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Yes! We Are K.I.S !

Kim, Won-young 기자2012.06.19 15:00:34

Are you in Daegu, way confused, and know nothing about KNU? Have no fear! The KIS is here! We are going to work until everything is okay! Just ask away. You do not have a clue how to do something? Stop worrying, the KIS knows the way. Tell KIS! If there’s anything on your mind, we’ll be there anytime. Tell KIS! We will be your guide in everything.

This is part of the song ‘Tell KIS.’ Have you ever heard about KIS? KIS stands for Kyungpook National University (KNU) International Supporters who are assistants of the Office of International Affairs. Last month, the new KIS members were selected, making up the seventh KIS team. This team consists of three female and four male students, including the leader of KIS. They take part in events related to international fellowship with international students who study at KNU. They plan, publicize and manage events which are held by KNU.

At KNU, there are around 1,300 international students. KNU is also partnered with 343 institutions in over 30 countries. This year KNU has 99 international graduates from over 20 nations, including China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, U.S., and Canada. And this semester, 58 exchange students came to KNU. The Office of International Affairs exists to help and support them in their school life. In particular, KIS is always ready to help international students.

Activities which KIS does

Basically, each KIS member has a specific role. For example, Kim, Soo-min is the leader of KIS and he handles everything to do with international affairs. In addition, Choi, Kyu-hyun and Kim, Won-young translate texts into English and upload articles on the KNU website - they are reporters. Also, Jo, Yu-rae and Park, Seon-min are event organizers and they plan cultural activities. Lee, Yoon-a is in charge of making videos and managing the ‘KNU kes kis’ homepage (http://www.facebook.com/#!/knukeskis). Lastly, Chae, Dae-keun takes full charge of works related to China because he speaks Chinese fluently. Even though each member has his/her own role, they also do everything together. Events vary from month to month. In February, there were three orientations for foreign students and in March, there was a medical checkup for exchange students. Furthermore, in April, they will visit historical sites to experience Korean culture. In May, there will be a ‘movie night.’ Finally, they will have a farewell party for graduate and exchange students in June.

The Orientation for International Students

There have been three orientations for international students this semester. The orientation on February 23rd was for undergraduate and graduate international students. Furthermore, in February 27th, there were an orientation, a campus tour and a welcome party for Exchange Students.

Q : Could you tell me about the three orientations for international students?
A : (Park, Seon-min, School of Business Administration, Sophomore) The orientation was presented in Korean. The undergraduate international students are really good at Korean. At first, we asked them their names or majors in English but they answered in Korean. That was quite impressive. Teachers who are in charge of international affairs emphasized that students have to solve their affairs by themselves. The orientation for graduate international students was similar. However, it was presented in English. They got some information about KNU life. The last orientation was for exchange students and it was the most active orientation. They learned about Korean culture with cartoons and watched some videos about KNU and Korea. After this, they had a campus tour and welcome party. We prepared a delicious dinner and recreation activities for them. Thanks to their passionate participation, we had a great time.

Q : What was your impression of the orientations?
A : (Choi, Kyu-hyun, School of Business Administration, Sophomore) Getting ready for the events was a big deal for all the KIS members. It took a lot of our effort and time, so we just hoped everyone there enjoyed the things we prepared. I hope all the international students have a great time here at KNU, and visit the KIS team members at the Global Lounge to hang out or for any assistance.

Being a KIS Member

Q : How do you feel about being a KIS member?
A : (Chae, Dae-keun, Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Junior) I am so happy that I work at the Office of International Affairs as a KIS member. Frankly speaking, I had not expected that I would pass the new KIS member test. In February, I had to decide between two choices. The first was whether to participate in the ‘Chinese Bridge’ program that China Central Television (CCTV) conducts, and the other was to become a KIS member. As you can see, I chose to be a KIS member. Before going to China, I already decided that I would apply for KIS. That is, I really wanted to be a KIS member rather than take part in the program. I am happy and satisfied with the choice that I made, and I hope to make good memories with my fellow KIS members and KNU students.

Q : What do you want to do as a KIS?
A : (Chae, Dae-keun, Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Junior) I take pride in becoming a KIS member. In order for KIS members and foreign students to have happy moments this semester, I will do my best. My major is classical Chinese and it has a lot of relevance to Korean culture, Korean language, and other subjects. If international students want to tour Korea with me, I will readily accept their proposal and introduce my country to them. And to foreign students, I want to say that even if they can only speak English or Chinese, KIS members will always be on your side.

Q : What are the required qualifications for becoming a KIS?
A : (Kim, Soo-min, KIS leader, Dept. of Mathematics, Junior) I can tell you guys the required qualifications to be a member of KIS by explaining what we are doing now. First, we prepare and conduct orientation for exchange students and international students. So, KIS members need to be specialized in speaking English and to have an outgoing personality. In addition, KIS needs people who are good at taking pictures and controlling electronic equipment. Second, these days, KIS members work at the Global Lounge during lunchtime about once a week. And, sometimes, the Office of International Affairs asks us to work for some events unexpectedly. Therefore, if you are too busy to work during the semester, you will have quite a hard time. However, I think that KIS will be a good chance to build friendship with foreign friends and have fun!

If you want to be a KIS member, there is a chance to apply for it next semester, in July or August. For more information, visit the Office of International Affairs at the Global Plaza on the sixth floor or its website (http://gp.knu.ac.kr/). Being a KIS can be a good experience and make wonderful memories for you! Go for it!

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