On February 21, 2019 a Commencement Ceremony was held for graduating senior students in the DIS. During the ceremony several students received awards for their outstanding scholastic performance, including Kim Yi Chang, who was presented with the highest academic honor, the Dean’s Award. Other students receiving awards included (for Academic Excellence) Cho Hyun Sik, Park Min Young, Kim Minji, Kim Seo Ran, Yoon Ye Won, Lee Soo Ji, Hwang Da Youn, Hwang Eun Young, Shin Sunkyung, and (for Academic Distinction) Kim Jeong Eun, Jang Young Eun, Shim Young Hyun, Kim Kyun Jung, Ryu Yeon Ju, Yoo Hae Ji, and Jeon Suh Yoon. Additionally, Cho Tae-Young and Park Tae Young received the Achievement Award for the contributions they made to the DIS. The Valedictory Speech was delivered by Lee Soo Ji. The DIS wishes these students well as they move on to the next phase of their lives.
Hanyang University had its 80th Freshman Orientation on February 28, 2019. Starting out with a short lecture about Hanyang University and its future, the orientation consisted of a speech and a few performances by the school’s clubs. We also had a special event themed “The Paper Plane of Hope” where freshmen write down the things they hope for and look forward to in university life and send it flying. The students had a dazzling look on their faces as they began their university life.
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.
On March 17, 2017, the DIS held a special lecture with Professor Min Byung Chul, chairman of the Sunfull Foundation. This special lecture was held in the Future Automobile Research Center Conference Hall and sponsored by the Sunfull Foundation. About 100 people attended, including the chairman of Hanyang University, the DIS professors, and students in the DIS and GSIS. Under the theme “Ideas to Reality”, Professor Min spoke about how he established a foundation that encourages positive comments on social network sites. One of the main objectives of the Sunfull Foundation is to eradicate negative or abusive communication on SNS, an ambitious goal that has led to it receiving numerous awards from the Korean government. Through this lecture, the DIS students became aware of the seriousness of the harms caused by the Internet’s culture of anonymity. Professor Min also emphasized the importance of creativity in the imminent Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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.