08. February 2024

Rectorate welcomes Korean students Rectorate welcomes Korean students

Marking a Close Friendship: Rector Extends Invitation to All South Korean Students

The 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Germany was celebrated in 2023. The signing of the German-Korean treaty of friendship on November 26, 1883 marked the start of a close political, cultural and academic partnership, and the University of Bonn also enjoys extremely strong links with universities and other academic and scientific institutions in South Korea in many areas and disciplines. For instance, the Korean Studies team at the University of Excellence has covered various topics relating to the country’s past and present in its research and teaching for many decades now.

Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende
Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende - Rektor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch und Prorektorin für Internationales Prof. Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch begrüßten Generalkonsul Seungjae Huh. © Lena Zimmer / Uni Bonn
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The closeness of these ties among the student body is reflected in the fact that over 120 South Korean students are currently enrolled in Bonn. They received an invitation from the Rector of the University of Bonn, Professor Michael Hoch, to join him for a lunch meeting at the Rectorate in Dechenstraße on January 30.

Alongside Vice Rector for International Affairs Professor Birgit Ulrike Münch, Consul General Seungjae Huh, who heads up the Bonn Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, was on hand to welcome his compatriots. After brief welcoming speeches from Kai Sicks, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service, and Frithjof A. Maennel from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the over 70 guests engaged in relaxed conversation in a convivial atmosphere accompanied by a sumptuous Korean buffet, a special gift from Consul General Huh. The participants also included Korean staff, researchers and teachers.

Rector Professor Hoch was delighted by how the event went: “As a University of Excellence, we’re constantly expanding our networks all over the world, and our interactions with South Korea are hugely important to us in this regard—including, and in particular, based on our two countries’ shared values and geo-strategic significance. Today has demonstrated in no uncertain terms how strong and vibrant our partnership is, and I’m looking forward to consolidating it further on all levels.”

Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende
Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende - Von links nach rechts: Generalkonsul Seungjae Huh, Prorektorin für Internationales Prof. Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch, Generalsekretär des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes Dr. Kai Sicks, Rektor Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, Frithjof A. Maennel vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung und Dezernentin für Internationales Dr. Katharina Fuchs-Bodde. © Lena Zimmer/Uni Bonn
Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende
Rektorat empfängt koreanische Studierende © Lena Zimmer / Uni Bonn
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