A Bath welcome for Korean Ambassador

We welcomed Ambassador Sungnam Lim from the Republic of Korea to the University last week, where he met with staff and students and presented a guest lecture on the security challenges faced by Northeast Asia.

The visit was Ambassador Lim’s first to the University, and his third to the city of Bath. During the visit the Ambassador met with our academic staff currently collaborating with Korean universities and industry, learning about their experiences, and with Korean students currently study here at Bath.

A shared experience

A number of collaborative projects between our academics and Korean universities were explored during the visit, showcasing to Ambassador Lim the wide range of work being achieved through our relationship with the country.

The formal relationship in place between our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Yonsei University allows students from both country’s to take part in exchanges and for shared events to be held.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences is collaborating with Hanyang University to explore the role of maths in Korean financial development.

A new collaboration between our Department of Social & Policy Sciences and Yonsei University’s social work department is exploring the prevalence of different types of child abuse, with the aim of developing Korea’s child protection services.

In a new project between our School of Management and Yonsei University, consumer consumption patterns are being explored, while another joint project looks at the way companies in the IT and automotive sectors react to innovations in the market.

Our chemists are currently working with Ewha University to develop imaging agents for cancer, with a prestigious co-authored paper about to be published. Our engineers, along with Yonsei University, are developing new energy materials and are involved in work to develop medical imaging technologies.

Multicultural learning opportunities

During his visit, Ambassador Lim met a number of our students who are either from Korea or have studied in Korea during their degree programme.

The students ranged from undergraduate to PhD level, and all had wide international study experience.

Hyok Jin Lee, whose family is Korean, explained that he had grown up in Togo, Africa and chose Bath because it “pioneers in placements which are extremely valuable in helping students secure jobs’. His aim is to graduate from his Bachelor degree in Business Administration before returning to Togo where he aims to grow the property investment company he has already started while at University.

Dr Geon Hwan Cho completed his undergraduate Aerospace Engineering degree at Seoul University in Korea, before moving to Bath to undertake Masters level study. He has now completed his PhD which focused on gas turbine engineering. He said: “I came to Bath because of its reputation for gas turbine research - Britain is the country where gas turbines were invented and the research group at Bath makes impressive progress in the field.”

A growing relationship

During his visit, Ambassador Lim commented that he is very keen to help build the ties between the University of Bath and Korea.

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) said: “It is with great pride that we extend a warm welcome to our Korean visitors. The University has a fantastic relationship with Yonsei University as a result of our strategic partnership, and we’re fast building valuable connections with other institutions and with industry in the country.”

Undergraduate student Tim Gauntlett studied Korean Language at Kyunghee University and is currently President of our Korean Society. He said: “We are keen to ensure all staff and students at the University of Bath are aware of the University’s strong links with Korea, and have the opportunity to try out the Korean language, culture and food.

“For those who are interested in learning more about this fascinating country, we are now offering Korean language and culture classes for free on campus. To find out more visit the University’s Foreign Language Centre.”

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