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'Transfer student' visited the dept. of marine sports

Popular YouTube web variety show 'Transfer student' released episode of PKNU- experiences lectures with students majoring marine sports at the water leisure center The popular YouTube web variety show 'the man who transfers every day, Transfer student' released its Pukyong National University episode on June 6. The episode, which premiered at 6 PM, vividly captures scenes from lectures and student life in the Marine Sports major of the Department of Smart Healthcare at Pukyong National University. As of the morning of June 7, less than a day after its release, the episode has garnered over 720,000 views. This web variety show features celebrity Lee Chang-Seop visiting various universities across the country and attending lectures in different departments as a transfer student. It is considered one of the most popular university-themed web variety shows on YouTube. During his visit to Pukyong National University, Lee Chang-Seop met with professor Kim Dae-Hwan, the head of the major of marine sports, to complete the transfer process. He then visited the water leisure center operated by the Institute for sports promotion, where he participated in two lectures, 'First aid and water rescue' and 'sports diving'. Lee Chang-Seop received a positive response by showcasing his swimming skills in the pool and diving pool lectures, participating in practical exercises in lifesaving and skin scuba diving. Following the lectures, Lee Chang-Seop and his new friends visited Gwangalli near the campus, where they enjoyed one of Busan's signature dishes, pork and rice soup (Dwaeji-Gukbap), while discussing their major and lectures. ▷ Watch the 'Transfer student' Pukyong National University episode here (Click)△ Scenes from the filming of 'Transfer student' at the Water leisure center and on campus.

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Selected for 'National R&D real challenge 2024'

PKNU team selected for 'National R&D real challenge 2024'- graduate student team led by Kim Tae-Yong to research AI-based vulnerability of saltwater intrusion in the lower Nakdong river basin△ The team of Kim Tae-Yong, doctoral candidate.A team led by Kim Tae-Yong, a doctoral candidate in the division of environmental and marine sciences and technology at Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo), has been selected for the National R&D real challenge 2024 by the Korea institute of human resources development in science and technology (KIRD). The National R&D real challenge provides graduate students with the opportunity to form research teams and draft mock research proposals for actual national R&D projects. It supports creative and innovative interdisciplinary research and development that proposes solutions to social issues through science and technology. Among the 12 teams selected nationwide this year, the team led by doctoral candidate Kim Tae-Yong along with doctoral candidates Park Hye-Min, Heo Jun-Yong, and Ha Tae-Jeong from Pukyong National University will receive KRW 21 million in research funding over five months to conduct research on 'developing a customized AI-based model to evaluate the vulnerability of saltwater intrusion in the lower Nakdong river basin following the opening of the Nakdong river estuary barrage'. Affiliated with the environmental hydrology laboratory at Pukyong National University (supervised by prof. Yang Min-Jun), the team plans to develop and present technologies to address social issues by leveraging their specialized knowledge and the practical expertise of the faculty startup company, Wible (water innovation accessible). Specifically, the team will investigate the hydrological and environmental factors affecting saltwater intrusion to systematize the database construction methods for developing an AI model, while also developing a new saltwater intrusion vulnerability assessment model and conducting research on its practical applicability in the lower Nakdong river basin.

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The secret to successfully landing a job after studying three majors

"I successfully obtained the degree I wanted by combining three majors and also landed a job"- PKNU 'student-designed major' recognized as an outstanding case△ Jeon Ji-Hyeon, an alum. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) has decided to expand the 'student-designed major' program after the first case of a student who designed their own major, completed the coursework, and successfully gained employment.Jeon Ji-Hyeon, an alum (class of 2020) of major in marine biology at Pukyong National University, recently secured a position as a research inspector at the National institute of fisheries science.She is the first case of a student who utilized Pukyong National University's 'student-designed major' program, which was officially launched in 2022, to create her own major, earn a degree, and successfully secure employment. The 'student-designed major' differs from the traditional double major approach, in which students select and complete existing majors. Instead, it allows students to create new, unique majors by combining courses from two or more existing disciplines. As of the first semester of this year, a total of 39 student-designed majors are being offered and managed. Jeon Ji-Hyeon graduated this past February, received a degree in marine biology and earned a double major degree in 'marine fisheries convergence science', a major she personally designed by integrating courses from three fields: marine, fisheries, and environmental studies. She said, "I initially enrolled in the marine science major because my dream was to become a researcher in the marine field, but I realized I needed specialized knowledge in fisheries, so I transferred to the marine biology major. As I continued my studies, I realized I needed expertise in environmental science as well, then I heard about the 'student-designed major' program, thinking it as the perfect opportunity to create a major tailored to my needs and interests, allowing me to earn a degree in exactly what I wanted." She is currently working at the newly established division of climate and environmental research at the National institute of fisheries science, despite being a newcomer, she is making significant contributions. She has been recognized as a tailored talent for her expertise in a field that requires integrated knowledge in marine, fisheries, and environmental sciences, and she is conducting research to respond to climate and environmental changes, which have become a global concern. Jeon Ji-Hyeon said, "I thought about going to graduate school as extensive specialized knowledge is required to become a researcher, but I believe I achieved my dream early by building all the necessary competencies through the student-designed major. It was challenging to complete all the required credits by the time I graduated, but I'm happy to have become an irreplaceable person in a field where only I can excel." Pukyong National University is planning to expand its programs by introducing a student-designed major as a primary major to enhance students' self-directed learning capabilities and ensure their right to choose their majors.

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Baekyong the white whale, swims in the Woongbi tower at night

Nighttime video content featuring the Woongbi tower catches the eye- a white whale and the four seasons, the symbols of the university captured to express the prestige and identity of the centennial of its founding A newly created Woongbi tower at the rotary within the Daeyeon campus of Pukyong National University is attracting attention with its nighttime video content. Pukyong National University recently began screening 'Glorious Pukyong', a content piece that expresses the prestige and identity of the university's 100th anniversary through illuminating video projections on the Woongbi tower facade. The Woongbi tower was established following the collective opinion from the alumni association, which suggested having a symbolic monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary. It was funded through the monument construction support development fund, raised by alumni and university members. The name of the tower is inherited from the Woongbi stone tower, established in front of the Mirae building in 1987. The tower symbolizes the university's high status and progressive spirit reaching out to the world. Designed with a hand encircling the globe atop a compass-shaped base, it embodies the school motto, 'the Future is in our hands'. At the top of the tower, the globe is installed upside down to signify that Korea is not the end of the land but the beginning of the sea, encouraging the expansion of our stage from this campus to the vast ocean. The nighttime video content 'Glorious Pukyong', screened through the Woongbi tower, also embodies this symbolism. It expresses the historical significance of the university's centennial with our university slogans and commemorative phrases, and it depicts the spirit of exploring infinite freedom and true truth through the image of the university symbolic animal, the Baekyong (white whale), swimming. Additionally, the video captures the splendid four seasons of the campus by vividly and fantastically portraying the seasonal trees, including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, in a variety of colors. These videos are screened daily at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 10:00 PM for ten minutes each.  

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Selected for the MOF's KRW 6.2 billion project, 'ocean plant-based meat substitutes '

Salmon steaks and sausages made with microalgae set to be introduced soon- PKNU selected for KRW 6.2 billion project for 'alternative seaweed and marine cultured meat technology development' by Ministry of oceans and fisheries Salmon steaks and sausages made with 'ocean plant-based meat' derived from marine microalgae, a type of plant-based plankton, are expected to be newly introduced to the market soon. Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) announced that the research team led by professor Kim Young-Mok (food engineering) has been selected for the 'microalgae-based meat substitutes technology development project' organized by the Ministry of oceans and fisheries. As a result of this selection, the research team will receive a total of 6.25 billion won over the next five years until 2028 to carry out the project 'commercialization technology development of substitutes made with microalgae-based meat'. Seafood meat substitutes refer to food made using plant-based proteins derived from seaweed and microalgae to mimic the texture and taste of meat. With the rising importance of ‘bluefood-tech’, a convergent technology related to high nutritional and environmental value seafood, due to climate change, population growth, and the trend towards sustainable consumption, the aim is to develop technologies that will lead the future global seafood market. Alternative ocean plant-based meat is also gaining attention as an alternative that can overcome the limitations of land animal-derived alternative protein materials developed so far, such as safety, allergenicity, and nutritional imbalance. The goal of the Pukyong National University research team for this project is to develop commercialization technologies such as materials and products of alternative ocean plant-based meat using microalgae to gain an early foothold in the future food industry market and enhance competitiveness in the food industry. In line with this, Pukyong National University, as the lead institution, will collaborate with academic and research institutions such as the Korea food research institute, Sungshin women’s university, Chonbuk national university, and Korea maritime institute, as well as industry partners such as Dongwon F&B, Dynesoze additives & ingredients and Samjin food. The research team will work on △extracting proteins derived from chlorella and spirulina using microbial fermentation △developing eco-friendly binders based on seafood and using them to develop microalgae tissue proteins △developing sensory materials that can replicate the texture and flavor of meat through sensory evaluation systems △setting indicators for sensory implementation and developing sensory materials using the sensory evaluation system. In particular, they plan to develop and commercialize prototypes of alternative ocean plant-based meat (minced alternative ocean plant-based meat patties, alternative ocean plant-based meat sausages, HMR soy sauce shrimp with alternative shrimp meat, grilled alternative meat, plant-based alternative fish meat and imitation fish products, and alternative salmon steaks) and secure strategies for entering domestic and international alternative meat markets through consumer satisfaction surveys. Professor Kim Young-Mok, the project leader, is part of the research center for marine-integrated biomedical technology (director. prof. Jung Won-Kyo) and the institute for food research (director. prof. Yang Ji-Young), university-affiliated key research centers, and has been conducting research on developing protein materials derived from seafood using microbial fermentation, particularly led research in the high-value-added seafood development field based on bluefood-tech. Professor Kim said, "Through this project, which is the first step to dominate the future seafood industry market, I believe that if we secure the core technology for developing alternative seaweed meat using chlorella and spirulina and achieve successful commercialization, alternative ocean plant-based meat could become a new growth engine in the fisheries sector."

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Students secured export contracts for companies

Young trade experts from PKNU, thriving as export solution specialists for SMEs- PKNU students securing export contracts at international trade fairs△ Pukyong National University students active at international trade fairsStudents majoring in international trade are drawing attention by actively participating in the export field alongside small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and securing actual contracts. The GTEP (glocal trade experts incubating) team at Pukyong National University (led by professor Anh Tae-Gun) announced that young trade expert students from the department of international trade participated in international trade fairs held in Singapore, Japan, China, and Hong Kong, achieving significant results in supporting companies. The GTEP program, supported by the Ministry of trade, industry and energy and the Korea international trade association, aims to nurture young trade experts in the fields of trade practice and export marketing, and Pukyong National University was selected for this initiative, with its students playing a significant role in supporting the export efforts of companies through practical on-site training. In March, Eom Sang-Hwan, a 3rd-year student who participated in the 'Asia pacific maritime (APM) 2024' held at Marina bay sands in Singapore, supported Hartman co., ltd. in export consultations, securing a $300,000 export contract. At this event, which featured 2,879 companies from 68 countries, he was responsible for handling the company's export consultations, conducting 106 meetings. Including the contracts currently being negotiated, the total contract amount reaches $1 million. Following Eom Sang-Hwan in April, Lee Hyo-Jeong, a 4th-year student, supported the same company at the 'SEA JAPAN' maritime exhibition held at Tokyo Big sight, which had 620 companies from 32 countries participating, and succeeded in securing contracts worth $100,000 across five deals. Jin Chang-Min (2nd-year student) and Kwon Jae-Eun (4th-year student) introduced Okra international at the 'Singapore FHA-food & beverage 2024', which had participation from over 1,500 companies from 50 countries, conducting over 200 consultations and pushing contracts with 28 companies. Additionally, Lee Yoon-Ah (3rd-year student) promoted Cremon F&B co., ltd. at the 'Anuga Select China 2024' international food exhibition held in Shenzhen, China with 503 companies from 28 countries, conducting a total of 134 consultations and is working on finalizing contracts with five companies. This month, Choi Mi-Joo (3rd-year student) and Lee Ji-Min (3rd-year student) are conducting export consultations for Sun world Korea co., ltd. at the 'Hong Kong electronics fair 2024', which has participation from over 2,900 companies, and are awaiting results. The response from companies working with the students are enthusiastic. Heo Chang-Ki, ceo of Cremon F&B, noted that the students' expertise in their field, foreign language skills, and passion were immensely helpful, saying that "Thanks to the students' youthful vigor and passion, our booth has become particularly popular. We are looking forward to the subsequent contract stages." Jin Chang-Min said, "It was great to be able to apply what I learned in school to the field and achieve visible results. It was a precious opportunity to experience growth alongside the company." The GTEP team at Pukyong National University plans to continue expanding students' practical trade experiences to nurture young trade experts who connect the region with the world.

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AI will recommend the perfect curricular and extracurricular activities just for you

Responding rapid changes in university education with AI for undeclared majors, student-designed majors, and extracurricular activities- PKNU completed the development of an AI-based student-centered intelligent education support system△ Screenshot of the 'Pukyong-AI system'.Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) has completed the development of a student-centered intelligent education support system based on AI (artificial intelligence), named 'Pukyong-AI', and has started its operation. This system, which has been operating since this month, leverages on-campus data-based AI and big data technology to provide customized curricular and extracurricular search and recommendation services, maximizing the effectiveness of students' self-directed learning. Pukyong National University has proactively taken actions to challenges related to student adaptation and precise student management have emerged as various systems and programs such as undeclared majors, student-designed majors, and extracurricular activities have expanded in universities. Based on a detailed analysis of individual student data such as credits, grades, and competencies, this system recommends courses tailored to graduation requirements, similar users, and personal preferences, helping students make optimal course selections. Additionally, it provides extracurricular recommendation services based on the university's six core competencies to assist students in selecting and taking programs. Moreover, the student-designed major, where students can design their own major and earn a degree by integrating various fields of study, supports one-stop services for application, consultation, review, and approval. Students can also use the customized search and recommendation services during the design process, making it effective. From 2025, students entering without a declared major can use this system to receive recommendations for courses in their desired major and can be recommended a major based on their accumulated learning experience records, such as career and aptitude test results, during their university life. Pukyong National University has analyzed and utilized academic big data within the university to provide optimal personalized information for each student and has developed and applied its own recommendation algorithm. It has also completed integration with existing academic administrative information systems and extracurricular operation services. Joo Moon-Gap, director of Pukyong National University information and computer center, said, "By utilizing this system, we expect to provide students with the optimal information to make proactive decisions for their career paths, serving as a guide through their university life from admission to graduation."

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Establishment of the Korea-Indonesia consortium of public universities

PKNU establishes an academic exchange hub between Korean and Indonesian public universities- 'Korea-Indonesia public university academic network consortium' launched on the 23rd△President Jang Young-Soo (seventh from the right) and the presidents and vice presidents from 13 Indonesian universities commemorate the launch of the consortium with a group photo. ⓒ Photo by Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)On the morning of May 23rd, Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) launched the 'Korea-Indonesia public university academic network consortium' on the first floor of the Dongwon Jang Bogo Hall. The consortium was established as a consultative body to build a platform for continuous academic exchanges, research cooperation, and human exchanges among prestigious public universities in Korea and Indonesia. On this day, 14 universities, including Pukyong National University and 13 prestigious Indonesian public universities, participated and signed an agreement to establish the consortium. The participating Indonesian universities include institut pertanian Bogor (IPB university), university of Mataram, state university of Padang, state university of Semarang, institut seni Indonesia Yogyakarta, Pattimura university, Sebelas Maret university, state university of Medan, Jakarta state university, Jenderal soedirman university, state uinversity of Malang, university of Pendidkan Indonesia, and Ganesha university of education. The consortium member universities agreed to actively cooperate in education, research, and academic exchanges, as well as in student and human exchanges and cultural exchanges. The first chairman of the consortium, Jang Young-Soo, President of Pukyong National University, held the inaugural general meeting on this day, and the next chair university was decided to be institut pertanian Bogor (IPB university) in Indonesia. President Jang Young-Soo said, "I expect that this consortium will expand research and student exchanges between Korean and Indonesian universities, contributing to innovations in education, science, and technology in both countries. Let's move forward by sharing many innovative ideas for the future of both nations." Indonesian speaker of the national assembly Ms. Puan Maharani delivered a video congratulatory message, saying, "I believe that this consortium marks a meaningful beginning for exchanges between public universities in Korea and Indonesia, serving as an opportunity to strengthen student and academic exchanges between the universities and contributing to the development of bilateral relations." △ Overview of the consortium.△ President Jang Young-soo giving a speech.△ Arif Satria, president of IPB university, giving a speech.△ Consortium participants posing for a commemorative photo on the 4th floor of the Mirae building after the general meeting.

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Selected as a 'SW-centered university' receiving 18 billion won subsidies

PKNU leads in training AI·SW convergence talents for regional innovation in Southeast Korea- selected for the project 'software-centered university 2024' with a 18 Billion KRW scale Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) has been finally selected for the 'software(sw)-centered university 2024' project by the Ministry of science and ICT (MIST) and the institute for information & communication technology planning & evaluation (IITP). The project is a large-scale new initiative that supports education system innovation and the training of specialized convergence talents by selecting a total of 17 universities among four-year universities with SW-related departments across the country to foster creative SW convergence talents to lead the fourth industrial revolution. With the selection for this project, Pukyong National University will receive a total project budget of 18 billion KRW over a maximum of eight years and plans to train over 100 AI·SW majors and convergence talents each year. Dean Song Ha-Joo of the college of information technology and convergence will oversee the project, with the department of computer and artificial intelligence engineering strengthening its SW major competencies. Departments such as data science, media communication, smart healthcare, and electronics and information communications will also participate in promoting the SW convergence talent training project. In addition, to expand AI·SW education and disseminate its value in the region, the university plans to strengthen collaboration through joint projects with domestic and international partner universities, public institutions, local governments, and related companies. With the vision of training AI·SW convergence talents as the digital hub for regional innovation in Southeast Korea, Pukyong National University plans to restructure its related major educational curricula to develop '4Able talents' based on four strategic approaches: specialization in new SW technologies, end-to-end education for field adaptability, regional industry convergence courses, and a systematic and continuous verification system. Additionally, the university will work on expanding the base of AI·SW education and improving educational infrastructure. Dean Song Ha-Joo of the college of information technology and convergence said, "We expect this project to become an opportunity for Pukyong National University to be at the center of training AI·SW talents who will lead the digital transformation of regional industries."

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The Asian university international forum was held at Pukyong National University

PKNU hosted international forum to celebrate its centennial- presidents from six prestigious universities across five Asian countries delivered lectures, discussing the future role of Asian universities△ Participants at the international forum posing for a commemorative shoot. ⓒPhoto Lee Sung-Jae (PR team)In celebration of its centennial, Pukyong National University (President Jang Young-Soo) hosted the 'Asian university international forum' on May 22, inviting presidents from six universities across five Asian countries to deliver lectures. On this day, starting at 10 a.m., Pukyong National University held the forum in the main conference room on the second floor of the university administration building, under the theme of 'Beyond the ivory tower: the role of Asian universities in responding to social changes'. The forum was organized to discuss and exchange the direction of higher education with universities in Asian countries, presidents from six universities from five countries gave lectures including Pukyong National University, Hokkaido university and Tokyo university of maritime science and technology in Japan, Ho Chi Minh city university of technology in Vietnam, Kasetsart university in Thailand, and institut Pertanian Bogor in Indonesia. President Jang Young-Soo of Pukyong National University presented on 'Pukyong National University's regional co-growth model', president Kiyohiro Houkin from Hokkaido university delivered a lecture on 'the role of universities in a new era', and president Arif Satria from the institut Pertanian Bogor discussed 'the role of universities in promoting sustainability and social change : lessons from the IPB'. Additionally, Mai Thanh Phong, president of Ho Chi Minh city university of technology, presented on 'internationalization of higher education in Ho Chi Minh: the Implementation experience of HCMUT', Chonrak Watcharinrat, president of Kasetsart university, discussed 'Kasetsart university's preparations to support a healthy aging society in Thailand', and Toshio Iseki, president of Tokyo university of maritime science and technology, gave a presentation on 'TUMSAT's efforts to respond to social changes'. Following the lectures and discussions at the forum, Pukyong National University also organized campus tours and international cooperation networking events to strengthen international exchange and collaborative relationships. President Jang Young-Soo said, "To commemorate our 100th anniversary, we organized this forum to collectively contemplate the future direction of universities and higher education in Asia and to expand international cooperation," he added, "We expect this event to provide a thorough discussion on the role universities should play in the advancement and application of technology for a new era, and how universities can achieve co-growth with their local communities in the rapidly changing social structure."  △ President Jang Young-Soo giving a greeting at the start of the forum.△ President Jang Young-Soo making a presentation.△ Participants at the international forum listening to the lectures.△ Presidents from six universities discussing and answering questions from the audience after their presentations.△ Presidents of six universities, including President Jang Young-Soo (third from the left), posing for a photo shoot in the president's office before the international forum.