▲ Panels and presenters discussing seminar’s presentations
The 32nd Metropolitan Administration Seminar was held on May 30, 2018, at the International Conference Room of the Natural Science Building. This seminar was organized by the Department of Urban Administration and the participants engaged in a discussion on comparative strategies of urban administration in the metropolitan area.
The Seminar kicked off with an opening message from Yang Seung-woo, dean of the College of Urban Science, proceeded by the first presenter, Lee Dong-kwan, a professor at Yonsei University. He introduced disaster management in domestic and overseas cities. Randall S. Abate, who is a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, followed thereafter, presenting on American cities facing the problem of climate change and the adaptation mechanisms to counteract these problems. Hwang In-chang, a researcher at the Seoul Institute, delivered the urban issues, such as concentration, and environmental issues, and explained the Particulate Matter Management Policy for solving environmental problems in Seoul.
After the presentations, four professors in the University of Seoul (UOS) participated in discussions about these presentations and gave their opinions on strengthening Seoul’s environmental sustainability. Lee Tae-hwa, moderator and dean of the Department of Urban Administration, said; “Our department has discussed issues of urban administration for 32 years. These days, it is a key factor for urban governments to deal with urban environmental management and natural disaster management. So, in this seminar, our department and participants wanted to know these management methods by comparative study. We could examine current Seoul’s natural disasters and micro dust policies in a seminar. Also, we could compare drawbacks and strengths of these topics by comparing the United States and Korea.”