Behind the thinly drawn veil of online anonymity lurks a foul beast, the kind that manifests itself in a reprisal of psychotic behavior that often includes foul language, hate speech, and personal attacks.
It is time to awake from the trance of Olympic fever and recognize the darker side of this global event. Not a beacon of achievement and cooperation; instead repeatedly marred by corruption, politicization, and enormous costs.
Life at KAIST is an extraordinary one; in the rather remote area of Daejeon is a community of a diverse population of students and faculty. KAIST has over 900 international students from 95 different countries. This month, three international students at KAIST — Louis Alen, Farid Razai, and Johannes Müllers — were invited over to the Herald clubroom to share their college experiences in this new country.
On the rainy Friday evening of November 17, one could see a group of international students rushing to get to the International Center (W2-1). The reason behind this so-called “sprint” was the new seminar conducted by ISSS; “How To Study at KAIST” is a topic that will never become irrelevant for students here.
More recently, Seoul is seeing one-day Korean culinary classes sprouting up across the city, aimed at providing foreigners with a more immersive cultural experience through their own takes on bibimbap or tteokbokki.
On October 26, people were rushing to get to KAIST ONE — perhaps the most well-known event for the international students here. After its presentation on September 21, Turkey had passed the torch to Morocco. The representatives of the Moroccan Embassy in Korea also attended the event, giving a short ceremonial speech at the start of the presentation.
The trend of the so-called “touristification” of places, where infrastructure is being changed in favor of visiting tourists, has been growing slowly but surely. This summer, anti-tourism protests took place in Barcelona, where vandals were damaging rental bicycles and slashing the tires of city tour buses.
There comes a time when an undergraduate student is faced with the decision of whether to continue education at a higher level or bring to a close to the academic chapter in their life. Those who choose to follow the former route know all too well that the decision to study in graduate school bears a burden of responsibility.
Education without doubt plays a key role in shaping a person’s mindset, intellect, and views. For many, the twenty or more years invested in education is what equip them with the necessary abilities for personal development and social interactions. However, whether those accomplishments truly become their own assets depends on the environment and way of learning to which they are exposed.
Recently, the Parliament in Kazakhstan introduced its proposal of using the Latin alphabet as the script for the Kazakh language. A significant amount of people had supported this idea, hoping for better interactions with Kazakhstan’s cultural neighbors: Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.
In light of the prospective rise of the international populace in campus, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has launched a dedicated academic coaching service to help international students easily adjust to life at KAIST.
The recently inaugurated president, Sung-Chul Shin, seems to have his own agenda in mind for KAIST’s globalization in the form of an “English-Only Zone” (EOZ), the draft for which has recently been released.
Silent Signal, the displayed group of animated works, was the result of collaborations between British artists and scientists to produce visual representations of scientific ideas such as the proliferation of infectious diseases and genome modeling.
The KAIST Herald met with Shakil Muhammad, current president and alumnus of International Students and Scholars Academic Council (ISSAC) KAIST to discuss their motives, vision, and the various possibilities that lie ahead.