University 50 years – growth from humble beginnings celebrated
Sun Moon University, which had its humble beginnings in 1972, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 26th October 2022 in Asan, a city 87 km south of Seoul and with a population of 300,000.
With “Love Heaven, Love Humankind, Love Your Country” as its motto, the school started in 1972 as the Unification Theological Seminary. In 1994, the educational program was extended and the name changed to Sun Moon University, with the goal of educating students to become capable professionals, global citizens and people of character.
Mother Moon visited the university on the occasion of the 50th anniversary and was warmly welcomed by the president, staff and students.
Politicians from the South Korean National Assembly, city councilors and university presidents participated in the celebration.
Sun Moon President Seon-jo Hwang looked back on the university’s history and spoke of the school’s promising future: “We want to dedicate our next 50 years to developing Sun Moon as a specialized global university.”
He presented awards for loyal service to those who had worked at the university for 10, 20 and 30 years. In addition, eight families received a so-called “Proud Parents” award.
Mother Moon congratulated everyone on the anniversary and thanked everyone who had worked at the university since its inception. She ended her speech with the words:
“Then what must be done? We must make the truth known. It is my sincere hope that the sons and daughters of whom we are so proud, who attend Sun Moon University, will show this country and the world that this nation must become an exemplary central nation, which prioritizes being in the service of God to solve the problems we now face. Only then can there be hope for the future.
[…] The problems of peace and world order (chilso in Korean) and the problems of this country can only be solved through the philosophy of True Parents. This is the philosophy that will complete God‘s work of restoration.
Therefore, I ask you, the faculty, staff and students of Sun Moon University, that you all become central figures in searching for and finding ways in which the ideals of love for God, love for humankind, and love for one’s country can influence this country. and the world, so that you become bright lamps that illuminate this dark world.”
The anniversary rice cake was then cut together with Mother Moon. The Little Angels performed with a selection of songs, which they performed with harmony and elegance. Finally, together with professors, staff and student representatives, they sang the newly composed school song.
“Sun Moon University 50 Years” – text: Knut Holdhus, written based on a report on HJ Global News 29th October and on the website of the Family Federation of the USA.