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Transforming Decisions On GUGC To Results In Movements Towards A Larger World

Transforming decisions on GUGC to results in movements towards a larger world


Transforming decisions on GUGC
to results in movements
towards a larger world

We are faced with countless decisive moments in our lives.
The moment of a decision that remains favorable over time bears the fruit of sparkling moments presently experienced. Beginning with his entrance into university four years ago — which shall never be bemoaned — KIM Pyeong Eun a student at GUGC, shares his story as he advances into the wider world through his decisive approach to every moment.

What was your motivation for applying to GUGC? As you near your graduation, do you think your decision to apply to GUGC was the right one?

Even before entering GUGC, I was interested in Biology. This was the most important motivation behind my applying to GUGC. In addition, I was fascinated and felt privileged by the notion of receiving a European-style education right here in Korea and taking lectures with professors from one of the world’s leading universities. During my studies, I was able to see myself develop and grow remarkably through GUGC’s undergraduate program, which was carefully and systematically planned out to foster world-class Biotechnology students. In particular, my four years at GUGC have been enjoyable and informative, thanks largely to the professors who passionately put forth their knowledge and offer open-minded attitudes to students.

What major subjects do you think were most important during your time at GUGC, and what were the most interesting aspects of these?

The major subjects are divided into five large categories: Biology, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Chemistry makes up the greatest portion. Each semester, with experiments and different topics, students build up a wealth of accurate in-depth knowledge.
As artificial intelligence becomes the foundation for all industries in today’s society, the ability of students majoring in Biotechnology to understand and utilize programming has become increasingly important. GUGC’s undergraduate program is designed to solidify programming skills from the basics to advanced levels over successive semesters.
For me, these experiences have been very appealing and have taken on a meaningful influence on my future. As I became interested in applying artificial intelligence to Biotechnology research, I decided to pursue a field that allows for various research activities between Computer Science and Biotechnology when deciding on my master’s program.

What are your current research assignments at University College London (UCL), and what motivated you to apply to UCL?

The program I was admitted to was MSc. Cancer. I became interested in cancer treatment through the cancer-related lectures I attended in Belgium during the first semester of my senior year. I chose UCL (University College London) among the many prestigious international master’s programs on offer because the UCL Cancer Institute operates a world-class Bioinformatics Center, which will allow me to deepen my research into the convergence of Biotechnology and artificial intelligence. I was fascinated by the fact that cancer cells can be understood and analyzed using Computational Biology. What’s more, I can encounter various subjects in addition to my major.

Cancer MSc, UCL Cancer Institute
Full scholarship

Do you have any advice for students who are uncertain about their own methods of studying and their future course of study?

I never delayed in seeking out clarification for anything I encountered during my classes and always jumped at the opportunity to ask a question. The professors enthusiastically answered my questions and, thanks to their efforts, I achieved positive results. I advise others to wait to make a decision on their graduate programs for further study until after completing at least the first semester of their senior year. As you acquire academic depth, you may change your views on your studies and your career. I also changed my focus toward Genetics after getting into the advanced course at the Belgium home campus. Afterwards, I extended my interest into artificial intelligence and Computer Science to go beyond Genetics through the thesis process. Therefore, I encourage others to resist the feeling of being rushed into making a decision, and I hope that this will help set the proper course after enhancing the depth of study to the fullest.

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