Bringing together academia and practice for
a more peaceful global community
Since its establishment in 1949, Kyung Hee University has worked ceaselessly in the pursuit of its founding principle, “creating a civilized world,” through building solid foundations as an institution of higher learning and by fulfilling the social responsibility a university. Kyung Hee’s history and traditions as well as its vision for the future are symbolized by “scholarship and peace.” By creatively combining academics with practice, Kyung Hee will be a leader in the transformative changes in civilization that lead to a more sustainable and peaceful world.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary in 2009, Kyung Hee announced its ambition for a “second great leap forward.” Sharing the vision of Kyung Hee’s future as the “future of humanity”, the university is reestablishing its academic authority and creating a culture of dialogue in academia while also continuing to make innovative improvements in all sectors including education, research, practice, globalization, administration, and infrastructure.

Since its 60th anniversary, the university has grown significantly through a profound reaffirmation of the existential meaning and core values of the university within society. In particular, the university has made notable progress in research quality as well as vast improvements in educational quality through a holistic reevaluation of liberal arts education at the Humanitas College, which was established in 2011. Also notable is the active network of cooperation that Kyung Hee has established among government, industry, academia, and research. The central and local governments as well as various companies and research centers are working in collaboration with each other and with Kyung Hee at a cutting-edge R&D complex and expanding their networks to universities and governments all over the world.

Kyung Hee’s future is taking shape in the form of “cooperative clusters” in fields such as bio-health, future science, history and civilization, arts and culture, and sports and leisure. Through these five clusters, Kyung Hee is restructuring academics and creating new convergent fields of study to respond to the great transitions facing civilization. Why does the university exist? What will the future ask of the university? Kyung Hee will seek the answer to these questions through its pursuit of “Global Eminence” and “Scholarship and Peace” while striving to create a true university of the future.
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Peace BAR Festival 2016: Transformative Challenge:
The Worlds of Human Mind and Planetary Engagement
Will the world face a catastrophic event within the next 20 or 40 years as some scholars predict? Or will the near future give rise to new horizons for human civilization?

Humanity stands at a crossroads. Lurking beneath the growth and expansion enjoyed in recent history, there lies a deep-rooted dilemma for civilization. It must deal with issues such as environmental destruction, the depletion of natural resources, polarization, terrorism and violence, unrest in our political systems, disenfranchised communities, and an increasingly powerless man. To evaluate and discuss ways to respond to these impending threats to civilization, Kyung Hee is bringing together eminent scholars from around the world in a “planetary-level dialogue.”

Kyung Hee University will host the Peace BAR Festival (PBF) under the theme, “Transformative Challenge: The Worlds of Human Mind and Planetary Engagement” from September 21 to 23. The PBF is held each year in commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace, which was first established in 1982. This day, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, was first proposed by Dr. Young Seek Choue (1921-2012), the founder of Kyung Hee University, in 1981 and was unanimously approved by the 36th UN General Assembly later that year.

This year’s 35th PBF holds special meaning, bringing together respected think tanks from all over the world such as the Club of Rome, the Club of Budapeset, and the World Academy of Art and Science, which have been pondering the future of civilization for over half a century. Together with prominent Korean scholars, the members of these think tanks will focus on the inner human being to discover “transformative changes” for civilization.

While the PBF’s core is an international academic conference, it is also a festival of peace that has various events to engage students and the public to come together in discussing the future of civilization. The name of the festival, Peace BAR, holds special meaning as BAR stands for a global community that is “spiritually Beautiful, materially Affluent, and humanly Rewarding.”

By bringing together thinkers and scholars who have thought deeply about the future of humanity and inspired people to think and act at a global level, the PBF 2016 will expand its network of scholarship and practice to create a more sustainable future for mankind through a transformation of the human consciousness.
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A Call for Scholars, both established and emerging,
to lead Kyung Hee’s transformation of civilization
A university where real teaching and real research take place. A university where real learning and real scholarship exists. This is Kyung Hee’s vision of an ideal academic culture. Kyung Hee seeks to create an environment where each professor can achieve greatness in his or her discipline and where students grow as outstanding individuals and responsible members of our global community.

Since its 60th anniversaty in 2009, Kyung Hee has reached out to prominent scholars from all over the world to join the Kyung Hee community. Each year, dozens of outstanding new and established scholars are invited to teach at Kyung Hee with a 100% retention rate. Also, Kyung Hee was the first university in Korea to extend the mandatory retirement age, allowing for scholars to continue their research. This has allowed different generations of scholars to work together to ensure continuity within academic disciplines.

Support for research is continuously improving through a customized system that accounts for the different needs of individual professors and different academic disciplines as well as a restructuring of the tenure process. Kyung Hee has also expanded its autonomous operation system to create a better academic culture.

Kyung Hee’s representative visiting professor programs are the Eminent Scholar (ES) and International Scholar (IS) programs. The ES program invites internationally renowned scholars and practitioners to strengthen international cooperation and exchange through a creative fusion of academics, research, and practice. The IS program invites outstanding researchers to work on joint research projects and/or seminars with Kyung Hee faculty.

Currently at Kyung Hee as ES or IS are prominent scholars such as philosopher Slavoj Žižek (University of Ljubljana), theologist Mary Tucker (Yale University), political scientist John Ikenberry (Princeton University), non-profit and social work expert Ram Cnaan (University of Pennsylvania), astrophysicist Sami Solanki (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), and Eushin Kim (MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Kyung Hee will continue to enrich its faculty with scholars from all over the world as its five cooperative clusters - bio-health, future science, history and civilization, arts and culture, and sports and leisure – become stronger and more active in the coming years. The university will concurrently expand its research network throughout the world. In particular, Kyung Hee wil continue its focus on disciplines related to a transformation of civilizations – cosmology, future science, the history of civilization, peace studies, neuroscience, aesthetics, and religion. Our gates are wide open to scholars, both established and emerging, who will join us on this journey towards creating transformative changes in civilization.
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