Learn More, See More: There’s Something with POSTECH Cultural Program
Learn More, See More: There’s Something with POSTECH Cultural Program
  • Reporter Lee Suh-young
  • 승인 2012.11.07 12:27
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“It started like the foundation of POSTECH,” said Professor Jung Ki Kim of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. “In order to establish a world-class university, POSTECH handpicked each student and set the optimum level when it was founded. POSTECH reserved seats for students who had been already selected. We maintain the level of POSTECH Cultural Program in the same way. We picked the cream of the crop when the POSETCH Cultural Program started. Now, specialists in different fields offer and desire to be involved in the program. ”
The POSTECH Cultural Program hosted on every Thursday has now become an indispensable part of cultural life in POSTECH. It is not too much to say that it is the most effective thirst-quencher for many POSTECH members desiring cultural experience in Pohang.
The POSTECH Cultural Program was created to provide well-made cultural programs for POSTECH students and public volunteer services to the community. Also, it has been adopted as a course titled “Cultural Colloquium,” which Prof. Jung teaches.
The selection of the program is managed by its organization, which mostly consists of POSTECH professors interested in arts and humanities. There have been a couple so-called trends in selecting the program. When it first began, it emphasized performances. For the next few years, the programs were divided evenly between lectures and performances. Now, about sixty percent of the programs are lectures due to the increased lectures of Activity Based general education Curriculum (ABC) for freshmen year. 
Despite the worries about the location-based limitation, many lecturers and artists are willing to come to Pohang: they are proud of being on the stage at POSTECH. When it comes to performances, only the top 20% of distilled groups are on stage. “We tried to select specialists in fields as diverse as possible. Orchestral classical music, Korean traditional dance, modern dance, opera, and musical are among the various types of performances.”
Obviously, money issues cannot be neglected. Some commercial performance groups, such as Nanta, offered a relatively low price, considering the student-based audience and its educational purposes. For 50-60 member orchestral performances, such as Knua Wind Orchestra of the Korean National University of Arts on Apr. 12, upfront costs for accommodations, meals, and bus-rides were supported. Additionally, a donation-based membership system is operated to promote long-term developments and promote audience interest. .
“There is a famous saying in Korea, ‘learn more, see more.’ We want students cultivate the sense of arts and humanities and enjoy them,” said Prof. Kim. “Indeed, a more mature attitude is required especially for lectures. On the stage of the POSTECH Cultural Program, lecturers- mostly prominent figures and celebrities- feel, ‘I know I’m now the one asking questions to POSTECH students.”