Our future will be an Age of Connectivity. Connectivity differs from convergence in that connectivity promotes influence and cooperation while simultaneously encouraging individuality.
In the coming age, universities must create new impact through encounters with entities across various sectors. They have crucial roles to play in society, extending beyond the solid walls of interdisciplinary research and tackling key social challenges.
The leaders we are in need of in the future are those who are equipped with the power of thinking, thereby being able to solve complex issues and suggest new paths, not only carrying out tasks that are given to them. Universities must now accept the end of knowledge transfer education. We must cultivate students who are able to gain expertise in new areas, rather than limiting them within a predictable scope.
Ajou students must be armed with the confidence that they can gain knowledge whenever they need it in different points in their lives, rather than with the confidence that they are already equipped with a wide range of knowledge. In other words, universities must produce 'good learners,' not those who are ‘learned. Enjoying the process of learning is not merely a wise old saying. "Learning and studying is indeed a pleasure" must become the greatest value in our education today.
I strongly hope Ajou students will gain awareness on growth and development during their college years, and utilize the powerful weapon of 'the joys of learning' that they have experienced here when facing various challenges in their lives after graduating.
Ajou is now ready to make innovations in various parts in its curriculum and research system to achieve new goals. I look forward to your continued support as well as warm words of advice.