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Following Korea’s rapid development and increasing influence in international relations, the inflow of foreigners into Korea has increased greatly compared to the last two decades. Last year, there were over 2.3 million foreigners living in the country, and Hanyang University currently has around 3,000 international students studying in both campuses. Thanks to Korea’s leading industries, culture, safe environment and universities, more foreigners are taking an interest in prolonging their stay in the country. Two of the Hanyang University professors who have decided to make their stay in Korea long-term are Professor Krisda Chaemsaithong (Department of English Language and Literature) and Professor Michael William Brandon (Center for Creative Convergence Education). As of November 20th, Chaemsaithong has become a naturalized Korean citizen, while Brandon has acquired a marriage visa after marrying his Korean wife five years ago. Although the two Hanyang faculty members differentiate in status, they have both obtained the right to stay in Korea permanently. Professor Krisda Chaemsaithong (Department of English Language and Literature) has recently become a naturalized Korean citizen on November 20th. Chaemsaithong said practicality was one of his reasons for obtaining Korean citizenship. He has been living in Korea for seven years and has always fulfilled his duties. Apart from protecting one’s country, Chaemsaithong believed he was doing everything an ordinary Korean would do for their country, so he thought it was about time that he took the next step. In addition, as a professor of a university in Korea, obtaining citizenship would mean that he could represent his soon-to-be country. Thanks to the Korean government acknowledging his ‘outstanding talent,’ in addition to his highly educated background and numerous publications, Chaemsaithong was able to naturalize. Korea invites accomplished scholars from other countries to naturalize by offering a faster naturalization process than other methods. While the waiting list for regular naturalizations and naturalizations through marriage is longer and limits applicants to those who have lived in Korea from two to five years, foreigners with ‘outstanding talent’ can obtain Korean citizenship in just four months, which was how long Chaemsaithong had to wait to get his. Chaemsaithong went through three major steps during his naturalization process: applying for naturalization and submitting the required documents, the Ministry of Justice evaluating his case, and an interview session where he was tested on his knowledge of Korea. He also submitted a letter of recommendation written by Hanyang President Kim Woo-seung. The thesis papers he submitted had to be published no longer than five years in internationally recognized journals, which in his case, amounted to 25 thesis papers. Chaemsaithong poses with the textbook provided by the Ministry of Justice titled '나는 자랑스러운 한국인,' which translates to Korean into 'I am a proud Korean.' The last test was the actual interview, which included around 15 to 20 questions about Korean language, culture, history, law, and duties as a citizen, said Chaemsaithong. He added that the Ministry of Justice provided him with a textbook about the things he would be tested on, which he said was around the level of secondary school for Koreans and had many visual aids like cartoons and photos. The passing score is 60 percent. One question that he had difficulty answering was naming four Korean traditional holidays. “So, I said there is Seol (Korean New Year), and there is Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), but I don’t know the other two,” said Chaemsaithong. “There is Dano (spring festival) and other things that didn’t get mentioned in this book, so I didn’t know that.” The final traditional holiday is Hansik, the 105th day after the winter solstice, which means cold food in Korean. Chaemsaithong was sworn in as a Korean citizen at an oath ceremony held in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, on November 20th. (Photo courtesy of Chaemsaithong) Results came fast as Chaemsaithong said he received a call from a government employee the next day saying that he had passed. In mid-November, Chaemsaithong participated in his oath ceremony in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do. He swore an oath to do his duties as a Korean citizen with 14 other naturalizing foreigners. Professor Michael William Brandon (Center for Creative Convergence Education) talked about marriage, immigration, and life in Korea. On the other hand, Professor Michael William Brandon (Center for Creative Convergence Education) has gained the right to stay in Korea through marriage. Brandon is from the United Kingdom and has been living in Korea for over 10 years. He came to Korea with a working visa and later met his wife and has since acquired a marriage visa. As a foreigner, in order to make his marriage legal in both his native country and Korea, Brandon and his wife needed to get approval from both countries, a task that was challenging, as it needed to be done separately. The process requires a lot of paperwork, which needs to be prepared by both spouses in both native languages and issued by official offices of their home countries. In Brandon’s case, he had to visit the British Embassy, while his wife submitted her paperwork at a city hall. This procedure may cost a lot of money, as papers (a total of 11 required documents) needed to be translated to Korean by qualified transcribers acknowledged by the Korean government. After all the paperwork was submitted to both countries’ offices, the Korean counterpart sorted out the documents and legitimized the couple's marriage. “They are extremely clear about the documents you need to go through the procedure,” said Brandon. “It's an arduous task because the documentation process requires a lot of work. However, it was also easy because of the clarity involved in the process, so for that, I am quite grateful for both sides.” Brandon also added that, as immigration laws are fluid, people can accidently prepare outdated forms, which would have to be submitted again. “There are elements that I have been involved with living here in Korea where people have been more accommodating than I would have expected,” said Brandon. “That has made my ability to participate and engage with certain Korean aspects possible, and as a result, it has given me a little bit of feeling that I can also be living here, being part of the generation of elements of Korean culture as well.” Brandon currently lives with his wife and two children. Jung Myung-suk firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Ju-eun
Hanyang University’s Begin (비긴) team was recently awarded the grand prize at the LG Global Challenger, an exhibition program and competition hosted by LG. “비긴,” which is a blend of both begin and vegan in English, is a four-person-all-international student team whose aim is to explore veganism in Korea. The team is made up of four students: Kejie Feng (Department of Mechanical Engineering, 4th year) from China, Julia Barlund (Department of Business Administration, 4th year) from Finland, Saira Tahsin (Department of Computer Software Engineering, 3rd year) from Bangladesh, and Nirmal Acharya (Department of Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year) from Nepal. (From Lef) Kejie Feng (Department of Mechanical Engineering, 4th year), Julia Barlund (Department of Business Administration, 4th year), Saira Tahsin (Department of Computer Software Engineering, 3rd year), and Nirmal Acharya (Department of Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year). Feng, who is the team’s leader, said that he met the members through clubs and school organizations. Having participated in the LG Global Challenger in 2018 with Barlund, Feng proposed that they enter, this time, with the goal to make a social impact. Each of the team members had a different goal in mind: air pollution, protecting the environment, health, and protecting animal rights. Combining their interests, the team decided to explore veganism. The team started its journey in May, which was when they had their interviews with LG. Since then, the team researched and presented their findings to the LG Global Challenger. In the end of August, the team went on an 11-day trip around Korea to explore veganism in Korea. Starting with Seoul, they expended their journey to Gyeonggi-do, Daejeon, and Jeju Island. The team visited several vegan restaurants, businesses and temples, and interviewed professors, CEOs, animal rights activists, and monks. They learned that there were many challenges for vegans in Korea. They mentioned how there were occasions where they had to eat a few chunks of meat during get-togethers, which the team believed is a type of social pressure that is an obstacle for practicing veganism in Korea. The challenge also expands to products as well, especially make-up. “If it’s a big brand, it is really hard to be vegan because, usually, if they sell those to China, they have to do animal testing,” said Barlund. “So, in order for a brand to be completely cruelty free, they have to be out of China, which is a big market, and it excludes a lot.” Team Begin traveled across Korea to explore veganism, experiencing firsthand life without meat. (Photo courtesy of Feng) The team experienced firsthand how hard it was to practice eating vegan during their journey as they tried to commit to all-out vegan eating habits. “There were no vegan restaurants,” said Acharya. “So, we ended up eating bibimbap for three, four days, continuously. That, of course, was quite hard because there are no varieties of menus for vegans.” Acharya added that there was an occasion, during a get-together with other LG Challenger teams at a restaurant, where the team could only eat cooked mushrooms. It is rare for regular restaurants to accommodate vegan dishes. Some team members have already taken the next step to promote veganism in Hanyang. Barlund, Tahsin, and Acharya are part of a group called HEAL (Hanyang Environmental Activism Leaders), which seeks to introduce vegan menus in the Hanyang cafeteria. Until now, vegetarians needed to either pack their food from home or ask for meats to be taken out of their meal. Barlund said she would eat kimbap with meat taken out, and Tahsin confessed that she ate mapo tofu, a Chinese style dish with spicy tofu, thinking it had no meat in it. Looks can be deceiving because it is sometimes hard to tell whether dishes are entirely meat-free, as meat can be dissolved in oils, broths, and seasoning. Some members of Begin have already taken their vegan mission to the next level. However, the team agreed amongst themselves that Korea certainly has potential for improvement. “I see the future very bright in Korea,” said Acharya. “Because Korea is good at catching on to trends that are going on in the world, especially in the Western world, I think that after some years, Korea will have the infrastructure which will provide vegan stuff for vegans.” As Grand Prize winners, all the team members are guaranteed internships at LG. Feng and Barlund said that they plan on doing their internships in April, while Acharya and Tahsin plan on doing theirs later. Jung Myung-suk email@example.com Photos by Kim Ju-eun
Dasan Jeong Yak-yong is considered one of the greatest thinkers in the late Joseon dynasty. Dasan -- a scholar and politician throughout the late 18th and early 19th century -- is well known for his pragmatic approach towards Confucianism, publishing highly influential works on philosophy, science, and theories of government. Illustrating Dasan's work is Professor Jung Min (Department of Korean Language and Literature), a scholar who has devoted his career to illuminate the values of Dasan and his publications. Professor Jung Min (Department of Korean Language and Literature) explores through the values of Dasan Jeong Yak-yong, one of the greatest thinkers of the Joseon dynasty. Jung recently completed publishing his series of Dasan Dokbon in Hankook Ilbo, which is a critical biography that takes a glimpse into Dasan's unknown life. “The articles cast light upon Dasan’s early years as a politician,” said Jung. “It was an age of turbulence following the breakdown of dominating Neo-Confucian values.” Jung portrayed Dasan as an ambitious intellectual who actively sought a breakthrough in social issues. Fortunately, Dasan received political support from King Jeong-jo, the reformist monarch who ruled Joseon in the late 18th century. Jung recently completed the Dasan Dokbon series and published it in book form. (Photo courtesy of Hankook Ilbo) Jung paid attention to Dasan’s approach to Catholicism throughout Dasan Dokbon. Unlike some scholars who see Dasan as a devout Catholic in his youth, Jung interpreted that Dasan regarded Catholicism as a field of study rather than a religion. “Dasan was deeply interested in the promotion of public welfare through science,” said Jung. “This is why he embraced Catholicism as a major ideological foundation of Western science.” Ironically, Catholicism is what forced Dasan out of his position, as it was counted as heresy by the ones with vested rights. Dasan was involved in the Catholic Persecution of 1801, and it ended his political career. Dasan was exiled to Gangjin, where he concentrated on his publications for 19 years. Jung plans to cover Dasan’s years of banishment through his further works. Jung claims that Dasan’s management of information will give out new insights to people living in modern society. “There is no Korean scholar who can surpass Dasan in the quantitative and qualitative richness in publications,” said Jung. “Dasan offered a new mechanism of processing voluminous information which is co-operated with his pupils.” Jung stated that Dasan’s competence as a data compiler will provide templates to which are required in the era of big data and collective intelligence. Jung sheds light on Dasan's role as a data compiler in his 19-year-banishment at Gangjin. Jung highlighted the importance of changing perspective. “Stereotypes prevent the emergence of new thoughts and ideas,” said Jung. “I tried not to confine myself to the traditional view on Dasan.” Jung’s humanistic insights to find connections with the society produced innovative results in his Dasan studies. As some people say, you can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence. Oh Kyu-jin firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Ju-eun
On September 25th, the campus was full of heat coming from the festival site. On one side of the Administration Building, a rather serious atmosphere was captured in contrast to the festive mood, as the ‘environment supporters’ was launched with the starting ceremony. The month of supporter students went by in no time, as they wore ‘PLASTIC FREE CAMPUS’ t-shirts and handed out tumblers to proceed with the environmental movement. Over a month has passed since its establishment, and we now have the opportunity to hear from the supporter students themselves. ▲Starting ceremony of environment supporters lasted until September 25th ▲ At the launching ceremony, President Kim Woo-seung explains the importance and role of environmental supporters. ▲ Members of the Environmental Supporters delivered their opinions on the environmental movement to the president and the student body at the launching ceremony. 1. Background on the creation of supporters Students who were interested in environmental issues from the ‘Major in Social Innovation’ gathered to launch an official organization. Two students who were taking the Changemaker's class this semester were working on a team project regarding the classroom environment, and we thought about continuing with the activity as we felt a sense of insufficiency to be limited to class. I think the gathering of friends who share the same intention created a more meaningful organization. 2. Reason for the existence of environment supporters It serves as a 'priming water' for more students to share and participate in environmental issues such as climate change. It is important to make sure that it doesn’t just stop with the simple act of thinking, but to the action that connects the thought. Environmental issues are a macroscopic subject, so many people seem to be unable to reach the skin. But if one by one, the ‘awareness’ changes, and, therefore, the ‘habits’ change, then small ‘changes’ will surely be realized. Our project will be a campaign for the student council to look back on the small things in the day-to-day lives of students in the school. After all, it's our goal to internalize the subject consciousness of the environment. ▲Supporter students are holding a plastic free campus campaign while giving out tumblers during the festival. ▲ Supporters students are taking part in the environmental action demonstration and sharing their opinions. 3. Activities after the starting ceremony We proceeded with the tumbler washer promotion activities first. Thankfully, students sympathized with and responded through the student council website. We interviewed the dustman and cleaners to create a card news, and it was this incident that we were able to get a closer look at the real state of environmental issues on campus. We also built a network of young people in connection with Big Wave, a youth climate organization, to participate in events related to climate change. Recently, we are devising a project that students can participate together with the basis on things they’ve studied. 4. Were there any difficulties? There were many difficulties, as it is the first official environmental club within the school. We deliberated on how to create many high quality projects, and held many data research activities and conferences. The conclusion that we came up with after thorough deliberation was that ‘we must study beforehand’. I think we can take part in environmental exercises as we learn more of better content. We are focusing on learning first to show how we are prepared. We anticipate that these things will act as important factors in creating a continuous and systematic organization after the second generation. ▲ Supporter students are holding an autonomous seminar while emphasizing the point that learning must be achieved as a prerequisite to put it into practice. 5. What we ask of Hanyang members The more we study, the more we realize the importance of members of Hanyang to recognize environmental issues as a real serious life problem, not just a campaign. Awareness and recognition is in desperate need. We want you to take that perception a step further and remember that just changing your little habits in life can reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the people around you. Although it may sound obvious, I expect that small changes in a person can lead to big changes. Although the first step is not far off yet, the students' willingness to study step by step in anticipation of a genuine change shows hope that Hanyang can become a truly eco-friendly campus. "I'm really happy to be with friends who sympathize with and strive to spread awareness on environmental issues," said Kim So-hee, who heads the team. She delivered her resolution to fiercely empathize and set an example in the near future. *Members of the Environmental supporters: Kim Gong-min (Department of Educational Technology 15), Kim So-hee (Division of International Studies 17), Kim Sin-gu (Department of Nuclear Engineering 13), Kim Young-woo (Department Of Political Science and International Studies 17), Byun Sun-jeong (Division of Tourism 17), Yoo Ah-hyung (Department of Media Communication 16). The Hanyang Global News Team - Global@hanyang.ac.kr *With translation by Kim Hyun-soo
Single life has created a booming business in Korea with many young Koreans embracing single status. These people are referred to as the “sampo generation,” which means a generation that has given up on three things: dating, marriage and children. One place profiting from this phenomenon is the traveling sector. According to the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, the number of people traveling alone in Korea is increasing in average at a rate of 54 percent per year. For Hanyang University alumnus No Seung-chul (Department of Industrial Engineering, '18), this was a great opportunity to offer services that no one else was offering. No Seung-chul (Department of Industrial Engineering, '18) is the CEO and a founder of Tripbuddy, a solo traveler matchmaking app. "My company is called Optimize, an information technology company that offers solo travelers a way to find a travel buddy called Tripbuddy,” said No. Tripbuddy is a location-based service that helps solo travelers find people with similar interests. Through the application’s algorithmic matching system, users can find people who plan or are traveling to a similar destination. This service is especially useful for those with a budget, and for those who travel alone but want to participate in partner-only activities. Through the app, users can pay for various activities and restaurants and split the bill amongst themselves. Tripbuddy's official website at web.tripbuddy.im. (Photo courtesy of Tripbuddy) Inception of the business model for Tripbuddy “Creating a start-up was a dream that I have had since I was a freshman in high school,” said No. “For three years, I created a portfolio of over 300 pages and thought of how I could use this to create my own business.” Already from high school, No had around 11 patents in his name. He focused most of his time on finding new business opportunities and decided that he would pursue more throughout his university years as well. Soon, he found the best university to achieve his goals: Hanyang University. “Hanyang is the number one university in creating start-ups, so I thought going to Hanyang would be a good opportunity to create a good foothold for my objective,” said No. He made use of several government support policies when he was applying for patents during high school. Although high school students today have a one patent-per-year restriction for free patent application and lawyer fees, there was no such restriction when No was in high school, and he was able to apply for several, including patents for business models. No thought of creating a location-based service when he was in the army. As a driver, he needed to report his location back to the base, but sometimes this was difficult to explain and troublesome. Thus, he thought creating an easy way to locate one's whereabouts would be high in demand. However, No soon found out that he was the only one interested in the idea. However, it did not stop him. When No became interested in the idea of creating a location-based service, traveling was a big issue, but one service that was not on the market was solo traveling. No started to travel by himself around Korea for four months to see if this market was pursuable. He talked with some 400 people and conducted interviews, which were all recorded and used as a database for his new business. Then, No incorporated the technology that he envisioned into this new platform. When he went back to school, he created a club with like-minded people. In 2017, the club entered a start-up competition sponsored by Hanyang University and SK Telecom. They were awarded the grand prize. With funds from both Hanyang and SK, No was able to create Optimize and rent out an office. No said he plans on expanding Tripbuddy globally and offering it in several languages. No has a busy schedule ahead of him as Tripbuddy is about to launch its own iphone-friendly application. In early October, the travel reservation platform, WAUG Travel Incorporated, proposed a partnership with Tripbuddy to introduce its reservation services in Tripbuddy’s app. "Optimize is a word that means making everything in the world as good as possible,” said No. “Within this definition, focusing on our customers, we think of what a good service for them is and what will benefit them. With consumer-based thinking, we try to offer our customers the best service we can by solving technological issues and creating services.” Jung Myung-suk email@example.com Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
According to the announcement on October 1st by the Ministry of Personnel Management Cyber Examination Center, 8,157 people applied for this year’s 5th level open recruitment administration post, and 270 were ultimately selected. Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) was accepted for the general administration post in the Daegu region, which made him one of the youngest people to pass the 5th level open recruitment public administration post. Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) is one of the youngest to pass the 2019, 5th level, open recruitment administration post. In the civil service examination, which presents several stages, the primary exam tests candidates on English, Korean history, the constitution, and PSAT. The secondary exam for the administrative post includes four required subjects including administrative law, the science of public administration, economics, and political science, as well as one elective subject, from which Lee chose information system theory. The third part of the examination were interviews which take place over a course of two stages, and candidates are tested on personal PT presentation and debate. Successful candidates are admitted into the National Human Resources Development Institute around April or May of next year, and after a probationary period, they are then assigned to government departments. Lee started studying for the public administration examination when he was in his first year of college, which makes it a total of roughly three years of study and three trials of examinations before hearing the exciting news of his acceptance. He was in a geography club during his second year of high school, and he wrote a thesis on the direction of development in Daegu through improving the domiciliation conditions. He was attracted to public policy when he began formulating and executing policies by analyzing the local finance policies or traffic policies of the government and tried to make alternatives. “I applied for the 5th level open recruitment because I found it to be a career that can solve many social problems confronted by our country and have a positive impact on people.” Lee tried to find correlations between school and the exam. He made the most of school courses by taking morning classes to start the day early and taking lectures related to the examination. He studied mostly at the school library, the Hanyang Cyber University Café, or in the HIT Yang Min-yong Lounge after class. He found the administration exam class at Hanyang helpful because of the secondary mock exams which are graded with commentary on the questions from professors within and outside of school. For the secondary descriptive examination, he practiced writing fast. Correcting posture when writing and changing the pen to one that fits his hand well contributed to faster handwriting. He also mentioned how he often read long sentences to improve his writing skills and read news articles, textbook, theses, or precedents in its full text to familiarize himself with vocabulary and expressions applicable for the descriptive exam. He learned how to yield the turn during debate, how to find opportunity to make a remark, and how to organize and summarize other debater’s opinions, which all contributed to his successful performance in the interview. He even learned how to concisely but faithfully write the PT statement or make flexible judgments according to the detailed cases in the problem. He then participated at school studies to practice the interview, which helped him to not be nervous during the real interview. Lee admitted that he felt the pressure on his shoulders of serving in the public post, as he was studying the second and third examination subjects. He learned about issues where interests conflict, or matters that could lead to international conflict, and cases in which existing industries in decline go through hardships of life due to change in generations. He felt that only by learning in depth and building wisdom could he realize the common good without harming anyone. “Study firmly in your own style and do take care of your health at the change of the seasons!” said Lee as words of encouragement to future test-takers. While many people may ask Lee’s key to success, he confidently shared that his faith in himself was what kept him going even after failing the first exam in 2017 with a rather lower score compared to the passing grade. He studied with the belief that he could pass the exam if he supplemented the parts in which he was deficient in. Now facing the responsibility and duties ahead as a public official, Lee Jun-pyo stated his resolution. “I want to become a civil servant who actively approaches those in need of my help, from the humblest position.” Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
The National Diplomat Candidate Test records a notorious competition rate of 33.6:1. Since the first recruitment in 2013, Hanyang University has not been able to announce any joyous news. However, this September, Kim Shin-bi (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) passed the final test and named herself as the first to pass the National Diplomat Test at Hanyang. Kim Shin-bi (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) became the first Hanyang student to pass the Diplomat Candidate Test. Q: First and foremost, congratulations on passing the test! How does it feel to become the first Hanyang student who pass the Diplomat Candidate Test? A: Happy and truly grateful for all the support I received! I also feel a lot of responsibility as the first Hanyangian for how well I perform, which could influence the perception of the next Hanyang applicants. Q: Why did you want to become a diplomat? A: I started having a vague dream of becoming a diplomat in high school when I was studying Korean-fusion music composition. I became interested in making Korea known to the world through music, then naturally, in the broader field of diplomacy. I wanted to become a person who could introduce Korea to the rest of the world. The applicants of the diplomat test need to pass four stages of various assessments. Because of the sheer amount of requirements one needs to be outstanding in, it takes on average about four years to pass the test. Kim said she started from knowing "literally nothing" in 2016, when she entered Hanyang University's Korea National Diplomatic Academy Class. She spent three years at Hanyang and other academies before achieving her goal. Q: What was your daily routine like during those three years? A: Students of the Hanyang class spend the majority of their time at the study room in the College of Social Sciences. At the time, I woke up at 8am and came back to sleep past 12am. This year, I tried to maintain the schedule of waking up at 6:40am and coming back at around 12 to 1am to sleep at 2am. Q: You passed the test after three years of studying, achieving a relatively early success. Are there any test tips you could share? A: There are three tests. First of all, you need a high score in English, a second language, and Korean history to be qualified to take the test. The first test is a written test on the constitution and Public Service Aptitude Test. Even if you are not fully ready, I recommend you to have a go at the first test and see how it goes. The second stage consists of five essay exams, which may seem overwhelming at first because they require ten pages of writing within two hours. Following the academy curriculum, and their years of know-hows, helped me get a sense of how to prepare for the test. The last test is a series of interviews, consisting of English group discussion, a situational interview, an individual presentation and interview. As for the third round, there is not much to worry about. It is known that, generally, the score from the second round determines the outcome, unless you were exceptionally good or bad. Kim shared her study routine and test tips and expressed gratitude to the Hanyang Diplomatic Academy Class, encouraging interested students to join the class. Kim said she gained much help from the Diplomatic Academy Class. The class was formed in 2013 and recruits new members every semester. Students need to submit a letter of self-introduction, meet certain qualification requirements, and take a trial examination and interview to become a member. Kim advised that, if you are new to the diplomat test, start from the Hanyang Diplomatic Academy Class where you will be able to gain the necessary information. Q: There are many benefits offered to students in the Diplomatic Academy Class. What were some of the most helpful benefits? A: It is not an exaggeration to say that I would not have passed the test without help from the class. One of the biggest concerns in enduring long-term study is the cost. The class offers expensive lectures, monthly trial tests, and study rooms for free. They even offer dormitory scholarships for dormitory residents and a food expense scholarship. Moreover, the passionate atmosphere played a crucial role in keeping up with the harsh schedule. For instance, everybody gets up early in the morning, so I couldn’t be the only one left behind. Click to visit Korea National Diplomatic Academy Class website Kim will be entering the Korea National Diplomatic Academy at the end of the year. After a 52-week training course, she will become a formal diplomat, making her dream come true on a wider and more global stage. Q: What kind of diplomat do you wish to become in the future? A: I’m interested in the protocol, which is related to being in charge of providing for the state guests. It will provide an excellent chance to promote Korea. I’m also interested in economic diplomacy because it is one of the most influential and crucial aspects for people. Q: Lastly, any word of encouragement to future Hanyang diplomats? A: It really is a battle with yourself. The worst part is knowing that hard work does not always bare a fruit, and the anxiety that all those years could become nothing in the end torments you. Although I have also seen many people who have changed their course of life after a few trials at the test, every one of them was able to find the right route for themselves, and they say the study does become useful somewhere. So I wish you could study believing that it will never be in vain. It’s a pain that nobody else can understand. Cheer up! You can make it! Lim Ji-woo email@example.com Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the largest and most widely anticipated award programs where thousands of entries from various categories are submitted by designers and corporations across the globe every year. In the 2019 IDEA, it was announced on September 11th that Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year) was a finalist in the product design category for designing an Active Intravenous Therapy (IV) Bag with an Internet of Things (IOT) Flow Detector. Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year) is talking about his inspiration for designing medical products. In the event, Jang designed a low-cost alternative to IV bags. Intravenous infusions, commonly referred to as drips, is a therapy that delivers fluids into a vein. During treatments, which could go on for a few days or even years, patients need to be constantly supplied with liquids to receive nutrients and would drag around metal hangers with IV bags in hospitals. Compared to regular metal hangers, Jang’s wearable IV bag is shaped like a hat, which ensures a patient's mobility. Jang’s design also includes an inexpensive Flow Detector that measures the flow of the IV drip, preventing its blockage and can be used to monitor IVs in real time. Pictured above is the Active Intravenous Therapy (IV) Bag with an Internet of Things (IOT) Flow Detector design, which was submitted to the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards. (Photo courtesy of Jang) “In the United States, there is a device that is used by making direct contact with patients, which costs tens of millions of won ($8,354), but mine can be made for a few 10,000 won,” said Jang. “It works by measuring the changes in the refractive index of the drip.” Jang’s invention was also recognized by the 2019 James Dyson Award, an international design award that was hosted in 27 countries around the world and run by the James Dyson Foundation. This was not Jang’s first time creating innovative products. In 2017, he created a subscription platform that offers personalized vitamin supplement recommendations through analyzing data from regular medical checkups. Jang said he thought that the great data accumulated from these checkups could amount to more, instead of ending with obvious advice like “stop smoking.” Jang said he was interested in medical policies when he was studying to go to medical school. However, later on, he realized that medical policies go hand in hand with politics and, thus, require “smarter people.” Jang soon thought that he could make a real change in the field, instead of going up the ladder as a medical specialist or politician and create policies from the top-bottom. One way to achieve this was by creating things in the market, which led to him devising and planning for new medical products and services. Jang’s entrepreneurial spirit comes from a broad range of hobbies and interests. Although he should be focusing on his medical studies, Jang confessed that he enjoys a bit of light reading. “What I do in my free time is going to the medical college study room and reading analyst reports,” said Jang. “It is something that I really like. When I am reading these reports, I find a lot of things that I want to invest in.” Jang’s talents do not fall far from the tree. His father is a professor of engineering and his mother runs a business. Jang said both parents support his decision to pursue business and a medical career at the same time. He added that his business decisions and insights come from his mother. YouTube channel Medical TV (Photo courtesy of youtube.com) Jang also periodically appears on Medical TV, a YouTube channel that features medical students, to give advice to future medical students and answers questions by viewers. Not only does Jang offer insight into the lives of medical students to viewers, but he also donates all of his earnings from the channel to the Hanyang University Medical Center. He said that this was sort of giving back to others as he would also watch videos featuring his medical idols during his studies to get motivation. Jang shared that one person who led Jang to where he is today is Dr. Lee Gook-jong, the renowned head surgeon of a trauma center. “Although my path is slightly different than his, I believe that our hearts are in the same place: the will to innovate medical treatment for patients,” said Jang. “When I was in high school, I would watch videos about him and tear up as I studied. I would study with my eyes swollen. My goal is to work beside him or converse with him, sharing our insights if my company becomes bigger or our service is expanded or if I become a successful doctor.” Jang Ji-ho (College of Medicine, 2nd year), a finalist in the 2019 IDEA These days, Jang is about to launch a startup for a pharmaceutical platform with two other friends. Even with his extremely tightly packed schedule, Jang is not the type to back down. Jung Myung-suk firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
Hanyang University student, Choi Ah-im (Department of Applied Music, vocal major 18) received the grand prize at the ‘KBS National Singing Contest’ in commemoration of the first anniversary of the 4·27 North-South Joint Statement held on April 23rd in the city of Paju, Gyunggi-do. Choi passed the 32 to 1 competition rate of the preliminary round and sang ‘raguyo (라구요)’ passionately during the final round. 65 teams out of the 485 who applied passed the 2nd preliminary round of 15 teams who stood on the final stage, culminating with Choi receiving the top prize after singing Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo.’ She did not expect to be rewarded, so it was a pleasant surprise for her. “I was satisfied that I had enjoyed the competition, unlike previous ones. I did not expect to be awarded since there were many excellent participants, but it is an honor that I made great memories and received a huge award,” stated Choi. ▲ Choi Ah-im (student in the Department of Applied Music 18) received the grand prize in the KBS National Singing Contest after passionately singing ‘raguyo (라구요)’. The process from the preliminary rounds to the final round recall the ‘National Singing Contest’ episode from the drama, ‘Reply 1988.’ Choi felt the same vividness and fun as in the drama. It was more of a harmonious place that everyone, regardless of their generation, enjoyed, rather than as a competition. It was a place where they respectively emitted their talents and gathered together as one community to enjoy music. Choi enjoyed the long waiting time thanks to the stages prepared by other participants and the witty eloquence of the judges. She said, “I saw the performances of other participants as I was waiting for my turn, and everyone seemed happy. I tried to enjoy the experience as well, as it was difficult to feel the value of that moment if you only value the greed of prize money or the award.” Choi introduced her grandmother as a fan of the National Singing Contest who watches the show live on a weekly basis. She chose to participate as soon as she received the news that the National Singing Contest would be held in Paju-si, to make her grandmother happy. With the passion to prepare a meaningful stage in line with her aim, she chose Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo (라구요)’. There is a passage where you can peek at the musical aspect in her. “I selected Kang San-ae's ‘raguyo,’ which deals with the pain of separated families in the hopes of reunification. I practiced at the school practice room whenever I had time and inside my father’s moving car.” All the family members were delighted at the unexpected award. Choi brought the grand prize medal to her grandmother who was overjoyed. Choi Ah-im, the grand prize winner of the competition, stated that she joined for someone else. She made the big decision to donate all the prize money. She wanted to spend the prize money to help those in need within the region, with the thought of her father who works in the public office for the development of Paju-si. The prize money was donated for the needy through the Community Chest of Korea. The word, ‘competition’ makes us intense. The ambition for results deepens as fierce as we have become. But isn’t the moment itself more important than the result? Through this experience, Choi earned, not honor nor prize money, but a happy experience. She contributed to, not just her own growth, but to the development of community. What kind of singer would Choi dream of. She let us know that she wants to not stop after the National Singing Contest but gradually grow through this experience. She added, “I want to be a strong singer who can sing good music for a long while, and be the consolation or support that those who are exhausted can rely on.” ▲ Choi Ah-im appeared in the 1,945th KBS National Singing Contest (Gyunggi-do, Paju-si edition) (Photo courtesy of the KBS National Singing Contest official site) ** The broadcast in which Choi Ah-im made an appearance can be replayed through the KBS National Singing Contest official site. (Link / from 23 minute) *This content was published after a partial revision of the interview from the ERICA campus magazine, ‘HY ERICA’ 2019 Fall Edition.
The number of followers for the Hanyang University ERICA Campus' official Facebook page has increased from around 400 in 2018 to 4,700 as of now. At the center of the surge of followers is the character, ‘Hanyangi.’ We had a sit-down chat with designer and creator of Hanyangi, Cho Deuk-lae (Department of Techono-product Design 11). Hanyangi is a Hanyang University mascot that every Hanyangian must have run across at least once. It caught popularity as the representative emoticon of Hanyang University's ERICA Campus. The ERICA Campus' official Facebook account held a competition to mimic the Hanyangi drawing, and students inserted Hanyangi into their presentation materials. ▲ A photo of Hanyang University's ERICA Campus character, 'Hanyangi' (Photo courtesy of ERICA Campus Office of External Affairs and Development) There were several efforts before Cho to try to create an emoticon to represent the school. Professors, graduate students, and companies put their efforts into the act but did not gain much popularity. The developed emoticons were difficult to transform their shapes, as the features and lines were complex. Cho transformed the HY-lion character to design a simpler figure. The character was formed in an easy manner, in a way that could still bring out its funny charm. He received an outsourcing request from the school, and the original design was released a month after March of 2017, when manufacturing of Hanyangi began. Initially, Cho hoped that the school would lead a channel that could narrow down the gap with students. A mascot takes up a big role in making students feel more familiar to the SNS page. He anticipated that Hanyangi could act as a mascot, seeing from the positive reactions. Cho himself walked into the Office of External Affairs and Development and suggested that he create a promotion team for the ERICA Facebook page, which was not managed well at the time. The school responded by telling him to gather the members of his promotion team. ▲ Cho Deuk-lae (Department of Techono-product Design 11) alumnus said, "For the span of a character to last a long time, it must be easily drawn by others." Building a character to make it a mascot was not easy. Cho said, “It was work to realize one complete character, including internet tone and character personality settings.” He also mentioned that the process was a continuity of difficulty, as various content had to be created utilizing the character. “I developed the original design of Hanyangi, but all members of the SNS promotion team built the character together afterwards,” said Cho, giving credit to his teammates. In truth, Hanyangi gained the most awareness in 2018, the year that the SNS promotion team was assembled. ▲ A cartoon scene published on the ERICA Campus Facebook page. Hanyangi is utilized freely beyond its use as a campus emoticon. (Photo courtesy of the ERICA Campus Office of External Affairs and Development) “It is my hope that any student would feel close to the character and use them.” Cho was intending to yield all licenses regarding the character to Hanyang University from the very initial stage of Hanyangi development. He merely laid down a condition of maintaining it open source, so that students could access them freely. Hanyangi is accessible during inside and outside school promotion, club activities, or academic use without a separate copyright mark. However, its use for the purpose of slandering the school is prohibited. “Students are free to modify its form in diverse ways to express their emotions,” said alumnus Cho.
There is a student who wrote two books during his college years and is on a road to writing many more based upon his expertise. Meet Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year), an undergraduate at Hanyang University and the author of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, a book which serves as much knowledge as it can convey on the difficult discipline of life science in simple wordings. Fresh Water Story of a Water Drop was the first book written by Park and was published in 2013 when he was still in high school. He ran an online community in which he wrote many articles that deliver useful biological information to his community members. He wrote about how to raise organisms and was asked by the Biological Research Information Center (BRIC) to write a column that would later become his first book. Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year) shares his passion for sharing knowledge of life science to the public. He started writing his second book during his second year at Hanyang. He had done many activities in the form of talent or education donation, including science education volunteer work that was funded by the Ministry of Education. He had to explain science concepts in detail during these volunteer jobs, which solidified the basis for him to transfer spoken descriptions into written work later when writing a book. He mostly used the summer and winter breaks to jot something down. It took a total of four years to complete Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, which was published in February of this year. He picked the possibility of delivering erroneous information in his book as the part that concerned him the most. This was driven by the incident when one of his several columns was uploaded on Naver with faulty information. After such a mistake, he was determined to deliver only proven facts in his book, and he read all related readings three to four months prior to the date of publication to confirm that was the case. Other than that, he always deliberated on how to attract the public and to make sure people easily understood his book. The cover of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way (Photo courtesy of Park) Writing Life Science in a Simple Way covers a wide range of science knowledge in a concise manner. “Students who dream of becoming a scientist will surely find this book helpful,” said Park. He targeted teenagers, and included in his book sections regarding high school life science subject one and two, the story of dinosaurs, bioethanol, state of the art technology related to life science, and newly discovered facts on organisms. Textbooks tend to only recite facts, whereas Park tried to weave daily phenomena into life science. You can also obtain insight into the author’s opinion regarding ethical issues of controversial topics like clone technology, gene manipulation, genetically modified organism and more. A new book is to be published around next summer, containing general explanations of science and its impact on society. It will also accommodate content about the ambiguity of science, such as how nuclear energy can produce electricity at a cheap price, and yet the aftereffect of atom bombs still stays intact today. Park plans on going to graduate school and studying science journalism or science communicology, which combines two things he loves: science and writing. Park recommends to those who major in science related fields--to stay away from restricting oneself to one subject but to try various things. “My goal is to reach as far as I can go. Write a book. Go to graduate school, and maybe one day, I’ll naturally become someone distinct. My motto is to be diligent right this moment,” said Park. Kim Hyun-soo email@example.com Photos by Kim Ju-eun
Professor Yi Sang-wook (Department of Philosophy) gave a lecture on "The Unknown Story of Geniuses" on the Distinguishing Class (차이나는 클라스) show on JTBC which premiered on June 5th. Yi explained the prejudices in science and of scientifically important figures, and accentuated the importance of learning the philosophy of science in order to prevent such blind faith. Professor Yi Sang-wook (Department of Philosophy) is explaining the key ideas in his lecture on the JTBC show Distinguishing Class (차이나는 클라스). Distinguishing Class suggested that the lecture be based on Yi’s book Science Calls This Imagination, published earlier this year. As his final statements on the show, Yi encouraged students to study the philosophy of science. He added during the interview that it is important to make wise decisions based on media literacy, which is the ability to decode the various forms of media autonomously, especially in our modern society which is overflowing with information. He argued that the ability to understand, criticize, and oversee society, as a participating citizen, is crucial in the 21st century. He added that the mandatory elective course at Hanyang University named “Philosophical Understanding of Science Technology” was created for this purpose, to foster civic literacy. Piles of books were stacked in the office, clearly showing Yi's passion for them. Yi has experiences of giving lectures to students from science high schools, and he pointed out that many students view only the renowned scientists as making important discoveries, based on the elitism that they had grown accustomed to. He argued, “Science is fundamentally a social activity.” Not even a genius scientist can influence a large chunk of science, but many small contributions from unknown scientists lead up to the discovery of an innovative scientist that lead human civilization. Yi says he loves the family-like atmosphere of the Department of Philosophy, especially the rolling papers his students prepare for him every year. Yi originally majored in and had a master’s degree in Physics. His doctoral degree of Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science was a slight change of direction, although he himself does not think so. He stated that until the 19th to early 20th century, physics handled science philosophy, as Heinrich Rudolf Hertz's books introduced contents such as how physics sees the world. Physics research processes were very labor-oriented and repetitive, whereas he found himself well-suited to philosophy, since he liked to explore the fundamental questions of life. Yi stated his wishes to write more books in the near future. He has also been acting as a member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) since last year, and he has been engaging in creating the declaration of ethics in regard to artificial intelligence. He has come to realize the necessity of international cooperation in changing the world, and the efforts required to actually have an impact on global society, through working at the United Nations. Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Kim Joo-eun
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