If the Tables TurnedBy Wednesday afternoon, my hands are stained red. I’ve been serving as a Korean class TA this semester, and it’s an endless stream of grading quizzes and workbooks. The students, some conducting graduate-level studies far beyond my capabilities in science and engineering, struggl
While the Hong Kong demonstrations have been dominating international headlines, tensions are also flaring on the other side of the Pacific. Thousands of protesters have flocked the busy streets of Santiago, Chile following an increase in the capital’s subway fares by 30 Chilean pesos (CLP), or abou
Earlier this year, a 12-year-old girl was detained at Luohu Port, the border crossing between China and Hong Kong. The unaccompanied child’s heavy-looking backpack raised suspicion from the customs officers, and it was not without reason: upon scanning the bag, they found 142 blood samples that were
Diplomatic Talks (D-Talks), one of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ diplomatic projects, was launched in 2016 to promote South Korea’s foreign policies to international students throughout the country. The KAIST Herald had the chance to interview Vice-Chairman Dong Hui Lee from the Korean Council on
Measles has made a deadly comeback several years after its eradication. The growing anti-vaccination movement consequently became the quick culprit as it continues to elicit widespread hesitation on the overall efficiency of vaccines. In a way, it deserves the blame. The movement stands on a clearly
President Bolsonaro of Brazil has sought an answer to the country’s underperforming economy in the exploitation of the Amazon. The recent fires engulfing the Amazon rainforest are primarily man-made, a result of massive deforestation that is ongoing in the area. In Brazil, deforestation has been pre
The gloomy weather may not have been the perfect welcome to the new semester, but the expectations for the KAIST International Student Association’s (KISA) new administration remain as bright as sunshine. After a compelling victory in the concluded May elections (see Volume 171 for more details), Di
Wrong Solution to the Right ProblemBy Berhane Weldegebriel Staff ReporterThe huge linguistic and cultural barrier that exists between Korean and international students has always been an issue in the KAIST campus. This long-standing problem is a thorn in the side of this university, with its goal to
On May 15, a group of computer science students — Anuar Talipov, Azret Kenzhaliev, and Bolat Ashim — organized a workshop called “Hack the Technical Interview: Algorithms Practice”, to help KAISTians ace the interview required in most programming job applications. In this month’s issue, The KAIST He
The KAIST community has definitely seen notable changes as the KAIST International Students Association (KISA) launched a variety of activities and programs geared towards improving KAIST life for international students. An open forum was held on May 31 where KISA discussed its projects and accomplishments in the past year (see KISA President Hopefuls Debate at Open Forum for more details). The KAIST Herald also sat down with Shubranil Sengupta to discuss his term as KISA president.
51.9 percent. That’s the proportion of people in the UK who voted to leave the European Union (EU) back in the summer of 2016. The barest two percent over the halfway mark threw the country into the rough seas of political turmoil, a storm from which the nation is yet to emerge. If it ever does, the battering winds of international disagreement and public dissatisfaction are ensuring it will never be the same.
Amidst the rapidly changing news cycle, some important issues get buried underneath the latest top stories. In this month’s spotlight, we focus on two humanitarian crises that the world seldom talks about nowadays.
As the number of international students on campus grows, so too does the religious diversity. Muslims follow certain religious observances, and Korea is slowly starting to accomodate their needs. Despite all its claims of globalization, however, KAIST is lagging behind.
The world that we live in boasts technological advances and unprecedented progress. But every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. Climate change drives internal and external migration. It is predicted to transform 200 million people into “climate migrants” by 2050 as people escape crop failure, water scarcity, and sea-level rise.
Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself twice — the first time as a tragedy, and the second time as a farce. Looking at the current state of global politics, one can say that we are well past the second stage in the absurd play of politicians. Tired of electing the same faces from the same establishments, people turn to outsiders in a desperate attempt to witness some change. These desperate attempts sometimes lead to bizarre consequences that may be seen as a joke that went too far.
Mark Borris Aldonza, a fourth-year student from the Philippines and a student in the Department of Biological Sciences, is one of the grand prix winners of the 2018 Long Term Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The KAIST Herald sat down with him and listened to his story, and here we share some of his realizations from his early research experiences in his long undergraduate journey.
The eternal struggle for good grades seems to beset nearly all of us, so this time the Herald has asked someone who might have found the answer, judging by his 4.3 GPA. Shyngys Aitkazinov, a sophomore student from Kazakhstan, has made it onto the Dean’s List in the School of Electrical Engineering and maintains a positive and happy outlook on KAIST life.