$25 million gift from James Joo-Jin Kim to support Korean studies, neurovascular surgery and the Wharton School
On February 17, the University of Pennsylvania announced a $25 million donation from James Joo-Jin Kim, W’59, G’61, GR’63, and Agnes Kim, and the James and Agnes Kim Family Foundation, supporting a series of initiatives at Penn. Most of the multi-faceted engagement will create the James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies at Penn Arts & Sciences.
The gift also establishes the Kim Family Neurovascular Surgery Program at Penn Medicine and the Kim Korean Studies Fund at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies, with additional support for the Dean’s Discretionary Fund at the Wharton School. .
“James Joo-Jin Kim is a staunch friend of Penn and a true University citizen,” said Penn Acting President Wendell Pritchett. “I am delighted to thank the Kim family for this momentous commitment, which exemplifies Jim’s legacy as an unparalleled champion of Korean Studies at Penn while providing crucial support to The Wharton School and helping to create a curriculum for leader in the vital medical field of neurovascular surgery. .”
“It is with great pride that our family presents this gift to the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine,” said Kim. “As a young immigrant arriving in the United States from Korea, the University provided me with a world-class education while instilling in me an unwavering work ethic. The knowledge and character I acquired at Penn helped pave the way for my success, and I hope this gift will help pave that way for others.
James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies
Building on his longtime support, James Joo-Jin Kim endowed the James Joo-Jin Kim Korean Studies Program at Penn Arts & Sciences in 2011, making Penn the No. 1 university offering Korean studies programs. . This new commitment will establish an academic center that will provide long-term support for academic and community activities.
“The newly established James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies will advance the study of Korea and its growing role in the world, elevate Korean Studies at Penn, and cement its importance to our academic peers and in the community. community at large,” Steven said. J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Professor Jr. future, expanding opportunities for students interested in studying Korea and making meaningful contributions to the field in perpetuity.
“The popularity of Korean music, movies and TV shows has sparked global interest in Korean culture and society, providing a unique opportunity to advance transformative Korean studies,” said Hyunjoon Park, professor of sociology at the Korean Foundation and director of the James Joo-Jin. Kim Program in Korean Studies. “The establishment of the Kim Center will amplify interdisciplinary teaching and research that integrates social science and humanistic approaches and embraces comparative perspectives that connect Korea with broad global communities to address global challenges such as inequality, climate change, migrations and pandemics.”
In addition to expanding the Center’s existing physical space on campus, the Kim family’s donation will endow a professorship, launch a world conference on Korea, create scholarship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. cycle and to sponsor a global forum that will connect Kim Center scholars with Korean. graduates and parents.
“We will devote considerable energy and concerted effort to working with local communities in Philadelphia. A new project, “Koreans in Philadelphia,” will involve research and cultural events to highlight the heritage and achievements of the Korean-American community in the region,” Park said. “We also hope to work closely with local K-12 public schools to develop curricula and cultural awareness about contemporary and historical Korea. We are excited about all of the great opportunities that arise through the Kim family. »
“Continued investment in the field of Korean Studies through the establishment of the Kim Center, in conjunction with programs at the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School, is essential to strengthening the relevance of Korean Studies in college and beyond. “, Mr. Kim said. , “We look forward to the positive impact the Kim Center will have both on and off campus.”
The Kim Family Neurovascular Surgery Program at Penn Medicine
The Kim family’s donation will also launch the Kim family’s neurovascular surgery program at Penn Medicine. This funding will enable the Department of Neurosurgery to establish a comprehensive platform for the development of new technologies for the treatment of neurovascular disorders, including strokes, cerebral hemorrhages, aneurysms and cerebrovascular malformations, from initial conception to translation in patient care. The program will ultimately improve the lives of patients with these life-changing medical conditions.
“We are extremely fortunate to have visionary donors like James Joo-Jin Kim and his family, and the establishment of the Kim Family Neurovascular Surgery Program is a powerful demonstration of their commitment to advancing healthcare,” said said J. Larry Jameson, Vice Director. Chairman of the University of Pennsylvania for Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “Under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Yoshor and the department’s stellar faculty, the Kim family program promises to establish Penn Medicine as a national destination for neurovascular treatment.”
The Kim family’s program will include a Neurovascular Innovation Lab that will develop new technologies to treat disorders involving the brain’s blood vessels, as well as approaches to preserve or restore neurological function lost after stroke or brain hemorrhage. Designed to leverage Penn’s expertise in neuroscience, engineering, robotics, nanotechnology, and cell and molecular biology, the program will fund research with the goal of preventing or mitigating the consequences of neurovascular disorders and improving the quality of patient life. Additionally, this donation will secure an endowed faculty position in Cerebrovascular Surgery, ensuring that Penn Medicine can recruit and retain top talent and expand its healthcare impact regionally, nationally and globally.
“I am very grateful to Jim, Agnes and Susan Kim for their vision and generosity,” said Daniel Yoshor, Charles Harrison Frazier Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Perelman School of Medicine. “The Kim family’s new neurovascular surgery program will allow us to build on Penn’s existing strengths and create much-needed improvements in patient outcomes. The Kims truly understand the great power technology has to improve people’s lives, and I’m proud to have them as trusted partners and advisors.
“We are thrilled that our gift to Penn Medicine’s Neurovascular Surgery Program will allow Penn Medicine to continue to make technological and medical advances that will improve the quality of life for patients,” said Kim. “The creation of the Chair of Cerebrovascular Surgery will attract top talent, thereby strengthening this program. We look forward to all the innovative changes to come. »
The Kim Korean Studies Fund at the Lauder Institute
Another portion of this gift will help establish the Kim Korean Studies Fund at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies. The Lauder Institute’s innovative joint MBA/MA degree program combines a top-notch business curriculum with cross-cultural leadership skills, interdisciplinary coursework, language study, and research.
The Kim Korean Studies Fund enables Lauder to support a growing number of students who wish to participate in three distinct immersion programs: the Korean Language and Culture Track, the East Asia Regional Immersion, and the Global Knowledge Lab.
“Students develop a global mindset through Lauder’s innovative curriculum and will do even more through the generous gift of the Kim family,” said Martine Haas, Anthony L. Davis, Lauder Institute Director and Chair Professor Lauder at the Wharton School. “We are extremely grateful to have resources for immersing yourself in Korean language, culture, history, economics, and politics at the Philadelphia campus, as well as through our unique immersive experiences in Seoul and the East Asia region, which allow Lauder students to gain a better understanding of Korea’s importance in East Asia and the world.
Wharton Dean Discretionary Fund
Finally, Mr. Kim’s commitment will support the Wharton Dean’s Discretionary Fund, providing crucial resources that Erika James, Dean of the Wharton School, can use to explore new opportunities to improve academic and extracurricular programming and respond to emerging needs or challenges.
“Jim embodies leadership and service, and his contributions to his alma mater left a lasting impression on the Penn campus,” said Dean Erika James. “His new gift of discretionary resources is an extension of his confidence in the school today and his investment in Wharton’s future, which allows the school to remain forward-thinking and evolve to meet the needs students and prepare them to succeed in a rapidly changing global business environment. I am truly grateful for Jim’s generosity, which continues his long tradition of support, and his shared belief in our mission and vision of the future.
James Joo-Jin Kim is Executive Chairman of Amkor Technology, one of the world’s largest semiconductor packaging, design and test outsourced service providers (OSAT). Mr. Kim graduated from The Wharton School with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1959, earning a master’s degree in economics from Penn Arts & Sciences in 1961. He is a trustee emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Lauder Institute Board of Governors, and a former member of the Penn Arts & Sciences Advisory Board and the Wharton Executive Board for Asia. In addition to supporting the leadership of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, his past philanthropy at Penn includes the James Joo-Jin Kim Professorship in Economics at Penn Arts & Sciences, the James Joo-Jin Kim Professorship at the Wharton School , and continued support for the Penn Fund and the Wharton Fund.