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Ceremony Held to Commemorate the 58th Anniversary...
A ceremony to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the foundation of our university was held at the Minerva Auditorium on the Seoul Campus at 11:00 am on Friday, April 20, 2012.
HUFS's Dean of Academic Affairs, Kim Dae-seong, presided over the ceremony which was attended by about 400 distinguished guests and parents of students. The agenda proceeded with a reading of the school history by Dean of Planning and Coordination, Kim Hak-tae, congratulatory remarks by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lee Nam-ju, congratulatory message by President of HUFS, Park Chul, and congratulatory remarks delivered by the Chairman of the HUFS Alumni Association, Kwon Sun-han, Senior Vice Chairman of the National Unification Advisory Council, Kim Hyeon-wook, former Chairman of the Korean Council for University Education, Lee Kee-su, and the President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Kameyama Ikuo.
At the ceremony, a video produced in reminiscence of the special lecture delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama at HUFS on March 26 was shown and a formal declaration of the Obama Trail was performed.
In addition, the long-term employees and outstanding members of the faculty and staff were awarded. The ceremony concluded with all participants singing the school anthem in chorus. Other notable attendees of the ceremony included the Spanish Ambassador to Korea, Luis Arias Romero, Guatemalan Ambassador to Korea, Rafael Antonio Salazar-Galvez, Venezuelan Ambassador to Korea, A.I. Wolfgang Gonzalez, and Serbian Ambassador to Korea, Slobodan Marinkovic.
on the 58th Anniversary of the Foundation of HUFS
President Park Chul
Honorable chairman of the board of trustees, Lee Nam-ju, and directors, chairman of the HUFS Alumni Association, Kwon Sun-han, and alumni, parents, fellow faculty members, staff, and students, diplomatic delegations and ambassadors to Korea, president of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, chairman of the National Unification Advisory Council, Kim Hyeon-wook, former chairman of the Korean Council for University Education, Lee Kee-su, and distinguished guests:
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude on behalf of our university to the entire HUFS family and all the distinguished guests who are here with us today to celebrate the 58th birthday of our university.
In celebration of the anniversary of the foundation of our school, I would like to recall the founding principle of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and reflect upon the pivotal role that our school has played in the nation's modern history.
Our university opened its doors in 1954, when the nation was still scarred by the Japanese occupation and was just emerging from the ashes of the Korean war. The founding principle of our school was underpinned by the groundbreaking insight that the nation's ordeals had been a result of a lack of understanding of the outside world and that the future of the nation depended on good neighborly relations and improvement of its stature in the international community.
Launched as Korea's first global institution of higher education, HUFS has led the nation's economic development and internationalization for all of its 58 years. We have played an important role in broadening the nation's sphere of activity and outlook on the world from Northeast Asia and surrounding powers to the seven seas and the six continents.
I still vividly recall U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to our school to give his historic special lecture right here at the Minerva Complex Auditorium on March 26 during his visit to Korea to attend the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. Many people asked him why he selected HUFS of all the 200 universities in Korea. He made his reason plain in his speech that day. Aired live around the globe, he firmly declared, "HUFS has one of the finest foreign language programs in the world. For decades, this school has produced leaders public servants, diplomats, business people who have helped propel the modern miracle that is Korea."
One could hardly receive a greater official affirmation of how the miracle in Korea began and how it was made possible. That was why he chose to give his speech here at HUFS.
President Obama also said that such global talents have transformed Korea from crushing poverty into one of the world’s most dynamic economies; from authoritarianism to a thriving democracy; from a country focused inward to a leader for security and prosperity not only in this region but also around the world. He emphatically said, "Come to this great university, where a new generation is taking its place in the world, helping to create opportunities that your parents and grandparents could only imagine.”
It was indeed the most touching moment for our school in its nearly 60 years, and I believe it was the very recognition of our contribution to the globalization of Korea that all the 110,000 alumni and HUFS family have long waited to hear.
Dear HUFS family and distinguished guests!
It was an international recognition and honorable compliment for HUFS and HUFS people who have led Korea's development and globalization in nearly every respect since our school's foundation.
I believe President Obama cited HUFS and HUFS people to express his sincere admiration for Korea's higher education and those in academia who have significantly contributed to the nation's advancement by building the Korean educational system and for the Koreans' strong interest in education.
My beloved HUFS family!
I believe the stature of HUFS, as duly recognized by President Obama, is primarily due to the 110,000 graduates produced over the past 58 years as well as the faculty and staff. However, we cannot be complacent with all we have done. As I mentioned in my New Year's message for this year, there is an old saying, ‘one can make a needle by grinding an ax.’ It teaches us that we can make anything happen as long as we are steady and persistent. We need to recall this when we redouble our efforts to develop our school.
For the last several years, we have devoted ourselves to initiatives to render our school more advanced and efficient. The Minerva Auditorium on the Seoul Campus and the Second Dormitory on the Global Campus are the latest symbolic outcomes of these initiatives. As a matter of fact, without these magnificent facilities, President Obama's historic visit to HUFS would have been highly unlikely.
We started building the new Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on the Seoul Campus in February. The Cyber HUFS building will have a gross floor area of about 13,200m² (4,000 pyeong) with two basement levels and eight floors. It will have state-of-the-art cyber teaching facilities, a 400-seat main auditorium, lecture rooms, research and educational facilities, and seminar rooms. It is expected to dramatically improve not just the appearance of the campus but also educational and research space.
The construction of the multi-purpose hall on the Global Campus is somewhat behind schedule due to delays in the purchase of the land and administrative procedures. This project, however, was already approved by the board of trustees two years ago, and its budget for this year is secured. As soon as the issues concerning permits and licenses are resolved, we will commence its construction without delay.
The multi-purpose hall at the very center of the Global Campus will have one basement level and eleven floors and will be outfitted with pleasant research, educational, and welfare facilities including a 2,000-seat main auditorium worthy of comparison with the Minerva Auditorium, as well as lecture rooms, research rooms, world-class seminar rooms, fitness center, and observatory lounge. Let me reaffirm that we will do our best to set about building the multi-purpose hall as soon as possible. When it is complete, it will be a new landmark of the Global Campus.
Dear HUFS family!
President Obama's historic visit to our school put HUFS squarely in the public eye in Korea and around the world. We now have a golden opportunity to move up to the next level and become a world-renowned university.
It takes more than one entity to develop a school. The board of trustees and school executive body cannot do it alone. The faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents of students need to join us in this effort. They are the most valuable assets that guarantee our bright future and success. It is mutual trust between all members of the HUFS community that is the cornerstone of development of our school.
Distinguished guests and beloved HUFS family!
HUFS opened its doors with only five departments in 1954. Now, two years away from the 60th anniversary, our university is already one of the top three universities of foreign studies in the world. It has grown into a premier university that offers bachelor's degree programs in all disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, management, law, and science and engineering on the basis of studies in 45 foreign languages. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all members of the HUFS family who have committed themselves to the development of HUFS. In particular, I heartily congratulate all the professors and staff who will be awarded today.
I hope this celebration of the 58th birthday of our school will afford us a meaningful opportunity to look back over the path we have followed and look ahead to create our future.
Dear HUFS family,
"Let's go together!!!"
April 20, 2012
President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
58th Anniversary, Hankuk Universities of Foreign Studie
President, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen.
My name is Ikuo Kameyama. I am the president of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
First, let me say heartfelt “congratulations” on this occasion of the 58th anniversary of the founding of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. It is, indeed, an honor and a privilege for me to have been invited to this ceremony marking such a joyous occasion.
Now, let me talk a little about my own school. The history of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies goes back to 1857, when it was established as “Bansho-Shirabesho”, the Institute for Research of Foreign Documents. It is one of the oldest universities in Japan. Since then, my university has gone through a number of twists and turns. It became Tokyo School of Foreign Languages in 1899 and then Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1949, that is, soon after the end of World War II. And today, beginning in April this year, we made yet another fresh start, this time under a two-school system we had long desired to create – the School of Language and Culture Studies and the School of International and Area Studies.
The mission of our university is the educational and research center to usher in the age of global society. And our action message is accumulation of world knowledge and interaction with the global society. Overcoming a variety of challenges resulting from the progress of globalization and declining birthrate and the graying society, my university has been making international contributions for the advancement of education and research. As you may know, my university is one of the smallest state-run universities in Japan. Our student population, including graduate schools, totals a little less than 4,000.
Nevertheless, we have one of the three leading institutions in Japan for Asian and African studies – the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa – as well as the Japanese Language Center for International Students and some other institutions that rank among the best in Japan and in the world. Also, we have recently been able to create the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Yet, what makes our university unique and different from many others, above all else, is that we have programs that cover 27 languages in 14 regions of the world.
I have been hoping to visit your prestigious university for the longest time. Moreover, I am delighted to see that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the exchange agreement between your university and mine. As a sign of the enduring friendship between our two universities, we have been exchanging students, without any interruption, each and every recent year. And I am especially happy to note that your university has acceded to the Consortium for Asian and African Studies that was established by universities in the United States and Europe as a representative from Asia as a testament of our friendship.
It is still fresh in our memory that our two universities and Beijing Foreign Studies University created the East Asia Foreign Studies University Consortium, on July 5, 2011. Its aim is to develop global human resources in light of the importance of foreign language studies and research as you remember.
As I said earlier, my university reorganized its education system into two schools. At the same time, we introduced a unique curriculum called the Global Liberal Arts Program for first and second year students. This program is designed to provide a basic education for our students so they can go on to become professionals and individual citizens in the global society. This is an inter-departmental program to train our students to become educated international citizens and international professionals. Embracing the concept of world education, we at my university plan to press ahead with the kind of education that will enable our students to acquire the East Asian values as well as an education that will prepare them for the dawning new age. In this attempt, we are hoping to take advantage of the vibrant network that your university, mine and Beijing Foreign Studies University have created.
President Park has told me in a private letter that your university has been chosen as the most globalized institution of higher learning in South Korea. That is truly great news!
I also understand that U.S. President Barack Obama came here to speak, which is a testament to the impressive progress your university has been making. I have to admit that it is difficult for me to suppress a sense of envy and admiration. I hope that the friendship between our two universities will long continue and I pray that your university will long prosper.
In concluding this address, I would like to express my profound appreciation for the warm and encouraging messages that we in Japan received from various people at this university and, indeed, from so many people in South Korea, after the great disaster struck northeastern Japan on March 11 last year.
Thank you very much.