2017 Matriculation speech
To proud UNIST freshmen!
Today, the entire UNIST family joins me in extending our warmest welcome to you as our newest members.
We are delighted you have chosen UNIST for this important part of your journey of academic and personal growth.
To the parents and guardians, we appreciate your willingness to help our new students begin the next phase of their life’s journey.
I particularly convey our special thanks to Dr. Lee Hyun Soon, Chairperson of
the UNIST Board of Directors and all our distinguished guests who are here to
share the joy of this moment with us, despite their busy schedules.
As you will find out, since its opening in 2009, UNIST has grown to become a world-class university,
with a rapidly growing reputation for its research and impact on a wide range of field.
UNIST’s world-class faculty and researchers, along with its state-of-the-arts research tools and facilities,
have also become an envy of many scientists around the world.
Last year, UNIST made the leap from a national university to a government-funded research institute,
marking the first major step in realizing its goal to be ranked within the top 10 science and technology universities by 2030.
Moreover, with the recent completion of the second BTL project, UNIST now prepares to take off as a world-leading research-focused institution.
However, UNIST will not rest on our current laurels.
We will continue to move forward, opening new doors, and challenging new things.
UNIST will do its best to support you to become the next generation global leaders
who will contribute to national development and the prosperity of humankind.
Dear UNIST freshmen!
Your university experience starts today. During the next four years at UNIST, you will have enormous opportunities to deepen your education, expand your understanding of society and the natural world, and, perhaps, begin a professional education that will launch your career.
Today is a time of tremendous anticipation and that you have given much thought to your goals for the next four years. However, I would like to use this moment to give you some perspective on your education and on UNIST.
First, set bold and realistic goals and aim to achieve them.
The decisions you make today are the determinant factors for your circumstances tomorrow. As Peter Drucker, the famous management guru, put it, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.
Four years in college may be a short time in one’s life, but a very important time that will determine your life’s direction. I encourage you to set bold yet realistic goals and challenge yourself to achieve them. I hope you will fulfill your dreams and visions at UNIST.
Second, please be more considerate of others.
Being considerate is a key characteristic of an effective leader in the 21st century. Considerate people are thoughtful and highly intuitive of other people’s needs. Great leadership often starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. That is the kind of leader we need in the 21st century and that is the kind of leader I challenge you to be.
Last, but not least, stay optimistic and keep believing in yourself.
An optimist sees challenges as temporary, able to be overcome, and as stepping stones that are leading them to a better solution. We all have our own talents, skills and abilities that make us extraordinary. Believe that you will succeed, and you will.
Dear UNIST freshmen!
We are now on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution where the importance of ICT technology and integrated network capability are being emphasized. In this fast-changing world, we must embrace the change and most importantly improve your self-discipline in order to survive.
Four years in college is neither too long nor too short. A successful college student requires years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Throughout your years at UNIST, I encourage you to use your time wisely and work steadily to achieve your goals in order to become global leaders that the world needs.
Every member of UNIST will do our best to support you, so that you can fully demonstrate your talent and creativity during your time at UNIST.
On our campus, we have ‘Nine Bridges’ to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of those highly intelligent, hard-working researchers that are equal to that of Nobel Prize Winners. We hope these bridges will soon be named after one of you
Let me once again reiterate my sincere congratulations on your admission to UNIST. We wish you every success in your studies.
I thank you all for listening.