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2017-03 17

[Event]Hanyang University Institute of Euro African Studies Hosts Investment Seminar

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

[Academics]Way to Improve Korean Healthcare Ecosystem by U-healthcare System

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 uni27@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Yoon-soo

2017-03 10

[Performance]2017 QS World University Rankings By Subject

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

2017-03 06

[Student]Experiences at Hanyang, Francesca's story

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

[Academics]Spin-Orbit Interaction and Holographic Theory

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 chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-03 02

[Event]Hanyang University Seoul Campus Residence Opening

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.

2017-03 02 Important News

[Event]The 78th Matriculation Ceremony

On the morning of February 27th, the freshmen and their parents gathered at the Olympic Gymnasium in the HYU Seoul Campus to partake in the 78th Hanyang University matriculation ceremony. Freshmen of 2017 gathered together to take their first steps as university students by attending the ceremony- “Made by Freshmen”. The 78th matriculation ceremony of Hanyang University took place at Olympic Gymnasium on February 27th. Prologue Before the entrance ceremony, Hanyang University recruited freshmen for two acts: “Hanyang Dance Leader” and “Hanyang Matriculation Ceremony Organizer.” Hanyang Dance Leader From January to the day before the ceremony, 15 freshmen from various departments practiced dance moves for 4 hours every day, including the weekend. Their performance was directed by Kim Sae-hwan, a dance trainer of Cube Entertainment, including professors from the Department of Dance. Four songs were performed- a ballet dance and three K-Pop songs. The Hanyang Dance Leader team, practicing for the performance. Kim Hyun-ji (Department of Theater and Film) “I am lucky to be a part of Hanyang Dance Leader. I learned how to dance professionally through this program and met new friends from other departments. It was also a great pleasure to meet some Cube Entertainment artists too. I hope that those who see my performance will get to know my bright side!” Kim Hyun-ji (Department of Theater and Film) Kang Hee-won (Department of Electrical and Bioengineering) “I am excited and afraid at the same time to be standing on stage in front of many students, my parents, and professors. I will devote all my energy to performing successfully! I also want to thank my dance team members at Hanyang Dance Leader because we became great friends. Even though I may not be good enough, please enjoy our dance!” Kang Hee-won (Department of Electrical and Bioengineering) Jung Ui-joon (Division of International Studies) “Hello, everyone! I am the center and the face of this Hanyang Dance Leader. (Laughs) I always wanted to become an entertainer so I jumped at the chance when the opportunity came up. Hanyang Dance Leader taught me what real dancing is. The best part during practice was when I saw Hyun-A from Cube Entertainment. She was so beautiful… It was amazing. We will burn the stage with our passion, so please pay attention!” Jung Ui-joon (Division of International Studies) "I have a medicated patch on my neck because it hurts when I do fierce dance moves." Choi Jae-hyuk (Professor of the Department of Dance) “I thank all these students even though it has been a tough month full of sweat and tears. It's totally fine if they make mistakes onstage. I just want them to have cheery memories that they'll remember throughout their life.” Choi Jae-hyuk (Professor at the Department of Dance) "Making memories is the most crucial part of this project." Hanyang Matriculation Ceremony Organizer There also were 17 freshmen behind the stage who made a project proposal to outline and organize the matriculation ceremony. Since January, they met three times a week, from 1:00-9:00 PM, to discuss, plan, and evaluate their outline. The theme was 'Baby Lion', deriving from the Hanyangian mascot HY-Lion. The Hanyang Matriculation Ceremony Organizer team are discussing in a meeting to finalize their plans. “During the month of organizing the ceremony, we all enjoyed becoming friends with each other, getting to know Professor Joo Ji-hee, and learning how to intrinsically and officially organize an event. Even though not every part of our plan became part of the ceremony, we are still proud that freshmen like us could lead such a big event.” Joo Ji-hee (Professor at Department of Theater and Film, director of the team) “It was such a wonderful experience for me to lead this passionate team of freshmen. As major players of the school, these freshmen have shown their love for Hanyang and their excitement to be a part of Hanyang. I believe that if they treasure this pure attitude, they will always be successful wherever they go.” The 78th Entrance Ceremony At 9:30 AM on 27th February, the ceremony officially began with alumnus Kim Myung-kun (Department of Voice, ‘14)'s lesson- teaching the school song to freshmen. Pianist on the left, Kim Myung-kun (Department of Voice, '14) on the right. “Congratulations to all freshmen of 2017. I wish all the best for you, and I hope that Hanyang University will lead you onto the international stage where you can make Koreans proud. Just as it is written in the school song, continuoulsy devote yourselves to your future.” The next session was an academically inspiring lecture given by professor of the Department of Business and a representative at Monaissance, Kang Shin-jang. Professor of Business and a representative at Monaissance, Kang Shin-jang. “Do you know what 77177 means? It means that I was accepted to Hanyang University in 1977, you became freshmen in 2017, and I’m given 7 minutes to lecture.” (Laughs) “Steve Jobs once said that he was standing on the crosspoint of technology and humanity, because technology cannot satisfy the human heart. A quote from a poem by the Korean poet, Ko Un, goes: ‘I saw that flower coming down the hill. One that I hadn’t, coming up the hill.’ Concentrate on humans in the future that you create. Concentrate on little things like flowers. Congratulations.” Next, Hanyang University’s president Lee Young-moo gave an inspiring speech to encourage the new students and lead them onto their academic path. President Lee Young-moo is giving a speech to freshmen. “The two most important points to underscore are volunteering and the 4th Industrial Revolution. In this technological era, we can use our knowledge and technology to volunteer and bring love and help to others. The 4th Industrial Revolution is close at hand. In 2021 - when you graduate - there will be even grander changes. Adapt your paths for the future.” Another priceless corner prepared by the ceremony was the “Moving Story Speech”. A freshman from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Choi Hye-min talked about her volunteering experience at high school. She has successfully fundraised and donated 150 million won to help out the victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake incident. Choi Hye-min (Department of Mechanical Engineering) "My life motto is: 'Everyone in this world should be happy'." “My high school and a Nepali school had set up a sisterhood agreement. We have shared precious memories together with our Nepali friends. When I heard that an earthquake occurred in Nepal, I suddenly thought of my friends and searched for ways to help them out. As a representative for high school students, I stood at the 300 Round Table Debate hosted by the Chungnam Office of Education and successfully persuaded them to donate.” “Whether it's volunteering or studying, or even drinking and hanging out, I want to do my best.” After a few more speeches, the Hanyang Entrance Ceremony Organizer team and the Hanyang Dance Leader team introduced themselves and showed off their hard work built up during the past few months. Hanyang Dance Leader team performing on the stage. The Hanyang Dance Leader team. The Hanyang Matriculation Ceremony Organizer team. Just like the theme of the 78th matriculation ceremony, the two groups of freshmen lit it up. The president of the Hanyang Alumni Association, Yang Won-chan, also relieved the parents of their worries. “300,000 Hanyang University alumni root for this year’s freshmen. Dear parents, thank you for your 18 years of support for your children. Entrust them to their school seniors and to Hanyang!” Professor Ko Sung-hyun and his students perform to congratulate the freshmen of their matriculation. Professor Ko Sung-hyun and a quartet composed of his students also delivered a beautiful performance to welcome the freshmen. Epilogue Aspirations of Freshmen Mo Ah-ri (Department of Traditional Korean Music) “Because it took me one extra year to come to Hanyang University, I am extremely happy and proud to be here. I hope my college life will be as wonderful as I expect it to be.” Kim Jun-hyuk (Department of Computer Engineering) “Thanks to all who prepared such a wonderful ceremony. I'll be studying hard and enjoying my university life.” A group of freshmen from the Department of Applied Art. Parents’ Words of Encouragement Father of Kim Jun-hyuk (Department of Computer Engineering) “My dear child, I am immensely proud of you, now that you've officially become a student of Hanyang University. As I am standing here at the ceremony, I cannot be happier. Don't give up, even when hardships come at you, and overcome any problem with wisdom as you have always done. Stay healthy and happy.” Parents of Sohn Jong-beom (Department of Theater and Film). Father of Sohn Jong-beom (Department of Theater and Film) “Dear son, I wish you all the best for a brighter future. Enjoy your time at university, and live a life that will always remind you of how lucky you are to be born in this world. I hope that the four years at Hanyang will make your life brighter, free, and glittered with happiness. I love you!” Kim Ju-hyun kimster9421@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Moon Hana

2017-02 28

[Policy]Hanyang will become ‘Unlosable Smart Campus’, never lost, always found

Hanyang University will be the first ‘Unlosable Smart Campus’ in Korea since March. A smart device that prevents the loss of items ‘Wichi’ (photo) will be provided free of charge to all freshmen students at Seoul Campus in 2017. Wichi looks similar to that of a car remote control, and it is composed of only one button so that it can be attached to any items such as a smart phone, bag, and laptop that are likely to be easily lost. It works through the Bluetooth function. If an item is lost, the smartphone application, designed to generate sound and light from the device, will be activated so that the item can be easily found. If the item is at a long distance (10 meters or more), it displays the last place where the item was placed on the map on smartphones. Wichi is a device developed by Hanyang University in cooperation with Wooyang Corporation, a subsidiary company of a technology holdings company established by Hanyang University. Wichi is particularly effective in preventing the loss of smartphones. This is because the device was designed that an alarm goes on when the button is pressed even at an silent mode in order to find where the smartphone is. An official at Hanyang University said, “Wichi will help students solve concerns of losing their items in libraries and classes’. Hanyang University recently announced that it has already passed the performance test done on a sample of students and gotten satisfactory results. Kim Jin-hong, the representative of Wooyang Corporation, said, "We will improve the functions after receiving feedbacks from freshmen for one year. If the satisfaction of Seoul campus students is high enough, we will expand the service to ERICA campus in the future. " ▲ Smart Device ‘Wichi’

2017-02 28 Important News

[Academics][Researcher of the Month] Blue Ocean of Materials Science

Conspicuous or not, our surroundings play a crucial role in navigating our health, holding accountability for small and big degenerations for mankind’s physical wellbeing. Among all, two indispensable elements in our life, air and water, have slow and accumulative effect on the health of the population. Professor Kim Ki-hyun (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), whose studies focus on environmental pollution, delineated the means of applying advanced materials in his review paper “Carbon nanotubes: a novel material for multifaceted applications in human healthcare.” Carbon nanotubes in biotechnology As modern material technology has been advancing considerably, its application seems ever-expanding in diverse fields, with nanomaterials as the convenient and indispensable companion. Based on a research paper conducted by other scholars, Kim wrote another, centralizing on the uses of carbon nanotubes (CNT), an emerging nanomaterial that is seeing the light in the biomedical and environmental fields. Its application is versatile: drug delivery, sensing, water purification, composite materials, and bone scaffolds. More specifically, CNTs could be used to alleviate myocardial infarction by enlarging clogged blood vessels, expediting drug delivery, and organizing bone structures in needed parts. Kim outlines his review paper on the application of carbon nanotubes in the biomedical field. Despite all the medical benefits, advanced materials including CNT also have the potential to bring adverse effects. As alien substances could disturb immune or antibody responses, the body functions to react against them. Especially, in case of new materials, unprecedented resistance could occur, and thus their potential impacts must be taken into consideration through attentive examination for possible toxicity. Nonetheless, as long as the criteria are met, CNT and other materials could spark revolutionary breakthroughs that would change the future of mankind. “I think that endless developments are yet to come in the field of materials science to help other research fields like environment and human health flourish. Better materials in terms of cost efficiency and functional effectiveness would be improved while there is yet no limits to such developments. Materials science and nanomaterials would not only be fruitful in biomedical fields but also environmentally,” commented Kim. His interest in new materials are extended toward environmental progress, starting with the sensing of pollutants and purifying polluted medium. The blue ocean Materials science could often be referred to as the 'blue ocean' since there are more to be discovered than what has been excavated so far. On top of this, collaboration with environmental issues is not conventional. Kim is involved in research for integrated environmental monitoring technology, digitizing and managing air, water, and soil pollution. He is looking forward to fuse newly unveiled materials in his research, hoping to bring a constructive result to lay a bridge between materials science and environmental engineering. To set an example, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) could be used to mitigate environment pollution: volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air spawns odor while propagating carcinogens if transferred into the human body through the respiratory system. As the material for sensing or removing such hazardous pollutants, MOFs are regarded as one of the highly promising solutions. What is to be underscored here is the infinite possibility of combination of the materials, which are not only capable of being used alone but also of being employed in cooperation with other materials. Kim's research will continue to be centered around mitigating environmental pollution with newly excavated materials. Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2017-02 24

[Academics]Research Institute Expands Cooperation With Africa

Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies recently signed an MOU, the first among domestic universities, with government institutions and universities in Tanzania and Morocco. Hanyang University will support the training of experts in Africa and advancement of Korean SMEs. The Institute signed an MOU with major economic ministries, including Tanzania Trade Development Agency, Tourism and Investment Office, University of Dar es Salaam, and Ardhi University, on May 13th. In particular, the Tourism Authority of Tanzania has decided to appoint Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies as the Korean Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania. Prior to this, the Institute sought to cooperate with the Ministry of Urban Policy and Development in Morocco last December and signed a MOU with Mohamed V. University of Rabat the capital of Morocco. After the agreement, the Institute joined Nanjing University, China and Meiji University, Japan to co-host the Asia-Africa Cooperation International Conference. The two-way agreement with Tanzania and Moroccan agencies and universities signifies the expansion of their foundations for training regional experts on Africa and opens the way into the African market for small-to-medium Korean enterprises as well as academic exchanges. Kim Sung-soo, a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, said on December 22, "The agreement has an economic significance in addition to academic significance." He added, “The entry of Korean SMEs to Africa will also greatly help Korea's economy. " ▲Prof. Kim Sung-soo