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President's Welcome

The ultimate purpose of university education is to cultivate the talents that society needs. What type of talent does society require? Will the people being educated today be useful tomorrow? What social change is expected and how should schools respond? These are some of the questions that we, as a university, need to ask ourselves.

The era of '100-year life' and the '4th Industrial Revolution' is upon us. Many of the current jobs will disappear, and new jobs will be created. Everyone will be able to work until the age of 70-80 in multiple jobs. Convergence and integration will occur in every industry and discipline, with boundaries being crossed between the humanities and sciences. Staying a step ahead of this trend, Hallym has already implemented a mandatory double major system, offering a wide range of convergence majors through multidisciplinary schools.

However, such structural reform is only a prerequisite for success. Our efforts will not succeed unless we move forward and before others. Until recently, passing on knowledge from the past was considered to be the primary function of a university. But now, universities are expected to go one step further and help students develop their creative potential. The question is how. The current system of rigid, top-down rote teaching is not the answer.

First, creativity requires an environment that ensures flexibility and freedom of choice. The structural reform that we implemented under the banner of 'student-centered education' is aimed at ensuring such flexibility and freedom. Moreover, capacity building includes the ability to work and communicate well with others. These skills can be developed through the practice of thinking, identifying problems, and finding solutions, rather than simply acquiring past knowledge. This is the direction that future education has to take.

That is why I want to emphasize the importance of contemplation. Building 'car-free streets' and a 'garden campus’ is a way to help students develop the habit of thinking on their own, while the ‘Intramural League’ is aimed at cultivating a sense of community among students by competing and cooperating with others. Knowledge can be acquired alone, but capacity building is only possible through school. That is the raison d'être of a university.

If you dream alone, it is merely a dream. But if everyone dreams together, it is said to come true. If we all believe in Hallym’s vision of a top-notch global university, we will be able to achieve it in the near future.

President Choong Soo Kim

Educational History
Educational History
1966 ~ 1973 Seoul National University (B.A. in Economics, 1973)
(1968~1971: Military Service)
1974 ~ 1979 University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (Ph.D. in Economics, 1979)
(Major: Econometrics; Labor Economics)
Citations of Merit
Citations of Merit
1987 Civil Merit Medal (No. 3496)
1992 Order of Civil Merit, (No. 6040)
Professional History
Professional History
1979 ~ 1983 Senior Research Associate, Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University, U.S.A.
1989 ~ 1991 Vice President, National Institute for Economic System and Information
1991 ~ 1993 Director, Center for Economic Education, KDI
1993 ~ 1995 Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs, Office of the President
1997 ~ 1998 President, Korea Institute of Public Finance
1998 ~ 2007 Professor, GSP, Kyung Hee University (Courses taught: Economic Crisis Management; Economic Development Policy of Korea; International Economic Organization)
2002 ~ 2005 President, Korea Development Institute (KDI) and President, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
2007 ~ 2008 President, Hallym(한림; 翰林) University
2008 ~ 2008 Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs, Office of the President
2008 ~ 2010 Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the OECD
2010 ~ 2014 Governor, Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of Korea
2014 ~ 2015 James Joo-Jin Kim Visiting Professor of Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Courses taught: South Korea: Economy and Policy; South Korea in a Globalized Economy: Present and Future)
2015 ~ 2016 Advisor, Bank of Korea
2015 ~ 2016 Senior Advisor, Korea Development Institute
2015 ~ 2016 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (Course taught: The Future of the Korean Economy: Challenges and Prospects)
2016 ~ President, Hallym University