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365. Keeping Pace with the Needs

So, Yi-hyeon 기자2017.03.03 19:05:27

When strolling through the campus, you can easily find at least one building in construction. Currently, three buildings are under construction. Since the constructions have been going on continuously, students in KNU are even getting used to the inconveniences they cause. However, some students, especially freshmen, do not know what exactly the purpose of the constructions is. Knowing about them might be helpful in resolving the curiosity.

 

KNU Central Library Extension & Repair Work

In 1982, the KNU Central Library was newly constructed on the current location, relocated from where the museum is now. After that, in 1990, a New Building Reading Room was built as an extension of the Central library, which is called the Old Building Reference Room. Remodeling of the New Building Reading Room began in July 2014 and lasted about two months. Since the KNU Central Library has more than 2,730,000 books, being the second largest volume among libraries in Korean universities, it is hard for the library to withstand the weight of the books, so it needs more space to accommodate them. Therefore, the extension and repair work have been ongoing since 2014. It will provide students with educational facilities such as an Information Commons, which is being built to share information about doing research. According to the Facility Management of KNU, the construction is expected to be completed in 2018, but this date might be adjusted according to the progress of the construction work.


IT Convergence Engineering Building

The Global Human Resources Development Center for IT Convergence in KNU reorganized three existing departments - the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Electronics Engineering, and the Department of Electrical Engineering - into the College of IT Engineering, in March 2010. In the same year, the Department of Samsung Mobile Engineering was newly established, with the expectancy of being a growing force in the IT convergence field. Accordingly, because of the need for more space, a six-story IT Convergence Engineering Building has been under construction since 2015, and is scheduled to be completed by January 2017. This new building will provide educational facilities, with state-of-the-art training equipment and materials which cost about 20 billion won. The area will be about 1,904.79, located near the College of IT Engineering and in front of Ilcheongdam. This building will also integrate the IT laboratories which are currently inconveniently separated in several different buildings.

 

Humanities Korea Building
Recently, KNU was selected by the Ministry of Education as a participant in the CORE project, which promotes Humanities studies. In order to supply the necessary facilities for education, such as lecture rooms and an ancient literature library, KNU started constructing the Humanities Korea Building on the original site of the Professor Research Building. This will be a six-story building with one basement, and its area will be 2,517.88. The budget is about fifteen billion won, which is collected from the government and KNU in a seven to three ratio. Since the whole budget is not provided at once, the construction process is phased. This has affected the proposed completion date, which is currently set at July 22, 2017. This building aims to be an Humanities infrastructure for students in KNU, as well as for residents of Daegu and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do. Moreover, the Chinese education center affiliated with the Advanced Center for Korean Studies will be established in this building.

 

Completed & planned Constructions
Started in September 2015, the Children’s Education Center in Kyungpook National University will be opened in March 2017. It is located next to the Bokhyeon Building and the total area of the building is 1,685.2. This center was proposed by the Women’s Faculty Association, and was built in order to promote welfare systems for the school members, to encourage them to concentrate on their work. Meanwhile, according to the Facility Management, a Build-Transfer-Lease (BTL) dormitory is planned to be constructed near the Farm Gate and Technopark in the first half of 2017.

 

These buildings are evidence of the many efforts of KNU to meet the needs of school members and to create a better environment. We hope KNU will be improved in terms of both facilities and studies, and that the university will prioritize the needs of students and faculties over other concerns.

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