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President Cho Dong-sung of Incheon National University

President Cho Dong-sung of Incheon National University in Inchon, a little over 28 miles southwest of Seoul, invites ambassadors and their spouses to visit and see the unique and competitive aspects of his university on May 24 this year.
Here are recent developments at the university:

The main building of Incheon National University

Incheon National University (INU) rapidly grew from a private college established in 1979 into a municipal university in 1997, and later into a national university in 2013.
After being first founded as a private college known as the Incheon Technical College in January 1979, later, it was renamed Incheon College in December 1979 before getting promoted to a comprehensive university in 1988.
Now, INU stands in the new and young international city of Songdo in Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ). A year later, in 2010, INU merged with Incheon City College to expand capacity and open more curricula. The university now operates two campuses at Songdo, main campus and also at Dohwa-dong, satellite campus.
In January 2013, the university was rechartered as one of flagship Korean national universities in South Korea, representing Gyeonggi Province and Incheon City.

President Cho Dong-sung of Incheon National University, Ruler Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)

Incheon National University grants an honorary doctorate to Sheikh Saud, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
Incheon National University granted an honorary doctorate to Sheikh Saud Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), in a ceremony held at the university’s performance hall on May 2.
The ruler of RAK, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), received the honorary doctorate in economics.
Sheikh Saud, who has ruled RAK since 2010, is regarded as a leader who has succeeded in developing RAK into a representative investment-luring country in the Middle East during a short period.
In particular, the RAK ruler has contributed to enhance the people’s education level sharply through bold investment in the education field. Also he has been actively engaged in activities to attract foreign investment in almost all fields including manufacturing, trading and tourism.
At the degree conferment ceremony, Cho Dong-sung, president of Incheon National University, said, “Sheikh Saud has a clear vision and philosophy about the national economic development. On the occasion of the ceremony, I expect the exchanges between Incheon National University and RAK to be speedier further.”
Meanwhile, the RAK ruler said, “It is a great honor for me to get the honorary doctorate at Incheon National University, which has been in the way toward a prestigious university. I hope that more active economic exchanges will be made between Incheon National University and RAK, and further between Korea and UAE.”

president Cho Dong-sung of Incheon University is speaking at the Times Higher Education Seminar in Morocco

President Cho Dong-sung delivers a keynote speech at the Times Higher Education seminar held in Morocco
Cho Dong-sung, president of Incheon National University, delivered a keynote speech at the Emerging Economies Summit seminar with attendance of university heads from some 60 countries in the world on the topic of economic development and the role of future universities centering on the university’s Matrix college model.
At the seminar organized by Times Higher Education and held at Université Mohammed V de Rabat in Morocco on May 9, President Cho made a keynote speech with the topic of the role of university, a high-level educational institution, by the economic development stage, representing Korea’s universities.
In the speech on the role of the future university 4.0 centering on the Matrix University of Incheon National University, President Cho classified economic development into four phases and stressed the university’s role necessary for each stage.
After classifying 191 countries into four stages based on per capita GDP, President Cho introduced the university’s strategies necessary for each stage. He said that in the first-phased development country status, universities with entrepreneur character are necessary; in the second-phased development country status, those with professional manager character; in the third-phased developed country status, those with engineering character; and in the fourth-phased advanced country status, those with designer-style character.
Some 250 university presidents and related dignitaries from 60 countries, including Europe and North Africa, attended the Emerging Economies Summit event held in Rabat in Morocco from May 8 to 10 to stage heated debate on the economic development and the role of universities.
Cho was a sole university president in Asia who attended the conference at the direct invitation of Times Higher Education.

The 11th Gyeongin Regional University Presidents’ Council

Regular general meeting of the Gyeongin Regional University Presidents’ Council held
Gyeongin Regional University Presidents’ Council, led by Cho Dong-sung, president of Incheon National University, held the 11th regular general meeting of the council at the Grand Ballroom of The K Hotel Seoul on April 27.
At the meeting, President Cho was elected as the 4th chairman of the council at the executive member’s recommendation to serve his second term.
Cho said, “There are many universities in the Gyeongin region. However, we don’t know each other in some parts. I will make all-out efforts to develop the Gyeongin Regional University Presidents’ Council into the most promising council for the coming one year.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Kim Sang-gon also attended the meeting to discuss pending issues with participating university presidents.

Hwi Won  edt@koreapost.com

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