Dean Chung-Rok Pang
The School of Creative Convergence Education is a faculty that provides the theoretical basis and practices required for interdisciplinary convergence. Through a chemical integration that dissolves the boundaries between multiple academic disciplines such as humanities, sociology, economics, natural science, and engineering, the school's goal is to train talented individuals who are equipped not only with convergent capabilities but can also tackle complex problems in creative ways.
Based on the integration of academic disciplines founded upon a Christian worldview, the School of Creative Convergence Education aims to nurture and produce highly qualified professionals equipped with a sharp intellect and upright character. The following are the types of individuals that the school plans to produce: individuals who are armed with a Christian worldview and ethical belief, individuals who will create new values through a convergence of humanities and science technology and will become the pioneer of converged industry, individuals who have practical business skills based in convergent fields, and individuals who have exceptional communication skills and leadership.
Student-Designed Convergence Study is a major that students design their own new and creative areas other than existing major. Any Korean student can apply as a second major, and if approved by the Academic Advisor and supervised by the professor, the student will be recognized for his or her baccalaureate with his or her first major. (However, Life Sciences, Advanced Computer Engineering, and Advanced Electronic Engineering are not applicable.) This major allows students to discover their aptitudes and potentials and to engage them in creative majors, providing opportunities to expand their majors in various fields.
Modern society requires not only expertise of a certain major, but converging professionalism of various majors. Global Convergence Studies are designed to flexibly respond this social demand. Academic advisor gives a support through 1:1 mentoring for designing major. Also, because the major curriculum construction is 100% English course, international students or overseas Korean students can easily challenge designing this major. Global Convergence major examples: Law, Culture and Conflict Resolution, International Finance Administration, Visual Communication and Design, Cross-cultural Human Services Management, International Human Services Administration, etc.
TEP (Teacher Education Program) aims to educate Christian teachers and education experts who will lead the recovery and transformation of genuine education in various educational fields including Christian alternative schools and mission schools in abroad. TEP not only fosters educational knowledge based on a Christian worldview, but also has an attitude and personality to pursue a vocation for education, recovery and transformation of education. In the TEP program, there are 6 courses, 18 credits including student teaching. The curriculum includes the Introduction to Education, Philosophy of Christian Education, Educational Psychology, Curriculum and Evaluation, Education Technology and Methods, and Student Teaching courses. In 2015, Handong Global University earned teaching credential accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). TEP graduates will receive ACSI Christian School Teacher Certification upon graduation.
Global Korean Studies, in the era of globalization, provides the knowledge of Korean studies necessary to work for global companies or to operate global projects in Korea. The major also aims for international students to be a bridge of Korea and their home country by learning the development of Korea. In addition, Korean or international students can work as Korean language teachers in the world through courses for ‘Korean Language Teacher Certification’, thereby contributing to more effective globalization of Korean Studies and its culture. Global Korean Studies course is designed to provide students with a general Global Korean studies course that will help them gain a holistic understanding of Korean studies by learning Korean humanities (language, literature, philosophy, history) and social science (politics, economy, society and culture) as well as Korean language teaching courses (Korean language teachers training program) for international students. International students can take it as the first major or the second major, while Korean students can only take this second major.
In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a major in mathematics and statistics will be established to provide basic competencies in solving various problems of industry and to promote the major’s specialty in various fields. The Mathematics and Statistics major is a major where you can deeply learn the methodologies underlying many different fields. You can develop the ability to do well in conceptualization and analysis. In this era of AI and big data, you will learn how to create new trends, quickly discern technological changes, and undergo deep quantitative thinking. I do not think there is a better means than mathematics and statistics for studying deeper into all types of specialized fields.
This is the world's first program to provide global citizenship education in a comprehensive and concrete manner that is required as a fundamental paradigm to achieve the SDGs, which are global challenges that humanity must solve together as an international community. The program has a core purpose in cultivating global talents who have the right values and attitudes such as honesty, integrity, and responsibility, and thus strengthen sustainable development capabilities within each major. The curriculum maximizes students' global competencies required by the 21st century by training creative problem-solving methods through projects and field-related courses that meet the needs of various majors on the basis of an integrated holistic leadership education that combines spirituality, character, and intellect based education as well as enabling individual growth as a mature leader. Certificates are issued to students who have completed this program and may be used to bolster portfolios and one’s competence as professionals in the international community to be linked with possible future employment.
The Creative Convergence Education Center's Global Problem Solver Program (GPSP) is an educational program aimed at fostering entrepreneurship based on a Christian spirit and cultivating international leaders who can solve global problems. Under a foundational spirit that views “solving others' problems” as practicing love for others, we focus on solving problems beyond the walls of this university to solve global problems that are intertwined culturally, religiously, politically and economically between countries and peoples. This is educational program is designed to help students who pursue various majors cooperate with one another in solving global problems through teamwork so that they not only acquire global problem-solving skills, but also find their own identity as well as their life purpose and a future roadmap of life. After completion of the program, it will be possible to build several portfolios necessary for employment, and some of the students will be able to engage in entrepreneurship or start a job. By learning to solve global problems in a laboratory setting with help from coaches who are experts in areas related to each of the students’ major, students will be able to cultivate problem-solving skills by actually solve problems through the “Learning by Doing” process and be recognized as a Global Problem Solver (GPS).