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    SKKU - UC Berkeley signed agreements on the exchange programs of graduate students

    President Kim, Jun Young & Vice chancellor for research Graham Fleming “Joint research of energy field” SKKU announced that the president Kim, Jun Young of SKKU and vice chancellor for research Graham Fleming of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) signed on agreements for the exchange programs for graduate students, researchers, and professors. The event happened on July 3rd at the office of the president of UC Berkeley. According to the agreements, SKKU graduate students can take the graduate courses for a year at UC Berkeley with the much cheaper tuition than other international students. This means that the relationships of two universities are moving from perfunctory exchange and cooperation to the foundation of more advanced relationships for joint research performance. Two universities also agree to do joint research on energy field together. UC Berkeley highly values the efficiency of energy research of SKKU. SKKU established the department of energy science (Chair, Professor Young Hee Lee) which is the core of the energy research in 2008. The department is leading the multidisciplinary reproduction research in order to secure the original technology of various energy sources. 10 eminent foreign scholars and 14 Korean professors are conducting the researches. These professors are from various fields such as physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electric engineering, nucleonic, and so on. The University of California, Berkeley is established first among 10 UC campuses (1868). Its reputation of excellence in academic and eminence professor pool is very well known. The quality of graduate school is as good as other prestigious schools like Harvard and Stanford. UC Berkeley is a western prestigious university and currently leading the life science and energy research field in the world collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. UC Berkeley gets the most funding from the US Department of Energy and hosts the energy and bio science laboratory. Recently UC Berkeley, which is the leading energy research university, contracted JCAP laboratory from the US Department of Energy collaborates with Caltech.

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    Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences and Technology in SKKU

    Fostering global talents in the fields of university education, medicine and corporate business, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) established the SAIHST (Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences and Technology), the first multidisciplinary research and educational center in Korea, in February 2011. In addition to this academy, the graduate school of health sciences and technology was established with 36 students from Korea and beyond. The purpose of SAIHST is to nurture medical scientists into becoming leaders in their chosen field. The faculty consists of 40 experts in diverse fields – including 30 clinical instructors and professors of engineering, natural science, information communication, engineering and biotechnology, as well as 10 researchers from Samsung Electronics, Samsung SDS, and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. These expert doctors, bioengineering professors, and researchers are dedicated to fostering a new generation of global talent. With mutual cooperation between Samsung investments and SAIHST for its main studying fields of bio-similar, bioengineering, molecular imaging, regenerative medicine, biomedical information, and neuroscience, the academy is poised to become the leading university for these industries. For more information please visit: http://saihst.skku.edu/english

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    Nobel Laureate Lecture Prof. Roger Kornberg in Chemistry

    Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) invited Professor Roger Kornberg, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2006), to give a lecture titled “Beyond Genes” at the Samsung Library Auditorium on the Natural Sciences Campus on May 18th, 2011. Professor Kornberg is with the Structural Biology Department at Stanford University in California. He received the Nobel Prize for the “Studies of the Molecular Basis of Eukaryotic Transcription” on the information transfer from DNA to RNA. In the lecture, Prof. Kornberg mainly talked about monitoring the diffusion of molecules of the membrane surrounding living cells and transfer rates of biological processes. He described how nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and X-ray crystallography were used to follow the functional changes coming from structural dynamics of one meter long DNA compacted into one micrometer dimension. He stressed the importance of understanding the mechanism of selective use and transfer of genetic information. It is very important to know how RNA polymerase knows which genes to read, in which cell at what time and in what place in the body. This will also be helpful in the early diagnosis of disease. According to the professor, cancer is caused when a mistake is made in the transfer process. In the Q-and-A session after the lecture, he patiently answered several questions from the students and faculty. He explained how the 2-dimensional crystals he grew helped with understanding the kinetics of the 3-dimensional DNA structures. He mentioned how his high school science teacher played a role in developing interest in science and keen observation skills.

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    SKKU SKK GSB is ranked 66th MBA in the world.

    Splendid achievement of SKKU SKK GSB Ranked 66th in FT Global MBA Rankings 2012 SKK GSB MBA is better than Harvard & Stanford in the ‘International Experience’ rank; 11 MBA programs in Asia are ranked in the top 100 MBA programs The Financial Times (FT) announced the 2012 Global MBA (Full-time) ranking and Sungkyunkwan University SKK GSB is ranked 66th in the world and 10th in Asia. Among MBA programs in Korea, only the Global MBA program of SKK GSB is ranked in the top 100 MBA programs. Also, SKK GSB has received the highest ranking since MBA programs in Korea were established. It is 33 ranks ahead of KAIST MBA’s 99th ranking in 2011. SKK GSB gained high evaluation in ‘Diversity – globalization’ and ‘Alumni - career development’ indices. More significantly, SKK GSB is ranked 11th, higher than Harvard and Stanford in ‘International Experience’ rank. SKK GSB has very active international programs: annually 15 to 20 graduates get dual degrees from either MIT Sloan or Indiana University Kelley, it has study abroad programs with six renowned U.S. business schools like MIT Sloan, Northwestern Kellogg, Columbia Business School, Michigan Ross, Dartmouth Tuck, Indiana Kelley. In the career development index, SKK GSB is ranked 58th in salary increase, 54th in promotion, 35th in career service from the school and the placement rate in three months after graduation is 97%. “The ranking result confirms that SKK GSB is a world-class MBA program in Korea. The goal from the beginning was to have a globally ranked MBA program in Korea so Koreans would not have to go abroad to get an education equivalent to the top-ranked MBA programs in the world. The future goal is for continuous improvement of the program and its global ranking.” said Dean Robert Klemkosky. In the 2012 FT global MBA ranking, Stanford MBA is top ranked and Harvard MBA is ranked second. Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania is ranked third. Asian business schools are strong: HKUST is ranked tenth, the highest among MBA programs in Asia. Including SKK GSB, 11 MBA programs in Asia - China, India and Singapore- are ranked in the top 100 MBA programs. FT announces global top 100 MBA programs and their ranking every year. It is one of the MBA rankings like U.S. News and BusinessWeek that inspire strong public confidence. Other rankings focus on U.S. MBA programs, but FT MBA ranking has broader targets including Europe and Asia MBA programs. So, it is recognized as the most globalized MBA ranking in the world. Business School Rankings from Financial Times

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    SKKU Samsung Library, Renting “Human Books”

    SKKU Samsung Library attracted people's attention by recently holding the first “living library” event. A “living library” is a library where it is possible to borrow not only books but actual human beings. The “human books” requested by a user can be rented by way of “reading (communicating)” with said rented person for specific times and in designated places and hence the users experience and knowledge can be enlarged. Various people volunteered for this “Human Book”, such as a SKKU President Jun Young Kim, a professor who published books in the news, a fire-fighter, a patent lawyer, a reporter, an explorer, and a company CEO. They told the 3-student teams about their life stories and shared their experiences. It was a unique and eye-opening experience for all.

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