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Speech contest focuses on better communication

A speech contest to select college student delegates to represent Korea at the third Culture Communication Forum will be held on April 28.

The Corea Image Communication Institute, a private nonprofit Korean image research institute and host of the speech contest, said that the forum, which has been held since 2010, is designed to promote better communication in Korean society.

The contest is a preliminary event leading up to the forum, and the winners of the contest will have the opportunity to meet renowned scholars such as Dominique Wolton, president of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, and Vladimir Tolstoy, the great-great grandson of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The forum itself will be held on Sept. 4.

The speech contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including international students, under age 35 who are attending Korean universities. Each contestant will present their theories and ideas on subjects provided by the CICI.

To be eligible for the speech contest, contestants must write one essay in Korean and submit it to the institute via e-mail to bureau@coreaimage.org or cici@coreaimage.org by April 16. Qualified contestants will move on to the speech contest with their essay.

One of the essay questions, for example, asks whether social networking services are a barrier to good communication between Koreans.

This year’s topics were chosen based on a survey conducted by the CICI of 519 opinion leaders (317 Koreans and 202 expatriates living in Korea). Participants were asked to identify barriers to communication among Koreans and between Koreans and expatriates.

The winner of the contest will receive a round-trip ticket to Europe on Asiana Airlines and 2 million won ($1,800) in cash.

For details, visit www.coreaimage.org or call (02) 424-0049.

By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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