Graduate School of International Studies, SNU has signed a MOU with JDC (Jeju Free International City Development Center) on July 18, 2017. The MOU was signed to reinforce business cooperation capabilities and to expand networks for possible investment. Under the agreement, GSIS, SNU will share its internal and external network with JDC and lend its international professional experience to help with the building of Jeju Free International City. Through the MOU, GSIS plans to cooperate with the JDC to facilitate professional training for international business promotion as well as carry out policy consultation and research on internationalization. According to a spokesperson for SNU, "An operating committee will be organized separately in order to develop Jeju Island as a premier island of peace and prosperity". Additionally, various business cooperative initiatives will be take place both annually and regularly.
On May 30th, the BESETO intellectual Dialogue 2017 was held in GSIS of Seoul National University. The signing ceremony of the Campus Asia Financial Agreement was held ahead of the 20th anniversary of the opening of SNU, GSIS. The dialogue was held under the theme of "How to deepen the academic cooperation in East Asia". In the dialogue, a variety of academic and educational cooperation plans were discussed based on experiences of Campus Asia, the pan-Asian educational cooperation project,. Which involvies three universities, bilateral, multilateral academic exchanges between SNU, Tokyo University and Peking University. In particular, the future vision of each university toward the East Asian knowledge community was explained by the graduate schools of SNU, UT, and PU.
On June 8th 2017, the Yulchon-GSIS Center for Emerging Economies held a special lecture. Mr. Young-mok Kim, former president of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), gave a lecture on the subject: “Changing Global Environment for Development and the Direction of Korea’s ODA Policies." Lawyers from Yulchon as well as many of the GSIS students and professors participated in the lecture to listen to his experience and expertise in the development cooperation field.
Prof. Ahn Dukgeun has been awarded the Spring 2017 SNU Education Award. The SNU Education Award is given to faculty members who exhibit outstanding capability in education and student guidance. The award is given to only 10 faculty members each semester. Along with the award, Professor Ahn was credited with receiving the best lecture evaluations each semester. Additionally, Professor Ahn was recognized for developing and advancing the GSIS curriculum as well as for providing students with excellent academic advice. Professor Ahn's acceptance of the award was especially noteworthy as it marked the first time a GSIS professor had been selected as a recipient. Reflecting on this, Professor Ahn expressed his wish to share his success with all of GSIS, saying that “the award was given not only to myself". In a selfless act, the professor offered half of the award (KRW10,000,000) to GSIS as a development fund for educational research. To commemorate Professor Ahn's acceptance of the award, GSIS held a special lecture on May 17, 2017. The lecture focused on Professor Ahn's academic passion and was titled "Academic Development of International Commerce and Current Challenges in the World Trading System”.
On May 26th ~ 27th, 2017, a group of 9 students from the Campus Asia Program enjoyed two-day field trip in Jeonju. They visited Han-ok maeul, the Korean traditional housing place to stay, which includes Geong-gi jeon and Omok-dae. As an experience, they enjoyed rail biking while watching beautiful sceneries of Jeonju, made night stand with dried flower and Han-ji, the Korean traditional paper. They also participated making rice cake and enjoyed delicious hand-made rice cake. They experienced Han-bok, the Korean traditional clothing and went to many places inside the traditional village. During the trip, they enjoyed delicious and traditional foods of Jeonju, including Jeonju bibimbap and Tteok-gal bi. During the trip, they experienced the essence of traditional area of Korea, learn about the life style.
On April 12, 2017, Dr. Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), gave a special lecture to the students on the topic of “The Economic Consequences of President Trump.” Dr. Hufbauer brought his insight about President Trump’s ambitious goals relevant to real GDP growth, job creations, and the US trade deficit. He also explained about the Korean trade barriers to the US exports such as technical barriers to trade, services and investment barriers. At the end of the session, Dr. Hufbauer also answered many questions from the participating students about how other countries should respond to new fiscal and trade policy plans by the Trump Administration.
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