President Yang In-Jib of the HUFS Alumni Association held a ceremony entitled ‘2023 HUFS Alumni Association’s General Meeting and the HUFS Pride Awards Ceremony’ on February 3, 2023 (Friday), at the Sapphire Ballroom of Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, Seoul.
Moderated by KBS Announcer Jang Woong (Graduate School of Business, entry class of ’97), the ceremony comprised two sessions. In the first session, the Association held its general assembly and the HUFS Pride Awards, while the second session featured a luncheon and activity reporting. The event began with an opening address by President Yang In-Jib and congratulatory remarks by Chairperson Kim Jong-Chul of the university foundation and HUFS President Park Jeong-Woon. A number of HUFS alumni from around the world sent congratulatory video messages, including President Lee Ho-Deok of the HUFS International Alumni Association (Malay-Indonesian, entry class of ’70), President of the HUFS Alumni Association in Sydney, President of the HUFS Alumni Association in Hanoi, and President of the HUFS Alumni Association in New York.
The HUFS Pride Awards went to Managing Director Kim Tae-Sik of Korea United Pharm Inc. (International Economics and Law, entry class of ’66) and Cho Hyun-Dong, 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Spanish, entry class of ’78). Mr. Kim made a significant contribution to the development of the HUFS alumni community by serving as an executive member of the 26th HUFS Alumni Association. He has also made annual donations to the HUFS Department of International Economics and Law and the HUFS ROTC Alumni Association for the past 15 years. Mr. Cho served in various important positions after he passed the 19th National Foreign Service Examination in 1985. He served as Head of the Diplomatic Planning Team on the North Korean Nuclear Issue in the Division of Negotiation for Peace on the Korean Peninsula under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Secretary to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States; Ambassador for Public Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Planning and Coordination Office. In 2022, he was appointed as 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, imbuing the HUFS community members with a sense of pride and honor.