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A UPEACE Campus in Seoul

Posted April. 10, 2007 07:36,   

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Starting next March, Yonsei University and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies will offer masters and doctorate courses in which professors selected by the UN give lectures to help students join and work for international organizations. This is likely to make it easier for Koreans to enter international organizations.

Yeo Hyun-deok, standing chairman of the committee to build an Asia Pacific campus of UPEACE, said yesterday, “We are planning to open the UPEACE Seoul office on the 12th in Mapo-gu, Seoul and sign an agreement to install ‘cooperation campuses’ at Yonsei University and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.”

Yeo also said, “The Seoul office will select the site and establish a foundation for a UPEACE Asia Pacific campus.”

UPEACE reviewed Japan and the Philippines in 2003 to open its campus in the Asia Pacific region. But selected Korea because the country’s location is easily accessible from both Japan and China and because the country’s local governments aggressively tried to attract the campus.

Seoul will be the third to attract a UPEACE office, after New York and Geneva. The first campus in the region, whose construction will start in March next year, will receive some 200 students for masters and doctorate courses from 2009.

All lectures will be delivered in English, and students at the cooperation campuses will study in Korea for one year before going to an overseas campus and an international organization for another year. The faculty will consist of Korean professors and professors and UN staff members who the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will dispatch.

A cooperation campus and Asia Pacific campus of UPEACE in Korea are expected to help Koreans enter international organizations.

Those who complete a UPEACE masters or doctorate course are effectively exempted from the first screening process in the admission process for international bodies, including the UN.

The UN limits the number of candidates from each country passing the screening process, based on the record of contribution payments from each country. But as those who studied at UPEACE do not have worry about the limitation, more Koreans are likely to join international bodies.

Those with a UPEACE degree are working for various international organizations, including International Court of Justice, European Free Trade Association, Freedom House and UNESCO. The school has a Korean student and two alumni.



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