|Title||Sogang Answers Parents’ Questions At Sogang University-Parents Conference 2018|
Sogang Answers Parents’ Questions
At Sogang University-Parents Conference 2018
At 5:00 p.m. on November 1 (THU), 2018, the Sogang University-Parents Conference 2018 was held in the reception hall on the ninth floor of Matthew Hall. As the clock’s hour hand inched closer to 5, parents who had registered in advance began to fill the venue. In total, 17 participants from the university were present at the conference, including Park Jong-gou, President of Sogang University; Kim Gyun, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs; Seo Jeong-yeon, Executive Vice President of Research and External Affairs; Lee Jong-jin, Vice President of the Planning Office; Won Jae-hwan, Vice President of Student Affairs; college deans; department heads; and professors.
Presided over by Kang Sun-kyung, Vice President of Public Affairs, the conference began with greetings from President Park. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to meet with our students’ parents,” President Park said as he welcomed those in attendance. “Identified by Jesuit philosophy, Sogang University has successfully risen to become one of the most prestigious universities in Korea.” He also explained the latest accomplishments of Sogang University, now ranking at the top of the university category for the ‘Korean Standard Service Quality Index (KS-SQI)’ for five years in a row. “All of these achievements could not have been possible without the devotion of the foundation and professors and strong support from parents like you,” he emphasized. “We ask for your continued interest in the path ahead for Sogang.”
▲ (Left) Kang Sun-kyung, Vice President of Public Affairs, presides over the conference.
(Right) Park Jong-gou, President of Sogang University, welcomes the guests.
The welcoming remarks were followed by a special lecture titled Sogang Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, presented by Seo Jeong-yeon, Executive Vice President of Research and External Affairs. Explaining how the industrial structure has responded to the emergence of artificial intelligence by shifting its focus to software, he introduced the advanced steps that Sogang University has taken in preparation of this shift. He illustrated his point with examples, highlighting Korea’s first case of university-wide software education, the Convergence Software course offered to students of other majors interested in delving into software, and the new joint major that covers big data and AI. Thanks to such endeavors, he emphasized, Sogang University was selected for the National Program for Excellence in Software. He reconfirmed Sogang’s dedication to providing the best environment for students to hone their competence and excel in the era dictated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
▲ (Left) Seo Jeong-yeon, Executive Vice President of Research and External Affairs, delivers a lecture.
(Right) Parents listen carefully to the special lecture.
Part 1 of the conference was wrapped up by Won Jae-hwan, Vice President of Student Affairs, with information on campus life and employment. “Because we believe in equal opportunity in education, Sogang University has abolished merit scholarships. We are now seeing significant results.” He added that students who are in the sextile category are now benefiting from full scholarships since merit scholarships have been removed. The percentage of students subject to full scholarships has increased considerably from 12% to 18.2%. He mentioned that the university will expand such scholarship programs to ensure that students in the octile category can get full scholarships, as well. With regards to employment, the Vice President of Student Affairs introduced some of the accomplishments made by the Office of Career Services, shedding light on the excellence of curricula and programs provided by the university. “We will make an effort to promote our on-campus programs to encourage more students to take part in them,” he added.
▲ (Left) Park Jong-gou, President of Sogang University, joins the parents for dinner.
(Right) Student Ambassador Hanigaram engages in conversation with parents at the conference.
Part 2 began with a prayer led by Lee Jong-jin, Vice President of the Planning Office. The president, faculty and staff, deans of eight colleges, department heads, and professors then joined the 145 parents in attendance for dinner, followed by questions and inquiries presented by the parents. “As a parent, I didn’t know how to guide my child in helping with her major. I’m glad that I came to the conference to listen to the insights from the university and its professors,” one of the parents said.
▲ (Left) Lee Beom-hun, Dean of School of Natural Sciences, answers questions from parents.
(Right) Park Jong-gou, President of Sogang University, and Kang Sun-kyung, Vice President of Public Affairs,
engage in conversations with parents.