▲ Chung giving an inspirational lecture to KU students. Photographed by Kim Ye Eun
On April 15, Chung Sye-kyun (’71, Law) who was a former Chairman of the National Assembly and an alumnus of the Korea University (KU) came as a special guest to lecture about 4.18 Gugukdaejangjung. On April 18, many alumni contributed to the establishment of democracy in Korea, by actively participating in protests on dictatorship for the first time among the universities. The lecture was held to revitalize their spirits of courage and honor their noble actions.
Chung first gave an introduction of himself by explaining the meaning of his name "to evenly spread the justice of the world," which carried implications that align well with his job as a politician. He emphasized that KU had allowed him to become his current self. From the Japan annexation to the current day, Korea has experienced and cultivated groundbreaking achievements with KU as a sturdy supporter that allowed exponential social and economic development.
Chung also emphasized that for sustainable development, the younger generation should uphold the passion and aspiration. “The time has changed and new society, perspectives and cultures are established” he states, emphasizing the inevitability of change in student movements. “However, the passion about the righteous society should stay the same,” stressed Chung. As our school motto aims, “intellectual and wild-natured member of KU community”, he wanted KU students to maintain this spirit and construct a positive future for KU.