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2019-08 11

[General]Five Seconds to Clean Your Tumbler at School

As environmental issues have gained attention worldwide, Hanyang University has decided to take action as well. After the announcement of Hanyang's intention to become a plastic-free campus made by President Kim Woo-seung in June, the first step was to install tumbler cleaning stations on campus. By encouraging students to avoid using disposable paper and plastic cups and to use tumblers instead, the aim is to reduce annual waste emissions by five percent. However, as of yet, not many students have made use of the cleaning stations. The Sustainable Eco-Friendly (SEF) planning group, a newly formed voluntary student group for a plastic-free campus in charge of advertising the tumbler washing stations, pointed out that not many students are aware of the cleaning stations yet. “I’ve seen many students just walk by wondering what they are or actually throw rubbish in them,” said Kim Gong-min (Department of Educational Technology, 3rd year), a member of SEF. The members are working hard to promote the facilities by posting on Everytime (a smartphone application for school timetables) and making card news for students to see. To further promote the active use of the tumbler washing stations, SEF joined News H for an interview this week. Q: Where are the tumbler cleaning stations? A: Currently, there are three tumbler washing stations on campus: on the first floor of Hanyang Plaza, the first floor of Engineering Building Ⅰ, and the third floor of the Paiknam Academic Information Center and Library. They will be easy to find, since they are mostly located near drinking fountains and water purifiers. There are three tumbler cleansers on campus. From the top, on the first floor of Hanyang Plaza, the first floor of Engineering Building Ⅰ, and the third floor of the Paiknam Academic Information Center and Library. Q: How do you use the tumbler cleaning stations? A: The cleaning process is very simple: open the tumbler (mugs work as well), empty the contents into the round liquid bin, flip it upside-down and place it on top of the washing machine, and press down. The powerful water stream will cleanse the inside of the tumbler immediately. The three steps of how to use the tumbler cleaning stations. The members added that many campus cafes, including A Twosome Place and CoffeA provide a discount for using a tumbler. (Photo courtesy of SEF planning group) Q: Will there be more tumbler cleansers? A: The three washing stations are on a trial run during the holiday. Once the semester starts, we will receive feedback on how often the cleansers are used. If we receive positive feedback, it is possible that the tumbler cleansers will be installed in every building on campus. More than anything, students’ active use and interest is the most important factor for this to happen. (From left) The members of the SEF planning group: Kim Young-woo (Department of Political Science and International Studies, 3rd year), Byun Sun-jung (Division of Tourism, 2nd year), Kim So-hee (Division of International Studies, 3rd year), and Kim Gong-min (Department of Educational Technology, 3rd year) Apart from the tumbler cleaning stations, the members of SEF explained that they plan on a number of different activities to help Hanyang students get involved in environmental issues. “I hope our campus changes into a disposable cup-free campus. Some say we are being particular, but throughout the process of advertising the tumbler washing stations, we have come to realize that there are many people who share our sentiments. I hope Hanyang becomes a place where students participate and freely share their opinions on environmental matters.” Lim Ji-woo Photos by Kim Ju-eun

2019-08 05

[General]The New Buildings We Will See Soon

The founder of Hanyang University Kim Lyun-joon once said that "Construction sounds will never cease on Hanyang campus." Accordingly, construction sites on Hanyang campus are giving a new face to the school. Currently, there are about 30 large and small scale construction projects taking place throughout the campus. The completed construction of Track and Field The two biggest construction projects at the moment are the building of the new track and field with an underground parking lot and the School of Nursing's Future Education Center. The track and field are being transformed into a greener sports ground containing a soccer field, basketball courts, and a running track, sitting above an underground parking lot. The Future Education Center will be a six story building located between HIT and Hanyang Hospital, exclusively for the department’s use. The construction projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2020 and July 31, 2020, respectively. The track and field are under construction. By March of 2020, this place will be transformed into a sports ground with an underground parking lot. (Photo courtesy of Facility Maintenance Team) The Future Education Center is under construction. On the right is the design of the building that will be completed by July 2020. (Photo courtesy of Facility Maintenance Team) Aside from these two major projects, there are 28 small scale construction projects, including extension work on the HIT Commax Startup Town and painting the exterior of Music Halls Ⅰ and Ⅱ. Many more construction projects are being planned, including the construction of Student Residence Halls 6 and 7, the Biomedical Research Center, and the Machinery Building, all of which are in the designing stage. There are access prohibitions students should be aware of. The wooden sidewalk around the track and field is closed to pedestrians, and the roads around the Business Administration Building and Multidisciplinary Lecture Hall are inaccesible to cars. “We are currently making our best effort to complete all the construction on schedule, with safety as our priority,” said Shin Kyu-chul, a Facility Maintenance Team member. “The various construction sites may create inconveniences such as noise, dust, and entrance shutdowns. We ask for Hanyangian’s cooperation and promise to do our best to make a safe and pleasant campus environment.” Lim Ji-woo Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-07 29

[General]DREAM Hanyang, the Future of Sports Industry

The Department of Sports Industry hosted DREAM Hanyang on July 22nd, which mainly consisted of high school students from all regions gathering at the Olympic Gymnasium for a performance test, career guidance, and information about admission to the College of Performing Arts and Sport. Professor Lee Jong-sung (Department of Sports Industry) gave a speech during the opening ceremony of DREAM Hanyang on July 22nd, at the Olympic Gymnasium. High school students who dream of entering Hanyang University's Department of Sports Industry had a chance to experience an evaluation of their performance ability in advance. Current undergraduate students of Hanyang University led a seminar on sports-related departments to help future Hanyangians design their career path. Afterwards, starting from 6 pm, students could take time to relieve their academic stress by enjoying some congratulatory performances. The main goal of DREAM Hanyang was to provide students with admission information in relation to the Department of Sports Industry and to motivate them to join Hanyang University. Professor Lee Jong-sung (Department of Sports Industry) remarked, “Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Hanyang University, we wanted to hold the DREAM Hanyang event at the Olympic Gymnasium. It is a historic venue which was used as a volleyball arena at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.” High school students were doing their best to achieve good scores on the performance test. Lee Ha-yan came from Incheon to measure her athletic skills in preparation for college admissions. Lee Ha-yan is a second grade student at Kyesan Girl’s High School, who came from Incheon to test her athletic skills in hopes of entering Hanyang University. “I was nervous, so I didn’t do as well as I would have done at school,” said Lee after her first standing long jump attempt. Students were being tested on standing long jumps. Son Seung-wu (Department of Sports Industry, 2nd year, right) introduced the Department of Sports Industry to encourage students to join. Son Seung-wu (Department of Sports Industry, 2nd year) was in charge of the department promotion. “I hope students took away important tips to help them during the college admissions process. This is a great chance for them to learn where they stand in terms of athletic abilities among other students from all parts of the nation,” said Son. He added that their years as high schoolers will never come back, so he hoped that they will treasure today’s experience. Students who excelled on the DREAM Hanyang performance tests received awards. DREAM Hanyang was successfully completed with the participation of nearly 2,100 high school students. The day’s events helped to advance their understanding of the Department of Sports Industry through casual talks with seniors, and allowed them to reflect on their training through competition with peer groups. Kim Hyun-soo Photos by Kim Ju-eun and Kim Ga-eun

2019-07 22

[General]Korean Traditional Fan Dance Performed by Foreign Students

K-pop, K-dramas, and Korean food are becoming global phenomena. However, in comparison, not much is known about Korea’s traditional aspects. In the 2019 summer school, as an attempt to introduce Korea's traditional culture to foreign students, Hanyang University opened the only traditional fan dance (buchaechum) class for the summer school students in Korea. For the 2019 summer school, Hanyang University opened a traditional fan dance (buchaechum) class for the foreign students. The fan dance is a traditional Korean dance for celebrations. As the name tells, the dance involves using two large traditional fans decorated with pink feathers, which the dancers move to form the shape of birds, flowers, butterflies and waves. Dancers wear bright-colored hanbok (Korean traditional dress) and Korean bridal crowns when performing the fan dance. Shin Kyeong-a (Department of Dance), the teacher of the fan dance class, explained the goal of the class, saying “most students only know about K-pop dances and are surprised to find out that we have a preserved traditional dance. We wanted to create an opportunity for foreign students to get to know a bit about the traditional culture.” Adjunct professor Shin Kyeong-a (Department of Dance, left) and Park Jin-young (Department of Dance, doctor's program, right) were the teachers of the fan dance class. There are 16 students from various backgrounds in the class. During the four-week program (from July 2nd to 26th), the class gathered and practiced for two hours from Monday to Thursday. By the end of the third week, they mastered the 6-minute-long intricate fan dance moves. One of the students, Alison Murphy (Athabasca University, Canada), said “it’s fascinating that none of us are dancers, yet we’ve managed such a beautiful flower shape with fans.” Galia Nankin (University of Bridgeport, Israel), another participant, agreed and said, “I’ve never danced, so coordination was the hard part. It gives a really big sense of satisfaction that I can do this beautiful dance.” They added that they are looking forward to performing at the summer school graduation ceremony on July 26th. Students of traditional fan dance class (from left), Galia Nankin, Chifan Lin, and Alison Murphy talked about their experiences of learning the fan dance. Students picked the arrangement of fans in a flower shape as the hardest, yet most beautiful dance routine. The teachers hope that after the class, students will leave with a fresh interest in the culture. “I keep in touch with last year’s students and they still have a continuing interest in Korean culture,” said Park Jin-young (Department of Dance, doctor's program), the assistant teacher. “I hope this year’s students were also able to learn about our tradition, and take them back to their home cultures." Lim Ji-woo Photos by Kim Ju-eun

2019-07 16

[General]HY-Live, the World’s First Telepresence Lecture at Hanyang University

What is telepresence technology? “Tele” implies long distance, and “presence” means existence. Combined, telepresence is communicating with someone far away, who seems just as real as if they were right in front of our eyes. The idea of telepresence was to effectively deliver a soccer lesson in real time to an elementary student in Korea from Son Heung-min, a Korean soccer player in England, through a mobile communication company. Hanyang University applied this telepresence technology to the learning site of university education for the first time among any domestic universities. HY-Live telepresence system model HY-Live is a 5G telepresence based hologram that combines offline and online classes, a new lecture method that Hanyang University pioneered. How is HY-Live distinct from online lectures? Firstly, while online lectures emphasized the slogan, “Anytime, anywhere,” telepresence lectures are “live," and therefore, enable more active and direct communication between the instructor and the learners. Enhanced creativity and intellectual curiosity that follow the active bidirectional communication are not the only benefits of adopting telepresence technology in university education. For the many physical difficulties that ensue in the traditional classroom teaching method, including the limitation of the number of students allowed per classroom and the narrow accessibility of popular instructors, telepresence technology seems to shine through without the constraints given by space or distance. Lee Tae-hee, the general manager of the Education Innovation Team, shared the path of educational innovation at Hanyang University through telepresence lectures. 2D hologram screen of the Chemistry for Everyday Life course Rewinding to where the motives for developing telepresence lectures began, a visit to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico gave the broad idea of utilizing telepresence technology using holography to give lessons in class. Now, Hanyang University is the first university to adopt 5G technology at telepresence lectures. The hologram of Professor Kim Min-kyung (Department of Chemistry) is conducting a lecture in real time. Hanyang University successfully operated the HY-Live lectures based on 5G telepresence, and conducted the course Chemistry for Everyday Life, with Professor Kim Min-kyung (Department of Chemistry) in the spring semester of 2019. A total of 103 students took the course, a number that is far greater than the original limit. Kim proceeded with the lecture at a studio at Hanyang University and her hologram was broadcasted live in three separate classrooms, with around 30 students in each. The professor asked students questions while staring into the camera and was able to scan the classes through the screen next to the camera. Students enthusiastically participated in the class, answering quizzes through an app, and asking the professor questions. The virtual telepresence studio located in the Media Strategy Center, Channel H studio Behind the scenes of the first telepresence lecture in the virtual studio at Hanyang University Three telepresence lecture rooms in the College of Engineering PC room 1, PC room 2 and the College of Economics and Finance room 402. Telepresence is a matter of how real it seems. Hanyang University developed the large size hologram screen by incorporating smart glass. The large screen was also useful when instructors used the smart pad in their hands to show class materials or videos. While the usage of telepresence technology in education is just beginning to sprout, it is a goal of Hanyang University to conduct a concurrent lecture at ERICA campus starting next year, building a consortium with local and foreign universities in which Hanyang leads, and to provide education in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “Our fundamental goal is to achieve a virtuous cycle of education innovation, profit creation, and reinvestment into education innovation. Students are the largest beneficiaries in this model,” said Lee Tae-hee, the general manager of the Education Innovation Team. Kim Hyun-soo Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-07 10

[General]The Hanyang-Seoul Hip Hop Battle: Season 2

Last year, the hip hop battle between Hanyang University (HYU) and Seoul National University (SNU) was a popular internet hit. The hip hop circles of HYU and SNU came together and each presented an ingeniously written self-composed song. This year, with high expectations, the hip hop battle between HYU and SNU continued its second round. On June 10th, HYU's Showdown and SNU's Bounce Factory released their music videos, "Gatsby" and "Well-educated Kid," respectively. HYU's "Gatsby" featured dark dream-like aesthetics with a unique tune, while SNU's "Well-educated Kid" carried a fresh and energetic vibe. Both songs received wild attention on Youtube and were complimented on their unique themes and catchy flows. (Upper) The poster for the 2019 hip hop battle. Underneath are the music videos of Hanyang University Showdown's "Gatsby" (left) and Seoul National University Bounce Factory's "Well-educated Kid" (right). (Photo courtesy of Wonderwood) A member of Showdown, Kong Young-jin (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 4th year), and a member of Bounce Factory, Choi Hyun-se, joined us for an interview this week. Q: How did the hip hop battle continue into season 2? HYU: Both circles were willing to hold another competition, and after the success of last year's songs, "Wonderwood" (a production group known for many university-featured videos) offered to co-produce proper high-quality music videos. The participating teams were chosen by in-house votes, and we started the preparations last December. Q: Let's talk about the songs. How did the team come up with your song - its atmosphere, tune, flow, and lyrics? What does the song portray, and what did you want to express through the song? HYU: We put a lot of effort into choosing the right beat that captured the ambience we wanted to create. Then we had to decide whether we wanted the song to flow harmoniously as one song, or allow individual members to stand out and portray his own style. Being the ambitious musicians that we are, we decided on the latter. Each member wrote his own part and each held a different meaning: ZRO dissed, Kylee Dawn talked love and peace, and so on. We then re-arranged the beat for each person. That's why our song is more individual-focused than the opponent's song. SNU: As for us, it happened that all five members were far from the rough dissing style. Also, we wanted to break away from the usually dark and intense songs of hip hop battles. Thus we detoured and made it our primary goal to make a summer-like, fun song which shows the face of Seoul, befitting of the name of Seoul National University. Choosing the beat was a really hard task for us, too. We took the motif from No Brain's song, and wrote the parts individually. The members of Bounce Factory during the filming of "Well-educated Kid." (Photo courtesy of Bounce Factory) Q: Both of the music videos are of very high quality. Where was yours filmed? HYU: In the Incheon Paradise City Hotel. A member of our circle knows a board member, so we were able to rent the place. After filming, we performed there in the evening. SNU: At various places in Seoul, like Hangang Park, Namsan, and COEX. Since our university is Seoul National University, a representative university of Seoul, "the honorary ambassador of Seoul" became our concept. The filming was exhausting. Once, we filmed at Namsan but we could not ride the cable car, so we hiked an hour carrying the heavy filming equipment, and when we filmed at COEX, there was a huge performance and I had to act with 10 thousand people in the plaza. It was so embarrassing. (From left) Bounce Factory's Choi Hyun-se and Showdown's Kong Young-jin (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 4th year) shared their journey through the 2019 hip hop battle. (From left) Kong and Choi in the scenes of the music videos. (Photo courtesy of Wonderwood) Q: In your own opinion, how would you rate your team’s song out of ten? HYU: Perfect 10! SNU: I’d say 9.5, only to compare to Hanyang’s song. Q: Then, what do you think of each other’s song? HYU: I honestly think they did better. Throughout the preparation, we helped and encouraged each other a lot, and I genuinely hoped SNU would do great - and they definitely did! Since their music videos tend to gain more attention, we're expecting a trickle-down effect. SNU: There have been many university hip hop battles thus far, but I think Hanyang's song this year placed almost at the top tier. Honestly, the usual content is pretty provocative, so I never watched any video for more than a minute, but I watched theirs to the end. I could feel that they put so much effort into it. Q: Lastly, will the HYU vs. SNU hip hop battle continue next year and into the future? HYU: Unfortunately, it isn't clear. We will need a filming crew to continue the event next year. Nonethelss, since the videos gain a lot of attention each year, I'm sure we could recruit a crew. Then the battle will begin again. Lim Ji-woo Photo by Kim Ju-eun

2019-07 09

[General]Summer Safety Guide

Professor Shin Hyun-young (Department of Medicine) is an active worker in the health and medical field who makes regular appearances on the YTN radio program My Family's Romantic Doctor. Shin shares health tips and medical information during the live radio show, and this week, she gave advice concerning health issues related to circumstances that Hanyang students may face during the summer break. Shin shared four different health issues and summer-survival tips, for days when long summer days and nights are filled with heat waves. Professor Shin Hyun-young (Department of Medicine) is a regular speaker on the YTN radio program, My Family's Romantic Doctor, in which many health tips are shared with the audience. (Photo courtesy of Shin) Q: I registered for a TOEIC class during the summer break to spend my time efficiently! But wherever I go, whether it is the academy or a café for a place to study, it’s freezing due to heavy air conditioning. Professor, please tell us about the danger of air-conditioningitis, also known as cooling disorder. Shin: Air-conditioningitis refers to the many symptoms that follows after the autonomic nervous system of our body gets tired of adjusting to the temperature change mostly due to heavy indoor air conditioning during the summer. Slight cold, aching all over one’s body, weakness, indigestion, diarrhea, and irregular periods are some of the symptoms that can be seen when you catch cooling disorder. Tips for preventing air conditioningitis is to first and foremost ensure the temperature difference of indoor and outdoors is within 5~6 degrees Celsius, considering that the recommended indoor temperature is 25 to 26 degrees Celsius. Make sure not to receive direct air-conditioning breeze! It is recommended to stop the air conditioner for 30 minutes after an hour of operation and ventilate through open windows. Speaking of basics here, keeping the fan and air condition clean by regularly cleaning the filters should be important, right? Stretching, or lightly exercising could help to prevent coming down with one of the most vulnerable diseases during summer. Q: My plan was to take a break and have some time to refresh during the break, but all I really do is look into my smartphone without even knowing if it’s day or night. After this continuous cycle, I can’t seem to digest well, and my neck and back start to hurt. Professor, is there anything wrong with my life pattern? Shin: Smartphones have become an inseparable part of our daily lives, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. If overused, smartphones can bring about five major health concerns. Firstly, looking at phones for long periods can cause musculoskeletal disease, which means slowly craning the head and eventually inducing the text neck or turtle neck syndrome, forward head posture, or arthritis due to overuse of fingers. Second of all, it may cause dry eye syndrome or xerophthalmia as looking into the screen for a long time decreases blinking of the eye, making the eye surface dry. Also, there is research that claims that smartphone use before sleep arouses awareness due to exposure to blue light, which causes insomnia. Mental health is also vulnerable to smartphone overuse. A decrease in interpersonal relationships or lack of sociability can be the result of smartphone addiction. Lastly, research is ongoing to prove that smartphone usage may increase the possibility of causing brain tumors and sterility. Then what is the correct way of using a smartphone? Using earphones or Bluetooth to minimize exposure to electromagnetic waves and alternating the contact of both side of the face and each ear when making a call is important. It is recommended that long periods of smartphone use is avoided, especially two hours before going to bed. Q: During extremely hot days when heat wave warnings have been issued, neither having a meal outside nor eating undercooked food seems safe enough. How can I avoid food poisoning during summer time? Shin: Germs in food spread easily during the hot and humid summer weather. Staphylococcus, Salmonella, colon bacillus, and Vibrio Vulnificus Septicemia are three representative viruses that may affect us. You must pay special attention to sanitary supervision when eating naengmyeon, gimbap, sushi, or cold-bean soup noodles. Typical symptoms after food poisoning are nausea, stomachache, diarrhea, and fever. For prevention, the most basic step is to frequently wash your hands. Also boil the food and water and stay away from raw food. Do not leave cooked food out at room temperature, but reheat it before putting it in the refrigerator. Q: I participate in volunteer work at Seoul Forest during the day. During the hot months, I tend to have more headaches and dehydration. Please warn us about the dangers of sunstroke and heatstroke. Shin: They are both typical thermal diseases. They occur when the ability to control temperature in our body is damaged after long hours of sun exposure. Dehydration, fever, nausea, convulsions, and fainting are some of the symptoms that can occur after long period of sun exposure. Sunstroke is caused by long exposure to the hot sun, and heatstroke is when one's body temperature goes above 40 degrees Celcius. In the case of heatstroke, taking fast emergency measures are crucial as there are mortality risks as well as mental deterioration. Moving to cool areas, loosening tight clothing and ingesting adequate water is necessary. In general, heatstroke patients need to be rushed to the emergency room and be treated to recover the optimal temperature. Summer is a hot and passionate season, one that requires special precautions to avoid getting sick. Shin wishes everyone a healthy summer with her health tips. My Family's Romantic Doctor by YTN Radio (Photo courtesy of YTN Radio) Kim Hyun-soo

2019-07 02

[General]Creation of Artificial Intelligence Based Video Laryngoscope(i-LRYNGO)

Hanyang University AIMD created the first artificial intelligence-based video laryngoscope in Korea. They achieved this through the collaboration of the engineering and medical departments of Hanyang University. Professor Lim Tae-ho (Department of Emergency Medicine) designed the AI-based video laryngoscope, while Professor Kim Jong-soo (Institute for Software Convergence) developed the AI algorithm, and Professor Song Yeong-tak (Department of Emergency Medicine) was responsible for product development and market entry. Professor Song Yeong-tak (Department of Emergency Medicine) is holding the newly invented Artificial Intelligence-based video laryngoscope, also known as i-LRYNGO. i-LRYNGO, the laryngoscope Laryngoscope is a piece of equipment used to perform intubation for patients unable to breathe on their own, or to secure the breathing of a patient that needs general anesthesia. Around 85,000 intubations take place inside a hospital every year, and there are an average of 24,000 cardioplegic patients annually. However, putting the tube down one's throat and finding the respiratory tract is difficult. In order to achieve more than 90 percent success rates, a person who has over 50 successful intubations must perform the act. This also means that the 119 ambulance workers usually cannot, and in reality do not use the tubes even in urgent circumstances. Hanyang University AIMD first started developing the next generation laryngoscope to meet the needs of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who could not use the laryngoscopes because of their costly price and the risk for unsanitary use. The imported video laryngoscopes cost around 15 million won, which makes them hard to access. Also, the ambulance crew faces difficulty attempting to sterilize the equipment with every use, which brought up the need to make the parts that require handling to be disposable. On the left is a direct laryngoscope which was the first generation of video laryngoscopes, and on the right is the new generation Artificial Intelligence based video laryngoscope. These drawbacks of video laryngoscopes made the AIMD team take the lead in creating an advanced AI-based video laryngoscope (i-LRYNGO). These new innovations proudly represent three major functions: AI airway identification, wi-fi mirroring, and fast booting (under five seconds). The AI-based video laryngoscope is expected to adopt a function that automatically captures the airway. The wi-fi mirroring function will be designed to share the screen of the laryngoscope with several smartphones in real time, in part for educational purposes. Lastly, the booting is based on the average of four seconds it takes to start the program, which is crucial as AI-based video laryngoscopes are designed to be used in emergencies, thereby causing the necessity for speedy access to the tool. Apart from the three major functions, the equipment was built for more convenient use by reflecting data from Size Korea to adopt the appropriate shape for the size of Korean hands. Also, the curved structure of the blade in the laryngoscope was readjusted by taking into account the traits of Korean mouth structure. The AIMD team continuously made adjustments and supplementation following the feedback from ambulance workers. As of now, the final product is complete, and licensing from the Korea Food and Drug Administration has been approved. AIMD has already received many awards such as the 2018 Laboratory Startup Demo-Day Excellence Award, the first HY Innovation Award grand prize, first place in 2018 Lion Cup Competition, and more. While laryngoscopes are used in various emergencies, the Artificial Intelligence-based video laryngoscope is expected to increase the survival rate of emergency patients through its AI algorithm, mirroring, and fast booting time. Kim Hyun-soo Photos by Kim Joo-eun

2019-06 27

[General]A Steady Step Towards Korea-Africa Cooperation Through Agriculture

The Institute for Euro-African Studies (IEAS) was established in 2012 by its director Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies), and is the only university-institution collaboration to study the social science of Africa within Korea. Being recognized for Kim and the institution’s long efforts towards enhancing public diplomacy, especially within the fields of international cooperation with Africa and the Korean wave of agriculture, they were awarded the National Assembly Award from the Agriculture, Food, Rural Affairs, Oceans & Fisheries Committee (AFROFC). The Institute for Euro-African Studies (IEAS) Since its establishment in 2012, the institution has targeted Africa, as the "last blue ocean" for the sustainable devleopment of South Korea. Through deep, yet comprehensive studies of the continent, the IEAS has not only released academic journals and writings but also worked towards further cooperative exchange between Korea and Africa. The institution has also held various events such as international academic conferences and colloquiums, while managing to construct an actual network within African nations. Professor Kim Sung-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) and the Institute of Euro-African Studies have long worked on developing a cooperative relationship between Korea and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Being recognized for its studies of a newly-rising area, the IEAS was selected by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) for the topic "An integrated approach towards the Africa expansion: Supporting strategies for small and medium-sized businesses" in 2013 until 2018. Also being selected as a university institution in September 2018 by the NRF, the instituition is currently working on the topic “New public diplomatic strategies towards Africa." Going across all fields of culture, education, social, and economy, the IEAS is mainly focusing upon enhancing the global positioning of Korea, while strengthening Korea-Africa relationships. In recognition of its long efforts, the IEAS was selected as a "superior research institute" by the NRF in 2017, while Kim received a prize from the Minister of education as the director of the institute. Korea-Africa agricultural cooperation According to Kim, on average, agriculture makes up around 25 percent of the GDP of African nations. However, when including the agribusiness sector the percentage rises towards more than half. Morever, over 70 percent of the population is currently engaging in agriculture. From this perspective, the modernization of agriculture would be the best solution to tackle the issues of poverty, and the African nations have already pursued efforts towards developing infrastructure for such businesses within the agricultural sector. The IEAS has maintained and made suggestions towards offering the experience and advanced technology that Korea has to such African nations. The IEAS signs an MOU with the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria, while discussing the initiation of Korean agricultural experience and technology. (Photo courtesy of Kim) “Although there would be various methods for Korean agricultural to expand into African markets, we suggested a plan that maximizes the potential of African resources and farmland, with appropriate technology being one of them,” explained Kim. Appropriate technology refers to the modification of technology to match the conditions of the actual country, which allows the minimal use of resources and energy, a more efficient maintenance, and reducing negative environmental impacts. Considering the brand image of Korea and the Korean-wave, the IEAS has suggested the multilateral cooperation of African business operations. Additionally, Korean small and medium-sized businesses and national research and development institutes can provide the right techonology for African conditions. Since 2013, the institute has studied the agricultural conditions and agribusiness sectors of African nations. Also holding coloquiums from 2015, while inviting agricultural professionals, there have been deep discussions about the issues of African agriculture and the tasks towards its modernization. “We also visited the countries that have a high percentage of agricultural population, such as Nigeria and Kenya, and also those that have a relatively higher process of agricultural modernization such as Algeria and Morocco. This has allowed us to observe the actual conditions within such countries, while having various meetings with agriculutrists,” stated Kim. Based upon their needs, the IEAS has managed to provide a Korean agricultural matching strategy towards Korean food and beverage companies that would help them expand to African markets. Kim is giving a presentation at Lotte on the issue of expansion into the African market. (Photo courtesy of Kim) Future plans As the director of IEAS, Kim’s plans for the future are mainly targeted toward maintaining the cooperative development of Korea and Africa, especially focusing upon tackling poverty issues and providing a sustainable economic strategy for African countries through the exchange of agribusiness. The ultimate goal of the institute is to become an academic and practical network platform of Korean-African public diplomacy by 2024, and to become an international research and development institute of African public diplomacy by 2030. Kim also stated that working towards this goal will help enhance the international reputation of Hanyang University. With the Korean government's recent establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Korean-African cooperation will continue on a path of continuous growth. Even other developed countries such as the U.S., China, the EU, and Japan are steadily enhancing their public diplomacy with Africa. This shows that both domestic and international operations and businesses are going to need to recruit talented young people. “For those students that have a plan to work in the international market, rather than focusing only on Western and Asian countries, finding a "future blue ocean," like Africa and focusing their career path on such an ocean can be a potential and steady option,” ended Kim. Choi Seo-yong

2019-06 24

[General][Newspaper Through Professor] Short-Term Stay Tourism as the New Trend

Short-term stay tourism is a recent travel trend that is in line with routinized travels. One representative example is a “one-month stay.” A similar concept is known as "life tourism," which is blurs the boundary between distinction of everyday life and going on a tour. Professor Jeong Ran-soo (Department of Tourism) talked about the background of the rising trend in short-term stay tourism and how it can be best fulfilled through fair travel and fair tourism. Professor Jeong Ran-soo (Department of Tourism) spoke of short-term stay tourism in an interview on June 21st, 2019. Short-term stay tourism is often desired by many but is confronted with many obstacles in reality. The increase in Digital Nomads, those who can work from anywhere using telecommunications technologies and are not constrained by location, gave rise to this trend. Also, middle and high school students today are taking a “gap year,” which is to either continue or stop education briefly to take the time to experience various activities like traveling, volunteering, opening startups, and more to help them decide what path to take in life. These students have experienced the implementation of the free-semester system as well, which allows middle school students to engage in elective classes that support the growth of student aptitudes and talents, far removed from competition. These changes in society and the life patterns of people have contributed to the young generation being familiar with the concept of taking a short-term stay for relaxation. Travel is about learning the local culture and enjoying the daily life of a specific region. Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book once said, “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” Jeong strongly agreed that this was the way to truly travel. Based on the travel career pattern theory, people wish to go further into the regional areas of a country as they acquire more travel experience. People desire to partake in short-term stay tourism as sightseeing becomes diversified. However, not everything is rosy about tourists going deeper into a local culture. It could even turn into overtourism and create conflict between locals and tourists. Jeong stressed the importance of the advancement of tourist culture that respects the rights of locals in tourist destinations, especially the most popular ones. Jeong picked fair travel and fair tourism as the keys to the positive development of short-term stay tourism. It means that the benefits of travel should be maximized yet sustainable, by giving back to the locals and following travel etiquette. Jeong pointed out that Koreans tend to travel the way they live - aggressively. They do not put much emphasis on learning or feeling much from traveling but instead trying to squeeze through a tight schedule that tries to include visits to all the attractions within the short stay. These criticisms for such aggressive sightseeing resulted in an urge for short-term stay tourism. Jeong recommends traveling to the Republic of South Africa at least once, as the spectacular nature and the animals living close to people was the most memorable travel spot for him. Jeong said that traveling to a region is similar to going to see one’s true self and getting to know what one will do for a living. He advised Hanyang students to go on a short-term stay tour while they are still a student. "Why not take time off from school and go travel the world? March is the most affordable time to fly abroad," he said. Planning what to learn and discover in the new area beforehand will help to add value to a short-term stay. Kim Hyun-soo Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon