The Sogang University Headquarters’ Decision on the Lecture Mode for 2020 Fall Semester
All the classes at Sogang University including GSIS will be conducted by online format via Zoom for a month from September 1st to October 4th.
This is by the decision of Univ. Headquarters Corona Virus Committee. GSIS will abide by the rule of Sogang University.
From October 5th, in principle, our GSIS classes will be conducted face to face. However, if any infection case takes place on Sogang campus, the lecture mode will be promptly changed to online-only format.
Regarding GSIS course registration, we have a limitation on the maximum student number for the course due to the university policy on graduate school class size based on the lecture room spaces. You can ask for permission of professors during the Period of Changing Courses if you want to be included on the list of student enrollment for a certain course. One or two additional students could be allowed to take the course with professor’s permission.
We apologize for this sudden change of lecture mode due to the current rapid spread of Corona virus. We hope you understand the situation here in Korea.
Today, 38 students are graduating with Master degree and 1 student with Ph.D. degree. The list of our proud and honorable graduates is as follows:
Master Degree International Relation (NIS):
Ms. Haiko Maria Elina Henriikka, Ms. Xue Jinghui, Ms. Anema Jinte Felice (NIS),
Mr. Jackson Jonathan, Ms. Hanbyeol Lee, Ms. Liu Jingjing, Ms. Rangphonsumrit Punyavee, Ms. Hyomi Kang, Mr. Catao Alves Martins Julio, Ms. Younkyoung Lee (NIS)
Mr. Mariano Sherwin, Ms. Ciriak Alexandra, Ms. Bernhard Lea, Ms. Liu Jingyuan,
Ms. Xu Li, Ms. Li Siyao, Ms. Abenova Jamilya, Mr. Zhang Tianji, Ms. Yong Ziting,
Ms. Yothapand Pavida, Ms. Zhang Zhuoying, Ms. Kuo Hsin-Yi
Ms. Nguyen Thu Tra, Ms. Wai Mya Pwint, Ms. Zhang Ziwen, Ms. Zhang Yiqun,
Ms. Li Zhengyu, Ms. Shi Shunji, Mr. Huang Jinshan, Ms. Liu Yutong, Ms. Guo Yuxuan,Ms. Zheng Meihui, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyue
Korea and East Asia Studies:
Ms. Rivera Clark Jennifer Andrea, Mr. Kanai Suguru, Ms. Shoaib Asiya,
Ms. Salah Ibrahim Hassan Abeer, Ms. Zapata Leiva Carolina
Ph.D. Degree International Relation:
Mr. Chansa-Ngavej, Vee
On behalf of Sogang GSIS community, I extend my sincere congratulations to each and every one of you.
Today is a day of celebration, even though we can not have an official ceremony due to the Corona virus. It is a day to celebrate all the hard work that got you to this place. Today is also a day of thanks, a day to thank all the people that helped you get here, the people who nurtured you and taught you, who held your hand, who dried your tears. Most of our lives are full of days we do not remember. But today is definitely not one of them.
Today, you are graduating and at the same time entering a new stage of your life. You may have mixed feeling at this juncture: You have high expectations for your future, but anxieties and fears are there as well. Your life outside the campus will be tough, maybe tougher than you think. Competition will be fierce, and may not be fair. However, do not despair. You are going to experience not just competition, but also cooperation. You are going to encounter not just bad people, but also many good people. We have a hope for a better world that we can all build together.
As you have studied here for the past two or more years, the world is going through fundamental changes. Corona Pandemic changes the whole landscape of global economy and policitics, and geopolitical conflicts especially strategic rivalry between US and China continues. During your study at GSIS, you have worked hard to understand these issues and phenomena, trying to establish your own perspective on them. These changes will continue in the future. I urge you not to stop your efforts to grasp these issues, even though you are no longer a GSIS student.
Sometimes, you will make mistakes as you made before, you will fail as you did before. But yes, we all know nobody is perfect and complete in this world. Accept mistakes and failures as part of your life. Be confident in your future. Slowly climb up the mountain to the peak of true happiness.
Listen to the voice coming from deep inside of you. It could be your conscience or intuition or communion. Whatever it is, chase them. Knowledge without wisdom makes our lives dry, knowledge without heart makes our community cry. Try to add wisdom and warm heart to the knowledge you learned at our Sogang GSIS.
Today, you are leaving this campus but I hope all of you keep good memories of your life at Sogang GSIS. As we often shouted in the party, Once Sogang, Always Sogang!
I wish you all the best, which is yet to come.
May God bless you.
Thank you very much.