In having the 90th anniversary in 2008, the UOS is taking a first step towards a successful 100th anniversary. `Vision 2018` that President Lee Sang-bum announced will be not our destination but a stepping stone towards making the school achieve a new goal. For the UOS` springtime which will be greeted in ten years time, university members including the president, students, professors, staff and graduates have to make efforts with a strong desire for development and innovation.
2008 is the 90th anniversary of the University of Seoul. President Lee Sang-bum announced `Vision 2018: Top Brand UOS` at a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary. This means the UOS will become the best university at home and abroad by 2018 which is the 100th anniversary of the school. The development goal is to be among the top five universities at home and to be a major player in the field of Urban Science which is a strong point of the UOS abroad. These visions and goals are dreams and challenges for the 100th anniversary.
These goals have to be addressed constantly not to just have them prove an interesting sound bite. The UOS needs more big changes and innovation to achieve `Vision 2018` and accomplish a successful 100th anniversary. The UOS has created its own culture and produced many people of distinguished talent for 90 years. Now the UOS has to make a progressive atmosphere based on its culture and cultivate many people of ability who will be the leaders of a new era. Also the UOS must show courage to get rid of the old and introduce the advanced if they need.
For a successful 100th anniversary, university members including the president, students, professors, staff and graduates have to make efforts with a strong desire of development. Because support and encouragement from within are the driving force behind development. Moreover the UOS needs the agreement and support of the Seoul Metropolitan Government because we are the one and only public university in Korea. So the UOS and the Seoul Metropolitan Government should recognize the necessity of being good partners for their mutual development and keep good relations. There are ten years left until the 100th anniversary. I hope that the efforts of the UOS will come to fruition.