■ HUFS Signed an MOU with ICHCAP
HUFS signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region the under auspices of UNESCO(ICHCAP, Director-General Keum Gi hyung) on June 14, 2019, to promote ICH safeguarding in the Asia-Pacific region and to foster young global leaders. Based on the expertise of two organizations, HUFS and ICHCAP agreed to cooperation in various areas.
Under the MOU, HUFS and ICHCAP will develop educational materials for regional and cultural studies using audiovisual ICH content.
■ HUFS Signed an MOU with Damoonwha TV, and bbb Korea
HUFS signed a memorandum of understanding with Damoonwha TV(Cross-cultural TV, President Jang Young-seon), and bbb Korea(Chairman Kim In-chul) on June 14, 2019.
Stressing the significance of the MOU, HUFS President Kim In-chul stated in his remarks, “I have high expectations for collaboration among our three organizations; Damoonwha TV, a non-profit broadcasting station that reaches three million people from multi-cultural families, bbb Korea, an organization that provides free consecutive interpretation services through 4,500 volunteers in 20 languages, and HUFS with its expertise in area studies and languages.”
■ HUFS Department of Arabic Signed an MOU with the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah
HUFS Department of Arabic held a signing ceremony to conclude a memorandum of cooperation with the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah to promote and continue mutual cooperation for Arabic education of non-Arabic speakers on May 1, 2019. The ceremony was joined by Dr. Mhamed Safi al-Mustaghanimi, the President of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, Dr. Abdul Sahib Mehdi Ali, the Dean of the Humanities College at Sharjah University, and Mr. Majid al-Houli, the Dean of International Development of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah. After the signing ceremony, Dr. Mhamed Safi al-Mustanghanimi, the president of the Academy gave a lecture about effective Arabic learning and education to the students of the Department of Arabic and the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, which was followed by questions and answers with the students. The HUFS Department of Arabic and the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah will be engaged in academic exchanges based on the memorandum of cooperation.
■ Silpakorn University of Thailand Visited the Seoul Campus HUFS-Community Service Center
Vice President Kanit Kheovichai and his delegation from the Graduate School of Education of Silpakorn University, Thailand visited the Seoul Campus HUFS-Community Service Center on April 26, 2019.
After a brief overview of HUFS and the Department of Thai on the Seoul Campus by Department Head Shin Geun-hye of the Department of Thai on the Seoul Campus, the HUFS Community Service Center and Community Service Program was introduced to master’s and doctoral course students of Silpakorn University upon the request of the university at the international conference hall of the Seoul Campus Minerva Complex.
Vice President Kanit Kheovichai said, “HUFS and Silpakorn University have maintained a close relationship. Today’s visit has provided us with know-how regarding the HUFS-Community Service Center.”
In response to this, Dean Kim Bong-cheol of Student Affairs and Human Resource Development noted, “HUFS-Community Service Center is running various programs to highlight HUFS’ globalized capabilities and will continue to develop community service programs at home and abroad.”
After the visit to the Community Service Center, the delegation met with the students of the Division of International Studies, and at the meeting, an introduction to the Division’s Undergraduates Mentoring Club project was made.
■ HK+ Project Team of the Institute of Indian Studies Signed an MOU with the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea
The Humanities Korea Project Team of the HUFS Institute of Indian Studies(Director Kim Chan-wan, Professor of Indian and ASEAN Studies at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea(ICCK, Chairman Vasudev Tumbe) on April 17, 2019.
Under the MOU, the two organizations will jointly develop academic research programs and organize seminars and special lectures on the Indian economy and business issues together. The ICCK, in order to promote interactions between the two organizations, agreed to develop an internship program for HUFS students in the field of Indian studies.
Chairman Vasudev Tumbe reiterated his expectations, saying “The ICCK has dedicated itself to spreading knowledge about India in Korea. I am convinced that the MOU with the Institute of Indian Studies - one of the foremost research institutes on Indian studies, will help us achieve that goal.”
■ Seoul Yunus Emre Institute Held a Kick-Off Ceremony at HUFS
- Turkish Council for the promotion of Turkish culture and arts launched at HUFS
Seoul Yunus Emre Institute held a kick-off ceremony and dinner reception at HUFS Seoul Campus on April 12, 2019.
Yunus Emre Institute was created by the Turkish government in 2009 under the auspices of the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Institute now has 58 chapters in 48 countries around the globe, running a wide range of programs for cultural exchanges and the promotion of the Turkish language. Seoul Yunus Emre Institute opened on March 1, 2019, and is expected to take cultural exchanges between Korea and Turkey to the next level. Seoul Yunus Emre Institute is the second Yunus Emre Institute in East Asia after Japan while a chapter in Beijing, China is currently in the process of being opened.
The ceremony was attended by Director Oh Chong-jin, Department Head of Turkish and Azerbaijani, Deputy Director Zhan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Korea H.E. Ersin Erçin, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Korea Mehmet Gurulkan, HUFS President Kim In-chul, and HUFS deans and staff. Director Oh Chong-jin congratulated Seoul Yunus Emre Institute on the establishment of the official Turkish Council and promised to make concerted efforts to serve as a bridge between Turkey and Korea, two countries with a long history of close ties.
■ HUFS Signed an MOU with the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China to Establish a Pilot Confucius Institute
HUFS concluded an memorandum of understanding with the Confucius Institute Headquarters, in Beijing, China(National Hanban) on April 10, 2019. HUFS President Kim In-chul and Deputy Director Miao Chumnei signed an agreement to designate the Confucius Institute at HUFS(CIHUFS) a model Confucius Institute.
The Confucius Institute Headquarters confirmed that it will not spare any support for the smooth operation of the model institute. President Peng Long and the staff of the Beijing Foreign Studies University - a partner institution of the Confucius Institute, welcomed the Korean team and discussed ways to develop the Confucius Institute project further.
CIHUFS, as a model Confucius Institute, will expand the scope of its activities to include academic research and cultural exchanges in addition to existing Chinese language education courses.
CIHUFS was made the only model Confucius Institute among 23 Confucius Institutes in Korea.
■ HUFS Signed an MOU with Vrije Universiteit Brussel
HUFS concluded an agreement with Vrije Universiteit Brussel on research cooperation, and agreed to an exchange of students and staff at Seoul Grand Hyatt Hotel on March 27, 2019.
The MOU was signed against the backdrop of the visit by His Majesty the King of the Belgians Philippe and her Royal Highness Queen Mathilde between March 25 and 28. The signing ceremony was witnessed by His Majesty the King.
The MOU is expected to greatly facilitate exchanges and cooperation between HUFS, especially the LD Division and the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.