The Honorable Dr. Dai Won Yoon, Chairman of the Ilsong Foundation,
The Honorable Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New York Presbyterian Hospital,
The Honorable Dr. Mark Hardy, Director Emeritus & Founder, Transplantation Program, Columbia University Medical Center,
The Honorable Dr. Hideki Ito, CEO, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital and Institute of Gerontology,
The Honorable Dr. Naoki Maruyama, Director, Saitama Central Hospital,
Distinguished guests, members of the Ilsong Family, ladies and gentlemen,
I am honored to be at the Mighty Hallym 4.0 Vision Declaration Ceremony today to reaffirm our resolve for the future of Hallym. From the founding of the Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital in 1971 to the opening of multiple hospitals under the Hallym University Medical Center, and from the birth of Hallym University in 1982 to the launch of Hallym Polytechnic University and Hallym University of Graduate Studies, the Ilsong Foundation has become a prestigious educational and medical institution, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Ilsong Family. What we have achieved in such a short period of time is worthy of praise and envy. Today’s Vision Declaration Ceremony is an occasion to celebrate our accomplishments over the years. At the same time, it serves as a reminder for us not to stay complacent, but to dream a bigger dream.
Looking back, it is not hard to see that the undertakings of the Ilsong Foundation represent the noblest values we pursue as a society. This is because the Foundation’s raison d'être, or reason for being, lies in education and medicine: we cultivate human resources and contribute to improving human health. I am not implying that for-profit undertakings are any less respectable; I am simply pointing out that we can all take pride in what we do, as very few institutions have a more noble purpose than ours. We are essentially dedicating ourselves to the betterment of society and country.
Many would aspire to the level of growth and development that Hallym University and the Medical Center have achieved. But we will not stay content in the present; we will strive for even higher ideals and goals. We are entering an era of “100-year life” and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The challenges that lie ahead require complex solutions, to which education and medicine hold the key. That is why I believe we have a bright future. To ensure our success in this future, we need a few development strategies.
First, we have to double our efforts toward globalization. In today’s hyper-connected world, global competitiveness makes all the difference; without it, there is no future. The fact that we are joined today by notable dignitaries from foreign universities and institutions demonstrates Hallym’s sense of purpose and commitment to globalization.
Second, we need to forge stronger cooperative ties between the University and Medical Center. Amid a trend of convergence and emphasis on choice and concentration, collaboration of human resources between the universities under Hallym and the hospitals under the Medical Center will create greater synergy. I believe there are unlimited possibilities for exchange and cooperation between the two branches of the Ilsong Foundation, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by interdisciplinary convergence. While broadening our horizons and working with professionals from other fields, we can explore uncharted territories and discover something totally new.
Third, universities and hospitals are all about people. Just as important as technological advancement is the role of humans in advanced technology. It should be revisited and redefined from educational and medical perspectives. We have to take note of the fact that, while machine roles in AI and big data are growing, so is the demand for innately human abilities, such as communication and empathy. This is where we can make a difference.
By implementing these three strategies, let us take the name “Mighty Hallym” to the global level. The importance of adapting to change cannot be overemphasized. Change is not to be feared, but to be overcome. I hope today’s Mighty Hallym 4.0 Vision Declaration Ceremony will be remembered as a turning point for the next big leap by Hallym University and the Hallym University Medical Center. I wish each and everyone in the Ilsong Family the best of luck in their future endeavors. Thank you.
April 23, 2019