Yonsei Global Summit 20152015.11.26 관리자 1569
Yonsei Global Summit 2015
- Liberal Arts for the Asian Century
- University Leaders from around the World Participate
On October 27, university representatives from throughout the globe gathered in Baekyangnuri Grand Ballroom for the 2015 Yonsei Global Summit. In his opening remarks, Yonsei President Jeong Kap-young said: “It is my pleasure to hold this meaningful event with such honored guests.” He also spoke of the important function of higher education in Asia’s future: “The university will increasingly play a key role in Asia’s sustainable development, and universities should find a way to emphasize the importance of liberal arts in the process.”
The first keynote speaker was Chairman and CEO Kwon Seon-joo of the Industrial Bank of Korea. In her speech, “ASEAN, Challenge and Opportunity as New Growth Engine,” Chairman Kwon emphasized the importance of reducing the development gap among ASEAN member countries and integrating their financial markets. The second keynote address was given by Harvard University Professor William H. Overholt. Speaking of Northeast Asia, Professor Overholt insisted that “continuous, sustainable development is essential for the prosperity and peace of Northeast Asia.” He added: “A conflictual geopolitical view needs to be replaced by a cooperative geopolitical view.”
Diverse Issues Debated in Panel Discussions
The Global Summit also included three different panels. In the first session, the need for innovative education to place talented people in positions of Asian leadership was discussed. Here, President Jeong presented the Three Campus Consortium for Comparative East Asian Studies as a distinctly Asian education model. The program, which was created by Yonsei, gives students the opportunity to study in Korea, China, and Japan over the course of a single year. The second session focused on liberal arts and residential college education. These educational models have long been established in the West, but their importance has only been recognized recently in Asian countries. Yonsei is at the forefront of such higher education reform in Korea, with its Underwood International College (UIC) and the Residential College (RC) at the International Campus in Songdo.
In the last session, participants discussed how universities can productively use global networks in order to address pressing issues in higher education. Yonsei is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU). In addition to the Three Campus Consortium, Yonsei has founded the East Asian Research and Education Institution. Currently, Yonsei is enhancing its global network through strategic partnerships with the University of Geneva, the University of Sydney, and Emory University.
The Yonsei Global Summit was held in conjunction with the university’s 130th anniversary and the conclusion of the Baekyang-ro Renovation Project. The summit was intended to share Yonsei’s vision for the future with leaders from a number of prestigious global universities, while also promoting cooperation and development in Asian higher education.
Proceedings e-Book: http://ibook.yonsei.ac.kr/Viewer/YGS_2015