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NO.359 12.18.2017

“Goal of University is to develop knowledge and pursue public benefits”

Professor Lizabeth Cohen, director of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, gave a special lecture and a seminar at Kyung Hee University.


After the launch of the Biohealth and Future Science Clusters, Kyung Hee University is readying the unveiling of the remaining three clusters: Civilization, Arts & Culture, and Social Physical Education. It is to respond to a grand transition of the history of civilization and to create an environment for education, learning, research, and practice, that is necessary for the future society. With the five Connective Cooperation Clusters (CCC), Kyung Hee aims at transcending academic boundaries to build up network with partner institutions and grow into the world’s leading academic institution that takes prompt actions.


In line with this goal, Kyung Hee University invited Professor Lizabeth Cohen (Director, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University [hereinafter “Radcliffe Institute”]) to share her insights on the internationally-recognized academic institutions.


Radcliffe Institute program open to the public

The Radcliffe Institute was founded by the merge of Radcliffe College and Harvard University in 1999. It is dedicated to creating transformative ideas across arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.


In the first lecture held on October 10, 2017, Professor Cohen talked about the comparison of American politics and urban development after the Second World War under the theme of “Utopian Ambitions and Political Realities.” Professor Cohen has been studying American history and published a book titled, Making a New Deal on the American political history in the 20th century.


The professor touched on “Lessons from Radcliffe” in the second lecture on October 12. She explained three strengths of the Radcliffe Institute, saying “The institute offers programs open to the public that allow for bigger idea, new idea, advanced research, and in-depth exploration.”



The three strengths of the institute identified by Professor Cohen were Fellowship Program, Academic Ventures, and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She noted, “I always welcome researchers and artists from all over the world who are willing to develop and share new and bold ideas.”


In an era preoccupied with speed and short-term results, the Radcliffe Institute, according to Professor Cohen, is committed to deep, patient reflection for its research projects in the interest of advancement of knowledge and public benefit. She then emphasized, “Our goal at Radcliffe is aligned with the direction all universities in the world should aspire to.”


Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, Kyung Hee University has been making ceaseless efforts to improve its capacity for scholarship and practice by establishing academic ties with Harvard-Yenching Institute, Global Health Institute at Harvard University as well as the Institute for Advanced Study and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The latest lecture served as a good opportunity for Kyung Hee to expand academic exchange with the Radcliffe institute.

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