The KU IWC held a completion ceremony of session 1.
The Winter Campus, largest of its kind in Korea, celebrated the successful completion of its first session.
On Jan. 18, at 5:30 pm, the 2017 KU International Winter Campus (IWC) held a completion ceremony of its first session in Supex Hall of LG-POSCO Hall, Korea University.
The KU IWC, largest of its kind in Korea, began the 3-week Academic Track on Dec. 28, 2017. A total of 467 students from 72 schools in 17 countries participated in the program, which offered 24 academic courses including business administration, economy, humanities, psychology, science, engineering, and Korean language courses. Aside from the academic courses, the IWC participants also had chances to join extra-curricular programs including basketball and hockey lessons given by players on the university teams. Some of the programs focused on cultural experiences, encouraging foreign students to cook Korean dishes and practice Taekwondo.
June-Seek Choi, Assistant Dean of the KU IWC, delivered his congratulatory speech to the students. “Upon completion of the first 3-week session, I congratulate all of you who overcame the difficulties such as tests, presentations, and even cold weather in Korea. Korea University was founded with the aim of saving the nation through education. Since its foundation, the university has continuously developed as a global university attracting many students not only from Asia, but also from all around the world. In particular, it is noteworthy that the IWC has doubled the number of participants compared to last year when it first opened its doors. I hope the IWC to be the top international university in Korea.” He continued, “I thank you again for your passion and hard work you put into our program. I hope you can share the memories you have got in Korea with your families and friends at home.”
Professor Darcy Paquet also congratulated the students. “I am sure that many of you are first-time visitors to Korea. As you are aware of by now, Korea is a vibrant country with energy and a great culture.” He added, “Congratulations on your completion of the session. I hope you will one day recall the precious memories and experiences you had here in Korea.”
Wanzheng Du, from The National University of Singapore, received the certificate of completion on behalf of other students. The student representative said, “I can still vividly remember the first day I came here, and I cannot believe that it is already the last day of the session. I gained a whole new level of knowledge from the classes here which were quite different from those in my country. Thanks to various activities offered by the university, my days here were always filled with excitement. Taekwondo class, in particular, made me feel something authentically Korean.”
Congratulatory remarks were followed by the conferment of certificates and badges. Among those who completed the IWC this year, badges were given to students who completed both the International Summer Campus and the International Winter Campus provided by Korea University. This year, a total of 11 students were recipients of these badges.
At the end of the ceremony, the students watched a video clip, which allowed them to reminisce about the past three weeks, sharing precious memories they gained during the IWC program. Finally, the first session of the IWC was all wrapped up with the graduating students throwing their graduation caps into the air.
Beginning on Feb. 2, the IWC will start its second session, called the Culture Track, during which students are scheduled to have firsthand experiences in Korean culture. The cultural experience programs will include a Korean cooking class, a Korean calligraphy course, Nanta performances, and a visit to broadcasting stations in Korea.