On October 18th, a meeting between Sookmyung Women’s University and its students was held in Samsung Convention Center in Centennial Hall. The talk revolved around the rank SMU recently received on the 2013 JoongAng Daily University Evaluation and countermeasures. Compared to its rank of 22nd SMU in 2012, SMU sank rapidly to 31st in 2013. Each department director participated, and the meeting started with current statistical data on general plans to overcome the crisis. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions or offer suggestions. Yun Bobae, Division of Korean Language & Literature ’10, who attended the meeting, stated, "It is often said that the ranking received on the University Evaluation does not carry much weight, but what concerns students is the unwarrantable damage to SMU’s public image." Park Cheon-il, Chief of the External Relations Office said, “We are addressing weaknesses. This year, the fact that we had a presidential election just last year in 2012 highly affected results. We are planning a strategy to reach the rank around 15th later on.” Specific countermeasures to overcome SMU’s disappointing rank on the 2013 JoongAng Daily University Evaluation are currently being actively pursued by each department. Also, second symposium is scheduled to be held near the end of November.