VISIT OF AMBASSADOR OF KOREA INSPIRES BILATERAL COLLABORATION

YU JI-EUN SAID TO SEEK EXCHANGES WITH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIS COUNTRY. “THE UNIVERSIDAD DE TALCA IS LOOKING TOWARDS THE GREAT UNIVERSITY MODELS AND THAT’S WHAT KOREA IS TODAY,” SAID PRESIDENT ÁLVARO ROJAS.



April 8, 2016

The ambassador of Korea to Chile, Yu Ji-Eun, showed special interest in promoting greater links between the Universidad de Talca and higher education institutions of his country, as he visited the Talca Campus, an opportunity President Álvaro Rojas took to highlight the successful Korean model of education. In this regard, he said that the Universidad de Talca looks towards the great university models in the world.

After a visit to an exporting company in Talca, the ambassador of Korea went to our University where he was received by the President, by the Prorector, Pablo Villalobos, and by the Director of International Relations, Carolina Torres.

The diplomat toured the campus and stopped at the Pomes Center and at the Central Library, from where he walked to the auditorium of the Department of Economics and Business (FEN, in Spanish) to make a presentation about his country, in which he emphasized the vigorous economic development and relations with Chile.

 '”Chile and Korea have had very good relations since 1962 when diplomatic relations were established, and Chile is a country with which we signed the first Free Trade agreement. It is very important for Korea, and both governments are working together very closely”, declared the representative of the Asian nation.

On the possibility of extending the links between institutions of his country and the Universidad de Talca, the ambassador admitted that this is one of the purposes of his visit. “I wanted to personally see the Universidad de Talca and the possibilities of promoting friendship and exchange with Korean universities,” he said.

After his tour of the University, he said: “I'm very surprised, I loved the Campus, it has many very beautiful sculptures and it seems to me that the students are satisfied, I congratulate you”.

Collaboration

For his part, the president emphasized that the University has worked in collaboration with Korean universities for several years. “We already have four existing agreements, we have received delegations from Korea, there are academics who have worked there”, he said.

Álvaro Rojas explained that due to factors like the distance, it is not an easy relationship, but “they are highly demanding and complex universities, but naturally, the Universidad de Talca looks towards the great university models and Korea today is one of those.” He added that the special interest is related to the new Department of Education Sciences of our Academic Institution, given that the Korean model has drastically changed its quality indicators in only 30 years.

“Korea today is a leading country in the field of young people training, in pre-school, primary and secondary education. We're not going to copy the Korean model, but we're indeed going to draw some important lessons for our future development,” said the president.

On the current state of collaboration, he pointed out that there are four agreements with Korean universities, there have been visits from students —short stays— to know reports about the country, its economic and social structure. “There is also an ever-increasing demand from our students to explore Asian universities. Korea is a great trading partner with Chile, and can also be a good university partner of our country,” he said.

Commercial Exchange

It was precisely about the commercial exchange between both countries that the dean of the Department of Economics and Business talked about during the meeting with the ambassador and the delegation held at the auditorium of the Department, before a large number of academics and students.

Cerda noted that after the signing of the FTA, in 2003, the level of exports and imports between Chile and Korea has increased in a substantial way. In the trade balance, favorable to Chile, copper sales stand out, but also “many products from the Maule Region have benefited from the FTA, with an increase from 100 to 500 million dollars, which is very significant in some areas.” Among such products, he mentioned fruits and vegetable, and cellulose.

For his part, Yu Ji-Eun made a speech about the history of Korea and the model that allowed it to grow and, from being a very poor country, to achieve 13th place of the world economies and one of the largest exporters. He argued that this result has been possible thanks to the economic policy of the Korean government and the emphasis on education.



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