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2020-01 23

[Special][HYU High] Hanyang’s 2019 Achievements and Issues

Since its inception, Hanyang University has established itself as one of Korea’s most prestigious private universities by overcoming constant challenges. Under the recent slogan, ‘The Best for a Better World,’ Hanyang has continued its challenge of becoming a university that ‘serves to make the world a better place,’ and, to become ‘a prestigious university in the world.’ In the face of new challenges in 2020, we would like to take a look back at the 2019 year of Hanyang University to share in its achievements and key issues. The 80th Anniversary of Hanyang University Hanyang University, which was established in 1939 as the Dong-A Engineering Institute under the philosophy of ‘Love in Deed and Truth,’ celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Under the founder’s will of ‘serving the nation through technology,’ the 330,000 alumni that Hanyang University has fostered played a key role in the Miracle on the Han River and has served as the engine of Korea’s growth. Today, we are making efforts to make the world a better place across the world, beyond the borders of this country. To celebrate the 80th anniversary, Hanyang University held various events, such as the outdoor performance La Traviata opera at the Amphitheater in Seoul Campus and an exhibition at Hanyang University Museum which presented the 80 year story of the university’s development. In addition, in order to transform the Hanyang University campus into an international academic exchange venue, Hanyang opened international academic conferences during the past year, such as the 80th Anniversary International Academic Event Promoting the Voice-Language Recognition Science Lab, The Global Symposium on Population Aging and Low Fertility, The 5th International Conference on the Interface between Statistics and Engineering, The International Conference for Advanced Cathodes in Lithium & Sodium-Ion Batteries, and more.These conferences were a great opportunity for many prominent scholars at home and abroad to visit Hanyang University, freely discuss academic issues, and witness the developments that Hanyang has made. ▲ Outdoor Opera La Traviata ▲ The 5th International Conference on the Interface between Statistics and Engineering The Inauguration of the 15th President Kim Woo-Seung In February of 2019, Professor Kim Woo-Seung (College of Engineering Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering) was inaugurated as the 15th President of Hanyang University, creating a great change in the leadership of Hanyang University. In his inauguration speech, President Kim Woo-Seung expressed his intention “to establish a foundation for a new leap forward by inheriting the tradition of Hanyang University,” while emphasizing that he will “achieve innovation in the education·research·academic·industrial cooperation cluster that will lead global competition through the pragmatic academics of Hanyang University.” Awarded the Hongjo Order of Service Merit in 2011 for suggesting research·academic·industrial cooperation campus model, President Kim Woo-Seung, a specialist in Korea’s academic-intellectual cooperation, played a major role in Hanyang University ERICA Campus becoming the center of industry university cooperation in Korea. His inauguration as president is an opportunity for Hanyang to reach sustainable development through cooperation with corporations. ▲ The Inauguration of the 15th President Improvement in External Evaluations Hanyang University was ranked 150th in the 2019 QS(Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings organized by the British university evaluation QS, from which Hanyang was able to reaffirm its reputation as one of the most prestigious universities in the world by continuing its upward trend in the external evaluation. ▲ QS World University Rankings: Hanyang University’s upward trend in rankings In addition, Hanyang University ranked 24th on the 2019 QS University Rankings for Asian Universities, confirming its status as one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia. In the specific fields of study, ‘Civil & Structural Engineering’ ranked 48th in the world and ‘Hospitality & Leisure Management’ ranked 50th in the world, proving that Hanyang University has been at the highest level of research and education in the world. Not only has Hanyang been prominent in its engineering fields, the university’s traditional asset, such as in ‘Chemical Engineering (61st in the world),’ ‘Architecture/Built Environment (63rd in the world),’ ‘Mechanical Engineering (69th in the world),’ ‘Materials Science (72nd in the world),’ but also by ranking in other fields from the humanities and social sciences, such as in ‘Modern Languages 98th in the world)’ and in ‘Communication & Media Studies (98th in the world).’ Furthermore, Hanyang University Seoul Campus was ranked 3rd, and the ERICA Campus ranked 10th on the JoongAng Ilbo University Evaluation, which is the most prestigious university evaluation in Korea. This marks the first time in Korea in which a university’s main campus as well as its branch campus have both placed within the top 10. 2019 Research Results : Artificial Muscle, 5G Autonomous Driving, HCR Hanyang University's research continued in 2019 and made a lot of achievements in the areas of future industries, which is an area of considerable value. On March 11th of 2019, Hanyang University and LG Uplus, a major telecommunications company in South Korea, demonstrated the world’s first autonomous, self-driving automobile using 5th generation (5G) mobile communication. This self-driving automobile (A1), made in cooperation with Hanyang University’s ACE Lab and LG Uplus, led by Professor Sunwoo Myung-ho, a well-renowned global authority in autonomous driving, succeeded in driving about 8 km in Seoul for 20 minutes. This experiment was conducted, not in a simulated test environment nor a suburb with few vehicles, but in a crowded urban environment, demonstrating the improvement in autonomous, self-driving automobiles and communication technology ▲ News report on the self-driving automobile demonstration <Captured from KBS News> While Hanyang University was showing off its technical skills with its 5G automatic driving demonstration in the field of self-driving which has the world’s attention, in another future technologies field, Professor Kim Sun-jeong of the Department of Biomedical Engineering led a team of multinationals including Professor Ray Bauman of the University of Texas at Dallas in the U.S to develop “sheath-run” artificial muscles. These artificial human muscles are up to 40 times stronger than natural muscles, and due to their relatively low production cost, they have the potential for commercial use. The results of the experiment were published in Science, the world’s top scientific journal. Moreover, Professor Sun Yang-kook of the Department of Energy Engineering and Professor Kim Ki-Hyun of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering were named Highly Cited Researchers (HCRs) for 2019 by Clarivate Analytics. HCRs represent the top 1% of researchers who receive the most thesis citations by other authors, which proves that the research of these two Hanyang University professors have great influence throughout the world. Professor Sun Yang-kook is one of the most acclaimed researchers of Hanyang University and has been named an HCR four times since 2016 in the material science field, specifically secondary batteries which are at the core of the development of the mobile industry. Professor Kim Ki-Hyun was selected as an HCR for the first time in 2019, but because he has been in the spotlight within the environmental field, his selection seems rather late. We would like to thank every researcher who has helped raise Hanyang University’s prestige with their outstanding accomplishments in 2019 and are looking forward to their wonderful performance across various fields in 2020. Building a Foundation of Integrated Research for the Future: MEB, IUCC, Hanyang Humanities Enhancement Center For Hanyang University, 2019 has been a year of building a collective research system that has the keywords “Convergence” and “Sustainability.” Under the Industry-University-Research Cooperation Foundation’s supervision, integrated research centers of three different characteristics were established for the first time in 2019: the Hanyang Medicine-Engineering-Bio Center (MEB Center) that conducts Life Science research, clinical research, and pharmaceutical development; Hanyang Industry-University Cooperation Center (IUCC) that focuses on constructing a university-led industry-academic cooperation platform; and the Hanyang Humanities Enhancement Center that promotes differentiated education and research models. Together these three centers based on the 4th Industrial Revolution allow for sustainable humanities studies. The leaders of each Hanyang MEB Center were chosen from the full-time faculty of the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Natural Sciences. The members at each center were required to be filled by at least five full-time faculty members from at least two different fields, including the field of medicine. Hanyang IUCC is organized mainly of the research teams from the fields of engineering and natural sciences, but researchers from other areas such as humanities, social sciences, entertainment and sports, and medicine were allowed to participate as cooperative researchers of integrated research. This makes more integrated research across various fields possible. In addition, the Hanyang Humanities Enhancement Center has made it possible for humanities to be at the center of academic integration in the era of the 4th industrial revolution by forming research teams composed of members of the humanities, social sciences, and entertainment and sports, and also by letting researchers of engineering, natural sciences, and medicine work together as co-researchers. ▲ Hanyang University EUV-IUCC Led an Industry-University Cooperation Forum 2019 Best University for CEO Cultivation According to a survey of the number of CEOs by graduating university, it was found that the number of enterprises run by Hanyang alumni is the largest with 10,213 companies as of December 2018. Hanyang also ranked 4th in the top 1,000 companies, 5th in the top 500 companies, and has remained in second to third place for seven consecutive years, maintaining its position in the upper rankings. Additionally, the result of the “practical academics” that we’ve been pursuing was made clear as Hanyang University ranked 1st in the number of alumni-led start-up companies which numbered 2,153. ▲ Number of start-up CEOs compared to other major domestic universities Declaring an Eco-Friendly Campus: Plastic-free Eco Campus Hanyang University’s activities for The Best for a Better World campaign continued last year. Following the lead of the Hanyang University Social Innovation Center, it continued social innovation campaign by not only adhering to the distinctions of the UN’s 17-Sustainable Development Goals (17-SDGs) but also by declaring widely that it will become an eco-friendly campus to help to protect the earth’s environment. In June 2019, Hanyang University and Greenfund signed an MOU to Build an Eco-friendly Campus and shared thoughts on conducting environmental campaigns to build an eco-friendly campus and cultivate talented individuals with informed knowledge of the environment through the sharing of environment-related research and technology information. Hanyang University announced that it will become a plastic-free campus by decreasing the use of single-use and plastic products on campus. Such activities are linked with students’ active participation, so the Student Union has opened a group called Environment Supporters for the systematic development of an eco-friendly campus. Hanyang University provided free tumblers to students to promote the plastic-free campus campaign, declared the 17th of every month Green Day, and continued environmental protection campaigns such as holding a contest to establish a more eco-friendly campus and asking on-campus businesses to use fewer paper receipts (issuing electronic receipts instead) in order to be the Best for a Better World. ▲ Plastic-Free Campus: Free Tumbler Give Away Campaign The year 2019 was a year to look back on our footsteps by celebrating the 80th anniversary of Hanyang University and a time when we gained momentum to become a more prestigious global university in the near future. Using our momentum, Hanyang University’s great challenge to make a better world will continue in 2020. Global News Team

2020-01 15
2020-01 12

[Special]Startup Is a Stepping Stone to Success

People seek to relax and find satisfaction after the stressful moments of everyday life. Some may prefer to stay home, but others would prefer to involve themselves in social intercourse. As a consequence, the ‘social salon’ has gained popularity from people in their 20s and 30s. Here is Park Jun-soo (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 4th year) and Lee Jong-won (Department of Political Science and International Studies, 4th year) who established a social salon startup named To Be KANT. To Be KANT is a social salon startup led by two Hanyang students, Park Jun-soo (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 4th year) and Lee Jong-won (Department of Political Science and International Studies, 4th year). (Photo courtesy of To Be KANT) The social salon finds its roots in 18th century France. Intellectuals and artists would gather in a ‘salon’—which means room in French—and engage in discussions and debates. To Be KANT provided a contemporary definition of a social salon—a cultural space where people make gatherings depending on their tastes. The business started as a team project in one class in the Department of Entrepreneurship. “News curation was what we initially had in mind,” said Park, the co-founder of the company. “With the process of model verification, To Be KANT was launched as a social salon where people curate their ideas based on their preferences.” A social salon is a space of gathering in accordance with people's interests. (Photo courtesy of To Be KANT) To Be KANT holds get-togethers that deal with current affairs, film reviews, and pastime activities. The members meet in a dedicated space called ‘igloo,’ which implies warmth beneath the cold modern society. “The number one principle in To Be KANT is listening courteously,” said Lee, the other co-founder. “Our goal is to provide a field of communication that supports members to regain their mental composure.” Mask debate is a program that represents To Be KANT as a social salon platform. It is a get-together where participants wear masks and discuss controversial issues. The program was inspired by Lee’s experience as an intern reporter. “I was surprised to see my peers refrain from being dragged to social conflicts,” recalled Lee. Oscar Wilde’s quote—“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”—flashed across the CEO’s mind. After going through countless pilot tests, To Be KANT developed a unique type of mask debate with three players: the controller, speaker, and playmaker. The startup aims to set a stage for sharing divergent opinions, especially for the upcoming parliamentary elections. “We expect people to express their honest opinions on current events through their masks,” said Lee. Mask debate is a representative program in To Be KANT which lets the participants discuss controversial issues with their masks on. (Photo courtesy of To Be KANT) To Be KANT has benefited from the preliminary business launch package funded by the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development. As termination of the support is forthcoming, the startup is planning to apply for the next step—the early-stage business launching package. To Be KANT is building up a portfolio to get support from startup accelerators as well. Park and Lee advised fellow Hanyang students not to be afraid of challenges. “The results might not work out as expected,” said Park, passionately. “However, we are improving day by day through numerous failures.” The two co-founders gave credit to their teamwork in overcoming these hardships. “We fully acknowledge our competence and each other’s roles,” said Lee. “It is a good opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business despite the slow pace.” To Be KANT is making progress as Park and Lee relish challenges with a strong partnership. (Photo courtesy of To Be KANT) The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. The student CEOs of To Be KANT are boldly moving toward their dreams as successful entrepreneurs. Oh Kyu-jin Design by Oh Chae-won

2020-01 11

[Special]Kim Gun-woo, an Entrepreneur Who Saw Both Sides of the Startup World

In line with the Korean government's vow to increase support for venture firms, Hanyang University has been supporting young entrepreneurs as it has a fair number of venture firms that were supported through the school’s Startup Support Foundation. One such benefactor of the foundation’s program was Kim Gun-woo (Department of Electronic Engineering, ‘13), who referred to himself as a “serial business shutter.” He initially started with his first startup Bigfan, a sports magazine, and three more succeeding startups, which all failed to stay afloat. Nevertheless, instead of being dismayed, Kim led himself to new challenges. Today, he makes principle investments as part of an alternative investment team at a security firm in Korea. Having been on both sides of the startup world, Kim recently published Startup White Paper, which offers a guideline for future entrepreneurs by introducing readers to the dos and don'ts of creating one's own business. Kim Gun-woo (Department of Electronic Engineering, ‘13) has recently published Startup White Paper to introduce young dreamers into the world of startups. Kim dreamed of founding his own company since 2010, dreaming of success and large paychecks. He first thought of a sports season pass transfer platform that would allow people to sell and buy various passes including baseball, basketball, and soccer. Initially, the business seemed promising. He was selected by a government support program called "the 1,000 project" and was admitted into an incubating center to develop his business model. In 2012, Kim launched a sports magazine startup, Bigfan. However, two years later, Bigfan was shut down, to which Kim said it was inevitable, as it was his first business, and there were limitations to the assets and the number of employees he could acquire. Even after countless failures, Kim found opportunities in niche markets. Today, he uses his experience to find potential in startups as an investor. Despite Bigfan’s failure, Kim continued to pursue his dream to create startups. Kim created a matchmaking platform for startups called Buildup, which introduces people interested in startups with talent-seeking businesses. In 2016, Kim founded a real estate third dimensional modeling solution which allowed businesses to examine estates without having to travel to the actual locations. Although Kim was unsuccessful with his business pursuits, his experience was prized by investment companies when he decided to seek employment. In 2014, Kim went to the other side of startups, as a person who assesses companies instead of making them. Kim’s journey into this industry has had many obstacles, as he went through four jobs until he was employed by his current employer, Meritz Securities, late last year. Kim's Startup White Paper (Photo courtesy of Seulgi Books) Kim invites young entrepreneurs who want to create their own startup to start fast to do right away. He added that money is not an issue these days, compared to a few years ago, as universities and the government are shoveling in assets to give young dreamers with big ideas a chance. However, Kim warned that only 1 percent of startups are successful and the other 99 percent of people who failed need to prepare for another career. He also advised students to stay in school instead of dropping out like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, refraining from abandoning everything in order to pursue their dream. Kim shares his experience and feelings in Startup White Paper, which includes “the most basic information that people would definitely know when they create their own startup and go through the process in building their business.” “I hope that the number of cases where startups are evaluated as good companies increase in Korea and accumulate,” said Kim. “I bet my life on startups, and I wish others can grow with me.” Jung Myung-suk Photos by Jung Myung-suk

2020-01 09
2020-01 07

[Special]The First Day of 2020, Who Is on Campus?

The first day of a new year means holiday, that is, for most of us. For some diligent Hanyangians, the first week of January means time spent on campus for an early start of a fruitful year. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. What are the early Hanyangians wishing to catch? The campus is already busy early into the new year. Which Hanyangians are staying on campus during the first week of January? The winter holiday has started, but Hanyang students' passion towards education continues. Jeon Ye-jin (Department of English Language and Literature, 4th year) stayed on campus during the first week of 2020 to study for the winter classes. "I will be preparing for graduate school next semester, so I wanted to take undergraduate classes while I'm less busy. Also, I plan to spend the holiday studying academic papers and books at the school library," said Jeon. Although she could not rest even during the new year's day, Jeon said that planning her future is more meaningful to her. "My new year's wish is to get accepted to the graduate school I wish to go!" said Jeon. Jeon Ye-jin (Department of English Language and Literature, 4th year) was one of the students who stayed on campus during the first week of 2020 to study for winter classes and prepare for graduate school. The Olympic Gymnasium is restless, even in the first week of January. Professors and students of Hanyang sports teams are practicing fiercely for this year’s upcoming tournaments. The coach of the Hanyang men's volleyball team, Professor Yang Jin-woong (Department of Physical Education) explained that there will be heavy training until the tournament starts in March. During the last three years with Yang as the coach, the volleyball team achieved remarkable records in various tournaments. However, last year, they closely missed the title of all-round champion. “Our 2020 goal is to win the all-round championship. Everyone in the team is practicing hard for it,” said Yang. The Hanyang men's volleyball team and their coach Yang Jin-woong (Department of Physical Education) are practicing on court for the upcoming tournaments during the first week of 2020. Over the holiday, some foreign students also decided to stay on campus. They were eager to spend a valuable holiday, attending Hanyang International Winter School or enjoying various activities in Korea. Okita Satsuki (Division of Tourism, 3rd year) was one of the students on campus on the first week of the new year. “Although I do miss spending the new year in my home country Japan, I wanted to have a meaningful winter break, so I stayed at Hanyang and joined volunteer activities,” said Okita. “In 2020, I wish to work hard on my linguistic skills. My goal is to pass the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) L6 as well as the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) L4.” International students also kept busy during the first week of 2020. Okita Satsuki (Division of Tourism, 3rd year) stayed on Hanyang campus to participate in volunteer activities. Even with less students, the campus needs many hands to be maintained clean and safe. Kim Sang-yun, one of the eight traffic attendants of Hanyang, was on duty during the first week of new year. "Working during the holiday season made me realize how hard-working the students of nowadays are. It was very good to see Hanyang students come to study with such bright eyes. I receive a lot of positive energy from them." Kim said his new year's wish is for his second child to go to the university they hoped for. "As for myself, I just want to become a better person with each passing year," he smiled. Many busy hands are keeping the campus safe and clean while the students are away. Kim Sang-yun, one of Hanyang's traffic attendants who was on duty on the first week of 2020, expressed that his work is very rewarding. The new year has started and Hanyang got off to a lively start. With each of the Hanyangians already eager to make the year 2020 better than the previous one, a brighter 2020 is expected for all of Hanyang's members. Lim Ji-woo Photos by Kim Ju-eun

2020-01 04

[Special]The Danger Within a Cup of Alcohol

The New Year brings more than a shift in time as the Korean health ministry has taken an action to deglamorize drinking. Starting from 2020, the so-called provocative sounds such as 'kyaa' or 'keu', sounds that people make after drinking alcohol, are banned from advertisements promoting the beverage. In November 2019, the ministry stated that the policy is an extension of the country's anti-smoking campaign as it deemed government efforts insufficient in this field. Regardless of the government’s efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle, the number of Koreans who drink at least once a month for a year from 2005 to 2017 increased from 54.6 percent to 62.1 percent, according to a study by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Professor Kang Bo-seung (College of Medicine) warns people of Korea’s drinking culture by arguing that alcohol is poison for 30 percent of Koreans. Kang elaborates on his research in his book The Medical Science Within a Cup of Alcohol, which was published in December of 2019. Professor Kang Bo-seung (College of Medicine) published The Medical Science Within a Cup of Alcohol to inform people of the misconception that small amounts of alcohol can benefit all people. The process of alcohol conversion within the human body After consuming alcohol, the ethanol within the drink is partially oxidized by the liver enzyme (proteins and biological catalysts that help speed up chemical reactions in the body) alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which produces acetaldehyde, a type of intermediate metabolite during alcohol metabolism that can be hazardous to our bodies, said Kang. Then, it is changed into a material that is not harmful to our bodies called acetic acid by an enzyme in our bodies called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2). Behind this metabolism is the reason why Koreans and people from adjacent countries such as China and Japan have such a hard time drinking alcohol; 30 percent of the population have half or even less than half of the activity of these enzymes. “Of the 30 percent, 3 to 4 percent have one tenth of the normal capacity to break down acetaldehyde, transformed from alcohol, and for 25 to 26 percent, they only retain 40 percent,” said Kang. On the other hand, Kang said that people of other races are more tolerable to alcoholic beverages (exactly acetaldehyde), especially those from Western cultures. The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declares acetaldehyde as “carcinogenic to humans” (acetaldehyde included in and generated endogenously from alcoholic beverages is a Group 1 human carcinogen). However, before Kang started to warn people of the possible dangers of Korean's biological compositions, a medical community in Korea was neglecting Kang's discovery. A neurology research team at 15 nationwide university hospitals in Korea claimed that small amounts of alcohol consumption lowers the risk of people having ischemic strokes (brain vessel obstruction type) in 2015. The team’s findings were published in Neurology, a biweekly peer-reviewed prestigious medical journal in the United States, which motivated Kang to send a letter to the journal to point out that the claim was only partially true. Soon, Kang's letter was published by Neurology, and Kang took further action by sending letters to reporters as the neurology research team's publication could endanger the lives of some 30 percent of the population. However, no one replied to Kang’s letters, until December 2015, when he received a letter from a reporter associated with one of Korea’s top news outlets. The Medical Science Within a Cup of Alcohol by Professor Kang Bo-seung (Photo courtesy of Kang) “The reporter wrote an article titled ‘Drinking Small Amounts of Alcohol is Dangerous for 40 percent of Koreans,’ and I never expected that such a sensation would follow its publication,” said Kang. Although this ratio was revised to 30 percent after further research, the article was a turning point for Kang’s mission to spread the dangers of drinking. Soon, Kang started writing the The Medical Science Within a Cup of Alcohol to raise awareness of the possible dangers of drinking alcohol for Koreans, which took three years in the making. Kang offered a simple test to those who wanted to know whether they had a sufficient capacity of enzymes in order to drink without having to worry about their health. “In order to test whether one has a small capacity of enzymes, one can drink 180 cubic centimeters (cc) of beer, a normal glass, and wait for 5 to 10 minutes,” said Kang. “If one’s face turns red after this time, it means that their enzyme power is weak.” Kang added that it is best for those who have a low capacity of enzymes to not drink at all. "20 years have passed since the 21st century. I wish this becomes an opportunity for all of society to wake up," said Kang. "Schools, the health ministry, clinics or hospitals don't emphasize the importance of these findings, so I believe that these organizations should put in more effort to stress the issue. In addition, when we come across a red light, we stop, and in the same manner, when we see a person whose face is all red during drinking sessions, we should be aware that they are being attacked by carcinogens within their bodies." Jung Myung-suk Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-12 31

[Special]International Politics from the Students’ Point of View

“International politics is too important to be left to the scholars,” quotes Professor Eun Yong-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) in the preface of his recently published book, ‘International Politics by the Public.’ In the book, authored by Eun and his 17 students, he suggests the necessity of cultivating diverse ‘narrators’ of international politics, thus resulting in “politics by the public” and not by the scholars. The book was the first step, a collection of 17 theses written and examined entirely from the students’ point of view -- i.e., the public’s point of view. The book is the first case in which undergraduates were the authors of a professional academic book. Eun Yong-soo (Department of Political Science and International Studies) and 17 students from a Foreign Policy Study class published an academic book titled ‘International Politics by the Public.' (Photo courtesy of YES24) The book, ‘International Politics by the Public’ was written and published by students from the 2019 Foreign Policy Study IC-PBL (Industry-Coupled Problem-Based Learning) class. The core purpose of the project, said Eun, was for the students to stand, not as a consumer of knowledge by scholars, but as a subject of narrating and producing knowledge. “Narration of the politics is extremely important, but the interpretation of facts hugely differ depending on who the narrator is. Although the research of formal scholars is important, it is very professionalized; therefore, there is a wide gap between professional knowledge and living knowledge,” said Eun. “It’s time that we need more than the popularization of studies. We need studies by the public.” During the first eight weeks of class, students researched different topics of international politics. For the next seven weeks, they each selected what they deemed the most urgent problem, and analyzed its meaning, cause, and solution. The deduced topics were diverse, discussing international politics of Korea, Asia, and the world, including the foreign policy of the Moon Jae-in government, the multi-lateral security cooperation system of Northeast Asia, and global, environmental pollution. (Front row, middle) Eun and students from the Department of Political Science and International Studies pose for a photo. (front row, from left) The students who authored the book are Hong Tae-ho (3rd year), Jeong Hye-young (1st year), Jo Eun-jeong (1st year), and Kim Ji-won (4th year). As a first-year class, it was a challenge for many of the students to complete a thesis. The two first-year students, Jo Eun-jeong (Department of Political Science and International Studies) and Jeong Hye-young (Department of Political Science and International Studies), said the project almost felt like an unclimbable mountain at the start. “However, getting to author a book is a valuable experience, and we are very proud,” said Jo. Kim Ji-won (Department of Political Science and International Studies, 4th year) explained that it was exciting to be able to apply the theoretical knowledge onto a real-life situation. Another student, Hong Tae-ho (Department of Political Science and International Studies, 3rd year), agreed that it was a valuable opportunity to study deep into the topic he chose. “Also, listening to and discussing the topics presented by other students helped me to contemplate deep into other, more diverse topics of international politics.” Eun said it was a meaningful experience for him too. “I remember every moment I spent making this book with students. There were hardships, of course. It was especially challenging to share the idea that not scholars but the ordinary public such as students can become the producers of knowledge. However, it will be a huge asset for students and a step towards the politics by the public,” said Eun. Lim Ji-woo Photos by Kim Ju-eun

2019-12 29

[Special]Where Cinema Becomes a Field of Study

“Parasite,” directed by Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho, won the Palme d’Or – the top prize at the Canne Film Festival – this year. This feat proved that the Korean film industry has developed into a world-class level with the accumulated efforts of 100 years. Here is a research institute in Hanyang who arranges these century-long achievements. Cinema has long been counted more like art rather than humanities for the past decades. It was not until the early 2000s that cinema studies have been systematically organized as an academic discipline. The Contemporary Cinema Research Institute (COCRI) is the first university-based research organization specializing in such studies. The Contemporary Cinema Research Institute (COCRI) was established in 2005 as the first university-based research organization in cinema studies. (Photo courtesy of COCRI) The institute inherits the academic tradition of Hanyang University's Department of Theater and Film Studies. “Since its foundation in 1960, the Department of Theater and Film Studies has produced significant manpower in the Korean film industry through a multidisciplinary approach,” said Ham Chung-beom, a research professor at the COCRI. “Hanyang’s emphasis on cinema as a liberal art is the soil of our research.” Since 2005, COCRI is digging deeper into the contemporary status of cinema, analyzing in regards to history, aesthetics, criticism, and cultural phenomenon. The institute aims to lead the development of cinema studies in Korea and play its role as the central hub in the field. “Cinema studies were dependent on Western culture in the past,” said Ham. The research professor revealed the objective of research – to unpack contemporary Korean cinema authentically in light of the Korean context. Research Professor Ham Chung-beom highlighted the role of humanities in unpacking contemporary Korean cinema in an authentic way. COCRI issues the quarterly academic journal called Contemporary Cinema Studies. The journal covers cinema studies in a broad sense, involving both domestic and foreign scholars. Contemporary Cinema Studies is currently the most frequently cited academic journal in the discipline. Besides, the institute seeks to expand its scope on the global level. Last year, CineEast was launched towards foreign scholars who are interested in Korean cinema. The institute additionally publishes a series of books on contemporary Korean cinema which concentrates on a certain theme. Moreover, COCRI annually holds colloquia, lectures, and conferences to share the results of research. Recently, a conference was held on December 21st, 2019, under the theme of ‘Cinema and Technoculturalism.’ “We are on the halfway of a government-funded project,” said Ham, who acted as the chairperson of the conference. The organizer sought to present how cinema has expressed power, culture, and art in the medium of film. The conference was notable in that five Ph.D. students participated as the main speakers. “It is expected to be a field of communication between scholars who are immersed in different subjects of study,” said Ham. “It will help future generations of researchers gain experience through debate and criticism on their theme.” The conference was a field of communication between researchers with different cinematic and scholastic backgrounds. Some say that research is to see what everybody else has seen but to think what nobody else has thought. COCRI is pioneering the field of cinema studies with Hanyang’s tradition in humanities. Oh Kyu-jin Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-12 16

[Special]Wrapping Up 2019

Here comes another year’s end. Wrapping up 2019, different thoughts come to students of different year levels. For some, it is time to step up as a senior and welcome new freshman. For many, it is merely a repeating cycle of another school year. Yet for others, it is time to leave Hanyang and step into society. So how are students of each year feeling now, at the end of 2019? Ham Chae-won (Department of German Language and Literature, 1st year) Ham Chae-won (Department of German Language and Literature, 1st year) said her 2019 was full of surprises. “Everything was new! New friends, new studies, and new school.” Ham said she thinks she did pretty well on her initial resolution to spend her first year fruitfully. “I’ve travelled a lot, drank a lot, and did many things that were possible because I was a freshman.” So many plans await her in the upcoming year. “I plan to study foreign languages, practice driving, go travelling, and make regular donations,” Ham smiled, hoping her future three years in Hanyang to be brighter and happier. Lee Myeoung-eun (Department of Chemical Engineering, 2nd year) For Lee Myeoung-eun (Department of Chemical Engineering, 2nd year), 2019 was very different from her freshman year. “Last year, everything was new and exciting. In the second year, however, there were exams after exams that I felt like I did not have enough time for myself,” said Lee. Reflecting on this thought, she thinks it is a good idea to take a rest during the holiday, as laborious studying is inevitable during semesters. Next year, she looks forward to taking a semester off and doing the things she has always wanted to do, such as participating in a volunteer service club and exercising. Hong Ji-young (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year) Hong Ji-young (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year) described her third year as the most difficult but fruitful year so far. “I wanted to challenge many different things in my third year: joining a volunteer service club, doing extra curriculum activities, and ticking out the travel bucket list. It was exhausting, but it will be a very memorable year,” said Hong. For the future third graders, she emphasized the importance of keeping in health. “If I had a chance, I’d want to tell myself before 2019, as well as the third years of 2020, that the outcomes will be good sometimes and bad sometimes, so do not get overly agitated by those. You are progressing anyhow.” Her 2020 will be filled with yet another set of challenges as she hopes to learn video editing and 3D design for her portfolio. Hong’s plan is to apply for an internship next year. Park Seo-hee (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) The 4th year of Park Seo-hee (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) has been busy with various activities, such as Youth Change Makers, Zero waste project, Sustainable Development Goals, and the counselling club. At the end of the school years, Park said she feels an unavoidable pressure and a slight depression. “I’m turning 25 now, and people have started asking if I've graduated or gotten a job. It’s hard to not feel the pressure.” Park said she hopes the new fourth graders do not think they’re alone in suffering. “It may seem like everyone else is so far ahead and better. However, each has their individual stress and problem that you do not know of, so don’t compare yourself with others. Quitting SNS and exercising is a good remedy.” In 2020, Park is preparing for employment at an international organization. Standing at the end of 2019, each of us pauses to reflect on the past year. What have I achieved? Am I a better person now than a year before? What will I be doing next year? As students, life full of uneasy questions and no tangible answers could be frustrating. Nevertheless, that is also what defines youth and endless possibilities. To everyone who has come through 2019, great job and fighting! Lim Ji-woo Photos by Kim Ju-eun, Jeong Yeon, Lim Ji-woo Design by Lim Ji-woo