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by Vincentius Timothy, on 1 December 2016.
The image above is Gwangan Bridge near PKNU campus, shot during the cold of Winter night.
My Experience in Pursuing Master's Degree in PKNU, Part 1: Education and Dormitory
by Vincentius Timothy, on 1 December 2016
The image above is Gwangan Bridge near PKNU campus, shot during the cold of Winter night.
Hi, my name is Vincentius Timothy! I am a dual-degree master student, currently pursuing my master's degree both in Electrical Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, and Interdisciplinary Program in Information Systems, Pukyong National University, South Korea. I am enrolled in this program along with eight other Indonesian students: Gilang, Annisa, Ariana, SPL, Jemmy, Yogha, Rendra, and Candra. In this post, I am going to describe how living in South Korea feels like and what you can expect in South Korea, from my very own perspective. The rest of this post is divided as follows: (1) Education and (2) Dormitory. I plan to add more contents later: (3) Religious Places, (4) Culinary, (5) Shopping Places, and (6) Tourist Attraction Places. I also plan to add more photos later. Enjoy!
All Indonesian students enrolled in this dual-degree program has major in Interdisciplinary Program of Information Systems. There are four laboratories supporting our research:
LISIA (Laboratory of Information Security and Internet Applications), led by Professor Kyung-Hyune Rhee (이경현). Members of this lab include myself, Annisa, and Candra.
UPSIL (Urban IT Prevention and Spatial Information Laboratory), led by Professor Chang-Soo Kim (김창수). Members of this lab include Gilang and Ariana.
SEMI (Software Engineering and Multimedia Information System) laboratory, led by Professor Man-Gon Park (박만곤). Members of this lab include SPL and Yogha.
IMedia (Intelligent Media) laboratory, led by Professor Bong-Kee Sin (신봉기). Members of this lab include Jemmy and Rendra.
We have been studying and doing our research in PKNU for almost two semesters. Each semester, we can take up to 12 credits of courses. Usually, we have to take one general mandatory course for all Indonesian students and one other course taught by the professor of the laboratory in which we belong. For example, as my Professor is Professor Kyung-Hyune Rhee, I have to take his course. Other courses are optional.
The courses open for the first semester are as follows.
Business Process Reengineering, 3 credits, taught by Professor Man-Gon Park. This course was mandatory for all Indonesian students. This course discusses how to create a business model using WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) and IDEF0 (ICAM Definition for Function Modeling, where "ICAM" is an acronym for Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing), and to create a data model using DFD (Data Flow Diagram) and DD (Data Dictionary). Basically, we learn about functional decomposition and restructuration of our workflow in this course.
Advanced Computer Networks, 3 credits, taught by Professor Kyung-Hyune Rhee. This course was mandatory for all LISIA members. This course discusses the mechanism of networking in VANET (Vehicular Ad-how Networking) along with their security aspects, commonly used in vehicles including, but not limited to, cars.
Advanced Spatial Data Analysis, 3 credits, taught by Professor Chang-Soo Kim. This course was mandatory for all UPSIL members. I don't take this course, so I cannot tell much about this course; contact UPSIL members for more information.
Advanced Multimedia Engineering, 3 credits, taught by Dr. Myong-Hee Kim (김명희). This course was mandatory for all SEMI lab members. This course discusses how to create a good Android applications with the final project of creating an Android application in the end of the semester.
Advanced Information Theory, 3 credits, taught by Professor Bong-Kee Sin. This course was mandatory for all IMedia lab members. This course discusses principles of machine learning and its mathematical models. The topics discussed include review of linear algebra, review of probability distributions, Bayesian networks, expectation maximization algorithm, Markov chain, Markov chain Monte Carlo, hidden Markov models, and artificial neural networks including single-layer and multi-layer perceptron.
Basic Korean 1, 3 credits, taught by various lecturers. This course was optional for those interested in learning Korean language. Actually, this course was mandatory for all international students, but we don't necessarily have to take this course.
The courses open for the second semester are as follows.
Master's Thesis Research, 1 credit, taught by the professor of each laboratory. Since this is the last semester, this course was mandatory for all Indonesian students. This course expects us to present our thesis progress report to our laboratory professor and discuss the issues present in the thesis, but the exact execution differs from one laboratory to another. In LISIA, the thesis progress report and discussion are done in the format of biweekly laboratory seminar.
Advanced System Analysis and Design, 3 credits, taught by Dr. Myong-Hee Kim. This course was mandatory for all Indonesian students. This course discusses how to perform project management in software engineering and how to prepare PID (Project Initiation Document).
Advanced Stochastic Process, 3 credits, taught by Professor Kyung-Hyune Rhee. This course was mandatory for all LISIA members. This course introduce the concept of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) and how it can be applied in VANET.
Ubiquitous Computing, 3 credits, taught by Dr. Hyun-Suk Hwang (황현숙). This course was mandatory for all UPSIL members. This course discusses the concept of GIS (Geographical Information System) and its application in the ArcGIS software. Besides, this course also taught the Phyton programming language.
Safety Analysis for Information Systems, 3 credits, taught by Professor Man-Gon Park. This course was mandatory for all SEMI lab members.I don't take this course, so I cannot tell much about this course; contact SEMI lab members for more information.
Advanced Statistical Data Analysis, 3 credits, taught by Professor Bong-Kee Sin.This course discusses principles of machine learning and its mathematical models. The topics discussed include review of probability distributions, linear and polynomial regression, Bayesian linear regression, Gaussian and Dirichlet processes, Gaussian process regression, logistic regression, maximum likelihood estimation, maximum a posteriori estimation, and Bayesian learning and estimation.
Basic Korean 2, 3 credits, taught by various lecturers. This course was optional for those interested in learning Korean language. Actually, this course was mandatory for all international students, but we don't necessarily have to take this course.
For the first semester, I took the following courses:
Business Process Reengineering (3 credits)
Advanced Computer Networks (3 credits)
Advanced Information Theory (3 credits)
Basic Korean 1 (3 credits)
and for the second semester, I took the following courses:
Master's Thesis Research (1 credit)
Advanced System Analysis and Design (3 credits)
Advanced Stochastic Process (3 credits)
Advanced Statistical Data Analysis (3 credits)
The tuition fee for the first semester is KRW 2,792,500, while the tuition fee for the second semester is KRW 2,436,500. Fortunately, due to the dual-degree agreement, we only need to 50% in the beginning of the semester. Therefore, we pay KRW 1,396,250 for the first semester and KRW 1,218,250 for the second semester, leading to the total of KRW 2,614,500 for both semesters.
We were admitted in PKNU on 28 February 2016, and we are expected to graduate from PKNU on 24 February 2017. We performed our thesis defense on 18 November 2016, so we have nine months of research. Prior to the defense, master students have to pay KRW 100,000 and doctoral students have to pay KRW 300,000.
All Indonesian students enrolled in this dual-degree program are expected to live in the dormitory for the whole two semesters. The dormitory is a very good place to live since it accommodates all the things we need to live in Korea. The dormitory has several facilities such as:
Student's room (obviously);
Pantry for having breakfast, lunch, and dinner;
Water dispenser in odd floors;
Bicycle parking area;
An Automated Teller Machine of Suhyup Bank; and
Islamic prayer room, properly named "Al-Pukyong".
Bicycle Parking Area 1
Bicycle Parking Area 2
Two people live in each student's room; my roommate is Jemmy. Inside each room, you will find:
One air conditioner;
Two beds, each with two under-the-bed cupboards. No pillows, bedsheets, nor blankets;
Two tables, each with two drawers and above-the-table bookshelfs;
One room and water heater control;
One bathroom with cold and hot water control;
One door with wireless key mechanism; and
Plenty of electrical sockets.
Living here feels a lot like an elite boarding house with all of its facilities. Basically, living here costs KRW 6,000 a day without meals, and you can have meals served as a part of the payment. You have diverse options of payments:
Student's room + three meals a day including weekends;
Student's room + three meals a day excluding weekends;
Student's room + two meals a day: breakfast and lunch;
Student's room + two meals a day: breakfast and dinner; and
Student's room + two meals a day: lunch and dinner.
There is no options of renting the student's room only, unfortunately. Honestly, the difference of payment for each options do not differ that greatly, so I recommend ordering the first options. Besides, eating outside is just much, much more expensive than ordering meals in dormitory.
When I lived in the dormitory, here are the options that I chose:
Initial rental: Student's room only, for 4 days: KRW 24,000 (The dormitory had not actually open officially so we had to rent for four days without meals)
Spring dormitory: Student's room + three meals a day including weekends: KRW 1,344,850
Summer dormitory: Student's room + two meals a day: lunch and dinner: KRW 619,900 (This was obviously a mistake in my part. I should have chosen student's room + three meals a day including weekends.)
Extended summer dormitory: Student's room only, for 17 days: KRW 102,000 (This was a special case where the dormitory did not provide meals. It was difficult to manage the research time in laboratory and the time needed to prepare meals.)
Autumn dormitory: Student's room + three meals a day including weekends: KRW 1,312,820
In Ramadan, you could make a special permit to not order meals and had your money refunded! It was very fair. Besides, if you have something in your room broken, you can contact the dormitory officials to have that repaired as soon as possible. While you may need to readjust your tongue to be able to enjoy the food in dormitory, I think that living in dormitory was a very great experience while it lasted.
This post details the education and dormitory life while I took my master's degree education in Pukyong National University. In the future work, I will add more sections and photos in this post.