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Student Body to have a Voice in Upcoming SNU Presidential Election

  • May 9, 2018
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Students at the presidential candidates’ speeches
Students at the presidential candidates’ speeches

For the first time in SNU history, the student body will have a say in the school’s presidential election, which will be held this year on May 10. The student body, comprising 16,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduates, will account for 9.5% of the voting process that will determine the recommendation for the appointment of the next SNU president.

Voting, which will take place online, will require students to rate each of the five candidates in three categories: policies for education and research, vision and leadership, and international perspectives.

The election process will take place in three parts: on May 3, the candidates presented their policies to the President Recommendation Committee, whose evaluation will weigh 25% in the determining the final ranking of the candidates. On May 10, a randomly selected group of 336 professors, 47 staff members, and 4 teaching staff from SNU affiliate institutions will attend the day-long Policy Evaluation Panel and evaluate the candidates. Combined with the results of the student vote, this Evaluation Panel will weigh 75% in determining the final ranking. On May 16, the SNU Board of Directors will select the 27th SNU president from among the top three candidates.

Addressing the students as a voting bloc for the first time, the candidates made the following pledges:

Kang Dae-hee (College of Medicine) proposed to expand student scholarships and double major opportunities as well as increase the number of shuttle buses and dormitories.

Nam Ick-Hyun (College of Business Administration) proposed more opportunities for overseas education programs, support for students residing in the Sillim area, and the improvement of on-campus transportation.

Lee Kunwoo (College of Engineering) proposed to introduce electric buses on campus, expand dormitories, offer more major courses during summer and winter semesters, and implement a shuttle bus from the Sadang area.

Lee Woo Il (College of Engineering) proposed to expand student housing, introduce a more flexible semester system, and ease the restrictions on the selection of double majors.

Jung Keun-sik (College of Social Sciences) proposed to expand scholarship opportunities and dormitories, and strengthen the role of the SNU Human Rights Center.

In order to vote, students must register at:

Written by Yu Young Jin, SNU English Editor
Reviewed by Professor Travis Lamar Smith, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations,

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