On behalf of SUN (Silk-Road Universities Network) I would like to extend my gratitude to all visitors to the website of SUN.
Our organization was launched in 2015 with an intention to transforming the Silk Roads to peace roads toward co-existence and co-prosperity among civilizations with combined efforts by intellectuals and universities all over the world.
All activities of SUN are based upon the following epistemology.
As the cradle of civilizations, the Silk Roads are a treasury box filled with ample evidence for why we can take pride in ourselves as human-beings.
The long world history of the Silk Roads provides us with an obvious and quite precious lesson that the Silk Road regions can be happy if, and only if, individual differences are respected as the reason for celebration rather than segregation, exploitation, or domination.
Indeed, when one nation or one culture tried to dominate the Silk Road area – we may call this diverse forms of
imperialism: political, economic, cultural, and religious imperialism, happiness for the most had to stop and tragedies for the most began. Unfortunately, however, it is along the Silk Roads that we can witness nowadays such forms of imperialism to an extreme degree as resorting to wars to get what a nation want to get, killing innocent people just because they believe in different gods, destroying ancient heritages just for political and cultural arrogance, and reckless development of invaluable archeological sites for economic gain.
Defining these trends as shameful evidence that we are still living in the age of savageness sustained by the primitiveness of human beings and believing intellectuals like us as the most legitimate and effective rescuer of human dignity against these shames of modern civilizations, SUN was established as a combined intellectual force to work together for this cause using university’s own privilege: transforming mindset of next generations through rigorous research and thoughtful teaching.
SUN’s activities are composed mainly of two types activities: academic and cultural. Cultural activities are mostly for students of member universities. They include PHOCOS (Photo Contest of SUN), WRICOS (Writing Contest of SUN), An annual concert by SPO (Silkroadia Phil Harmonic Orchestra), and SRFF (Silk Road Film Festival). It is academic activities that SUN provides for scholars.
SUN’s academic activities are composed of three types. First, through the Annual International Conference held by IASS, SUN has provided them with stable opportunities to communicate research findings, innovative ideas and interesting ways of interpretations with others and to find and share research opportunities. Second, SUN has supported academic conferences held by member institutions administratively as well as financially. Third, SUN launched a research project which has been being carried out jointly by academic experts coming from diverse member institutions.
An example of this is a five-year international joint research project to draw a universal map of Silk Roads. The ontology of all these activities of SUN, academic as well as cultural, is quite simple and straightforward. They aim at inspiring people so that they can understand the beauty of cultural diversities in harmony along the Silk Roads and take pride in the value of Silk Roads and the spirit of ancient Silk Roads as a basic principle for world peace and co-prosperity among human beings.
This website includes diverse information regarding these activities of SUN. It is my sincere hope you can enjoy your surfing this website so that you can share our philosophy and spirit to make the Silk Roads peace roads.
It is my pleasant duty as Secretary General of SUN to serve you so that all of you can enjoy the beauty of civilizational diversities flowering in harmony along the Silk Roads. I am ready to sincerely hear your comments and feedback regarding SUN.
December 28, 2018
Sungdon Hwang, Ph.D.
Secretary General of the Silk-Road Universities Network (SUN)
& Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea