Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Ilshin Hall Accommodating 810 Students
Ajou University hosted a completion ceremony for its new Ilshin Hall—a dormitory designed to accommodate up to 810 students in 368 rooms. The event was attended by officials from Daewoo Educational Foundation, Ajou University, and Ajou University Hospital. In addition to Daewoo Educational Foundation Chairman Choo Ho-suk and Ajou University President Choi Kee-choo, Daewoo Educational Foundation Standing Director Kim Sun-yong, Ajou University Medical Center President Park Hae-shim, President of the Professorate Park Man-gyu, President of the General Students’ Council Kim Hyung-woo, Dormitory Director Kim Dong-seok and other faculty members and key officials attended. Kim Seon-jae, Mayor of Yeongtong-gu, President of the Ajou University Alumni Association Choi Joong-won, and officials from the construction and design companies were also present. The completion ceremony began with a construction progress report on Ilshin Hall, the Ajou University President’s commemorative speech, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In his commemorative speech, President Choi said, “Despite the tiring and difficult challenges posed by COVID-19 over the past two years, Ajou University continued to prepare for the future of its students, as represented by Ilshin Hall and Yulgok Hall Innovation Sharing Lounge, and we can see such efforts bearing fruit today.” He added, “We hope Ilshin Hall will serve as a venue where students returning to campus can go beyond departmental boundaries to communicate and work together.” Ilshin Hall has a total floor space of 4,441 pyeong (around 14,680 m2), one basement level and 11 above-ground floors. It is equipped with community facilities, a multi-purpose hall, a lounge, a convenience store, and a coffee shop. With its completion, the school can now accommodate a total of 3,450 students in seven dormitory buildings. *Top photo: Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ilshin Hall Completion Ceremony Bottom photo: Exterior of Ilshin Hall
2021 Ajou University President’s Commendation Ceremony
The Ajou University President’s Commendation ceremony was held to celebrate the contributions of employees and departments to strengthening the school’s competitiveness and is designed to boost morale and ensure a greater drive for policy at the university. Awards are given in three categories: Ajou Vision 4.0, Excellent Website, and Special Contribution. Those eligible for the commendation are persons who contribute to the implementation and materialization of task details under Ajou Vision 4.0; departments with systematically-run websites; and persons who contribute to development of the university, such as by improving systems in their relevant field of work. School officials, including President Choi Kee-choo and Office of General Affairs Director Kwon Soon-jung, attended the event to offer their congratulations. The recipients and relevant departments received Certificates of Commendation and awards. <Ajou Vision 4.0> ▲Lim Goon-jin (Head of Changeup Support Team ▲Kang Gyeong-woo (Academic Affairs Team) <Special Contribution> ▲Lee Ha-ryeong (Center for Teaching and Learning) ▲Park Ji-won (Strategy Planning Team) <Excellent Website> ▲Dasan University College Academic Affairs Team ▲ Academic Affairs Team of the Graduate School of International Studies
Ajou Receives Grade A in Education Ministry’s BRIDGE+ Program; Upward Trend in Technology Transfer Results
Ajou University gained the highest grade in the 2021 annual evaluation of the BRIDGE+ (Beyond Research Innovation & Development for Good Enterprises) Project hosted by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Of the 24 universities nationwide taking part in this program, only Ajou University and three others received an A grade. The BRIDGE+ Project provides comprehensive support for activities enabling the practical use of intellectual property, covering its entire life cycle from patent creation to technology transfer and commercialization. It aims to expand the foundation for creating new national industries and revitalize the social contribution of universities through advancement of the practical use of creative assets within universities. The total project period is from 2018 to 2023. Through this project, participating universities strive to expand the practical use of convergence creative assets, promote the practical use of demand-based creative assets, strengthen the functions of organizations dedicated to technology transfer and commercialization, establish the foundation for a virtuous cycle for the practical use of creative assets, and engage in tasks to upgrade creative assets, among others. “It is very meaningful that our university’s support for pioneering research and technology commercialization and its outcomes have been recognized externally through acquisition of Grade A in the annual evaluation,” said Kim Sang-in, Head of the University-Industry Cooperation Foundation. He added, “We are committed to accelerating the technology commercialization process through Ajou University’s competitive edge.” Ajou University has consistently progressed well in commercializing its technology, seeing KRW 5.21 billion in technology transfer revenue in 2021, continuing its upward trend for the sixth consecutive year. This amount of revenue places the school among the top 5 universities in the country. In 2020, it ranked in the top 7 in Korea with KRW 3.35 billion in technology transfer revenue. Such outcomes are due to an efficient platform to support concrete and practical industry-university cooperation and technology commercialization. Technology commercialization refers to the monetization of results obtained through research activities by university researchers through technology transfers or start-ups. When it is successful, technology commercialization can maximize the utilization of research outcomes and contribute to the enhancement of corporate and national competitiveness and job creation. # Read articles from “Ajou Insight”—Ajou University’s seasonal newsletter ▶"We will achieve our dream of becoming the world’s top 100 business at Ajou”, An interview with two CEO Ajou professors ▶Ajou University’s Top 7 Commercialized Technologies – Reaching beyond the boundaries of a university!
Ajou GSIS Holds “Share Your Country Report” Event
Ajou University Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) held a “Share Your Country Report” event where students studying in the KOICA-Ajou Scholarship Program for Masters’ Degrees (Energy Studies) gave presentations on their home countries. The event occurred in Yulgok Hall on March 22, 2022 and was attended by Jung Yong-hun, Department Chair of Energy Science and Policy, and 19 international students from 15 nations. Students in the masters’ degree program as part of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) grant aid program are currently civil servants and public cooperation employees in their home countries. The Share Your Country Report event was titled, “The effect of Covid-19 and COP 26 on my country's energy field and market.” Students presented information on energy and related issues in their home countries, based on what they were studying at Ajou University. Students in the KOICA-Ajou Scholarship Program for Masters’ Degrees (Energy Studies) study energy policy, including energy independence, incubating energy industries, green growth, climate change response, and energy education. GSIS comprises six departments: International Business, International Trade, NGO Studies, International Development and Cooperation, Energy Studies, and Civil Society Studies. The KOICA-Ajou Scholarship Program for Masters’ Degrees (Energy Studies) aims toward the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing quality education, achieving economic development, enabling climate change response, and contributing to partnership building.
“Welcome to Ajou”—Ajou Holds Orientation for International Freshmen Students
Ajou University held an orientation session for international freshmen in the first semester of the 2022 academic year on Feb 24. Held online via Zoom® videoconferencing, the event was attended by some 400 international freshmen and exchange students from around the world who are entering the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs this semester. Ajou Global Ambassadors (AGA), an organization of Ajou students acting as global supporters, also joined in. The International Exchange and Cooperation Team holds an orientation session for international students at Ajou University every semester. This particular session proceeded with welcoming remarks, an introduction to the school, information on classes and school life, education to prevent sexual violence, and an introduction of the AGAs. The number of international exchange students in the first semester of this year is the largest ever—236 from 77 schools in 26 countries—and is the result of the university’s efforts to attract and effectively manage its international student body despite the ongoing COVID-19 challenges. By academic field, the School of Business accounted for the majority at around 50%, while the colleges of Engineering and Humanities accounted for 20%, respectively, followed by the College of Social Sciences at around 8%. “The number of international students studying at Ajou University is growing steadily,” said Son Jeong-houn, Vice President for International Affairs. “We will devote greater efforts to maintaining and developing Ajou’s global competitiveness.” Vice President Son added, “The number of exchange students at the School of Business has grown dramatically this semester. It has not been easy preparing and delivering classes in English. Yet, thanks to the support and efforts of the School of Business, every student has been able to sign up for their classes and prepare for life at Ajou.” Ajou University runs a variety of programs to assist international freshmen and exchange students, including AGAs, NUBI Ajou student volunteers, and Academic Mentors. International students at Ajou University can engage in cultural exchange activities through cultural programs and field trips and experience the national cultures of Korea and other countries.