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It has been 77 years since Wonkwang University opened its doors, under the name of Yuil Haknim, Iksan’s first educational institution. The foundation of our university was rooted in a desire to materialize the great will of saving sentient beings through education, based on the founding spirit of Won Buddhism.
Through advancement and grace, our university has been continuously developing. However, Wonkwang University is now facing difficulties due to external factors, including a population decline, a concentration in the metropolitan areas, and an extinction crisis of small- and medium-sized local cities.
The answer on how to overcome this crisis is being taught by our forefathers, through the wisdom of Eunsaengeohae (恩生於害). Difficult circumstances or trials are nourishments for a greater development. The fact that greater grace will be brought through hardships can be proven by the history of Wonkwang University and its continuous development.
Innovation in education, research, and industry
The basic missions of a university are education, research, and service. Educating talented people through quality education is Wonkwang University’s core value and most important mission. We aim to innovate in educational endeavors that value competency, expression, and practice. We also thrive to pursue innovation in research and industry-academia, thus contributing to regional development and expansion of the fields in research and industry-university cooperation.
A sustainable and ever-developing university
In addition, Wonkwang University’s major tasks consist of the strengthening employment and start-up capabilities, through establishing integrated platforms; the promotion of clinical bases in metropolitan areas; and the restoration of university hospitals’ health by improving treatment processes. Through stable and financial management, we will lay the foundations for sustainable institutional development and implement the lessons of virtue and moral practice for which our university is aiming.
Fruitful coexistence with the local communities
In alignment with the trend of mass transfer of university-related policies to the provinces, it is important for Wonkwang University to maintain close cooperative relationships with local governments, fostering equally profitable development. Our university will take the lead in presenting a new agenda for regional development and establishing leading ways to develop together with the local communities.
A university students choose, where faculty and staff want to work, and that is the focal point of the community
No matter how difficult the environment surrounding Wonkwang University is, including current international issues, our future is bright and will bring better days compared to the situation in the early days of the establishment of Yuil Haknim. If we follow the model of the founding spirit of our predecessors and make great efforts together towards progress and innovation, we can become a university that students choose, a workplace where faculty and staff members want to invest themselves, and the focal point of the local community. Let us keep in mind that Wonkwang University has all the attributes to be a remarkable institution, recognized both domestically and internationally.
May the divine grace of the Dharmaka-ya-Buddha be abundant for all of you,
Sung-Tae Park, President of WKU