History of SUN

2014
  • Nov. 4Symposium on Silk Road at the National Assembly of Republic of Korea
  • Nov. 28Established Organizing Committee for the inception of SUN
2015
  • Feb. 2MOU signed between Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) and the Provincial Government of Gyeongsangbuk-do for co-hosting the Inaugural General Assembly of SUN as part of Gyeongsangbuk- do’s Silk Road Festival 2015
  • Apr.-JunVisited prospective member universities in Mongolia, China, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan
  • Jul. 13-15First meeting of the International Organizing Preparatory Committee for Inaugural General Assembly of SUN at HUFS, Seoul Campus
  • Aug. 21-24Inaugural General Assembly at the city of Gyeongju, Korea
  • Oct. 21MOU signed among HUFS, the Provincial Government of Gyeongsangbuk-do and SUN regarding financial support for the activities and operations of SUN.

    Gyeongsangbuk-do Province as honorary Chair Institution and HUFS as Chair University of SUN promised US$250,000 and US$50,000 per year for five years, respectively
  • Dec. 31Obtained a legal entity in Korea
2016
  • Aug. 8-12The 2nd General Assembly of SUN at HUFS in Seoul and Tour of Andong, Korea
  • Apr. 14MOU signed between Korea Academy of Korean Studies (KAKS) and SUN for collaboration on academic affairs on Silk Road
  • Apr. 5-9Conducted field survey for the 3rd General Assembly at the city of Ho Chi Minh
  • Mar. 16-20Preparatory meeting between National University of Mongolia and Secretariat of SUN for establishing the Silk-road Digital Library
  • Jan.16 Designated Silk Road zone at Seoul campus of HUFS
  • Jan. 13 Opened official bank account of SUN
2017
  • Jan. 25-26Supported the conference on “Silk Road Transportations and Diplomacy” organized by Alameh Tabatabai University at Chabahaar in Iran
  • Apr. 1-Nov. 11The 2nd Photo Contest of SUN (PHOCOS 2017) and the 1st Writing Contest of SUN (WRICOS 2017)
  • June 19-22Launched a 5-year research project named “An International Joint Research for Having a Standard Map of Silk Road,” Almaty, Kazakhstan

    Jointly organized the conference on “The Spread of Iron Civilizations along the Silk Road and Methodologies for Mapping a Standard Map of Silk Road”, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • July 5-7Organized the conference on “Education of Silk Road at the Schools of Humanities and Liberal Arts in Universities along the Silk Road,” Seoul, Korea jointly with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and QS
  • Sept.17The 3rd Silkroadia Philharmonic Orchestra Concert, Seoul, Korea
  • Oct. 10Kick-off Ceremony for the Expedition of Maritime Silk Road by Ship, Seoul, Korea
  • Nov. 6 - Oct. 12Expedition of Maritime Silk Road by ship from Korea (Pohang) to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) through Manila (Philippine), Melaka (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Cambodia (Shianoukville).
  • Nov. 8-12Held the 3rd General Assembly of SUN, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam jointly with Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Nov. 10Held the Silk Road Student Festival, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Held the 3rd Annual International Conference of International Association for Silk Road Studies, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
2018
  • Mar. 8-10Sponsored the conference on "Silk Road Heritage and Diplomacy" co-organized by Allameh Tabatabai University and Chamron University at Ahvaz in Iran
  • Jun. 7Ceremony to dedicate the statue of Hippocrates to the Chair University of SUN which is Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea
  • Jul. 2-4Introduction of SUN to the Global Silk Road Cities Mayors' Forum at Astana in Kazakhstan The 4th General Assembly of SUN.
    Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, August 29 ~September 1, 2018
  • Aug. 16-18Introduction of SUN to the UNESCO Conference at Karakorum, Mongolia
  • Aug. 29-SepThe 4th General Assembly of SUN at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy with the events including:
    • UPSUN Workshop
    • Board of Directors Meeting
    • Workshop & General Assembly of USSUN
    • Exhibition of PHOCOS 2018 (Photo Contest of SUN)
    • Award Ceremony for PHOCOS 2018 and WRICOS 2018 (Writing Contest of SUN)
    • The function of USSN Secretariat is transferred to Allameh Tabatabai' University, Iran from SUN Secretariat for a trial period of one year until the end of 2019
  • Sep. 13-15The 4th Annual International Academic Conference and General Assembly of IASS at the city of Gyeongju, Korea
  • Nov. 19-2019-20 Introduction of SUN to UN [the 8th UNAOC (UN Alliance of Civilizations) Global Forum at UN Headquarter, New York, U.S.A.
  • Dec. 9-10The 2nd Workshop to draw a universal map of Silk Roads at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2019
  • Jan. 1  SUN was selected by IIE (International Institute of Education) as a case of a game-changer for the next millennium in global education and introduced as an article in the centennial issue of the IIENetworker Magazine
  • Jan. 1-Sep. 18  PHOCOS 2019 (The 4th International Photo Contest of SUN)
  • Jan. 1-Sep. 18  WRICOS 2019 (The 3rd International Writing Contest of SUN)
  • Apr. 30-May 2  Supporting an international conference on “People and the Environment along the Silk Roads” organized jointly by Allameh Tabata’i University and the University of Guilan at the Campus of University of Guilan, Iran
  • May 15-16  Introduction of SUN to the Asian Civilizations Dialogue Conference and Parallel Panel: “Safeguarding the Diversity of Asian Civilizations” organized by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China and UNESCO at Beijing, China
  • Sep. 18-21  The 5th General Assembly of SUN at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Sep. 26-28  The Annual International Academic Conference on “Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Languages, and Ideas” and the 5th General Assembly of IASS at Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow, Russia
  • Oct. 7-11  DECOS 2019 (The 1st International Debate Contest of SUN at University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Nov. 10-11  Supporting the International Symposium on “Silk Road: The Road of Peace and Development” organized by Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran
  • Dec. 11-13  Supporting the International Workshop for Drawing a Standard Universal Map of the Silk Roads held as celebrating the opening of the Silk Road Research Center at Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, Tashkent, Uzbekistan