On May 31, the KAIST International Students Association (KISA) held its inaugural Open Forum event. The event provided a platform for KISA members to respond to questions asked by KAIST’s international student community. KISA cabinet members and division heads took the stage in the International Center’s Multipurpose Hall (W2-1) and responded to questions from the assembled audience and the KISA Voice webpage.
The KAIST Bene-FIT Challenge program, which started in May, is a series of exercise programs hosted by the School of Humanities & Social Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Convergence Science.
After successfully winning 56.5% of the votes (68 votes), Dinmukhammed Mailibay was confirmed as the 2019 President of KAIST International Student Association (KISA) on June 5. Mailibay’s campaign focused on his experience as the Head of KISA’s Events division and his plans to change the bureaucratic structure of KISA. Mailibay’s victory comes after a hard-fought election, with the largest number of candidates in recent history, and a newly revitalized candidate debate and speeches event.
The final results for the contest regarding the Promotional Video for the KAIST Academic Cultural Complex (ACC) finally was announced on April 30. From mid-February to the end of March, participating students had to incorporate their personal experiences to promote the excellence of the ACC. Whichever video gained the most likes on YouTube in a set period would be the winner. Although there were many creative and impressive approaches in demonstrating the ACC, with 2,005 likes, Edwin Truman’s video won the Grand Prize.
The 10th supportive student seminar titled “How to Reinforce My Motivation: The Key of Successful and Happy life” was held on May 9 in the International Center (W2-1). Following the previous seminar “How to Adjust to KAIST Life”, this seminar focused on how to be motivated and have a strong mentality for a successful student life.
On May 9, Professor Dohoon Choi from Korea University visited KAIST to hold a seminar on the multiplicities of automorphic representations of general linear groups of degree n, one of his main areas of research relating to number theory.
KAIST President Sung-Chul Shin and Khalifa University (KU) Acting President Arif Al Hammadi met on April 8 to launch the KAIST-KU Joint Research Center (KAIST-KU JRC) at the KU Abu Dhabi Campus. The center will enhance KAIST’s close relationship with KU by providing a space for the universities to work together on research projects in the fields of smart health and smart transportation.
On April 28, the KAIST International Student Association (KISA), in partnership with the Undergraduate Student Council Emergency Response Committee (ERC), launched a new Language Exchange Program (LEP). The program seeks to connect students so that they may teach each other new languages.
The 46th KAIST Graduate Student Association (GSA) released the results of its survey on the graduate school research environment in KAIST. 1,216 out of a total of 5,725 graduate students responded to the survey evaluating five major issues: laboratory welfare, economic environment, research projects and administrative work, research direction and guidance, and laboratory ethics.
Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Sung Yong Kim has been chosen to be part of the task team on Boundary Currents and Sea Shelf Interactions. This team is a task force under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), an initiative run by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
In response to the historic fine dust levels in Korea during the early months of the year, the Student Affairs Team in the Office of Student Affairs and Policy has announced its short-term and long-term preventive plans to minimize the potential health effects of fine dust pollution to all students and faculty.
The KAIST Emergency Response Committee (ERC) has expressed its full support for the students at Seoul National University (SNU) in their battle against sexual assault, encouraging KAIST students to participate in the joint statement made by SNU students. The statement addresses the case of a professor’s sexual assault and repeated violations of research ethics, and it urges the university president and authorities to respond appropriately and take great responsibility for the problem.
The spokesperson of the governmental minor opposition Bareun Mirae Party has drafted a proposal encouraging an increase in the ratio of female professors among the four science and technology institutes in Korea, which includes KAIST, to more than 25%.