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03/19/2018 Interview > Student

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Proud Achievements as a Foreigner

2017 Dean’s List of Research Records

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On the 1st of February, certificates were given to those on the Dean’s List of Research Records, in the HIT Building. Run by the Industry-University Cooperation Foundation, the research results of graduate school students from January to December were reviewed. Awards were given in three different categories to 12 students in total. Out of these outstanding performers, an international student stood out.

 
 

Successful research achieved in another country
 

Xing Jiuqiang (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering, Integrated Master’s – Doctor’s Program) was a proud Chinese Hanyangian on the Dean’s list, as an outstanding researcher. Hanyang University (HYU) is constantly helping and supporting students to make the best research results as the future leaders of the world, as creative and talented people are required in this fourth industrial revolution era. Out of the many graduate students working and researching day and night, Xing proudly put his name on the list.
 

Xing proudly put his name on the Dean's list.



“I am so honored to receive this award, even though I went through such hardships as an international student in HYU,” started off Xing. 2018 is his sixth year in Korea, away from his home country. “I’m still not fluent in Korean and still working in my research. I am very thankful I received such a meaningful award even though I am still working on my research,” said Xing.
 

Xing researched the biological purification of underwater pollutive chemicals using microalgae. As this is his 5th year since 2014, he has continued on his research in great depth. His professor, Jeon Byong-hun (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering), led him to try and study in a range of areas, eventually leading to Xing’s success. “I not only concentrated on chemicals, but also researched on wastewater and other pollutive substances. There are also various types of algae, which gives more chances of different results,” explained Xing.

 
 

Life of an international student
 

The life of a Chinese student in Korea was tough with a high language barrier. Xing started learning Korean in a language school in Korea, from the very beginning. “I couldn’t even order a single menu item in the cafeteria at first. I had so many difficulties to solve the basic things I needed in life,” reminisced Xing. In an unfamiliar land with an unfamiliar language, he was able to meet a reassuring mentor, Professor Jeon. “I call him my father. He was such a big help to me,” commented Xing.
 

A picture of Xing with his lab members. (Photo courtesy of Xing)



Xing started his career in the Bioenergy and Environmental Remediation Laboratory since March of 2014, following Professor Jeon. The professor came as a great help to Xing both emotionally and academically. “Even in my research, there were a lot of things I wouldn’t even have thought of if it weren't for Professor Jeon,” reminisced Xing.
 

Xing’s life is still tough, both as a foreigner and a as graduate school student. “I come to school around 10 in the morning and go back home late at night. I used to be extremely frustrated due to the fallacies in my research. Now, I’m enjoying every single moment,” said Xing. Graduate school research isn’t something everyone can do. Therefore, even for Xing, endless trials and errors were required to proceed with his research. He had to spend weeks to deduct a result he wished.
 

Xing commented that he is now familiar with his work and is enjoying it.



Xing is planning to continue on with his research. He still has a lot to do in front of him. “I want to continue my career in molecular organisms. I want to go back to China as a great researcher,” said Xing. His dream motivated him to carry on. He, as an international student in Korea, will again try his best to achieve the best he can.




On Jung-yun            jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr
Photos by Lee Jin-myeong

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