Daniel Chan’s after graduation story

My name is Daniel, I graduated from Myongji University Baduk Studies Department in 2013. After graduation I went back to Singapore and work as the Executive Manager in Singapore Weiqi Association for 1.5 years. I then set up a Go school, The GO Academy with Mr Kang Zhan Bin 6p in November 2014 where our opening ceremony was graced by the Minister of Education. Currently we have more than 200 students and we started our second centre in June 2015. Since the opening of our school, we have organized 2 regional championships and the National Primary School Go Championship which attracted more than 400 participants.  Our school has also created the first infographic poster on Go and it was shared more than 150 times on Facebook. (Daniel Chan)

For more information check Daniel Chan’s website: http://thegoacademy.com.sg/

Baduk Studies at Graduate School with Korean Government Scholarhip

kgspHow about applying for the Korean Government Scholarship Program and study Baduk at Myongji University in Korea? Master and Ph.D. course are available. (For the Bachelor course apply 6 months later.)

If you will be granted the Korean government scholarship, you won’t have to pay any tuition or entrance fee, and you will enjoy additional benefits such as airfare ticket, a settlement allowance, a monthly allowance, a research allowance. You can apply via embassy OR University (applying both will disqualify you).

How to apply via Myongji University:
1. Period: Feb. 2, 2016 ~ Mar. 15, 2016
2. Contact: Phone. +82-31-330-6734 / e-mail. gsadmin@mju.ac.kr
Office of Graduate School, Ms. Hyunjin Kim

Check out which countries are eligible and whether you meet the requirements in the guideline.

KABA, KBA and Myongji University Sign MOA

The Korean Amateur Baduk Association and the Korea Baduk Association signed an agreement with Myongji University on “Baduk education and promotion“.

1454547020811_imgIn 1998, Myongji University had signed an agreement on “joint research on Baduk culture” exchanging relevant information and joint research for developing Baduk culture as well as conducting business and hosting events together. The Korea Baduk Association and Myongji University agreed to cooperate together on mutual understanding and trust in terms of Baduk education and promotion to develop the Baduk culture.

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My Baduk’s Life at the Dept. of Baduk Studies, Myongji University in Korea

As it is widely known, Go is called Weiqi in China while it is called Baduk in Korea. Myongji University in Korea is the first university that has opened the department of Go Studies. I am an amateur go player and have played go for more than 25 years. Since 1994 when I was graduated from teachers’ college, I have started business related with Go education in my home country, Rizhao in China. One day, I saw the Korean TV series named MisaengIt helped me to have my final decision to fly to Korea for getting my Ph.D. of Go Studies.

When I was at the desk of Korea Embassy in Beijing for getting visa, I was asked why I chose to go to Korea not toAmerica. My answer to him was that it is because I want to earn my Ph.D. major of Go in Myongji University of Korea and it is the only place in the world where I can learn about Go as a major.

I know little about Korean language and I worried about my age. I kept asking myself, is 46 too late for me to starta new thing? When I was so worried about my age, I met Daniela Trinks who is from Germany. She had started her bachelor degree for Go studies in 2008 and finished her Ph.D. course for Go studies in August 2014 at Myongji University. Now she has become an associate professor at the Dept. of Buduk Studies in Myongji University for this year. Her eightyears of studying really encouraged me. Also, I found out that Go has gained more interests from both the Asian and the Western people.

Ms. Trinks showed me the new building, the newly built offices, and the new classrooms of Baduk studies wherestudents and faculty members have just moved in. Meanwhile, Prof. Jeong Soo-hyun, the founder of the Dept. of Baduk Studies and his graduate students focus on a project called the Baduk & Psychology. Three questions have aroused fromhis project. 1) Why do Go become attractive to many audience through TV shows or movies? 2) Compared with the rule of baduk which is so simple, why does the game be complicated and have charming characteristic? 3) Why do professional players cannot avoid such foolish mistakes on the game board? Is there any unknown reasons? Concerning these issues, his teaching method is experimental and practical for me. My classmates and any other professional people have becomevery interested in this study. My Baduk’s life have started from here and just like what Dean Prof. Nam described under her course named Player Criticism, life is full of challenges but it is pretty enjoyable and fruitful when I am with Baduk.

Sun Daechang, Ph.D. student