■ The 10th Matthew D. Lee & Katherine H. Lee scholarship beneficiaries participate in meeting
On November 22, 2019, the 10th Matthew D. Lee & Katherine H. Lee scholarship meeting was held in the Mosaic Building in Chungdam-dong. President of Overseas HUFS Alumni Association Matthew D. Lee (class of 1958, Department of German, Chairman of Allied Technology Group Inc.) has donated KRW 2.25 billion to HUFS under the Matthew D. Lee & Katherine H. Lee Scholarship Program.
In his opening remarks Matthew D. Lee said, “I welcome and congratulate the students who came here today to receive the scholarships,” and added, “I wish you work for those in need all around the world and become a leader who contributes to humanity, and always love your neighbors to better people.”
At the scholarship meeting, Matthew D. Lee and Katherine H. Lee donated scholarship for students who achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances.
■ Cho Joong-hee (student in the Department of Polish) receives achievement award
Cho Joong-hee, an undergraduate student in the Department of Polish, received an achievement award on November 14, 2019, at the Global Campus Centennial Complex Conference Hall, which was attended by President Kim In-chul, Dean of Student Affairs and Human Resources Development Kim Soo-Wan, Dean of the Department of Polish Choi Sung-eun, Professor in the Department of Polish Kim Yong-duk, and Head of Student Affairs Ahn Kyung-ho.
While in Poland, Cho Joong-hee corrected a mistake by a Polish beverage company for using the Rising Sung Flag by sending emails and engaging in SNS activities. His actions were reported by 26 media outlets, such as MBC and SBS, which has led to a widespread recognition of the expertise and talents of HUFS students, in addition to advancing and promoting the image of HUFS.
At the ceremony, President Kim In-chul said, “a student has corrected a wrongful doing of a war criminal nation—not in Korea but in a foreign country—and publicized this incident, to which I feel proud not just from the perspective of HUFS but as a Korean.” To this, Cho Joong-hee replied, “any HUFS student would have done what I had done, and I plan to focus more on my studies.”
■ Cho Myung-duk (Honorary Doctor of Laws) receives an Order of Civil Merit
On October 30, Cho Myung-duk—who holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from HUFS—received an Order of Civil Merit for her contributions in educational development. As a representative for the Korean government, the Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hye presented the medal to Cho Myung-duk. The Order of Civil Merit is awarded to those who have clearly demonstrated their contributions for the welfare of the people and advancement of the nation.
Cho Myung-duk has donated KRW 4.2 billion for the development of HUFS and for the support of law school students in need. For students from low-income households, she has not only donated scholarship but has also invited the recipients for homemade meals, watched operas, and took them to hotel buffets to help them experience a cultural life. In addition, to nurture future legal professional, she has donated funds for constructing the Law School Building which have contributed greatly.
In recognition of her contributions, HUFS designated lecture room 801 of the Law School Building as Cho Myung-duk Hall in 2007, and presented her with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
■ HUFS names lecture room after Park Kwan-soo (Italian Language, entering class of ’84)
On December 6, room 205 of the Institute of Teaching and Learning Development Building on the Seoul Campus was named after Park Kwan-soo (Italian Language, entering class of ’84) as a sign of appreciation for his donation of KRW 100 million. He is also the President of the Italian Language Alumni Association.
At the ceremony, President Kim In-chul said that the unique value of HUFS comes from the strong sense of interest to study about regional cultures. In addition, he expressed his appreciation for how Park Kwan-soo visited HUFS in person to encourage the younger generation.
To this, Park Kwan-soo said that a university is not just a place to accumulate knowledge, but also a driving force for the energy of Korea’s heart. He added that HUFS was founded by Dongwon Dr. Kim Hyeung-bae under the principles of “Sincere Hearts, Big Roads” and that he was thankful for the opportunity to make his own contribution in a small way.
Meanwhile, the President of the Italian Language Alumni Association Park Kwan-soo graduated from the Department of Italian Language and worked at Aeroflot for 17 years, and then founded Euro Air Link and contributed to the airline shipping industry between Russia and Korea. Furthermore, he has been the Italian Language Alumni Association President for the past 10 years and built the foundation for the alumni association, for which the General Alumni Association has presented an achievement award.
■ Hana Financial Sharing Foundation holds 2019 scholarship ceremony
Hana Financial Sharing Foundation held a 2019 scholarship ceremony at the Matthew D. Lee Conference Room of the Main Building on the Seoul Campus on November 21.
Those attending the ceremony from Hana Bank were the Head of Hana Bank Gangnam Financial Center Ryu Chang-ryul and Manager Choi Min-ki, and those attending from HUFS were Dean of Student Affairs and Human Resources Development Kim Bong-chul (Seoul), Head of Scholarship Committee, Head of Financial Accounting Kim Seung-jin, and a student representative for scholarship recipients.
Each year, the Hana Financial Sharing Foundation supports students in need with living expenses by selecting them as Hana Scholarship Recipients, and the year 2019 marks the first time a HUFS student was selected.
■ HUFS names lecture room after Kim Deok-sul (Japanese Language, entering class of ’81)
A ceremony for dedicating room 401 of the HUFS Humanities Building in recognition of Kim Deok-sul (Japanese Language, entering class of ’81) was held on November 18, 2019. The ceremony for Kim Deok-sul (CEO of Myungga Gim) was held as a sign of appreciation for his donation of KRW 100 million for HUFS. In 2018, CEO Kim Deok-sul donated KRW 100 million for the remodeling project for a smart library at HUFS.
At the ceremony, President Kim In-chul expressed gratitude by mentioning that CEO Kim Deok-sul’s noblesse oblige sets an example. He went on to say that CEO Kim Deok-sul not only donates for the school but also hires those with disabilities. He wished that the College of Japanese Language would be proud of its alumnus Kim Deok-sul.
To that CEO Kim Deok-sul that he was one who appreciates for an opportunity as such and he thanked the younger generation. He went on to say that the future of the younger is bright and that even if things are difficult the reason society works is that there are more people who think positively. He concluded by mentioning he wished the younger would try harder and have dreams since there are more opportunities.
Those in attendance from HUFS were President Kim In-chul, CEO of Emerita, and College of Japanese alumnus Choi Hye-suk, CEO of Datanews Oh Chang-kyu, Director of the College of Japanese Alumni Association Song Byung-shik, Dean of the College of Japanese Lee Sang-hoon, Vice Dean of Japanese Language and Culture, Professors Moon Myung Jae, Park Yong-gu, Kim Dong-kyu, and students from the College of Japanese.
After entering the College of Japanese in ‘81, CEO Kim Deok-sul entered Samhae Trading Company, which is a major holder of the gim business in Korea, and was promoted to CEO. Through endless research, he contributed greatly to the growth of the overseas market of gim export. Recently, he partnered with CJ Cheiljedang to lead Korea’s gim business. In recognition of his contributions for the development of Korea’s industry, he received an Achievement Award for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise from the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Central Association, in addition to receiving an Lifetime Achievement Award as a HUFS Alumni from the HUFS General Alumni Association in February, 2017. Currently, he serves as the President of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Owners as he shares his knowledge of business management and upholds the esteem of HUFS.
■ HUFS names lecture room after the Department of Portuguese entering class of ‘76
On November 15, 2019, a lecture room dedication ceremony was held in room 204 of the Institute of Teaching and Learning Development Building on the Seoul Campus. The ceremony was held in recognition that an Alumni Association has donated a large sum of money for the first time in HUFS history. In attendance were the central figures of the Alumni Association for the Department of Portuguese entering class of ’76: Kim Sun-hee, Kim Chang-il, Moon Myung-hwan, Oh Min-suk, Lee Jung-sook, Choi Dong-sung, Choi Jeh-moon, Hong Sang-won. The alumni donated KRW 100 million for the younger generation in the Department of Portuguese, which will be used for future development purposes.
At the ceremony, President Kim In-chul said that the Department of Portuguese holds a bigger 50th Anniversary Ceremony than other Colleges. He went on to say that important figures such as CEO of Hyundai Heavy Industries Kwon Oh-gab and CEO of Samsung Fire Insurance graduated from this department. He concluded by saying we wished the younger generation in the Department of Portuguese would head out to the world while recognizing the value of sharing as exemplified by the entering class of ’76 alumni.
To this the Head of the ’76 Alumni Association Kim Chang-il alumnus said that we was glad to meet the younger generation on a good occasion such as this. He went on to say that even if each person is faced with a different environment, there are always opportunities to utilize your major if you search enough. He added that he entered a company that was not related to his major, but eventually he had ties with Brazil and Portugal. He concluded by saying they should believe in possibilities and look for opportunities.
■ Department of Italian holds scholarship ceremony for the 50th Anniversary
The Department of Italian of HUFS held a ceremony for the “Jun Sung-chul Scholarship” and “Department of Italian 50th Anniversary Scholarship” in the department office in the Main Building of Seoul Campus.
Alumnus Jun Sung-chul entered the Department of Italian in ’76 and currently presides as the CEO of Save Co., Ltd. and through this opportunity he donated scholarship to four students. Meanwhile, the “Department of Italian 50th Anniversary Scholarship” has been giving scholarship to two students every semester since its establishment in 2013.
In attendance were Professor Kim Shi-hong, Honorary Professor Vincenzo Fraterrigo, President of the Italian Language Alumni Association Park Kwan-soo, entering class of ’76 Jun Sung-chul alumnus, and the Department Head of Italian Choi Byung-jin.
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