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Dongguk University ranked highest ever in 2017 QS Asian University Evaluation in Korea
Evaluated as a combined indicator of Seoul + Gyeongju campus Ranked 13th in Korea and 82nd in Asia Ranks raised in areas of academic evaluation, number of articles per professor, and number of cites per article Dongkuk University achieved the highest ranking in domestic rankings (13th place domestically) in 2017, according to the QS Asian University Evaluation conducted by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and Chosun Ilbo. Dongguk University, which ranked 88th in Asia in 2016, rose to the rank of 82nd as it climbed six steps this year. In addition, the school ranked 13th place domestically which is one step higher than last year. QS Asian University Evaluation rates universities based on 10 indicators in 4 areas:(1) Research ability 50% (academic evaluation 30%, number of articles per professor 10%, number of cites per article 10%) (2) Educational condition 20% (number of students per professor 15%, ratio of ph. D professors 5%) (3) Alumni reputation 20% (4) Internationalization area 10% (ratio of foreign professors 2.5%, ratio of foreign students 2.5%, ratio of exchange students 2.5%, ratio of foreign exchange students 2.5%). This year, 426 universities in Asia were evaluated. According to the QS evaluation method, Dongguk University was evaluated from the sum of the indicators of both Seoul and Gyeongju campus. Meanwhile, QS is the UK's most prestigious university evaluation institution in the world, and has been conducting an Asian university evaluation in cooperation with the Chosun Ilbo since 2009.

Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus establishes Integrated Schools
Providing students more chances to select their major Cultivating talents for leading the 4th Industrial Revolution Operating the Integrated School of Life Science and Material, the Integrated School of Creative Engineering, and the Integrated School of ICT and Big Data Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus will expand the selection of students from 2018 and establish a new integrated school to nurture human resources suitable for the fourth industrial revolution. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus has established the Integrated School of Life Science and Material Engineering, the Integrated School of Creative Engineering, and the Integrated School of ICT and Big Data in the Science and Technology College from 2018. The Department of Business Administration has switched into the Integrated School of Business & Administration in the College of Management & Economics. Each of the integrated schools operates a similar field of study that was previously established as a major undergraduate course. The first and second graders learn basic common subjects together. Third and fourth graders can freely choose their major and graduate. This is to ensure a diverse range of learning opportunities and to expand student selection. The Integrated School of Life Science and Material Engineering combines the Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, the Department of Biotechnology, and the Department of Biopharmaceutical Engineering. The Integrated School of Creative Engineering is a fusion of Electronics and Information Communication Engineering, Nuclear and Energy System Engineering, Mechanical Systems Engineering, and Safety Engineering. In addition, the Integrated School of ICT and Big Data merges the Department of Big Data and Applied Statistics and the Department of Computer Engineering, and the Integrated School of Business Administration merges business majors, accounting majors, and information management majors. Unlike existing undergraduate programs, the integrated undergraduate program is organized around majors, but operates as an integrated educational model among similar fields by operating a common curriculum within the integrated curriculum. In the common curriculum, basic education is strengthened and it is easier to search for a career path. After the third year, students are allowed to move within their majors by expanding their right to select a field of study. When working toward graduation, students take advanced courses of their major and link them to employment. The background of this reform aims at improving the constitution of the university and strengthening its competitiveness. In particular, the school plans to switch to a flexible and resilient system by allowing students to graduate from other majors. To this end, Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus will promote the basic academic qualification system and diversify its lecture model. A mentoring scholarship is provided to senior mentors who teach junior students to improve their basic academic skills. Also, this semester, 'Deep-Day' was designated after 3 pm on Tuesdays. The school runs non-curricula activities so as to strengthen the student competency development without running liberal arts courses or major courses for first and second graders. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus will start a new undergraduate curriculum from 2018, recruiting new students for each major, and after completing the common academic bases during the first and second years, students will complete the final major course selected by them from the third grade.

Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus, Selected as an 'Education Internationalization Competency Certified University' by the Ministry of Education
Three-year certification from 2017, a stepping stone to attract excellent international students Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as an 'Education Internationalization Competency Certificatied University' by theMinistry of Education. 'Education Internationalization Competency Certification' means that the Ministry of Education conducts an education internationalization competency certification evaluation to support the quality management of higher education and the expansion of attracting foreign students. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as a university to be accredited in 2015, and in the 2016 certification evaluation, it was certified for three years from March 2017 to February 2020, laying the foundation for attracting excellent foreign students. Once selected as an accredited university, Dongguk University's Gyeongjucampuswill be introduced to the Ministry of Education's "Study Abroad System" and will be known as a university with excellent internationalization competence in education for international students and will receive preferential treatment when applying for university support programs such as government-sponsored foreign scholarship students. TheDean of the Office of International Affairs, Beak, SeolHyang said, "The selection of the International Education Competency Certification University has enabled us to enjoy a variety of benefits such as easing the criteria for issuing visas and extending the time allowance for work permits.In securing public confidence by the government, we have established a foundation to expand our internationalization business." She added, "In the future, we will strengthen our internationalization capacity through exchanges with foreign universities and managing on-the-job training programs, and we will become a university where foreign students want to come." Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as anaccredited university in 2015, and was selected as the managing agency of the King Sejong Institute by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2013. We also were chosen as one of the universities which had thecapacity to implement some government-supporting programs: self-financed students supporting program by the National Institute for International Education under the Ministry of Education, the implementing agency of Test of Proficiency in Korean(TOPIK), University student invitation training project in 2015, and early adaptation support center for international students by the Ministry of Justice in 2016.

2016 Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus Major News
Dongguk University's Gyeongju Campus focused its energies for the purpose of "cultivating true people who move the world" in 2016.We are establishing a vision for a university to educate in the ways of Chamsaram and are pursuing development plans by 2019. In 2017, we will continue to innovate with the aims of becoming a proud Dongguk people, a university loved by society, and one of the top three local private universities. 1. Inauguration of Lee, Dae Won, President of Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus and Proclamation ofDongguk Vision Lee DaeWon, president of Gyeongju Campus of Dongguk University, announced the inauguration ceremony and vision ceremony in March 2016 and declared the vision of "a true people-oriented university that moves the world" and started a new leap in 2019 with the aim of becoming one of the top three private universities in the non-capital area. 2. DonggukGyeongju Campus, Selected for theUniversity Specialization (CK) Project Dongguk UniversityGyeongju campus was selected for the university specialization (CK) project by the Ministry of Education. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus promotes the project tofoster talents in the field of tourism business throughestablishing a link between the campus incubator and the local tourism industry based on the specialization project of the department of Hotel and Tourism Management. 3. Practical Improvement of Students' Capacity through Improvement of Education As an ACE university, Dongguk University Gyeongjuemphasizes the improvement of education the most. We will strengthen basic education, strengthen personality education to realize true human talent, strengthen field-oriented practical education so that it can lead to job competitiveness, and strive to improve education so that students will have a substantial educational background. 4. Rising University Ranking Education-Centered University Ranked 15 in the Nation by University Evaluation of JoongAngIlbo Dongguk University Gyeongju Campuswas ranked 15th inthenation as an education-centered university by 2016 JoongangIlbouniversity evaluation.As a result of the 10-step rise compared to last year, it is regarded as a university with strong educational capacity. 5. Selected as a University Creation JobCenter Project, CultivatingTalents to Meet the Needs of the Enterprise Site The university has been selected as the 'University Creation Job Center Project' by the Ministry of Employment and Labor. It has been funded with 2.5 billion won for five years starting from 2016, and operates a variety of employment capacity building programs.We have been cooperating with more than 230 companies in the Youngnam area and the metropolitan area to spur the cultivation of customized talents in various fields. 6. We build upright character with thePalgongdo (Eightfold Noble Path) campaign. At Dongguk UniversityGyeongju campus, you can see examples ofPalgongdo which showshow to conduct Buddhism in various places throughout the campus. We are naturally trained in personality through the campaign of Palgongdo. In addition, we are nurturing students of Dongguk University by cultivating humanity through the establishment of a humanity education center, the introduction of "Chamsaram"(trulyhuman) authentication system, a scholarship system based on Chamsarammileage, strengthening volunteer activities, and meditation. 7. K-MOVE School Overseas Employment Successful, 20 Dongguk students employed in leading companies in Japan Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus operatesthe K-MOVE School project, which is an overseas employment training project hosted by Korea Industrial Human Resources Corporation under the Ministry of Employment and Labor from 2015. We have accomplished excellent results by employing 20 people inthe first and second termsin various companies in Japan such as Toyota Motor New Vehicle Development Department, Aisan Industries, Set Japan and Mitsui Shipyard. 8. Students of Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus show excellent performance in various fields and are recognized for their major competence - The student team of Global Economics and Commerce department won the Grand Prize at the '2016 University Student Trade Remedy Contest' of the Small and Medium Business Federation - Mekanopia-astudents's club for designing machine parts affiliatedwith the department of Mechanical System Engineering:challenging practical use of assets: registration of 1 patent, 7 applications - Gongdolideul-astudents's club from the department of Information Communication Engineering: Received a prize from the Commissioner of the Korean Open Robot Marathon Competition - The founding club of the department of Archaeology and Art History Awarded the Grand Prize at the 4th G-star start-up contest in 2016 as '3D-based artifact restoration system' In addition, the students of Dongguk University Gyeongjuare demonstrating their competence in connection with their major fields through the GTEP project team, founding clubs, and talent sharing volunteer activities. .

Opening Ceremony for On-Campus Creative Job Center
Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus president Lee, Dae Won held the opening ceremony for on-campus creative job center at Wonhyogwan Hall on May 25th, 2:00 P.M. Dongguk Gyeongju was chosen by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) to run the on-campus creative job center business. The center supports local young people to receive employment and to establish businesses successfully. President Lee said that as a stronghold among universities in the south-east area of Kyeongsangbuk-do, the center would run a locally tailored job supporting program for young people, and support a one-stop employment service for local job seekers to help solve the unemployment problem. The on-campus creative job center business, supported by MOEL, selected dedicated universities to play a pivotal role in an employment promotion business for local young people through career guidance and vocational guidance. The center will be paid 500 million won per year in project costs. The project period is five years from March, 2016 to February, 2012. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as a partner school for the government supporting businesses such as ACE (Advancement of College Education) from 2011 to 2018 by MOE, on-campus creative job center by MOEL, a vocational training institute for young people's employment from 2013 to 2016, and a K-MOVE management agency. These will help Dongguk students to enhance their employment competitiveness.


Inauguration Ceremony of Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus President Lee, Dae Won and Dongguk Vision Proclamation Ceremony
The inauguration ceremony of President Lee, Dae Won and the proclamation ceremony of Dongguk Vision were held in Centennial Memorial Hall at 11:00 A.M., March 30. The ceremony included pre-ceremony performance, opening remarks, appreciation, inaugural address and congratulatory speech, performance, vision proclamation, and conveyance of the development fund. Seong-Ta Seunim, chairman of the board of directors, and Han, Tae Sik (Bo-Kwang Seunim), president of Dongguk University attended at the ceremony with about 500 guests, contributors, and alumni. In his inaugural address he said, "We are facing harsh realities of fulfilling Dongguk's foundational spirit, educating talented students, and transforming Dongguk into a university that has potential power in the current crisis of universities and in our rapidly changing society." He added that the goal of Gyeongju Campus was to be one of the top three local universities and he would overcome the crisis with the vision of fostering talented people who lead the world. He spoke of his aspirations in pushing ahead the development plan, the management principles, and the development strategy. The development plan contains 5 innovations with 86 core tasks in areas of education, research and academy-industry cooperation, international cooperation, administration service, and financial infrastructure. The management principles are sustainable development, communication and harmony, and value centered decision making. Specialization, localization, globalization, and substantiality are the focus of the development strategies. President Lee emphasized that a college should be a place where people meet and commune with each other to create spiritual values. He vowed to do his best to make Dongguk loved by Dongguk people, and make people happy with Dongguk. President Lee Dae Won graduated from the agricultural biology department in 1980, and then he received a doctorate from Kel University, Germany. In 1993, he was appointed as a professor at Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus. He served as the 10th chairman of the faculty council. To commemorate this ceremony, volunteers from Bulguksa Temple contributed 500 bags of rice. The collection for Dongguk talent fund raised a total of 700 million won. The contributors are Hwang, Kyung Hwan, the chairman of Jin Yang Oil Tanker, Kim, Kwang Ho, the director of Busan Buddhism Culture Center, Mui Seunim, chairman of Mukeumsa scholarship committee, Woori Bank, Shinhan Bank, and anonymous seunims.



Selected as the University for Educating Foreign Students Invited by the Government in 2017
Dongguk University Gyeongju (President Lee, Dae Won) was selected as a university for educating foreign scholarship students in 2017 by the National Institute for International Education. The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) supports the future global leaders and promotes the international cooperation in education by inviting 165 talented international students from 65 countries to Korea for an opportunity to practice Korean language and to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea. Dongguk University Gyeongju got credit for supporting foreign students with a superior system of admission and supervision. Under the system, Dongguk provided tuition fees, dormitory rooms, and various amenities. Foreign scholarship students should pass the admission process by an overseas agency through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the university. Then they are able to study in Korean universities after taking a Korean language course from March, 2017. The grants cover the expenses for accommodation, transportation, insurance, and tuition.



ACE university by the Ministry of Education
Dongguk University Gyeongju campus was chosen as an ACE (Advancement of College Education) university in 2015 by the Ministry of Education. Since 2010 the Ministry of Education and Korean Council for University Education have selected a certain number of universities to give a financial support for 4 years. The purpose of this business is to produce advanced models in college education and to expand them. Since the business was launched, 32 universities were chosen. This year 99 universities applied for the business so the competition rate was 7.6 to 1. Sixteen universities from Seoul and outside of Seoul were chosen. Dongguk Gyeongju had implemented ACE business from 2011 to 2014 with the government support of 10 billion won. Due to its successful management of the business this year, Dongguk Gyeongju once again became one of the ACE universities. Dongguk Gyeongju was included one of four universities successfully rejoined ACE business out of 11 which were chosen in 2011. Dongguk Seoul also was chosen as an ACE university, so both campuses became ACE universities at the same time. It is a very rare achievement. The university is going to run the 2nd ACE business from 2015 to February 2019 with the support of 5.2 billion won.



Commissioned education institute for training foreign students by the National Institute for International Education
Dongguk University Gyeongju campus was chosen as a commissioned education institute for training government-inviting students from foreign countries in 2015 by NIIE. The NIIE runs a student-inviting business from under-developed countries and strategic cooperative countries to improve national awareness through providing them with chances of experiencing Korean traditional culture and high-tech industries. Dongguk Gyeongju was selected as an executing organization by the NIIE which acknowledged Dongguk Gyeongju's business plan in managing and training foreign students, accommodating plans, experiencing plans for Korean culture, safety, and supporting immigration procedures.



Lippert, the United States Ambassador visited Dongguk University, Gyeongju Campus
Mark Lippert, the United States Ambassador visited Dongguk University, Gyeongju campus on April 24, 2015. The purpose of his visit was to meet Dongguk students. He had lunch with 10 students and discussed various topics such as the future relationship between Korea and the States. After that, he delivered a speech to 400 students who took a course, 'Global DNA and Cultivating Creative Individuals'. He also encouraged Korean language instructors and school faculty in the office of international affairs and education.



Authorized as 2014 Best Human Resources Developer by the government
Dongguk University Gyeongju campus was publically authorized as 2014 best human resources developer. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Security and Public Administration run Best HRD to evaluate government supported institutions in the categories of personnel management, recruitment, and training. The purpose of Best HRD is to advance the systems for staff evaluation and training, and to strengthen college competition.



Dongguk University Gyeongju campus ranked sixth place among nationwide private universities by the Joong-Ang Ilbo university evaluation - Ranked 16th place in the category of globalization
Dongguk University Gyeongju campus placed 6th among private universities across the country except in the Seoul area, the 10th among universities which have less than a 50 years of history, and the 16th in the category of globalization. Some of the detailed indicators of globalization are: the ratio of lectures in English ranked 1st across the country, the ratio of foreign faculty ranked 8th; and the ratio of exchange students from Dongguk University ranked 18th.



Implementation of the Institution of Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)
In 2015 Dongguk University Gyeongju campus became one of the agencies for implementing TOPIK. TOPIK, which is run by NIIE, is conducted for overseas Koreans and foreigners to introduce ways to study Korean and to expand Korean widely. In 2015, four universities, including Dongguk University Gyeongju campus, were selected as the test implementing institutes.



2015 Global Korea Scholarship University by the National Institute for International Education
Dongguk University Gyeongju campus (Lee, Gye Young, president) was chosen as a university for managing the 2015 Global Korea Scholarship by the NIIE. The Global Korea Scholarship program invites 110 students from 60 countries. The purpose of this program is to strengthen Korea-friendly networks worldwide by providing chances for studying Korean language and major courses in Korean universities and to foster talented individuals. NIIE chose Dongguk, Gyeongju because of its excellence in managing and supporting foreign students with scholarships, dormitories, and facilities, and aiding them in and out of campus life



Selected as Base Operating Agency of 'Korea Immigration and Integration Program' in January 2014
Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as the base operating agency of 'Korea Immigration and Integration Program' This program supports immigrants social adaptation and settlement by the Ministry of Justice. Also, this program runs courses in basic Korean language, legal value, basic law and order, politics, and economy for the domestic immigrants, international students, and foreign workers. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus was selected as the second base operating agency of 'Korea Immigration and Integration Program' in the Ulsan area. They direct the academic schedule and lecturer management of 5 general operating agencies within the base, and perform a role of planning education programs. The operating period is from January, 2014 to December, 2015.



Scholarship Payment Rate 10 in the Nation by University Evaluation of JoongAng Ilbo
Dongguk University has greatly expanded its pay scale of their scholarship to 25.2 billion won in 2013. In their university assessment, the JoongAng Ilbo reports they are 10th in the nation. Especially, the Wonhyo scholarship provides entrance and tuition fees, and boarding expenses for freshmen. Furthermore it supports study grants and overseas training expenses. Also, Wonhyo scholarship students will be the future leaders of Dongguk by joining various semester by semester programs such as career counseling, aptitude testing, writing camp, special lectures about leadership, global volunteering, and overseas language study. It also tries to run tailored programs for successful employment by running job camps and mentoring programs with alumni.



Selected as operating agency of 'King Sejong Institute' in July, 2013
Dongguk University, Gyeongju campus was selected as a new operating agency of 'King Sejong Institute' on July, 2013. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Foundation of King Sejong Institute selected 23 places in 17 countries as the new King Sejong Institutes. Dongguk University, Gyeongju Campus was selected as one to operate the agency of Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China. They were chosen among four competitors. King Sejong Institute introduces Korea and Korean culture to foreigners who want to learn the Korean language. Currently it is operating at 90 places in 44 countries. To cope with the increased demand of learning Korean, the Institute has a plan to run up to 200 institutes through 2017.



Acquirement of University Institutional Accreditation in 2012
Dongguk University, Gyeongju received the certification of University Institutional Accreditation in 2012 by Korean University Accreditation Institute. This certification is valid for 5 years (2013~2017), and the result of University Institutional Accreditation will be used at various administrative and financial support programs of government from 2014. University Institutional Accreditation was started in 2011 to guarantee the quality of university education to consumers of education, and induce improvement of the university's continuous quality. This certifies national superiority in education.



Seven Step Increased Ranking in 2012 JoongAng Ilbo University Evaluation
The recent announcement of university rankings in the JoongAng Ilbo shows that Dongguk University, Gyeongju ascended seven steps compared to last years results. Out of 4 indices Dongguk University, Gyeongju was outstanding in the fields of internationalization and professors' research. Regarding internationalization, Dongguk took the 15th place. The ratio of foreign professors was ranked number 8, and 19th regarding classes taught in English, including content courses. Dongguk University, Gyeongju's reputation was also increased because of their employment rate. They hold the 18th place, which is 5 steps higher than last year, among universities located out of the capital region. Moreover, Dongguk took the 6th place among private colleges from outside the Seoul metro area, so the school is keeping pace with higher ranking provincial universities.



Appointed Professor Lee, Gye-young as President of Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus
Professor Lee, Gye-young was appointed as a president of Dongguk University, Gyeongju campus. His term is from Oct 5, 2012 to Feb 29, 2016. The new president, Lee, Gye-young graduated from the department of Computer Engineering, Dongguk University in 1980. He took a doctorate degree at the graduate school of Dankook University in 1992, and was appointed as a professor of Dongguk University in 1985. He has served various major positions such as dean of engineering college, director of academic affairs, and chief director of strategic planning.



Selected for Global Trade Experts Incubating Program in May, 2012
Dongguk University, Gyeongju Campus was selected for the 'Global Trade Experts Incubating Program' by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy. The purpose of Global Trade Experts Incubating Program(GTEP) is training trade experts who have the ability to understand new changes such as the expansion of FTA, localization, and knowledge information. As a result, this country will achieve the goal of trade ($2 trillion), develop trade infrastructure, and promote the employment of the G20 generation. In 2012, 24 universities were chosen. Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus carries forward a business of overseas field education, working-level consulting, and fostering global trade experts by accrediting internship with the financial help from the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy (360 million won for 3 years) and the local government (160 million won for 3 years).



Selected as University Supported by Creative Campus Project, March 2012
Dongguk University, Gyeongju campus was named 'Creative Campus 2012' by the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Differing from the basic existing business model, the Creative Campus supports students who are majoring in humanities and arts to develop their career ability by using their creative ideas. 23 universities and 1 high school were selected. Since March, 2012 Dongguk University, Gyeongju Campus has operated the project team of job creation for students and local citizens who want to run their own business. The detailed four parts of building Creative Campus are education, network, management, and employment.



Selected as College for Constructing Low-Carbon Green Campus in 2011
Dongguk University was selected as a college for constructing a low-carbon green campus by the Ministry of Environment, and is the only one in the Daegu and Gyeonbuk area. The aim of this project is to cultivate individuals leading green growth by reducing green gas, and constructing a green campus. The Ministry of Environment has selected 10 universities nation-wide for this purpose. Dongguk University, Gyeongju Campus has received 120 million won in support over three years since the beginning of 2011, and set up a low-carbon green campus through projects such as green management, nurturing ecologically friendly human resources, creating a green and beautiful campus, and the practice of green living.



University Supported by the Advancement of College Education (ACE) in 2011
Dongguk University at Gyeongju has been selected as one of the universities named "a good teaching college" and supported by the Advancement of College Education (ACE) There are only 25 ACE colleges all over the country. Dongguk University at Gyeongju has received 10 billion won for 4 years and has invested it in the students' education.



Achieved Government Support for Project to Train Talented Individuals in 2010
- The IPTV infrastructure project supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE): 15 billion won (2010~2015) - The result diffusion project for realistic media supported by the Minister of Science and Future Planning (MSIP): 23.6 billion won (2010~2015)



The Completion Ceremony of Centennial Hall and the Buddhist Service for the Enshrinement of Kitigarbha Bodhisattva Statue, Kim, Kyo-gak
The completion ceremony of Centennial Hall and the Buddhist service for the enshrinement of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva statue, Kim, Kyo-gak Dongguk University Gyeongju Campus held the completion ceremony of Centennial Hall and the Buddhist service for enshrinement of the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva statue, Kim (family name), Kyo-gak(Buddhist name) at its auditorium at 11:00 a.m. on November 20th, 2009. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kim, Kyo-gak as a prince of Silla, went over to China and widely spread the Ksitigarbha faith. In honor of his contributions the Chinese government directly made the wooden statue of him, and it was transferred from China to Bongun temple in Seoul, Korea in 2007. On November 20th, it was then brought back to Dongguk University in Gyeongju, the famous ancient capital city of Silla. The president of Dongguk University, Oh, Young-kyo said that this ceremony gave Korea and China an opportunity for practical cultural exchange, and he hoped to gain a foothold for strong relations between the two countries. He also suggested that both countries establish academic and student exchanges and provided a variety of training programs for Korean-Chinese Buddhism. This event was held with approximately a thousand local and foreign dignitaries, including deputy director of the state administration for religious affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, the president of Chinese Buddhist association, president of Chinese religious and cultural exchanges association, other distinguished guests of Chinese Buddhism, and the executive chief of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, Ja-sung Seunim (monk), believers, and domestic political, economic, and Buddhist dignitaries. After the ceremony for enshrinement, an academic seminar and a publication party were held under the topic of 'Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kim, Kyo-gak and Buddhist Exchanges of East Asia' on the 5th floor of Centennial Hall at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. In his keynote speech, Young-dam Seunim, the president of Korea-China Buddhist Culture and Exchange Association, gave a presentation on 'Ksitigarbha faith and Buddhist exchanges in East Asia'. Jang-Chong (a researcher of world religion in the Chinese Institute of Social Sciences), In-Hwang Seunim (monk, ex-professor of DU) and Ikay Choryu (professor of Kyoto Buddhist University) gave speeches on the developing relations of the Buddhist priest Kim, Kyo-gak and Ksitigarbha faith. A publication party was held for Jang-Chong, a researching a writer, and Kim, Jin-mu, a professor of Buddhist Culture Research Institute and translator of the book, Ksitigarbha. This book was an encyclopedia containing scriptures, documentary records, and Buddhist arts of the Ksitigarbha faith from Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva of China to Kim, Kyo-gak of Silla. It was followed by a donation ceremony and a book-signing for Be a Buddhist Saint with a Cup of Tea (written by the novelist Kim, Ji-jang), in honor of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kim, Kyo-gak's life. Centennial Hall is a six story building including a basement, and its exterior symbolizes the spirit and history of Dongguk University. It was specifically designed to re-interpret 'Myungjin-Gwan Hall' at Seoul Campus, and represents the common bond shared between Gyeongju and Seoul Campus. Kim, Kyo-gak became a Buddhist monk after leaving his royal family in Silla (capital: Gyeongju). In A.D. 720, he went over to China and practiced asceticism at Kuhasan mountain for 75 years. After that, he entered nirvana at the age of 99. The book Kuhasansungsagi said that although his body was in a stone box for 3 years, it maintained his living figure. In A.D. 813, people made his body into a Buddhist statue and enshrined it in a stone pagoda. His enlightenment campaign was similar to that of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Now Chinese people call him Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Kim, Kyo-gak, and he is now venerated in China

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