On July 18th, 2016, the Yulchon-GSIS Center for Emerging Economies had held its second special lecture with Dr. Ozcan from Royal Holloway, University of London. As the reader in international business and entrepreneurship, she studies the areas of SMEs, business-politics relations and internationalization of firms. For this special event, she presented on the topic: “A critique of international aid practices: Central Asia in Transition”. In details, she explored international aid in aspect of entrepreneurship-building.
The 12th Worldwide Consortium of Korean Studies Centers Workshop was held from June 23-25, 2016, at GSIS building, co-hosted by Socheon Center for Korean Studies and International Center for Korean Studies at Kyujanggak Institute. The workshop was attended by more than 40 directors/chairs of Korean Studies and graduate students from esteemed universities around the world. The presentation session was divided into five sessions, Korean literature, Social Science, Joseon Dynasty, Modern Korean history and North Korea. Participating students gave presentations on topics of their choices in each session, sharing their research and receiving feedback from peers and professors. At the Director’s meeting, professors responsible for Korean Studies of each university brought up concerns or questions regarding the place of Korean Studies, shared ideas and information and discussed ways to strengthen the current network and to promote exchanges in diverse levels.
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 14th June 2016, the International Security Strategy Program of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) had a matriculation for 35 executive students from the Ministry of National Defense and other related public and private organizations. During the event, Executive Vice President & Provost Chongsuh KIM and Dean of GSIS Chong-Sup KIM gave opening remarks. The faculty of ISSP, Professor PARK Cheol-Hee, Professor PARK Tae Gyun, and Professor SHEEN Seong-Ho) had participated and encouraged the ISSP students for the active participation. ISSP is an executive program specialized in international security studies encompassing from conventional military security to contemporary human security issues. Inaugurated in May, ISSP is expected to meet the demand of policy cycles and the students of international security studies.
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.
GUL BERNA OZCAN, PH.D
Prof. Nancy Snow