UB, Korea Embassy marriage bears many fruits
Dated : 21.04.2017
The relationship between the University of Botswana and the South Korean Embassy is beginning to bear fruit with plans already afoot at the Embassy to set up a multimedia centre in the University to benefit staff and students in various disciplines.
This emerged when Korean Ambassador, Mr Yeon Ho Choi, who is based in Pretoria paid UB Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, a courtesy call in the University on April 19, 2017. Deputy Vice Chancellors, Professor Martin Mokgwathi of Academic and Student Affairs, and Mr Mendel Nlanda of Finance and Administration, also attended the meeting.
Mr Choi said his embassy was happy to be part of the development of UB and their intention this year was to complete the multimedia centre which would be known as the Korea Corner, and to be located in the Faculty of Humanities. The media centre will be equipped with computers and other Information Technology equipment.
“The Korea Corner is a stepping stone to other things because there are endless possibilities that we can exploit to enhance our relations,” said the ambassador.
Another mouthwatering announcement made by Mr Choi was that a Korean company in Botswana has donated US$10 000 to 10 students that the University would identify as deserving. He said the money was a giveaway that they expected the students to use for their studies. UB will determine the criteria for selection.
Mr Choi also announced the 2017 Global Korean Scholarship for African and Latin American undergraduate students, saying UB should recommend two students who could be sent for a month long study in Science and Animal Science in Korea between July 3 and August 4, 2017. The students will be part of 80 other undergraduates from Africa and Latin America to go on a similar scholarship.
Mr Choi further reminded the Vice Chancellor about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the area of Taekwondo the Korean Embassy signed with UB. Under the MoU, UB will provide facilities and the space for training while South Korea will send-in ‘masters’ to run Taekwondo workshops beginning this year.
In response, Professor Moahi said she appreciated the visit by the Korean Ambassador and the update on projects the Embassy could be embarking on at UB. She said the gesture would enhance the relations between UB and the Embassy.
Professor Moahi also expressed her admiration of South Korea’s innovativeness especially in areas of technology, and said it was a trait Batswana could also infuse into their development agenda.
She said she was also delighted about possible collaboration between UB and a Korean university, especially with the Faculty of Humanities where they needed to grow the language departments. Professor Moahi also welcomed the move to open a permanent Korean embassy in Gaborone next year, which she said would enhance relations between Botswana and Korea. She said there was a lot the two countries could do together.