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2018-11 13

[Academics]Complementary Relationship of the Chinese Government and Company

A practical curiosity of whether Chinese companies that have adopted ISO 14001, which is an environmental management evaluation system, can actually avoid the government’s inspections regarding environmental factors has fueled the research of Professor Choi Seong-jin (School of Business). Choi is not only interested in research based on China, but he is also actively supporting Chinese students in Hanyang University. His thesis is whether the voluntary restraint in private sectors and the compulsory monitoring of the government contradict or complement each other. Professor Choi Seong-jin (School of Business) is explaining the logic behind his thesis on November 9th, 2018. The marketplace is not perfect, as scholars of transaction costs have suggested. If the market is left freely, problems like monopoly or social costs like external diseconomy may increase. This brings out the need for governments to intervene and act as a surveillant so that the market is well off. However, companies find the monitoring of the government a burden, and governments themselves face the problem of enormous costs to oversee the activities of all companies. This has facilitated the enactment of a self-regulatory organization called private regulations. Namely, companies can reduce uncertainty coming from the government by implementing ISO 14001 before government efforts to intervene in environmental factors. By using data collected from approximately 1,500 Chinese companies in 12 cities, it shows that private and governmental regulations are in a complementary state. Furthermore, the research findings indicate the connection with the government, often times called “guanxi” in Chinese, strengthens this tendency. If ISO 14001 is adopted in a public institution, or if the CEO is connected to the government in some way, the company can be even more free from government intervention of environmental regulations. Choi revealed his hopes for Chinese students interested in business administration, entrepreneurship, or strategy to visit him in the School of Business any time. (Photo courtesy of Choi) Other than his vast array of research revolving around China, professor Choi is also very much interested in guiding Chinese students as a current adviser for them in the School of Business. “25 percent of students in the School of Business are Chinese students,” he said. “My goal when teaching at Hanyang University is that my research on China and my teachings of students would balance each other and bring about synergism in both areas.” He meets around five Chinese students a week for a face-to-face, casual talk about everyday life. Choi majors in the relationship between company and government also known as nonmarket strategy, as well as student entrepreneurship. He is the adviser of the “New Business Lab” at the School of Business, creating many goods that represent Hanyang University through a 3D printer. Although his major in nonmarket strategy is a non-mainstream field in research, professor Choi stressed his hopes for students in Hanyang University to not be afraid to go on the narrow, unfamiliar path of study or occupation, as long as they like what they are doing. Kim Hyun-soo Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-11 12

[Event]Hanyang University opens a Sharing Market for foreign students

On November 1st, Hanyang University opened a sharing market for foreign students at the 1st Engineering Center on the Seoul Campus. The event was organized in order to reduce the cost of purchasing goods and to participate in resource saving for foreign students by sharing items they no longer use. "I planned the event with the hope that foreign students can easily adjust to life in Korea," an official from Hanyang University stated. The same official also added, "the entire profit of the Sharing Market will be donated to the Seongdong-gu Multicultural Support Center, while unsold goods will be delivered to the Beautifulstore." The items sold at this sharing event were donated by 50 students from Hanyang University. ▲ Students are standing in line during the "Sharing Market for Foreign Students," which was held at the 1st Engineering Building of the Seoul Campus in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. ▲ Foreign students are introducing products to Korean students who participated in the Sharing Market at the 1st Engineering Center, Seoul Campus. ▲ Foreign students are introducing their sales products to a foreign professor who participated in the Sharing Market at the 1st Engineering Center, Seoul Campus.

2018-11 12

[General]Seoulites: How Much Do You Know About Seoul?

The Hanyang Museum Academy is currently hosting its second exhibition: ‘Seoulites, how much do you know about Seoul? – reading Seoul through a humanitarian perspective,' from October 4th to November 29th, 2018. Providing a total of nine special lectures every Thursday at 2 pm, the exhibition provides an understanding of the city of Seoul from a humane approach. “With the educational functions of the museum being emphasized, the university museum has prepared this program in order to provide and return socially such aspects towards not only university members but also the people of the local society,” explained Lee Jae-eun, the current director of the program. With the first exhibition having been held earlier this year, the exhibition can be applicable to everyone from citizens of the local society to all members of Hanyang University including the faculty members, professors, and students. In accordance with the first exhibition which was held in April, the two exhibitions share the main theme of learning about the city of Seoul by looking at its past features. However, they differ in their approaches, with the former putting its primary focus on learning about Seoul from its past architectural features and the latter putting more emphasis on holding a microscopic humanitarian and archaeological stance upon the city. Direct link to the article of the first exhibition Yoon Jin-young, who currently works at the Academy of Korean Studies, is giving a lecture on the artwork trends among the people who lived in Seoul during the latter era of the Choson Dynast on the 8th of October, 2018. The current exhibition covers the stories and lives of the people that lived in Seoul such as those from the Chosun Dynasty to the sketches by foreigners during the era of Japanese imperialism as well as the current features of Itaewon as a global city by providing in-depth lectures from invited experts from different fields. A good example would be the lecture held by Yoon Jin-young, who currently works at the Academy of Korean Studies and who discussed the artwork trade of the later era of the Choson Dynasty and the kinds of artwork for domestic exhibitions from that particular period of time. The number of participants of the exhibition has shown an increase compared to the first exhibition, with about 70 people attending each lecture. Although Lee takes this as a positive indication of steady progress, she still showed hope towards more students finding interest in the university museum. “Many students currently think of the museum as a difficult place. We are figuring ways to make the place more comfortable to visit with higher accessibility," explained Lee during the interview. Lee Jae-eun, the director of the current Seoul exhibition, shared her hopes for the university musuem becoming a more friendly and comfortable place for the students of Hanyang. She also added that next year is the 40th anniversary of the school museum, alongside the university’s 80th anniversary. According to Lee, the museum administration team is planning various projects to commemorate the two meaningful anniversaries. With the third exhibition of the Hanyang Museum Academy undergoing planning, the museum is continuously making efforts by providing services and facilities for its users, with the hope that Hanyang students will make use of such provisions. A direct link to the application of the exhibition Choi Seo-yong Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-11 11

[General]Refugees and Global Peace Forum

Korea, despite its emphasis on the education of English and the heavy dependence on international trade, still struggles with the remnants of a xenophobic culture. While the society is becoming more open towards the ideas of multiculturalism and inclusivity, the definition of being a true “Korean” still primarily relies on one’s appearance. Unlike a hodgepodge society as that of the United States, where one's nationality is determined by their citizenship, a Korean needs to look, sound, and “act” like a Korean to be accepted as one by fellow Koreans. This tradition clashes with the new influx of refugees on Jeju Island, as a recent issue has spurred a controversial debate surrounding global refugees, putting Koreans in an uneasy position that they did not have to worry about in the past. (Center) Choi Jin-woo (Director of Hanyang Peace Institute) and Irina Bokova (the former Director-General of UNESCO) on the first day of the Refugees and Global Peace forum (Photo courtesy of Hanyang Peace Institute) On November 1st and 2nd of 2018, the Hanyang Peace Institute held a forum called the Refugees and Global Peace. According to Han Jun-sung, a researcher at the institute, the purpose of the forum was to open a platform where rising issues on global refugees can be openly discussed and introduced to Korean society. The Hanyang Peace Institute’s work is organized under the main headline of “Social Science Korea (SSK),” which began in 2010. After six years, they were able to finish the research which focused on the political struggles inflicted by cultural factors through the concepts and theories of hospitality and conviviality, a rather unpopular topic in the national, social science research field. It is currently at the initiation stage where they have developed a Hospitality Index (HI) and have held forums such as the Refugees and Global Peace. Session 2 of the Refugees and Global Peace forum panelists, held on November 2nd, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Hanyang Peace Institute) The first day of the Refugees and Global Peace had a special lecture given by Irina Bokova, the former Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), followed by two panel discussions on Migration and Refugees and on Pathways for Hospitality and Conviviality the next day. The panelists were Choi Jin-woo (Director of Hanyang Peace Institute), Lee Byung-ha (a professor from the University of Seoul), Han Jun-sung (Hanyang Peace Institute), Abdul Wahab Al Mohamed Agha (General-Director of Help Syria), Seo Seong-young (Yonsei University), and Choi You (Korea Legislation Research Institute). Irina Bokova, the former Director-General of UNESCO, giving a special lecture at the HYU Law Building III (Photo courtesy of the Hanyang Peace Institute) Irina Bokova is a former Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017. Since taking office in 2009, she has advocated for gender equality, better education, and the prevention of funding for terrorism. Based on her accumulated knowledge and experience, she gave an influential lecture on the global refugee crisis on topics such as the comprehensive definition of the term refugee and the seriousness of the issues surrounding it. Furthermore, the rights of the refugees including the prohibition of compulsory repatriation, the freedom of movement, and family reunion were mentioned. In addition, the 2016 New York Declaration initiated by the Global Compact and the emphasis on how the refugee crisis is closely tied to the multi-dimensional peace issues were also discussed. The lecture was wrapped up with her quoting Filipo Grandi, the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): “our efforts to peacefully solve the refugee crisis must be backed by the three pillars of ‘understanding,’ ‘compassion,’ and ‘political will.’” (From left) Han Jun-sung (Hanyang Peace Institute), Lee Byoung-ha (University of Seoul), and Choi Jin-woo (HYU, Director of Hanyang Peace Institute) were the main panelists for session 1. (Photo courtesy of the Hanyang Peace Institute) Abdul Wahab Al Mohamed Agha (General-Director of Help Syria) is giving a speech on policies and the reality of Middle Eastern refugee host countries. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang Peace Institute) The second day panel discussions were equally informative and interesting in the sense that the panelists discussed their papers such as the European migration regime crisis, East Asian migration governance, policies and reality of the main Middle Eastern refugee host-countries, and the empirical research based on the Yemeni refugees on Jeju Island. According to Han, there are more interesting forums to come. On November 16, 2018, there will be a colloquium led by Alexander Fedorovsky, the Head of Section at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) on Russia’s perspective on the Korean Peninsula. Another lecture will be held on November 22nd of next week in the Social Science Building by Kwon Heon-ik, a professor at Cambridge and a laureate of multiple prizes including the Geertz Prize, George Kahin Prize, and the Kyung-Ahm Prize. The topic of the lecture will be on hospitality and generosity in the post-cold war period. Click to see the works of Hanyang Peace Institue Park Joo-hyun

2018-11 05

[General]The Inauguration Seminar of Hanyang University Faculty Council for Social Responsibility

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

2018-11 05

[Academics][Excellent R&D] Reaching Out to Africa Through Public Diplomacy

With five of the ten fastest growing world economies dwelling in Africa, the continent has emerged to be a newly industrializing region. It is well-known as the blue ocean, appropriate for international investment and as a diplomatic destination. As a result, South Korea has shown interest in Africa. In particular, the Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies became the first organization in the nation to establish the Korean Studies Center in Africa at Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salaam. The director of the institute, Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) highlighted the significance and possible effect that the project by Hanyang University Institute of Euro-African Studies could bring. The project, “New diplomatic approach to Africa: Establishment and diffusion of public diplomacy strategies with Nigeria, Algeria and Tanzania," started on September 1st, 2018. It is led by National Research Foundation of Korea and the Hanyang University Institute for Euro-African Studies, functioning as the key research center. The project focuses on public diplomacy in Africa in the cultural, socioeconomic, and educational disciplines. Kim emphasized that public diplomacy should not be a one-sided donation but should support various activities that the citizens of the target countries are subject to through private and academic exchanges. “It is crucial to establish public foreign policy in accordance with the local situation in African countries,” asserted Kim. Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) stated that the African continent and its nations are now a blue ocean with tremendous opportunities. There have been previous attempts to initiate exchanges between South Korea and the African continent but visible limitations existed due to a lack of an in-depth local information system in addition to the sole focus on one-off businesses, which did not bring any long-term benefits to either sides. As a result, in order to make improvements regarding the past limitations, the Institute of Euro-African Studies at Hanyang University began its research on Nigeria, Algeria, and Tanzania, the countries that could be sustainably connected and produce synergistic effects with South Korea. These nations were selected based on various criteria such as the Human Development Index (HDI), the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and the Official Development Assistance (ODA). (Left) Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) at the opening ceremony of Tanzania Embassy in the Republic of Korea and investment briefing session with (right) the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Tanzania, Augustine Mahiga, and (center) the embassador of the Tanzania Embassy in the Republic of Korea, Matilda Swilla Masuka. (Photo Courtesy of Hanyang University Institute of Euro-African Studies) Nonetheless, Kim and his team at the Institute of Euro-African Studies faced some difficulties when they visited the African nations in the beginning. One of the difficulties was that it took time to persuade the people they met in Africa because some expected to become beneficiaries rather than cooperative partners to take actions together with. However, there were benefits as well because as representatives of the educational institution, there were no challenges in meeting business groups and government officials to talk about the project. As an ongoing project until 2023, it will concentrate on sharing various Korean cultural, economic, and educational know-hows with Africa. The ultimate goal is to create a coexisting network for South Korea and African nations through public diplomacy. Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) in front of the Hanyang University Institute of Euro-African Studies, the key institute selected for the current public diplomacy project in Nigeria, Algeria, and Tanzania. Kim hopes that the Hanyang University Institute of Euro-African Studies will be the leading platform to carry out public diplomacy in African nations. He concluded by encouraging students to pay more attention to the newly emerging continent and believes that exchanging culture and ideas will be beneficial to both South Korea and Africa. Seok Ga-ram Photos by Park Guen-hyung

2018-11 05

[General]Global Flea Market: Spreading Warmth Through Small Giving

The small area in front of the Engineering Building Ⅰ was bustling with students. Each of their hands held small goods – lipstick for 500 won, a pair of pants for 1,000 won, and a new bag for 3,000 won. All these delightfully cheap prices were possible in one early afternoon of November 1st, the day of the Global Flea Market. HISA, the public ambassador of the College of Engineering, held a Global Flea Market in front of the Engineering Building on November 1st. Organized by HYCE International Student Ambassador (HISA), the Global Flea Market received donations prior to the event from October 11th to the 29th and was open on November 1st, 2018 from 11am to 3pm, during which the donated goods were on sale for students. 17 HISA members, including five international students, busied themselves by displaying dolls, handbags, wristwatches, books, DVDs, cosmetics, clothes, as well as snacks such as dumplings, cupcakes, and chickens – all at a surprisingly low price. “The most expensive one here is the completely new Starbucks tumbler, which is 10,000 won. Other than that, there are a few for 3,000 to 4,000 won, and the rest are all 1,000 won,” explained Sakib (Department of Computer Science & Engineering, 4th year), a member of HISA. The event was for a good cause, and the entire profit will be donated to the Seongdong-gu Multicultural Family Support Center. “That is why the products are so cheap. The event is not for profit but for donation,” said Sakib. Although he had worked since 9am, Sakib said he was not tired at all, thinking how the goods he sold could benefit the buyers, as well as the beneficiaries. (From left) Sakib (Department of Computer Science & Engineering, 4th year), Elvis (Department of Chemical Engineering, 3rd year), and Jung Hoon-jin (Division of Electronic Engineering, 2nd year) pose in front of their booth. Elvis, who participated as the salesperson in the flea market, is showing the items to a visitor. There were about 250 donated goods for this year’s flea market. Other students were thoroughly enjoying the event as well. Jang Su-kyung (Department of Mathematics, 4th year) had her hands full of purchased clothes and cosmetics. “I bought these makeup products for 100 to 200 won. They’re so cheap. Thank you so much!” said Jang. She was content with the overall event but also gave suggestions for better future ones. “I had actually donated myself, and I wished they had publicized more on what kinds of items should be donated or precisely what kind of event this would be. Then people would donate more confidently.” (From left) Lee Moon-suk (Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, 3rd year), the president of HISA, and Kwon Min-jin (Division of Electronic Engineering, 2nd year), a member of the managing staff, said that they were able to raise more money for donations due to the many people who had visited the flea market. The organizer of the event, HISA, the public ambassador of the College of Engineering, gathered to help the international students in the College of Engineering starting this year. The members of HISA, Lee Moon-suk (Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, 3rd year) and Kwon Min-jin (Division of Electronic Engineering, 2nd year), explained that the aim of the Global Flea Market was to give international students a sense of belonging, and they hope that the event was a good chance for foreign students to feel more involved in the Hanyang community. “After every event that we hold, we get thank-you messages from the international students. Each time, we’re so glad that our event was able to give them a real helping hand, instead of a superficial ceremony.” Lee said over 40 students and staff members donated their belongings to the flea market, and there were a total of 250 donations. Thanks to everyone’s support, the market made a profit of over 600,000 won. The money will be delivered on November 6th, and the goods that were not sold will be donated to a charity shop, named the Beautiful Store. “We profited more than we expected, so I feel proud that the event could actually be of a practical help to many people,” Lee said happily. Picture of the donation ceremony held on November 11th. Names of the donators are on the banner. (Photo courtesy of HISA) Lim Ji-woo Photos by Lee Jin-myeong and Park Geun-hyung

2018-11 05

[General]Happy Howl-oween!

Trick or treat Trick or treat Give us something good to eat If you don’t We don’t care We’ll put red ants in your hair! Depending on the culture you are from, you may or may not be familiar with this song. There are a variety of versions of the “Trick-or-Treat” song, but one thing they all have in common is that people get to wear spooky and creative outfits and go knocking around your neighbors’ doors for sweets. The pure excitement of sugar-rush nights slowly changes as you grow up and trick-or-treating is no longer the thing. After growing up, dressing up in fun outfits and going to parties to drink to one’s heart's content becomes the focus of the night, as you will see every street corner filled with these hyped up young adults. The Hanyang University Business School (HUBS) decided to bring in this excitement and hosted a grand Halloween party for the students as well. "A candy a day keeps the monster away." To give a brief introduction, HUBS is one of the most renowned business schools in Korea. Fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international institution of business education that sets the educational quality standard for business schools around the world, and the Korean Association of Business Education Accreditation (KABEA), and as a member of the Association of the Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS), HUBS consists of over 4,000 talented students including one of the highest percentages of foreign students in HYU. Due to this reputation, its students are one of the most favored groups of business graduates in the private sector. #SquadGhouls HUBS photo booth Apart from its excellent studying conditions and educational programs, HUBS makes sure to take extra measures to enhance inclusivity of its foreign students as a part of the HUBS family by hosting various cultural events. The ‘HUBS International Students Night: Halloween Party,' which was held on November 2nd at the School of Business building, can be seen as one of its many efforts. According to Lim Ji-eun, a HUBS administrations office staff in charge of the Halloween party, the main objective of the event was to magnify the exchange between Korean and international students. “The International Students Night events are held under various themes such as the year-end party and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). It’s funded and held by the HUBS administrations office along with the Chinese student union and 'Glitters,’ a student club that works with international students. This event was held under the theme of Halloween, and it was open not only to HYU Korean and international students, but also to other university students as well,” said Lim. Valerie Wong (left) and Moni Nguyen (right) are ready for the party. The event was divided into two main corners. One was the creative corner, which included various programs where makeup artists would give spooky makeovers, free temporary tattoos, and 3D stickers. It also had darts and photo booths where one could print photos on the spot. The other corner included special performances done by DIOR (a dance group from the HYU School of Social Sciences) and lotteries. Students were also provided with delicacies and drinks. Moni Nguyen (Business Administration, 3rd year) and Valerie Wong (Financial Management, 4th year) were also very excited about the event, enjoying the music and the food. “We’ve never been to a Halloween party before, so we’re really looking forward to the night. We came here hoping to meet new friends as well, and we already did!” said Nguyen and Wong. Just like the Halloween party, there are more upcoming events for both international and Korean students in the hopes of providing a full-time experience that is definitely worth looking into. I hope everybody had a bootiful, spooktacular, and fangtastic Halloween! Park Joo-hyun Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-11 04

[Notice]Education expenses per student at Hanyang University, estimated at 21.388 million won

Hanyang University ranked the tenth among the surveyed universities with an estimated cost of approximately 21.388 million won invested per student for creating educational conditions for students. The Ministry of Education and the Korean Council for University Education released an analysis of 'Education Expenses per Student' among 185, four-year universities. This analysis was posted on the Higher Education in KOREA, a university information disclosure site on August 31st. According to the public announcement report, the cost of education per student in 2017 was 15.46 million won, 4.1 per cent higher than the previous year. The average education expenses per student at private institutions have risen to 14.97 million won in 2017, a 3.8 percent increase. Meanwhile, the cost at public universities has increased to 1.76 million won, up 5 percent from last year. The university with the highest education expense per student was POSTECH (89,178,500won), followed by Seoul National University (43,347,800 won), CHA University (34,630,200 won), Korea Tech (33,558,300 won), Yonsei University (30,241,700 won), Sungkyunkwan University (28,081,400 won), Catholic University (23,769,800 won), Korea University (22,859,500 won), Ajou University (21,792,100 won), and Hanyang University (21,388,000 won). The education expense per student reflects the total university investments divided by the number of enrolled students. In the case of public universities, there are five subdivisions such as 'university accounting', 'development fund accounting', ‘industrial cooperative accounting', 'purchase of books', and 'purchase of machinery and equipment,' while private universities include ‘school-expense accounting’, ‘industrial cooperative accounting', 'purchase of books', and 'purchase of machinery and equipment'. These expenses are calculated by dividing the sum of these subcategories by the number of students. Each category reflects labor costs, operating expense, scholarship, and expenses related to student research.

2018-10 30

[General]Introducing the Career Development Course in HYU

As the school’s slogan “The Engine of Korea” suggests, Hanyang Univeristy (HYU) is known for giving full support to enhance the students’ capacity. This can be seen through various support for startups, running a career development center, and even resulting in scoring in the top five of Korean universities in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings. In order to better reach out to students, the university implemented a mandatory course called, Career Development that all students should must take regardless of their major. Career Development Course Plan The career development course history actually begins in 2015. Before, there only used to be a course called Freshman Seminar, which changed to Career Development I in 2015. That year, Career Development II became a new mandatory course for juniors so as to prepare for their long and possibly dreadful job-seeking process in the following years. The main objective of the course is to help students find their career paths through various materials including online lectures, guidance in setting their goals and have a homeroom session with their assigned professors. By taking this course each year, students have the opportunity to build a relationship with their professors as advisors, and have one-on-one sessions, which is especially helpful for those who find it hard to approach their professors. According to Lee Seong-jae (Department of Applied Art Education, 1st year), the course was very helpful in setting his career goals, along with several tips to making good use of all the available facilities in school. Han Jung-hun (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year), agreed as he recalled, “during my freshman year when I took the freshman seminar course, we had several discussion sessions with the professor after reading books and sharing our thoughts about various topics in life. For Career Development I, the class barely met up, but we instead had the opportunity to visit the VR expo. For Career Development II, we have class every week but also have special lectures every now and then.” Students in a Career Development class. (Photo courtesy of Kim) However, some majors were quick to notice one of the significant limitations of having a comprehensive compulsory course. The course materials were just not applicable to some. Han Ji-yoon, a staff member in the College of Education Administration Team, explained how they changed their system to better suit their students. “Starting in the second semester of 2018, the College of Education basically divided the Career Development II course into a teacher certification class and an employment class. Most of our students either become a teacher or move on to job-seeking, and the current guidelines for the Career Development courses don't fit us. Professors in charge will teach for eight weeks, while the rest of the eight weeks are divided into four weeks of career related special lectures and four weeks of teacher appointment related special lectures. Students may choose four special lectures to pass the course.” (From left) Shin Sae-rha (Department of International Studies staff), Choi Hye-seung (PhD at KAIST), Ryoo Joo-han (Department of International Studies professor), and Kim Ha-rim (14th student president of the Department of International Studies) (Photo courtesy of Kim) The same goes for the Division of International Studies (DIS). Shin Sae-rha from the DIS administration office and Kim Ha-rim (Division of International Studies, 3rd year) explained their own version of the course. According to Shin, the original guideline of the course is impossible to implement in DIS as half of the professors are foreigners, and most students themselves have lived abroad for many years. The DIS curriculum itself is also in English, and an all-Korean course such as Career Development just does not work. Kim Ha-rim (Department of International Studies, 3rd year) explains the new version of the DIS Career Development course. “The history of DIS is only 14 years. There have been numerous comments on how the seon-hubae (senior-junior) links in DIS is quite thin if there are any. As the student president, I wanted to incorporate this into reforming the career development course. First, we circulated detailed surveys to figure out which career paths students are mostly into and selected the top five careers. Then with the help of the administration office and our dean, we were able to liaison with the DIS graduates and invite them to come and share their personal experiences and tips for working in their field. We linked this with the Career Development course as it is a mandatory course that will surely give all students an opportunity to be aware and learn. Now we have seonbaes coming in every other week for six weeks and one-on-ones with professors in between. The seonbae sessions are open to all students of DIS,” said Kim. Although Career Development courses may just seem like any other compulsory courses in school to some, it is a necessary course that students can truly make use out of through building better connections with their professors, sharing thoughts and worries about their future with fellow students, and even flexibly adapting the curriculum to ring out the benefits. Park Joo-hyun Photos by Park Geun-hyung