Residential College Provides Leadership Activities for Students
The Residential College (RC) at POSTECH has provided leadership activities for freshmen and sophomores since 2008. While students live in the RC dormitory, they have the choice to participate in monthly activities for a small fee.
The first program of the spring semester, “Table Manners”, was held on the evenings of March 24, 26, and 28. Sommelier Yoon Il Yong from the Hilton Hotel gave a lecture on good table manners. Students were taught table manners such as proper etiquette for using utensils. After the lecture, students were provided with a full course meal that would be served at a hotel restaurant to apply what they had learned.
The event has been hosted by the POSTECH Residential College since 2008. Freshman and sophomore students have supervised by student residential advisors (RAs) and professors whom they can turn to for advice and guidance.
The residential college model originated at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge and has since been implemented at other universities including Harvard University, MIT, and Yale University. These universities run academic programs in a community setting, typically within a dormitory. Some Korean universities have the residential program. POSTECH is the only university that has a 2-year course for it.
Other RC activities planned for this semester include a field trip on May 5 to Daegu to watch the musical “Mamma Mia” or “Be Happy”. On May 10, students will visit Gamcheon Culture Village and Bupyeong Kkangtong Market in Busan to have a look at that region’s culture. On May 31, students will go rafting in Sanchong.
“POSTECH students can develop professional competency and build an upright character through the residential program,” the director of undergraduate student affairs said.