In 2004 Bo Jung Kim, father of Professor Dong Won Kim who is Dean of the College of Cultural Sciences, donated five billion won to KAIST. Named after the donor, the position of Kim Bo Jung Chair-Professor was recently offered to Professor Hakjoon Kim, who follows Professor In-ho Lee as the second chair-professor. Lecturing a 3-credit humanities course titled "Korean Political Thoughts from Go
The 40th anniversary of KAIST’s establishment is nearing its end, but the 40th Celebration Student Committee has more to show to KAIST students. One of them is constructing a new place devoted to cultural activities and relaxation for students. The specifics of the project are not yet confirmed except that it will hopefully be in the form of a Kunsthalle, an unfamiliar term to many in Korea.
On September 21, a lecture about science and religion was held in the School of Humanities and Social Science Building. In this lecture, Science and Religion: A Critical Read Through Richard Dawkins, Professor Jeongmin Lee of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences criticized Dawkins’ The God Delusion from an atheist’s point of view. The host of the lecture was the student&rsq
With the beginning of the fall semester, a sensuous, heady aroma of fresh coffee and baked bread suffused the air at the new Dunkin’ Donuts, constructed during the summer vacation on the ground floor of the Information and Electronics Building. While the majority of KAIST students are simply elated about the addition, it was one of the university’s professors, rather than any students
I have been in Korea for about three and a half years now and I have spent most of that time in the way anyone would expect of a KAIST student: busy. Like most of you fellow students I have a tight schedule, starting in the morning with lectures and going all the way through the night with recitation classes and reports. Meals are often accompanied by a laptop or a notebook and pen, and needless t
Every May brings with it an anticipation for the long summer holicays starting from June. KAIST has long been unique among Korean universities for its unusual academic calendar. Lately there has been talk of "normalizing" the summer and winter vacation schedules. The KAIST Herald has its say on the issue.Pro: A Policy Without its Proposed GroundsBy Jae Sung KimWhen a tool can no longer s
Exactly ten years have passed since Pyeongchang, a Korean county in Gangwon province, decided to contend to host the Winter Olympic Games. The first and second attempts to do so were defeated by Vancouver, Canada and Sochi, Russia respectively, and after two consecutive failures, Pyeongchang’s persistent efforts were finally rewarded when its bid for the 2018 Games was accepted on July 6, wi
Bitter squabbles between the ruling and opposition parties over the Free School Lunch Program (FSLP) did not disappoint the nation in showing another example of Korea’s distorted politics. The problem which need not have been brought under the spotlight is now causing turbulence not only in politics, but also throughout the nation. The issue officially started on January 6, 2011 when Kwak No
“England 5, Germany 1, Michael Owen’s number 1!” goes a song by The Business, an English rock band. Europeans are not at all secretive about their love of football (“soccer”), or “the man’s game.” Naturally, it should be no surprise that the market has become an internationally profitable one. Even billionaires from countries such as the United State
Following “Happy College Life”, which opened last semester, “Exciting College Life” is a similar mandatory course opening this semester that is designed for freshmen who have not yet declared their majors. This newly established course aims to give freshmen opportunities to strengthen their relationships with other students and enjoy their campus life to the fullest. The KA
Professor Kyung-won Chung of the Department of Industrial Design returned to KAIST after working as Seoul’s Design Czar - equivalent to a deputy mayor - for the last two years. Though the interview was scheduled right after his business trip to Europe, it was difficult to find weariness on his face, as if showing that he was already back home as a vibrant member of the KAIST family. With a w
Over the years, KAIST has had a variety of media outlets that have served the school community. In delivering the latest updates on the hottest topics to the individual student, no doubt the efforts and dedication of KAIST Times, Voice of KAIST (VOK), ARA and – last but not least – The KAIST Herald have contributed greatly. Historically, though, there has been another lesser-known peri
As one of the most prestigious institutes of Korean technological and scientific scholarship, KAIST has encountered very little trouble in a very relevant yet little-discussed educational problem: securing its students’ employment after their graduation. Indeed, even as youth unemployment in Korea continues to fester, KAIST graduates have continued to make their contributions to society by t
Every May brings with it the annual school festival, but it's not all fun and games for the students at KAIST, who are required to attend all their classes during this period. Is it right to keep the students back in class or should they be given the opportunity to enjoy themselves for this exciting occasion? The KAIST Herald has its say on the issue.
KAIST President Nam Pyo Suh, in an exclusive interview with The KAIST Herald, discusses his views on the tragic deaths of five members of the KAIST family last April, and gives considerable insight into the plans he has for KAIST to deal with all the recently raised problems.
As part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of KAIST, The KAIST Herald had a chance to interview our university’s longest-serving professor. Professor Dong-Wan Tcha of KAIST Business School was appointed as professor in 1975 and has witnessed several big changes in KAIST over the past 40 years. Professor Tcha shared some of the more vivid stories with The KAIST Herald.
From April 18 to May 7, students opened Cafe Chaeum as part of a class project. Chaeum proposed the theme “philanthropic and healthy shop,” with long-term goals of offering free barista lessons, providing jobs and donating proceeds to low-income Korean families. The KAIST Herald interviewed Jang Heon Kim and Eun-ji Lim, who were serving fair trade coffee and organic We Can Cookies at Cafe Chaeum.
I am currently an Electrical Engineering senior. With a URP grant right after my first semester, I was introduced to the research world. At that moment I felt confident that KAIST was indeed striding towards the higher positions among the world’s top universities by boldly investing funds allowing its undergraduates to delve into graduate school practices long before graduation. But are we really?
Nayan Kalita, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering was appointed president. Beginning his term in a very turbulent period, he managed to lead KISA through some small incidents and also successfully organized the KAIST International Food Festival with the support of IRT. The KAIST Herald interviewed him about his impressions and aspirations as KISA president.
International students are an important part of KAIST society. Entering with proficient English skills, they help provide a great English-speaking environment. Hailing from various nations, they enrich the cultural experience at KAIST. Domestic students learn how to work with people from various backgrounds while spending time with international students.