Rensselaer Delegation Travels to South Korea
A Rensselaer delegation traveled to South Korea in February to meet with alumni and to visit the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). While there, President Shirley Ann Jackson received an honorary doctoral degree in science and technology at the KAIST 2011 graduation ceremony, held on Feb. 11 at the Ryu Keun Chul Sports Complex in Daejeon, South Korea. President Jackson delivered the commencement address at the ceremony.
The Rensselaer delegation included President Jackson and Jonathan Dordick, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; William Walker, vice president for strategic communications and external relations; Brenda Wilson-Hale, vice president for institute advancement; and Jeffrey Schanz, assistant vice president for alumni relations.
“The rapid rise of South Korea itself, from an underdeveloped agrarian society to the prosperous and technologically advanced nation that it is today, has astonished and impressed the world,” President Jackson said in her address. “Much of this growth, of course, is undergirded by South Korea’s investment in science and technology, and the specialized education that KAIST provides. Industrialization and economic growth have been so rapid that South Korea has been given the title ‘Asian Tiger.’ ”
The delegation also traveled to the Shilla Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, to meet with more than 50 alumni and friends. South Korea Chapter Chair Young Gil Kim ’73, president of Hangdong Global University, and Sung Min Hong ’89, secretary of the South Korea Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, were on hand to welcome guests and to introduce President Jackson. Kim also received an honorary doctoral degree from KAIST.
President Jackson spoke to the attendees about the transformation that has been achieved on campus in the past decade under the guidance of The Rensselaer Plan, and Professor Dordick made brief remarks about the research being conducted by faculty members in the biotechnology center. Following the presentation, a lively question-and-answer period with the audience took place.