Minister of Unification YongPyo Hong visited Hanyang University on March 14 to present a special lecture under the title of “Peace and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.” The lecture was held in the Chung Mong-Koo Conference Hall. Minister Hong described unification as a means of healing the sickness of the country and noted that the nation is still fearful of war and separation. He also reported on the current state of affairs in North Korea and explained how the nuclear weapons issue continues to divide the peninsula. During the lecture, he repeatedly emphasized the importance of unification for alleviating the crisis among the North East Asian countries and supporting world peace. After the lecture, the minister had a meaningful Q&A session in which he answered questions from both Korean and international students. Minister Hong is currently a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Hanyang University.
The 2017 Convocation for students graduating from the Division of International Studies was held on February 16. Though it hurts to say good bye, it was great to see these new graduates take a step toward turning their dreams into global opportunities. Out of the thirty-four graduates there were twenty awardees whose achievements were acknowledged. Here are their names:
The Dean’s List Award (for the student with the highest overall GPA):
Chan Jin Park
Award for Academic Excellence:
Jae Hyun Shim, Min Sung Kim, Sang Jae Choi, Chan Jin Park, Hye Jin Kim, Jun Young Park,
Ji Soo Park, Yu Jin Song, Myung In Oh, Kyung Hwa Lee, Hyun Ji Han
Dong Kyu Im, Sung Hong Kim, Sung Hui Yeo, Eun Su Kim, So Hee Han, Grace, Min Jung Park, Hyun Jung Oh
Special Achievement Award:
Ha Won Han
Hanyang University’s Center for Energy Governance and Security (Director: Professor Kim Younkyoo) together with Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (Director: Professor Jason Bordoff) hosted an international forum that focused on the impact of potential US natural gas exports on Asia-Pacific energy security. The forum was held at the Faculty House at Columbia University on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. This international forum was timely, reflecting the current dramatic changes in the US energy policy landscape due to the boom in shale gas, an unconventional natural gas resource. The US is expected to transfer from a pure natural gas importer to a major exporter by the end of 2012 due to the rapid development in shale gas exploration, and the forum aimed to investigate how this transformation would impact not only US economies, but also the Pacific energy markets, economic growth, and geological security. All forum participants were experts, professionals or leaders in energy related institutions, research centers and private companies, including but not limited to Professor Kim Younkyoo of Hanyang DIS, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Christopher A. Smith of the US Department of Energy, Michael Levi of the US Council on Foreign Relations, and Adam Sieminski of the US Energy Information Administration. Many industrial and top-management figures from institutions such as Barclays Capital, JP Morgan, Korea Gas, Inc, and SK E&S also attended and presented during the forum. During the whole-day session, animated discussion covered many significant issues, shedding light on economic, security, geopolitical, and environmental concerns.
In order to assist students in securing employment, the DIS recently established a Career Development Center (CDC), which will provide students with employment information in career areas related to international studies. The CDC will also strive to connect DIS with contacts and networks in international and domestic corporations.
Simon Bureau, Chairman of Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, came to Hanyang University on May 2, 2012 to give a special lecture to the Department of International Studies. Mr. Bureau is from Montreal, Canada and is the founder and CEO of a private consulting firm, Vector. He is also the author of Global Business Mind-Set. The term “MIND-SET” stands for: Mobility, Independence, Novel approach, Diversity, Hyphen (looking for values of links), Situation awareness, Equality (creating equal relationships) and Two-way street (two-way business deals). Like his book, Mr. Bureau’s lecture was intended to give direction to students in developing a global career.
He began the presentation by asking students questions such as, “What makes you get up in the morning?” “Who are you?” and “Where do you want to be?” The reason he asked students these questions was to emphasize the fact that it is not important what one wants to do; what is important is rather how it is done. According to Mr. Bureau, the only thing that limits people from reaching their goals is imagination, determination, and focus. He further explained that when developing a global career one must…
• Sharpen one’s analytical skills and articulate presentation skills
• Become an autonomous and creative problem solver
• Gain confidence by understanding one’s role and not being afraid to take a stand
• Set oneself apart from others
• Develop the ability to adjust to a new environment quickly
Mr. Bureau’s last piece of advice to the group of students was to L.T.C., which means, Leave The Country because “Korea is great, but experience new countries and merge in new cultures and ideas.”
Mr. Edwards taught students about the elements of success and urged students to take psychometric tests to determine whether they have type A or B personality. He also stressed that students must focus on the five values of being ‘courageous’, ‘responsive’, ‘international’, ‘creative’, and ‘trustworthy’. Being ‘courageous’ means that, “you accept accountability, take calculated risks and that you are able to challenge ideas with manners.” Being ‘international’ means that, “you must be sensitive, understand, and adapt to situations.” Being ‘trustworthy’ means that you are reliable, open, and honest; and the highest level of trust is earned when “you did as you said you would.” These values were taught to help students’ communication skills and to continue on a successful career path. He concluded with the quote: “Life is indescribably full, unfalteringly real, unfailing good.”
Mr. McKinney explained that he became a successful entrepreneur in the international business community by always remembering how his father told him, “If you work hard, you’ll never go hungry.” This inspired him to always try his best in every goal he set. To help students achieve their goals, Mr. McKinney recommended 10 important steps of career planning which include “Step 3: Update your resume” and “Step 7: Invest in yourself.” He stressed the fact that competition today is tougher than before, thus planning ahead gives a competitive advantage. He also told students that his mindset of McKinney Consulting, Inc. is staying true to the “golden rule” and that it is “more profitable to be ethical.” The inspiring lecture left students with a deeper understanding of what kind of attitude to have to pursue in a career in the international field.
On March 28 2012, the Special Lecture speaker was Dr. Jong-yil Ra, a University Distinguished Professor at Hanyang University. Dr. Ra shared with the students of Division of International Studies his life story, and how it made him the strong, successful man he is today. Dr. Jong-yil Ra was born in 1940 and grew up experiencing the effects of the Korean War firsthand. He had a difficult childhood with very little entertainment and proper education. Through this, Dr. Ra was able to find strength and a stronger will to represent the Republic of Korea. As a young man, he participated in multiple political protests and always took an interest in national and global politics. Dr. Ra graduated from Seoul National University he also earned a doctorate degree in international relations from Cambridge University.
He was a former ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Kingdom and to Japan, and former head of the Republic of Korea’s National Intelligence Service. His early career was as a Professor of Political Science at Kyunghee University in South Korea. He also served as Senior Advisor to the President on National Security during the administration of President Roh Moo-hyun. His success even after facing many obstacles during his childhood was very inspirational and gave students a message that opportunities are not given to you; you must make them happen yourself. Dr. Ra concluded his lecture a quote by Mark Twain: “A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty.” This left us thinking that we must actively participate in shaping the future we have because it does not matter what gender or age we are or what kind of childhood we had, but how we act. Being judged is inevitable and it could be tough to earn respect, but we should never give up and always try our best.