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
|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|
|1987||Civil Merit Medal (No. 3496)|
|1992||Order of Civil Merit, (No. 6040)|
|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|