Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), as well as 10 other Asia-based universities from six countries kicked off an inaugural forum of presidents of foreign language education insitutions at the Westin Chosun Seoul on March 9, 2016.
The Presidential Forum for Universities of Foreign Studies in Asia aims to exchange and develop know-hows to promote and develop foreign language education.
HUFS and its online sister Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as well as other South Korea-based Busan University of Foreign Studies, and Daegu University of Foreign Studies are included in the new Asian forum.
Other overseas partners are: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai International Studies University, University of the Humanities in Mongolia, University of Languages and International Studies-Vietnam National University, and Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.
Ambassadors from China, Japan, Mongolia, and Vietnam also participated the kick-off event and delivered congratulatory messages.
"As general universities also bolstered their international competitiveness, especially in the foreign language segment, those specializing in foreign languages are facing challenges," said HUFS President Kim In-chul. "We plan to foster regional experts by sending 10 students to 30 countries considered to be strategically important every year, totaling 300."
HUFS has been making efforts to foster experts in the global realm and communicate with the world through its so-called convergence academic programs. The launch of the latest forum will lend support to the university's vision to educate global human resources.
Based on the forum, the foreign-language universities will establish an intimate network, and share its experience and know-hows, eventually to upgrade the quality of language education in Asia, HUFS added.