On May 27th of 2016, the Yulchon-GSIS Center for Emerging Economies had held its second research seminar at the Yulchon llc. Although event was held off-campus, many of the GSIS students showed up on this seminar. In number, total of 42 lawyers, students, and professors attended the seminar. Constituting of six country reports?on Indonesia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Ecuador and Kenya?each team had exposited on political, social, economic, cultural aspects of each assigned country. Following each presentation, the practicing lawyers of theYulchon llc. provided a feedback for further research on each topic. Having successfully concluded the second seminar, the Yulchon-GSIS Center for Emerging Economies is looking forward to another successful year of fruitful researches.
On Wednesday, June15, 2016, Korean, Japanese and Chinese students of CAMPUS Asia Program had a Final Presentation Day in Socheon Hall to finish the semester. In the event, Prof. Young Hae Han, director of CAMPUS Asia Program gave opening remarks and Prof. Chongsup Kim , Dean of GSIS, Prof. Seong-ho Sheen, Vice president of Office of International Affairs, and Prof. Cheol-hee Park, former director of CAMPUS Asia made speeches giving word of encouragement. Students had Korean dance performance as an opening ceremony. During the presentation, students dealt with political, historical, social and cultural issues between China-Japan-Korea. After each presentation, interacting discussion was held freely.
On May 23rd, 2016 Professor Gerald Curtis gave a special lecture on “Turbulent US and Japan and Asia’.at International Conference Hall, GSIS bldg.. 140-2. First, he talked about Domestic politics in the US, that in Japan second and then the conversation was followed. Professor Curtis shared some thoughts about what is going on in the U.S. HE mentioned that Trump phenomena and Sanders phenomena are important in looking at how the US people think and look their society.
On May 30th, 2016, dean of Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po and a former Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta gave a lecture to SNU students on the timely topic of “Future of EU Integration between Brexit and Grexit.” Following Prof. Taeho Bark’s introductory remarks, Professor Letta introduced the paths of European integration in various aspects as political, social, and economic development. Professor Letta also shed a light on many challenges faced by Europe as one can infer from the Brexit debate and upcoming referendum. He concluded with a strong message: trust formation through multilateralism and abandonment of nationalism is most important in order to sole the roots of these issues and global challenges faced by today’s world.
On May 31st, 2016: Professor Joseph Kaboski, who is the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Nortre Dame, visited GSIS to give a special lecture on his latest research on “Skill-biased Structural Changes”. This paper has two other authors, Francisco J. Buera and Richard Rogerson, and was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2015. Main findings and implications of this research is that even in the absence of further skill-biased technological changes, skill premium would continue to grow under the influence of compositional changes.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, the 8th Members of DCPP students went to a field trip to Asan Hyundai Motors and Dangjin Hyundai Steel Co. The students had opportunity to view the driving force of economic growth in Korea and learn from so called, “the global companies”. Students have learned how Korea has leaped up from developing countries to developed countries with the automobile and steel Industries by becoming self-reliant in steel industries. As a government officer of a nation, the students think that they would be able to encourage their government to support the industrial developing policy and to boost the collaboration between their industry and Korean business companies.
On May 24th, 2016, senior researcher Dongsoo Kang from KDI gave a lecture to the students of the FTA Commerce and Strategy program under the topic, “Won-Dollar Exchange Rate and the Trade Pressure of the US.” Senior researcher Kang shortly explained what exchange rate is and how exchange rate trend changes over time. By showing Korea’s balance of trade by each country and by introducing “Bennet-Hatch-Carper”, he explained how the Department of the Treasury of the US imposes trade pressure to countries using these methods. Along with the assessment for the exchange rate, he concluded with three advices: the need of transparency improvement, trust formation by securing macro-prudential, and enlargement of foreign-exchange market.
The FTA Commerce and Strategy Program held a joint seminar with Pukyong National University in Busan on May 13th, 2016. Professor Dukgeun Ahn and 22 FTA Commerce & Strategy Program participants went to the Busan Customs to join the seminar. In the session I, Mr. Wontaek Ryu, the Director of a Customs Bureau, the Busan Customs, overviewed about the roles and functions of the Busan Customs. In the session II, the presenters of SNU GSIS gave a presentation on the topic of “KORUS FTA and Pharmaceutical Patent”, while Hyunjin Lee from Pukyong National University presented under the topic of “The Change in Contents Industry Export after Korea-China FTA.”
On May 23rd, 2016, Ambassador Seok Young Choi from GSIS, SNU gave a lecture to students of the Graduate School of International Studies under the topic, “Seok Young Choi’s FTA Negotiation Note,” which is his recently-published book. Ambassador Choi and three specialists from each field were on the penal: Professor Yoon Heo from the GSIS, Sogang University, Prof.Byung-il Choi from the GSIS, Ewha Women’s University, and Prof.Jung-bin Lim from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, SNU. Each specialist shared how they viewed the book and asked questions about the US Beef Protest in South Korea and agriculture protection in FTA Negotiations.
Prof. Nancy Snow
Joseph P. Kaboski