Kwon Sho-young Editor-in-Chief, Gu Seo-yoon and Choi Yoo-chan Reporters
39 Liberal Arts Courses Turn into General Electives
Liberal Arts Courses for Enrolled Students, General Electives for Freshmen
On the 10th of January, the Institute for Education Innovation announced that the curriculum of JBNU will be reformed. The institute notified students and faculty that thirty-nine liberal arts courses will become newly-organized, and renamed to become general electives or abolished entirely. Therefore, if students who enrolled before 2020 want to register for these subjects, they should find identical substitution subjects instead. This reorganized curriculum will only apply to the freshmen.
Consequently, currently enrolled students who need or want to complete the former curriculum need to keep in mind that their standard of enrolling for these courses is based on their admission year. However, the new system to evaluate students is deemed ‘relative evaluation’, which means sharing common features for the pre-enrollment students and the currently enrolled freshmen. Furthermore, although the curriculum is reformed, the self-registration system for enrolling in classes has not changed; it remains the same. Thus, students enrolling in the aforementioned thirty-nine subjects must know that they need to use the general electives (IEI) tab. Lastly, JBNU’s Department of Bachelor’s Management instructed others that there will be no alternation for the time of enrollment of courses.
● JBNU Language Education Center Introduces New Foreign Languages
In September 2019, JBNU Language Education Center (LEC) introduced Spanish, German, French, and Vietnamese courses, in addition to existing Japanese, and Chinese courses. In Jeollabuk-do, there were few places to learn foreign languages originally. As a result, JBNU LEC introduced several new courses, allowing residents as well as students to learn various languages. For the newly appointed classes in French, Spanish, Vietnamese and German, you can learn beginner level content, such as the alphabet, phonics, and simple conversation. JBNU LEC stated, “The new classes are mostly elementary level, but if students request advanced lectures constantly, we are fully willing to open them. In addition, we are planning to hire native instructors for each language if we have advanced lectures.” Finally, JBNU LEC stated, “We hope to provide Middle East language classes too, such as Turkish and Indonesian for more minority language learners. Also, it helps local residents and students to have continual interest in foreign languages.”
(If you visit the website of JBNU Language Education Center, you can see the information about how to apply, how long you have to apply, how to get a refund, and the instructors’ information in English.) (https://lec.jbnu.ac.kr/english/inner.php?sMenu=main)
The JBNU Facilities Improvement
Floor Construction of the Small Playgrounds
According to a survey conducted by JBNU Globe volume 64 the outdoor “Small Playgrounds” is the place where students exercise the most. The floor construction of the Small Playgrounds is scheduled to be completed by February 28th. However, the completion date may be postponed due to rain. Many students enjoy playing basketball and foot volleyball in the Small Playgrounds area. Also, various events are held in this small playground, which was built in 2006. The flooring of the Small Playgrounds used to be urethane, which is harmful to the human body; additionally, the flooring was old and in disrepair. After the reconstruction, the flooring materials will be made of harmless flooring material. Repairs to the Small Playgrounds facilities, such as the basketball stands, are also expected in the near future. This outdoor facility will soon become a better environment in which students can exercise.
Remodeling of Buildings
There have been problems with the old facilities of JBNU consistently for some time. In the old buildings, asbestos was detected. Although asbestos was widely used as a construction material due to its durability and cheap price, it has a very harmful effect on the human body, and is known as a WHO-designated carcinogen. Additionally, old buildings were not earthquake-proof. Therefore, seismic construction and asbestos removal will be carried out on several buildings before the spring university term begins in March. First, earthquake-resistant and asbestos removal construction will be conducted in the buildings of the College of Engineering Number seven 7, and the Study Library and College of Commerce Number two 2. Earthquake-resistant construction will be conducted in the dormitories of Pyeonghwa-kwan and Daedong-kwan Hall.
The Club Hall, which has many club rooms, will also be changed considerably. First, asbestos removal will be conducted in the Club Hall. Next, through remodeling, all of the entrances of the rooms in the Club Hall will be turned into glass. The glass will be installed opaquely from the floor to 170 centimeters tall. Additionally, air conditioners and heaters will be installed in every room of the Club Hall, and the old restrooms will all be kept up to date.
JBNU Freezes Tuition Fees for Twelve Years
JBNU has recently made the decision to freeze tuition fees for twelve years. Its frozen tuition fees apply to all students, including freshmen and currently enrolled students, through the 2020 JBNU Tuition Review Committee. JBNU’s present financial situation is in a difficult situation, because of the increase of public utility charges, inflation, and labor costs. However, the decision to freeze tuition fees is aimed at minimizing the financial burden on students in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of a national university. The insufficient university finances will be generated by government financial support projects, along with research and development funds. To prevent the freeze on tuition fees from affecting students' education and job support, JBNU has decided to renew efforts to tighten its budget, secure state scholarships and attract government financial support projects related to education.
JBNU Natural History Museum Opens Ichthyology Room
The JBNU Natural History Museum opened an ichthyology room with the theme of “studies of the freshwater fish diversity in the silver streams along the Korean Peninsula” on January 21st. This exhibition was planned in order to share the research and honor the achievements of honorary professor Kim Ik-soo, who has announced eighteen species of new fish living in Korea and published 198 papers along with fifteen books. In the ichthyology room, you can see the research information of Professor Kim, such as his thesis, illustrated book, and research notes, along with the living Slender Shinner and Korean Spine Loach fish in a vivarium. The director of JBNU Natural History Museum, Park Jin-ho, stated, “This exhibition will be a good opportunity to induce visitors to an interest in fish. Also, I hope this exhibition will give visitors a chance to think about biodiversity and habitat conservation.”
Professor Han Yoon-bong's Research Team Has Developed a New Perovskite Solar Cell
A JBNU research team led by Han Yoon-bong, a professor of the School of Chemical Engineering, has succeeded in developing a new perovskite solar cell with nano composite materials. The JBNU research team's paper was published on the front cover of Advanced Energy Materials, world-class journal which publishes articles about high-technology energy materials. Perovskite solar cells, which are known as next generation solar cells, have a deficiency which greatly reduces their lifespan and efficiency when exposed to air for a prolonged period. However, this ground-breaking new perovskite solar cell, in which Han’s team applied new technology to, not only showed excellent reproducibility and stability, but also showed high photocurrent density and efficiency. It was able to maintain high efficiency even after 300 days being exposed to the atmosphere. The results of this research are very important in that problems of perovskite solar cells have been solved through theory and experimentation.
JBNU Students Win the 2019 Steel University Korea Challenge
JBNU students from the Electronic Material Engineering department have performed well in the nation’s only steel technology-related competition for university students, the 2019 Steel University Korea Challenge. On January 17th, at the award ceremony held at Dong-A University in Busan, five students from the JBNU Electronic Material Engineering department won the prize. The competition was conducted using a steel manufacturing process simulation, which is provided by Steel University, an online learning portal provided by the World Steel Association. SCV, an Electronic Material Engineering academic club, which recently includes the JBNU winners, has been performing well in the competition every year since its foundation in 2013 by Lee Seok-jae, professor of Electronic Material Engineering at JBNU. Professor Lee Seok-jae said "JBNU's policy to support the development of engineering clubs has directly benefited SCV activities, so SCV has been able to achieve good results".
Dr. Min Wook Park Develops Anti-Forgery Smart Ink
Dr. Min Wook Park, a doctor of Polymer Nano Science and Technology, has successfully developed smart ink technology designed to prevent forgery on bills and documents. Dr. Park materialized transparent luminescent characters with only a single organic molecule, by controlling the molecular structure of newly designed organic molecules and the interaction between them. This is more advanced technology compared with conventional standards, which utilizes compound organic polymers and inorganic luminants. Dr. Park’s smart ink can be used in anti-forgery measures, which is expected to affect related markets. The results of this research have been published in Chemistry of Materials, which is the leading academic journal globally in the field of material science. The research is sponsored by Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement. Dr. Park wrote twenty-eight SCI (Science Citation Index) papers, many of which were published in the scientific journal, ACS Nano, during his PhD at JBNU. Recently, he has been conducting a relevant study in his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
JBNU Professors Contribute to Saemangeum Development
Professors of JBNU are appointed to the Saemangeum Committee, as a civilian chairman and as civilian members, which deliberates on important matters related to the Saemangeum Project. Through this appointment, the development of the project, which seeks to reclaim a large estuary off the coast of Korea to use for industrial and agricultural activity, is expected to accelerate. According to JBNU, professor Soh Soon Yeol, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and the College of Agriculture and Life Science, was appointed as a Civilian Chairman of the Saemangeum Committee by President Moon Jae-in. The projects he has been involved with are of great relevance to, and show professor Yeol’s understanding of, Saemangeum and regional issues. Previously, Yang O-bong, a JBNU professor of the School of Chemical Engineering, was appointed as a member of the Saemangeum Committee last year. Professor Yang Oh-bong is an expert in renewable energy, who heads the Korea Photovoltaic Society, and plays a role in constructing a 3GW renewable energy complex built in Saemangeum.