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2019-10 01

[Media Briefing][University News Network] 'The 2019 Outstanding Hanyang Engineers Award

On September 2nd, the University News Network wrote about the '2019 Outstanding Hanyang Engineers Award,' which was held on August 29th. 'The Outstanding Hanyang Engineers Award' is awarded to Department of Engineering alumni who have contributed to national industry development and who have also practiced the university's philosophy of 'love in deed and truth.' For this year's award, Lee Jung-a of Daedong Systems and Han Sang-jun of Gumsung Electric & Controls were recipients of the '2019 Outstanding Hanyang Engineers Award.' <Article Link>

2019-09 16

[Media Briefing][Medical Daily] Improving Weight Loss by Exploiting Genetic Code

There are many existing ways developed to overcome obesity and losing lots of weight. Prescription weight loss medications are increasingly popular, aside from the traditional way of going on a diet and exercising. A Hanyang University research team led by professor Kim Yong-hee (Department of Bio-engineering) looked into ways to improve weight loss by exploiting our genetic code, and to avoid the side effects of anti-obesity drugs. The research team used “CRISPR interference (CRISPRi),” which is a modified CRISPR gene editing tool for the study. The CRISPRi does not alter the genetic code permanently but simply interferes with gene expression, allowing either activation or repression of gene expression. It regulates the genome instead of modifying it. By applying CRISPRi technology, Kim and the research team could reduce the fabp4 expression level by up to 60 percent. Obese and diabetic mice were injected peptide-targeting CRISPRi twice a week for as long as six weeks, and the result turned out that the tested mice lost around 20 percent of body weight. Consumed food was not different from normal, which indicated that the weight loss did not occur due to eating less. The study is meaningful in that it approaches obesity in a different perspective compared to the traditional pharmaceutical approach. The research team concluded that they still need to work on the clinical application of injecting peptide-targeting CRISPRi in a human model. Whether the regimen can be applied twice a week for up to 6 weeks is still uncertain. Read Full Article:

2019-09 04

[Media Briefing][Korea Biomedical Review] Hanyang University-KAIST team discovers a new anticancer substance

A newly discovered anticancer peptide triggers cancer cells to destroy themselves. By disturbing cellular ions, major cellular functions are inhibited. This method of disturbing cellular ions is also one of the primary methods in anti-cancer treatments. However, disturbing cell ions presented major difficulties and were not applicable in clinical trials due to certain limitations -- such as low solubility. In an effort solve this limitation, the Hanyang University and KAIST based teams led by professors Yoon Chae-ok and Kim Yoo-chun respectively, worked tirelessly to discover an alpha-helical peptide-based anticancer substance. This new anticancer peptide is water-soluble but has potassium (K) ion transport capability. In addition, animal experiments have proven that the substance effectively hinders cancer growth. Cells that are now able to self-destruct are expected to replace former cancer therapies. “The new anticancer peptide lowers intracellular potassium concentration and increases intracellular calcium (Ca) concentration,” the team added. The findings by Hanyang University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) were displayed on the back cover of the July edition of Advanced Science. View full article:

2019-07 31

[Media Briefing][Korea Biomedical Review] Publishing Pre-clinical Trial Results with GC Labcell

A research team led by Professor Yoon Chae-ok (Department of Bio Engineering) of Hanyang University jointly conducted research with GC Labcell and recently published the pre-clinical trial results for a natural killer (NK) cell treatment (MG4101) for pancreatic cancer. Considering that an accumulation of extracellular fluid limits the penetration of the treatment into tumors in the case of pancreatic cancer, MG4101 provides a successful outcome in that it efficiently penetrates the tumor and rapidly removes it through cell death and reduction of immunosuppressive factors. According to the director of GC Labcell, "This study has reaffirmed the possibility of NK cell therapy treating various types of cancer." Jeon Chae-yun

2019-07 26

[Media Briefing][The Chosun Ilbo] Plant "Social Innovation DNA" in Universities

The Chosun Ilbo published an article on universities' social innovation education programs on July 9th. Social innovation education used to only be offered in master's and doctorate programs. Many institutes followed this course after the Social Entrepreneur Academy began at Sungkyunkwan University in 2010. Hanyang University triggered another change after establishing a social innovation major last year. Hanyang University has been operating the Social Innovation Convergence major as an undergraduate course since it was established last year. Hanyang is the first university in the nation to incorporate such a major into the undergraduate curriculum. Students may receive a social innovation degree as part of a multiple-major after completing 36 credits. The curriculum consists of ▲Social innovation basic theory ▲Social innovation capstone design (problem solving practice) ▲Changemaker action learning (term system field practice). First, the structure of basic theory is of learning the methodology first and then actualizing solutions in a community or social economic organization. Next, social innovation capstone design is a project course of experiencing the problems faced in practical business, and it usually consists of consulting in the field of social innovation or digital marketing class, in which social enterprises or social ventures are recruited as clients and students carry out the requested contents. Finally, changemaker action learning helps to expand the social innovation idea toward the global stage, going beyond national boundaries. Currently there are around 80 students in the Hanyang University social innovation convergence major. There were 20 students last year which was the first year of offering the major, but majoring students are increasing rapidly, with 40 students signing up during the first semester. <Article Link> Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo

2019-07 18

[Media Briefing][The JoongAng Ilbo] "'University’s Method of Passive Knowledge Transfer has Ended... Now is the Time to Integrate with Society"'

The JoongAng Ilbo published an interview with Hanyang University president Kim Woo-seung on July 2. President Kim said, “The old method of universities’ passing one way knowledge to students has come to an end, and students must be provided with more opportunities to thoroughly learn through experiences.” He went on to emphasize that, “All universities must realize that neither education nor research matters unless they are connected to society.” President Kim, who was inaugurated in February, helped Hanyang successfully achieve industry-academia cooperation as the dean of industry-academia cooperation at ERICA campus (Gyeonggi-do, Ansan-si) and introducing it as a major in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Industry-Coupled Problem-Based Learning (IC-PBL) is an innovative teaching method that he developed which reflects societal demands. During the class, students solve problems that a company or the local community has commissioned and receives feedback from the company. Regarding this method, President Kim said that “Opportunities for experiential learning are vital. We currently offer around 120 IC-PBL lectures but intend to expand the offerings.” In addition to this, President Kim plans to institute a class using the co-teaching method, which is a class run by 2 professors from different majors. President Kim said, “Co-teaching will foster students' ability to solve integrated and complex problems that actually exist in society.” President Kim anticipates that the activation of these research centers will alleviate some of the financial dificulties faced by local universities, including the freeze which has been on tuition fees for the past 11 years. He said, “Support from companies is needed as a rise in tuition fees is impossible without social consensus today.” He went on to say, “Just as soccer teams pay a transfer fee when signing Son Heung-min, I want companies who hire talented individuals fostered by the university to be more concerned with university education and to contribute to the process more.” <Article link> Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo

2019-06 07

[Media Briefing][Electronic Newspaper] Hanyang’s SW Platform Center for ICT Equipment has Supported 180 Companies Over 5 years

In the April 25 issue of the Electronic Newspaper, we published an article about the SW (Software) Platform Center for ICT Equipment at Hanyang University. Hanyang’s SW Platform Center for ICT Equipment (Professor Jeong Jae-chang, director) has provided 180 companies with industry-academic cooperation over five years, resulting in 12 billion won in savings. It was established with the support of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Information to secure the domestic ICT equipment market share. The center systematically supported ICT equipment software design, development, testing, and certification activities developed by small businesses. Also, it provided technical training and professional one-on-one technical consulting to train manpower for small and medium-sized companies who have difficulty securing professional workforces. Professor Jeong Jae-chan of the Electronic Engineering department said, "We will continue to provide corporate support by utilizing the infrastructure and experience we have gained, although the government support project is scheduled to end in April this year.” He also added, “We will help expand the competitiveness of domestic companies." <Article link> Translated by Hyejeong Park

2019-06 05

[Media Briefing][University News Network] How Far did ‘Student Startup’ Go in Local Universities···Key to Top University?

On May 6th the University News Network published an article titled "Local Universities, Student Startups." Hanyang University was chosen as the school with the largest output of student founders among domestic universities. The total number of students who founded startups last year was 61. They established 53 enterprises including 18 companies on school grounds and 35 off campus and raised 905.59 million won in total sales. The secret is, as expected, investment. Starting this year, Hanyang University selects 30 students with innovative ideas and provides them with accommodations for a year, private startup activity space, and exclusive mentors . Also, the startup support fund per student is high at Hanyang University and includes arranging student founders with startup scholarships, a startup support fund, and support funding from crowd funding within the school. Hanyang University encourages students to fulfill innovative startups through abundant support like this. <Article link> Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo

2019-06 04

[Media Briefing][Hankyung] The Hanyang University Graduate School of Business, Individualized Specialization by Using 140 Subjects... Estimated 5000+ Alumni

The April 17 edition of Korean Economy published an article about the Hanyang University Graduate School of Business. The Hanyang University Graduate School of Business entered the top 100 on the QS world rankings in 2017 and rose to 86th last year. It is becoming one of the leading MBA schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Hanyang University Graduate School of Business operates three training courses subdivided into Hanyang MBA, Professional MBA, and International MBA, and its detailed major tracks has reached 18 in number, providing around 140 lectures annually. In addition, the alumni network of more than 5000 graduates is one of the attractions of the Hanyang University Graduate School of Business. Recognizing the importance of MBA clubs for its alumni networks, Hanyang University Graduate School of Business is taking the initiative in the voluntary development of clubs by the alumni and supporting exchange business and activities with other universities' MBA clubs. Another strength of the Hanyang University Graduate School of Business is its accessibility which makes it stand out from other MBA graduate schools. Seoul subway line 2 lays within the campus, which enables a comfortable arrival from various places in Seoul such as Gangnam and Gangbuk within 25 minutes. <Article link> Translated by Jeon Chae-yun

2019-05 16

[Media Briefing][Hankyong] President Kim Woo-seung: “The Membership Industry-University R&D Center will do the long-term research that corporations can’t.”

Hankyong published an interview with President Kim Woo-seung on April 4th about the new Industry-University cooperation program. President Kim spoke of the domestic industry-university cooperation as “Mostly consisting of the government’s ‘matchmaking’” and that “the cooperation will loosen between corporations and universities as soon as the medium of government is gone." He went on to say that he is planning on establishing a membership industry-university R&D center at Hanyang University for the new industry-university cooperation. In this sense, he predicted a big wave of changes, saying "The goal as a president is to break the inertia of the university community.” <Article link> Translated by: Kim Hyun-soo