Thought-Provoking Ajou Lecture Series
The Very Ajou Lecture Series, featuring back-to-back special lectures from notable figures and opinion leaders in Korea, was successfully streamed in their entirely on Ajou’s YouTube channel with to stimulate thought and interesting discussion online. The Very Ajou Lecture Series was a three-day event lasting from November 24-26. Four speakers presented daily lectures from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. More than 14,000 viewers streamed these lectures live. The 12 special speakers included: University President Park Hyung-ju; Kim Yeong-ran, Chair Professor in the Law Schoo and former Korean Supreme Court Justice Prof. Kim Gyeong-il (psychology); Prof. Roh Myeong-woo (sociology) Choi Jae-cheon, animal behaviorist and current chair professor at Ewha Womans University and the inaugural president of the National Institute of Ecology Choi Jin-seok, former professor of philosophy at Sogang University and now chair of the New Word New Action Foundation, and advocate for developing practices for better life and better society Park Jun-yeong, attorney renowned for handling the most challenging retrial cases for the wrongly convicted Woo Seok-hun, an economist and professor at Sungkyul University Yang Dong-su, attorney and advocate of apartment cooperatives through Deoham, an innovative social enterprise; Seo Eun-guk, professor of psychology at Yonsei University, researcher on happiness Jang Kang-myeong, former journalist turned writer Nam Hyeong-do, popular reporter for Money Today and author of the Cheheolism series, which has attracted the largest number of social media followers among all active journalists in Korea today. “Thought provoking” was the keyword and theme of this year’s lecture series. The lectures were designed not to impart wisdom and knowledge unilaterally, but to provoke the audience into questioning and finding their own answers. More than a thousand live audience members were chosen based on their pre-event applications to participate in the interactive lectures through videoconferencing. These audience members posed questions before and during the lectures, and their communication with the speakers was moderated by Chae Ja-yeong. Recordings of the lectures will be streamed individually on Ajou’s YouTube channel starting in December. The program was sponsored by the University Innovation Support Program of the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Lecture Program Day 1 (November 24) Park Hyung-ju (President, Ajou University): “Universities in a Connected World” Seo Eun-guk (Professor of Psychology, Yonsei University): “Happiness Is Not a Concept, but an Experience” Yang Dong-su (CEO, Deoham): “A Public-Rights Lawyer for Apartment Communities” Park Jun-yeong (Attorney at Law): “But I Still Hope in Relationships” Day 2 (November 25) Choi Jae-cheon (Chair Professor, Ewha Womans University): “With COVID-19 and the Ecological Turn” Choi Jin-seok (Chair, New Word New Action): “We Can Cross Only by Thinking” Jang Kang-myeong (Writer): “An Age of Snack Information” Kim Gyeong-il (Professor of Psychology, Ajou University): “How Should We Study in the Age of COVID-19?” *Day 3 (November 26) Woo Seok-hun (Professor of Economics, Sungkyul University): “In the Middle of COVID-19” Kim Yeong-ran (Chair Professor of Law, Ajou University): “Being a Judge and Reading” Nam Hyeong-do (Journalist, Money Today): “The Power of Truth That Makes Everything Possible” Roh Myeong-woo (Professor of Sociology, Ajou University): “You Are Not Alone” Prof. Kim Yeong-ran Chairman Choi Jin-seok (New Word New Action)
Ajou e-Sports Championships 2020 Ends in Success
Ajou e-Sports Championships 2020, organized by the University’s student union, concluded with great success. Held online in place of the usual offline campus-wide festival, the Championships drew much attention and participation from students. The student union held matches for three games, League of Legends (LOL), Crazyracing Kartrider, and Among Us, from November 7-16. Participants organized their own teams and competed online. The semifinals and final for LOL took place before a live audience in the Yeonam Hall auditorium. The offline matches were hosted by popular game hosts (Jeon Yong-jun and Lee Hyeon-woo) and livestreamed via Ajou’s YouTube channel. A limited number of spectators were admitted, with a much larger number of Ajou students streaming the game. Other famous game streamers were also invited to the offline matches to play against Ajou students, including current students who won a lottery to participate in the game as well as the semifinalists and finalists chosen through the previous matches. Seon Eun-jae (chemical engineering), head of the Culture Planning Bureau in the student union who planned the event, explained, “It was challenging to organize an event of this scale, but we did it in the hopes of giving Ajou’s students a chance to have fun and create good memories amid these difficult times.” The student union organized the event to cater, at least in part, to students’ thirst for on-campus activities and interaction, which have been curbed by the recent pandemic. Video footage from the Championships, including those of major matches, is available for streaming on Ajou’s YouTube channel. # Ajou on YouTube: Click to watch Championship footage.
Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy Gains Signboard and Signs up for Partnership with KIRD
A ceremony was held on November 23 to celebrate the installation of the official signboard for the new Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy (GSSTP) at Ajou University. The GSSTP, developed with the help of the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), was established to provide postgraduate programs in science and technology policy; the institution operates in only a few select schools that were chosen by the Ministry in July. The ceremony also saw the signing of a partnership agreement between the GSSTP and the Korea Institute for Research and Development (KIRD), promoting the exchange of information and research collaboration on science and technology policy. KIRD is responsible for running the MSIT’s GSSTP program. The ceremony, held at the Yulgok Hall, was attended by all involved key officials, including the University’s President Park Hyung-ju; Oh Yeong-tae, Vice President for Industry-Academia Cooperation; Lee Joo-yeon, Professor of Industrial Engineering and head of the New Industrial Technology Center; and Park Gwi-chan and Lee Bong-rak, president and senior officer, respectively, of KIRD. The two parties have agreed to organize joint academic events and research projects; to share and expand networks of relations in Korea and worldwide; to jointly develop career development and training programs for scientists and engineers; and to share information on science and technology policy experts. University President Park remarked, “KIRD is developing human resources capable of managing the rapid innovations in science and technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I expect this latest partnership to contribute to the development of science and technology policy experts commanding global research and supporting think tanks.” KIRD President Park also commented, “I wish this partnership of ours to enable us to exchange our knowledge on human resource development so that we can contribute to the development of core talents for the future of science and technology in Korea.” After signing the partnership agreement, the officials moved to the Yeonam Hall to observe the GSSTP’s new signboard being mounted. The GSSTP is an initiative of the MSIT through which the Ministry supports the establishment and operation of postgraduate degree programs for future policy experts who are equipped with not only knowledge of science and technology, but with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Having been chosen in July along with Seoul National University to run the program, Ajou will receive a budget of up to KRW 1.7 billion over the next six years to operate the graduate school. The MSIT has supported the GSSTP since 2011. During the first term (2011-2017), three schools--Hanyang University, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the University of Science and Technology participated; ifor the second term (2016-2023), in addition to from Seoul National University and Ajou, Chungnam and Pukyong National Universities are also taking part. Ajou will begin to recruit candidates for the master’s, doctorate, and integrated postgraduate degree programs at GSSTP in the spring semester of next year. Prof. Lee Joo-yeon will oversee the process. The new graduate school will have ten departments with 20 full-time professors as well as over 30 science and technology policy experts, including researchers from government-funded and private research institutions. As part of the new graduate school’s activities, Ajou will foster research collaboration between universities worldwide, effectively utilize clusters and ecosystems for local industrial-academic collaboration, and plan the establishment of a think tank-type policy research center.