A special lecture entitled “Ideas to Reality (How to get a job effectively)” was held on April 3rd in the International Building. Professor Min Byoung-Chul and Yong Min Cho, a manager at Google Korea, guided students on how to create passionate business proposals and pitch one-minute business ideas during the three-hour session. DIS students also learned tips on what kind of people Google recruits, and four lucky students were selected to go on a tour of Google Korea. As a treat, the department provided free pizza. Many students left with their bellies full of pizza and their minds full of motivation.
On March 28, 2018 the Executive Vice Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Naomi Hirose, delivered a special lecture about the aftermath of the Fukushima accident of 2011. TEPCO was the company responsible for the dysfunctional nuclear reactors which had a melt-down following the tsunami of the Tohoku earthquake. Mr. Hirose gave thorough explanations as to what happened during and after the incident, emphasizing the company’s efforts during the past seven years to overcome the devastation. As for lessons learned, he mentioned “instilling a safety culture,” “effective communication,” “benchmarking best practices,” and “building solidarity.” He also spoke about the energy security of Japan. Professor Kim Younkyoo hosted the event and a majority of the attendees were students from the DIS.
The 2018 graduation ceremony for the Division of International Studies was held on February 22nd. Thirty-three students graduated on this day with BA degrees in International Studies. Professors and parents participated in the ceremony to celebrate their new path for future. More than twenty students received high achievements awards for their GPA scores and contributions to Hanyang University. The Dean’s List Award (for the student with the highest overall GPA) was awarded to Jungyun Choi.
On February 20th, 2018 the Division of International Studies held its Orientation event. To welcome the first-year students the Student Council and DIS office provided a lecture in which they introduced the department to students. After lunch, second-year students and members of the Student Council helped newcomers look around campus and speak with professors. Through this event students learned more about their chosen department and began their adjustment to university life.
I am a professor of economics in the DIS. Before I joined the DIS last year, I taught economics at Henan University in China. My research interests are in the areas of monetary economics, finance, and international economics. I am currently teaching economics and finance-related subjects in DIS.
How did you become interested in joining the DIS? Was there anything in particular that attracted you to this department?
I had a previous teaching experience in the DIS of Korea University in 2015. I really liked it. Students were quite different from those in other departments I had taught in. They were engaging and challenging. In particular, they were never afraid of arguing with professors, which you won’t find easily in typical Korean universities. Perhaps, it’s just because of their international background. Anyway, I thought I might as well apply to a DIS program in the future. Luckily, Hanyang DIS also wanted me too! So, here I am.
How does teaching in this department differ from your previous experiences?
So far, HYDIS students have really lived up to my expectation. In fact, they were better than I first expected in many aspects. I was used to teaching students majoring in economics. I don’t know why, but those students are quite reserved during lectures even though they are well equipped with quantitative techniques. However, the students in this department are not at all afraid of challenging conventional economic theories and thoughts. For an instructor, these students are really fun to teach, and it motivates me to improve my teaching skills.
Any recommendations to those who want to apply in DIS?
Although I am quite new here, I can already tell such students that they would enjoy a unique and caring educational experience here. It is relatively a small department compared to other social science related schools in Korea, and yet we are full of highly renowned professors with cutting-edge knowledge in their fields. Based on this expertise, we offer a truly interdisciplinary program and collegial atmosphere. These features will surely help students compete in the 4th generation industrial revolution era.
Any advice to current DIS students?
Be yourself and always think the unthinkable. I am already very happy with the way students here study and participate in my classes. But I am sure they can get easily discouraged in the current job market. Even so, I want them to maintain their self-esteem, and never give up on whatever they think is important and interesting. I believe this is the only way for their long-term career success.
Hi, my name is Jaesung Yoon. I graduated from Hanyang University in August, 2017 with a bachelor’s in International Studies. I am currently working as an intern in the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KOCHAM) in the USA. Upon termination of my current contract, the performance review that I receive will determine whether I will stay on as a regular employee. In the meantime, I am in the process of exploring other options that will ensure a permanent stay in the United States.
What is your current position and how did you apply for it?
The Korean Chamber of Commerce is situated on Park Avenue in New York. I started working in August but had to arrive in the U.S. a few weeks earlier due to a separate program I did at the UN. My main duties include composing documents and press releases, organizing seminars and conferences, liaison duties, and pretty much any other administrative functions that may fall within the responsibilities of an intern.
I learned about the job opening from the Hanyang Office of International Affairs (a separate entity from the DIS administration office). I had participated in a government-sponsored internship program to the Korean embassy to the Philippines, and upon returning home I was interviewed by the school magazine ‘사랑한대’. Subsequently, the office of international affairs introduced me to a private agency that connects job openings located overseas with Korean students, and after a number of rejections from various organizations, I was able to land a position in the Korean Chamber of Commerce.
What did you learn most from the experience?
Aside from a 6-months internship that I did for the Korean embassy, this is the first time that I will be staying in a foreign country for a long period of time. So pretty much every day is filled with new experiences. Perhaps the biggest perk of being affiliated with KOCHAM is that due to the nature of my work, I get to meet high-ranking managers of Korean businesses, and the American counterparts from the private/governmental sectors that they interact with. KOCHAM has regional offices in Michigan, Georgia and Washington aside from the headquarters in New York, and its main function is to advance the trade and business relations between Korea and the U.S. by way of managing a complicated network involving corporations, financial institutions, non-profits, and the governments of both countries. So the work demands a lot of careful attention, and there is no compromise regarding even the slightest errors. But it’s very interesting and exciting.
What kinds of difficulty did you experience while engaging in this work?
The application process and requirements for working in an American company (or a Korean entity located in America) is very different from working for a company in Korea. If you desire to go abroad for employment, I suggest you consult with people and organizations that have had previous experience.
It may seem unclear where to start, but there are many people who are willing to help students if only they have the enthusiasm to dedicate themselves in these endeavors. There are of course, various contingencies involved, many of which are beyond your control.
It certainly is a risk to allocate your time and energy in trying to go abroad, and there is a considerable chance that you may not succeed, despite your best efforts. You also need to take into account the requirements for relocation, tasks such as obtaining a visa, long-term accommodations, a local bank account, which are just a small sample of the numerous things you have to prepare. So if and when you consider a career path such as mine, I would say the most important difficulty would be making sure you have a lot of options, to arrange a plan B and C in case your most preferred course does not work out. Consult with your professors, your fellow students, your department office, private agencies, and others. It’s important to avoid having all your eggs in one basket.
How did DIS major help attribute to your career?
The Division of International Studies is, in my opinion, vastly unappreciated compared to the considerable potential it can have to its students. For me personally, the DIS significantly improved my command of the English language, and provided me with the principle knowledge and insight required for an international career track.
One of the biggest advantages of the DIS is that its curriculum encompasses a wide range of different subjects, including politics, diplomacy, economics, management, marketing, law, and so many more. Though this broad spectrum brings with it the side effect that there is a limitation in the depth of education the school can provide to each subject, I believe the option itself, to be able to choose which field you feel more comfortable with after having the chance to explore them, is a privilege very few students have access to.
Of course, it should also go without saying that a background in International Studies gives a certain advantage in applying for positions and programs overseas. I have participated in short- and long-term programs for NGOs, diplomatic missions, the UN, and now the Korean Chamber of Commerce to the U.S., and these opportunities would have been much harder to seize had I not been a student of the DIS.
For those of you seeking tips on what kind of courses to take to advance your competencies in such a direction, I would recommend that you direct your attention to courses provided by Professor Ryoo, Professor Ahn, and Professor Saxer. Although all courses in the DIS are indispensable, I have found that the lectures from these professors have greatly enhanced my comprehension of management, economics, and political science respectively.
Any further recommendations for DIS students?
I would advise DIS students to never neglect the value of human networks and relationship management.
I am aware that networking is frowned upon by some people, and I myself belonged to that opinion for quite some time. I am not proud to admit this, but I alienated myself from fellow students and their community after finishing my military service. But all the experiences that I’ve garnered were made possible by what few people that I knew. Their opinions regarding my capabilities turned out to be very important. I cannot imagine what kind of accomplishments I could have achieved had I valued relationships at an earlier age.
I strongly recommend DIS students to make a constant effort to manage this intangible resource, to maintain a constructive link with the people you meet in your lives.
If there are any students who would like to consult with me, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. It will be my pleasure to help fellow DIS students in any way that I can.
I worked as a university student reporter for “PyeongChang Winners”, a publication for the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This activity lasted for 6 months from June to December 2016. The activity focused on promoting the upcoming Games and the student reporters uploaded articles regarding various events leading up to PyeongChang 2018 or interviews with Winter Olympians and members from the Korean National Team. PyeongChang Winners also had the privilege of participating in various promotional events of PyeongChang 2018. In addition, we carried out team projects publicizing the Olympics via social network services.
What motivated you to apply for this activity?
I have always been an avid fan of sports, ever since I was young. I remember watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics and waiting for live matches in front of the TV as well as waking up at dawn to cheer for Yuna Kim and the Korean National Short Track Speed Skating Team during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Simply put, my persisting passion for the Olympics motivated me to apply for this activity. Moreover, I wanted to contribute my writing skills in any way possible so as to promote PyeongChang 2018 as a Korean and a sports lover.
What did you learn from this activity?
Working with PyeongChang Winners was an invaluable experience for me because I was able to improve not only my interpersonal skills, but also my communication skills. Cooperating with group members to create media contents and directly contacting winter sports athletes enabled me to gradually achieve and enhance these skills.
What was the most memorable incident throughout the activity?
Looking back upon the activities and events I’ve experienced and attended, it is definitely difficult to decide a single memorable experience. A few events that stick with me even to this day are meeting the Korean figure skater Yuna Kim and attending the PyeongChang 2018 news anchor appointment ceremony of the main Korean TV networks (SBS, KBS, MBC). Meeting Yuna Kim and the news anchors I’ve only seen on TV was a dream come true for me.
What difficulties did you experience?
There were times when interview requests were declined. This was one difficulty I had to deal with. However, this type of obstacle is one that professional reporters face frequently and I considered it as a valuable experience for my future.
Would you recommend this activity to other university students?
Unfortunately, although I would definitely recommend this activity to other university students, the the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee is no longer selecting students for PyeongChang Winners. However, other forms of support for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games would be very much appreciated!
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Jungyun Choi and I am currently a senior student in the Division of International Studies. I studied in Leeds, United Kingdom, for a semester as an exchange student majoring in Performance and Cultural Industries. The courses I took were in musical theatre, event management, and performance workshops. I enjoyed learning about British theatre and British culture during my time in Leeds.
What made you want to study as an exchange student?
Traveling and studying in a new environment were the two major reasons why I applied for the exchange program. As a person who loves to travel, I had a strong desire to live abroad for six months. Additionally I knew that the cultural and artistic experiences that I would have in Europe would be very beneficial as well. I visited five countries and 42 cities during my time in the UK, trying to make the most out of the time. One place that I would recommend for all visitors to the UK is Seven Sisters, where you can see beautiful chalk cliffs. Another reason why I chose to participate in the program was because I wanted to experience studying in a foreign university. I not only wanted to see how students abroad study, but also wanted to experience their university life. Besides, theatre is a field that originates from the UK, so it felt right to go and learn and experience the theatre culture there. I loved going to theatres to watch musicals or plays with friends while traveling in different cities in the UK.
What was the most memorable moment abroad?
My favorite moment was when I got to perform in a play called “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” This was my first time acting in front of an audience, and my team worked so hard to make this show happen. Before the show started and the audiences started coming in, the cast would get together and perform a special ritual to get us all started and ready for the show. I would never forget all the work and effort put into the production by all of my classmates.
How did you prepare for the exchange program?
The very first thing that I did was to decide on which school and program to apply for. I narrowed down my choices to universities in the UK since I wanted to go to a European country and take theatre classes. I omitted the US since I had already gone there in my sophomore year as an intern. Then, I tried to meet the qualifications as best as I could. Hanyang University has basically two standards when it comes to applying for the program: GPA and English. The higher your GPA, the more likely it is that you will be able to go to the school of your choice. English is also essential, as most schools require some type of English score in order to study in the country. It is also very important to check the website of the Office of International Affairs because that is where most of the information is regarding exchange programs.
Would you recommend it to other students?
The exchange program is a package full of amazing experiences. I would recommend it to everyone, as it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that allows you to travel, study, and network at the same time. The program really enables you to explore “your world,” try something new, go to different places, meet different people, and just enjoy your time abroad. I will never forget the six months I spent abroad in the UK where I learned so much from great people. I would say that the only downside of studying abroad is probably the cost because you need money to travel and participate in social events. Nevertheless, it was totally worth it for me, and I would choose to go again if I had the chance to do so.
Located in Gamgodang-gil, Jongno, the Heartwarming Mailbox is a mailbox that receives anonymous letters. It was installed by HyunSik Jo (Hanyang University DIS, Senior) after he was inspired by the book Miracles of the Namiya General Store written by Keigo Higashino. Since it was installed, hundreds of letters have gone through the mailbox. The Heartwarming Mailbox is managed by the Heartwarming General Store (온기잡화점), where there are sixty other workers. Anyone with worries can send a letter to the mail box. However, the letter must remain anonymous. Because handwriting a letter is inconvenient and time-consuming HyunSik found value in slowness. He says that “people can truly put their heart into the letter because they take their time.” He hopes for the incoming and outgoing letters to be filled with warmth.
In November of 2016, Jo happened to read the book Miracles of the Namiya General Store by chance. In the book, a character from the past writes his worries in a letter and sends it to a character in the future. Then the character in the future replies to the letter. Jo claims, “People have numerous relationships, but there are many who cannot share their problems. Everyone has at least one concern that they cannot share with their friends. I thought if a person shares his problem anonymously, he could share his entire story”. It was one of Jo’s values, to live a life that helps someone, that made him to create this mailbox. “My grandmother who raised me passed away after suffering from a disease. I realized that life is finite so I pondered a lot about how I was to live life meaningfully.” He felt that a life filled with competition and greed was meaningless. He hoped for people to laugh once more throughout their lives. In that sense, he thought the mailbox would be a comfort to someone and eventually deliver happiness to people. Immediately he put his plans into action and recruited ten workers through an online community website. However, the number of letters exceeded all expectations so he recruited additional workers. There were even cases when people approached him first, after reading his story in an article, to volunteer as workers. Currently, there are more than sixty workers with their ages ranging from 20 to 50. When asked about what kind of characteristics a worker should have, he answered that nothing was required. He only needed people who yearn to deliver comfort to those in need.
The letters inside the mailbox are collected every Saturday. The workers are divided into four groups (15 workers per group) and they gather in a café near Ehwa Womens University to write their replies. They go through the letters and respond to the ones with the problems they themselves have experienced. If there are letters with difficult problems, the workers discuss the answers together and they even attach excerpts taken from books. Since Jo’s life has not been so smooth, he was able to give appropriate advice. At the beginning of his twenties, he felt a sense of loss to live a life that seemed to be already set for him. In order to gain experience, he took time off the university and travelled, volunteered, sold accessories and ice cream on the street. He says that “I once read in a book that selling something will be a good experience. I went through hardships and was even once beat up. However, after enduring that I gained the confidence that I could do anything. Therefore, when I receive letters in which the reader is confused about the direction of life, I reply saying that I have also been lost but there are numerous ways in life. So I tell them not to be impatient when things do not work according to their plans.”
What made you want to study as an exchange student?
I spent last semester as an exchange student because I wanted to learn the language and culture of Spain. Specifically, I wanted to experience Spain’s relaxed attitude. My friend from my Judo team recommended Valencia, Spain due to its cheap prices, natural surroundings and culture. Moreover, I wanted to travel all across Europe during my stay.
What were the pros and cons of being an exchange student?
To start with the pros, first, being an exchange student gives less academic pressure due to its pass/fail grade system. This allowed me to have more time engaging with European people. I was able to experience their cultures and simply enjoy life. It felt like a vacation.
Second, I was able to learn the country’s language. As I interacted with local students, my Spanish improved significantly.
Third, I had more time and opportunities to travel. Traveling taught me many lessons in life while it introduced me to many great friends from all across the globe.
Fourth, my cooking skills have improved. I lived in a shared flat so I had to cook for myself. Being able to cook good food is a necessity.
For the con side, however, one can become lonely as everything is foreign and new. This sometimes discourages exchange students from being proactive.
Moreover, many universities do not offer a high number of major courses in English which can hinder one’s academic progress especially in regards to completing credit requirements. Hence, I was not able to take many courses in Spain.
Would you recommend it to other students? Why?
Yes, I would recommend the exchange student program. Many students, including myself, enjoy the best time of their lives. They make many good friends and memories. Additionally, it is beneficial in regards to education. Languages, cultures and vital life lessons are learned throughout the stay. I hope everyone gets the chance to spend at least one semester as an exchange student.