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2019-12 05

[Media Briefing][Yonhap News] Thai-born Hanyang Professor Becomes 200,000th Naturalized Citizen of South Korea

The Yonhap News Agency delivered the news of Professor Krisda Chaemsaithong (English Language and Literature) being 200,000th naturalized citizen of South Korea. "While living in Korea, I got to truly love the Korena people and culture. Since I obtained citizenship in recognition of my academic achievements, I will try to contribute more to the Republic of Korea's academic development and nurturing of talents," said the professor in the event held by the Ministry of Justice. There were a few more people in the event: five from Uzbekistan, four from Armenia, and one from the United States, Mongolia, Taiwan, Russia, and China. Since the foundation of the South Korean government in 1948, it has been accepting its naturalized citizens from 1957. The number of naturalized was 33 per year until 2000, but due to increased visitation to Korea for various reasons, the number has increased sharply in the early 2000s. Around 11,000 people per year obtained South Korean nationality over the past 10 years, according to the ministry. Article Link: Global News Team Translation by: Seongchae Lee

2019-12 05

[Media Briefing][JoongAng Ilbo] Kim Woo-seung, President of Hanyang University, interviews about social influence of universities

The weekend edition of <JoongAng Ilbo> reported an interview with President Kim Woo-seung on November 23. In this interview, Kim said, “Universities should play a central role in academic-industrial cooperation by strengthening their connection with society, especially industries.” Kim also stressed the need for universities to find a path to industry-academic cooperation to overcome the financial crisis. Moreover, he cited the example of Hanyang University's energy engineering professor Seon Yang-gook and chemistry professor Sung Myung-mo earning $3.3 million in technology transfer income from overseas companies. Also, he mentioned that startups are a long tradition of Hanyang University in that 11,213 companies and 2,153 startups(operated for less than seven years) are run by Hanyang alumni. “(To the students) I will cultivate outstanding job skills related to undergraduate majors, and ultimately become a practitioner of love, Hanyang’s founding philosophy. I mean the knowledge and experience that society needs,” Kim said. Kim gave an example of IC-PBL, Industry-Coupled Project (Problem) -Based Learning. Kim also emphasized that the university should serve as a guide to arouse students' intellectual curiosity and develop their self-learning skills beyond transferring knowledge, a traditional role of universities. He also requested that university assessments not only quantitatively aggregate university capacities, but also support universities to influence society. <Article link> Global News Team Translated by Hyejeong Park

2019-12 05

[Media Briefing][ETNews] Hanyang University’s Industry-University-Research Cooperation Foundation wins 'CES Innovation Award' for two consecutive years

On November 11, <ETNews> reported Hanyang University’s Industry-University-Research Cooperation Foundation won 'CES Innovation Award' for two consecutive years. CES is the world's largest electronics and information technology(IT) exhibition. The winners of the innovation award are △Pragrant, an Electronic Deodorant Device Using Bio-plasma Technology, △PLACA, Curtain Disinfection System with Air Purifier, and △Smart Cane for the Blind with Independent Power Technology. These three are all owned by Hanyang University’s Industry-University-Research Cooperation Foundation. Jang Gi-sool, director of the Technology Commercialization Center, said, "The fact we are awarded at CES two years in a row means that Hanyang University’s technology and products are recognized overseas.” <Article link> Global News Team Translated by Hyejeong Park

2019-12 05

[Media Briefing][Korea Joongang Daily] President Kim Woo-seung Stresses Industry-Academic Cooperation to Cope with Financial Hardships

The president of Hanyang University Kim Woo-seung recently revealed through the JoongAng Sunday his thoughts on how schools can overcome the burden of financial difficulties. He emphasized the concept of technology transfer income, which highlights the beneficial relationship of how universities can also profit through cooperation with industries. The company adopts useful information from school to their product or service and the earned profits are partially given to universities. He picked Princeton University as the perfect example, as it earned about 156 billion won in 2015 through technology transfer income. At Hanyang University, energy engineering professor Sun Yang-kook and chemistry professor Sung Myung-mo earned about $3.3 million worth of technology transfer income through cooperation with a foreign company. Hanyang University is known for its success with start-ups that graduates have put their hands on. According to President Kim in his interview, a total of 10,213 companies have been founded and run by our graduates. The 720,000 employees that these companies hired created a total annual value of 573 trillion won last year, amounting to 33.1 percent of Korea’s GDP. “Start-up is our tradition,” President Kim said. President Kim also stressed the implementation of “Industry-Coupled Project (Problem)-Based Learning (IC-PBL)” courses to foster students’ job performance abilities that align with the desired talents from industries and the society. He created the IC-PBL courses in Erica campus, back in 2017 when he was the vice president of the university. This was to help students develop four professional abilities key to adapt in the fourth industrial revolution period: critical thinking, creativity, cooperation and communication. President Kim commented that along with IC-PBL courses, more teachings that are closely related to social problems will be provided from next year. Original article: Global News Team Translated by Kim Hyun-soo

2019-11 20

[Media Briefing][The Korea Economic Daily] Hanyang University Opens the First Enterprise Customized 'AI Solution Center' in Korea

The Korea Economic Daily delivered the opening of Hanyang 'AI Solution Center' on October 10th. Hanyang University opened the 'AI Solution Center' where an integrated solution is provided for all areas that AI technology can be applied, from the manufacturing sector to the market analysis sector. Director Gang Sang-gi, the director of the AI Development Group at Samsung Electronics, was named as the first director. The AI Solution Center will develop technologies asked for by companies. In opening the AI Solution Center, support from President Kim Jae-cheol of the Dongwon Group was substantial. Following his words of "The 20th century was for those who ruled the ocean, and the 21st century is for those who rule AI," the Dongwon Group donated 3 billion won. The AI Solution Center will not only develop technologies but also provide seminars for entrepreneurs. For those who want to learn about AI, practical educational programs will be provided, and the same applies to graduate school students who want to learn AI. The Hanyang Global News Team - *With translation by Seongchae Lee

2019-10 22

[Media Briefing][Korea Times] Shinhan Card to introduce facial recognition payment service

Shinhan Card announced a facial recognition payment service set to be launched in November, according to the Financial Services Commission (FSC). While this service will be introduced nationwide soon, Hanyang University is expected to be the first organization in which the facial recognition payment service is to be available. After Shinhan Card cardholders register an image of their facial features through a 3D-sensing camera with the credit card firm’s certification management center, shoppers can then purchase goods simply by posing in front of a camera at any affiliate stores. Through this service, shoppers no longer need to carry a credit card or smartphone app to make a purchase. Along with the facial recognition service, the FSC also introduced 11 innovative sandbox services in a press release, including the Korea Credit Bureau's (KCB) anti-voice-phishing wire transfer service and a new foreign exchange service. Likewise, the nation’s fintech firms are expected to develop various financial services such as blockchain and big data, which are exempt from tight regulations. Hanyang Global News Team

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