Bang Si-hyuk receives honorary doctorate from Seoul National University

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HYBE founder Bang Si-hyuk delivers a speech at the Seoul National University award ceremony after receiving his honorary doctorate of commerce. [HYBE]

“Father of BTS” Bang Si-hyuk, 51, received an honorary doctorate of commerce from Seoul National University (SNU) on Thursday, according to HYBE.

As the first person in the field of pop culture to receive the honor, Choi Hae-cheon, SNU’s vice president for research affairs and graduate school dean, credited it during the inauguration ceremony. award to SNU in Gwanak District, south of Seoul, for broadcasting Korean. culture around the world and “exerting a good influence on all parts of the world” through cultural activities, going “beyond race and generation”.

Bang replied, “HYBE will continue to reflect on the convergence of technology and culture to shape the future of the music industry. As a businessman and entrepreneur, I will always stick to the fundamental principles of what a business should be and I will work with a sense of responsibility.”

The honorary degree is usually awarded to politicians, scholars and figures such as anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, late Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee and former secretary United Nations General Ban Ki-moon.

Bang is a lyricist, composer, and producer who founded HYBE in 2005. He currently serves as the entertainment company’s chairman and board of directors. She created the global phenomenon BTS in 2013.

Bang earned a bachelor’s degree in aesthetics from SNU in 1997.

BY LEE JIAN [lee.jian@joongang.co.kr]

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