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Dean's Message

Welcome to Sungkyunkwan University's (SKKU)

University College

Hong Jun Yoo

Dear Freshmen

All students will be aware that modern society is in the middle of rapid fluctuation due to the influence of informalization and globalization. Since students enter SKKU to recieve a high level of education and knowledge, we need to consider WHAT to learn and HOW to learn.

 

Knowledge is an inevitable source in the civilized society. However, the breakthrough of IT means there are now changes in the forms of creation, teaching methods, and the application of “Knowledge”. In other words, the meaning of “Knowledge” and its social role is wavering.

 

The significance of “Knowedge” in itself had resolute originality in the past. However, presently it is yielding its role to “Information”. These days, creation, possession, circulation, and consumption of “Information” provides the essential grounding of civilized life. We can term it as a “Knowledge-based Information Society”. Changes in the “Knowledge-based Information Society” stimulate the changes in education and research done in universities where the creation and teaching of knowledge originates.

 

We can explain this further through three main points:

 

First, the amount of information created runs into astronomical figures. Its vast amount hinders educators to teach every piece of information to students. In other words, education in university is not satisfactory due to the high demand for the latest knowledge.

 

Second, the limitation of time and space in regard to the circulation of information barely remains. All users are able to easily access knowledge that professors can-not exclusively possess. Moreover, delivering information to students is not the most efficient and effective way from an educating perspective.

 

Third, the utility of information has become shorter in the rapid fluctuation of the present society. This means that delivered information, which has become old-fashioned and useless, is no longer relevant for students.

 

As seen above, university education has been confronted with many challenges in this information society, and this is the right moment to expand the roles of universities and students further. Universities must focus on raising student's basic abilities, so that they can create new knowledge and to apply it to other fields. Students, on the other hand, should not only learn from professors, but should also be able to produce new information with their own creative thinking, to select useful data with their critical thinking, to cultivate their ability of communication and leadership to share thoughts and ideas with others.

 

University College of SKKU provides a ‘liberal arts’ curriculum for freshmen students, which helps to find core problems through one’s various abilities, and develop multiple perspectives and thoughtful insights that can help solve the problems of today's society.

 

Hong Jun YOO
Dean, University College