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“Korea University (KU) students are academically advanced, so if they are to have a good personality and know to share with others with manners and style, there is nothing more to ask from a person, is there?”
–Professor Myung Soon-Koo (Law), the Vice President (VP) for Academic Affairs

Hong Myung-Bo

▲ Hong Myung-Bo is giving a lecture to KU students. Photographed by Jeong Ji Hyun

On October 9, Hong Myung-Bo gave a lecture in front of KU students at Inchon Memorial Hall, titled “Requirements for a Global Leader-Humanism and Communication.” He shared his views on what makes a great leader and told personal stories about his life as a successful player and a coach. It was definite that his speech inspired many future leaders of KU. From his speech, it was easy to see how much Hong valued communication and humanism in his team.

“It was really nice to hear him talk about his leadership based on his experiences,” commented Kang Bong Yun (’12, Physical Education). After his moving and entertaining speech, students asked questions on the spot about the 2002 World Cup as well as episodes from his life as a student in KU. “I got to know more personal sides of him and his thoughts. It was an intriguing experience for me,” said Park Wan Jin (’12, Liberal Arts).

“University +, Beyond the University”

This inspiring lecture was a part of a special educational project called “University +” which started last semester by KU’s Office of Academic Affairs. “We call in incredible lecturers. Someone we all know and respect. It has to be someone that all students can look up to,” says Professor Myung Soon-Koo (Law), the Vice President (VP) for Academic Affairs.

The purpose of this program is to train a creative, balanced intellectual with manners and a warm heart. The lecturer and the contents are carefully selected to the needs of KU students. Hearing from a successful celebrity is not a chance that one can frequently get. By listening to the great minds of our time, students can get encouraged and motivated to find their own path. The university has been trying to teach students, not only through academics but also through promoting a program that helps students get more real and hands-on experience.

“There are curriculums and extra curriculums in a university,” says Professor Myung. “As for extra curricular activities, it was rather sporadic and not systemized. Hence, we are now trying to form a steady system that will benefit students outside academics.” The contents, as one can guess, focus on things that students might struggle to obtain through books. It covers topics from learning correct manners and etiquette to developing a creative conversation using advanced speech skills. “KU students are academically advanced, so if they are to have a good personality and know to share with others with manners and style, there is nothing more to ask from a person, is there?” says Professor Myung.
▲ The symbol for “University +.” Photographed by Choi Ji Won
Its slogan, “Beyond the University,” tells us everything. KU is now looking at the future. “Koreans are very sensitive to college rankings. Some parts of this have led Korea to develop, but that is not all,” claims Professor Myung. “The university is taking more long-term goals into account.” In other words, they are not just obsessing over what would raise their college rankings. Instead, on top of that, they are striving and contemplating on how to make a better university. “When the time comes, there will be other more important standards, such as, ‘Is this a college where smart and sensible students go?” Professor Myung adds, “There are the standards that everyone knows about. We should be working on those but KU has started a bigger battle for the future. That is what makes KU beyond just any university.”

The project is separated into five themes. These themes were carefully chosen as the aspects that a successful student must have. These five themes are composed of “Crimson Etiquette,” “Onsemiro (intact and whole),” “Nanuri (sharing) Dialogue,” “People and Hope,” and “Schole” (means “leisure” in the Aristotelian sense).” Every semester, the Office of Academic Affairs provides events that fall under each of all these categories.

This project is still on-going and will be continued in future semesters. The preparation and the certainty that the Office of Academic Affairs and the Academic Records Team have show how much the project can be worth to students. To sign up for any of these lectures, a simple registration can be done through KU’s Internet portal site. However, it would be considered a polite and obvious manner to remember that students must keep their promises and be there on time.
▲ Professor Myung Soon-Koo, VP for Academic Affairs, is explaining the significance of the program “University +.” Photographed by Choi Ji Won

Schole – September 26, Wednesday, 5 p.m.
“KU-Kolon Styling” Suggesting a style for KU Students Lecture on basic styling and a makeover for lucky students, complete with a fashion talk concert with two amazing designers.

People and Hope – October 9, Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

“Global Leadership - Humanism and Communications” Lecture by Hong Mung-Bo, the head coach of this year’s London Olympics’ Korean football team on leadership, plus Q & A session following the lecture.

Onsemiro- October 25, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

“21st Century’s Global Talent and Consilience” Lecture on academics as a whole dealing with consilience by Chae Jae-Chun, the named endowed chair professor of Ewha Womans University.

Crimson Etiquette – November 20, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
“The Diginity of Language that Complements Me, Art Speech” Lecture, on the importance of speech by Kang Min Jung, VP of Kim Mi Kyung’s Art Speech, and how to deliver a great, moving speech.

Nanuri Dialogue – November 29, Thursday, 5 p.m.
“Literature and Science, Working Towards a Creative Conversation” A Talk given by Professor Suk Young Joong (Russian Language and Literature) and Professor Kim Hak Jin (Psychology) on the brain.

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