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Hanyang University (HYU), as a university soaring into the world, is made up of numerous international students who are not only experiencing Hanyang as exchange students, but also as degree seeking freshmen. Among these international students, Chinese students make up a high proportion. Of all the international students entering the Department of Business Administration, 90% are Chinese. These students also account for 25% of the whole department. Due to this large number, a student council for Chinese students was created in 2010 to ease the problems Chinese students face. We met seven students from this student council and asked them about their lives as students and council members. Student council? We’re here to help! Numerous international students face various difficulties when trying to live in a different culture. Their language barrier is only one of the problems they are faced with. Seven members of this student council – Ye Jie (4th year), Wu Chunnying (2nd year), Wang Jiang (1st year), Wang Yifei (1st year), Cui Xianji (2nd year), Wang Yujia (2nd year) and Du Chuanbin (1st year) – all majoring in Business Administration, gave us their individual stories of being part of the Chinese student council. Since 2010, the Chinese student council has been made to provide a welfare system for the Chinese international students facing hardships in their school lives. As the 8th student council this year, with Ye Jie leading them as president, there are 28 members making up four teams – the organization, administration, public relations, and planning teams. The student council helps Chinese students in their major with basic pre-semester information, both for academic and social purposes. The planning team first plans most of the council’s events, such as membership training, visiting enterprises and so on. The public relations team then sends out announcements through WeChat, the most famous messenger in China. They run two chat rooms, as they have so many people involved. The administration team takes care of the international students’ lounge, books, medicine, and even umbrella rentals, while the organization team works in coordination with the public relations team for all other matters. A year in the student council The student council’s year starts with inviting Chinese freshmen to their chat rooms before they officially enter the school. They hold an orientation for these students so that they can register for courses, have information pertinent to international students and receive help with academic obstacles. They explain graduation requirements, electronic attendance, and so on in Chinese so that they have a better understanding of their school before they enter. As the scale of the Chinese student council is the biggest in HYU, they are also the only department that hosts an orientation before students enter the university. Their membership training is also differentiated from other majors - not only within Chinese student councils, but also from Korean majors. The student council tries different activities within this membership training. They have visited a strawberry farm to make jam, played survival games in Gang-hwa Island, and gone to Everland, and visited the Incheon seashore. With 30 to 40 students, they have gone away for a night to do various activities, have barbeques and just to have fun. The Chinese students also visit various Korean enterprises. The administration team of the Department of Business Administration helps with organizing this event. The students and the administration team staff members guide around 80 students to these enterprises along with a cultural activity for two days. They have visited different corporations such as Kia, Hyundai, Hite and Paik Jong-won’s lunch box factories. They learn how these enterprises are run, and try out the products if they are related to food or drinks. On the second day, the students can experience cultural activities such as making Hanji, the Korean traditional paper, or visiting famous sites such as Cheonmundae, where our ancestors use to observe the stars. Lastly, they organize an alumni party twice a year – once in Korea and once in China. Current and former students get together for networking, which makes it a perfect chance for everyone to get along and make new relationships. They had their alumni party at the end of October this year, and the president of the student council and staff members from the administration office are planning to go to China next March. As a Chinese person living in Korea As international students themselves, each Chinese student council member had their own hardships and triumphs in Korea. Wang Yujia reminisced, “I didn’t know anyone when I first came to Korea. However, I made friends and families through this council and decided I should also take part in it. I also want to learn more Korean culture.” Cui Xianji also mentioned “I came to Korea relatively later than others. I had a lot of hardships in a new country with a different culture. However, I received a lot of help from the student council and decided that I could also help people through being a member myself.” The student council has become a way for Chinese students to get along and make valuable relationships, and the members of the student council are more than willing to make more of this happen. Ye Jie mentioned that there are quite a few students with whom they couldn’t get in touch before entrance, as some of them didn’t have WeChat accounts. However, now looking at these students making an account and socializing after attending the membership training, he reminisces and feels that their actions have been worthwhile. Unlike Korean student councils, the members of the Chinese student council have to take care of not only yearly events, but also come up with methods that can better help Chinese students overcome hardships related to cultural differences. Even though the number of international students is constantly increasing, the obstacles they have to face are still present. Cui Xianji explained, “I wish the prejudice towards Chinese would change. There are a lot of hardworking students, and they really work hard for their future.” Student councils that focus solely on helping international students should be more facilitated as we continue to welcome more and more international students. ▲ The Chinese student council members took a commemorative photo when visiting a corporation. ▲ They are enjoying the various activities of Korean farms. ▲ 2018 Chinese students’ Membership Training By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter) email@example.com
▲ 카드뉴스의 한글 기사는 아래에서 읽을 수 있습니다 - 깊어 가는 한양의 가을 밤, 해피 핼러윈! ▲ Click to read the English article - Happy Howl-oween!
Zahin Hussain Piao JinLan Hanyang University (HYU) is spreading its competence not only within Korea but towards the whole world. HYU receives thousands of international students each semester and even the university’s employees consists of international staff members. We met two of these hard-working staffs, Zahin Hussain (Social Innovation Center) and Piao JinLan (Hanyang Happiness-Dream Center), to overlook the lives of international staff members. “For a better Hanyang, for a better world!” Zahin Hussain, from Canada, currently works in the Social Innovation Center, trying to strengthen international exchange and social venture programs. Even though Hussain is Canadian, she has worked in Asia for the past five years, including the Philippines and Vietnam, and has worked in Hanyang University since 2017. Hussain started her career in Asia in the Asian Development Bank. “I had great interest in Asian countries’ development, culture and their potential and this motivated me to engage in programs that support development not only in Asia, but the whole world,” reminisced Hussain. Throughout her numerous workplaces, she first came across HYU as she was working in the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange. HYU had a partnership with this program, which lead Hussain to be scouted to the Social Innovation Center after the program had come to an end. She still proceeds with the similar work she has been doing so far, trying to promote and advertise social ventures. “My first impression of Korea was indeed positive,” Hussain started off. She complimented that every aspect of Korea was significant, including people’s kindness and well developed telecommunication and transportation systems. As she complimented the various factors of Korea being the front-runner of Asia, she also expressed her surprise on the excessive meat consumption of Korea. “I actually became a vegetarian after I came to Korea. I was overwhelmed with the meat consumption of citizens here and wanted to be conscious of what I eat.” She now therefore works not only for social ventures, but also gives lectures on being a vegetarian. Hussain is currently active in supporting social innovation and the startup community. She gives lectures and have mentorship programs both inside and outside HYU, for startups and venture teams. Moreover, starting from this year, Hussain is studying for her MBA majoring in Korean and Asian Business Studies. She is currently preparing for a mentorship in Citypreneurs, organized by WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations). She also expressed her thrill when students surprise her. “A lot of students show great improvement in their capability. However, students tend to surprise me when they make an achievement within the community or develop something by themselves. As I am supporting students to have better ideas, my heart fills with pride when they do something beyond what I could imagine,” explained Hussain. She thoroughly emphasized the current status of rapid changes – not only in Hanyang University, but Korea as a whole. In this dynamic environment, she wished all Hanyangians wouldn’t be afraid of it. “It’s natural to feel lost in the process of searching for your aptitude, but try hard to find what you love, especially in a university like Hanyang. “Making a bridge between Chinese and Korean students” Piao JinLan, working in the Office of International Affairs Hanyang Happiness Dream Center is the first foreign staff among Korean universities hired for counselling international students. As a Chinese herself, she thoroughly understands the situation of Chinese students and endeavors day and night to help them in all aspects. She has worked in HYU from 2013 to 2015, took a rest for a year and is continuing her work from 2017. Piao not only counsels Chinese students, but also manages student administration programs and university satisfaction surveys. Piao was initially interested in psychology and counselling since she was a university student, back in China. She first visited Korea as an exchange student in her third year for a semester Piao thoroughly enjoyed and received help from her psychology lectures, and therefore came back to Korea for her master’s degree, to learn psychology in depth. After her degree, Piao started working here right away. “I started with a wish to help Chinese students better adapt to Korean culture, as I have gone through the same concerns as a Chinese living in Korea,” expressed Piao. HYU is the outset in Korea to hire a staff for the counselling of international students. This shows how much HYU cares for all students, regardless of nationalities. It has already been almost ten years since Piao first came to Korea. For her, Korea is now just as comfortable as her home country. Piao reminisced her first impression of Korea as a small country that was extremely developed. “People work very hard but have great affection and care towards each other at the same time. This affection helped me a lot when I was tired or depressed. You can’t expect warm, private conversations in a workplace other than Korea,” smiled Piao. As counseling is her main duty, she puts her utmost effort to her field. As she meets each student face to face, she can realize the changes the students go through better than any other professors. Piao explained that she feels the most worthwhile when she notices the students have overcome their hardships and challenges. “Deciding to study overseas is a hard decision for everyone. There are culture and language barriers blocking them, and adapting to a completely new country requires excessive time and exertion. Looking at the students going through this tiresome process and overcoming themselves makes me proud of myself,” said Piao. Majoring in psychology itself requires endless training and studying. Since HYU is the first university in Korea to operate counseling program for international students, she had to study even more excessively. Now, as few more schools operate this program, a network between the teachers and students are forming. Through the counselling academy, they have discussions twice a month, and work on guidebooks for counselling international students. As the number of international students is drastically increasing, universities require more teachers who can take care of these students. Not only do they need more personnel, but they also need to improve the quality of their service. As a counselor for international students within Korea, Piao tries to be the ‘bridge’ to connect international students with Korean students. International students face hardships living in an unfamiliar environment, whereas Korean students also need to learn the way to coexist with students with diverse backgrounds. “I hope I would be able to give a hand for this situation to help students better understand each other.” expressed Piao. She sincerely thanked for the numerous students who were willing to help international students. “It is inevitably hard, especially when they take the same lectures, to work as a team. Despite these hardships, however, their intentions and actions are truly heartwarming. The fact that our university has a counselling program for international students shows how much the school cares for all students, in the students’ perspectives. This is definitely HYU’s strength and I am sure the students can feel it too. I hope, and I am sure that all students would remember this.” Being a foreign staff at HYU didn’t draw a conclusion of hardships and challenges. Instead, the staff members were able to spread their wings and truly perform what they excel at. With these young leaders who sincerely wishe for the development of the university Hanyang will continue on its upturn unceasingly. 1 Zahin Hussain is delivering various kinds of lectures 2 Hussain is mentoring her students at HYU Seventeen Hearts Festival 3 Piao is delivering speeches for international students, to better adapt to Korean culture 4 Piao enjoys working with her colleagues By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter) firstname.lastname@example.org
▲ Click to read the English article - Setting a Good Example of Cooperation ▲ 카드뉴스의 원본 기사는 아래에서 읽을 수 있습니다 - 글로벌 한양, 중국유학생들을 위한 '맞춤형 지원' 노력
▲ HISS students celebrated their successful summer vacation through the graduation ceremony The 2018 Hanyang International Summer School (HISS) reached its successful conclusion on the 27th of July with the graduation ceremony held in the Hanyang Olympic Gymnasium. A little over 2,000 students from 49 different countries participated in this year’s HISS, the largest ever, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from students and faculty alike. Earning credits and experiencing a range of activities in HISS’ edutainment-based program, this year’s participants expressed their overall satisfaction with many stating their desire to return. Another year of HISS After four weeks of attending intensive, 3-hours per day, 4-days a week classes and joining in a variety of offered activities, the graduation ceremony was held to celebrate not only the end of the program but also to celebrate the participants’ accomplishment of successfully completing the fast-paced, highly focused curriculum. Since the start of HISS in 1990, when HISS was originally a program for overseas, ethnic Koreans designed to introduce them to Korean language and culture, HISS has been working tirelessly to improve in both quality and quantity. As a result, HISS is now recognized as the largest summer school program in Korea. HISS still maintains its original goal of introducing Korea but is now far more inclusive and extensive, offering various activities such as the Han River Cruise Party, Boryeong Mud Festival, and a visit to SM TOWN for K-pop fans. In comparison to last year, 143 additional students from 10 different countries participated as HISS students this summer. Not only did HISS offer students opportunities to partake in fun-filled events, but additionally, 126 more classes were offered in the 9 fields of Art & Design, Communication & Media, Business & Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Korean Studies & Language, Science & Math, Social Studies, and Engineering. Wrapping up four weeks Before the ceremony, students in graduation caps and gowns were busy mingling with friends and taking photos of their last moments at HISS. A mixture of relief, sadness, excitement, and enthusiasm could be seen on their faces as many took turns snapping photos in front of the designated photo wall. Even though the program lasted four weeks, the atmosphere of the ceremony did not seem different from any other graduations. As the clock reached 2:00 pm, the students found their seats, filling up the floor of the Olympic Gymnasium. The ceremony began with a congratulatory farewell speech from the Hanyang University President, Lee Young-moo and Michael Collins, a guest professor from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Both congratulated all students for their hard work during the past four weeks and wished all students well as they returned to their home countries. Testimonials by a participating student and two international interns followed. Victoria Morrison from Wilkes University gave the first speech as the student representative. She energetically shared her own experience at HISS, describing herself as a normal university student and avid fan of K-pop and who loves to play and learn new things. Next, Beatriz Guintu from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Sylvester Sia from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), gave their speeches. They were the first international interns at HISS, working for the Office of International Affairs. As students who were able to experience something a bit more unique, they gave testimonials of what they had experienced as international students and interns at HISS. ▲ 1) Students are congratulating each other after completing their 4-week course ▲ 2) HISS students are performing a fan dance on stage ▲ 3) Graduates are taking commemorative photos against a photo wall ▲ 4) A student is receiving a certificate from his professor ▲ HISS students experienced Korean culture through various activities Goodbye for now As part of the ceremony, two students from Hanyang’s Department of Applied Music performed three dance routines from popular K-pop songs: ‘Latata’ by (G)I-DLE, ‘Playing with Fire’ by BlankPink and ‘Fake Love’ by BTS. Many of the students appeared to be familiar with these K-pop hits, and even though there may have been those who were unaware of them, the entire venue seemed filled with excitement. Many of the students could be seen singing along to the songs, brightening up the atmosphere. After the performance, some HISS students performed their own practiced routines including a traditional fan dance. Among the 126 offered classes, there was a traditional performance class in which students who signed up were able to learn the fan dance. These students practiced hard everyday for their final performance, and despite a lack of time, they performed exceptionally well to an appreciative audience. After the ceremony had ended, a lot of students remained at the stadium taking pictures to savor the moment. At HISS, new friendships were forged regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. Four weeks had come and passed, and all the organized get-togethers had finished. The relationships and memories, however, will continue. A direct experience of Korea At the 2018 International Summer School, students were able to combine their studies with entertainment aspects of Korea. These included the following: ▲ 6) Students are enjoying their time at the Han River Boat Cruise ▲ 7) Students are taking a commemorative photo at the Boryeong Mud Festival SM Town & Nanta show On July 7th, students were able to choose between a trip to SM Town or watching the Nanta show. Those who were interested in K-pop were able to take a look at some of the work behind one of Asia’s biggest entertainment companies. That day, 319 students visited and had a chance to watch an SM-Town hologram musical and visit the gallery there. The other 393 students visited the Nanta show, a kitchen-themed percussion performance. The powerful beats and the creatively improvised instruments were a delight to the audiences’ eyes and ears. Han River Boat Cruise On July 10th and 11th, a total of 1,000 students attended the Han River Boat Cruise. Starting from Jamsil Pier, the students were able to enjoy the night view of part of the central areas of Seoul along the Han River. Various snacks, activities such as face-painting, henna tattooing, and games were provided, enabling students to get better acquainted with each other in a fun atmosphere. Boryeong Mud Festival On July 13th and 14th, a total of 757 students attended the biggest mud festival in Korea. Known for its healthy soil deposits, Boryeong boasts the annual festival in which participants can get down and dirty, competing in mud wrestling contests, enjoying mudslides, and just frolicking in the soothing mud. ▲ 8) Students went on a picnic to Caribbean Bay to splash around in the pool against the scorching heat. ▲ 9) The memories of new friends in a new country will last forever. Sylvester Sia from SIM “I started working as an intern from the first week of May. I really wanted to work as an international intern, and very thankfully I found a place at HYU. I was engaged in doing work similar to what the regular interns do. Beatriz and I were assigned to make a comprehensive guidebook of Korea from our view as international students so that other international students could better understand Korea and Korean culture. All my colleagues were extremely friendly, and I learned a lot from them, watching them all working very hard. I am currently planning to build a startup company, and now, since HISS has finished, I will go back to my original life and work hard to achieve my dream. I wasn’t able to speak Korean at first, but now I can have little chats in Korean. Thank you for everyone who has helped me!” Beatriz Guintu from the New Jersey Institute of Technology “I started working from the 28th of May. My sister already had experience joining HISS last year, and I was therefore extremely interested in working with the HISS staff, as someone who wanted to help. In America, you can’t imagine really developing any friendships with your superiors. However, while I worked here, I had frequent outings and enjoyed the time with colleagues and superiors as family and friends. I was therefore able to enjoy the work I did much more than I expected. I was also able to make a lot of friends from all around the world and have a wider view of the world. I am now going back to my home country to apply for graduate school. I will miss my life and experiences in Korea. I am grateful to all the staff for their hospitality, and the memories I shared.” By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter) email@example.com
▲ HISS students celebrated their successful summer vacation through the graduation ceremony The 2018 Hanyang International Summer School (HISS) reached its successful conclusion on the 27th of July with the graduation ceremony held in the Hanyang Olympic Gymnasium. A little over 2,000 students from 49 different countries participated in this year’s HISS, the largest ever, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive from students and faculty alike. Earning credits and experiencing a range of activities in HISS’ edutainment-based program, this year’s participants expressed their overall satisfaction with many stating their desire to return. Another year of HISS After four weeks of attending intensive, 3-hours per day, 4-days a week classes and joining in a variety of offered activities, the graduation ceremony was held to celebrate not only the end of the program, but also to celebrate the participants’ accomplishment of successfully completing the fast-paced, highly focused curriculum. Since the start of HISS in 1990, when HISS was originally a program for overseas, ethnic Koreans designed to introduce them to Korean language and culture, HISS has been working tirelessly to improve both in quality and quantity. As a result, HISS is now recognized as the largest summer school program in Korea. HISS still maintains its original goal of introducing Korea, but is now far more inclusive and an extensive, offering various activities such as the Han River Cruise Party, Boryeong Mud Festival, and a visit to SM TOWN for K-pop fans. In comparison to last year, 143 additional students from 10 different countries participated as HISS students this summer. Not only did HISS offer students opportunities to partake in fun-filled events, but additionally, 126 more classes were offered in the 9 fields of Art & Design, Communication & Media, Business & Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Korean Studies & Language, Science & Math, Social Studies, and Engineering. Wrapping up four weeks Before the ceremony, students in graduation caps and gowns were busy mingling with friends and taking photos of their last moments at HISS. A mixture of relief, sadness, excitement, and enthusiasm could be seen on their faces as many took turns snapping photos in front of the designated photo wall. Even though the program lasted four weeks, the atmosphere of the ceremony did not seem different from any other graduations. As the clock reached 2:00 pm, the students found their seats, filling up the floor of the Olympic Gymnasium. The ceremony began with a congratulatory farewell speech from the Hanyang University President, Lee Young-moo and Michael Collins, a guest professor from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Both congratulated all students for their hard work during the past four weeks and wished all students well as they returned to their home countries. Testimonials by a participating student and two international interns followed. Victoria Morrison from Wilkes University gave the first speech as the student representative. She energetically shared her own experience at HISS, describing herself as a normal university student and avid fan of K-pop and who loves to play and learn new things. Next, Beatriz Guintu from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Sylvester Sia from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), gave their speeches. They were the first international interns at HISS, working for the Office of International Affairs. As students who were able to experience something a bit more unique, they gave testimonials of what they had experienced as international students and interns at HISS. 1 Students are congratulating each other after completing their 4-week course 2 HISS students are performing fan dance on stage 3 Graduates are taking commemorative photos against photo wall 4 A student is receiving a certificate from his professor By On Jung-yun (Student Reporter) firstname.lastname@example.org
▲ Members of the Hanyang Global Lions pose together in front of the Administration Building As an ever-growing international institution, Hanyang University serves as a classroom to a growing number of foreign students every year. Roughly 1,300 students visit HYU on a yearly basis, and the number is expected to grow. However, the thirst for education alone does not provide the necessary essentials for students studying on foreign soil. They require assistance with settling into their new environment in addition to activities outside of the curriculum in order to fully savor their experience. The Hanyang Global Lions was created precisely for this purpose. A Friend in Need As an affiliate organization under the Office of International Affairs, the main goal of the Hanyang Global Lions is to instill a sense of identity to foreign students as a member of Hanyang University. According to Hong Seung-woo, the current supervisor of the organization, “the vast majority of exchange students simply pass through the school as temporary visitors, with their stay varying from a single semester to a full year.” They are usually not even aware of the wide array of school events and activities until they take place. Foreign students need assistance adapting to general campus life, and the office wants to improve the satisfaction of their stay. “And what better way to do so than to help them make a friend?” answered Hong. Although there have been some efforts to facilitate foreign students settling into campus life, the Hanyang Global Lions is the first official organization created solely for this purpose. It is also worth noting that their operations revolve closely around the ideas of student members. Hong explained that the planning of projects is largely delegated by the students who prepare the project proposals in great details, from theme, budget, and means of transportation. “Aside from financial support, the role of the Office of International Affairs is to revise the project plans to make them more feasible,” explained Hong. He added that since the student members are the ones who directly interact with foreign students, he tries his best to guarantee their autonomy. In order to learn more about the Hanyang Global Lions in greater depth, an interview was conducted with Jang Su-bin (Division of International Studies 15) and Oh Jin-kyu (Business Administration 17). The two students were members of the executive team, which consisted of the president and four directors, each in charge of Student Support, External Cooperation, Strategic Planning, and General Affairs. As heads of Student Support and General Affairs, Su-bin and Jin-kyu described what it was like to work in the Hanyang Global Lions and shared some of their most memorable experiences. Creating the Blue Print Some of the specific projects that the Hanyang Global Lions have directed are field trips to historic sites and tourist attractions, as well as tours in the city regarding themes such as cherry blossom festivals, K-pop, and so on. They also operate a buddy matching program called HY-buddy, which designates a buddy for exchange students to help out with course applications, campus tours, and even language guidance. Subin and Jinkyu spoke on behalf of the Hanyang Global Lions when they expressed deep satisfaction with their work environment. “Many of our ideas are accommodated by the office, and it’s just a great opportunity to be able to plan, operate, and receive feedback on projects designed on our own,” explained Su-bin. So far, their results seem quite successful. Not only do foreign students find the program extremely helpful, the student members find it fulfilling. According to Jin-kyu, “Not only do we help foreign students, we also gain special memories.” However, this does not come without costs. As a new organization, the Hanyang Global Lions is under construction work. Conferencing among members as well as executives takes place on a frequent basis, which often takes up many hours. The two students agreed that this was a period of establishing the fundamentals of the organization, which will contribute to its future operations. Supervisor Hong added that trial and error is natural at this point, and that with the dedication that he has witnessed from the students, the Hanyang Global Lions will become a respected organization in time. The ultimate goal of the Hanyang Global Lions is to create a ubiquitous interface among foreign students and ordinary Korean students, so that they can feel like a genuine student at HYU. As an organization that members can feel a strong sense of pride, fulfillment, and belonging to the school, the two interviewees strongly urged HYU students to join the Hanyang Global Lions. Furthermore, supervisor Hong encourages foreign students to participate in their various programs, as he believes that it is one of the best ways to improve the quality of their experience in Korea. ▲ The Hanyang Global Lions touring the Seodaemun Prison History Hall By Lee Chang-hyun (Student Reporter) email@example.com
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Lions, who really know how to relax and have a good time, gathered together for the annual school festival. There was a lot of confusion this year due to the prohibition on selling alcohol, but the festival was a success. The student council said that under the theme of Rachios: Bisang, they showed their desire to offer different types of entertainment. Let's take a glimpse of the day and night of the Seoul Campus Festival, which were a brilliant variety of events and performances by many singers. ▲ One, wo three~! A picture of a student posing for a 'life photo' at the HY-lion exhibition in front of the main building. ▲ The college student game contest finals held by various universities was held at the Seoul campus. The outdoor theater, full of tension, was crowded with spectators. ▲On the 24th of last month, on the night of the first successful day of the festival, the campus was packed with more people. ▲ During the three days of the festival, there were club performances in Hanmadang. This performer is singing a ballad song in a sweet voice that suited the cool weather. ▲ Students are enjoying the cheerleading performance. ▲ Singer Yunha, who visited Seoul campus, had a good time with the students of Hanyang on the 23rd. ▲ Singer 10cm performced in the final concert on the evening of the 23rd . He was touched and his eyes filled with tears by the audience's group singing.
Just a few years ago, the translations for the official Hanyang website were in a state of catastrophe. There was no consistency in the terminology used, and there was an overall insufficiency of contents available in foreign languages. This frail structure soon became a bigger problem as the university gradually increased its engagement in international programs, such as exchange student programs, foreign internships, and language institutes. So what changed all of this? The answer is the Global Communication Committee (GCC). First initiated to address the inconsistencies in the various English titles within the university organization, GCC has extended its role to facilitate Hanyang University’s expansion of activities on a global platform. Providing a wide array of linguistic assistance in English and Chinese, it is now considered an integral tool on Hanyang’s path to becoming a truly global institution. ▲ (from the right) professor Ben Park, Jessica Warren, student assistant Park Hye-jung, Kwon Hee-jung, Nam Hyo-jin Introducing the Global Communication Committee Established in March of 2016, GCC consists of two departments that respectively handle content in English and Chinese. The English department consists of two professors and three graduate student assistants while the Chinese department is made up of one professor with two student assistants. There is also a supervisor and a chairperson who oversee the entire project. Situated on the fourth floor of the new Administration Building, GCC engages in four main activities: 1. Translating promotional content created by the Media Strategy Center, 2. Translating and managing English/Chinese content on the official website of Hanyang University, 3. Translating and consenting of key public documents generated from other departments, 4. Serving in a committee that establishes the official names and titles that exist within Hanyang University. Delving a little deeper into what GCC does, one of their major tasks is translating news articles written by student reporters. In an effort to share recent and noteworthy news with the foreign faculty and students, GCC took special attention in making these articles available in other languages. Regarding the process of translations, much of the writings are done by the student assistants, who then send their work to the professors who work for GCC for review and editing. In addition to news articles, GCC provides English versions of various notifications and updates from the university, which foreign students had trouble comprehending in the past. Other specific tasks include revising the English versions of congratulatory remarks given in major school events such as the bi-annual Paiknam Prize ceremony, and the university’s entrance/graduation ceremonies. The last role of GCC that cannot be stressed enough is the designation of official names for school departments and various titles. In the past, when these titles were translated freely by individuals, there was major confusion among foreign students and professors when discussing certain departments or facilities. Furthermore, the lack of an official, organizational title itself was a major breach in the university’s global competency. At the end of 2017, GCC had provided official titles for all departments, facilities, and faculty positions for Hanyang University. Furthermore, throughout the year, GCC had serviced 67 requests for translation from other departments, published 7 different printed forms of magazines, brochures, and catalogues, and uploaded 285 English news articles as well as 135 in Chinese. "Providing a wide array of linguistic assistance in English and Chinese, it is now considered an integral tool on Hanyang’s path to becoming a truly global institution." The engines behind the committee Ben Park and Jessica Warren are the two professors in charge of the final editing of the various English documents that pass through GCC. Whether it is a letter to be sent to a partner university, or a compilation of a new faculty manual, it is only after Ben and Jessica give consent that they become the official work of Hanyang University. “It’s a very important job. I had often heard from my colleagues that the English translation of the website was, quite frankly, embarrassing. I feel proud of how much progress we’ve made,” commented Ben. The two professors also work for the Center for Creative Convergence Education, where they teach classes such as Professional Academic English and Presentation and Writing Skills in English. It has not been long since Ben and Jessica began working for GCC. Ben began working for GCC in the fall semester of 2017 and Jessica since March of 2018. Prior to their position with GCC, Jessica had worked extensively in the field of English editing. For her, the biggest change in her work as a member of GCC is that the result of her revisions is now much more influential in scope and depth. As she was used to instructing students on a one-on-one basis, her editing tasks for GCC involve the production of something that so many people will see and be affected by was eye awakening. “My proudest moment while working for GCC was taking part in the translation of the new attendance program and its manual,” mentioned Jessica. She explained that her participation felt like a direct and practical effort in helping her English speaking colleagues.Ben has also had extensive experience in editing from his years as an ESL teacher in the United States. As such, he places quite an emphasis on the grammatical soundness of the papers he receives. “I try as much as I can to keep to the original structure intended by the writer,” answered Ben. For him, the hardest part of the job was editing translations that still had a Korean fixture. “Direct translations are usually very dense and awkward. It takes strict mental work to figure them out.” On the other hand, Jessica confessed that she finds these pieces entertaining, in a way that is similar to a puzzle. Either way, it was clear that both professors held great pride and interest in their role with GCC. They also agreed that they were surprised at how many programs and systems the university has in place for its students, and that the thought of making these opportunities more accessible to Executive Vice President Lee Sung-chull ▲ Executive Vice President , Lee Sung-chull Executive Vice President Lee Sung-chull is the founder and current chairperson of GCC. Also having served as the first Dean of the Division of International Studies, he has dedicated his time at Hanyang University by nurturing its global capacity. According to Dr. Lee, the main motivation for the establishment of GCC was the lack of a systematic management in its English affairs, despite the significant scale of our university. “Not only were all of the names of our buildings different, but professors and students could only check school notifications in Korean, and various English publications in the university were coordinated at the individual department level.” He also added that it imposed embarrassing complications when corresponding with foreign institutions. Executive Vice President, Dr. Lee expressed his satisfaction about the progress that GCC has made so far. “Every department, building, and infrastructure now has an official name, and we have sorted out the complicated number of titles for the professors.” Furthermore, he was very content with how the university website has turned out. He felt that what had consisted of rigid, direct translations is now very smooth and natural. Moreover, he felt that the visual design and concept of the improved website went beyond the domain of words, creating a welcoming platform for everyone. Meanwhile, he desires to make GCC more widely known. Though he was happy to hear that there was a steady growth in the requests for translation from other departments, he sought to position GCC in a more integral role at Hanyang University. “We are currently catering to English and Chinese, the two most commonly used languages on our campus. But as Hanyang University grows more global, there will be further expansion of languages as well as faculties to meet this new demand.” Emphasizing the ‘Communication’ in the name, Global Communication Committee, Executive Vice President, Dr. Lee has expressed hope that the committee will not just facilitate communication with foreign institutions, but amongst ourselves as members of Hanyang. With such dedication and support from all levels of GCC, Dr. Lee’ s aspirations do not seem very far-fetched. By Lee Chang-hyun (Student Reporter) firstname.lastname@example.org
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