This week, Abdullah Gül University Rector, Prof. Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, and AGU Director of International Affairs, Mr. Emeric Abrignani, were invited by our institutional partner, Incheon National University, to join the 2nd Conference of Hanseatic League of Universities, as well as the 40th Anniversary of Incheon National University, which took place on July 3-5 in Songdo, Incheon (South Korea).
The conference was opened by His Excellency Mr. BAN Ki-Moon (former UN Secretary General) and focused on Global Sustainability through Education, Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, New International Collaborations and the Creation of a New University Ranking System (WURI), which will focus on measuring “universities’ efforts to drive innovation in Industry 4.0”.
AGU was invited to become a member of the Hanseatic League of Universities in order to contribute to the different topics listed previously.
AGU Rector Prof. Dr. Sabuncuoğlu also presented a session: “Pioneering New Generation Universities for a Greater Societal Impact” during the Conference.
While there, the AGU representatives visited the Songdo campus of the Incheon National University and saw the environment, which AGU students will evolve in while on exchange at INU.
They also connected with current partners (such as Woosong University/Solbridge Business School, Deggendorf University of Technology, etc.) as well as met with future ones.
Joining the Conference of Hanseatic League of Universities also offered the opportunity of discovering the incredible Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) a “smart city” or “ubiquitous city” built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon’s waterfront.
“The latest plan for Songdo is to build on its success in attracting biotech firms, and turn it into “the world’s best bio hub.” Already, the city is home to 25 large bio companies and 60 smaller labs. “
While in South Korea, Prof. Dr. Sabuncuoğlu and Mr. Abrignani visited the SAMSUNG Biologics Facilities and industrial site in Songdo, as well as the SAMSUNG D’Light Facilities located within the Samsung Electronics building in Seocho-dong, Seoul, a global exhibition space that showcases the latest product lineup by Samsung Electronics.
The Conference week and visit was very productive and AGU is very grateful for the invitation and warm welcome received by INU and especially to its President, Dr. Dong-Sung Cho.