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NO.369 01.15.2018

Professor Jin Jang donated 100 million won prize money of Ho-Am Prize

Professor Jin Jang of Information Display Department donated KRW 100 million prize money awarded last year.

This fund will be used as a science building construction fund. The College of Science is about to move into a new building due to the completion of the first phase of Space 21, a comprehensive campus development project. Professor Jin Jang said, "The completion of the new building has provided a better education and research environment. I decided to donate with the hope that students will realize their dreams and hopes for the future in a better environment.”

"Hoping donations to be increased so students can study without worrying about tuition"
Professor Jang was awarded prize certificate, medal and 300 million won prize money in June last year as a winner of the Ho-Am Prize (Engineering). The Ho-am Prize, instituted in the memory of late Byung-chul Lee the founder of Korean conglomerate Samsung, honors the ideology of talent first and the spirit of social service of and selects winners in five fields: science, engineering, medicine, arts, and community service.

Professor Jang has achieved many "world’s first" achievements in the field of display technology. In particular, he has been leading next generation display field by developing the TFT backplane technology that drives liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays to realize high-performance flat panel displays and contribute to the development of flexible displays.

Professor Jang credited his students for these achievements, saying "Building a global research group requires infrastructure, creativity and concentration, such as people, technology, and facilities. Talented people in particular are important. I have been fortunate to meet many good students to carry out a series of productive researches.”

This mindset got him to start making donation. Professor Jang said, "Graduate students are the key to research in the field of science and engineering. I hope that more donations will be made to support students so they can devote themselves to research without worrying about tuition.”

“Students choosing graduate school should look far into a distant future rather than immediate job prospect"
He believes that with the expansion of support for graduate students, the number of students entering graduate schools should also be increased. This is because public institutions that can solve problems such as climate change, ecological and environmental crises, resource depletion, water shortages, and incurable diseases are universities that are relatively free from economic interests and political profiteering. Professor Jang said that the professor and the students should solve this problem together.

Professor Jang encourages students to go on to graduate school. "My department has a lot of undergrad students who go to work for big companies right after graduation, so there are not many students considering graduate school. But I think they have to look far into the future rather than the current job market. If they deepen and enlarge knowledge of their major to build our own competitiveness, various career paths will open up."

More than 200 graduates with advanced degrees have studied under Professor Jang over the past 35 years. About 100 of them have joined Samsung and LG, about 40 working for Apple, Microsoft, and other technology companies, and the rest are working as professors and research directors.

The views on the world must change; Emphasis on humanities and global education
Professor Jang emphasizes the need for humanities and global education based on hands-on field work. "In order to predict the future and to gain the first mover advantage in future research areas, we must change the way we look at the world," he said. "It is humanities and global education that makes it possible." In this sense, Professor Jang has a high opinion on Humanitas education.

Professor Jang worked first-hand for global education. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Ecole Polytechnique in France in 2004, he took the lead in signing another MoU with Kunsan National University in Taiwan in 2007. As a result, students in the Department of Information Display have an opportunity to study at the Ecole Polytechnique and Kunsan National University when they are sophomore or junior.

In addition, the Department of Information Display has strengthened experiment and practice-oriented and field-focused education as the first year students received field training at small and medium-size enterprises and senior students were given on-site training at large companies. New core requirement courses have also been created in which current engineers in the industry teach the latest technology.

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