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Fair’s focus: Promoting study, research in Europe


Ambassadors and representative officials of 15 European embassies in Seoul and some high-profile Korean officials attend a luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel yesterday, a day before the European Higher Education Fair, dubbed “Study and Research in Europe 2011,” is held today at Korea University. By Jeon Min-gyu

In an effort to promote higher education for Korean students in universities and colleges in Europe, the fourth annual European Higher Education Fair, dubbed “Study and Research in Europe 2011,” will be held today at Korea University, hosted by embassies, councils and institutes of 15 European countries, in Seoul.

At a VIP luncheon yesterday, at which ambassadors of embassies in Seoul and other high-profile officials participated, a string of key-note speakers emphasized the advantages of Koreans studying in European colleges and research centers.

“The number of Korean students studying abroad has been increasing every year. However, the figures show the number of Korean students in Europe has decreased in recent years,” said Miklos Lengyel, ambassador on behalf of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2011.

“I hope the Korea-EU FTA will revitalize the exchange of students between Korea and Europe,” said Lengyel.

Since 1999, when some European countries launched the “Bologna Process,” which changed the traditional degree systems of countries in Europe into a universal one with three degrees - bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate - about 50 nations in Europe have participated in the move.

It is in an attempt to enhance interaction with foreign universities in Asia and the U.S. and to attract more expatriates to study in their universities.

Booths will be set up today at Korea University, where students can seek advice about studying in Europe with officials from the 15 European embassies - France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

The officials will provide information not only on courses for doctorates or master’s degrees but internship opportunities with local companies in those countries as well.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]
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