During the height of a beautiful Korean summer day, the QS Subject Focus Summit on Language, Literature and Culture concluded successfully at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, Korea on 7 July 2017. Under the theme “Translation and Trans-nation: Language, Literature and Culture” a select group of international higher education leaders gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the discipline. Among the 179 registered delegates were 54 participating institutions from 23 countries.
The event commenced during the Welcome Dinner, where participants were treated to an engaging dance performance by HUFS students, representing the cultural diversity of the student body. The next morning saw opening remarks by a number of dignitaries, including Prof Sungdon Hwang, Secretary General of the Korea-based Silk-road Universities Network (SUN). The QS Subject Focus Summit was the first to have parallel sessions, with a special parallel session on the afternoon of 6 July focusing on language, literature and culture education in Silk-road countries.
While the event had a total of 27 presenters, all of whom shared their expertise, the following speakers were particularly well received.
Prof Dr Min Hwa Lee, President of the Korea Creative Economy Research Network (KCERN), who delivered a keynote, and touched on the future of South Korea and shared about Korea’s strategies for the 4th industrial revolution.
Mr Michael D. Mossetig a senior journalist with PBS Online NewsHour in the United States had a very interesting and engaging presentation about how only very recently everyone with a smartphone can act as a ‘journalist’. Mossetig posed the question of whether the news media and cosumer is fighting or struggling to stay afloat.
In addition to excellent content, delegates reported great satisfaction with the many networking opportunities available to them, making the QS Subject Focus Summit a highly effective and useful 1.5-day seminar.