Lively UP-Korean relations reported in UP meeting with ambassador

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

Ambassador Han Dong-Man (fifth from right) and the Embassy’s First Secretary Song Areum (fifth from left) are joined by (from left) Asian Center Dean Joefe Santarita, Virata School of Business Prof. Dani Rose Salazar, Korea Research Center (UP-KRC) OIC Director Aldrin Lee, Vice President for Finance Jose Florendo, UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga Director Grace Gorospe-Jamon, National College of Public Administration Dean Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Gil Jacinto, and UP-KRC Associate Kyungmin Bae on the Quezon Hall bridgeway. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

Active relations between the University of the Philippines (UP) and Korea were highlighted during the first lecture and meeting with top UP officials of Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man.  Both events took place in UP Diliman on March 18, 2019.

UP through its Korea Research Center (UP-KRC) invited Han for the first UP-KRC public lecture for 2019 and a “courtesy meeting” with UP officials to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Philippine-Korean bilateral relations, which were formally forged on March 3, 1949 when the Philippines became the fifth country to recognize the Republic of Korea.

 

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man talks about his government’s vision for peace in the Korean peninsula. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

As the ambassador gave a lecture on Korean reunification and enhancing the growing economic, cultural, and people-to-people relations with the Philippines, UP officials who welcomed him enumerated the relations the University already has with Korea.

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Internationalization and Director of the UP System Office of International Linkages Gil Jacinto mentioned: the three-year operations of the UP-KRC; UP’s membership in the Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia (KoSASA); its 2016 hosting of the KoSASA biennial conference; UP’s pioneering of Korean undergraduate classes; and, its academic exchange with 36 Korean universities.

 

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man shares the table with Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Gil Jacinto, Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, UP Korea Research Center OIC Director Aldrin Lee, and the lecture’s master of ceremonies Dani Rose Salazar of the Virata School of Business, as UP cadets prepare the entrance of colors. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

Jacinto reported that South Korea is the second top destination for student exchange for UP, consisting of 123 undergraduate students in 2017-2018 and 14 faculty members currently taking up graduate studies there.

Dean Ma. Fe Villamejor-Mendoza of the UP National College for Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), the host institution of the lecture, spoke of the College’s co-membership with Korean counterparts in the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), and of partnerships with Korean universities and associations for public administration and policy studies.

 

National College of Public Administration and Governance Dean Ma. Fe Villemjor-Mendoza presents Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man with college publications , as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Gil Jacinto waits to hand over tokens from the UP System Administration. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

Concluding his lecture, “Vision for Peace in the Korean Peninsula and the Philippines-Korea Relations”, at the International Center for Public Administration of NCPAG, Han expressed a vision for “co-prosperity between Korea and the Philippines” and asked for “continuous support for our strong ties based upon optimism.”

 

Korean Ambassador Han Dong-Man is warmly received by the University represented in the group photo of lecture attendees by (front row) UP Korea Research Center (UP-KRC) OIC Director Aldrin Lee, National College of Public Administration and Governance Dean Ma. Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Gil Jacinto, former UP-KRC Director Eduardo Gonzalez, UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga Grace Gorospe-Jamon, Virata School of Business Prof. Dani Rose Salazar, and College of Human Kinetics Prof. Gilda Uy. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

The ambassador then proceeded to Quezon Hall for a courtesy meeting and working lunch with UP officials led by President Danilo Concepcion and Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa.

 

Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa welcomes Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man to the Board of Regents Room, Quezon Hall after the latter’s lecture on campus, then turns the program over to President Danilo Concepcion who has a brief introductory exchange with the ambassador before a working lunch. Photos by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO

 

On a brief overview presentation on UP given by Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, Han took special note of UP’s social responsibility, its Open University, and rigorous admissions policy.

 

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man enumerates points he noted specially from the overview presentation by Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia (foreground) on the UP System. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO
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