22 years have passed since Hanyang University Graduate School of International Studies was opened as a national graduate school.
During the years of the IMF economic crisis, young professors sought to create a new graduate school. Our goal was to train international experts who can precisely understand and properly cope with the movements of the Korean Peninsula and the four superpowers surrounding it.
Numbers of graduates of Chinese Studies, American Studies, Russian Studies, Japanese Studies and Korean Studies are currently active in broad areas such as a corporate, government, media, and universities. They are our pride.
There have been many changes over the years. A new Department of Global Social Economics has been founded focusing on social finance and international development cooperation. The SK group and Icoop cooperative Association pays scholarships to every single student. The Global Intelligence Department has been founded to enhance international information capabilities. And now it has become an important educational base in the field of informatics in Korea. The Department of Korean Studies for international students has started to subdivide into Korean Studies and Korean Language Education. The number of applicants is growing as well, which reflects the global popularity of Korean affairs and language.
The Asia-Pacific Research Center, an affiliate research institute, has already gained an international reputation in research in Russia and Central Asia. The Institute of Chinese Studies also carries out various projects and continues the tradition of Hanyang University having strong Small and Medium-sized Institutes alongside the Asia-Pacific Research Center. This is something that we are enormously proud of.
As a specialized graduate school, the Graduate School of International Studies is a hybrid organization combining various attributes. The functions of the regional department and expertise are linked, and the research of the graduate school education and research center is operated in collaboration. Both Koreans and foreigners study together, and the intelligence that reflects the realism associated with the social economy that reflects the idealism. Such diversity, a kind of hybridity, is a hallmark and pride of the Graduate School of International Studies.
However, it does not mean we do not have the fundamental principle behind it. All of this comes down to one. Moreover, it is the ‘peace and prosperity.' In 1997, when the Graduate School of International Studies was inaugurated, the awareness of the problem at the time, understanding the strategies of the four superpowers surrounding the Korean peninsula and achieving the common peace and prosperity, is still vivid. The gasping situation in 2018 is having the inter-Korean issues, the US and North Korea issues, China and North Korea issues, Korea and the US issues, and the negotiations between Korean and China over the North Korean nuclear issue make the reason for our Graduate school is evident.
Peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula can throw the message of hope throughout the world. Through negotiation and coordination, disagreement and confrontation can be overcome and achieve the common prosperity.
We must make the Korean Peninsula an icon of hope for the global community as a whole. I hope that Korea will be the one to step closer to this significant goal. We will also try hard to guide students of Chinese Studies, Russian Studies, American Studies, Korean Studies, Social Economics and Intelligence Studies to fulfill the responsibilities of intellectuals and to help the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula in the future. Thank You.