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20 Years of Korean Studies in Vietnam (1994–2014): Looking Back to Advance

20 Years of Korean Studies in Vietnam
(1994–2014): Looking Back to Advance

It has now been 20 years since the first Korean Studies courses were offered at Vietnam National University in 1994. An international conference to evaluate the past achievements in Korea-related education and research and to outline a future vision was held at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City on July 18 with support from the Korea Foundation. This academic conference, "20 Years of Korean Studies in Vietnam (1994–2014): Looking Back to Advance," was attended by some 100 participants who presented more than 40 papers. Participants included Vo Van Sen, president of the university; Oh Jae-hack, Korean consul general in Ho Chi Minh City; Mai Ngoc Chu, president of the Vietnamese Association for Korean Studies; Yoon Yeo Tak, professor of the Korean Language Education Department at Seoul National University; Kim Jung Sup, dean of the Institute of International Education at Kyung Hee University; and the heads of major Korean Studies departments at Vietnamese universities. Currently, Vietnamese universities maintain 15 Korean Studies and language departments, with some 3,200 students majoring in Korea-related fields, making Vietnam the most active country in Southeast Asia in this regard. With exchange expanding between the two countries across the board in such areas as politics, business, society, and culture, employment opportunities are certain to increase for university graduates with majors in Korean Studies and language, which is likely to lead to the establishment of more departments of Korean Studies in Vietnam.
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