Yonsei University opened the door to modern higher education over one century ago. It has since then emerged as the nation’s top private university and ranks among the world’s most prestigious universities. Building on our history and tradition, Yonsei will actively pursue a new future. Seeking to find our place in the spectrum of civilizational transition, Yonsei will lead the next 100 years and write a new history.
We are now entering a world of unimagined possibilities. In a whirlwind of massive transformations, the rapid development of communication and scientific technologies in particular are reshaping the university teaching and research environment entirely. The demand is rising for a new education model that supports a generation expected to live to be 100 years old. Thus, Yonsei University is reforming its research, education system, and supporting administration in order to lead the way in forward-thinking research and education for a changing society.
Merely providing highly specialized knowledge, as was the practice in an industrial society of the past, would now be a disservice to students who will live to see the turning of a new century. Even in an age where artificial intelligence surpasses human cognitive ability, Yonsei will answer the call to foster the creative skills that can only be carried out by human beings. Yonsei is developing diverse programs to foster creativity in a “network society.” In the modern era, constant interactions of different areas of knowledge and expertise build networks that give way to entirely new forms of knowledge and perspective.
For example, physicists advancing the theory and technical skills of nanotechnology are breaking barriers between pure science and applied technology. Collaboration between the humanities and natural sciences has brought about innovations that were previously unimaginable. It is therefore important that departments bridge the divides and encourage dialogue between researchers of other fields. To this end, I believe in the importance of facilitating “extelligence,” the improvement of intelligence through the coupling of otherwise estranged bright ideas. Creativity is not merely the ability to make the intangible tangible, but rather is the ability to take what already is and make something new through cognitive networking.
In the future, empathy and sharing will be just as important as creative thought. Yonsei will drive the effort to address such an “empathetic society” by raising leaders who practice sharing. For in this society of the future, the pursuit of personal gains will be replaced by mutual respect and the sharing of joys and sorrows with others; society will shift away from its “survival of the fittest” mentality and look toward self-expression, and individualism will turn to collectivism. The founders of Yonsei planted the value of going beyond simply sharing material resources and capabilities by sharing leadership. Challenge and creation, communication and empathy, sharing and consideration, servitude and respect. These are the values that we carry with us as leaders of the future, and will practice and uphold as Yonseians. Join together with Yonsei in leading the way to the future.
18th President of Yonsei University Yong-Hak Kim
- 1986 University of Chicago (Ph.D. in Sociology)
- 1985 University of Chicago (M.A. in Sociology)
- 1980 Yonsei University (B.A. in Sociology)
- 2016 - 18th President, Yonsei University
- 2010 - 2012 Dean, College of Social Science & Graduate School of Public Administration, Yonsei University
- 2005 - 2006 Dean, University College, Yonsei University
- 2002 - 2004 Dean of Admissions, Yonsei University
- 1998 - 1999 Academic Director, Graduate School, Yonsei University
- 1994 - 1995 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology (Graduate Program), University of Chicago
- 1995 - 1997 Head, Department of Sociology, Yonsei University
- 1992 - 1994 Vice-Director of Planning, Yonsei University
- 1992 - 1993 Head, Department of Sociology, Yonsei University
- 1988 - 1989 International Director of the Korean Sociological Association
- 1984 - 1985 Statistical Advisor, American Bar Foundation
- 1994 - Editorial Member, Rationality and Society
- 1996 - 1997 Editorial Member, Korean Sociological Association
- 1987 - 1991 International Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology
- 1984 - 1985 Associate Editor, American Journal of Sociology
Fellowships and Awards
- 1980 - 1986 The Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies Fellowship
- 1983 - 1986 University of Chicago Unendowed Fellowship
- 1986 Nominee for University of Chicago’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation
- 1980 - 1982 International Telephone and Telegraph Fellowship
- 1994 Yonsei University Academic Excellence Award
- 2003 Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Outstanding Publication Award
- 2004 National Academy of Sciences Outstanding Publication Award
- 2006 Gallup Outstanding Paper Award, Gallup Korea.
- 2015 - Member, Board of Directors of Samsung Life Insurance’s Public Welfare Foundation
- 2004 - 2005 Member, Ministry of Education’s Post-BK Planning Committee
- 1999 - 2000 Member, Ministry of Science and Technology’s Neural Science Review Committee
- 1999 - 2000 Member, Prime Minister’s Office Commission of Humanities and Social Science
- 1999 - 2000 Member, Ministry of Education’s University Founding Committee
- 1999 - 2000 Member, Ministry of Education’s Graduate Education Committee
- 1997 - 1998 Member, Prime Minister’s Office Commission of Juvenile Protection
- 1996 - 1997 Member, Presidential Consultation Policy Planning Committee