Trans-Pacific Partnership: Korea’s Choice?

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Mr. Han-Koo YEO, Deputy Chief of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea, gave a lecture to the students for the FTA Business and Strategy program on the controversies of Korea joining the TPP. Mr. Yeo explained that Korea has been aiming to be a regional FTA hub for the last decade and has been successful in leading FTA negotiations with its major trading partners, including the US, EU, and China. Korea is yet facing many other external and internal obstacles to join the TPP. As the US is the major leading country of the TPP negotiation, political factors within the US Congress and its political schedule would immensely influence the initial success of the current negotiation. While the Korea-US FTA text is considered as the golden rule in the FTAs, being a latecomer still means there would be additional costs of joining the TPP.

Spring-2015 Commencement Ceremony

The Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony of GSIS was held on February 26, 2015 at Socheon Convention Hall. Total of 70 students have graduated. 66 students became Master and 4 students became Doctor of Philosophy in International Studies. The Valedictory speech was given by Ms. Jiyoung YOO, graduate from International Trade. Former Dean, now emeritus professor at SNU Business School, Prof. Dong-Sung CHO was the guest speaker to congratulate the graduates of GSIS.

Spring-2015 Freshmen Orientation

Spring semester-2015 Freshmen Orientation was held at Socheon Hall on March 2, 2015. Students from various backgrounds and interests gathered at Sochon Hall, with seniors greeting them with opened arms. Professor Dukgeun AHN, introduced Dean of GSIS, Professor Jong Sup KIM to greet students with his welcoming speech. Then the introducing of faculty members, administrative staff and student council were followed.

GNMP Homecoming Day Special Lecture

SNU GSIS GNMP(Global Negotiation and Mediation Program) had a meeting with the 1st graduates of the GNMP on January 22, 2015 at the GL room (rm. 201), GSIS 140 Bldg. Special Lecture was provided by Mr. Christopher Poole, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the JAMS, the largest alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. Reception dinner was followed afterwards. SNU GSIS GNMP is currently recruiting the 2nd GNMP term students. Qualification of the applicants are government officials, CEOs of the business, high ranking officers, including board members, and judicial officers. Those who are interested in GNMP, please contact Mr. John CHOI at 02-880-4044/

Meeting with STINT

Dr. Andreas G?thenberg, Executive Director of STINT and Mr. Mattias L?whagen from STINT(The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education) visited GSIS on 22 Jan. to discuss about the dual degree programs and to promote Swedish higher education’s exchange and cooperation programs with counterparts in foreign countries. We had discussed issues related to running dual degree programs. STINT is part of a group of Swedish research foundations that were formed in 1994 to internationalize Swedish higher education and research, covering all academic fields and disciplines.

The 6th DCPP Graduation Ceremony

The 6th GSIS Master Program of Development Cooperation Policy, offered exclusively to international students with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has produced 19 graduates. The GSIS DCPP students are trained to become potential leaders in their respective countries. The 6th GSIS Master Program of Development Cooperation Policy, offered exclusively to international students with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has produced 19 graduates, who will be fostered as future experts in the field of development.

The 4th FTA Leadership Program

The 4th FTA Leadership Program started from September 20th and ended on December 13, 2014. Forty three (43) students have finished the course. FTA Leadership Program was filled with various special lectures. The FTA Leadership Program is a program dedicated to FTA-related issues for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers. The program provides a systematic analysis on the current political and economic situations regarding free trade agreements, as well as field work strategies from experienced lecturers on FTA issues.

2014 Korean Association for Time Studies Conference

Conference for Korean Time Studies was held on Dec 5th, 2014 in Sochon Hall. Prof. Jonathan Gershuny from Oxford gave presentation on “Time, National Product and Well-being: Extending National Accounts”. Lyn Craig from University of New South Wales, Australia on “Using Time Use Data to Explore Family Life in Context: What do we know, what can we know?”. Prof. Ignace Glorieux from Free University of Brussels, Belgium gave presentation on “Merits, Threats and Future of Time Use Research. Many other scholars in time use study had participated in the conference.

The 30th GLP students, Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony for the 30th Global Leadership Program, GSIS, SNU was held on December 18th. Forty-five (45) students has finished the course in fall semester of 2014. The GLP Program was established in November, 1999 and has been running for 15 years. Total of 1,394 students have finished the GLP, at GSIS, SNU during last 15 years.