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SNU.IGSR Development & Cooperation

The world has declared the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global partnership to reduce extreme poverty rates by half by 2015. With the declaration of the MDGs, the importance of cooperation with maximum usage of university’s resources and capacities in order to make higher education a driving force for development has been emphasized. UNESCO in the World Conference on Higher Education 2009 defined this cooperation between universities as university social responsibility. Support for the improvement of institutional as well as academic capacities of universities in developing countries so that they can play an important role in the social development of their own counties is what is expected of today’s universities in the knowledge society.
SNU has a unique experience of becoming a world class research institute in a short period of time based on the education aid that was provided by the US and others in the late 1950s.
Succeeding the history of SNU’s social responsibility, the IGSR is conducting various development cooperation projects in partnership with universities, international organizations, civil societies and private sectors from all over the world.

Global Volunteers Projects

To promote specified knowledge sharing in the field of agriculture, appropriate technology, education, health, and social economy, SNU annually dispatches more than 200 volunteers to developing countries in partnership with the universities of those countries.
NameOperation Unit
SNU Volunteers IGSR
SNU-Habitat Volunteers IGSR
Social Service 3 IGSR
Global Solar Volunteers College of Engineering
Global Community Service (GCS) College of Business Administration
Pallas College of Veterinary Medicine
Rain for all College of Engineering
Catholic Student Association (CaSA) College of Medicine, College of Nursing
Dental Christian Association (DeCA) Graduate School of Dentistry
ICT Volunteers (Shadia) Graduate School of Convergence Science Technology
Gaon College of Liberal Studies
Phronesis Nanoome Happy Together Office of Student Affairs
Save The Earth Green Corps Career Development Center

Support for Development Cooperation Projects

In partnership with universities from all over the world, SNU has been engaged in international development cooperation through various research collaborations, capacity building programs and project implementations.
Through its specialized knowledge sharing, SNU is expected to support developing countries to bring about the capacity building of higher education institutions, policy improvement, poverty-reduction and sustainable development.
In this regard, SNU-IGSR provides the resources and network between the various stakeholders involved. It supports SNU’s effective project implementation and transmission of experiences within and outside of SNU.
2014 Projects
Equipment of Rainwater harvesting system for water supply in ASTU of Ethiopia College of Engineering
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Construction of Vaccine Delivery System in High Altitude Remote Area in Nepal using Solar Energy College of Engineering
Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
SNU-CALS Plan Cambodia : Consulting and Knowledge Sharing Project for Education Base of Agricultural and Life Sciences in University of Battambang, Cambodia College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Dept. of Vocational Education & Workforce Development
Providing a dental treatment and oral health empowerment project using a community health center and primary school in Lao Cai, Vietnam School of Dentistry

Reinforce Awareness on Global Issues

SNU IGSR runs various lectures, training workshops and talk series under the theme of development cooperation. It aims to provide a means of communication between students and professionals so as to share specific information, allow free debate on developmental issues and in the process cultivate global citizens.
2013 SNU DC Talk
  • Theme: Mapping SNU Development Cooperation
  • Series: 7 series dealt with the topics of education cooperation, appropriate technology, and global citizenship education
2014 SNU DC Talk
  • Theme: The Role of University in Setting A Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Series: 10 series dealt with the topics of poverty, human security, and sustainable development
SNU-KOICA Education Development Cooperation Forum
  • Date: 2014. 10. 7.
  • Venue: IGSR Conference Hall
  • Co-organizers: IGSR, KOICA
  • Participants: 100 people from academia, government and civil society
ESD-GCE Expert Workshop
  • Date: 2014. 10. 17.
  • Venue: IGSR Conference Hall
  • Co-organizers: IGSR & ODA Research Center, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
  • Participants: 30 scholars from Korea and Japan

International Forum on University Social Responsibility

Day 1: 24 March 2014
TimeMugunghwa Hall, Hoam Convention Center
09:30-10:00 REGISTRATION
10:00-11:00 [Opening Ceremony]
Welcoming Remarks: Yeon-Cheon OH
  • President, Seoul National University
Opening Remarks: Sung-Hwan KIM
  • Chair, SNU Institute for Global Social Responsibility
Congratulatory Remarks
  • Gwang-Jo KIM, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
  • Cristina ESCRIGAS, Executive Director, GUNi(video message)
Launch of the GUNi Higher Education in the World Series5
SNU-GUNi MOU signing
[Keynote Speech] Global Social Responsibility and Challenges for Higher Education Institutions
  • Co-chair, UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
12:00-13:30 LUNCHEON
[Session 1] Development Cooperation
Moderator: Yong-Hwan BANG, Research Professor, Graduate School of Social Welfare, Ewha Womans University
Kazuhiro YOSHIDA
  • Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University (Japan)
Stephanie Simmons ZUILKOWSKI
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University (USA)
[Session 2] Community Engagement
Moderator: Hahn-Kyu PARK, Secretary-General, Kyung Hee Global Service Corps, Kyung Hee University
  • Associate Dean, School of Māori and Pacific Development, The University of Waikato (New Zealand)
  • Vice Chancellor, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (India)
15:30-16:00 BREAK
[Session 3] Social Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Suk-Ki KONG, Research Professor, Asia Center, Seoul National University
Saran Kaur GILL
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Industry and Community Partnerships, The National University of Malaysia & Executive Director, AsiaEngage (Malaysia)
MA Hok Ka
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University (Hong Kong, SAR, China)
Emerging Perspectives on University Global Social Responsibility
Moderator: WANG Libing, APEID Coordinator and Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
18:00-18:30 [Closing Ceremony]
Day 2: 25 March 2014
TimeConference Hall, SNU-IGSR
9:00-10:20 [Country Case Presentation 1]
Meanings and Challenges of Social Responsibility in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Cambodia: CHET Chealy, Rector, Royal University of Phnom Penh
  • China: Xiaozhou XU, Dean, College of Education, Zhejiang University
  • Indonesia: Citra WARDHANI, Expert Staff on Scientific Publication and Information System, Directorate of Research and Community Engagement, Universitas Indonesia
  • Japan: Takahiro SAITO, Associate Professor, Strategic Planning Office, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University
  • Laos: Saithong PHOMMAVONG, Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Laos
10:20-10:30 BREAK
10:30-12:30 [Country Case Presentation 2]
  • Philippines: Ma. Lourdes F. MELEGRITO, Director, Center for Social Concern and Action, De La Salle University-Manila
  • Republic of Korea: Bong-Gun CHUNG, Director, Development and Cooperation Center, Institute for Global Social Responsibility, Seoul National University
  • Singapore: KWOK Kian Woon, Associate Provost (Student Life), Nanyang Technological University
  • Thailand: Avorn OPATPATANAKIT, Assistant to the President for Research and Academic Service Affairs, Chiang Mai University
  • Vietnam: NGUYEN QUY Thanh, Director, VNU Institute for Education Quality Assurance, Vietnam National University
12:30-14:00 LUNCH
Development of Joint Research Project
Moderator: Rajesh TANDON Co-chair, UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education