Academic Institution of Freedom and Liveliness on a Firm Foundation
My dream is to make SNU a place of strong, free, and lively research,
discovering and expanding knowledge, theories, techniques, and cultures
for the mankind. I envision of our young generations nurtured at
SNU to become leaders in various aspects of life. I have three specific
goals to accomplish my vision.
Incorporation was intended to purse the major goals of SNU in an
effective manner. During the first phase of incorporation, we had
a moderate success, such as the amendment of legal and systematic
problems, expansion of governmental endowment, and remittance of
For the next 4 years, I will refine the regulations and procedures
according to the spirit of incorporation, secure independence and
autonomy, and increase the budget. I will, however, not accept donations
that will hinder the independence and integrity of our academic
community. I will do my best to make SNU a role model as an eminent
academic institution and in leading the future of our society by
firmly establishing the spirit of incorporation.
I will make the university administration more efficient and increase
the autonomy of individual colleges. I will expand the human resource
and financial support of each college. I will also improve systems
and regulations such that the freedom of departments, faculty, staff
and students is enhanced. I will support and encourage the members
of our community to engage actively in new challenges and creative
ventures based on this freedom. I will make SNU a place of joy and
I will make SNU a pride of Korea by elevating dramatically the quality
of education and research so that our younger generations can effectively
lead the world in various fields. We should be recognized as the
world leading university by substantial contributions to the wellbeing
of the mankind not just by rankings. In particular, I will support
long-term research with a focus on fundamental questions and important
issues present and future. Many will love SNU if we raise global
talents with high integrity and responsibility so that they actively
fulfill rightful duty for the community and promote the welfare
I give you ten specific promises to accomplish the three goals
addressed above. Each item will be briefly explained below:
1. Increased Autonomy and Effectiveness
of the Administration
I will produce specific and realizable plans to acquire independence
and autonomy from the government and the society, for which I will
elicit unified effort from major universities. I will promote independence
of each college, department and their constituents, for which human
resource and financial support will be increased. I will implement
simplified and efficient administrative procedures.
2. Transparency of Decision Making
and Routine Communication
In order to make important decisions more transparent and prudent,
a new protocol will be set up to collect opinions and publicize
them. Important discussions should start at the department level.
I will strengthen the roles of various university committees as
decision-making units. I will increase the number of female officers
to boost their participations and roles in making decisions. I as
well as other administrative officers shall meet our members regularly
and casually upon their requests. We will listen to the voices of
diverse groups in the university.
3. Strengthening the Undergraduate
and Graduate Education Systems
I will convince the government not to reduce the size of our undergraduate
body by providing appropriate rationale. Undergraduate teaching
will be strengthened with an emphasis on the basic liberal education
and the multi-faceted thinking so that our younger generations can
effectively face the demands of the society, nation, and the world.
At the same time, our major courses will be upgraded and intensified
by encouraging creative methodology of teaching. Each college will
be allowed to determine its own graduation requirements according
to the academic principles of the college. To hoist the quality,
teaching load will be reduced, incentive for good teaching will
be introduced, and teaching evaluation will be fairly reflected
in the evaluation process.
4. Improvement of Research Support
and Faculty Evaluation System
Each department/college will be allowed to evaluate professors according
to their own principles. In addition to research excellence, various
items including teaching and service may be included to make a balanced
evaluation. Evaluation should emphasize quality rather than quantity
of research. I will do my best to encourage and support every effort
to produce new knowledge, theory, technology, and culture originated
in SNU. In particular, long-term supports will be given to research
projects focusing on fundamental questions and important issues
for the humanity. The research management system will be amended
and expanded so that researchers benefit from hosting research grants.
Flexible intramural research support system will be introduced together
with small research grants comparable to indirect costs. Organization
of various forums will be encouraged and supported so that professors
discuss important issues domestic and foreign and develop interdisciplinary
and creative subjects of research.
5. Active Practice of Responsibility
for the Society
SNU should actively pursue ways to contribute to the society. Assembling
diverse research group on important national themes and issues will
be encouraged and supported. Various extracurricular activities
will be supported.
6. Building New Infrastructure for
A profitable globalization will be pursued instead of futile effort
to raise the ranking of the university. I will widen opportunities
for overseas training and internship for undergraduate and graduate
students. I will also build necessary infrastructure for international
faculty and students including English forms, counseling center,
and staff proficient in English. Korean language classes will be
made more accessible to international faculty and students. I will
provide short overseas training opportunities for staff.
7. Enhancement of Employee Benefit
Salary of faculty and staff will be raised by amending the SNU salary
scale and regulations in the next 4 years. In addition, the current
welfare system should be improved significantly to provide better
benefit and welfare for SNU employees. A new apartment complex is
also planned for faculty and staff. Finally, I will implement a
stepwise deferment of retirement until the age of 70.
8. Dormitory Expansion and Improvement
of Students’ Welfare
New dormitory buildings will be built on and off campus. Generous
scholarship should be made available for our next generations so
that they can focus on academics. I will try to provide more effective
and helpful counseling for students, encourage and support students’
activities, and improve and expand students’ facility.
9. Harmonious Development of Campus
and Its Culture
Reckless campus development will be stopped so that we have enjoyable
and comfortable working environment. I will complete and carry out
the campus master plan in a speedy way including an underground
cultural court with cafeteria, bookstore, and heath center, theatre,
and parking space. Both SNU members and outsiders will be able to
enjoy various cultural activities on campus.
10. Augmentation of Budget and Refinement
of Budget System
I will raise a fund/gift over 500 billion won for the next 4 years.
I will also try to build a business model to increase the income.
In order to plan mid-term and long-term financial and development
plans, a special committee will be set up. I will convince the government
and the assembly of Korea. At the same time, SNU budget will be
revised to reduce waste and maximize effectiveness.
I have just presented 10 specific goals in order to accomplish the
three goals. These plans are all pivoted around the “fundamentals”,
which are essential for fostering creative knowledge and raising
new generations of leaders. If I become the president of SNU, I
will submit a blueprint for execution of each item within 3 months
and do my best to create a consensus of our members, the government
and the assembly.
I think that the virtues needed for a president of SNU include keen
scholarship, a profound vision, and broad experiences. Communication
is extremely important since knowledge, wisdom, and talents of our
members should be brought together to achieve our goals. I will
accomplish what I have promised through the leadership of effective
communication and unceasing thrust. I will do my best to make SNU
the role model of higher education and research in Korea and the
leading university in the world. I sincerely ask for your support.