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PKNU students flew to the U.S. and held hands with Korean war veterans

Korean youths expressed their gratitude to American veterans who participated in the Korean War- the UN supporters, PKNU student peace volunteer group held VA event in the U.S.△ Students of the UN supporters from Pukyong National University posing for a commemorative photo with American veterans of the Korean War.“We will never forget the grace of keeping Korea’s peace by sacrificing your precious youth.” Korean youths personally visited and expressed their gratitude to the veterans who fought as part of the UN forces during the Korean war and devoted their youth to keep peace. On the afternoon of January 13 (local time), the Pukyong UN supporters (representative Hwang Min-Hye), a student peace volunteer group from Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo), held a veteran event for Korean war veterans at the Howard County autonomous district office in Maryland, U.S.A. Pukyong UN supporters participated in the 120th anniversary event (Korean American day) of Korean immigrants held by the Federation of Korean associations, U.S.A., and the World Korean Foundation, held this veteran event, and expressed their determination to contribute to the promotion of friendship between Korea and the United States by serving as citizen diplomatic missions. Pukyong UN supporters is a unique volunteer group only exists in Pukyong National University that personally visits and expresses gratitude to the last living veterans of the Korean war and their families at home and abroad. Since the first foundation in 2009, it has been supporting UN-related affairs for 15 years, including visiting the world's only UN memorial park near the campus to pay tribute to war veterans, participating in the excavation of Korean War dead remains, and promoting Armistice Day, July 27. Twelve students from the Pukyong UN supporters invited American veterans who participated in the Korean war to the event, delivered appreciation plaques and gifts prepared in advance, and held a performance wearing hanbok. Hwang Min-Hye, a member from the UN supporters said, “It was a very respectful and an overwhelming moment for me to meet veterans who fought for peace in a faraway country at the same age as us. We will not forget the courage and sacrifice of the veterans and the war bereaved families, and we will continue to do our best in volunteer activities to show our gratitude to them.” Mr. Jim Fisher (age 95), a veteran who participated in the event, said, “I feel overwhelmed because students came from Korea where I devoted my youth to keep peace, to see me personally and said thank you for what I have done.” On the same day after the veterans event, Pukyong UN supporters met Mr. Jimmy Gomez, a member of the U.S. house of representatives, to introduce the UN supporters activities and ask for support from the U.S. congress. Along with this, they visited Arlington national cemetery and paid tribute to the unknown American soldiers who fought for the Korean war. On January 16 (local time), they visited the homes of veterans including Mr. Salvatore Scarlato (age 93) living in New York and directly expressed their gratitude for defending Korea's freedom through his participation in the UN forces. △ Pukyong National University students holding a veterans event inviting Korean war veterans.

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Received A grade in ‘Campus Asia project'

PKNU obtained the ‘highest grade’ in the Campus Asia Korea-Japan-China expansion business evaluation- the result of the annual evaluation for 2022 is ‘A’ overall△ A field training session of the AFIMA program group of the Campus-Asia Korea-Japan-China expansion project.Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) recently announced that it had obtained the highest grade of ‘comprehensive A’ as a result of the annual evaluation of the Campus Asia Korea-Japan-China expansion business in 2022. The project is a representative student exchange project in the field of higher education of the Ministry of education and the Korean council for university education, which promotes mutual understanding and exchanges between universities by activating joint and dual degree program among universities in Korea, Japan, and China. Pukyong National University runs this business under the supervision of the AFIMA (Asia fisheries and marine environment) leaders program (director Jang Ho-Geun), which is a Korea-Japan-China expansion project for Campus-Asia, and has been striving to strengthen cooperation between countries and foster professional talents for joint management of fishery resources and marine environment in East Asian waters, focusing on the major of the marine and fisheries business and economics. In particular, the project group was recognized for its outstanding achievements, such as establishing a smooth communication system with participating universities from Korea, Japan, and China, and exchanging students using various platforms such as online summer school (joint international programs). Pukyong National University, which is receiving 600 million won from 2021 to 2026 for this project, will receive additional project expenses as an incentive according to the results of this annual evaluation.Accordingly, Pukyong National University has been carrying out active academic exchanges with Nagasaki university in Japan and the Ocean university of China, and plans to expand cooperation with university Malaysia Terengganu.

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Get a scholarship by accumulating library mileage

PKNU provides 20 million won scholarship to encourage students reading extensively- 65 students are given library mileage scholarships△ The scene of the library mileage scholarship award ceremony.  On January 11, Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) announced that it held the ‘library mileage scholarship award ceremony of 2022’. At the scholarship ceremony, Pukyong National University Library gave 1 million won to the first prize winner, 800,000 won each to 2 excellence award winners, 500,000 won each to 5 excellent award winners, and 57 encouragement awardees to 200,000 to 400,000 won each, a total of 65 students were given scholarships worth 20 million won. Since 2016, Pukyong National University has been operating a library mileage scholarship program every year for the purpose of revitalizing the use of university libraries and promoting a reading culture under the supervision of the library (director Kim Cheol-Soo) and selecting excellent students and providing scholarships. The library mileage scholarship program is a system that selects students who have read a lot in the library over the past year and provides scholarships to excellent students who have participated in various events held by the library. It is a method in which mileage is granted based on book and e-book rental records, library usage education, cultural events, participation in events such as surveys, participation in book clubs, and submission of reading reviews. Kim Cheol-Soo, director of the library at Pukyong National University, said, “We are planning to continue the mileage scholarship program so that students can experience more reading and make the library the most familiar space for students.”

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PKNU students voluntarily became sisters and brothers of teenagers in institutional care

PKNU students helping teenagers in institutional care to find their hidden dreams and talents- held ‘dream and talent developing program, youth hope ladder with PKNU caretaker’△ Pukyong National University students and teenagers in institutional care are doing carpentry work together. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) announced that it runs the ‘dream and talent developing program, youth hope ladder with PKNU caretaker’ at Aloysius basecamp (Amnam-dong, Busan) from January 9 to 13 for local caring teenagers. Around 50 Pukyong National University’s ‘PKNU caretaker’ students started cooking, carpentry, gardening, engineering, and crafts at the Aloysius basecamp from the afternoon, 9th with 40 teenagers in regional youth counselling & welfare institute in Busan and Gimhae. Pukyong National University’s ‘PKNU caretakers’, who are carrying out this voluntary service, are college students belonging to the Social Contribution Volunteer Corps, which provide self-reliance support, sports, and counseling activities for vulnerable youth in the region. From this day, Pukyong National University students teamed up with teenagers to make muffins and beef bakes, make wriggling boxes and wooden insects using hand tools, make pet plants and mini gardens, practice coding for self-driving Lego model cars, and make pillows for naps by sewing. This program is designed to help university students develop self-reliant and adapt to society through experiential activities and mentoring so that they can get close to teenagers in institutional care and discover their dreams and talents. Prior to this event, Pukyong National University students invited local youth in institutional care to campus in 2021 and last month to hold sports events and mentoring in soccer, futsal, basketball, and running. “I hope that our university students, as sisters and brothers, will be a small contribution to helping youth in institutional care find their talents and grow into wonderful members of society in the future.” said Kim Dae-Han, one of the students from the PKNU caretaker. Pukyong National University is carrying out various activities in cooperation with local organizations such as Mansasoneon corporation and Aloysius basecamp to support the youth of the underprivileged in the community, and plans to develop and promote various support activities in the future. △ Pukyong National University students and the teenagers in care doing gardening activities together.

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PKNU and Hanyang university's joint research drew attention from the academia

PKNU and Hanyang university joint research team developed advanced materials that can implement solar cells and LED simultaneously- published in , a world-renowned academic journal in the field of materials science△ The joint research team (Lee Bo-Ram, Choi Hyo-Seong, Song Ho-Chan, Jeong Woo-Hyeon from the left)A joint research team from Pukyong National University and Hanyang university has developed a high-tech single material that can realize next-generation solar cells and light emitting diodes (LED) at the same time. A research team led by professor Lee Bo-Ram from the department of physics at Pukyong National University and professor Choi Hyo-Seong and phd candidates Song Ho-Chan and Jeong Woo-Hyeon from the department of chemistry at Hanyang university developed ‘Perovskite nanocrystals-based ink' and published the research results in (IF=32.086), a world-renowned academic journal in the field of materials science. The thesis containing their research result is ‘A universal Perovskite nanocrystal ink for high-performance optoelectronic devices’. The advanced material developed by the research team is SPLE-PNC ink, which uses perovskite nanocrystal (PNC), a photoactive semiconductor material, to materialize high light luminous efficiency and stability. To manufacture optoelectronic devices used in next-generation solar cells, LEDs, and photodetectors, a method of coating multiple layers of PNC ink layer by layer is used. PNC ink has excellent light absorbing ability and high light emitting efficiency and color purity, but it has limitations in that the performance of optoelectronic devices deteriorates due to the occurrence of surface defects through the process of coating several layers. The research team succeeded in suppressing surface defects by using a compound called 'diphenylpropylammonium (DPAI)’. As a result, SPLE-PNC ink has a 37% higher light luminous efficiency compared to the existing thin film. As a result of applying this ink to a solar cell and an LED, which require different inks due to the opposite driving method, both the light conversion efficiency of the solar cell and the luminous efficiency of the LED were greatly improved. In addition, this ink greatly simplifies the process of optoelectronic devices because it can form a thin film of the required thickness with just one coating. Solar cells using this ink have the highest stability among PNC solar cells reported so far. The research team predicted that the development technology of this advanced material could accelerate the commercialization of PNC optoelectronic devices such as next-generation solar cells, LEDs, and photodetectors. This research was carried out with support from the Ministry of science and ICT and the National research foundation of Korea's basic research in science & engineering (brainlink, nano and material technology development, mid-career researcher program and basic research laboratory).

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PKNU campus is new every time

PKNU actively expanding its campus facilities- completed construction of the marine leisure center, Baekyong street, started building new facilities such as student union△ A photo of the swimming pool in the marine leisure center. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)The campus of Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) is getting new every day. Pukyong National University's various on-campus facility expansion projects have recently been taking place frequently. Currently, several of these have been completed, are in progress, or are planned to be promoted. Let's take a look at the Pukyong National University campus, which is changing beyond recognition with a clean, convenient, and cool appearance.  #UPDATE COMPLETED [The marine leisure center]  After construction from 2019 to 2022, this center was located on the site next to the gymnasium. It has a total floor area of 7,173㎡ and has 2 floors below ground and 4 floors above ground. It is equipped with swimming pools, including six 25m distance adult pools and a pool for water safety education on the first basement floor, as well as various bio-health facilities such as a fitness center for yoga and pilates, rock climbing facilities, and equipment and space for research in the smart health field, and finally it was born as a sports facility where all clinical test are possible.  [Baekyong street]Baekyong street, which is 200m distance and has a total area of 11,460㎡, has been newly created as a pedestrian-only street and a space for rest, communication, and local festivals. The pine forest and the central pedestrian path were created to harmonize, providing a sense of openness, and the logo of the university was placed on the floor in the center of the street, and patterns representing colleges and departments were constructed on the floor of the pedestrian path. The lights illuminating the pedestrian path were installed to change by theme according to the four seasons, making it a great space for students to relax and study outdoors, as well as to enjoy events such as the cherry blossom festival. #GETTING NEW [The academic information center]The academic information center, where the library is located, is also under construction to transform it into a complex cultural space for students. A few years ago, the academic information center, which underwent remodeling once, including a 24-hour reading room and expansion of a space where student can relax while reading, will be newly equipped with a complex cultural exhibition hall that exhibits visual media, study rooms, open reading spaces, study cafe, and internet cafe across five floors this year.  #NEW CONSTRUCTIONS PLANNED [The 2nd building for the college of fisheries science (tentatively named)]The 2nd Fisheries Science Museum is scheduled to enter the campus in the form of a build lease transfer (BTL). Departments of the College of Fisheries Science, which are distributed in a total floor area of 17,000㎡, are integrated in the parking lot on the south side of Jangyeongsil building, and a building equipped with space for storage of lecture rooms, professor offices, laboratories, and experimental equipment is built. After being designated as the preferred bidder this year, negotiations and agreements will be signed to begin construction, with the goal of completion in 2025. [Student center]There is a plan to build a new student center, a space for Pukyong National University students. A building with a total floor area of 15,000㎡ will be equipped with student activity spaces such as club rooms, a student cafeteria, and a performance hall, on the site where the current student halls, the With center and the Nabi center. [Training center for high-tech fields]It is planned to promote the establishment of a high-tech field laboratory facility on the site of the fish farm and fish farm manager next to the main gate of Pukyong National University. With a scale of 10,600㎡, starting with the design competition this year, the design will be completed next year and construction will begin until 2026. In addition to the existing fish farm facilities, it is planned to be born as a laboratory and practice space for high-tech fields by arranging research spaces and clean rooms according to the newly established high-tech industry department, including semiconductor. [Student support center]A student support center with a total floor area of 4,200㎡, equipped with facilities such as an administrative office for the college of Information Technology and Convergence, will be built on the northern parking lot of the Changeui building. The design will be carried out by July this year, and the construction is planned to be completed by 2025. [Extension of the humanities and social sciences·business administration college]The college of humanities and social sciences·business administration will expand two floors to secure additional space. Through construction from this year to next year, it will be expanded to an area of 2,400㎡, and lecture rooms, laboratories, and professor research rooms will be added.  This year, Pukyong National University will carry out various facility and equipment repair works on the Daeyeon and Yongdang campuses, including new building construction and extension projects, reading room improvement, environmental improvement for new professor's office, fire safety facility repair work, and air conditioning and heating facility improvement. Along with this, Pukyong National University is also focusing on building safety infrastructure, such as installing natural disaster prevention facilities and establishing a building energy management system, and environmental improvement projects requested by each department(major) have been reflected or will be reflected in the project.

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The ceo of a semiconductor company started to support PKNU

PKNU appointed the representative of the semiconductor company as an honorary dean of the college of engineering.- Shin Jeong-Hoon, ceo of Blue ocean to gold accelerates the establishment of the semiconductor department in 2024 and the cultivation of highly qyalified professionals△ President Jang Young-Soo delivers the letter of appointment as an honorary dean of the college of engineering to ceo Shin Jeong-Hoon and is taking a commemorative photo. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) appointed the representative of a semiconductor company as an honorary dean of the college of engineering ahead of the establishment of the department of semiconductor in 2024. On December 29, in the president's office on the 3rd floor of the administration building, President Jang Young-Soo directly conferred a letter of appointment as an honorary dean of the college of engineering to Shin Jeong-Hoon, ceo of Blue ocean to gold co., ltd., asking him to play an active role in the establishment and operation of the semiconductor department. Pukyong National University plans to establish a semiconductor department with an admission quota of 40 in 2024, and is making efforts to build infrastructure such as high-quality manpower, facilities, and curriculum with the goal of producing field-customized professionals. Pukyong National University entered into a business agreement with Blue ocean to gold last September and entered strategic business partnerships, such as receiving donations of power semiconductor manufacturing process equipment, as well as establishing a new semiconductor department, nurturing professionals by appointing him as the honorary dean of the college of engineering, also it plans to expand cooperation in discovering development tasks and carrying out industry-academia projects. According to the regulations of Pukyong National University, a person who is respected, has a high reputation, and has made a great contribution to the development of the university or has the will to do so can be appointed as an honorary dean with the recommendation of the dean of the college concerned. The honorary dean, a temporary position, performs activities such as responding to the advice of the president and dean on issues related to university development, industry-university cooperation, and career. Pukyong National University is attracting attention as a regional base for academic development in cutting-edge fields, such as the establishment of digital finance and smart mobility departments along with the semiconductor department.

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“Reborn as a community that moves forward without hesitation.”

‘Kickoff ceremony for 2023 of Pukyong National University’ held- the ceremony held offline for the first time in three years, on January 2nd at the conference room, administration bldg.△ At the kickoff ceremony for 2023, President Jang Young-Soo is giving a new year's address. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)On January 2, Pukyong National University President Jang Young-Soo stressed, “Let’s reborn as a community that does not hesitate to take on new challenges within the strong fence of Pukyong.” President Jang Young-Soo made this announcement in his new year’s address at the 2023 kick-off ceremony held in the conference room on the second floor of the administration building this morning. The kickoff ceremony was held offline for the first time in three years with the participation of Pukyong National University’s members, including President Jang Young-Soo, academic affairs committee members, and faculty members. President Jang Young-Soo said in his New Year’s address, “Last year was a meaningful time that our university took a big step forward in innovation.” President Jang Young-Soo pointed out these as the achievements of Pukyong National University last year such as establishment of a convergence academic education and research system centered on high-tech industries, expansion of research and R&D, promotion of industry-academia-institute cooperation and expansion of international exchange, significant expansion of infrastructure for education, research, and facilities, professor’s international research achievements and students of Pukyong National University were active in national societies and competitions. Next, President Jang Young-Soo emphasized this year's priority projects, saying, “Now that we have welcomed the new year, let's take a moment to catch our breath, gather our strength, and renew our resolve to open up a bright future for our Pukyung city.” Specifically, he said, “After establishing and reorganizing many policies and systems to strengthen education and research capabilities, I will now focus all my capabilities on operating these policies in a substantial way so that each member can feel them.” He added, “We will establish ourselves as a prestigious university active on the national and global stage by cooperating with related organizations such as the central and local governments, strengthening cooperation with the local community as well as universities in the metropolitan area and the world so that the establishment of high-tech departments and the expansion of related facilities can proceed seamlessly.” At the kickoff ceremony, awards ceremonies were also held, such as university development contributor award, model civil servant award, minister of education commendation, best employee of the year and 4th quarter best employee, and best employee of security company. △ Participants in the kick-off ceremony performing national rites.△ The awards ceremony.△ Prior to the kickoff ceremony, members of the academic affairs committee pay their respects and take commemorative photos in front of the Baekyong tower.

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A student from PKNU, "I am a public official in Korea"

A PKNU student working during the day and studying at night won the 8th Korean civil service award- Inspector Park Dae-Young from the Korea coast guard special rescue unit … a ‘late bloomer’ student who works and studies at the same time△ Park Dae-Young, a 2nd-year student from the dept. of public safety and police science in the college of future convergence Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) announced that Park Dae-Young (age 44, 2nd-year student) from the public safety and police science was recently selected as the recipient of the 8th Korean civil service award by the ministry of personnel and received the presentation order of 5th grade. Mr. Park is a 'late bloomer’ student who entered Pukyong National University in 2021 and is an inspector working as a rescuer of the special rescue team under the Korea coast guard. He was recognized as a public official who dedicated himself to the country and the people and made outstanding achievements through active work, and was finally selected as the recipient of the presentation order of 5th grade, the highest award among public official awards in Korea. He is the first official to receive a medal as a member of the Korea coast guard. Park has been active as a veteran rescuer saving people's lives at the scene of a marine accident for 20 years since being appointed as a maritime police official in 2002. He was recognized for his outstanding achievements, such as the establishment of a cross-national cooperation system for underwater search and rescue by the private, public, and military sectors, the invention of special equipment for the initial stage source recovery of spilled oil from a wrecked ship, and the application for a patent. He was unable to complete his studies due to difficult circumstances prior to his appointment, but recently entered Pukyong National University as a lifelong learner after 20 years, and has achieved such achievements while working and studying at the same time, drawing more attention from the public. Park Dae-Young expressed his feeling, saying, “I received a great encouragement when I received an award while challenging my studies again with the thought that I could be more helpful in my lifeguard activities through my studies. Thanks to everyone who recognized my steady efforts.” Professor Ham Hye-Hyun said, “Many students are working and studying at the same time, but Park Dae-Young is becoming an example to the people around him by focusing on his studies with outstanding tenacity and diligence.” △ Park Dae-Young (middle, front row) posing for a commemorative photo with prime minister Han Deok-Soo and award recipients.

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Integrating artificial intelligence into Korean medicine

A study by an undergraduate student at PKNU displays spots on the body suitable for acupuncture with AI- received the best paper presentation award from the Korea multimedia association Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) announced on the 21st that Hwang Si-Won, a senior from the department of IT convergence and application engineering, won the best paper presentation award in the undergraduate poster paper oral competition hosted by the Korea multimedia association. At the recent autumn conference of 2022 hosted by the Korea multimedia association, Hwang Si-Won presented her thesis, ‘Development of a method for displaying the spots on the body suitable for acupuncture in Korean medicine using a generative model’ (advisory prof. Lee Myung-Gi) and received an excellent evaluation. Hwang Si-won's paper drew attention by showing how to use artificial intelligence to display the acupuncture point through a generative adversarial network (GAN) model, an artificial intelligence (AI) technology, while various studies are being conducted to improve the objectivity of oriental medicine treatment and systematize treatment techniques. In this thesis, she used ‘Pix2Pix’ and ‘CycleGAN’ models among GAN models based on image conversion algorithms to mark the locations of five acupuncture points on the arm, namely gokji, susamri, whaegwan, joongjeo, and hapgok-hyeol. By using this method, if an image of a part of the body including arm is input, the position of the standard acupuncture point is customized for each patient and displayed as a white dot. It was found that the final generated image differed by model. Hwang Si-Won said, “If acupuncture points can be displayed using an artificial intelligence model, I expect that it will provide an objective indicator of acupuncture points to increase accessibility to oriental medicine and be highly utilized in the medical field and education of Korean medicine.” Hwang Si-Won achieved the results of this research through the research project of ‘development of an acupuncture treatment convergence system that incorporates ICT based on source technology to diagnose acupoint stimulation’, which is being carried out by the division of smart healthcare in Pukyong National University.