Speeches

2017 New Year’s Message from the President of POSTECH

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My dear POSTECH members,

2017, the Year of the Fire Rooster (Jeong-Yu-Nyeon 丁酉年), has arrived. I would like to convey my best wishes for good health, prosperity, and the fulfillment of all your plans in the New Year.

This past 2016, we commemorated POSTECH’s 30th anniversary where we reaffirmed the value and meaning of the University, and marked a milestone in the completion of the 4th Generation Light Source. And as Korea’s first “Research-Oriented University,” we celebrated the remarkable contributions made to the advancement of science and technology through our nurturing of exceptionally talented individuals. However, we have not dwelled within the achievements of the past and vowed to take on new responsibilities to serve the region and nation with greater contributions. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many who have supported the advancement of POSTECH, and to the faculty and staff members, students, researchers, and alumni for their dedication and constant efforts.

The year 2017 represents the starting point of the upcoming 30 years at which all our plans and preparations are put into motion to propel POSTECH’s next leap forward. We must seek progress at all fronts and implement a sound education in order to fulfill our core mission of educating future generations. Furthermore, outstanding research must continue as the bedrock of excellence in education and research while we concurrently strive to create new value that satisfies the needs of society and the nation. I urge all members of POSTECH for your deep interest and vigorous participation by sharing one another’s burdens.

There is an old adage that goes: ‘Jul-Tak-Dong-Si (啐啄同時).’ Jul (啐) describes the pecking of the chick inside the egg, and Tak (啄) describes the pecking of the hen as she assists the chick’s birth from the outside. Jul and Tak must occur mutually to bring forth a new world. Professor and student, senior and junior alumni, and all other POSTECH members; let us forge a new future of POSTECH with ‘Jul-Tak-Dong-Si’ in our hearts.

May 2017 be filled with abundant blessings and happiness for all our families.
Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017

Doh-Yeon Kim
President of POSTECH