Modified:May 24, 2016
Source: Office of International Exchange and Cooperation
Dae-Kyu Yoon, vice president of Kyungnam University in South Korea and director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, visited JNU on May 13 with Sang-Man Lee, dean of the institute’s office for Chinese affairs. Xia Quan, JNU’s deputypartysecretary, received the delegation.
The two parties shared their experiences on studies of the Belt and Road Initiative (the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road), a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government in 2013. They also discussed academic exchange and collaboration, communication between the two universities’ teachers and students,and joint organization of academic conferences, which started their further cooperation.
After introducing JNU's history, characteristics and international programs, Xia said that with the active Sino-Korean cooperation in culture, science and education, Korean and Chinese students make up the largest number of foreign students in each other’s countries. Korea is JNU’s fourth-largest source country, with 132 students. JNU's intent to establish close academic communication with Kyungnam University is expected to improve its discipline development and international level, and further advance cultural exchange and friendship between China and Korea.
Yoon gave a detailed introduction toKyungnam University, especially its Institute of Far Eastern Studies, the most authoritative research institute in South Korea on North-South Korean relations and unification of the Korean Peninsula. The institute acknowledged that the Belt and Road Initiativehas hada significant influence on Korean Peninsula affairs. Yoon expressed great interest in exchange of scholars and cooperation with JNU’s School of International Studies on relevant research projects of the Maritime Silk Road and the Marine Economic Belt.