Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yonsei New Campus in Songdo, Incheon

Went to visit Yonsei's new campus in Songdo, Incheon last month. Songdo is targeted to be developed into a new city by the Korea government. There are many landmark high-rise buildings forming a future business hub and centre for higher educations. All reknown Korean Universities are having their new campus there forming Songdo Global University Campus. Yonsei is having its lifetime rival, Korea University nearby. So, it's going to be very interesting when it comes to the YonKo Festival annually.

Following are some info found in wikipedia:
New Songdo City is a planned international business center to be developed on 1,500 acres (6 km²) of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront, 40 miles (65 km) west of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 7.4 mile (12.3 km) highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone[1]. The Songdo International Business District (IBD) will include a convention center, international school, museum, ecotarium, cultural center, Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, Northeast Asia Trade Tower (NEATT), First World Towers, and Central Park. The Incheon Tower is part of another parcel within New Songdo City. State-of-the-art schools, hospitals, apartments, office buildings and high-end cultural amenities are to be built in the city. Architectural hallmarks from around the world, including New York's Central Park and Venice's canals, are to be incorporated into the city. English is planned to be the lingua franca. This 10-year development project is estimated to cost in excess of $40 billion, making it the largest private development project ever undertaken anywhere in the history of the world. The project aspires to make the city and South Korea the preeminent business hub of Asia.
When completed in 2015, the city's infrastructure will be a test bed for new technologies, and the city itself will exemplify a digital way of life. "It will be one of the world's first cities in which all information systems - residential, medical, business - are linked." [1]
Songdo IBD development is being undertaken by an international joint venture led by Gale International and POSCO. The masterplan was designed by the New York office of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Infrastructure development, labor, and funding are also being provided by the city of Incheon.

1 comment:

  1. Please do not overestimate the position of English.

    I live in London and if anyone says to me “everyone speaks English” my answer is “Listen and look around you”. If people in London do not speak English then the whole question of a global language is completely open.

    The promulgation of English as the world’s “lingua franca” is impractical and linguistically undemocratic. I say this as a native English speaker!

    Impractical because communication should be for all and not only for an educational or political elite. That is how English is used internationally at the moment.

    Undemocratic because minority languages are under attack worldwide due to the encroachment of majority ethnic languages. Even Mandarin Chinese is attempting to dominate as well. The long-term solution must be found and a non-national language, which places all ethnic languages on an equal footing is essential. As a native English speaker, my vote is for Esperanto :)

    Your readers may be interested in seeing
    A glimpse of the global language,Esperanto, can be seen at