cases (599 in Korea and 121 overseas) at Yonsei University, 608 cases (518 in Korea and 90 overseas) at Korea University, 580 cases (468 in Korea and 112 overseas) at Hanyang University, and 576 cases (457 in Korea and 119 overseas) at Sungkyunkwan University. ERICA campus was ranked 20th with 178 cases (171cases in Korea and 7 overseas). As for the results of the student admission, Hanyang University Seoul campus selected 427 economically disadvantaged students out of 3533 applicants, representing a rate of 12.1%. The ERICA campus selected 221 students (10.7%) out of the 2075 applicants through this qualification process.
Hanyang University has been selected as the Fourth Industrial Revolution Training Center in 2018. On July 4th, the Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that 20 training courses from 12 training institutions will participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Training program in 2018. The newly selected training center will run 20 training courses (501 people) in six areas including big data, on Hanyang University, Seoul National University, Suwon University, and multi-campus campuses. Hanyang will run the "Big Data analysis specialist course based on machine learning based on IoT application." Meanwhile, the newly selected training institutions, including Hanyang University, will start recruiting trainees in July and begin their training in August at the earliest. The detailed schedule will be announced through the Job Skills Development Network.
On Thursday July 12th, 2018 the Smart Model Car Contest was held in the Seoul Campus Olympic Gymnasium, and Initus Novus, the Hanyang University team, composed of Ha Young-jun (12), Kim chan (15), Yeom Won-jun (15), Jo Yong-sik (15), and Choi Ho-hyeon (15) from the Department of Automotive Engineering became the winner. In this contest, each team had to guide their intelligent car around an obstacle course. The contest was based on the intention of designing and applying the core technologies of rapidly developing smart cars to intelligent model cars, and out of 100 participating teams, only two teams including "Initus Novus" succeeded. "I'm really glad that our team won first place," said Kim Chan, leader of "Initus Novus," which means a new beginning in Latin. He added, "I will continue to work hard on future automotive-related fields." The winning team was awarded a gift and a cash prize of 5 million won. Sunwoo Myeong-ho, a professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering and the contest chairman, said, "I believe the students who took part in this contest will lead the future global and Korean automobile market." ▲ Kim Chan (right), the leader of the winning team “Initus Novus” from Hanyang University Department of Automotive Engineering, is saying how he feels about receiving the prize. ▲ Students of the team “Initus Novus” are receiving the prize and taking a ceremonial photo ▲ Sunwoo Myeong-ho, the contest chairman (a professor of Department of Automotive Engineering) is delivering a congratulatory speech before starting the Smart Model Car Contest. ▲ Smart model cars are on standby at the starting line. ▲ A participant in the Smart Model Car Contest is positioning a model car at the starting line. ▲ A participant in the Smart Model Car Contest is positioning a model car at the starting line. ▲ An smart model car is avoiding an obstacle. ▲ An smart model car is reducing its speed near the crosswalk.
With the rising popularity of K-pop, Korea has been getting more and more international attention. Hanyang University (HYU) definitely saw an increase in foreign students as well. HYU’s Summer International School (HISS) first started in 1990 and is now recognized as one of the biggest summer international schools in Korea with about 2,100 students attending. When HISS first opened, its program framework was completely different from the current one. According to Park Ji-young who is in charge of the summer program, HISS started out with its main focus on teaching students Korean and simply introducing Korean culture. While offering the best Korean experiences was the core objective, it has expanded to include extensive courses and a variety of extra-curricular activities. HISS students enjoying their night on the Han River cruise. (Photo courtesy of HYU Office of International Affairs) The program consists of students from 130 different majors such as Art & Design, Communication & Media, Business & Economics, Engineering, Humanities, International Studies, Korean Studies & Language, Science & Math, and Social Studies. Additionally, nine various elective courses are offered such as Taekwondo, Korean traditional fan dance and pottery. According to Park, the most popular courses are engineering and technology, business management, and media communication. To provide high quality classes, HISS made sure to select half of the professors from Hanyang and the other half from foreign universities. On top of that, there are six additional extra-curricular activities such as the Han River night cruise, Nanta performance, SM Town musicals, and a trip to Carribean Bay. Unlike other schools' programs, Korean students can also participate in the summer program. This way, they can engage with many foreign students in an academic environment, which is not a common opportunity. As for foreign students, most are from Singapore, the US, China, and Europe. For this year’s HISS, there are about 2,100 students in total, consisting of 1,800 foreign students and 300 Korean students. As there are more students from various countries participating in HISS, Park admitted that there are definitely hardships and challenges, but with the help of 40 "sumporters" (summer supporters), they are able to maintain their high quality program and guarantee the satisfaction of the students. “Accidents are bound to happen with this many students, but I hope that we will be able to develop HISS into a world-wide known program while ensuring students' satisfaction and joy, while providing unforgettable memories.” Park Joo-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
Self-driving cars are not simply a dream of science fiction movies anymore. South Korean President Moon Jae-in famously rode a self-driving vehicle to the Pyeongchang Olympics earlier this year. As the market is expanding, research and development behind such vehicles are also thriving. Hanyang University is one of the leading universities in automobile technology and has been hosting the Intelligent Model Car Contest since 2003. 100 teams from 50 different universities registered for the competition, on July 12th, at the Olympic Gymnasium of Hanyang University. A participant in the contest is placing his model car on the track in the Olympic Gymnasium on July 12th. The contest, marking its 16th anniversary this year, started at 9 a.m. and proceeded with the preliminary contest and the final round. Although 100 teams comprised of 450 students, only 39 teams were able to actually participate in the competition on the day, with 19 teams making it to the final round. As the two tracks used for the preliminary round were redesigned and combined into one long lane with more obstacles, none of the teams were able to run the whole course on the first try. The most notorious obstacle was the crossroad, which was implemented for the first time in this year's competition. The head chairperson Sunwoo Myung-ho (Automotive Engineering) decided to give everyone a second chance. Team Initus Novis won the golden prize. Initus Novis means 'a new beginning' in Latin. All of the participants are 4th year students from the Department of Automotive Engineering. Fierce competition continued, and team Initus Novis from HYU and team Interface from Kyonggi University made it to the finish line with the record times of 0:36:010 and 0:48:175, respectively. After a long discussion among the judges, they decided to give the awards and prizes despite the failure on the first try. 19 awards from 7 different sections were bestowed: ACE Lab (gold), MathWorks (silver), Encouragement Award, Infineon Special Award, BMW Special Award, MathWorks Special Award, and Female Engineer Special Award. Initus Novis was honored with the gold prize of 5 million Korean won, which was the biggest award as the highest prize was not given to any team at all. Mijamong, another team from HYU received the Encouragement Award. Kim Young-woo from MathWorks commented that, "Failure is a valuable asset for everyone," and encouraged students to, "run as many simulations as you can with your algorithms." He also praised all the participants by saying, "You are the future." Kim So-yun email@example.com Photos by Lee Jin-myung
From chemistry to physics, scientific fields take great strides every day. This is even more the case for computer science, with the world having embarked on the 4th industrial revolution - a revolution created through an extensive integration of information technology. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have already been brought to reality to a certain extent. In light of these advances, the improvements in software technology by Professor Won You-jip (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) have received grand recognitions for tearing down the barriers to continuous development. The interview with Won You-jip (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) was held in his office on July 4th, 2018. A rough explanation of Won's research would be as follows: if we modify a standard computer, expanding its memory capacity by 100 times, and increasing the number of Central Processing Units (CPU) to 100, the seemingly improved computer would not be 100 times faster than before. In fact, it would be even slower than the standard version. The essential problem lies in the software; the algorithm for the new computer would have to be redesigned to manage the expanded resources in the most efficient manner. “It would be like driving a supercar on an unpaved road,” explained Won, providing a metaphor to emphasize the pointlessness of developing hardware without the sufficient software to manage it. However, the reality is that the speed of software development has remained rather stagnant compared to the restless development of hardware technology. On this point, Won’s research has received a passionate welcome by the international community for paving new roads for the future of software technology. Althernative designs for CPU management and Input/Output management as proposed by Won's research (Photo courtesy of Won Youjip) In a nutshell, Won provided key technologies for operating systems to support scalability, that is, the ability to add more CPUs, and for them to quickly make full use of the software. To elaborate, he categorized the roles of operating systems into CPU management, huge memory management, and file input/output management, and developed essential technologies for each domain after an analysis of the latest trends and prospective future of their hardware. Won essentially solidified the possibility of scalability, maximized the used of large-scale memory space, and improved the I/O management to prevent operation delays. Won’s research was greatly facilitated with the help of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), who granted access to their super computer for research and experiments. With their assistance and his dedication, Won has been recognized as the forerunner in his field, having won two Best Paper Awards from conferences held by USENIX, also known as The Advanced Computing Systems Association. Won was awarded two among the three Best Paper Awards ever given to recipients in Korea. No other countries in Asia have ever won the award. USENIX conferences are the most respected and historical in the field, with the programming language JAVA having been introduced in one of their past conferences. Won considered being awardedthe award for best paper at USENIX to be an extreme honor. Once Won introduces the final version of his work, it is expected to allow software to be designed for manycore (computers with many cores) hardware to be built in 50 to 60 years-time. It will support super computers, allowing AI calculations and machine deep learning. Furthermore, it will be applied to servers to maximize the use of their resources, contributing significantly to their efficiency. Won’s findings not only enable future technology, but make it economic and efficient. Won is also a dedicated instructor. When asked of his greatest aspiration, Won answered that his wish is for his students to become the best developers of Silicon Valley. He interacts with his students on a frequent basis, well above the domains of lab work. A piece of advice that he had for his students was to become the best. “Rise above your failures, keep your head up, and become the best in your field,” commented Won. He believes that regardless of the skill or profession, if there is something you want to do, you should "Start digging and get to the bottom of it.” Lee Chang-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
The Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service evaluates every hospital in Korea and rates them into six tiers, with the last one being "unscorable." Hanyang University Hospital has been rated in the top tier in four major cancer departments for three years in a row. As there are many good hospitals in Seoul, a hospital has to have almost perfect scores in every aspect in order to rank in the top tier. News H visited the director of Hanyang University Hospital, Lee Kwang-hyun to find out their secret. Lee Kwang- hyun , the hospital director, stressed that his efforts to overcome the difficult times were not futile. “There is really no secret to the gradings,” muttered Lee. He mentioned that every member of the hospital including professors', doctors', nurses', pharmacists', and interns' striving to provide better medical service to the patients made it come true. Lee especially credited the professors from each cancer department. The Health Insurance Review and Assessment service’s grading is the result of 2016’s performance. Documents and information were collected last year from September to December, assessed earlier this year, and announced this June. "Safely trustable hospital" (Is this the accepted translation of the motto? It doesn't sound very natural. If it can be changed, I would recommend, "Safe and trustworthy hospital." Hanyang University Hospital's motto. Surprisingly enough, our university hospital had a tough time just a few years ago. Rumors spread that we might have to close due to the worsening management situation. Lee mentioned that there were two things that brought about the betterment of such a dire situation. First was the cooperation between the labor and the management. “Communication is the key. Without it, suspicion and misunderstandings pile up and can cause disasters,” said Lee. Although it is very difficult for two groups with conflicting interests to work harmoniously with each other, through their efforts to be transparent for the workers and members of the hospital, the labor force and the management came to understand each other and worked towards the growth of the hospital. The second aspect was for the hospital to “really work as a hospital” through a “sensible system." Lee acknowledged that in the past, there were some systemic failures where the hospital was not serving the patients but rather focusing on its own interests. For example, the reception desk used to close at 7 p.m. sharp even if there were some patients still in the doctors' office. After the acknowledgment of this shortcoming in service, the hospital tried to amend the system to work for the patients and to provide as high a quality of service as possible. Thanks to the efforts of every member from every corner of the hospital, our university hospital was able to receive not only receive a top-tier rating in the four major cancer departments, but we also scored high on other indexes such as for treating rheumatism, caring for patients who have had a stroke, the use of antibiotics for infants, and more. Lee was confident that the hospital will be ranked in the top tier again next year as well. He commented that the motto of Hanyang University Hospital is to become “safely trustworthy hospital," smiling. Kim So-yun email@example.com Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
Starting from 2012, Hanyang University has been running an assessment program which evaluates the 58 departments of the Seoul campus and the 38 departments of the ERICA campus. This year the department of tourism managed to rank first out of the 58 departments of Seoul campus, after placing second for the past two years. The assessment program evaluates the departments based on 22 different criteria, which include educational, research, international, and financial indicators. According to Kim Youn-san, chief of the Hanyang Planning and Evaluation team, in order to receive a high rating in the evaluation program, it is crucial to show high performance in all the indicator fields rather than to show exceptional strength in one field. This enables the departments to give a balanced focus upon the various standards stated in the school’s assessment program. In addition, in order to maintain a fair evaluation process, direct comparison between departments is avoided upon necessary criteria. "As for the criteria where information can be assessed, such as employment rates and dropout levels, rather than comparing two different departments directly, each department is compared with the same department within a rival school. For example, the department of Mechanical Engineering is compared with another school’s corresponding department, rather than having a direct comparison with the department of Chemistry,” explained Kim during the interview. This is due to the effort of using a standardized indicator towards the different departments which have various characteristics that should be taken into consideration. Kim Yeon-san, the chief of the Planning and Evaluation Team, maintained that the HYU assessment program does not simply set competition between departments, but is a program that contributes to the overall growth of Hanyang University itself. The department of tourism showed overall high achievement this year according to the evaluation standards. Professor Kim Nam-jo (Department of Tourism) explained how tourism's becoming a more practical subject contributed to the department’s high ranking on this year’s evaluation. He pointed out the high number of internship programs provided, which goes alongside with the high employment rates of the department's graduates. He also maintained the power of the tourism professors' research. “The professors of tourism have managed to achieve a harmonious balance between themselves, which allows them to focus upon their well-divided roles of research,” explained Kim. Professor Kim Nam-jo (Department of Toursim) also shed light upon how the field of toursim can be converged with other various fields, as a reason that the department has ranked high in the evaluation program. As for the high ranking departments within the assessment program, incentives are provided. Such incentives can be used by the departments for the purposes of offering scholarships to students, holding academic conferences, and improving educational facilities. Being the top-ranked department for this year’s assessment program, the department of tourism is expected to receive their rewards, which will further contribute to its future performance. Choi Seo-yong firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Jin-myung
With June coming to an end, 33 faculty members of Hanyang University (HYU) said their last goodbyes after years of pouring passion and care into the school of over 22,000 students. On June 19th at the Hanyang Institute of Technology (HIT) building, 21 professors from both HYU Seoul and ERICA campuses attended their last official school ceremony. It started off with the dean's last remarks, wishing them the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives. Professors Yoo Eun-kwang (Department of Nursing), Kim Young-what (School of Law), Cho Se-hwan (Department of Urban Planning and Engineering), Kang Yong-soo (Department of Energy Engineering), Choi Dong-hoon (Department of Engineering), Yi Seung-jong (Department of Engineering), Sunwoo Myung-ho (Department of Automotive Engineering), Seo Jeong-gook (College of Medicine), Kim Kyo-sang (College of Medicine), Yoo Hee-jun (College of Medicine), Um Ki-bang (College of Medicine), Lee Yong-sung (College of Medicine), Pih Jong-ho (Department of German Language & Literature), Kim Wan-se (Department of Mathematics), Lee Young-pak (Department of Physics), Lee Tae-sik (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering), Kim Young-chul (Department of Japanese Language & Culture, ERICA), Lee Hee-su (Department of Cultural Anthropology, ERICA), Kim Myoung-soo (Department of Information Sociology, ERICA), Nam Sang-nam (College of Sports and Arts, ERICA) and Professor Kim Ki-chul (Department of Chinese Studies, ERICA) were present at the ceremony. Retirement ceremony for professors in the HIT building on June 19th 2018 (Photo courtesy of Media Strategy Center) For school staff members, the retirement ceremony was held on June 28th at the new administration building. The 12 staff members also included those from both the Seoul and ERICA campuses, who worked at departments including general affairs management and the administration office. The dean of HYU also joined the two ceremonies to deliver his gratitude. Kook Bang-hyun has worked at the Seoul campus administration office for over 31 years. Having started in 1986, HYU has been a huge part of his life. “I have so many memories on this campus. Ever since I started working here, I’ve worked at a variety of departments and participated in numerous school projects. I've had amazing colleagues and amazing professors to work with. I also know that my successors are so talented that I have no doubt that they will now lead this beloved school to develop.” Lee (left) and Kook (right) leave their last comments after the staff retirement ceremony at the new administration building on June 28th 2018 Lee Jong-tae has worked at the general affairs office at the ERICA campus for 25 years. “I started working in 1993. I actually started at the Seoul campus, but worked longer at ERICA. Luckily, I was able to take part when both campuses were in the process of major changes. Throughout the years they have both changed drastically and I believe more changes for the better are to come. I’m retiring now, but I can see myself visiting the two campuses quite often in the future. Also, I’m not sad to leave, but rather quite excited to see how much it will have changed the next time I come back.” Park Joo-hyun email@example.com Photos by Lee Jin-myung
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Flaviviruses like the West Nile virus (WNV), Japanese encephalitis (JEV), and Zika are neurotropic, causing neurological complications or death to those with low immune systems. There is now a cure in development called the siRNA approach which has demonstrated promising results in treating viral infections in animal models. However, several complications exist when it comes to treating humans. Lee Sang-kyung (Department of Bioengineering), along with his fellow researchers, has come up with a solution in his paper "Small Interfering RNA-Mediated Control of Virus Replication in the CNS is Therapeutic and Enables Natural Immunity to West Nile Virus." Lee Sang-kyung (Department of Bioengineering) explains the direct intranasal delivery process on June 22nd. The small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a therapeutic strategy targeting illnesses such as cancer, inflammation, and genetic disorders. This strategy was proven to be successful in treating various viral infections including encephalitis-induced morbidity and mortality, in animal subjects. However, there have been several complications regarding its application to human brains. One of the challenges was due to human anatomy being quite different from that of animal test subjects like mice. After the long research process, it was clear that direct delivery of siRNA to the brain was the best method of treatment. However, not only was finding the right treatment of viral encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) challenging, but the direct delivery of siRNA effectively across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) was a huge block as well. The blood-brain barrier is a filtering mechanism of the capillaries that carries blood to the brain and spinal cord tissue, blocking the passage of certain substances. This basically means that intruding substances are blocked so nothing goes in, and nothing goes out. This makes it harder for the research to continue. The intranasal delivery device that allows mice to be seated in a natural "Mecca" position. (Photo courtesy of Lee) To overcome this problem, Lee and his fellow researchers came up with the intranasal delivery method that allows a substance's direct delivery to the brain while circumventing the challenges associated with the blood-brain barrier. This method was based on the unique connection in human anatomy between the brain and the outer world through the olfactory nerve. Lee was able to invent an intranasal delivery device for WNV-infected mice at late stages of the neuroinvasive disease in hopes of demonstrating that the treatment would bring results in recovery. The mice seated on the platform were naturally placed into the "Mecca" position, which is the best angle for proper direct drug delivery. The siRNA delivered through this route revealed a remarkable therapeutic effect in reducing brain viral load, neuropathology, and mortality even when the treatment was initiated at late stages of WNV infection. Furthermore, the treatment allowed the natural protective immune responses to be triggered outside of the brain that would result in prevention after recovery. This discovery will allow active studies to be conducted in brain research and therapy in the future. Lee explaining the difference in human and animal nasal cavities in his lab, June 22nd. However, there are still more challenges to overcome. Animal subjects used in the experiments such as mice, have the anatomical difference of having a nasal cavity that is six times larger than that of a human being's. This means that the amount of the substance that can be absorbed through a human nasal epithelium (a type of animal tissue) is reduced. The "Mecca" position is a crucial discovery in the steps to overcoming such challenge, but further research is needed. Lee hopes that through the use of the intranasal drug delivery device, they will be able to discover the optimized method of delivery which will be suitable to human anatomy, thus preventing thousands from suffering and death. Lee's research and discovery can be read in detail in the Cell Host & Microbe scientific journal as well as on Signet Biotech's website (signetbiotech.com). Park Joo-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Jin-myung
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