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2019-05 02

[Special][Photo News] Hanyang's Night View

Hanyang University is bright even at nights. Lecture rooms and libraries are luminous as students are preparing for their mid-term exams. ▲ The view of Wangsimni from the College of Humanities ▲ The view of Hanyang University from the pedestrian bridge connected to the exit 4 ▲ The view of Chung Mong-Koo Automotive Research Center from the Amphitheater ▲ Paiknam Academic Information Center & Library is busy at nights with students preparing for mid-term exams ▲ The view of the College of Social Sciences from Hanmadang ▲ The Administration Building and History Museum from Aejeemun Translated by: Jeon Chae-yun

2019-04 25

[Special][Saranghandea] For the Future UAE Scientists, STEM Camp

Hanyang University, as one of the leading universities in Korea, possesses fitting traits for the globalized world today in that it creates and maintains numerous relations with other countries and universities abroad. Among those international affairs is “STEM Camp for fostering Future UAE Scientists in the 4th Industrial Revolution Era,” in which Hanyang University cordially planned and invited the UAE students to participate in a customized study program over the span of 2 weeks from March 29 to April 13, 2019. Having completed every planned schedule, the program has successfully reached its end. The study tour program invited 40 high school students from the UAE to the Seoul Campus of Hanyang University, all of whom were selected by the UAE Ministry of Education. The program consisted of various content, including 6 special lectures conducted by renowned Hanyang faculty members, 6 hands-on workshops based on student projects, and 6 diverse cultural and industry-related excursions. The curriculum of the program revolved around science, technology, engineering, and math, thereby coordinating with the goal of fostering the talents of the 4th Industrial Revolution. More specifically, the objectives of the program were to raise the awareness of the UAE students about STEM education, to help them cultivate their knowledge and skills needed in the Era of 4th Industrial Revolution, to promote the importance of Technology and Science, which are key solutions for various global issues, to teach students how to transform ideas into practice, and, lastly, to offer the UAE students the opportunity to study and experience sustainable development. Besides, the goal was also to offer various culturally enriching activities and to mold students into potential global leaders and scientists who will be well-rounded and multi-culturally aware. The STEM Camp was scheduled with morning lectures, which were followed by respective afternoon workshops. The first lecture was ‘Understanding Korean culture, history, and society: Comparative Studies between Korea and the UAE’ by Professor Yun Seong-won from the Department of Korean Studies, followed by ‘Understanding the Semiconductor Industry of Korea’ by Professor Park Jae-Gun from the Department of Electronics Engineering. Next up was Professor Lee Young-moo, the former President of Hanyang’s ‘Sustainable Development Solution, Energy Engineering’, which was then followed by Professor Sunwoo Myoung-ho’s (Department of Automotive Engineering) ‘Future Automotive Engineering’ lecture. Next was Professor Yoon Chong-seung’s (Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering) ‘Energy conversion and transfer.’ Concluding the special lecture session was Professor Bae Tae-jun’s (Department of Entrepreneurship) ‘Global Entrepreneurship-Launch your Startup.’ Fueled by the special lectures in the morning, the students headed to student project workshops in compliance with the morning lecture topics in the afternoon. The workshops enabled students to deepen their understanding on various topics and acquire knowledge and skills through hands-on exercises and experiments. The first workshop was ‘Discovering Korean culture, history, and society by using GPS Devices’ in which students conducted a GPS treasure hunting game with clues about Korean culture, history, and society. The second workshop was ‘Computational Thinking with a coding project’ where students were given a microprocessor kit programmed for performing simple tasks and learn how to interface with input and output devices through a microprocessor. Next, the ‘Fuel Cells Experiment’ followed the third lecture. In his workshop, students learned how to produce hydrogen gas from simple electrolysis of water using a solar cell panel. Moving on, the next workshop was ‘Building a self-driving Robot Car,’ which was an extension from the microprocessor workshop that dealt with building a mini-car that is capable of basic obstacle evasion, line tracing, and Bluetooth communication. The fifth workshop, ‘Superconductivity and wireless energy transfer,’ required the students to demonstrate how energy is converted from one form to another and physically transferred. Last but not least, ‘Design and Make your own Business Plan’ gave students an opportunity to experience starting a business, through working on teamwork idea development, business model development, and environment analysis and feasibility study. As the program not only placed an emphasis on the academic aspect but also the culturally well-rounded characteristics of the talented students, the program also arranged visits to Seoul and some other parts of Korea, exploring different sites and places of interest ranging in significance from historical, to technological, scientific, industrial and cultural places. The Seoul Tour, consisting of Gyeongbokgung, Insadong Street, Cheonggyecheon, and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History were prepared, allowing the students to have an insight into Korean culture and history. Moreover, Samsung d’light, Lotte Seoul Sky, and Everland were also visited. Going beyond the boundary of Seoul, excursions to other parts of Korea were also made, such as the Hyundai Motor Factory in Asan, the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, and the National Science Museum in Daejeon. As the program concluded to its finish line, the participating students seemed to have been satisfied, as they responded with positive feedback. One of the students who was pleased with the event, Hind Faisal Alkaabi commented, “I really enjoyed this program, and I loved the University support, and maybe one day, I will come and join Hanyang University as a student.” Another content student, Mariam Saqr Nasir Alzaabi, said, “the program was very impressive, and we gained and developed our skills in scientific materials that will help us in the future to innovate and develop things that benefit us in our lives and benefit the lives of others.” Seeing that the program had successfully fulfilled its mission, the senior manager of the program also seemed thrilled and commented that Hanyang University made the utmost effort to design a compact and fulfilling program with high quality lectures, workshops, and field trips, upon the request of the UAE Ministry of Education. Although the preparation process and coordination was challenging, it was very rewarding and meaningful when all the participants were passionately engaged in the activities and satisfied with the program. “We hope this will activate more educational collaborations with the UAE, and we hope to host other similar programs in the future,” wished the manager. As Hanyang boasts its long pioneering history of engineering programs and varied experiences of educating international students, there is no doubt the UAE participants benefited from this meticulously developed study tour program. After two weeks of passionate learning and participation in multifarious activities, the graduation ceremony for the STEM Camp was held on April 11, on the Seoul Campus of Hanyang University. With the participants showing positive reactions regarding the program, further relations between countries are expected to form with the UAE in the future.

2019-04 22

[Special][Card News] Connecting Kazakhstan and South Korea

"company that provides services for Kazakhastani health tourists..." "local medical services" Change Kazakhastan to Kazakhastani both times. "a suitable startup" "KMK was established..." "Since the company was established in October 2018, it has been showing steady and considerable growth." "Provide translation and tourism services to the clients." "He received a health examination..." "Thanks to his promotion, many Kazakhstani celebrities..." "What served as the momentum for a Kazakhstani student of Hanyang to establish a...?" ▲ 카드뉴스의 한글 기사는 아래에서 읽을 수 있습니다 카자흐스탄과 한국을 잇다 ▲ Click to read the English article Health Tourism Platform Corporation, KMK, Established by Kazakhstan International Students and a Korean Student

2019-03 12

[Special][Saranghandae] Oriental Bay Pavilion Competition - Five Special Mention Receiving Team

“Two is better than one” is a phrase that points to the positive side of the art of collaboration. At Hanyang University, where there are a great number of international students coexisting with the native ones, collaboration between the two groups is easily found every term across various majors and departments. Professor Haven Shane Knight (Department of Interior Architecture Design) and his student Lee Yoon-ji (Department of Interior Architecture Design, 3rd year) engaged in great teamwork and bore an applaudable outcome, winning in the Oriental Bay Pavilion Competition. Hosted by ADEDU, Wellington Oriental Bay Pavilion Competition is an idea competition that aims to find innovative solutions and creativity of expression to the given proposition: entries to the competition should make a construction proposal of a pavilion for Oriental Bay Band Rotunda, which is located on Oriental Parade, Wellington’s one of the most recognized streets. A good balance of creativity and innovativeness for both the design and use of the structure seemed to be the key factors. Such competition, appealing and challenging at the same time, naturally attracted two people in the Department of Interior Architecture Design: Professor Knight and his student Yoon-ji Lee. Professor Knight has been teaching at Hanyang University for about four years now, marking his beginning in 2014. He is a licensed architect and has taught architectural design in the past, leading him to bring an approach to design that is comprehensive and multidisciplinary. He came across the Oriental Bay Pavilion Competition through public announcements in various architectural journals and websites. “This particular competition fit the various criteria I was seeking in terms of the size and scope of the project, submission requirements, and time allotted for completing the design,” added Professor Knight. However, it was Lee who was intrigued by the competition first. As a student in the Department of Interior Architecture Design, Lee has participated in various other architectural competitions in the past, with the subject of the projects varying from a cemetery and a shelter to a bath house on the DMZ. Lee first came across this competition when she took a semester off, as she desired to reap the benefits of her semester away from school. “Although there are many interesting competitions in Korea, I wanted to participate in a wider range of competitions and experience more dimensions abroad,” noted Lee. As she feels that competitions abroad tend to be more geared towards creativity, for the sake of the ideas themselves and less so on the possibility of eventually implementing them, she wants to participate in moreinternational competitions while she is a university student. A passionate student and a supportive professor When Lee participated in various competitions in the past, she was always backed up by Professor Knight’s assistance. Whenever she needed some constructive feedback or critical comments, he was always there to lend her a helping hand. For that reason, when Lee decided to participate in the Oriental Bay Pavilion Competition, she went to her professor to get some advice and tips. The professor always welcomed his student with open arms, trying his best to be helpful. First starting as Lee’s frequent visits to the professor’s office to have her work checked and commented on, their communication and collaboration eventually came to be a joint-effort that led to fruitful outcomes. The two roughly had two months to get started and finish their project, as the submission date of the final project was October 30th, 2018 and they had decided to participate at the end of August. The collaboration between the two was a turn-taking practice: while Lee constantly devised and presented her ideas for the project, Professor Knight critiqued and helped refine some of the ideas, providing new and fresh perspectives to the student. “For this competition I challenged Yoon-ji to work outside of her comfort zone, to explore more sophisticated conceptual ideas and complex formal solutions. So, the design process was very much a learning process‒of how to utilize new computer technologies and learning how to find design inspiration and logic from outside sources such as biologic or geologic sciences,” stated the professor. Despite the professor’s guidance and support, the process of designing the project for Lee was not without some difficulties. Coming up with the ideas, considering every factor including the environment of the site and the function of the architecture, took a long time, as the design had to be novel and innovative. “Although Professor Knight was guiding me, to come up with the ideas wasn’t easy. When he pointed something out about my design, I had to make some adjustments according to his advice. I think it was the most difficult part of the whole process. I felt like I was obtaining new perspectives from Professor Knight’s feedback, as his advice was usually insightful.” Although difficulties and frustration made Lee doubt her own work and held her down sometimes, with the encouragement and guidance of Professor Knight, she never gave up. Going for the completion Given that Wellington boasts beautiful natural scenes of the ocean, mountains, and volcanoes, building a pavilion that is iconic and symbolic in harmony with those elements was the part that was the most challenging. Lee wanted to design the pavilion to be impactful yet harmonious with its surroundings. When she saw the mountain ranges near the project site, she naturally thought of rocks‒the irregular outlines of the mountains inspired her to design a project that resembled rock. This way, the architecture itself fit into and suitably symbolized its surroundings. “Professor Knight once gave me feedback that my design wasn’t impactful enough. So, I always kept in mind that the overall shape of the architecture should have an effective impression,” recalled Lee. According to Professor Knight, the design is inspired by the natural context of the surrounding mountains and oceanfront of the Oriental Bay site. “Rather than creating a typical relationship of a building placed on a site, we chose a more organic approach of creating a building form that appears to have emerged from the ground as a natural rock formation jutting into the water. Functional aspects of the building such as entrances, exhibition spaces, and circulation spaces were expressed as precise cuts in the rock formation to create intentional contrasts between exterior and interior, natural and artificial,” elaborated Professor Knight. After the long period of trial and error of devising the design of the architecture, the last step was to produce a 3D image of the final design. As the most difficult part was designing, this step came without much difficulty, according to Lee. When the two long months of endeavoring and struggle had finally ended, and the rewarding result was out on November 15th, 2018, Professor Knight and Lee were both surprisingly thrilled. As it is an international competition that granted the same opportunity to all the skilled architects abroad, other entries looked as stunning and competent. There were the first, second, and third place winners and five special mention winners. Professor Knight and Lee ranked fourth, being one of the five special mention winners. The exhibition of the winning entries will be held from the end of this coming April in Wellington. One down, many more to go The two winners who poured their effort into this competition have shown their excitement and gratitude. “I am pleased for the students who work with me. That their hard work and design abilities are recognized by experts in the field is a tremendous confidence boost and adds value to their resumes and portfolios for when they are later seeking employment or are pursuing further study,” expressed Professor Knight. “Whenever I participate in architectural competitions, I don’t really participate with the goal of winning, but rather, of experimenting with diverse projects. However, in this competition, I am so delighted and feel rewarded that our project actually ranked the 4th out of more than two hundred participants’. I saw others’ designs and they all looked incredible!” exclaimed Lee. With this milestone adding to their record, the two have different plans for their futures. Now that Lee has become a senior, she is preparing for her graduation project. As it is a long-term project and her last one as a university student, she expressed her passionate determination toward putting forth her best effort to produce a satisfying outcome. “I really want to thank Professor Haven Shane Knight for supervising and guiding me for four years. Thank you for helping me grow this much!” said Lee. As for Professor Knight, he answered that “I regularly design projects both in Korea and the USA. As for design competitions, if students show interest in extracurricular design activities during the summer or winter vacations, I am always willing to support them, as I think it is an integral part of their design education.” By Jeon Chae-yun (Student Reporter)

2019-01 17
2019-01 01

[Special][Saranghandae] Chinese Student Council at Department of Business Administration

Hanyang University (HYU), as a university soaring into the world, is made up of numerous international students who are not only experiencing Hanyang as exchange students, but also as degree seeking freshmen. Among these international students, Chinese students make up a high proportion. Of all the international students entering the Department of Business Administration, 90% are Chinese. These students also account for 25% of the whole department. Due to this large number, a student council for Chinese students was created in 2010 to ease the problems Chinese students face. We met seven students from this student council and asked them about their lives as students and council members. Student council? We’re here to help! Numerous international students face various difficulties when trying to live in a different culture. Their language barrier is only one of the problems they are faced with. Seven members of this student council – Ye Jie (4th year), Wu Chunnying (2nd year), Wang Jiang (1st year), Wang Yifei (1st year), Cui Xianji (2nd year), Wang Yujia (2nd year) and Du Chuanbin (1st year) – all majoring in Business Administration, gave us their individual stories of being part of the Chinese student council. Since 2010, the Chinese student council has been made to provide a welfare system for the Chinese international students facing hardships in their school lives. As the 8th student council this year, with Ye Jie leading them as president, there are 28 members making up four teams – the organization, administration, public relations, and planning teams. The student council helps Chinese students in their major with basic pre-semester information, both for academic and social purposes. The planning team first plans most of the council’s events, such as membership training, visiting enterprises and so on. The public relations team then sends out announcements through WeChat, the most famous messenger in China. They run two chat rooms, as they have so many people involved. The administration team takes care of the international students’ lounge, books, medicine, and even umbrella rentals, while the organization team works in coordination with the public relations team for all other matters. A year in the student council The student council’s year starts with inviting Chinese freshmen to their chat rooms before they officially enter the school. They hold an orientation for these students so that they can register for courses, have information pertinent to international students and receive help with academic obstacles. They explain graduation requirements, electronic attendance, and so on in Chinese so that they have a better understanding of their school before they enter. As the scale of the Chinese student council is the biggest in HYU, they are also the only department that hosts an orientation before students enter the university. Their membership training is also differentiated from other majors - not only within Chinese student councils, but also from Korean majors. The student council tries different activities within this membership training. They have visited a strawberry farm to make jam, played survival games in Gang-hwa Island, and gone to Everland, and visited the Incheon seashore. With 30 to 40 students, they have gone away for a night to do various activities, have barbeques and just to have fun. The Chinese students also visit various Korean enterprises. The administration team of the Department of Business Administration helps with organizing this event. The students and the administration team staff members guide around 80 students to these enterprises along with a cultural activity for two days. They have visited different corporations such as Kia, Hyundai, Hite and Paik Jong-won’s lunch box factories. They learn how these enterprises are run, and try out the products if they are related to food or drinks. On the second day, the students can experience cultural activities such as making Hanji, the Korean traditional paper, or visiting famous sites such as Cheonmundae, where our ancestors use to observe the stars. Lastly, they organize an alumni party twice a year – once in Korea and once in China. Current and former students get together for networking, which makes it a perfect chance for everyone to get along and make new relationships. They had their alumni party at the end of October this year, and the president of the student council and staff members from the administration office are planning to go to China next March. As a Chinese person living in Korea As international students themselves, each Chinese student council member had their own hardships and triumphs in Korea. Wang Yujia reminisced, “I didn’t know anyone when I first came to Korea. However, I made friends and families through this council and decided I should also take part in it. I also want to learn more Korean culture.” Cui Xianji also mentioned “I came to Korea relatively later than others. I had a lot of hardships in a new country with a different culture. However, I received a lot of help from the student council and decided that I could also help people through being a member myself.” The student council has become a way for Chinese students to get along and make valuable relationships, and the members of the student council are more than willing to make more of this happen. Ye Jie mentioned that there are quite a few students with whom they couldn’t get in touch before entrance, as some of them didn’t have WeChat accounts. However, now looking at these students making an account and socializing after attending the membership training, he reminisces and feels that their actions have been worthwhile. Unlike Korean student councils, the members of the Chinese student council have to take care of not only yearly events, but also come up with methods that can better help Chinese students overcome hardships related to cultural differences. Even though the number of international students is constantly increasing, the obstacles they have to face are still present. Cui Xianji explained, “I wish the prejudice towards Chinese would change. There are a lot of hardworking students, and they really work hard for their future.” Student councils that focus solely on helping international students should be more facilitated as we continue to welcome more and more international students. ▲ The Chinese student council members took a commemorative photo when visiting a corporation. ▲ They are enjoying the various activities of Korean farms. ▲ 2018 Chinese students’ Membership Training By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter)

2018-11 16

[Special][Card News] Happy Howl-oween!

▲ 카드뉴스의 한글 기사는 아래에서 읽을 수 있습니다 - 깊어 가는 한양의 가을 밤, 해피 핼러윈! ▲ Click to read the English article - Happy Howl-oween!

2018-11 01

[Special][Saranghandae] Hanyang University, Spreading Throughout the World

Zahin Hussain Piao JinLan Hanyang University (HYU) is spreading its competence not only within Korea but towards the whole world. HYU receives thousands of international students each semester and even the university’s employees consists of international staff members. We met two of these hard-working staffs, Zahin Hussain (Social Innovation Center) and Piao JinLan (Hanyang Happiness-Dream Center), to overlook the lives of international staff members. “For a better Hanyang, for a better world!” Zahin Hussain, from Canada, currently works in the Social Innovation Center, trying to strengthen international exchange and social venture programs. Even though Hussain is Canadian, she has worked in Asia for the past five years, including the Philippines and Vietnam, and has worked in Hanyang University since 2017. Hussain started her career in Asia in the Asian Development Bank. “I had great interest in Asian countries’ development, culture and their potential and this motivated me to engage in programs that support development not only in Asia, but the whole world,” reminisced Hussain. Throughout her numerous workplaces, she first came across HYU as she was working in the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange. HYU had a partnership with this program, which lead Hussain to be scouted to the Social Innovation Center after the program had come to an end. She still proceeds with the similar work she has been doing so far, trying to promote and advertise social ventures. “My first impression of Korea was indeed positive,” Hussain started off. She complimented that every aspect of Korea was significant, including people’s kindness and well developed telecommunication and transportation systems. As she complimented the various factors of Korea being the front-runner of Asia, she also expressed her surprise on the excessive meat consumption of Korea. “I actually became a vegetarian after I came to Korea. I was overwhelmed with the meat consumption of citizens here and wanted to be conscious of what I eat.” She now therefore works not only for social ventures, but also gives lectures on being a vegetarian. Hussain is currently active in supporting social innovation and the startup community. She gives lectures and have mentorship programs both inside and outside HYU, for startups and venture teams. Moreover, starting from this year, Hussain is studying for her MBA majoring in Korean and Asian Business Studies. She is currently preparing for a mentorship in Citypreneurs, organized by WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations). She also expressed her thrill when students surprise her. “A lot of students show great improvement in their capability. However, students tend to surprise me when they make an achievement within the community or develop something by themselves. As I am supporting students to have better ideas, my heart fills with pride when they do something beyond what I could imagine,” explained Hussain. She thoroughly emphasized the current status of rapid changes – not only in Hanyang University, but Korea as a whole. In this dynamic environment, she wished all Hanyangians wouldn’t be afraid of it. “It’s natural to feel lost in the process of searching for your aptitude, but try hard to find what you love, especially in a university like Hanyang. “Making a bridge between Chinese and Korean students” Piao JinLan, working in the Office of International Affairs Hanyang Happiness Dream Center is the first foreign staff among Korean universities hired for counselling international students. As a Chinese herself, she thoroughly understands the situation of Chinese students and endeavors day and night to help them in all aspects. She has worked in HYU from 2013 to 2015, took a rest for a year and is continuing her work from 2017. Piao not only counsels Chinese students, but also manages student administration programs and university satisfaction surveys. Piao was initially interested in psychology and counselling since she was a university student, back in China. She first visited Korea as an exchange student in her third year for a semester Piao thoroughly enjoyed and received help from her psychology lectures, and therefore came back to Korea for her master’s degree, to learn psychology in depth. After her degree, Piao started working here right away. “I started with a wish to help Chinese students better adapt to Korean culture, as I have gone through the same concerns as a Chinese living in Korea,” expressed Piao. HYU is the outset in Korea to hire a staff for the counselling of international students. This shows how much HYU cares for all students, regardless of nationalities. It has already been almost ten years since Piao first came to Korea. For her, Korea is now just as comfortable as her home country. Piao reminisced her first impression of Korea as a small country that was extremely developed. “People work very hard but have great affection and care towards each other at the same time. This affection helped me a lot when I was tired or depressed. You can’t expect warm, private conversations in a workplace other than Korea,” smiled Piao. As counseling is her main duty, she puts her utmost effort to her field. As she meets each student face to face, she can realize the changes the students go through better than any other professors. Piao explained that she feels the most worthwhile when she notices the students have overcome their hardships and challenges. “Deciding to study overseas is a hard decision for everyone. There are culture and language barriers blocking them, and adapting to a completely new country requires excessive time and exertion. Looking at the students going through this tiresome process and overcoming themselves makes me proud of myself,” said Piao. Majoring in psychology itself requires endless training and studying. Since HYU is the first university in Korea to operate counseling program for international students, she had to study even more excessively. Now, as few more schools operate this program, a network between the teachers and students are forming. Through the counselling academy, they have discussions twice a month, and work on guidebooks for counselling international students. As the number of international students is drastically increasing, universities require more teachers who can take care of these students. Not only do they need more personnel, but they also need to improve the quality of their service. As a counselor for international students within Korea, Piao tries to be the ‘bridge’ to connect international students with Korean students. International students face hardships living in an unfamiliar environment, whereas Korean students also need to learn the way to coexist with students with diverse backgrounds. “I hope I would be able to give a hand for this situation to help students better understand each other.” expressed Piao. She sincerely thanked for the numerous students who were willing to help international students. “It is inevitably hard, especially when they take the same lectures, to work as a team. Despite these hardships, however, their intentions and actions are truly heartwarming. The fact that our university has a counselling program for international students shows how much the school cares for all students, in the students’ perspectives. This is definitely HYU’s strength and I am sure the students can feel it too. I hope, and I am sure that all students would remember this.” Being a foreign staff at HYU didn’t draw a conclusion of hardships and challenges. Instead, the staff members were able to spread their wings and truly perform what they excel at. With these young leaders who sincerely wishe for the development of the university Hanyang will continue on its upturn unceasingly. 1 Zahin Hussain is delivering various kinds of lectures 2 Hussain is mentoring her students at HYU Seventeen Hearts Festival 3 Piao is delivering speeches for international students, to better adapt to Korean culture 4 Piao enjoys working with her colleagues By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter)

2018-09 17

[Special][Card News] Setting a Good Example of Cooperation

▲ Click to read the English article - Setting a Good Example of Cooperation ▲ 카드뉴스의 원본 기사는 아래에서 읽을 수 있습니다 - 글로벌 한양, 중국유학생들을 위한 '맞춤형 지원' 노력

2018-09 01

[Special][Saranghandae] Special Summer Memories

▲ HISS students celebrated their successful summer vacation through the graduation ceremony The 2018 Hanyang International Summer School (HISS) reached its successful conclusion on the 27th of July with the graduation ceremony held in the Hanyang Olympic Gymnasium. A little over 2,000 students from 49 different countries participated in this year’s HISS, the largest ever, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from students and faculty alike. Earning credits and experiencing a range of activities in HISS’ edutainment-based program, this year’s participants expressed their overall satisfaction with many stating their desire to return. Another year of HISS After four weeks of attending intensive, 3-hours per day, 4-days a week classes and joining in a variety of offered activities, the graduation ceremony was held to celebrate not only the end of the program but also to celebrate the participants’ accomplishment of successfully completing the fast-paced, highly focused curriculum. Since the start of HISS in 1990, when HISS was originally a program for overseas, ethnic Koreans designed to introduce them to Korean language and culture, HISS has been working tirelessly to improve in both quality and quantity. As a result, HISS is now recognized as the largest summer school program in Korea. HISS still maintains its original goal of introducing Korea but is now far more inclusive and extensive, offering various activities such as the Han River Cruise Party, Boryeong Mud Festival, and a visit to SM TOWN for K-pop fans. In comparison to last year, 143 additional students from 10 different countries participated as HISS students this summer. Not only did HISS offer students opportunities to partake in fun-filled events, but additionally, 126 more classes were offered in the 9 fields of Art & Design, Communication & Media, Business & Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Korean Studies & Language, Science & Math, Social Studies, and Engineering. Wrapping up four weeks Before the ceremony, students in graduation caps and gowns were busy mingling with friends and taking photos of their last moments at HISS. A mixture of relief, sadness, excitement, and enthusiasm could be seen on their faces as many took turns snapping photos in front of the designated photo wall. Even though the program lasted four weeks, the atmosphere of the ceremony did not seem different from any other graduations. As the clock reached 2:00 pm, the students found their seats, filling up the floor of the Olympic Gymnasium. The ceremony began with a congratulatory farewell speech from the Hanyang University President, Lee Young-moo and Michael Collins, a guest professor from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Both congratulated all students for their hard work during the past four weeks and wished all students well as they returned to their home countries. Testimonials by a participating student and two international interns followed. Victoria Morrison from Wilkes University gave the first speech as the student representative. She energetically shared her own experience at HISS, describing herself as a normal university student and avid fan of K-pop and who loves to play and learn new things. Next, Beatriz Guintu from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Sylvester Sia from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), gave their speeches. They were the first international interns at HISS, working for the Office of International Affairs. As students who were able to experience something a bit more unique, they gave testimonials of what they had experienced as international students and interns at HISS. ▲ 1) Students are congratulating each other after completing their 4-week course ▲ 2) HISS students are performing a fan dance on stage ▲ 3) Graduates are taking commemorative photos against a photo wall ▲ 4) A student is receiving a certificate from his professor ▲ HISS students experienced Korean culture through various activities Goodbye for now As part of the ceremony, two students from Hanyang’s Department of Applied Music performed three dance routines from popular K-pop songs: ‘Latata’ by (G)I-DLE, ‘Playing with Fire’ by BlankPink and ‘Fake Love’ by BTS. Many of the students appeared to be familiar with these K-pop hits, and even though there may have been those who were unaware of them, the entire venue seemed filled with excitement. Many of the students could be seen singing along to the songs, brightening up the atmosphere. After the performance, some HISS students performed their own practiced routines including a traditional fan dance. Among the 126 offered classes, there was a traditional performance class in which students who signed up were able to learn the fan dance. These students practiced hard everyday for their final performance, and despite a lack of time, they performed exceptionally well to an appreciative audience. After the ceremony had ended, a lot of students remained at the stadium taking pictures to savor the moment. At HISS, new friendships were forged regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. Four weeks had come and passed, and all the organized get-togethers had finished. The relationships and memories, however, will continue. A direct experience of Korea At the 2018 International Summer School, students were able to combine their studies with entertainment aspects of Korea. These included the following: ▲ 6) Students are enjoying their time at the Han River Boat Cruise ▲ 7) Students are taking a commemorative photo at the Boryeong Mud Festival SM Town & Nanta show On July 7th, students were able to choose between a trip to SM Town or watching the Nanta show. Those who were interested in K-pop were able to take a look at some of the work behind one of Asia’s biggest entertainment companies. That day, 319 students visited and had a chance to watch an SM-Town hologram musical and visit the gallery there. The other 393 students visited the Nanta show, a kitchen-themed percussion performance. The powerful beats and the creatively improvised instruments were a delight to the audiences’ eyes and ears. Han River Boat Cruise On July 10th and 11th, a total of 1,000 students attended the Han River Boat Cruise. Starting from Jamsil Pier, the students were able to enjoy the night view of part of the central areas of Seoul along the Han River. Various snacks, activities such as face-painting, henna tattooing, and games were provided, enabling students to get better acquainted with each other in a fun atmosphere. Boryeong Mud Festival On July 13th and 14th, a total of 757 students attended the biggest mud festival in Korea. Known for its healthy soil deposits, Boryeong boasts the annual festival in which participants can get down and dirty, competing in mud wrestling contests, enjoying mudslides, and just frolicking in the soothing mud. ▲ 8) Students went on a picnic to Caribbean Bay to splash around in the pool against the scorching heat. ▲ 9) The memories of new friends in a new country will last forever. Sylvester Sia from SIM “I started working as an intern from the first week of May. I really wanted to work as an international intern, and very thankfully I found a place at HYU. I was engaged in doing work similar to what the regular interns do. Beatriz and I were assigned to make a comprehensive guidebook of Korea from our view as international students so that other international students could better understand Korea and Korean culture. All my colleagues were extremely friendly, and I learned a lot from them, watching them all working very hard. I am currently planning to build a startup company, and now, since HISS has finished, I will go back to my original life and work hard to achieve my dream. I wasn’t able to speak Korean at first, but now I can have little chats in Korean. Thank you for everyone who has helped me!” Beatriz Guintu from the New Jersey Institute of Technology “I started working from the 28th of May. My sister already had experience joining HISS last year, and I was therefore extremely interested in working with the HISS staff, as someone who wanted to help. In America, you can’t imagine really developing any friendships with your superiors. However, while I worked here, I had frequent outings and enjoyed the time with colleagues and superiors as family and friends. I was therefore able to enjoy the work I did much more than I expected. I was also able to make a lot of friends from all around the world and have a wider view of the world. I am now going back to my home country to apply for graduate school. I will miss my life and experiences in Korea. I am grateful to all the staff for their hospitality, and the memories I shared.” By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter)