A Homegrown Yonsei Graduate Hired by a Prestigious University Overseas

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A Homegrown Yonsei Graduate Hired by a Prestigious University Overseas

A Yonsei graduate with no overseas educational experience starts his new life as a professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.


A Yonsei graduate with absolutely no overseas educational experience was hired as a professor by one of Scotland’s most prestigious universities. Donghyu Kim, who received his Ph. D. from our Graduate School of International Studies, began his new life on September 1st, 2017 as a professor at the University of Glasgow.

Kim, who will be teaching international business at the Adam Smith Business School, is a “purely homegrown Ph. D.” with absolutely no education abroad. He is, however, the product of a multidisciplinary education, having graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering before receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees from our Graduate School of International Studies.

Kim informed us that “I originally had a lot of interest in technology, but I wanted to broaden my vision and so became interested in international relations. This led me to ponder which fields might allow me to connect the two,” and continued, “In the future as well I plan to research the connections between things like technological development and human relationships, as well as those between corporate environment and government policy.”

Kim also relayed that, despite his lack of international education, he was completely confident that the education he received at Yonsei was more than sufficient to make him competitive on the international stage, as well as expressing his sincere gratitude to Professor Heejin Lee for recognizing and developing his potential. For his juniors at Yonsei, he offered the following: “Whatever the circumstances you are given, if you believe in yourself and work extremely hard, you will definitely succeed.”

Updated in Jan 2018