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    SKKU ranks No.1 in the field of Enginering in 2018 University Rankings by the Korea Economic Daily

    In the 2018 Natural Science & Engineering University Rankings by the Korea Economic Daily, SKKU has been ranked No.1 in the field of engineering with a total score of 310. With huge support from the Samsung Foundation, SKKU is running various interdisciplinary programs based on academic-industrial cooperation, such as the Grand Challenge Tech + Innovator certification program, Smart Car Track certification program, and Materials School certification program. SKKU has also established a Department of Smart Factory as an interdisciplinary major. Followed by SKKU, KAIST, Hanyang University, and Korea University were ranked 2-4th, respectively.

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    SKKU Ranks 100th in the QS World University Rankings, Rising from 108th Last Year

    Sungkyunkwan University ranked 100th in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2019 this year, rising from 108th last year. It has risen 79 spots from 179th place over the last 6 years. SKKU also maintained 3rd place in the ranking of domestic universities in Korea. SKKU scored 88.3 points in Faculty/Student Ratio (85.1 points last year), 43.5 points in Citations per Faculty (37.9 points last year), and 34 points in International Students (27.6 points last year), showing a steady upward trend in the overall evaluation index. On the other hand, five Korean universities were listed in the world's top 100 in this year's QS world university rankings. Seoul National University ranks 36th, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 40th, Pohang University of Science and Technology 83rd, Korea University 86th, and Sungkyunkwan University 100th. Sungkyunkwan is a new entrant by rising eight notches from last year. Fifteen Korean universities are in the top 400, with Hanyang University moving up four notches to 151st and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology 315th. Kyu Sang CHUNG, the President of Sungkyunkwan University, said, “For the past several years, SKKU has been devoted to creating synergy through the mutual growth of education and research by supporting integrated research and recruiting world-class scholars as professors to introduce a global-standard education system. Furthermore, this year’s achievement is mainly accredited to concentrated investments made in the last 20 years in the research sector, where we have strengthened industry-university collaboration with Samsung and recruited many quality professors in science and engineering. We will spare no effort to become a world-class university. We will strive to open a new era of SKKU as a Global leading university together with students, faculty, and alumni as well.” SKKU is implementing creative convergence education, such as multidisciplinary approaches and specialized academic-industrial cooperative education, that will lead the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In particular, SKKU is expanding academic-industrial courses of study, such as convergent foundation projects, fusion capstone design, and integrated team field training in order to connect students’ creative business ideas to enterprises. Also, in cooperation with small businesses, SKKU has created excellent results by releasing about 20 commercialized products and submitting more than 30 patent proposals every year. University 2016 2017 2018 Seoul National University 35th 36 th 36 th KAIST 46th 41st 40 th POSTECH 83 th 70 th 83 th Korea University 98 th 90 th 86 th Sungkyunkwan University 106 th 108 th 100 th Yonsei University 112 th 106 th 107 th Hanyang University 171 th 155 th 151 th Source: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2019

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    Perovskite Solar Cells with Inorganic Electron & Hole Transport Layers Exhibit Long-Term Stability

    Research groups from Sungkyunkwan University have recently reported that they developed highly stable perovskite solar cells under extreme environments by improving passivation techniques of perovskite solar cells. Perovskite is the name of a crystal structure, and for the perovskite solar cells, the materials refer to special compositional groups that have organic and inorganic halide ions. Perovskite solar cells have shown extremely rapid improvement of power conversion efficiency with low processing costs. However, the short-term lifetime of the device and the poor stability of the material under moisture, heat, light, and electrical biases remain to be overcome for commercialization. The architecture of the solar cells has inverted planar devices (so-called p-i-n devices; light illumination through hole transport layers) with FTO/NiO/Perovskite/PCBM/AZO/Ag. AZO has been deposited via atmoic layer deposition method, which produces pinhole-free, uniform, and dense films. The AZO-deposited perovskite solar cells exhibited similar performances to the control solar cells due to negligible charge transporting retardation by the 3 orders of magnitude higher conductivity of AZO compared to that of PCBM. The ALD-grown AZO (ALD-AZO) layers also acted as dense, uniform, and impermeable passivation layers that prevented ingress of water into the perovskite films, egress of the volatile components of perovskite when heated, and interfacial degradation between the perovskite-PCBM heterojunction and the Ag electrode caused by unfavorable chemical reactions. The authors found that the stability of perovskite solar cells with an AZO layer is superior to the control devices. While the control solar cells degraded rapidly under light illumination at room temperature in spite of an additional passivation layer, AZO-perovskite solar cells maintained 99.5% of their initial efficiency for 500 hours. The unique role of AZO, distinguished from additional passivating layers, is to prevent moisture penetration as well as interdiffusion at the perovskite/Ag interface when illuminated. These perovskite solar cells showed their stability in a more severe environment, exhibiting a power conversion efficiency of 18.45% and retaining 86.7% of their initial efficiency for 500 hours under continuous 1-sun illumination at 85°C in ambient air with electrical biases (at the maximum power point). This research on highly stable perovskite solar cells with inorganic charge transport layers has been published in Advanced Materials (IF 19.791) as an inside cover story by Prof. SHIN and Mr. SEO (Department of Energy Science) and Prof. PARK (School of Chemical Engineering) at Sungkyunkwan University. Published article: Seo, S., Jeong, S., Bae, C., Park, N.-G., and Shin, H., "Perovskite Solar Cells with Inorganic Electron- and Hole-Transport Layers Exhibiting Long-Term (≈500 h) Stability at 85°C under Continuous 1 Sun Illumination in Ambient Air.", Advanced Materials, 1801010 (2018).

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    The President of UNISINOS, Brazil Visited SKKU on May 30th

    A delegation from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) in Brazil visited SKKU on May 30th (Wednesday) in order to discuss mutual cooperation between the two universities. At the meeting, future plans for UNISINOS’s new campus, Porto Alegre and possible exchange activities were discussed. In particular, research and faculty exchange activities are expected to develop further through the 7th Brazil – Korea Forum that will be held in August 22nd to 24th at UNISINOS’s Sao Leopoldo Campus. Unisinos is Brazilian private Jesuit university founded in 1969. Its main campus is located in Southern Brazil. Unisinos has a strategic orientation in Science, Technology, and Innovation with a global dimension. Unisinos' campus has a technological park, TECNOSINOS, which consists of 75 companies from 10 different countries, including the South Korean HT Micron and the German SAP Labs Latin America. Together, these companies are responsible for 6,000 direct job positions.

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    SKKU Law School – Vietnam Court Academy Signs for Academic Cooperation MOU

    SKKU Law School and Vietnam Court Academy signed an MOU for academic cooperation on May 28th 2018. President Kyu Sang CHUNG of SKKU and Chief justice of the Supreme Court of Vietnam Dao Thi Xuan Lan oversaw the signing of agreements. The MOU is expected to be a groundwork of the two universities for research activities and mutual cooperation in the field of law and the legal system. “This is a very good opportunity to understand and develop the law and the legal systems of the two countries. From this MOU, detailed cooperation plans such as holding regular forums will be further developed,” said President CHUNG. Chief justice Dao Thi Xuan Lan also mentioned, “Through this agreement, I expect to see more strong mutual cooperation with Korean legal professions and hope to see the development of Vietnam’s law and legal system.” The Court Academy was established last July under the Vietnam Supreme People’s Court in order to give training for legal officials and to educate law school students.

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    Identification of epigenetic gene regulation in the genome of marine seaweed by Prof. Hwan Su YOON

    After completing the first human draft genome by the Human Genome Project (HGP) in 2003, many genome projects were initiated in the field of medicine and natural science. A genome is the total set of genetic information including all the genes of a living organism; therefore, if it is completely decoded, it will provide a lot of information about the function of the genes as well as the evolutionary relationship of living organisms. Recently, "Collaborative Genome Projects" have been launched by multiple ministries, and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries aims to decode genomes from 100 marine organisms. Professor Hwan Su YOON and his research group in the Department of Biological Sciences are leading the analysis of 30 marine algal genomes, including diverse seaweeds. As the first product, they completed the whole genome of Gracilariopsis chorda and published in "Molecular Biology and Evolution" (5 years IF 14.558). It is the second complete nuclear genome among approximately 7,000 red algal seaweed species. G. chorda is a popular edible seaweed for diet foods and salads, and it is also used in the agar production industry. From this paper, they generated a high-quality 92.1 Mb draft genome assembly from the red seaweed G. chorda, including methylation and small (s)RNA data. They analyzed these as well as other Archaeplastida genomes to address three questions: 1) What is the role of repeats and transposable elements (TEs) in the genome size variation of red algae, 2) what is the history of genome duplication and gene family expansion/reduction in these taxa, and 3) is there any evidence for TE suppression in the genome of red algae? See the details at the MBE journal website (https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy081). Furthermore, Prof. YOON’s group has utilized the genome information to the application field. For example, the carbonic anhydrase of G. chorda shows much higher activities than that of humans. The carbonic anhydrase catalyzes the rapid interconversion of carbon dioxide and water to bicarbonate and protons (or vice versa); therefore, it could be used to remove carbon dioxide from polluted gases (collaborative research with Prof. Inhwan HWANG at POSTECH). In addition, with Prof. Jong Hwan KWAK in the department of Pharmacology, they found highly effective metabolic compounds for alleviating diabetes and arteriosclerosis from G. chorda. In this manner, the genomic information from marine algae is a valuable resource not only for academic but also industrial purposes. See Prof. YOON’s other research activities (http://bio.skku.edu/glter/wiki/Hwan%20Su%20Yoon)

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    SKKU Placed 87th by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018

    The CWTS (Dutch: Centrum voor Wetenschap en Technologische Studies, CWTS) at Leiden University in the Netherlands assessed the ‘2018 Leiden Rankings’ based on the scientific performances of 938 major universities worldwide. SKKU placed 87th, demonstrated an improvement of 9 places higher on the list compared to the previous year. The Leiden Ranking is based on Web of Science data. All universities worldwide with more than 1000 fractionally counted Web of Science indexed core publications in the period 2013–2016 are included in the ranking. This year, SKKU was placed on 87th with 7,920 research publications. In particular, the fields in Medicine and Natural Science/Engineering were recognized its excellent research performances and placed on 86th and 76th, respectively. Harvard University with 33,045 publications, University of Toronto with 22,151 publications, and Zhejiang University with 20,876 publications are three top leading universities worldwide.

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    Sungkyun Institute of China Studies Holds Urgent Meeting, “Changes on the Korean Peninsula & China”

    SKKU’s Sungkyun Institute of China Studies (Director: Prof. Hee Ok LEE) held an emergency meeting with the theme of “Changes on the Korean Peninsula and China” on May 9th in Room 10504 of the 600th Anniversary Hall. This meeting was held in order to gather opinions of experts from various fields in a situation where the Korean Peninsula is at the center of rapidly changing circumstances in Northeast Asia, such as the North American summit scheduled to take place in June following the inter-Korean summit talks. In particular, a presentation by Prof. Zheng JIYONG (Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University, China), who was invited by the Sungkyun Institute of China Studies to give a presentation, attracted extraordinary media attention. This meeting attracted the participation of more than 100 people, including ordinary citizens and students along with experts from various fields, and also received great attention from the major press. Related articles are as follows (in Korean): Dong-A Ilbo: http://news.donga.com/3/all/20180510/90022773/1 Yonhap News: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2018/05/09/0200000000AKR20180509158100014.HTML?input=1195m Segye Ilbo: http://www.segye.com/newsView/20180509004617

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    The 4th ‘International Association for Public Human Resource Development’ is held

    The 4th ‘International Association for Public Human Resource Development (IAPHRD)’ was held on April 11th with the subject of ‘Advancing Strategic and Humanistic Public HR Governance for Innovation and Public Value.’ This conference was run by Research Center for Public Human Resource Development and Graduate School of Governance, and was supported by the joint sponsorship of BK21 PLUS, SKKU Educational Development Center, and The Korean Society for Public Personnel Administration. At the event, around 100 people from various countries included Rwanda, Tanzania, the Bahamas, USA, the Philippines, Indonesia, Guyana, and Haiti participated. Not only members of the SKKU Graduate School of Governance, but also many researchers and administrative officers from Isabela State University(ISU), Dela Salle University, and Tarlac State University of the Philippines attended the conference as speakers, presenters, and debaters. A total of 16 research papers were published in 4 sessions (BK 21 PLUS, Korean Society for Public Personnel Administration, Philippine Young Scholars Association, Public Human Resource Development). In addition, Professor Eugenio F. S. III from De La Salle University, who presented “Corruption Prevention Mechanisms towards Humanistic Environment for better Public Administration,” and researchers Hyo Ju PARK and Jean A. B., Kasim J. from the SKKU Graduate School of Governance, who presented “Research on Sustainable and Innovative Organization: With a Focusing on Leadership, Motivation and Trust in the Ministry of Education in Haiti,” received a Best Paper Award. After the conference, SKKU and Isabela State University (ISU) had a meeting to discuss mutual cooperation between the two universities. At the meeting, plans to share and propagate SKKU’s excellent educational programs and systems to ISU, as well as exchanges and cooperation between SKKU-ISU, were the main topics of discussion. At the 4th ‘International Association for Public Human Resource Development’ conference, many meaningful theoretical/practical solutions for organization innovation, human resources development, and strengthening the ability of members were discussed, and academic exchange activities between the participants will be expected to develop further.

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    SKKU Law School Holds Academic Event with Invited Prof. William Swadling from Oxford University

    Sungkyunkwan University's Law School (Dean: Prof. Man Kee MIN), Institute of Legal Studies (Director: Prof. Byung Ho BAE) invited the great foreign scholar Prof. William SWADLING of Brasenose College, University of Oxford, UK to hold a lecture (May 11th) and an academic seminar (May 12th), with the support of the Research & Business Foundation and the CAMPUS Asia Program. Prof. Chul KWON of the Law School was in charge of this event, which was held over two days. The lecture on May 11th (Friday) was attended by interested students, including JD students, Master's/Ph.D students, Global Leader undergraduate students, students participating in the CAMPUS Asia Program, etc. -Lecture (May 11th, 2018 (Friday), Law School Building, Mock Courtroom, 15:00 - ) Title: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGLISH LAW OF RESTITUTION -Academic Seminar (May 12th, 2018 (Saturday), Law School Building, Room 201, 15:00 - ) Title: Trusts for Civil Lawyers - Myths and Realities Introduction of Prof. William Swadling Prof. William Swadling is a Senior Law Fellow of Oxford University (Brasenose College), an academic associate at One Essex Court (chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association. He currently chairs the faculty’s teaching groups in Trusts, Restitution, Personal Property, etc. at Oxford University, and he regularly lectures at The University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. Before coming to Oxford, he has held positions at various other universities in the UK, including University College London and Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Hamburg, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas). Prof. Swadling, who has a lot of interest in the intersection between trusts and restitution, is the founding editor of the Restitution Law Review and an editor of Trust Law International. In addition, he is the editor of various books, including The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays, and he wrote the section entitled ‘Property’ in Burrows (ed), English Private Law (3rd ed, 2013).

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