38 selected for ‘overseas studies scholarship students’ in commemoration of the 40th years since the founding of the Department of Saemaul and International Development
3 international students from Africa and Vietnam also selected for scholarships
Scholarships given every since 2006 to give 180 million won to a total of 184 students
[December 21, 2017]
<The YU Saemaul Scholarship Association held the 12th Scholarship Ceremony on the 20th>
The YU Saemaul Scholarship Association (Chairman Choi Wae-chul, Professor of the YU Department of Saemaul and International Development) held its 12th scholarship ceremony at the YU Cheonma Art Center on the 20th in commemoration of the 40th year anniversary of the department.
The scholarship provided by the YU Saemaul Scholarship Association gave a total of 40 million won by selecting ‘foreign studies scholarship students’ to fit the characteristics of the department that fosters experts to solve global issues in commemoration of the 40th year anniversary of the YU Department of Saemaul and International Development.
Students selected for scholarships will visit countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Japan, England, Germany and France to examine and research the development cooperation cases of international organizations as well as the policy cases for the development of emerging nations.
There were a total of 38 students selected for scholarships in 2017 from nine teams including the ‘Do You Love Saemaul’ team. The selected scholarship students included international students who came to study at the Department of Saemaul and International Development. Chimereze Eden Nwaogu (bottom photo – left), a sophomore who came to study at YU from Gabon, Africa and Le Ngoc Tram and Le Khanh Nhat who are juniors from Vietnam make up the three international students. The overseas studies scholarship students selected will write a report after completing their overseas studies and share their research results with each other.
Park Sae-woong, a sophomore in the School of Economics and Finance, who participated as an affiliate major to practice diligence, independence, cooperation and sharing, volunteering, and a creative spirit, was also selected for the scholarship.
The YU Saemaul Scholarship Association was founded by alumni who studied in the Department of Local Social Development of YU that was founded in 1976 to support their juniors in their studies. The Association was organized in 2003 through the efforts of Chairman Choi Wae-chul, who was the first student in this department, and other graduates. Scholarships are being given every year since 2006 and a total of 182 million won was provided as scholarships to 184 students up until this year.
At this ceremony, Chairman Choi Wae-chul said, “I am very happy that our association that aims at returning the scholarships that we received as students to other students is able to give scholarships for the 12th time, and I would like to thank everybody for their support.” He added, “It is now time to focus not only on the development of Korea, but also the international community who funded Korea with 12.77 billion dollars in the past. I hope that students of the Department of Saemaul and International Development will gain more capacities to become experts for solving common global issues to repay the international community, pioneer new paths for the future generation, encourage younger students, and contribute to social development.”
YU College of Political Science and Public Administration Dean Kim Jung-hoon, Gyeongbuk Sports Association for the Disabled Secretary-general Kim Jung-il (former Vice-mayor of Sangju), Daegu Women and Family Policy Officer Ha Young-sook, YU Saemaul Scholarship Association Secretary-general Lee Gyeong-seop, Palgong MNC CEO Kim Jing-young, Professors Kang Dong-pil, Lee Jung-joo and Lee Mi-sook, and other alumni currently working different parts of society attended the ceremony to encourage junior students.
Meanwhile, the YU Department of Saemaul and International Development graduated a total of 1,757 students up until now. The Saemaul Undong, which was registered as a world heritage by UNESCO, was organized as Saemaul studies and has been receiving attention as a department that fosters human resources who will address overcoming poverty and local development issues, who are joint challenges of the international community. In particular, the Department of Saemaul and International Development has been evaluated as a core department that exports Korea’s unique studies such as establishing the Department of Saemaul and Economic Development at Enderun University in the Philippines.