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UP partners with Korea University  

The University of Pretoria has started the 2011 academic year on a high note as it persistently advances its international profile. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, signed an agreement with Korea University President, Prof Ki-Su Lee, at UP on 11 January 2011. 

This historic agreement follows on South Korea’s strong commitment to establish and intensify scholarly relations with Africa and on the University of Pretoria’s drive to engage the world. South Korea’s Minister of Knowledge and Economy, Young Joon Park, is particularly determined to drive the engagement of South Korean higher education institutions with the international community. With this visit, Korea University aimed to establish enduring relationships with universities in South Africa and Botswana. It is the first time that Korea University has established relations with universities in Southern Africa. 

The collaboration will initially focus on social sciences in general, economics, management, environmental programmes, governance, public administration, law and research. Prof Lee has indicated that Korea University has a very productive relationship with Samsung Corporation through their Industry University, which is mainly funded by Samsung. Opportunities for UP scholars and students to benefit from this arrangement will be explored. 

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prof De la Rey emphasised universities’ role as paramount drivers of a global system increasingly shaped by knowledge, information and ideas. She promised that the two great universities would form and nurture a formidable partnership that will promote higher education’s international aspirations. Prof De la Rey also noted the similarities between the University of Pretoria and Korea University. Both universities are just over a hundred years old, they have a similar proportion of undergraduate and postgraduate students and they have similar objectives of internationalisation.  

The University of Pretoria has three existing collaborative relationships in South Korea. These are with the universities of Chongshin, Sogang and Kyonggi. 

 Vice-Chancellor &  Principal Prof Cheryl de la Rey, with Korea University President, Prof Ki-Su Lee
Prof Cheryl de la Rey with Korea University President, Prof Ki-Su Lee