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Romanian Amb. Arteni
Grants HUFS President Park Chul with Order
7 Other HUFS Professors Receive Education Orders
Romanian Amb. Arteni (right) shakes hands with HUFS President Park Chul at Park's office on HUFS Yongin Campus on March 30, 2007 after Amb. Arteni granted an order to President Park.

On behalf of Romanian President Traian Basescu, Romanian Ambassador to Seoul Valeriu Arteni conferred one of Romania's highest national orders to President Park Chul of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) for his contribution to bilateral relations in a ceremony held at HUFS Yongin Campus on March 30, 2007.

President Park was decorated with the Order of "Merit of Education" as a recognition for the devotion to the enhancement of mutual understanding and the promotion of cultural exchanges between Romania and the Republic of Korea through information and knowledge on Romanian culture and civilization, as the Romanian Embassy put it.

In the ceremony held at President Park's office on HUFS campus in Yongin, some 40 km south of Seoul at 4 p.m. on the day Amb. Arteni granted "Ordinul Naţional meritul pentru învăţământul," or "The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Commander" to President Park. The order is the highest Romanian decoration in the field of education, according to the Romanian Embassy in Seoul.

Romanian Ambassador to Seoul Valeriu Arteni

"The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Commander" was also conferred to HUFS Vice President Kim Song-Ki for the same reason.

Six other HUFS professors were also granted with "The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Officer" or "The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Knight," respectively, for their contribution to promoting Romanian language and culture.

Prof. Park Jeong-O and Prof. Lee Mun-Suh of the Romanian Language Department were awarded with "The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Officer."

Four other faculty members of the Romanian Language Department, Dr. Kim Jeong-Hwan, Dr. Lee Ho-Chang, Dr. Baek Seung-Nam, and Dr. Eom Tae-Hyun, were granted with "The Order of Merit for Education with the Rank of Knight," respectively for their scholastic contribution to the bilateral ties between Seoul and Bucharest.

The award ceremony was held on the occasion of two important events. The day dovetails with the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Department of Romanian Language at HUFS campus. It also coincides with the 17th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and South Korea. On March 30, 1990 South Korea and Romania established ties.

Asked about how he feels about the conference of the medal, the Romanian envoy said "I think it's the natural recognition of their work, dedication and talent in building the bridges of knowledge and forming the human infrastructure of relations between the two countries"

Romanian Ambassador to Seoul Valeriu Arteni (5th from right) poses with HUFS President Park Chul (4th from right) and other recepients of Romanian order. Mrs. Maria Arteni (far right at front row), wife of the Romanian envoy, and other embassy staff are also seen in the picture taken on HUFS Yongin Campus.

"I believe it's very good to the better understanding of cultural values of Romania and South Korea," Amb. Arteni went on. "Their contribution is very important to the overall relations between Romania and South Korea."

"The scholar's great expertise of Romania is useful to companies of both Romania and South Korea," Amb. Arteni added.

"This celebration is a good occasion to appreciate one more time the efforts to build a lasting partnership between Romanian and Korean universities and to offer a better understanding of the cultural backgrounds and values both our nations share and cherish," Amb. Arteni announced in his speech.

Romanian Ambassador to Seoul Valeriu Arteni (right) grants an order to HUFS President Park Chul at Park's office on HUFS Yongin Campus on March 30, 2007. Park was recognized for his contribution to the bilateral ties.

The Romanian envoy said that the anniversary of the Department of Romanian Language is a fortunate beginning of a new stage, now when Romania, the second largest Central European country, became a full European Union member, an organization with which Korea is developing a very substantial co-operation and this fact may lead to the significant increase in the development of friendly and cooperative relations between our nations.

HUFS' Department of Romanian Language represents a flagship of the bilateral relations. Through their dedicated activity of education and scientific research the talented professors of the department are offering their expertise to the South Korean public, the investors, and the decision making institutions.




 

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