Korea University hosts 2018 Career Odyssey Festival The largest on-campus job fair in Korea, attended by over 170 companies from home and abroad, took place between September 4 and 6. Korea University hosted the 2018 Career Odyssey Festival in the Hwajeong Tiger Dome from September 4 through September 6, at 10:00-17:00. The three-day festival, the largest on-campus job fair in Korea, invited all the major Korean companies to attend, including Samsung, LG, Hyundai Motors, SK, GS, KT, CJ, LS, Lotte, POSCO, Hyosung, Dongwon, and Hanhwa, which plan to recruit university graduates and prospective graduates in the second half of this year. These firms offered on-the-spot job consulting services to potential future employees. The booths of the Ministry of Employment and Labor (Northern Branch of the Seoul District Employment and Labor Office), the state-owned company Korea Power Exchange, and foreign companies such as Bloomberg and Continental Automotive were present, and Japanese HR businesses such as PERSOL Korea, Manavi Korea and Connect Job also contributed to the fair. The event was packed with KU students from day one. Participants formed a line in front of the booths of several renowned firms to gain personal job consultations on recruitment criteria, appraisal criteria, and company culture. “The queuing was worthwhile as I learned a lot of non-public information from company employees on the benefits and annual salary the firm, and the potential work assignments there,” said Jun-ho Eum, aged 23, from the Department of Electrical Engineering, after lining up in front of the booth of LG Electronics. “I've acquired an understanding of the precise expectations that many firms here have of their prospective employees. This information will be quite helpful for me to better understand what I have to do in terms of developing my personal statement,” said Min-jun Park, aged 25, from the Department of Economics. The event was attended by not only graduating students and graduates but also current students, who came between classes. “As I have just started working on job applications, I need help in many ways. So I’m here and I learned of a lot of in-house information from employees in many firms,” said Il-hwan Kim, aged 24, from the Department of Electrical Engineering (entry class 2014). “I gave up my lunchbreak to be here, and it's been worth it,” he added. A HR manager who was offering in situ job consulting services to students said, “Not only graduates but also graduating students can get professional help through responses to their questions about preparing for jobs. As we also provide various free gifts in addition to consulting services, there's a lot in it even for more junior students if they decide to attend the fair.” The festival also established several booths to offer students mock job interviews and on-the-spot proofreading of their personal statements. “The proofreader advised me that my account of my military service in my personal statement sounds too ordinary or obvious and the instance of conflict management I relate is unimpressive. Now I have a better idea of how to develop my personal statement,” said Seok-ho Lee, aged 25, from the Department of Korean Language and Literature. Participants were able to register for the 2018 Career Odyssey Festival in advance on its website (www.2018kujobfair.com) or on the spot. Korea University arranged additional shuttle buses from Anam Subway Station Exit 2 and Korea University Subway Station Exit 1 to the Hwajeong Tiger Dome during the event to ensure easy access for students to the venue.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 released. Korea University places the most subjects in the top 50 among the private universities in Korea. Having a total of eight subjects in the top 50, the university shows the biggest year-on-year rise in rankings among the nation’s private schools. According to the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2017 released on March 8 by Quacquarelli Symonds, the British rating agency of universities around the world, Korea University placed eight out of a total of 46 specific subjects in the top 50, resulting in the best performance among the private universities in Korea. Compared to the last year’s survey, Korea University added six more subjects to its entries by subject. Just as in the previous year, the university stayed within the top 50 in the Social Policy & Administration and the Modern Languages subject rankings. It is notable that the university ranked in the top 50 in the Law subject ranking which was assessed for the first time by the rating agency. KU ranked in the top 50 for the following specific subjects: Modern Language, Social Policy & Administration, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Politics & International Studies), Business & Management Studies, Accounting & Finance, Law, Chemical Engineering ▲ Year-on-year comparison of the number of subjects placed in the top 50 by the major universities in Korea Out of the 46 subjects from the list, 40 of Korea University’s subjects were assessed. Aside from the eight subjects that the university ranked in the top 50, Korea University placed 24 specific subjects in the top 100. Korea University has seen a steady increase in its entries by subject, with eight in 2012, fifteen in 2013, seventeen in 2014, twenty in 2015, and twenty-three in 2016. If the scope was expanded to the top 200, the university would have had a total of 33 subjects in the top 200, with 17 subjects in the humanities and 16 in the natural science and engineering. ▲ Changes in the number of subjects that KU placed in the top 100 The QS World University Rankings by Subject is the one and only university ranking covering a wide range of 46 subjects. The list consists of five broad subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The evaluation is based on the number of citations per paper, the h-index, and the reputation of researchers and graduates. In this year’s rankings, the university made two major achievements: placing the most subjects in the top 50 among the nation’s private schools and showing a continuous increase in the number of subjects ranked in the top 100. The university was successful in the rankings in part to the faculty, who worked passionately and cooperatively have created a synergy effect over the course of 111 years since the school’s foundation. This year’s success is not a short-term phenomenon, but will lead the university into a brighter future.
Applications are being accepted for the prestigious KU Graduate School Achievement Awards! The Awards are given to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in academic or social achievements, and is meant to be encouragement towards even higher aspirations in academia. It is also a representation of the epitome of Korea University’s graduate students’ abilities as presented to society at large. 1. Award Content Certificate and prize 2. Award Date Mid-February, 2017 3. Eligibility for Award Graduate students who have authored either a research paper that has been published in a major academic journal or a research publication that has great academic influence between January 1 and December 31 of 2016. Graduate students who have been awarded prizes at esteemed domestic or international competitions related to his/her area of study. Graduate students judged to have created important social capital in the areas of entrepreneurship, invention, or patent. Graduate students who have shown high achievement in leadership or other areas related to his/her area of study. Current students who have finished their course work can also apply (students who plan to receive their degrees in February, 2017, are eligible for application). 4. Application documents Recommendation letter by Academic Advisor or Head of Department (1 copy) Application by graduate student (1 copy) Other materials as necessary 5. Application process Necessary application forms (see attached forms) must be filled out and submitted with other necessary materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact 02-3290-1355. The deadline for application is Monday, January 2, 2017.
Writing Lab Korea University Graduate School Part of the mandatory learning process at The Graduate School at Korea University is acquiring the skills to be able to discuss academic topics and write papers in the Korean language. The latter could especially be a daunting task for international students to whom Korean writing is relatively new. The Writing Lab is designed to offer assistance to the students’ writing of course papers, publications, theses, or dissertations, and can be accessed through the following means. In addition to academic writing, the writing lab can also assist students with personal statements, resumes, and cover letters written in the Korean language. However, please note that while our tutors can provide critiques, models, resources, and general comments on students’ writings, they will be less inclined to proofread or copy-edit the writings, in order that the student will properly develop Korean writing abilities in the long term. Making an appointment We encourage all users of the Writing Lab to make an appointment by sending an email to email@example.com, stating the following: - Your name and contact information, - Area of study and topic of writing, - Current writing needs (grammar, composition, style, etc.), - Preferred time for a session (within office hours only), and - Other relevant information that may help your tutor better prepared to assist you. Once you receive a reply from one of our tutors, your appointment is confirmed. Location for tutoring Room 110 of The Graduate School building on the Anam Campus is the recommended location for the tutoring. The room will be open from 10 am to 1 pm on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. * The duration of a standard tutoring session is set as 1 hour, but can be extended, pending the availability of the tutor and if no other students are in waiting.