Mrs Kim Jung-sook, the First Lady of the Republic of Korea visited Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and observed the Korean Language classes as well as met with students who have been following advanced levels of Korean Language in UBD.
Upon arrival, the First Lady was received by Yang Mulia Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Minister of Education and Yang Mulia Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor of UBD.
During Mrs Kim Jung-sook's visit, she visited one of the Korean Language class sessions conducted at UBD. UBD through its Language Centre offers Korean Language modules from Level 1 to 6 taught by two Korean Language teachers. Currently 122 UBD students are taking up Korean Language modules at UBD's Language Centre. Most students are learning Korean Language to enable them to pursue their Discovery Year at some of the top universities in the Republic of Korea that are partner universities with UBD. The Discovery Year is a credit-bearing year out of the university for all UBD's undergraduate GenNEXT degree student to enrich their experiential learning.
The First Lady's visit ended with an interaction session with 20 students who have completed advanced levels of the Korean Language module at UBD. This took place at the Business Library, UBD.
Universiti Brunei Darussalam currently has 21 partner universities in the Republic of Korea for academic and research collaboration, including student and staff mobility. In 2015, UBD's Faculty of Science signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Korea University's College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology to offer a Dual Degree Programme in Masters and PhD in the fields of Biodiversity, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering. This is a joint initiative under the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE). iCUBE, formed in 2011, is a consortium bringing together a core group of seven research universities from around the globe to promote collaborative research and education on biodiversity and the sustainable environment.
In 2018, UBD has hosted 29 Korean students who have joined its Global Discovery Summer Programme and 7 students on its Semester Exchange Programme. UBD currently has 3 full time students from the Republic of Korea studying Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business degree programmes respectively at UBD.
In January 2018, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) from the Republic of Korea sent a team of basketball players to UBD for sport exchanges. The Republic of Korea is a popular destination for UBD Discovery Year students. To date, UBD has sent more than 720 students to the Republic of Korea for Discovery Year activities since 2011 when UBD started its Discovery Year Programme.
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