President Yong Hoon Lee formally welcomed all newly admitted students at the 2021 UNIST Virtual Commencement ceremony, which took place via the YouTube channel of UNISTATION, a student club of UNIST on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
This year, 378 fresh students (363 students in Science & Engineering and 15 students in Business Administration) were officially welcomed to UNIST in the presence of their family and professors who celebrated this important milestone remotely.
In his welcome remarks, President Lee noted “You are the future leaders who will open up a better future of science and technology by growing into scientists who shape the future of AI, sustainability engineers that tackle climate change.”
Below is the complete matriculation address by President Yong Hoon Lee:
Dear UNIST Freshmen! admittance
Congratulations on your acceptance, and welcome to UNIST community. You are now proud UNISTars.
Please allow me to express my warm welcome to all of you on this auspicious occasion. Today, you embark on a new, exciting chapter of your life with the dream of growing into high-caliber talents in science and technology. Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far.
I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of your parents and family members who have supported you on your road to UNIST.
Dear UNIST Freshmen,
I am thrilled that we will have the opportunity to begin a new year of our academic lives together.
I am confident that you will deliver great hope to our society which awaits the birth of ‘BTS in Science and Technology’.
Today’s society, confronted with a paradigm shift, driven by digital transformation and sustainability, has an insatiable appetite for talented individuals in science and technology who will lead the future.
You are the future leaders who will open up a better future of science and technology by growing into scientists who shape the future of AI, sustainability engineers that tackle climate change.
Like BTS who are delivering a message of hope to the world through its music, I expect you to brighten the future and change the world through breakthrough research and innovative startup ideas.
Our Beloved Freshmen,
UNIST is the cradle of science and technology where you could grow into future leaders of tomorrow.
UNIST seeks to prepare students for our diverse and connected world by creating an inclusive education experience and a culture that encourages students to form study groups, in conjunction with ‘One-day Lecture Series.’ Students will thus be able to take expert lectures on the latest research topics they are interested in and form study groups to participate in various challenges.
I hope you embrace the vast array of experiences and educational opportunities, while challenging yourself on the global stage.
In addition, the doors to experience research and industrial sites via project-based curriculum, as well as educational opportunities for prospective entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own startups are widely open.
Every member of UNIST will do our best to support you, so that you can fully demonstrate your talent and creativity during your time at UNIST.
We hope that you will grow your potential infinitely in the best environment where you can learn cutting-edge technologies, start career as a researcher, and even grow into an entrepreneur.
On our campus, we have ‘Nine Bridges’ to celebrate and recognize the acccomplishments of those highly intelligent, hard-working UNISTars that are equal to that of Nobel Prize Winners.
We hope these bridges will soon be named after one of you.
Once again, we sincerely welcome and congratulate you on your admission.