Alumnus Sang-Won Hahn, Korea





Name: Sang-Won Hahn

Duration of study in Bonn (from – to): From Mar. 1993 to Feb. 1995

Subjects of study: Political Science, Sociology & Modern History

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At the moment I am working as…
the Director-General at the Prime Minister’s Office, Republic of Korea.

After leaving Bonn I also did…
my job as the government officer and the research on the reunification of Germany at the WZB (Social Science Research Center) in Berlin for about 18 months.

Currently I live in…
Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea.

I moved here because…
it is my sweet home.

About my new home abroad I especially like…
spending time with my family and friends.

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At the University of Bonn I learned…
the creative way of thinking with global perspectives and open-mindedness.

My favorite Professor at the University of Bonn is...
Dr. Gerd Langguth.

My favorite class at the University of Bonn…
was “Bonner Foederalismus und Journalismus in Bundesstadt Bonn” with Dr. Hermut Herles

My favorite place at the University of Bonn…
is the Hauptgebaeude, the main building where most of my Political Science lectures took place.

My favorite dish in the cafeteria…
was the braised beef with cabbage (der Sauerbraten)

My best memory of my time at the University of Bonn…
was interning at the BpB(Bundeszentrale fuer politische Bildung) and the parliament(Deutscher Bundestag) in which I could see and taste the realities of German politics.

After graduation I actually wanted to…
to pursue a Ph.D.

Looking back on my college days I definitely would…
have gone out frequently with many more friends laying a basis for lifelong friendship.

I like Bonn because…
Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and the origin of ‘Bonner Democracy’, which paved a way for both economic development represented by the “Wirtschaftswunder” and democratization of the Federal Republic of Germany.

A good (work) day starts with…
inspirational thoughts/quotes such as ‘when today’s work is a pleasure, life is a joy’.

Success means…
creation of values that promote welfare and happiness of others.

Failure means…
an opportunity for preparation to step forward.

I deeply admire…
Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

My favorite quotation…
“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved” (Victor Hugo 1802-1885)

My philosophy of life is…
to have a positive attitude with a hopeful and passionate mind. (positive Ansicht, die Hoffnung, die Leidenschaft)

What I would like to tell current students of the University of Bonn:
While doing your best, please keep in mind that great works are born with smart targeting of ambitious goals and superb confidence in execution.

For the future my wish for the University of Bonn is…
To become the world’s leading institution in educating and empowering individuals committed to advancing the public interests.

What I would like to add…
I would like to organize the Bonner Alumni Association in Korea this year and participate in the 200th Anniversary celebration of the University of Bonn.






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