Discussions on national development plans of Rwanda through ‘Saemaul Undong’
Good reviews on local activities of African graduates from the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul
Agreed to discuss follow-up activities to MOU such as opening Saemaul Department at local universities in Rwanda
Rwandan Ambassador to Korea Yasmin Amri Sued visited YU on the 6th to discuss national development plans for Rwanda through the ‘Saemaul Undong’. The purpose is to transfer YU’s knowhow on plans to apply the Saemaul Undong to developing countries and to share the economic development experience of Korea through the Saemaul Undong.
Ambassador Yasmin, who made his first official visit to YU since being appointed as ambassador in October 2019, met with YU President Sur Gil-soo, Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul Dean Kim Gi-soo, and Global Saemaul Development Network (GSDN) Chairman and Professor of Saemaul and International Development Choi Wae-chul where he said, “I believe that Korea’s Saemaul Undong can contribute greatly to the development of Rwanda.” and added, “I hope our two institutes will maintain close cooperative relations for this in the future.”
YU also introduced success cases of African graduates of the Park Chung Hee School serving as public officials back in their home countries where they proposed various policies and pursued projects by applying the Saemaul Undong. Ambassador Yasmin said, “I hope that there will be more international students from Rwanda studying at the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul.” The Rwandan embassy in Korea will actively support the student selection process.”
Since 2012 when the YU Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul received its first new students, a total of 729 students from 68 countries enrolled, and up until now, 626 earned master’s degrees in Saemaul studies. Among them, 39 are from Rwanda, accounting for about 6% of the total. This is the highest number following Indonesia with 56 and the Philippines (39). This represents just how much interest Rwanda has on the Saemaul Undong.
Most of the international students at the Park Chung Hee School are professionals working for the government, financial institutes, press, and legal sector who came to YU to learn about the Saemaul Undong. That is why the Rwandan ambassador to Korea is so keenly interested in this. Back in April of 2018, the former Rwandan ambassador to Korea visited YU to give a special lecture to international students at the Park Chung Hee School. The new ambassador’s visit to YU is an extension of this, and there are growing anticipations of a Rwandan Saemaul Undong to occur.