Dear distinguished members of the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management,
First of all, I would like to greet members of the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management. Best wishes for a Happy New Year. I wish you health always, and fortune and happiness at home. I also look forward to a successful year in which everything I do I will do well.
I am the chairman of the traditional Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management, for which my duty will last the two years of 2019 and 2020. I will do my best to create a strong community that wants to participate and to join together while fulfilling its role as an academic organization. I would like to ask you to cooperate with many of your colleagues.
Since the foundation of the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management, many of our presidents have been dedicated to our efforts, and our members have actively participated in them. The previous presidents and advisory members have participated in the process, and the active members have also contributed greatly to the development of the Society.
Our annual events include several academic seminars, sponsored by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, along with BMW Academy Awards, participation in economics and business conferences, and various academic events including spring and winter conferences.
The "Dialogue with the CEO", launched in 2010, was a beneficial event that former presidents have developed well, but it was not held during the implementation of Kim Young-Ran law. However, we have decided to revive it and I will provide the details as soon as they become available.
We are planning to operate the current "Automobile Industry Committee" in a more systematic and robust manner. We will establish and operate the "Industrial Revolution 4.0 Committee", which was established at the General Assembly held on December 14, 2018. The first activity of the subcommittee was to initiate research on "Germany's Ausbildung and Arbeitsmarkt". We hope that many members will participate in this research activity.
We will establish a "Global CEO Award" and present the companies that have contributed to the development of the Korean economy and the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management.
Our society joined the Korean Chamber of Commerce in January 2019. In accordance with the regulations of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce, our society is an academic organization, so we have joined as an associate member, but we enjoy the benefits of active membership. Through this, we have created conditions to cooperate with more than 500 German companies that have entered the Korean society in many fields, including research, consulting, and student employment. We ask for your participation and cooperation.
Since 2003, the KDGW’s official journal, Gyengsangnonchong, has been adopted by the Korea Research Foundation as an "entry point" and has acted as a forum in which to present the results of our research. I would like to ask for your interest and contributions in order to contribute to the success of this journal as a landmark and to be the center of research on German business and economy.
In order to minimize the issuance of Gyengsangnonchong, however, we decided to digitalize the journal publication. The printed version will be reduced to a level that can be sent to authors as a reprint, and all members will be able to view it in electronic form.
In addition, in order to improve the quality of paper reviews submitted to Gyengsangnonchong, and to improve the quality of the paper itself, the "Paper Excellence Prize" was created. These developments were made possible thanks to the dedicated efforts of previous presidents, the active participation of members, and the continued support of partner organizations such as BMW Korea and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. I am deeply grateful to all of you again.
We will do our best to make conferences useful and meaningful for you. If you have any good ideas or suggestions, please feel free to tell me. Just point out what you need to improve and we will make it right.
I would like to extend my inaugural greetings for the health and happiness of all our members.
January 2, 2019 Sincerely, President Ko, Jong-Hwan
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