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The 2017 Korea International Modern Dance Competition successfully came to an end on the 12th, with 209 participants, recording the largest scale. Countless modern dancers showed wonderful movements on stage, heightening the tension. Out of these outstanding modern dancers, Kwon Jae-heon (Department of Dance, 4th year) proudly received the grand prize. We, therefore, met him again in a year, since his winning of the Dong-A Dance Competition last June. He showed more composure and maturity during his whole interview. Kwon showed his charming smile throughout the whole interview. Life of concours Kwon performed a stage named ‘Howling, Eighty Keyboards’ to Nocturn no.13, for this competition. A lot of the dancers make their own stages, and so did Kwon. He created a concept of himself being the 80 keyboards, so that he could show himself ‘being played.’ Kwon added that he continuously watched Cho Seong-jin’s performance videos to express the delicacy of his facial expressions. “I imagined myself as an actual piano. Therefore, there were hardly any emotional lines compared to last year’s stage,” explained Kwon. Kwon, just like any dancers, went through a long, tough time preparing solely for this stage. Even though his stage took place in September, he started his practices for his competition since January. It takes him a month to recover his basic skills and another month to select his music and to set a frame of his performance. Since March, he sets himself into practice for an audition in May held by the Department of Dance. After the audition, he practices for another three months until the competition. “There are professors during the audition who admonish sternly. I was hurt by some of the comments even though they gave me more motivation. The most memorable comment was that I had no possibility compared to my friend next to me.” Reminisced Kwon. A picture of Kwon on stage. (photo courtesy of Kwon.) This 2017 Korea International Modern Dance Competition was especially a meaningful competition to Kwon. Not only did he win an international competition, but he was also granted an exemption from the national military service. Korean male dancers are granted an exemption when they get first or second place in an international competition. To male dancers, two years of the military service is critical. The dancers’ body needs to be trained to be fit to dance well. However, after the compulsory military service, their bodies stiffen due to the lack of practice during their service. Moreover, the dancers need another two years to train their bodies back to their initial state. Therefore, Kwon was able to save four years of his career. When asked for his feeling towards his award, he replied, “I fell into tears as soon as I heard my name at that time. Currently, being able to not go to military service delights me the most. That two year gap is a big risk to dancers. I’m very relieved I don’t have to worry about it anymore.” As a dancer and a choreographer Kwon’s life of dancing started since he was an elementary school student. “I just liked the applause I received during the recreation time when I was only an elementary school student. I danced through searching and following various dancing videos on the internet, without any private lessons before I entered an arts high school,” explained Kwon. He, therefore, started in earnest since high school and prepared for Hanyang University while his friends prepared for university of arts. “I saw a performance by a teacher in Hanyang University and was truly captivated by it. It was hard studying when all my friends finished their examinations, but it was absolutely worth it,” reminisced Kwon. Now as a Hanyangian majoring in dance, he is preparing himself to be a choreographer beyond a dancer. His dream hasn't changed since last year. He, again, emphasized his goal throughout his interview. “You don’t have to dance well to become a choreographer. However, you need an extensive view to choreograph well.” Kwon explained that he, therefore, visits and enjoys a lot of museums and performances. He listens to a lot of classical music, especially Chopin. Moreover, as his brother majors in creative writing, Kwon showed extra thanks to his brother for his help. “I talk a lot about movies, arts, and music. He’s the very one who made the title for this competition. We tend to understand each other well since we have the same interests,” explained Kwon. "I want to be a choreographer!" Now, before his graduation, he is looking forward to his department’s performance. Hanyang University’s Department of Dance will be performing in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics that is to be held next year. Kwon said, “I was planning to study more in Paris next year. However, I decided it’s more important to make meaningful memories with my friends here. I’m truly looking forward to it.” Kwon still has a bright future ahead of him. Instead of making ambitious goals, he explained that he’s going to stay realistic. “I’m not going to exaggerate my dream such as a ‘global choreographer.’ I want to be recognized in this field and be able to give speeches to people who don’t major in dance.” Kwon has been and will be able to show more in the near future. On Jung-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Youn-soo
With computers today, auditory and visual senses can be materialized—through sound and screens. The other three of the five senses, on the other hand, have not yet been on the platform of materialization because they require a somewhat more delicate mechanism and are harder to deliver with technology. Professor Park Wan-jun (Department of Electronic Engineering), in his paper, “A tactile sensor using single layer graphene for surface texture recognition”, presented and elaborated on a tactile sensor that could distinguish different materials, which opens many doors for future technology. It is hard to imagine the sense of touch being delivered with a machine because it is usually perceived as something only humans are capable of. But why can sound and sight be materialized by computers but not touch? The answer is, electronic signals for sound and vision are made possible in the aspect of engineering, while that of touch is not. What Park presented in his paper is a small chip-like device that enables perception of touch for surface texture recognition. The output of Park's research, which is a chip-like electronic device. (Photo courtesy of Park) The first thing he had to do, according to Park, was to turn the sense into electronic signals. Only then can the machine read what is being conveyed. Once the signal of touch is conveyed to the device, it will analyze the signal and distinguish what kind of texture it is. The subtle and clear differences in terms of texture between various kinds of surfaces can be perceived and distinguished by the tactile sensor, detecting the microscopic scale of differences. There is a single layer of graphene embedded in the device, which creates a different resistance variation each time a surface comes to interaction. It is what functions as the main player in telling apart different surfaces because it is what creates the different signals. The signal is then sent to the computer by the chip, which is to be analyzed and categorized into different kinds of textures. “Just as there is virtual reality (VR) for sight, a touch-version will be possible with this device,” anticipated Park. “A tactile display is also possible with this device, as the signal for touch is now readable by the computer. If you put your hand on the tactile display device, you can actually feel whatever the object or texture input in the computer is,” envisaged Park. This technology is also applicable in the medical field. Those who lost their sense of touch in certain parts of their body by burns, for example, will be able to regain their sense by implanting this small device in the portion of injury. Now that the signals of touch can be read by the device and since senses can be transmitted in the form of signals, delivery of the sense of touch is made possible. The inserted chip will send signals to the brain and this will enable the patient to feel what is being touched. “In recap, this research of mine has provided a human-sensorlike device that will enable transmission of the sense of touch in terms of engineering. Now I’m currently working on machine learning by categorizing and classifying different textures into groups and making the device absorb the data. The ultimate goal of my research is to complete materializing the sense of touch from the perspective of engineering so that further technologies could be developed based on my research,” planned Park. Park's further research is set on mechanizing the sense touch. Jeon Chae-yun email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
With a strong sound of the timpani, the 2017 Hanyang Wind Orchestra raised its curtain on Sunday, September 17. Wind Orchestra is named after the characteristics of the instruments used in the performance. Wind instruments such as the flute, oboe and clarinet fill most of the stage with percussion and some string instruments. “Wind Orchestra can fulfill both artistic and public needs in music as percussion and wind instruments create dynamic sounds.” Said Park Min-ji, from the Department of String & Wind Intsruments. Members of the Wind Orchestra, collaborator Lim Jae-woong (Department of String & Wind Intsruments, 4th year) and conductor Kim Eung-du (Adjunct professor, Department of String & Wind Intsruments) are on stage for the rehearsal. Pieces with diverse emotions Dynamica written by Jan Van der Roost was the first song to welcome the audience with a bright and powerful mood. The piece instantly filled the KBS hall in Yeouido with joy and glee, making the audience anticipate the next number. The song then turned into another phase where it instantly changed the whole atmosphere. Minor codes running off fast imposed a nervous feeling, as if the orchestra was being chased by something. Concertino da camera introduced one of the stars of the night, Lim Jae-woong (Department of String & Wind Intsruments, 4th year). Lim played fast and complicated notes with a saxophone and made it look so easy, almost without a blink. As the main collaborator, Lim competed against more than 10 students for the spotlight. “It sounded like an OST from a TV soap opera. The grand music was almost overwhelming” said Lee ye-rim (10), daughter of an anonymous graduate from the Department of Urban Planning. “We came to see one of our old friends, and decided to take our kids for educational purposes.” The Lee family is taking a photo at KBS hall during the intermission. Lee Ye-rim (10) in the top middle and the anonymous alumni, far right. The following piece, Angels in the Architecture presents a somewhat unfamiliar instrument called ‘whirlies’. This instrument creates a beautiful wind sound that falls perfectly with the soprano’s voice (featuring as ‘angel’) and the title of the song. The composer Frank Ticheli noted that the whirlies are supposed to represent the halo of the angel, too. Irmak Akoglu, an exchange student majoring in biomedical engineering revealed that this is her first time at an orchestral performance, and said, “the songs they chose were amazing. It gave me so many different emotions." University of Texas Wind Ensemble is performing Angels in the Architecture with the composer and conductor, Frank Ticheli. The white ribbon-like instruments being waved around are the whirlies. (Photo courtesy of The University of Texas Band) An interactive performance After the 15 minute intermission, four songs were given: Lento, Scherzo, Mesto and Allegro Giocoso as part of the Third Symphony. Then, loud applause broke out for a long time, long enough for the conductor Kim to introduce every member of the orchestra. "Encore!” “Bravo!” as several audience members shouted out their excitement. Part of the brochure of the 2017 Hanyang Wind Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of College of Music) Two encore songs followed, including Hanyang’s official school song. The first one was absolutely the most impressive encore of all time. Conductor Kim held a microphone and showed gratitude for all the people who came to see the performance, and he excitedly went on to say, “I want to take you all to an amusement park. If I give you a sign, please scream for 30 seconds as you are riding a rollercoaster. Please do scream out loud as much as the lights can fall out from the ceiling!” The performers moved their body back and forth while playing the instruments to truly bring out the mood for the audience and when Kim signed, they raised their arms and screamed enthusiastically. Along with ovation that again lasted for a long time, this year’s Hanyang Wind Orchestra closed its curtain. "All seats of the performance are free of charge and based on invitation every year to enlarge the opportunities for Hanyang students and faculty members so that they can be exposed in this unique form of orchestra,” said Park. If you have missed this year’s show, there still is a chance soon on November 2, as the orchestra was invited to a college orchestra festival. Kim So-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Park Young-min
Experts from Korea and abroad will discuss the dismantling of Kori Unit 1 nuclear power plant (hereafter referred to as the “Nuclear Power Plant”), which was judged to be permanently suspended on June 19th at Hanyang University. Hanyang University’s Nuclear Decommissioning Research Center (Prof. Yong-soo Kim, the Head of the Research Center) will hold an international workshop for the dismantling of nuclear power plants with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. at Paiknam Library in Seoul Campus, Seongdong-gu, Seoul from September 11th to the 13th. At the workshop, 26 experts from 11 countries, including two experts from IAEA, will present the topic on the nuclear power plants dismantling. On September 13th, the last day of the workshop, experts will visit Kori Unit 1. This workshop is meaningful in that it is the first international academic event led by Korea for the first time in Asia with regard to the dismantling of the nuclear power plant, which has recently become more and more interesting to the world. On September 8th, professor Kim (the Head of Research) said, “I expect the workshop to be the cornerstone of the dismantling of domestic nuclear plants. We will strive to enter the global demolition market through the experience of demolishing Kori Unit 1.” Detailed information about the workshop, including the pre-registration for attendance, can be found on the website (http://ndiws.hanyang.ac.kr). ▲Prof. Yong-soo Kim
Hanyang University hosted 'Univerisy Club Recruitment Fair' on September 6th at Seoul Campus, Seongdong-gu, Seoul. Over 60 university student clubs participated in the fair. ▲Freshmen are looking the chart of student clubs ▲New students are filling out the club membership documents at the table tennis club booth ▲A member of Judo club is introducing the club to freshman ▲ A member of skin-scuba diving club is introducing the club to freshmen ▲New students are waiting for consultation at the surfing club booth.
Hanyang University’s department of public administration and department of Tourism ranked ‘the best’ in the ‘2017 Joongang Ilbo Korean University Rankings by departments for Humanities and Social Science’ published on September 7th. The Department of Economics & Finance and the Department of History were ranked as ‘good’, while the Department of Economics (Erica Campus) and Department of Philosophy were ranked as ‘fair’. To celebrate the 52nd anniversary of Joongang Ilbo, a four year course on humanities · social science department evaluation was focused on department on economics, public administration, hotel management, tourism, history and philosophy in 70 major Universities in Korea. In the Joongang Ilbo Korean University Rankings for 2017 by departments for the department of Public Administration , Hanyang University (Seoul), Korea University (Seoul), Yonsei University (Seoul), Ewha Womans University and Chungang University were evaluated as 'the best'. The department of Public Administration at Hanyang University ranked at the top of the list in first place in the evaluation index among students per faculty (17.3 students) and tuition to scholarship ratio (40.2%). In addition, the net employment rate (60.8%) and the retained employment rate (96.3%) ranked 10th. Due to most students in this department taking the public administration exam, the department conducts ‘Mock PSAT (Public Service Aptitude Test)’ for first grade students. Seokeun Kim, director of the Department of Public Administration at Hanyang University said, “We introduced mock PSAT because many students are frustrated when they take PSAT in their senior year.” In addition, students in the department of Public Administration must interview one career worker of their choice during the career development seminar. The students should research carefully from the recruitment, selection to the person’s day-to-day work, the people he/she meets for work, job station, to job turnover. According to the article of Joongang Ilbo, featured on September 7th, this is related to the fact that the employment rate and the retained employment rate of the department of Public Administration at Hanyang University were highly ranked in the evaluation index, and many excellent departments, including the department of public administration at Hanyang University, offer many opportunities to experience the public administrative field, directly. In the department of hotel management · tourism evaluation, which was conducted for the first time this year, Hanyang University (Seoul), Kyunghee University (Hospitality Management), and Pusan National University were ranked "the best". According to the article featured in Joongang Ilbo, all three universities including Hanyang University, which ranked at the top of the evaluation list, showed excellent achievements in domestic and foreign research thesis performance by professors and were awarded many research grants by the government, the local governments, and companies. Hanyang University's Department of Tourism received the highest praise in the evaluation index in terms of retained employment rate(89.2%), international dissertation per professor (3.07 theses), and research grants per faculty member (KRW 15.36 million). It also ranked in 2nd place in domestic thesis paper (3.94 pieces) per professor, 4th place in dropout rate (1.7%), and 4th in suburban research expenses (62.29 million KRW) per professor. The professor of Hanyang University’s department of tourism wrote three international papers and four domestic papers per full-time faculty member in 2015. Seong-Hyup Hyun, the professor of Hanyang University’s Department of Tourism, has made excellent achievement by publishing 12 SSCI-grade international papers in a year. The professors with excellent research achievements and those who are in charge of national research projects in the past two years get reduced lecture time and increased funding. The university also supports up to 20 million KRW ‘research fund for settlement’ for new professors who have been appointed for two years. In the evaluation for the Department of Economics, Korea University (Seoul), Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University (Economics), Sungkyunkwan University (Global Economics), and Yonsei University (Seoul) were ranked as ‘best’. Konkuk University (Seoul), Kyungpook University, Dankook University, Pusan University, Sogang University, The University of Seoul, Chungang University, and Hanyang University (Seoul) ranked as ‘good’. There were 14 universities, such as Hanyang University (ERICA) ranked as ‘above good’. The department of economics and finance, which ranked ‘good’, ranked no.1 in the ratio of participating in on-the-job training (24.1%) and no.5 in the net employment rate (75.2%). The department of economics (Erica Campus), which ranked ‘Fair’, ranked no.7 in participating in on-the-job training (18.6%). In the evaluation of the Department of History · Pusan University, Sogang University · Seoul National University (Department of National History) · Seoul National University (Department of Oriental History) ranked as ‘the best’; 8 universities including Konkuk University (Seoul) · Kyungpook National University · Kyunghee University · Korea University (Seoul · Department of history) · Korea University (Seoul · Department of Korean History) · Seoul National University (Department of Western History) · The University of Seoul · Hanyang University (Seoul) were ranked as ‘good’. Hanyang University’s Department of History, which ranked as ‘good’, ranked 7th in the research funds per professor (97.44 million KRW), and 9th in the paper citation counts (1.10time). In the evaluation for the Department of Philosophy, Konkuk University (Seoul), Korea University (Seoul), Sungkyunkwan University (Confucianism, Oriental Studies) were ranked as ‘the best’. Five universities, including Kyungpook University, Sogang University, Seoul National University, Yeungnam University, and Chonnam University, were ranked "good"; nine universities ranked as ‘fair’ including Hanyang University (Seoul). In terms of the Department of Philosophy evaluation index, Hanyang University ranked No. 1 in retained employment (100%), No. 9 in the paper citation counts (1.52 time), No. 10 in tuition to scholarship ratio (21.5%) and No. 10 in dropout rate (2.2%). Meanwhile, the evaluation of the Department of Humanities and Social Science, were evaluated by 14 indicators for those Social Science Departments such as Economics, Public Administration, Hotel Management, Tourism with scores on a scale of 200 points. The Department of Humanities, such as History and Philosophy were evaluated by 11 indicators with a scale of 190 points. In the evaluation of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, domestic journals, books and translations were also used as key indicators. Based on the combined score of each indicator, the top 10% classified as ‘the best’, 25% as ‘good’, and 50% were classified as ‘fair’.
On September 6, the "2017 Joongang Daily University Rankings of Engineering Departments” announced that the department of Electronic Engineering and the Department of Resource and Environmental Engineering of Hanyang University were ranked within ‘Best’ category. The Department of Architectural Engineering (ERICA), the Department of Electronics Engineering (ERICA), and the Department of Chemistry were ranked within the ‘Good’ category, and the Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering (ERICA) were ranked as "Fair". This year's rankings of Engineering Departments has included four departments in the Seoul campus and three departments in ERICA. This year's rankings of Engineering Departments was conducted for departments of Architectural Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Statistics and Chemistry of 70 major domestic four-year universities. They were evaluated with a total of 10 indicators on the basis of 200 points, including 4 indicators of professors’ research and 6 indicators of student education. The 6 universities ranked within the ‘Best’ category in ‘2017 JoongAng Daily University Rankings of Electronic Engineering Departments’ were Hanyang University (Seoul), KAIST, UNIST, Korea University (Anam), Yonsei University (Seoul), and POSTECH. The 9 universities including Hanyang University (ERICA), Kyungpook University, Sungkyunkwan University and Chungang University were included in the 'Good' category. The Department of Electronic Engineering at Hanyang University ranked 3rd in in-school research budget (per professor), 5th in out-of-school research budget (per professor), 4th in scholarship ratio compared to tuition fee, and 4th in retained employment rate. The Electronics Engineering Department has secured research capacity by winning a research center and major national projects for IT convergence technology research. Also, research on semiconductors and wireless communication is very active. In particular, Prof. Kim Jae-hoon and Yoo Chang-jae’s team developed a method to improve the light efficiency of 'Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)', which is not only a core technology of the 4th industrial revolution, but also the driving force of the next generation. They are also making progress in research which will keep Korea’s competitiveness as a leader in display technology. The Department of Electronic Engineering (ERICA), which was ranked in the 'Good' category, had the highest score of 44.4% in participation rate of field training in the evaluation index. Students can participate in field training through ‘Work Integrated Learning Center’ operated from 2011. More than 20 enterprises conducted field trainings at this center last year. According to a JoongAng Daily article, Cho Chul-hee (Electronics Systems Engineering 11), a student of Hanyang University ERICA campus said, "I worked in a company for 9 weeks and realized that developing a ‘smart home’ program fits my interest” and added, “I have decided to build my career in this field thanks to my experiences in field training.” In the evaluation of Environmental Engineering Departments, 3 universities including Hanyang University(Seoul), Seoul National University, and UNIST were graded as the ‘Best’. The Department of Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, which was included in the ‘Best’ category, ranked 1st in retained employment rate, 2nd in field training participation rate, 3rd in number of students per professor, 4th in out-of-school research budget (per professor) and 7th in dropout rate. This department participates in a ‘resource development specialization project’ supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, and conducts on-the-job training programs for students in highly relevant institutions. In addition, about 28% of the curriculum is being taught in a foreign language to enhance students' global competence. Kim Tae-hong (Department of Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, doctorate course 14’) has signed a publishing contract with Springer, the world's third largest publisher of scientific books, and the department is nurturing students as individuals who meet the Global Standard. In addition, research is being actively carried out on 'deep geothermal power generation technology' and 'carbon dioxide underground storage technology' which are alternative renewable energy sources for base load power. For the Architectural Engineering department assessment, Korea University (Anam), Seoul National University, Yonsei University (Seoul), Chungnam National University were included in the ‘Best’ category, and 7 universities including Hanyang University (both Seoul and ERICA) were ranked within the ‘Good’ category. For the assessment of the Department of Chemistry, Korea University (Anam), Seoul National University, POSTECH, KAIST and UNIST were included in the ‘Best’. 7 universities including Hanyang University (Seoul) were selected as ‘Good’. 13 universities including Hanyang University (ERICA) were selected in ‘Fair’ category. According to the article of the Joongang Daily on September 6th, most of the universities which received excellent evaluations in the Science and Engineering Department Evaluation are focusing on practical research to prepare for the 4th industry era, not just only in their academic conditions, which are also excellent.
This year Hanyang University takes 351-400th place by the total 42.3 points in THE world university ranking. It is ranked eighth among domestic universities. According to 2018 THE World University Rankings announced by THE (Times Higher Education in the UK) on the 5th of September, Hanyang has a 35.6 on educational environments (35.0 last year), 38.1 points on research achievement (35.6 points), 41.9 points on article citation degree (35.6 points), 84.7 points on the industry-university cooperation import (81.8 points), and 56.4 points on the internationalization (51.5 points). Especially, the educational environment and papers citations, imports of industry-university cooperation, internationalization scores has increased year-by-year. ▲ Score Details of Hanyang University (captured on THE official homepage) In this evaluation, the university which occupied the first overall place is Oxford University, UK, followed by Cambridge University, UK, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University in the United States, and MIT in the United States ranked into the top 5. Among the domestic universities, Seoul National University occupied the first place by 69.3 points (74th place). Next, ▲ KAIST (60.9 points, 95th place) ▲ Sungkyunkwan (59.3 points, 111th place) ▲ POSTECH (57.3 points, 137th place) ▲ UNIST (50.1 points), Yonsei University (50 points), Korea University (48.5 points ) (201-250) ▲ Hanyang University · GIST (42.3 points, 351 - 400th place) ▲ Chung-Ang University and Kyung Hee University. (39.9 points, 401-500) and so on. In this evaluation, domestic universities named within the top 1000 universities in the world are 27 Universities including Seoul National University, KAIST, Sungkyunkwan University, POSTECH, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Yonsei University, Korea University, Hanyang University, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Kyung Hee University, Chung-Ang University, Ewha Womans University, Kunkuk University, Sejong University, Ulsan University, Chonbuk National University, Chonnam National University, Inha University, Kyungbook University, Busan University, University of Seoul, Sogang University, Yeungnam University, Ajou University, Chungnam National University, Hallym University, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, etc. According to an article of Maeil Economy on the 6th of September, said Phil Beatie, an editor-in-chief of THE, "Although the overall ranking of Korean universities has declined in this evaluation, Korea is one of the most outstanding countries in the investment for industry-academia cooperation and higher education." Meanwhile, the ranking of the world university utilizes five indicators to determine the ranking as follows: ▲ Teaching: the learning environment 30% ▲ Research: volume, income and reputation 30% ▲ Citation: research influence 30% ▲International outlook: staff, students and research 7.5% ▲ Industry income: Knowledge transfer 2.5% and so on. Teaching has five indicators, Research has three ones, and International outlook has three ones. Including specific indicators. The ranking is calculated based on thirteen indicators in total. ▶ Go to see THE 2018 world university rankings (click) ▶ Go to see Individual Hanyang ranking and scores of THE 2018 World University Ranking (Click)
"The desire of Columbus for the discovery of the world is reenacted through Hanyangians!” Here is the ambitious motto of the Job Discovery Festival of Hanyang University (HYU) in the era of exacerbating unemployment. Every September, the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) design and host the Job Discovery Festival to provide students of HYU a chance to seek information and real life stories on 154 companies and occupations in South Korea. News H visited the event held on the 5th and 6th of September to become a Columbus of the job market. Both local and international students are zealously paying attention to the recruiters and their consultation. Discovery of occupation, summary of information This year, 154 companies have participated in the career fair, which was a 23 percent increase compared to last year. The most intricate part of the fair was that it prevented any exclusion of students in employment as its theme this year was ‘diversity.’ Along with the booths for Korean students, designated booths for the handicapped students and foreigners were also prepared. The fair included individual consultation with the recruiters, providing truthful information that cannot be found on official reference. Professional advice for employment documentation that many students find difficult to prepare was also given. “The Job Discovery Festival has always provided great opportunities for students to comprehend more specific information on companies while recruiters can meet their possible candidates through the fair,” said Shin Yong-jin of the CDC. The fair is hosted every September, considering the primary employment season of South Korea. “The main reason to hold the festival in September is because of two reasons. First, majority of Korean firms recruit personnel in the second semester, and second, the CDC believes that this fair will arouse students’ attention on the beginning of term,” reminded Shin. Out of the 154 firms who participated, 12 of them were active in recruiting handicapped students. The booth for the disabled students was arranged to explain to them the spectrum and the process of employment. Also, several Japanese companies also took part in the fair to employ Korean students due to the aging population. “The place, exclusively prepared by the OIA for foreign students, provides them deeper information on careers they could pursue in South Korea with all the information translated in various languages for their convenience,” explained Park Jin-ju of the OIA. Advice from the bottom of alumni’s heart The recruiters of the fair from each company were mostly graduates of HYU. As the Job Discovery Festival was gaining momentum, juniors and seniors flocked together to hear sincere advice from the alumni. “It was a great experience for me to learn about the plethora of firms in Korea. Also, information that cannot be found online was provided by our alumni recruiters along with their heartfelt encouragements,” said Hwang Jong-min (Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4th year). Also, Umeh Zeno from Nigeria (Economics and Finance, 1st year) remarked, “even though I was only a freshman, I could learn a lot about employment and its process here in South Korea. I was impressed with the fair’s scale and I wish to visit here again annually.” Umeh is meticulously observing the employment process of the LG Company. Numbers of alumni gladly welcomed their juniors to their career booth. Kang Min-chang (Department of Mechanical Engineering, ‘14), currently working at SK Plant-Mechanical Team, has also disclosed his sincere advice to his juniors. “I remember wandering around at this festival, desperately looking for where I wanted to be employed two years ago. I am happy to be here now, helping my juniors with their career, and I’ve been advising them to apply their full strength at the interview to make a good impression on employers,” said Kang. Kang wishes that Hanyangians who successfully obtain employment will gladly help their own juniors for their future. The Job Discovery Festival of 2017 was packed with students, revealing the reality of the high unemployment rate. South Korean and foreign Hanyangians willing to be employed locally may have to be faced with moments of failure. However, numbers of frustration cannot defeat the sense of accomplishments in further life. Just like, after the storm--comes calm. The future of Hanyangians will shine bright despite the hard times of this era! Kim Ju-hyun email@example.com Photos by Choi Min-ju
Until the 21st century, the world has gone through excessive amounts of civilization. People were able to make various visible developments while failing to keep the environment without pollution. Professor Kim Ki-hyun of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, therefore, focused on the environmental problems through his paper, “Biochar as a Catalyst”. Through the paper, he introduced a new material that could better purify various impurities. Biochar is a compound word of ‘bio’ and ‘char’, which is biology and charcoal. This material is a type of waste that is produced when you burn any biological materials that possess carbon. Just as charcoal is made when you burn trees, biochar is made when you burn biological materials. Through this not-so-helpful looking waste, people can purify the environment. When soil is polluted with something, such as oil, pesticides or heavy metal, biochar can be effectively used to absorb these contaminations. They combine well with toxic substances; therefore, it allows purification of soil only though scattering these materials in the soil and skimming them out again. The picture of the process of making biochar. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Kim introduced his overall research related to biochar. He studies various metal organic frameworks, which are much like biochars, used to purify polluted environments. “There are over 20 thousand types of metal organic frameworks, and I am currently working on which framework will be the most effective when purifying pollution,” explained Kim. Moreover, he talked about electronic cigarettes which are a relatively newly introduced invention. As there isn’t a proven result of the components within the electronic cigarette, Kim is working on the methods to discover the dangers of them. Kim said, “There isn’t a precise database related to electronic cigarettes. They could also consist of numerous cancer-causing agents and harm, just as original cigarettes does. I intend on discovering these substances and, furthermore, purify them.” Kim, however, does not solely research on this one material. He pays attention to the general issues within the society. His main interest lies on various aerial issues such as air pollution, fine dust, indoor pollution and stenches. Kim said, “There, indeed, are a lot of problems regarding pollution related issues. However, there are also a lot of methods that can be used to solve these problems. My goal is to make effective solutions through comprehensive research.” He explained that the biochar mentioned in his paper is only a small example of his overall goal. He intends to research on more new materials and solve various social issues. Kim hopes people could have correct information on the environment. Kim hopes that people would have a better understanding of environmental pollution. “When the dust level exceeds 100 microgram per 1 cubic meter, the Ministry of Environment suggests to refrain from going out. However, when people wear masks right after they smoke to protect themselves from fine dust, they breathe in eight hundred to nine hundred micrograms of dust. Due to excessive amounts of information, people sometimes make contradictory actions,” explained Kim. He wished that more environmental education would be made in the pursuit of proper knowledge. He added that Hanyang University students should give more interest towards the environment. “Let’s keep the air clean, with correct information!” On Jung-yun firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Park Young-min
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