From the President
A new academic year has dawned upon us, and it gives me a great pleasure to greet the members of the Keimyung community, as we are entering into a new year after completing the 2021 academic year with many mentionable accomplishments.
It is with a deep sense of pride that I welcome the entering class of 2022 to the Keimyung family. I congratulate you for the beginning of your new life, and pay my deep respect to your parents and teachers who have paved your paths to higher education with their dedicated labour of love. The greetings to the entering students will be given separately.
The following is my report on the state of Keimyung University this semester. Thirty-nine (39) new professors will join our faculty. Thirty-three (33) professors will begin and twenty (20) professors will finish their research years, and twenty-four (24) professors will retire. In toto, we have nine hundred thirty-two (932) full-time faculty members including one hundred fifteen (115) from abroad. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and respect to the retiring professors who have been proud and invaluable part of our lives for many years, some longer than four decades. May the Lord continue His blessings upon them in the future. For our new professors, I hope that their years at Keimyung University will be professionally very distinguished and personally most rewarding.
In spite of the pandemic, the university life was relatively stable last year. The freshman registration ratio in 2021 reached 98.44%, far above the regional and national average. This year, in 2022, 99.81% of our 4,621 entering students have registered. We also have received a high score in the university competence appraisal, and have won several new projects. Keimyung was the most preferred private institution in the region for international students and the second-most in regions south of Seoul. I am very thankful to all of you, including the citizens of our society who have always supported us.
Dongsan Medical Center also has done well. It was the only center south of Seoul to receive the highest national rating for a fifth consecutive year. As a premier hospital in the country, it has successfully conducted over 5,000 heart-related surgeries, including 65 heart transplants, and over 4,600 robotic surgeries, including more than 2,000 cases in gynecology. It was also chosen as a leading smart hospital model. Daegu Dongsan Hospital has been designated as a rehabilitation center for children. It continues to serve as a most exemplary hospital for the care of corona patients. Gyeongju Dongsan Hospital is also establishing itself as an indispensable center for medical service.
We have much to thank for, but the new year requires us to make unprecedented changes in curricular contents and methods. This year, we will augment the curricula with basic concept of AI and smart business courses for all students. We will develop art-technology and metaverse programs, and make the university function also as a metaversity. We will make individual faculty appointments to multiple departments and also expand the cross-disciplinary, convergent curricula. The convergent educational programs will become the norm of our curricula that will create more fertile fields of education for our students.
I am inclined to assume that character development and academic versatility of our students have not been at best due to the effects of the pandemic. We must now focus on their academic quality and character maturation more intensely than ever before. We must further augment the curricula of all our majors by developing department-specific, specialized programs, such as practicum training for the public security majors, intelligent vehicle programs for the automobile-related majors, professional training for the arts, and others.
Keimyung has cultivated its heritage of pioneer spirit and volunteer service throughout its history of 123 years. That is our pride and honor, and we shall continue to enrich the heritage. As we endeavor to do our part as an institution of higher learning in the cultural pilgrims progress of our society and humanity at large, may the Lord guide our vision with His light. Let us charge ahead with unwavering conviction and dedication. Thank you very much.