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2019-10 14

[Student]The Youngest to Pass the 5th Level Open Recruitment Administration Post

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 soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-10 06

[Student]Medical School Student's Invention Receives International Recognition

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 kenj3636@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-09 16

[Student][HY ERICA] “Love Stretched Out through Music” - Choi Ah-im

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.

2019-09 02

[Student]The Author of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way

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 soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Ju-eun

2019-05 28

[Student]A Precious Silver for Hanyang Judo Team Captain

The 12th Cheong-poong Judo Competition was held for five days from May 1st to May 5th. At one of the largest judo competitions in Korea, along with the Jeju-cup and Suncheonman-cup, Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year), the captain of the Hanyang Judo team, managed to produce an outstanding result by winning the silver medal in the 81 kg class individual division. Cheong-poong Judo Competition Cheong-poong Judo Competition is one of the largest judo competitions in Korea both in its size and reputation. Having first started in 2008 as Cheong-poong National Judo Competition, targeting elementary, middle, and high school students only, it was in 2015 that the competition was extended beyond students to include assortments of all classes. Except for in 2011 and 2012, the competition has been held in Cheongju due to the reputation of the area within South Korean judo. Second from left, Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year) has won the silver medal in the Cheong-poong Judo Competition 81 kg class individual division. (Photo Courtesy of Cho) 260 teams (1,843 individuals) for the individual division and 130 teams (980 individuals) for the team events participated in this year’s competition. An additional 180 individuals were also present for the university club division, bringing the total to 3003 participants for this year’s competition. Cho managed to make it to the finals, having successive victories since the round of 32. During the finals, Cho gave away half the points to his opponent, with 40 seconds remaining. “Not having enough rest after the semi-finals, I think that fatigue was the main reason behind my loss. Still, it was a nice experience, and I will prepare more for other competitions,” stated Cho. Captain of the Hanyang team First starting judo during his second year in elementary school, Cho managed to win his first medal a year later. It was this medal that solidified Cho’s interest in the sport and led him to this point. Now being the captain of Hanyang Judo Team, Cho showed his passion for judo. Despite his success in the Cheong-poong competition, rather than showing satisfaction, Cho stated how he felt his shortages through the tournament and how he was inspired to train even harder. He also added that he will prepare well for upcoming competitions in the future, having the goal of joining a business team or the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps after graduation. Being the captain of Hanyang Judo Team, Cho showed his dedication toward preparing himself and his teammates for future competitions. (Photo Courtesy of Cho) Cho also asked for more interest in and support for the school team. He explained that “Only two players were admitted to Hanyang per year, yet even this recruitment has stopped, leaving only the six current members. With us all being in different weight classes, it is difficult for us to practice with only each other. A more supportive environment for training would be a great help to the team." Despite the small number, Cho and his team members have shown great results. According to Cho, judo is a stepping stone towards his next life. Having guided the Hanyang Judo team well, the anticipation towards future competitions is high for both Cho and his teammates. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr

2019-05 27

[Student]Color Scripter, an Individual Project Created by a Middle Schooler

With industries' increasing interest in programming, the number of individuals and professionals who pursue further study in the field has significantly increased. However, in the time before programming and coding became so popular, it was difficult to read and recognize codes due to their complexity. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) was a young man interested in programming who felt the same inconvenience and tried to look for various programs that increased the readability of codes. He found that none that were satisfying, and as a result, decided to make his own. This is how he first created Color Scripter, a beloved coding program, at the age of 16 as a middle schooler. Lee Young-soo (Department of Computer Science, 4th year) made his first program Color Scripter when he was 16. What is Color Scripter? Color Scripter is a program that enhances the readability of codes on the Web by changing codes’ colors. Approximately 500 to 600 users utilize this program daily, and more than 100 languages and themes created by users are registered on the website. This program is specialized in Korea as a platform that simplifies the process of code posting, specifically in Naver blogs. There are diverse languages in programming, and it was extremely burdensome to accommodate all the languages that users require, so Lee decided to open the ‘Extended Store (확장스토어)’ service that allows users to spontaneously upload their own languages and themes to share. Users can spontaneously make their own language packages or styles through the 'Extended Store (확장스토어)' (Photo courtesy of Color Scripter website) When and why did you start an individual project? “I started programming when I was in 5th grade in elementary school. It started as a hobby, but as I spent more time on it, I was determined to pursue programming as a career path,” said Lee. The earliest version of Color Scripter was invented when Lee was in the 3rd grade of middle school. He made the program for his own convenience at first. However, as Lee shared his codes coated with Color Scripter in his blog, other users began to recognize the usefulness of the program and started using it. The number of users increased considerably, and Lee felt responsibility to run a website for the convenience of others. “It left a certain mark when users used Color Scripter and added a viral effect as well. I first started this project for my own good, but as many people were using my program, I felt a sense of pride and the necessity to run the website and constantly update the program,” recalled Lee. As Color Scripter was simply an individual project, Lee felt no burden or discomfort when running the website. This is because if the purpose of the program was to earn a profit, Lee would feel great responsibility and deal with users’ complaints; however, Lee actively notifies users that Color Scripter is just a hobby for him, and that is why the program is serviced for free, and all of its users are aware. However, when it comes to the website's operating expenses, Lee has to spend his own money. As an ordinary university student, Lee faced a financial burden. “At first, I tried to cover all the operating expenses by myself, but as time went on, it became more and more burdensome. I confessed to the users that I was facing such an issue, and that I had to open a sponsorship section. I did not expect so much monetary assistance in the beginning, but I actually received money three days after I opened the section. I felt a great sense of humanity that day,” smiled Lee. After Lee opened the sponsorship section, he no longer had to spend his own money to cover the operating expenses. Lee picks the opening of the sponsorship section as the most meaningful experience that not only resolved his financial burden of website operating expenses, but also made him feel a sense of humanity. What is your future plan? According to Lee, “Some people tell me to start charging for use of the program, but I have no plans at all of doing so. I believe it is a better and worthwhile experience to run a website with sponsorship from my users. I want the self-consistent ecosystem within Color Scripter where users’ needs are satisfied by themselves. Color Scripter has its special meaning that has grown with me and served me with good memories.” Lee has not yet decided on a specific career path since he is still finding out what he truly wants to do. Many acquaintances recommended he launch a start-up business, but he wants more preparation and is waiting for a definite item that will be profitable. Color Scripter has a special meaning in that it grew with him and provided him with many good memories. Since Color Scripter was first made when he was young, it lacked organization. As he entered Hanyang University, he was able to notice numerous successful examples of well-organized programs and acquire knowledge that he usefully applied to his program. “I started this project all by myself. I just want to say that if you look around at your friends, they all are experts in certain areas and may have a common interest. I hope other students experience success in team projects. If I had the chance, I would have definitely tried with my friends,” concluded Lee. Kim Min-jae fhffl5781@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kim Joo-eun

2019-05 26

[Student]Dads Are Back with The New Grey

Lim Ji-woo il04131@hanyang.ac.kr Photos courtesy of The New Grey Photos by Kim Joo-eun Design by Lim Ji-woo, Kim Min-ji

2019-04 08

[Student]Pursuit of a Dream Beyond Borders

Hanyang University's basketball team is currently in ninth place in the 2019 KUFS University League, hosted by the Korean University Basketball Federation (KUBF). This is all thanks to the excellent players the team has, one of whom is Khishgee Boldsukh (Department of Physical Education, 2nd year). He has performed sensationally in this year's university league, scoring an average of over 20 points in the first four games. Having entered Hanyang University in September of 2018, Boldsukh is a 189cm player who is currently having a great debut season, ranking third in the individual scoring chart with a total of 86 points. Khishgee Boldsukh (Department of Physical Education, 2nd year) has peformance exceptionally during the first three games of the 2019 KUFS University League. Pursuing his dream in Korea Born in Mongolia, Boldsukh came to Korea at the age of eleven, after his grandparents passed away. As Boldsukh’s mother was living in Korea at the time, he came to the country in the need of a guardian. As soon as he arrived in Korea, Boldsukh entered Sahwa Elementary School and joined the basketball team, which was the start of his career as a basketball player in Korea. Moving onto Palryong Middle School and Masan High School, Boldsukh pursued his career by joining both schools' basketball teams. Although Boldsukh was allowed to play on basketball teams, it was his nationality as a foreigner that prevented him from playing in regular leagues such as the National Sports Festival. Boldsukh’s nationality also presented additional hardships such as not being covered by national health insurance and many complications related to documentation paperwork. However, such difficulties did not prevent Boldsukh from pursuing his dream, and he was admitted to Hanyang University in 2018, based on his exceptional basketball skills. Boldsukh faced numerous hardships while pursuing his career as a foreign player in Korea. Becoming a key player Even after his admission to Hanyang University, Boldsukh was not allowed to play in last year’s University League due to the regulations on foreign players. It was only after Boldsukh received his Korean citizenship in October of 2018 that he was able to register as a player, finally making his debut in the 2019 KUSF University League. According to Boldsukh, last year was a difficult season for not only himself but also for the Hanyang University team itself, as he had to watch the team failing to make it to the playoffs from the bench. However, with Boldsukh joining the team, the outlook for the team seemed to be bright this season. “Our team members have formed a close relationship, which resulted in showing great teamwork. We also are specialized at swift attacks based on a strong defense,” answered Boldsukh, when asked about the strengths of Hanyang University team. As for his individual performance, Boldsukh gave the credit to his teammates, explaining how basketball is a team game, and that it was their great support that led to his outstanding performance. Boldsukh has an important role in helping the Hanyang University team make the playoffs this season. Boldsukh is playing a pivotal role on the team in that his outstanding performance is earning high scores and raising their rankings. As of April 8th, Boldsukh has scored a total of 81 points, 21 points on average per game, which makes him the highest scorer among Hanyang players, and third in the league's individual player scoring chart. Even his defensive contributions are high with Boldsukh managing to make a total of nine steals throughout the first four games, which places him sixth out of all the players. As for his goal at Hanyang University, Boldsukh has showed his hopes towards winning the University League. Going further, his dream is to join a professional team after graduation, eventually becoming a member of the Korean National Basketball Team. In the short run, however, Boldsukh’s main focus is to take the team to the playoffs this year and help his current teammates have a successful season. Meeting Kyunghee University on April 24th as their next opponent, Boldsukh's passion will once again be seen, doing his best to help the team achieve its next victory. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Park Guen-hyung

2019-04 08

[Student]Health Tourism Platform Corporation, KMK, Established by Kazakhstan International Students and a Korean Student

In a globalized world where active interaction among countries is taking place, the trend of participating in the exchange student program is also flourishing. Thanks to the program, students can now learn and directly experience various cultures while studying in different countries. Nonetheless, when it comes to getting a job, since not as many opportunities are open to foreign people as they are to local people, they struggle through hardships. Despite such harsh reality, Taldybayev Zhanadil (School of Business, Master’s Program), an international student from Kazakhstan, successfully launched a corporation called KMK, which provides a platform for medical tourism in South Korea. Talybayev Zhanadil (School of Business, Master’s Program)'s interest in South Korea eventually led him to start a business with a good prospect. Taldybayev first came to South Korea for a year as an exchange student when he was an undergraduate student. He was majoring in Oriental studies in his country and selected the South Korea track, allowing him to learn Korean history and culture. As his interest in Korea grew considerably throughout the journey of his undergraduate life, he decided to broaden his knowledge and perspective regarding Korea, thereby, enrolling in a graduate program at Hanyang University. Taldybayev wanted to start a business in Korea in relation to Kazakhstan with a friend named Kakim Danabayev (Media and Communication, Doctorate Program), because by the time he came to Korea a year and a half ago, South Korea and Kazakhstan had became strategic partners, and many Korean industries entered their partner country. Under such circumstances, he predicted a profitable vision if he started a business, and fortunately, Taldybayev came across a start-up assistance program at Hanyang University. When he was looking for an outstanding item for starting a business, his mother came to Korea to receive medical care, since Korea has one of the highest quality medical service industries in the world. After his mother received successful medical treatment, his friends’ parents also wanted to take advantage of such advanced treatment. “I realized that health tourism between Korea and Kazakhstan possess great potential as a business item. With this brilliant idea, I started preparing for the start-up in April of 2018 and submitted the business plan to the Hanyang Start-up Lounge,” said Taldybayev. As a result, his business passed the standard, and he was able to establish his own corporation, KMK, in October 2018. Taldybayev wants to broaden his business to all countries in former Soviet countries. What KMK does is promote Korean medical services and provide information to Kazakhstani customers. The service includes not only translation, escort to the hospitals, and consultations, but also offers Seoul or Incheon city tours if desired. There are three co-representatives of KMK: Taldybayev, Kakim, and Kim Seul-ah (School of Business, Healthcare Management Track, Doctorate Program). For Kakim, he specializes in marketing, as he is a renowned journalist and blogger in Kazakhstan. He wrote numerous articles regarding Korea before he even started this business. Talybayev said, “I first met him at a job fair at COEX. Because of Kakim’s popularity, I could recognize him at first glance. I approached Kakim and felt a sense of comradeship since we are from the same country.” Coincidently, Kakim also was a Hanyang University student and they became friendly in a short amount of time. Taldybayev suggested starting a business with Kakim, and he accepted the proposal. However, as both Kazakhstani students were foreigners, they thought they needed a Korean person to be part of their plan; thus, Taldybayev scouted his fellow lab friend Kim to participate, and she instantly agreed. The three co-representatives of KMK, from left, Kim Seul-ah, Taldybayev Zhanadil, and Kakim Danabayev, provide the medical tour platform for Kazakhstani people. (Photo courtesy of Talybayev) Kakim is in charge of the marketing department, and Kim takes care of administrative duties related to Korea. With the vast network Kakim has, they tried to cast celebrities through social media like his individual blog and Instagram accounts, the result of which was remarkable. A Kazakhstani member of the National Assembly and a top-ten successful businessman in Kazakhstan, Kairat Kudaibergen, who has over 1.2 million followers on Instagram, promoted both KMK and Korean medical services. Instead of paying him, KMK covered his fee by providing him with medical care for free. Taldybayev recalled, “I stayed in Korea for two days with Kairat. With the high-quality medical service and tour, he was extremely satisfied with the trip.” Such high satisfaction consecutively led to networking with other Kazakhstani celebrities, allowing the business to flourish. Taldybayev currently lives in the dorm provided by the Hanyang Start-up Lounge, which is difficult to get into, at no charge. With a requirement of a number of interviews and the submission of start-up reports, only thirty candidates are permitted. In addition, the residents should submit weekly reports that include the overall plans for business activity. Taldybayev insisted, “Although the procedure is quite tough, I received plenty of help from the people living there, as we shared ideas, gave feedback on each other’s business plans, and gave advice on how to overcome hardships.” The Hanyang Start-up Lounge offers concrete and detailed assistance to these residents to help them actualize their plans. KMK is planning to scout renouned Russian celebrities to further promote its corporation and the outstanding quality of Korean medical services. (Photo courtesy of Taldybayev) The current trend of Kazakhstani people visiting South Korea is increasing annually. 15,000 people come for medical purposes and 25,000 for tours. Over the past three years, the number of visitors has increased by about 90 percent, and it is expected to increase even further. With the growing number of visitors, Taldybayev hopes to draw more clients to help his business grow. Eventually, Taldybayev wants his business to expand not only throughout Kazakhstan, but also to all former Soviet countries. Kim Min-jae fhffl5781@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon

2019-03 25

[Student]The Youngest to Conquer the 4 Deserts Grand Slam 2018

An ordinary young man serving in the military was fascinated by a magazine that he read by chance, which covered the story of three first reserves (military reserve force) who completed a marathon in the Gobi Desert. “What brings these people to the desert? Why would they do such a thing?” Many questions emerged in the young man's head, which later led him to chasing some life-changing experiences. The young man in the military was Yoo Dong-hyeon (Department of Electrical Bio-Engineering, 1st year), who became the youngest male in the world to complete the Grand Slam, at the age of 22. Yoo Dong-hyeon (Department of Electrical Bio-Engineering, 1st year) shared his story of the four deserts that he conquered, on March 22, 2019. The rocky beginning Yoo was strongly drawn to the idea of participating in the race, but by the time he found out about the four deserts race series, he only had three months to prepare. He was still serving in the military, so he needed permission for overseas travel. Moreover, he had to receive donations to cover the races' costly entry fees. He mostly received sponsorships from companies, individual donations from seniors that he knew from high school, and from colleagues from the military. It was Yoo’s first time participating in a marathon, so he needed to exercise and enhance his stamina before the real events began. Many factors were in the way of his participation, but fortunately, with great luck, all was set and he was signed in. The courses of the desert race The Sahara Race was first in the 4 race series that began in late April until early May, and took place in the Namib Desert in Skeleton Coast National Park on the coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The Gobi March takes place in Central Mongolia during the hot summer months, and the course brings runners through vast green grasslands, stupas, and temples. His favorite race was the Atacama Crossing in Chile. The course consists of infamous salt flats, huge sand dunes, canyons, and glittering night skies. It was also the most memorable because his shoes got ripped and his feet bled due to the piercing salt from the region. However, the place had the most beautiful night skies with thousands of visible stars. The Last Desert in Antarctica had 10 courses including many tracks that visited islands and bays. During the Atacama Crossing, hardened salt pierced through shoes and left the participants in pain no choice but to speed through the desert. (Photo courtesy of Yoo) The magnificent night skies of (top) the Sahara and Atacama Deserts (Photo courtesy of Yoo) Yoo Dong-hyeon (center) happily crossing the finishing line of the Atacama Crossing alongside his friends. (Photo courtesy of Yoo) While running During the race across the desert, Yoo met many people of various backgrounds and nationalities. Among them, there was a visually impaired man and a person with one leg. While Yoo had been complaining all throughout his life about things small and big, his new friends were relaxed and seemed happy. “I learned to be thankful for what I had and to be more relaxed in my life.” Walking through Antarctica, the Last Desert (Photo courtesy of Yoo) Groups of penguins welcoming the marathoners to Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Yoo) The tent mates slept together in one tent after the race was over for the day. (Photo courtesy of Yoo) If the runners finished the race early, they would gather around near the campfire with their dinner in hand, and talk about the many ongoing global issues. (Photo courtesy of Yoo) After the marathon “What does a marathon mean to you?” After hearing this question, Yoo took his time to answer. “Marathon is now what I live with every day. I used to give up easily, but now I know that hard times pass, and regardless of the speed or the time it takes to get there, I can finish the race.” Yoo completing his marathon journey after the race of the Last Desert 2018 (Photo courtesy of Yoo) Yoo hugging fellow runners after the first Sahara race ended (Photo courtesy of Yoo) The 4 Deserts Grand Slam crew at their last destination (Photo courtesy of Yoo) Although he is very proud of his achievements, Yoo also felt hollow after the marathon. Looking for more challenges, he is planning on participating in a triathlon held in Korea, as well as going on a cross-country bike trip across America through a contest being held in July 2019. With his glowing eyes full of excitement, he advised, “Do not hesitate. It is easy to be frightened by the titles like the race of the polar regions, but human beings are stronger than you think. I hope you challenge yourselves to grow bigger.” Kim Hyun-soo soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon