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360. Campus Report

Park, Seon-joo, Seo, Ji-young 기자2015.11.24 20:48:16

01. Building a Kindergarten in Kyungpook National University (KNU)

On October 9th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Kyungpook National University kindergarten. The idea for this kindergarten is being headed by KNU headquarters, the committee for gender equality, and the women faculty assembly. The purpose is to upgrade the welfare of members of KNU by freeing them to focus on their work and not have to worry about their children. In addition, the goal is to advance the childcare system. The construction period is expected to finish in 2017. The building is going to have three floors and a footprint of 1,685m2. It is going to be located next to the Bokhyun Building.

 

02. A Software-Focused University, KNU

Kyungpook National University was selected as one of the SW-focused universities by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning on October 7th. The SW focused universities are supported by the government to take initiatives in education. It will increase the competitiveness of Korea, and many industries and students in Korea, by teaching them software education and upgrading the infrastructure in Korea. Therefore, the IT department of KNU is going to organize additional software educational programs and courses. For example, the department is going to increase the number of double majors with software courses and training in software programs taught in English. Many major courses which are linked with software programs will be created. In addition, they are going to lead special software courses for middle and high school students and to operate new software lifelong education. From 2018, additional administration screening processes for software knowledge will be added.

 

03. Humanities Concert and Festival


The KNU Academy of Humanities held a variety of events for this year’s Humanities Week from October 25th to 31st. The festival of Humanities included an exhibition, lectures and talk concerts in Jung-gu, Daegu, to rediscover Daegu through humanities. The theme of this year was to communicate with citizens about the history of Daegu from the liberation to the IMF economic crisis in South Korea. Furthermore, the KNU academy of Humanities was selected as a supervisor to hold a specialized humanities project by Gijang-gun, Busan, which was promoted since March 24th, 2015. A ‘Humanities Concert’ invited citizens living in Gijang-gun as a specialized project this year. The concert was composed with several citizen-participation programs reconstituting tourist attractions and culture resources into cultural contents of the humanities.

 

04. Boycott Writing Government-Issued History Textbook


KNU Professors of the Department of History have declared that they reject the writing of a government-issued history textbook. Professors from over 20 universities including all seventeen professors of the KNU Department of History signed to oppose the enforcement of a plan by President Park, Geunhye's government. They insisted that the government was scheming to publish a government-issued history textbook which is a retrogressive policy in the democratic society of the 21st century. Moreover, they issued a statement that this plan can indicate a certain political intention for securing the power of the government. This movement has been followed by students putting up hand printed posters and having one-man protests in the KNU campus.

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