Skip to main content

Seoul International Students Forum : Group D and its awesome idea

Since 2008, every year Seoul Global Center under umbrella of Seoul Metropolitan government organizes Seoul International Students Forum(SISF) for both foreigner and korean students who are enrolled in universities of Seoul! This give students a chance to commingle, share ideas and have fun all together! The sole purpose of SISF is to nurture hidden talents of students by giving them oppournity to work on policy proposal that should be unique and practical.

Having said that, it is not easy to do such activities specially if there are students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. SISF members came from more than 30 countries across Europe, Asia and America.

 SISF first general assembly meeting [24 June 2011] @ Human Resource Center

All the students were placed in 6 groups (A,B,C,D,E,F). I was placed in Group D (that is later given name Dolphins -:) )  Each group was given a task to come up with a a simple yet implementable policy proposal at the end of two months duration. Along with policy proposal, there were few trips and volunteer activities arranged for students to experience dynamic Korea and it's culture.

Group D members.  Group Leader : Brandon (Korea University)

It started very well in first general assembly with overnight stay at Seoul Human Resource Center. At that moment, every group had to present a perspective idea of their proposal. Our group came up with idea "Mapping Universities of Seoul" and got 2nd prize at end of day! The trips to various locations were organized every Tuesday. Every group was required to hold one group meeting every week, and convenient location was Seoul Global Center conference room ( free of cost :p). 

Group D with 2nd prize at SISF First General Assembly 

The regular weekly meetings were very intensive and productive. Students get opportunity to express their opinions and ideas. Our group came up with initial idea of mapping universities of Seoul. Initially, we planned to draw a customized map that target international students coming to Seoul every year (50,000 -60,000 students visit Seoul every year). However, the biggest concern was the cost factor. Printing out maps costs a lot of money. 

 Light mood during meeting session at Seoul Global Center Conference Room! 

Therefore, our group decided to use technology! We switched our project to 'making a smart phone application' for convenience of international students!  The smart phone app was given name 'Seoul's Mapedia" It is an iPhone/iPod and iPad application that contains information about campus maps, campus surrounding areas and transportation from airport to university etc. Customized Google Maps were created for each university! 

  iPhone Application Screen Shots! 

Our group worked with nice coordination, and finished the policy proposal on time. Sometimes it is very difficult to convince each and every person on the group to be on same page. Nevertheless, irrespective of differences in cultural backgrounds, we all did a fine job! The best outcome of working together in such environment was FRIENDLINESS! 

 Korea University : Taken after shooting UCC Video! 

Finally, the big day arrive and every group leader has to present policy proposal in front of Judges! The day was August 26th and location was Seoul City Hall building.Our group got 2nd/runner-up prize. We were just too short of grabbing first prize. The first prize went to policy proposal related to solving housing problem of international students in Seoul! Well that concludes my post! Thank!! 

Presenters from all groups lined up! (Brandon also won best leader award) 

 Group D a.k.a Dolphins!! 

SISF 2nd General Assembly and Certificate Distribution Ceremony! 


Popular posts from this blog

Classic Guest House - Premier and classy place to stay in Seoul

Classic Guest House is located near Chungmuro Station Line 4. Here is an introduction from their website on visit Korea
The Classic Guesthouse, located next to Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul, is surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout all four seasons.

The guesthouse provides comfort and convenience through high quality beds and European style interior design. The guesthouse is also easily accessible from Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 & 4, Exit 4; within 5 min on foot).

Nearby tourist attractions include Namsan Mountain, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun Market and Namdaemun Market, as well as places of scenic beauty like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. "
Location / How to get there:
Here is link on their website (Location)

Here is google map

Booking Method : Recently Seoul tourism organization has launched a website called B&B  (Bed and Breakfast) for guest house information and booking in Seoul.   There are severa…

Daejeon visit: A day away from Seoul and Suwon

Its hard to go out when rain is pouring down cats and dogs! Though Sunday is mostly the free day to visit places outside Seoul (if planned 1 day trip), yet it is tricky as next day is working day! 
It was my first experience to travel via KTx (Suwon to Daejeon Station).  It costs 10,000 - 11,000 KRW from Suwon to Daejon (KTx). and traveling time is 1 hour 10 minutes. It sounds funny that I missed Daejeon station and dropped out at next station :-)  Though I came back via next train for free but it was new experience for me! Adventurous!
  The first impression of Daejeon was good on me, because I saw flag of Pakistan outside Daejeon station among Korean war supporters! The second impression of Daejeon was " It is quiet and serene place"  Yes, indeed!

The first sightseeing in Daejoen was "Daejeon Steam"  It follows through the city and provides a good place for picnic and cycling!

After eating the delicious lunch, I headed for Daejeon Art Museum. The museum was surrou…