- Introducing Seoung Hwan Suh, the 19th President of Yonsei University February 01, 2020
President Suh's term effective February 1, 2020
Professor Seoung Hwan Suh (Department of Economics) was appointed the 19th President of Yonsei University, effective February 1, 2020.
The Board of Trustees of Yonsei University unanimously elected Professor Suh to be the 19th President of Yonsei University at a board meeting on October 28, 2019. His presidential four-year term will end on January 31, 2024.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Economics from Yonsei University, President received his doctorate in Economics from Princeton University. Since beginning his professorship at Yonsei University in 1996, he has held various senior administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Economics, Director of the Economic Research Institute, and Vice President for University Planning and Management.
In particular, President Suh had made significant contributions to establishing the foundation of Yonsei International Campus in Songdo, Incheon, which opened in 2011, as Vice President of University Planning & Development of International Campus during 2006-2012 and Vice President of the International Campus in 2012. He also served the Korean government as Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport during 2013-2015.
During his presidency, President Suh vows to prioritize efforts to nurture “innovative leaders with a communal self” and provide in-depth, cutting-edge learning methods utilizing virtual spaces and AI. He also plans to create a more research-focused environment to conduct world-leading research and pursue key technologies that can benefit society.
“A university is a place that produces public goods,” said President Suh during his inaugural address. “We must always bear in mind that Yonsei University should be a place of impactful action and achievements that contribute to the development of our society and humankind.”
President Suh’s official inaugural ceremony was canceled as a preemptive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus in Korea. His inaugural address can be accessed here.