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  • Synn Ilhi
  • Office of the President, Keimyung University 1095 Dalgubeol-daero, Daegu, Korea 42601
  • Tel : 82-53-580-5000
  • Fax : 82-53-580-5005
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  • 1962B.S. with cum laude, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA
  • 1965DAAD Fellow, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 1966Ph.D. in German Literature, Princeton University, USA

Professional Experience

  • 1966-1971Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Queens College, City University of New York, USA
  • 1972-1974Associate Professor, Yonsei University, Korea
  • 1974-1978Professor, Keimyung University, Korea
  • 1978-1982President, Keimyung University
  • 1985Humboldt Research Professor, Regensburg University, Germany
  • 1988-2004President, Keimyung University
  • 2008-presentPresident, Keimyung University

Professional and Social Activities

  • 1980-1983Board Member, International Association of University Presidents
  • 1985-1995Executive Committee Member, International Association of German Language and Literature (IVG)
  • 1990President, Korean Association of German Language and Literature
  • 1993-presentBoard Chairman, Dongsan Research Foundation, Korea
  • 1995-1997, 2008-2010President, Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
  • 1996-2006, 2018-presentChairman, Board of Trustees, Keisung School Foundation
  • 1999-2001Presidential Commission for the New Millennium(appt. by President of Korea)
  • 1999-2005Honorary Consul of Sweden
  • 2001-2005Chairman, Habitat for Humanity, Daegu- Gyeongbuk Region
  • 2003Mayor, Athletes Village, 2003 Universiade, Korea
  • 2005-2012Honorary Consul of Poland
  • 2008-presentCo-Chairman (with Mayor of Daegu and Governor of Gyeongbuk), Daegu- Gyeongbuk International Exchange Association
  • 2011Mayor, Athletes Village, The IAAF World Athletics Championships, Korea, 2011
  • 2012-2017Member, the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Beijing
  • 2017-presentHonorary Member, the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Beijing
  • 2012-presentHonorary Consul General of Poland
  • 2015-presentCo-Chairman, the Daegu Festival Promotion Committee


  • 2000Commander’s Cross of Merit, Poland
  • 2001Named as one of “The 100 Notable Alumni of the Graduate School” of Princeton University
  • 2006Designation as “The Most Influential Citizen of Daegu Metropolitan City", Research by Daegu Daily Newspaper
  • 2007The May 16 National Award of Korea, Education Section
  • 2008The Gloria Artis Medal, Poland
  • 2011Cross of the Order of Merit, Germany
  • 2012Maengho Medal, Order of Sport Merit, Korea
  • 2016Cavaliere dell’Ordine del Merito, Italy
  • 2017Honorable Member of Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan

Honorary Professorships

  • Fudan University(China), University of Udmurt(Russia), Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Science(China), Beijing Language and Culture University(China), Tashkent State University of Economics(Uzbekistan), National Institute of Fine Art and Design named after Kamoliddin Bekhzod(Uzbekistan)

Honorary Doctorates

  • Trinity College (USA), DHL (1991); Long Island University (USA), LLD (1996); St. Petersburg State University (Russia), D.h.c (1996); National Taiwan Normal University, Ed.D(2000); Momoyama Gakuin University (Japan), D.h.c. (2002); University of the Rhukyus (Japan), D.Phil. (2004); Hiroshima Shudo University(Japan), D.Litt. (2017)
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Update date2019-12-05