Two external professors and representatives of Dongguk University gathered for the great debate.
/Photograph by Kim Ji-min
On September 22th at 5P.M., there was a great debate for the direct election system for the president, and democratic governance. The representative of the Council of Professors of Dongguk University, the president of the General Student Council, the policy director of the Student Council of Postgraduate, the representative of the Democratic Alumni Union, Professor Yoon Ji-gwan, the president of Korean University Studies Association, and Professor Kim Hyeon-cheol of Ewha Womans University joined the great debate. Five main agents gathered to discuss about the upcoming president’s election.
The great debate started off with Professor Yoon giving a speech about what it means to have the direct election system and how it should be managed. Professor Yoon stressed that democracy is the essential component for a university to have. He also pointed out that the board of directors of Dongguk University has a deformational structure. He said, “The organization of the board of directors seems as if it copied the system of the board of directors of the theological university.” He added, “Nine out of 12 directors are Buddhist monks.” He commented about the election system of the Dongguk University by saying that it will be conducive to change the election system to the direct election system.
After the Professor Yoon’s speech, Professor Kim Hyeon-cheol gave a presentation about what is so-called “the successful reform for the direct election system.” He first explained the progress and the end result. While explaining the progress, he pointed out that although the change for the direct election system might look the road to it was on a straight and level path towards the democracy, there were a lot of harsh arguments during the procedure. Lastly, he underlined that university should prepare communication line between the educational foundation and the main agents of the university autonomy.
With two external professors giving their own thoughts about the university governance, the main agents of the university autonomy, including professors, the president of the General Student Council, the policy director of the Student Council of Postgraduate, the representative of the labor union of school officials, and the alumnus gave short speeches according to their own perspective about the main topics of the great debate. All five representatives spoke that it is necessary to have an opportunity to cogitate on the problems of the university.
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