After spending 5 years as Vice President of Research in the Samsung Medical Center, it is a great honor to accept the position of Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs. I feel a great responsibility to do my utmost so that SKKU-SOM can raise future doctors who emanate virtue - especially IN-EUI-YE-JI(仁義禮智), which is SKKU's mission statement.
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), with 622 years of immemorial history, and the SKKU-SOM, with 23 years since its establishment, are recognized globally. Thanks to the dedication of the past Executive Vice Presidents and Deans, including former Chairman of the Board of Trustee, Prof. Jungdon Seo, and the former Executive VP, Prof. Kyungsoo Lee, and all professors, SKKU-SOM could solidify a balanced foundation to our present day in a short period of time. As a result, it is a great pride to be ranked 37th in the world in Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health field and the nation's top medical school for two consecutive years by the 2020 'Times Higher Education' University Ranking. I would like to sincerely thank and give respect to the professors for their endeavor and enthusiasm. In order to continue to develop our school, we will need to make continuous and creative efforts.
One of the most important roles of a medical school is "Education." The goal of education, which has been a consistent pursuit by the leadership, including Dean Prof. Yonho Choe, has been not to just give medical information to students. Rather, SKKU-SOM has strived to foster future doctors and medical professionals who can contribute to the promotion of human health through medical development. In the footsteps of those leaders who have come before me, I pledge to work hard to ensure that such goals are fulfilled.
Our medical school has two educational hospitals: Samsung Medical Center and Gangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, and an affiliated hospital in Changwon, Samsung Changwon Hospital. Although these hospitals have a regional distance from each other, they each share their own strengths. Therefore, we will strive for the win-win development of the three hospitals, as we believe that the three hospitals will be able to create great synergy through close communication and cooperation. In addition, we will make efforts to blossom a radiant convergence in the medical sciences by linking and collaborating with three hospitals' infrastructure and human resources. Students at SAIHST, who have a lot of potential to develop great talent, will be fully supported not only in education, but also in doing their own research.
We are now living in the era known as 'the Fourth Industrial Revolution period', which naturally asks higher education institutions to bring about and generate 'the Fourth Education Revolution'. The recent COVID-19 outbreak urgently demands us to transform a new paradigm of education and research as a surviving & developing strategy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution period, with keen ties among the industrial-academic-research-hospital, is essential because it is an era in which convergence education/research is linked not only to various medical fields, but also to engineering and further to humanities fields. Among them, I believe that there will be wonderful opportunities if we work with different fields of study. Medical schools and hospitals will have a lot to benefit from other colleges in humanities and natural sciences. I promise to do my best to serve as a bridge so that everyone in SKKU-SOM can bloom with co-prosperity.
Cooperating with leadership, including the Dean of SKKU-SOM, the Dean of SAIHST, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Clinical Nursing Science, and all the professors who are dedicated to our medical school - despite their busy patient care/research/education, I hope to make SKKU-SOM incredibly proud, so that everyone is full of pride to be a member of SKKU-SOM. Thank you!